While it’s not particularly nice to single out players for criticism, sometimes, it’s warranted. A perfect case in point would be Shkodran Mustafi, who put in a series of poor performances towards the end of last season that you could argue cost Arsenal in a big way. Even if you don’t agree with that, it certainly doesn’t seem like he’s going to be able to break into the first team anytime soon.
Sitting down with Sky Sports, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang talked about his expectations from the Saturday’s match against Liverpool and how things will change for them now that the club have signed Nicolas Pepe for a record amount of 79 million euros.
It is no surprise that there are great expectations from the striking trio: Aubameyang himself, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe. Aubameyang and Lacazette had a highly successful season last year even without the newest addition to their team. The two of them scored 50 times between themselves, the former 31 and the latter 19, while Pepe, who played at Lille last season, scored 23 goals.
The Premier League season is underway, and while every single game is going to count for the Gunners, there’s no way of getting around it: they need to have a strong run of form at home if they want to be successful. They’ve struggled away from the Emirates for a few years now, whereas their ability to get the job done at home has consistently gotten them out of jail more times than we can count.
The dust has settled on the opening two games of Arsenal’s Premier League campaign, and there’s a lot to unpack. While there are still 36 games left for us to analyse, we think that there are a few nuggets of information that can be picked out from what has been, undoubtedly, a really positive start to the campaign for the Gunners.
Two wins out of two against Newcastle United and Burnely have set them up for a nice run as they prepare for games against Liverpool and Tottenham, which, as you can imagine, will pose them a few more problems. One of the main men heading into those encounters, and many of their games between now and the end of the season, will be Dani Ceballos.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery says he will not let their last year’s result against Liverpool get to him and the team.
The two clubs last met in December 2018. Although Ainsley Maitland-Niles provided Arsenal with an initial lead during the eleventh minute of the game, that goal was followed by two of Firmino’s, one of Mane’s, Salah’s penalty goal and finally the completion of Firmino’s hat-trick, which resulted in Arsenal’s devastating 5-1 defeat.
Emery thinks that each season is different and that looking at and comparing this one to that one, two, three or more years ago is not the right thing to do, but rather to be and play at this moment.
It’s time for another trip down memory lane, but this time, it’s going to be a little bit broader. While Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 5-3 on this day 15 years ago to keep their famous 49-game unbeaten run going, we find the actual run itself to be more interesting than anything else. Fourty-nine games unbeaten, at the highest level of English football, is utterly perplexing and we can only picture two teams in the current era replicating that: Liverpool and Manchester City.
Arsenal face an uphill challenge this weekend, and even that may be putting it lightly. Even the most optimistic of Gunners fans will admit that it’s going to be tricky for them to beat Liverpool, who were able to win their first two games of the brand new Premier League season. Of course, Arsenal have also been able to do that, so in those terms you’re probably wondering why people are so scared of them.
In his interview with Arsenal’s website, Mesul Ozil talks about what he finds important in football – and also has some advice for the future football talents. The 30-year-old takes us back to the beginning of his career, when he was playing for the German club Schalke 04.
The German midfielder moved to the youth system of Schalke in 2005 and it was thought that he would do wonders for the club after he had made Schalke’s first team. Nevertheless, he had a falling out with the club and reportedly refused to renew his contract because he thought he was worth more than the annual fee of 1.5 million euros that he was being offered.
Robin van Persie was never offered a deal extension prior to his leaving the Gunners to join their rival, Manchester United, he told BT Sport. The controversial move took place in 2012 and it cost the Red Devils £24 million.
The former Dutch forward spent eight years at the Emirates Stadium after joining from his hometown club Feyenoord for £2.75 million in May 2004. He fit in well into the team and met the club’s expectations performance-wise. In total, he scored 132 goals in 278 games for the Gunners over eight seasons.
There are a million and one different things you could say about the Kroenkes, but after the summer transfer window that Arsenal had, it’s difficult not to praise the family for finally pulling their finger out. As reported by BBC, Josh Kroenke took it upon himself to take part in an interview recently in which he opened up about a series of different topics.
As opposed to trying to break it all down, we’ll allow you to form your own thoughts on what he has to say.