Tuesday, 25 September 2018

BBC Sport pundit raves about Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette

Garth Crooks has praised Alexandre Lacazette for his “superb goal” in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Everton at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

The France international started alongside club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Arsenal team for the visit of the Toffees.

Lacazette broke the deadlock in the 56th minute after Aaron Ramsey teed up the former Lyon striker in the second half in north London.

The Arsenal striker has scored two goals and has made one assist in six appearances in the Premier League in the current campaign.

His strike partner Aubameyang doubled the home side’s lead three minutes later to secure three points for the north London side in a 2-0 win.

Former Spurs forward Crooks heaped praise on Lacazette for his brilliant goal in Arsenal’s fourth successive win in all competitions.

“In the end, one goal was enough to win the game against Everton, and when you score a superb goal like Alexandre Lacazette’s one for Arsenal, you are entitled to celebrate,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“What I don’t get is the appalling disco jig that follows. Why spoil such a wonderful finish with such a spine-chilling dance? What’s wrong with punching the air or running to the crowd?”
Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and two points ahead of bitter rivals Manchester United in the race to secure a top-four spot.

The Gunners will take on fourth-placed Watford in their next Premier League fixture on Saturday as Unai Emery’s men look to hoist themselves back into the top four.

Monday, 24 September 2018


Arsenal turned down an opportunity to sign Virgil van Dijk when the centre-back was worth just £12m.
That’s according to Celtic assistant manager John Collins.

Van Dijk has been a rock at the back for Liverpool this season as his side sit top of the Premier League.
The Dutchman first first arrived in England by joining Southampton from Celtic.

However, according to Collins, Arsenal scouts were already on his case before that. At the time, they decided against signing the defender.

“Arsenal’s chief scout thought he was a little bit too nonchalant,” Collins said . “Maybe that was part of his game but he ticks so many other boxes; pace, power, balance, distribution, good in the air. He is a quality player.

Arsenal statistically have the worst defence in the top six
“He would have cost £12million. The worry was that he was showing the quality against Scottish players and the question was whether he could do it against top quality English defenders.

“He was really shocked none of the big boys came in for him, he could have made any other team in Europe better.”
Sokratis Papastathopolous was Unai Emery’s only centre-half recruit this summer. The Greek international had played every minute until limping off in the first-half against Everton last Sunday.

The Gunners have conceded eight so far this season, but did pick up their first clean sheet against the Toffees.

Gooners, do Arsenal need to go out and get another centre-back in January?

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Ben Dinnery provides positive injury update ahead of Everton clash

After winning their last three games, Arsenal go into a tough game today against an Everton side needing to get back to winning ways following their loss to West Ham last weekend.

The Gunners had a tough start to the season with games against Chelsea and Manchester City but have finally started to hit some form and continued that with a win in the first game of their Europa League campaign on Thursday night.

Unai Emery made eight changes to his side during the week but according to injury data analyst, Ben Dinnery , there are only three major absentees from the Arsenal squad. According to Dinnery, Ramsey and Torreira both trained with the squad today while Henrikh Mkhitaryan remains a major doubt for the game. He also confirmed that Sead Kolasinac and Carl Jenkinson returned to the main group.

After a solid start to the season, Mkhitaryan picked up an ankle injury following Thursday night’s Europa league game despite getting through the full 90 minutes and looks set to miss today’s game. Arsenal’s new signing, Torreira finished the game as a major doubt and finished Thursday’s game with an icepack strapped to his knee.

The fans have been calling for the Uruguayan to start and with him injury free, he could well make his first Premier League start today. Unfortunately, Emery is still without Kolasinac and Maitland-Niles, which puts even more strain on Nacho Monreal to hold down the spot.

So Arsenal fans, what do you think? Let us know below!

Friday, 21 September 2018

Ahead of Arsenal v Everton- Unai Emery delivers Lucas Torreira injury update

Arsenal new boss has dropped a massive update on injured star Lucas Torreira ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash against Everton.

Torreira was forced to limp off in the 57th minute of last night’s Europa League romp against Vorskla Poltava after suffering a blow to the knee.

Emery said: “Each match we play, I am responsible for the group and for Torreira also, today I think it is better [for Lucas] to leave the match.

“I hope that tomorrow and Saturday, he will be okay for Sunday.”

The former Sampdoria midfielder joined Arsenal in the summer in a £26.5m deal but got his first start in the Arsenal shirt against FC Vorskla Poltava but has impressed off the bench in all five Premier League fixtures.

