As reported by Evening Standard, it turns out that former professional footballer and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry had some interesting viewpoints in regards to the club’s poor defending against Newcastle United at the weekend. The Gunners lost the game 2-1, which ended a run of seven matches unbeaten in all competitions. You see, that’s the part that the 40-year-old pundit seemed to forget.
The Arsenal players are often accused of lacking characters and bottling it in big games. The Gunners away performances, not only this season but at times last season as well, show that the players are simply not strong enough mentally to play for a club the size of Arsenal.
Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle means that the Gunners have lost their last five away games on their travels in the top-flight. In fact, the north London side has won just one of their last nine away games in the Premier League.
On Sunday, Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle, to continue their terrible run of form away from home in the Premier League.
Arsenal had the first effort of the game as striker Alexandre Lacazette miss-hit a shot wide of goal. The home side responded on ten minutes, as Petr Cech produced a comfortable save from a Kenedy strike.
The Gunners took the lead on 14 minutes. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran at Jamaal Lascelles before putting the ball past the defender. The Gabon international then found Lacazette at the far post, who slides in to put the ball past Dubravka in the home goal.
On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal travel to in-form Newcastle in the Premier League, as the home side seek one more victory to secure their top-flight status.
Newcastle have moved away from the relegation zone with a three-game winning run of late in the Premier League. The Magpies are now ten points clear of the drop zone and look to be safe from the drop.
A 2-1 win away at Leicester in their last Premier League outing displayed the Magpies recent confidence.
Rafa Benitez’s team have a strong recent record at St James Park in the league, as the Magpies are unbeaten in six home games, having won their three Premier League games on home soil.
Much has been said and written about the importance of the Europa League for Arsenal lately. At the moment, the prospect of winning the Europe’s second-tier competition is the only feasible scenario that would see the club qualify for next season’s Champions League, but Alexandre Lacazette believes its significance goes beyond that aspect.
In a season that can hardly be described as a successful one on other fronts, winning such an important trophy may hold the key to manager Arsene Wenger staying at the club. The striker says it would be a good way to save the season as the team aren’t doing particularly well in the Premier League. He points out that Wenger has done much for the club during his reign which now stretches past the two-decade mark.
Arsenal’s draw against CSKA Moscow in Russia last night ensured their passage into the UEFA Europa League semi-finals, although it wasn’t as straightforward as many fans were expecting. They went behind on the night, the Russian side were piling on the pressure, and for a while, it looked like the Gunners may follow in the footsteps of Barcelona earlier in the week. Thankfully for Arsenal fans, Wenger’s side were able to show some serious growth for the first time in what feels like forever.
Arsene Wenger’s side will need to go down the hardest possible route in order to reach the UEFA Europa League Final, as they’ve been drawn to face Spanish side Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals. The two teams have played each other once before, in a friendly back in 2009, which was won by the Gunners by a scoreline of 2-1.
Arsenal are through to the semi-finals of the Europa League after a 6-3 aggregate victory over Russian side CSKA Moscow. The aggregate score sounds highly convincing. However, in reality, it was until the last 15 minutes of the second leg that the Gunners sealed progress.
Arsenal made it difficult for themselves
The second leg in Moscow was never going to be easy, despite the fact that Arsene Wenger’s side won the home leg 4-1. For much of the contest, it looked like the Gunners would cruise through until 50th minute when CSKA Moscow took a two-goal lead on the night through Kirill Nababkin.
There’s always been a strong desire from Arsenal fans to look past on their past triumphs as opposed to looking ahead to the future, and in many ways, that makes sense. After all, their history is littered with championship victories and memorable moments, whereas in the present day, they continue to struggle to find their footing in a Premier League landscape filled with giants.
Thankfully, however, it’s not illegal to bask in the glory days – and because of that, we’re taking a look back at the Gunners’ victory over Norwich City from back in 2013. As you can imagine it was a game they were expected to win with relative ease, and as you can also imagine, they made hard work of it at the Emirates.
Much like the professional wrestling post, this one isn’t going to be popular among the masses, but alas, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. The Gunners’ first team is stacked to the rafters with world class talent, and because of that, it’s not hard to imagine them succeeding elsewhere. They’re healthy, they’re agile, and they have an athletic prowess which very few possess in other sports.
It may sound a little bit ridiculous and on the face of it, we completely agree, but we’ve picked out three names who could legitimately cause a stir in mixed martial arts. Of course, there’s just as much of a chance that they’d get sparked out within two minutes, but isn’t that the beauty of the fight game?