The Eurovision Song Contest isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea, but it still makes for an entertaining evening of viewing – even for the most cynical of football fans. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a long look at the Arsenal squad and determine which three names would be best suited to gracing the stage in Lisbon. Of course, you need a certain level of showmanship in order to pull off a high-quality Eurovision performance, and we believe these gentlemen have what it takes.
It’s finally time to say goodbye to Arsene Wenger after more than two decades of him being known as the manager of Arsenal Football Club, as his tenure with the Gunners will come to an end this Sunday when they travel north to face Huddersfield Town. The Terriers have already confirmed their survival courtesy of a midweek draw against Chelsea, and now, they can go into the final game of the season with nothing to worry about – whereas Arsenal will be desperate to register their first away point of 2018 before they have to endure a three-month break before they get another chance at it.
It’s time for yet another trip down memory lane, and unfortunately, this one isn’t quite as favourable. The place was Emirates Stadium and the date was May 11th, 2015, as Arsenal did something that they rarely do late in the season – lose in the league. The defeat came against a Swansea City side who were enjoying an incredibly successful Premier League campaign, which saw them rise up to the lofty heights of 8th position as they finished just two points outside of Tottenham Hotspur in 6th.
While we are unsure of who the next Arsenal boss will be, surely the next man in the Gunners dugout can harness the partnership between forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
When I say partnership, it is not so much a partnership, as the pair do not start up front together. The idea is playing Aubameyang out wide and Lacazette up front. Both players are comfortable and productive in the positions.
Aubameyang considered a replacement for Lacazette
When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived at Arsenal in January after a fruitful spell at Dortmund, many thought that the Gabon international was arriving to replace Lacazette, who in all honesty has enjoyed a decent first season in the English top-flight.
Courtesy of their defeat against Leicester City last night, Arsenal are still without a point away from home in 2018. In case you haven’t checked your calendar lately, it’s May, and in case you’re curious, the Gunners are the only team in the entire English football league system to possess an away record as poor as that this year. Some will call that baffling, but as the games have gone on, it makes all the sense in the world.
In yesterday’s article, I wrote that Leicester were ideal opponents for Arsenal. Maybe Arsenal were, in fact, ideal opponents for the Foxes, who recorded a 3-1 win over the Gunners after Konstantinos Mavropanos saw red after just 15 minutes.
From then on, it was always going to be difficult for the Gunners to end their poor away record. The north London side did score through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang early in the second half, but goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez won the game for the out-of-form Foxes.
Arsenal are still the only team in English league football without an away point in 2018, after suffering a defeat at the hands of Leicester City. The Gunners, who are set to enter their final game under the guidance of manager Arsene Wenger this Sunday, will be praying that they can salvage something from their trip to Huddersfield so that they can avoid the stigma of heading into next season without an away point in 2018 to their name.
While change can often be a difficult thing for people to deal with, in football, it’s one of the biggest aspects of the game. Things evolve and move on every single day, and because of that, most fans are often able to prepare themselves for what’s to come. In regards to Arsenal supporters, however, things are going to feel a little bit different next season as they go ahead with their lives without long-term manager Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal play away to Leicester City this evening. The game’s significance in terms of points and table-placement is absolutely non-existent as it is quite certain the Gunners will finish the season in sixth place. With two games remaining, they have no chance of taking over Chelsea (currently in fifth) or any other team above, and they are quite safe from Burnley below after beating the Cherries in a convincing manner at the weekend.
Be that as it may, the players will want to give their best effort as they prepare to say goodbye to the man that has overseen the arrival, and the whole Arsenal career up to this point, of every single one of them.
One of Arsenal’s main Achilles heels in recent seasons under veteran boss Arsene Wenger has been their away form. In fact, some have described it as the main reason for the Gunners decline in recent years.
Arsenal’s home form has been very strong in recent seasons. However, a lack of mental strength and quality has seen the Gunners lose far too many games on their travels.
Their recent six-game losing run away from home in the Premier League is a classic example of the problem. Arsenal have just two games left under Wenger, both away from home at Leicester this evening and at relegation-threatened Huddersfield on the final day.