Emery revealed he was pleased with his performance
“Well, Lucas is playing with his progress on the team and on our ideas, our performance with a passion and with a performance,” Emery said.

“Each minute he is playing, he is doing very well.”

[Ratings] Arsenal 4-2 Vorskla: Auba stars plus marks for Leno & Torreira on debuts

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal opened their Europa League campaign with a 4-2 victory over Vorskla at a half empty Emirates on Thursday.

The Gabon international made it 1-0 with a neat finish before Danny Welbeck headed home the second shortly after half time.

Auba made it 3-0 with a superb effort from the edge of the area and Mesut Ozil came off the bench to make it 4-0 before Vorskla grabbed two late stunners to take the shine off the score-line.

Here are my ratings:
Leno 6/10 | Very little to do in terms of shot stopping other than pick the ball out the net twice. Couldn’t do much for either goal as they were lovely strikes. Far more comfortable with the ball at his feet than Petr Cech. Bigger tests to come.

Lichtsteiner  6/10 | Solid enough but doesn’t offer the same attacking threat as Hector Bellerin. His positioning is better, as you’d expect as he’s a hugely experienced full-back, but let himself down with a poor attempted challenge which led to their goal.

Holding 6.5/10 | Quietly went about his business and didn’t put a foot wrong in defence. Hopefully he can push Mustafi for the starting spot.

Sokratis 7.5/10 | Another impressive outing from the Greek centre-back. Showed good positioning and excellent pace at times. Growing in to his role at the club with another commanding display.

Monreal 6.5/10 | Far more involved going forward than Lichtsteiner. Played his part in the second goal and wasn’t really tested defensively.

Torreira  7/10 | Was in the wars as he picked up a foot injury in the first half but soldiered on to put in a busy display.
Always wants the ball and dictates the tempo from deep in midfield. Maybe a few too many backwards passes at times but never wastes the ball. Off in the second half, which could have been because of his foot from the first half or Emery may be saving him for Everton.

Elneny  6/10 | Average from Elneny. Doesn’t do much wrong, but doesn’t do enough to warrant a regular start either. Just a bit meh.

Mkhitaryan 7.5/10 | Impressive night in the central attacking midfield role. Had a hand in three goals, grabbing two assists, and was always a threat. Much more influential playing in the middle rather than on the wing.

Iwobi 8/10 | A very impressive display. Always keen to make things happen when on the ball and set-up the first goal with a lovely cross. Passing was a little sloppy at times but made up for it with an excellent all-round display.

Welbeck 7/10 | Got another goal with a neat header and worked hard in attack. Wasn’t as involved in the build-up play as some of his team mates but never hides.

Aubameyang 8/10 | Two wonderful finishes will do his confidence the power of good. The second in particular was superb. Also hit the post and was a constant threat to the visitors defence.

Ozil 7/10 | Surprised he came off the bench but another goal for Mesut with a simple far post finish.

Guendouzi 6.5/10 | Was having another impressive outing but switched off for their second goal.

Smith-Rowe 6.5/10 | Impressive late 20-minute cameo from the youngster. Such an exciting talent.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

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Emery hands Leno his Arsenal debut between the sticks, replacing Pet Cech. The Gunners spent big to secure the signing of the keeper from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, and he finally makes his bow this evening. Lichtsteiner, Holding, Emery, Torreira, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi and Welbeck also come into the side this evening in seven outfield changes from the win over Newcastle.

Vorskla subs: Andro Giorgadze, Aleksandr Sklyar, Mykhaylo Sergiychuk, Marian Mysyk, Nicolas Careca, Oleksandr Tkachenko, Taras Sakiv.

VORSKLA (4-4-1-1): Bogdan Shust; Igor Perduta, Ardin Dallku, Vladimir Chesnakov, Artur; Aleksandr Kobakhidze, Dmitry Kravchenko, Vyacheslav Sharpar, Pavlo Rebenok; Vladyslav Kulach; Yuriy Kolomoets.

Arsenal subs: Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Emiliano Martinez, Matteo Guendouzi, Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith-Rowe.

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Rob Holding, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Nacho Monreal; Lucas Torreira, Mohamed Elneny; Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


Do Arsenal even need another top midfielder? - Report.

All the newspapers this morning are saying that the new Arsenal head of Football Raul Sanllehi is keen to make Ever Banega his first signing after the departure of Ivan Gazidis. The Sun reports today….

ARSENAL’S new chiefs want to land Ever Banega for Unai Emery.
The Gunners boss worked with Banega at Sevilla and wants the Argentina international, 30, to add competition in midfield.

