April 24, 2018 by
According to the Telegraph, the next Arsenal boss will have just £50million to spend next summer in the transfer market.
The Gunners spent heavily in January signing striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and before that on French striker Alexandre Lacazette. The north London club hierarchy will be aware that the likes Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and another January arrival Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all on big contracts.
However, they are also sold the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, which will have cut the wage bill dramatically. .......Read more here.....
April 22, 2018 by
In the first game since veteran boss Arsene Wenger announced he would leave the club in the summer, Arsenal recorded a 4-1 win over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal had the first attempt on goal of the game on nine minutes, as centre-back Laurent Koscielny headed wide of goal from a Granit Xhaka corner kick.
At the other end of the pitch, Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario drew a smart save from David Ospina, while Marko Arnautovic also saw a shot on goal blocked by the Gunners defence. .......Read more here.....
April 18, 2018 by
The transfers of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Lyon and Borussia Dortmund, respectively, have both broken through the £50 million barrier.
It may have seemed at first like the arrival of Aubameyang in January would be a blow to Lacazette in terms of game-time, but a couple of facts immediately pointed the other way. Having represented Dortmund in this season’s Champions League, Aubameyang is ineligible to play for Arsenal in the Europa League, while Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud both left the club and left a notable void in the Gunners’ attacking section. All this naturally means that the two strikers have a very good chance of getting significant time on the pitch separately. And if they play together… Well, it was always a mouth-watering prospect on paper, but Arsene Wenger has now decided to put that scenario into practice. .......Read more here.....
April 15, 2018 by
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. .......Read more here.....
April 13, 2018 by
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. .......Read more here.....
April 06, 2018 by
Arsene Wenger has provided updates regarding the availability of several players for the the game at the Emirates against Southampton on Sunday.
It seems Henrikh Mkhitaryan might be out for a long time. The Armenian was subbed off after an hour of the Europe League game against CSKA Moscow on Thursday, and the manager says there might be damage to his medial knee ligament. Therefore, it’s impossible to say at this point how long his absence will last, but more will be revealed soon. Let’s hope the fear is proven needless. .......Read more here.....
April 05, 2018 by
Arsene Wenger has expressed his pleasure in having Alexandre Lacazette available for the Europa League clash with CSKA Moscow.
The striker came in off the bench in the last weekend’s game against Stoke, and his influence was crucial in breaking down the well-organized defence of the visitors and securing the three points with a convincing result.
The manager compared his compatriot to Danny Welbeck. Describing Welbeck as a type of striker that likes to run in behind defences, he stressed Lacazette’s contribution in link-up play is also very valuable and that the best option is to have them both available. .......Read more here.....
April 04, 2018 by
On Thursday night, Arsenal host CSKA Moscow at the Emirates Stadium in the quarter-final first leg of the Europa League.
Arsenal have been enduring a difficult campaign. However, the Europa League has been the highlight of the season so far. Last time out in the competition, the Gunners saw-off Italian giants AC Milan 5-1 on aggregate after a 2-0 win at the San Siro and a 3-1 victory at the Emirates.
The wins against the Rossoneri mean that Arsene Wenger’s side has now won four of their last five games in the Europa League. A key to that good run in Europe’s secondary competition is the home sides attacking prowess, as they have scored at least two goals in four of their last five European outings. .......Read more here.....
April 02, 2018 by
Most Arsenal fans would not describe this season as a successful one. However, there is still a chance that the Gunners may win the Europa League this season, something they are odds of 3/1 to achieve.
Arsene Wenger’s side eventually saw off a stubborn Stoke resistance on Sunday to record a 3-0 win. I would argue that the return from injury of French striker Alexandre Lacazette from the bench played a crucial role.
Endured a mixed Arsenal career so far
Lacazette has endured mixed fortunes at Arsenal this season. The French international joined the north London outfit last summer from Lyon and much was expected of him. He was the top-class striker Arsenal had been lacking for years. .......Read more here.....
April 01, 2018 by
Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Stoke City was a strange one. The convincing final score-line somewhat hides the fact that it was a lucky one too.
With the Europa League game on Thursday in mind, Arsene Wenger rested several players. But the first-half performance was poor by any Arsenal player’s standards – regardless of his status in the squad.
Stoke came into this match to do the best they can to win, that much was clear from the start. There was no bus-parking by Paul Lambert’s men. Being in the middle of a tough relegation battle, they came to the Emirates and brought the game to Arsenal. And for a large part of the contest, we can’t honestly say the Gunners were the better team at all. There was far too much careless play, especially in midfield. .......Read more here.....