The feeling of excitement is back at the Emirates for the first time in what feels like forever following the announcement of Unai Emery as Arsenal’s new manager. The former Sevilla and PSG boss has found great success elsewhere around Europe, and now, it’s time for him to try his hand in the Premier League. Still, while it’s nice to think about what’s to come in the next few months and possibly years, it’s equally as interesting to look back on what could’ve been from the 2017/18 campaign.
On Wednesday night Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored an utterly remarkable goal for Liverpool as they ran out 3-0 winners over Premier League leaders Manchester City at Anfield. The goal, and the eventual victory means that the Reds are on the verge of reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-finals where they’ll likely come up against one of Bayern Munich, Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Basel winger and reported Arsenal target Mohamed Elyounoussi has revealed that he wishes to play in the Premier League and that a big English club has been monitoring his progress. That club is believed to be Arsenal.
The Norwegian international is reportedly valued at £18million by his Swiss club, where he has impressed this season. He has scored seven times and also produced an assist this season for Basel in all competitions.
One of those goals came against Premier League leaders Manchester City in a 2-1 Champions League win at the Etihad Stadium.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal could be willing to sell highly-rated full-back Hector Bellerin for a fee of £50million.
The Spanish international is highly regarded throughout Europe and was previously linked with a move to Manchester City and return to Barcelona, where he came through the world famous La Masia academy.
Struggled to find his best form
Arguably, Bellerin has struggled to find his best form in recent seasons. He has even spent time out of the team both this season and at the end of the last campaign.
According to Metro, former Manchester City manager and current Hebei China Fortune boss Manuel Pellegrini is on the shortlist to replace Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger when he finally leaves the club.
The Gunners continue to fall down the ranks this season both domestically and in Europe, having lost four consecutive games since 2002. Many fans are wondering just how low things can go throughout the remainder of the campaign, as the calls for Wenger to walk away or be sacked grow stronger and stronger.
The search begins
On Thursday night, Arsenal suffered a second 3-0 defeat against Manchester City in less than a week. In all truth, it was not a surprising outcome, as Pep Guardiola’s side are by far the best team in the country.
Arsenal were simply not good enough to compete with the champions-elect. We knew that before kick-off. In fact, many people probably knew that before the start of the season.
Europa League the last salvation
However, the defeat means that the Gunners remain ten points behind fourth-place Tottenham. It is hard to see any positives at the minute for the Gunners. The team’s last salvation this season is the Europa League, a cup much maligned by many connected with Arsenal.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is the talk of the town at the moment with Frenchman being heavily linked with imminent departure following yet another disappointing result.
Back-to-back defeats at the hands of Manchester City – first in the Carabao Cup final last weekend and in the Premier League on Thursday night – have put the Arsenal boss under increasing pressure.
The fans are once again turning against the Premier League’s longest serving manager who could be set for an immediate end to his 22-year tenure at the north London club.
On Thursday night, Arsenal suffered a 3-0 home defeat against league leaders Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal offered the first attacking threat, as Ederson smothered at the feet of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on seven minutes. A minute later, Aaron Ramsey fired a powerful effort towards goal that hit Vincent Kompany, only for Ederson to produce a good save.
Soon afterwards Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero fired into the side-netting from a tight angle. On 13 minutes, Henrikh Mkhitaryan shot straight at Ederson after good work from Ramsey and Danny Welbeck.
On Thursday night, Arsenal host Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League. The two met last Sunday in the Carabao Cup final, which City won comfortably 3-0.
Arsenal are struggling to keep pace with the top-four, with fourth-place Tottenham now ten points ahead of the Gunners in the race for Champions League spots.
The Gunners head into this game on the back of three defeats in their last four games in all outings. Arsene Wenger’s side have been unconvincing in the Premier League too, winning just two of their last seven games in the English top-flight.
Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday was not completely unexpected. The Citizens are runaway league leaders in the Premier League and a cut above most teams in England, if not Europe.
People can talk about a foul for the first goal or an offside for the second goal, but in truth, City were just too good for Arsenal and the Citizens were not even at full pelt. The sheer gap between the two teams was frightening for Arsenal and the fans.