In an age of such uncertainty at the Emirates, it’s not exactly surprising to see so much negativity surrounding the club. Their days of competing amongst Europe’s elite are over, they can’t even break into the top four anymore, and their once great leader Arsene Wenger (yes, we said his name again – we’ll put a tenner in the jar) has been on the decline for the better part of a decade now.
For a few weeks now we’ve been hearing and seeing fans of Arsenal Football Club boycotting home games at the Emirates Stadium as if they’re trying to send a message. Whether it be their unhappiness with the board or Arsene Wenger, everyone has an agenda, and despite the Gunners bouncing back in recent weeks, it doesn’t seem like the situation is going to get better until it gets a little bit worse.
There are plenty of youngsters who would probably kill to break into the starting line-up at the Emirates, if for no other reason than to prove why there are better options out there than the Gunners currently have. For some, however, they’ve been on the outside looking in for a few years and are just waiting to take advantage of an opportunity – and one of those players is Stephy Mavididi.
As reported by Arsenal themselves, Mohamed Elneny has officially signed a brand new contract with the club. Elneny will now remain at the Emirates Stadium for the foreseeable future, with no confirmation other than ‘long-term’ regarding the official length of the new deal.
Elneny has been a part of the Arsenal family for well over two years now and is over halfway to having made 100 appearances for the Gunners. At the age of just 25, it’s easy to see him having another half a decade or so left in him at the highest level, especially given his style of play and composure on the ball.
As Arsenal gear up for the most important few months of Arsene Wenger’s tenure (in recent years anyway), it’s time to try and look on the positive side of things. We’ve been guilty of presenting negative opinions over the course of the season, but now, the Gunners need everyone to get behind them – to an extent.
Some of their matches leading up to the final day are going to be trickier than others, meanwhile, these three should be seen as virtual certainties for victory. Things aren’t always that simple, of course, but we’re choosing to believe in the Frenchman.
Many fans know Petr Cech courtesy of his time at Stamford Bridge, which makes sense, given that the 35-year-old found record-breaking success with Chelsea Football Club. Nowadays, however, he’s plying his trade across London at the Emirates – and it’s safe to say that things haven’t gone quite as well.
Obviously, father time catches up to all of us sooner rather than later, although, in years gone by, goalkeepers have had the luxury of long playing careers courtesy of their limited movement on a game to game basis. While it may not feel like it, the man who led the Czech Republic forward for the majority of his career has actually played for the Gunners since 2015.
Arsenal have reportedly signed a contract extension with Emirates that will keep the pair together for another five years, with the new contract expiring at the end of the 2023/2024 season.
Arsenal have been struggling in the league this season as their campaign has been one to forget thus far. in their last game they were beaten by Tottenham 1-0, with Harry Kane once again proving the difference between the two sides.
The Arsenal players like to make life interesting for their supporters. Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium was a good example of that theory.
Arsenal looked in complete control in the first half and Newcastle barely threatened the Gunners goal. However, Arsenal failed to score a killer second goal.
As it is near the season of giving, the Arsenal defence decided to give the visitors some great opportunities to something from this game. Fortunately, for the Gunners, Newcastle could not find the net with a SAT NAV at the minute.
Lacking a killer instinct
Arsenal have recently embarked upon a very good run of form that has allowed them to shake off an apparent crisis that threatened to derail their Premier League campaign before it had really even begun.
Their 2-1 win over Swansea City at the weekend displayed their ever-strengthening backbone, as they came from a goal down to beat the plucky Welsh side. They are also looking to further their campaigns in the Carabao Cup and Europa League, with recent wins over Norwich and Red Star Belgrade helping them to continue their impressive run.
Yesterday in my article about Arsenal’s 2-1 weekend win over Swansea, I mentioned that Arsenal were enjoying an encouraging run of form on home soil in the Premier League.
What I was unaware of at the time of writing was that the north London side are enjoying their best ever run of wins at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger’s side have now recorded 13 straight home wins in all competitions. The last team to win at the Emirate Stadium were Bayern Munich in last season’s Champions League. The last team to win at the Emirates was Watford way back in January.