Monday, 20 August 2018

Starting against West Ham, Arsenal need points, not more ‘positives’

Arsenal could not have had a harder start to the Unai Emery era, but both players and fans saw a much improved attitude and tactical awareness although they still have a lot to learn before they are playing pure Emeryball football.

But both games ultimately ended in defeat and we are sitting with zero points after our two games, but the players are again pointing out that we all need to focus on the positives despite the lack of points. It was Petr Cech’s turn after the Chelsea game. He told
Arsenal.com : “Well, it was a great game for the fans and everybody watching because, there were so many chances. We went 2-0 down pretty quickly and had chances that we didn’t score in the first-half, but we came back and then we should have been up at half-time because we had another two really good chances to go ahead. But unfortunately we didn’t score the goals to go ahead and in the second half it continued in a similar fashion. But they put us under a little bit more pressure. Before the third goal I thought that we coped with it very well and I was positive that we were going to get something out of the game – at least a point."

“After the second goal we started playing really well. We came back with a big personality and we showed the maturity to deal with the situation. We got back and created chances, we scored goals and I thought that we were in a good place. At half-time we could have been 3-2 up, but maybe this is one of those moments where the game could have been different in the second half. We come away with no points, but we have a lot of positives and a lot of things we need to improve on.”
Cech went on to summarise: “It’s not been easy, but sometimes that’s the way it is and you learn the hard way. We improved again from the last game, so having seen the work that we put in everyday and the way that the team response to things we do, I’m pretty positive we are on the right way to improve.”

Positives are great, but after our two games against top class rivals, we now need to turn those positives into points. Our next three games are against West Ham, Cardiff and Newcastle, all of which are also currently winless, and now we need to prove that we are back in business by getting nine points on the board. We play the Hammers at home and nothing less than three points is acceptable, but the following two are away from gome where we lacked confidence completely last season. This is where we will really see if we can turn the positives into points. A defeat in any of those games will be a massive blow to the fans and players alike.

So let’s all be positive, but make no mistake, the pressure is now on…

Arsenal News: manager break silence about a rift between him and Maurizio Sarri

Arsenal new manager Unai Emery have already fallen six points back of Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea after Saturday’s defeat in the Premier League.

Arsenal lost 3-2 to Chelsea in their second League games with the Blues surviving a scare to secure all three points and consign Emery to a second consecutive defeat.

The Blues got an early lead through Pedro and Alvaro Morata, only for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi to restore level up the game before the end of halftime.
Marcos Alonso then struck a late goal to ensure their winning start under Sarri continues.

Emery has laughed off rumours of a rift with Sarri after appearing to snub his Chelsea counterpart in the immediate aftermath of Saturday’s Premier League clash.

The Spaniard headed straight down the tunnel following the Gunners’ topsy-turvy 3-2 loss at Stamford Bridge, having seen his side concede a late goal.

Asked about the lack of a handshake at full time, Emery told reporters: “I waited for him in the dressing room to give him my hand.”

Arsenal currently sits in 17th place in the log after suffering two defeat to Manchester City and Chelsea respectively.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

What Unai Emery said about Aubameyang after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea

What Unai Emery said about Aubameyang after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea

Arsenal manager, Unai Emery has backed the performances of striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after his side’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea in Saturday’s Premier League clash.

Goals from Pedro, Morata and Alonso ensured victory for the Blues against the Gunners at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening as Mkhitaryan and Iwobi scored for the visitors.

Emery, however, supported Aubameyang, who missed a golden opportunity to level the game at 1-1 after 19 minutes when he skied a cutback from right-back, Hector Bellerin.

The Spaniard believes the Gabonese international had a bad day against the Maurizio Sarri’s side.

“Today, with Aubameyang, I know he can play,” Mirror quoted Emery as saying at the post-match conference.

“Maybe there’s one moment where he misses three good chances, but another where they’ll score three chances that are less clear. I am calm with that.”

He added, “The first half we created more chances to score – 2-2 is also maybe short for us, because we created more chances (than Chelsea).

“I was calm when I saw my team creating chances. Goal, no goal, we need to continue working,” he said

