Europa League Archives - My Arsenal Blog

My Arsenal Blog



Europa League win should lift Arsenal 0

Posted on September 15, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal are preparing to face London rivals and English champions at Stamford Bridge on Sunday lunchtime. No doubt, it is a very difficult game and one that could prove crucial to the Gunners season.

On paper, Arsenal look unlikely to win at Stamford Bridge and you would have to be a brave man to back the Gunners to emerge from south west London with a win. However, the performance of a weakened team in the second half of Thursday 3-1 win over Koln should give the visitors some encouragement.

Sanchez not sulking

Arsenal kick-off Europa League campaign with a victory 0

Posted on September 14, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 3-1 victory over Koln on Thursday night. The kick-off was delayed by an hour due to crowd safety issues, but that mattered very little in the end to the Gunners, as they put in a strong second half display to see off the visitors.

The visitors scored with virtually the first attempt on goal on ten minutes. David Ospina rushed out of his goal to clear a long ball over the top, only for Bittencourt to find Cordoba, who lofted the ball back over the Colombian from around 40 yards out and into the net.

Arsenal 2/5 to win against FC Koln 0

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are big favourites to pick up all three points in their opening Europa League group game on Thursday night when they play host to German Bundesliga side FC Koln at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have been in fine form on home soil while the visitors can’t a buy a win this season, and Arsenal should have no slip-ups in their first game of the competition as a result.

Ancelotti could replace Wenger at Arsenal 0

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to ESPN, Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti could return to England in search for a new challenge if he exits the Allianz Arena this season, and the Arsenal job is believed to be one he could end up pursuing.

Ancelotti won the German Bundesliga title and DFL Supercup in his first season in Germany, but there’s reports of discontentment behind the scenes after their early Champions League exit and failure to reach the German Cup final.

Arsene Wenger has stated the new season under pressure among Arsenal supporters following their poor start in the Premier League, and defeat to Chelsea on Sunday could almost make his position untenable.

FC Koln captain says Arsenal are favourites ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash 0

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

FC Koln captain Matthias Lehmann is under no illusions that his side are major underdogs ahead of their trip to the Emirates Stadium, reports talkSPORT. The struggling Bundesliga side, currently bottom without a point to their name, face Arsenal in their opening Europa League group game and are a long short with every bookmaker with the Gunners boasting a 100% record on home soil this season.

Nevertheless, Lehmann isn’t disheartened going into the game as underdogs. He said: “We really look forward to the challenge, it is independent to the Bundesliga. We want to enjoy the game and show passion in the game. We are definitely not the favourite, they have a big squad and top players and there will be other top players who start.

Arsenal v Koln Europa League Preview 0

Posted on September 13, 2017 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Arsenal kick-off their Europa League campaign with a home game against Koln at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal last featured in the Europa League back in 2000 when it was known as the UEFA Cup. The Gunners reached the final that year only to beaten by Turkish outfit Galatasaray.

The team from north London have played their European football in the Champions League since that final appearance. In fact, the Gunners had dropped out of Europe’s elite competition into the Europa League that season.

Wilshere will feature against FC Koln 0

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be named in the squad against FC Koln for Thursday’s Europa League clash. The Gunners are 2/7 to win against the German Bundesliga side, but it will be a special moment to see a player make his long-awaited return after 13 months.

Wilshere has been recovering from a leg fracture picked up while on loan with Bournemouth. He suffered the injury in April and has been playing for the u23s to build up his match fitness. The 25-year-old is playing for his future, with his contract expiring at the end of next summer, so this week’s European encounter may have significant importance for Wilshere.

Bellerin says Arsenal are fully focused on the Europa League not Sunday’s meeting with Chelsea 0

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin says the Gunners are completely focused on Thursday’s Europa League clash, rather than Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Chelsea. Arsenal are 2/7 to win against FC Koln before they face the defending champions on the weekend, but Bellerin says the squad aren’t thinking about anything other than beating Koln.

“Our focus is on Thursday’s game. It is a very important match to start the Europa League on the right foot. We have to give our best and only after that will we start to think about Chelsea [Sunday 1.30pm]. The Europa League is a very important competition for us,” he said to IBTimes.

Arsenal haven’t held contracts with Ozil since February 0

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Sport Bild, Arsenal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil hasn’t heled contract talks with the club since February, reports talkSPORT. The 28-year-old rejected a new deal seven months ago and the two parties haven’t come together to discuss an extension since.

Ozil’s contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the current season, and with little progress being made on his future at the Emirates Stadium, the World Cup winner could be leaving for free in the summer of 2018. It would be a big loss for the Gunners, both financially and on the pitch.

Turkish club held talks to sign Jack Wilshere 0

Posted on September 12, 2017 by David Nugent

Trabzonspor chief Muharrem Usta has revealed that the Turkish club held talks to sign Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere in the summer transfer window.

The midfielder is surplus to requirements at the north London club and was expected to move on this summer. However, despite reported interest from a number of clubs in the midfielder, the injury-prone star remained at the club.

It seems Turkey was a possible destination, with Usta telling Turkish-Football: “I held direct talks with Jack Wilshere,”

“We wanted him on loan and were close to a deal but the move stalled at the last moment.”



↑ Top