For anybody who has seen Arsenal play in the last season or two, or even longer than that, it has been impossible not to perceive where the main problems lie, as well as the place where only a tweak or two would do just fine. Going forward, there is very little you could pinpoint as wrong, especially in the Premier League towards the end of the season with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on great form since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund.
France boss Didier Deschamps named his 23-man World Cup squad on Thursday. Deschamps has an abundance of talented players to choose from but decided to omit Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette from his squad for Russia 2018.
The decision will have come as a slight surprise for the former Lyon striker after he played in France’s November friendlies, scoring a brace in a 2-2 draw with world champions Germany.
French boss has a lot of attacking talent at his disposal
Deschamps admitted his omission was due to the sheer number of attacking players available to him. The likes of Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Nabil Fekir were all named in that 23-man squad.
While the season may be over with the World Cup still being a few weeks away, there’s still plenty to discuss in the world of Arsenal Football Club. With players set to come and players set to leave, it’s always interesting to see some of the media’s biggest reactions in the wake of the campaign coming to an end. In this instance, as reported by Metro, we’re looking into some comments made recently by Charlie Nicholas.
The former Arsenal star had some harsh words for Arsene Wenger, claiming that he hasn’t been showing Alexandre Lacazette enough respect.
While some are choosing to be down in the dumps regarding the departure of Arsene Wenger, others are wisely choosing to look on the bright side of things. Arsenal Football Club is entering an entirely new era in the realms of English football, as the last great ‘long-term’ boss walks away from the Premier League – probably for good. While he could always return with another club, that isn’t the Gunners’ concern anymore, and instead, we should be drooling over the prospect of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette getting a full season together.
Tonight will see the conclusion of Arsenal’s journey to the final of the Europa League, and one way or another, it’s going to end in heartbreak for somebody. Either the Gunners will fall just before the final hurdle, or the hotly tipped Spaniards will falter down the stretch as they attempt to secure their second UEL title under the reign of Diego Simeone. One thing is for sure, however – by the end of the night, there are going to be plenty of talking points coming out of the second leg.
In terms of results, Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid at the Emirates Stadium in the Europa League semi-final first leg was not the worst in the world.
However, the result does not tell the whole story. It does not tell how Arsenal dominated the game. It also does not tell how the Gunners played against Atletico for over 80 minutes of the game. Overall, the draw is a missed opportunity considering the circumstances.
Arsenal could only muster a 1-1 draw against ten-man Atletico Madrid at the Emirates Stadium in the Europa League semi-final first leg, despite playing against ten men for over 80 minutes.
The Gunners had the first chance of the game on six minutes, as Alexandre Lacazette volleyed just wide of goal after good work from Danny Welbeck. Lacazette saw a header palmed away by Jan Oblak soon afterwards.
On ten minutes, Atletico were reduced to ten minutes as full-back Sime Vrsaljko received a second booking for a late challenge on Lacazette. Four minutes later Diego Simeone was sent to the stands after protesting one of the official’s decisions.
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.
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.
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.