German football board apologizing to Ozil

German Champion Oliver Bierhoff, Mesut Özil after the shock of the World Championships, said he had to face a scandal before the tournament, held with the participation of Turkish President Recep Erdogan.
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Ozil, 29, is one of the top-ranked football players in Russia.
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In the World Cup, Arsenal midfielder refused to comment on a controversial meeting to ask questions about his loyalty to Germany on the eve of Erdogan's finale.
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Bierhoff is wrong to ensure that Ozil remains silent because the dispute has shadowed the German camp.
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"We do not force players from the German national team to do anything, but we always tried to convince them when it comes to everything," German Bierhoff said, referring to the Die Welt newspaper on Thursday.
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"We did not succeed with Mesut, and in that sense we had to think about playing with him." "
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Both the Turkish roots, Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, were fit for Erdogan's pictures in the preparations for the World Cup by fans in Germany.
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Manchester City midfielder Gundogan presented his signature to a "club" with a signed club form.
Gundogan denied that the meeting was politically motivated, but Ozil refused to comment, and the only member of the 23-member squad allowed Germany to drop a media day at the World Cup camp.
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Bierhoff says coach Joachim Loew should seriously leave Ozil for the final squad from Russia.
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"The fact that Massoud and Ilio's photographs had taken place did not bother the commander, but the discussions continued, and I would try to deal with this issue further," Bierhoff acknowledged.
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Ozil fell to Mexico and South Korea to win the final victory of Sweden after the defeat in the shock group stage.
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Bierhoff says that silence in Résumé "When we did not present ourselves as a team, we did not always have the energy that was strong for us."
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Ozil in 92 games to Germany may be one of the winners of the 2014 World Cup winning the last world championship.
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On Tuesday, Loew confirmed that he would remain the head coach of Germany.
Bierhoff, a wealthy German public figure, said the whole campaign in Russia should be "collective responsibility."
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"The 14-year-long success story should not be ignored, but it's clear that we have to experiment everything in a personal and structured way."
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Birhoff says the German leadership has "played a gamble on credit" and knows that fans have "registered" away from the team. According to him, the leadership of the team receives a "very serious" alienation.
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Birhoff says that Loew "corrects everything and re-regulates everything, including the style of play, and then what players need to ask for." "

Arsenal News: Arsenal rue missed chances against Chelsea but must focus on the positives

Arsenal lost 3-2 to Chelsea in a thrilling game, but Alex Iwobi thinks that if we had converted our chances, especially in the first half, we should have gone away from the Bridge with all three points. “For the neutral fans watching, it was an amazing game but for us Arsenal fans and players it’s very hard to take, especially after coming back from 2-0 down. It’s not the result we wanted, we just have to forget about it and focus on the positives.
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“Obviously we’re working to try to get into the dangerous positions in the first place, which is good, but we need to take our chances. Taking those chances [against Chelsea] would have won us the game. We’ll continue to create those chances and hopefully make the most of them in the next game.”
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So although Arsenal have lost the first two games under Emery, how does he think the new coaching regime is going? “It’s very good.” he said. “As you can see, we’re buying into it. It’s a lot of intensity and it demands a lot, but we’re enjoying it. Unfortunately the results aren’t going our way, but we promise that we’ll keep on fighting and do our best to get a result.
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“Of course it’s been frustrating p[laying against these sides early doors, but we can’t dwell on this. We’ve got to deal with it and keep on fighting this season. We just have to keep on going.
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“It was a bit of a shaky start but we showed character to fight back to 2-2. We were just unfortunate and should have got the result we wanted by keeping it tight in defence. We have to keep on going.
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“It’s not difficult, you just have to buy into what he says and do what is demanding. We’ll keep on listening to him, we’ll keep on working on the training pitch and hopefully the outcomes that we want and deserve will come through.”
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That’s the fighting spirit we want to see. Now we just want to see it reflected in results and in our defensive performances. Also I don’t believe that Aubameyang would miss that chance in 99 out of 100 goes, so hopefully they will all go in from now on….

Arsenal send 29-year-old star to Serie A giants

David Ospina has completed a season-long loan transfer to Napoli. The Arsenal star was told he could leave the club following the arrival of Bernd Leno, who is fighting Petr Cech for a starting berth.
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David Ospina joined the Gunners back in 2014 but made just 29 league appearances for his parent club as he played second fiddle to Czech keeper. Arsenal confirmed the deal on Friday evening and thanked the 29-year-old for his service to the club.
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‘He was our goalkeeper in the 2017 Emirates FA Cup final win over Chelsea. He has won two FA Cups and an FA Community Shield during his time with us,’ a statement read on Arsenal’s website. ‘David is a Colombia international with 90 caps. He has represented his country at two FIFA World Cups – in 2014 and 2018. ‘We would like to wish David the very best for the season.’
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Unai Emery has confirmed Petr Cech will retain his place between the sticks for this weekend’s clash with Chelsea. The experienced was mocked for his attempts to play out from the back against Manchester City on the opening weekend but pulled off some fine saves to deny the likes of Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

