Arsenal picked up a morale-boosting 3-0 victory over Stoke City at the weekend, in a game which could’ve easily wound up being a disaster for the North London club. Thankfully they were able to buck up their ideas in the wake of a horrendous first-half display, and off the back of a sensational performance from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, they came away with a vital three points in order to avoid further damage to their turbulent campaign.
Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Stoke City was a strange one. The convincing final score-line somewhat hides the fact that it was a lucky one too.
With the Europa League game on Thursday in mind, Arsene Wenger rested several players. But the first-half performance was poor by any Arsenal player’s standards – regardless of his status in the squad.
Stoke came into this match to do the best they can to win, that much was clear from the start. There was no bus-parking by Paul Lambert’s men. Being in the middle of a tough relegation battle, they came to the Emirates and brought the game to Arsenal. And for a large part of the contest, we can’t honestly say the Gunners were the better team at all. There was far too much careless play, especially in midfield.
As reported by Sky Sports, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that one of the reasons for today’s poor attendance at Emirates Stadium was because the Gunners aren’t competing for the Premier League title this season. Now, while we don’t entirely agree that the title race has much to do with it, isn’t it nice to hear the Frenchman making some honest proclamations for once?
Arsenal picked up a 3-0 victory over Stoke City this afternoon, and on the face of it, that’s actually quite a good result. Unfortunately, if you watched the game over the course of 90 minutes, you’ll know that it wasn’t a great result at all. In fact, if you’re a lifelong fan of the North London club, it was a little bit humiliating. Being dismantled at Wembley by Manchester City was one thing, but in more ways than one, this was even worse.
Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere are all in a battle against time in order to be fit for the clash with Stoke City on Sunday, according to The Sentinel.
Both Ramsey and Lacazette have returned to full training and are likely to make the cut, and the club are hopeful they will be joined by Wilshere.
Arsenal will be back in Premier League action on April 1st when they take on Stoke City, and courtesy of bet365, we’ve assembled some of the most interesting bets available as the Gunners attempt to secure their place in the top six ahead of Burnley.
It’s clear to see that Arsene Wenger’s men could probably ease to this victory with their eyes shut, but considering the physicality of the Potters combined with their upcoming Europa League tie, it leads us to believe that a handful of stars will be rested – and rightly so.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his frustration at the match officials following Saturday evening’s 1-0 defeat away to Stoke City, believing his side should have had a penalty and believing Alexandre Lacazette’s goal should not have been chalked off. “I think we were unlucky with some decisions from the referee because we scored a regular goal,” Wenger said, reports Sky Sports.
The Gunners had a penalty shout in the first-half after Hector Bellerin was adjudged to have been fouled in the area by Mame Diouf. However, referee Andre Marriner didn’t give it. Wenger was asked if Arsenal should have been awarded a penalty.
Former Liverpool midfielder Steve Gerrard believes Arsenal don’t make life hard enough for their opponents and have become too easy to play against. The ex-English international criticised Arsenal’s defence, highlighting instances where Stoke breached the backline with ease, and says the Gunners’ won’t win a major trophy playing like this.
“They don’t compete well enough, they’re not solid enough, they’re wide open to counter attacks. “They got away with one (against Stoke), (leading) to a fantastic save from Petr Cech. It’s just weak defending and against better opposition they would get punished for this like Leicester did last week,” he said, reports the Express.
Arsenal are big favourites to pick up all three points against Stoke City when the Gunners travel to the Britannia Stadium in Saturday evening’s Premier League clash. Arsenal have started the new Premier League season much more convincingly than their opponents and could find themselves top of the table if results go their way this weekend.
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side came out on top in a seven-goal thriller against Leicester City in their opening game, while Mark Hughes’ Stoke City side suffered a narrow defeat to Everton. Arsenal have won consecutive games ahead of this evening’s meeting, beating Chelsea in the Community Shield before the Leicester victory, while City can’t stop losing.
Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista has joined Spanish La Liga side Valencia for £10m, after making 64 appearances for the Gunners in two years. The Brazilian centre-back was yet to feature this season as he’s recovering from a knee injury, but manager Arsene Wenger deemed him surplus to requirements given the vast options in his stead.
The 26-year-old joined Arsenal in 2015 from Villarreal for around £15m but never managed to nail down a starting place for a prolonged period of time. With the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Laurent Koscielny ahead of Gabriel in the pecking order, chances were always going to be limited. Per Mertesacker and Calum Chambers provide the cover at centre-back, while new-boy Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal can also play in the middle.