It will be one of the first deals Raul Sanllehi will look at in his new role as head of football, following Ivan Gazidis’ departure.

Spanish sources say Banega has an £18million buy-out clause to land him before his contract expires at the end of next season.

Emery was interested in Banega in the summer but the former Inter Milan star chose to extend his second spell at Sevilla.

I am sure that very few people would disagree that Banega is a very talented player, but why on Earth would Arsenal need any more competition in midfield? Yes Ramsey may be leaving next summer, but Xhaka looks to be improving while Torreira and Guendouzi have only just arrived and Maitland-Niles will be back from injury soon.

Would Banega even get a look in?

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Emery going to play some of his first XI in the Europa League?

I was absolutely certain that Unai Emery would be using all Arsenal’s squad players when Voskla come to visittomorrow and even wrote a post about who would Emery pick from his reserves.

But according to the coach in yesterday’s press cnferencce, he says he will pick his best XI so they can continue to practise his Emeryball tactics, and also said that some players could play tomorrow and at the weekend. He said: “For me, every match, each moment, is about finding the best performance with the players. We have four competitions this season. 

Tomorrow is the Europa League, Sunday is Premier League, then it’s Carabao Cup and then we’re going to play in FA Cup.
“I want the same thing for every player because each match is important. The second situation is that we need to give minutes to the players who can produce the best performance for us. The best 11 will play tomorrow so that we can continue to improve in our way both tactically and individually. What’s important for us is to produce a winning performance but also to continue to improve.

“I told the players the same thing that I’ll tell you. The Premier League is the first competition because it’s giving us a big responsibility, maybe bigger than the others, in the season. There are 38 matches, so your first analysis is like this. Other competitions are very important too.

“Today, we are only thinking about giving our supporters the first performance and a good 90 minutes on the pitch at the Emirates. We are excited about every match. I want to give the players the same excitement when they are at the Emirates. Then we are going to think about Sunday. First is tomorrow. 

Tomorrow we are going to change things to give players the opportunity to find minutes, to find confidence on the pitch and then maybe tomorrow’s players can play on Sunday too.”

This would suggest to me that he could play the first team players that don’t seem to have grasped his tactics yet, like our defence, which seems to have struggled so far by any measure. I would imagine he thinks it is important to start our Europa League campaign with a nice win under our belts, so perhaps tomorrows team selection is going to be a bit more interesting than usual!

Another key Arsenal star to follow Gazidis to Italy in shock January move

AC Milan have joined the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and could look to make a move in the January transfer window, according to reports in Italy.

The Wales international has less than a year remaining on his contract with the Gunners and will be available on a free transfer this summer if he fails to agree a new deal.

AC Milan are already closing in on officially announcing Ivan Gazidis as a their new chief executive following a meeting in London.

Gazidis has now reportedly agreed a salary with the Serie A club and is now finalising the details of his new contract.

According to Sport Mediaset, Gazidis could now play a key role in helping AC Milan sign Ramsey.

The Italian club are interested in luring the 27-year-old to San Siro and would be willing to submit an offer in the January transfer window instead of signing him as a free agent next summer.

Unai Emery, however, has made it clear to Arsenal’s hierarchy that he wants Ramsey to remain at the club

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Arsenal were right to play it safe by appointing Emery over Arteta

After being linked with a host of managerial names, Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta emerged as the frontrunner to succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager at the end of last season.

However, for whatever reason, it appeared the north London club got cold feet and opted for a safer appointment in Unai Emery.

Arteta, though, remains content with life at the Etihad.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Arteta said: “You all know some things that happened but the reality is I am here and I am very happy.

“In football, it is so hard to predict things. When things happen, you have to make decisions and sometimes you don’t have time to make decisions. The decision was made and I am so happy. I am very privileged to be where I am.”

The hiring of Arteta as Arsenal head coach would have truly been a wildcard of an appointment and a gamble.

And, while the former Arsenal captain may be one of the most promising young coaches in European football right now, it is not hard to see why the Emirates hierarchy opted for Emery in the end.

The Gunners would have, of course, liked to have picked up better results against Manchester City and Chelsea while, understandably, teething problems have be seen in the club’s other fixtures.

However, under Emery, they are on the right path in regards to some elements, or at least compared to the final few months of Wenger’s tenure.

The partnership that is blossoming between Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in particular, is something that is likely to delight Arsenal supporters.

It is still early days, but Arsenal’s decision to go for Emery ahead of Arteta is one with much logic behind it.