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Emery makes two changes to his Arsenal side, one of which is enforced due to Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ leg fracture. Monreal slots into his natural position on the left as a result, with Iwobi coming in to play ahead of him. Ramsey drops to the bench as a result, where Leno also stays despite Cech attracting widespread criticism in recent days.
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Sarri names an unchanged side to the team that defeated Huddersfield last weekend, with Hazard remaining on the bench after his exploits at the World Cup. Barkley starts again in midfield, with Real Madrid loanee Kovacic on the bench along with Moses – who announced his international retirement with Nigeria this week.
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Arsenal subs: Bernd Leno, Mohamed Elneny, Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Lacazette, Lucas Torreira, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Danny Welbeck.
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Chelsea subs: Willy Caballero, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses, Mateo Kovacic, Olivier Giroud, Davide Zappacosta, Andreas Christensen.
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Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal; Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka; Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ross Barkley; Willian, Alvaro Morata, Pedro.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sets out Arsenal’s targets ahead of Chelsea FC clash

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has his sights set on winning the Premier League title in his first full season at Arsenal.
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The Gunners signed the Gabon international in a £57m deal from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window.
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The Arsenal striker scored 10 times in 14 games in all competitions in his opening six months at the north London side.
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Aubameyang didn’t win the Bundesliga title during his five seasons at Dortmund despite scoring 141 goals in 213 outings.
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Arsenal failed to finish in the Premier League’s top four in their last two seasons under Arsene Wenger before the Frenchman stood down after 22 campaigns in charge.
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The Gunners appointed Unai Emery as their new boss in the summer fresh from the Spanish head coach leading Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title in his second season.
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Speaking to ESPN about his personal targets for the 2018-19 season, as well as Arsenal’s aims, Aubameyang said:
“Collectively, we want to play every competition to the maximum. We can’t hide. It would be great to end the season with one or more trophies. The league is obviously the priority because it has been a while since Arsenal won it.
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“It will be complicated, though, and we know that. Personally, I want to contribute as much as possible with goals and assists. I don’t have a figure in mind but I really [think] it will be a very good season like the ones I had in the past at Dortmund.”
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Aubameyang failed to get on the score sheet in Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to defending Premier League champions Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.
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The Arsenal striker may have to be patient in pursuit of a first Premier League title given the size of the rebuild job at the north London outfit.

Arsenal Match: Petr Cech or Bernd Leno : Unai Emery makes firm decision regarding the Chelsea clash

Petr Cech’s might face some backlash from the Gunners for his shaky display under the bar during their 2-0 curtain-raiser defeat game against defending Champions Manchester City last week but manager Unai Emery is ready to keep the faith with the veteran ahead of their clash against Chelsea.
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During the City game , Cech did not look comfortable with the ball at his feet against a pressing team and with Chelsea also intending to play a pressing game following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri, fans are now feeling the worst for the London derby.
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Arsenal signed Leno from Leverkusen this Summer in a £22m deal and the German who is rated as a sound ball-playing goalkeeper is expected by the fans to be the club’s number one against Chelsea next week but Emery now has firmly suggested that he will keep faith on Cech against Chelsea, with hinting that Leno is still not ready to be the first choice.
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“I’m very happy with his (Cech) performance,” Emery told during a media conference.
“He has experience, he has quality, he has the capacity.
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“For Saturday, the decision is easy. Petr can continue to start, I believe in him. But if Bernd starts, I believe in him also… they are two goalkeepers who are important for us.”
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Emery also pointed out that despite their incompetence to find the rhythm in the first game, they will continue to work on his playing style and he wants his players to keep faith with the new philosophy, even if results do not initially go for them.
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“We didn’t lose because of our personality, our idea, our style,” he said. “We didn’t lose for that. We lost on other things. We can improve on other things, learn for the next match.”
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Arsenal will travel to Stamford Bridge without Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is out until October after suffering a leg fracture against City while Regular left-back Sead Kolasinac is also out for a similar period with a knee injury.
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New addition Stephan Lichtsteiner or Nacho Monreal is expected to fill in their void as the North London side will hope to turn around their winless run at Bridge since 2011.

Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Arsenal

Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to ease to a comfortable 2-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
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The Blues lost 2-0 to defending Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley at the start of the campaign.
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Chelsea FC eased to a resounding 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town at John Smith’s Stadium thanks to goals from Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Pedro Rodriguez.
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The Blues will welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in their second Premier League fixture in search of successive victories under new manager Maurizio Sarri.
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Arsenal suffered a 2-0 loss to Premier League title holders Manchester City in their opening top-flight fixture of the new campaign.
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Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva got on the score sheet to help the Citizens start their title defence with a win.
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Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to ease to a comfortable win over Unai Emery’s side on Saturday evening.
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“While the Gunners struggled against Manchester City, Chelsea were comfortable winners against Huddersfield, which was a great start for them,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport .
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“This is an important game for both teams, just for the fact that, if Chelsea win, they will go six points ahead of Arsenal in the race for the top four.”
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Arsenal finished in sixth spot in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a Champions League spot.
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The Gunners signed five players in the summer transfer window to improve their squad under Emery.
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Chelsea FC appointed Sarri as Antonio Conte’s replacement in the summer.