It seems as if waiting around every corner is another obstacle for the majority of Premier League clubs these days, especially those that compete in Europe. Arsenal are no strangers to that and despite the fact they managed to come away with the three points from their game against Vorskla last night, that’ll likely be outweighed by the fact that Lucas Torreira hobbled off with a knee injury as thousands upon thousands of fans collectively held their breath.
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Arsenal managed to dispatch of Vorskla last night en route to a 4-2 victory, as they opened up their Europa League campaign in the only way they know how – by keeping their fans on their toes throughout the course of 90 minutes. By all accounts it was another successful night at the office for Unai Emery, who took the club’s current winning streak to four games in all competitions. Sure, that may not seem all too impressive given the kind of opposition they’ve been up against, but you can only beat what’s put in front of you and they’ve certainly done well to recover from the position they were in after the first two games of the Premier League campaign.
Despite the signing of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for around £20million this summer, Petr Cech has been the first-choice goalkeeper for Arsenal under Unai Emery so far. His performances have, however, been far from impressive as he struggled initially with the Spaniard’s demand to play the ball out from the back, a trait that requires the ‘keeper to be good with the ball at his feet. Three straight wins after two opening defeats may have taken some of the heat off the Arsenal No. 1 at the moment, but new challenges are just around the corner.
It’s time for yet another trip down memory lane, and in this instance, we’re going seven years into the past in order to have a look at a game that some may think isn’t all that important. The encounter was a League Cup tie against Shrewsbury Town, and as you can imagine, a lot of fans didn’t really care about the game at the time. Alas, when Shrewsbury took the lead at the Emirates in the first half, people began to sit up and take notice.
Tonight will see Arsenal return to the competition that provided them with their biggest heartache last season – the Europa Leauge. Their defeat over two legs against Atletico Madrid ensured that they would not be playing Champions League football in 2018/19, and everyone there that night for the second leg was fully aware of it – as well as the millions watching around the world. Now, however, we’re in a new era with a new manager, and personally, it feels like there’s a little bit of excitement in the air.
Arsenal are set to face Ukranian side Vorskla at the Emirates in their first European game of the season on Thursday evening, and manager Unai Emery spoke to the press ahead of the clash.
Changes in the team?
Although, like every season, Arsenal play in four competitions, the best 11 players will take to the pitch as the manager believes it’s all about improving both tactically and individually at this point. It seemed as Emery was announcing a line-up pretty much the same as the one he’s been fielding in the Premier League, but then he made things a bit clearer.
Ivan Gazidis has finally walked through the back door of the Emirates for what will likely be the last time, joining AC Milan in the process as their new chief executive. While the saga didn’t actually go on for that long in the public eye, it certainly turned a lot of heads throughout the course of the last few weeks. Some people feel as if this is a really big moment for the Gunners and the history books, but others, correctly, realise that Ivan Gazidis didn’t actually do that much or accomplish all too much throughout the course of his time with the club.
Every team wants to be playing Champions League football. If they try and claim that they don’t then they’re lying to themselves, because being able to compete amongst the best clubs from around the continent – and the world – should always be viewed as a privilege. Of course, the qualifiers allow for all different kinds of teams to edge their way through to the group stages and beyond, but here in England, it’s a little bit trickier to ensure that you get the chance to show what you’re made of in the competition.
Ivan Gazidis has resigned from his position as the Arsenal CEO, the club have confirmed. His departure was an object of speculation throughout the summer, and the saga has finally reached its end as he will now take that same position in Italy at AC Milan.
Gazidis has issued a message to the fans in which he revealed he felt privileged to have been a part of the club for 10 years. He believes he has done his best to prepare Arsenal for a new chapter of its history, leaving them with ‘world-class facilities and outstanding leaders’, and he has expressed huge faith in manager Unai Emery, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and chief commercial officer Vinai Venkatesham.
Look, we don’t like being negative or disparaging to former players of Arsenal Football Club, because there’s just no point in doing so. Every single man and woman who has pulled on that famous strip has contributed something towards the lineage of this football team, whether it be for good or for bad. Sure, we can debate how effective or impactful they were during their time here, but we should never go as far as to openly criticise them when the issue has been put to rest.