The summer is almost upon us, ladies and gentlemen, but unlike last year that doesn’t mean we’re going to get World Cup football. I know, we’re as sad about it as you are, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. The common thought process is that all forms of international football stem from either the World Cup or the European Championships – but that isn’t the case. This summer we’ll get to see a series of tournaments and nations battling it out, but in a different kind of environment.
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The Premier League season has already come to an end, but the Championship season still has one more vitally important game to go before preparations can start for the summer transfer window. We already know that Norwich City and Sheffield United will be returning to the top flight of English football, and they’ll be welcomed back with open arms by most. Aside from that, though, the 2019 Championship play-off final also needs to be decided – and it will be on Monday when Aston Villa face Derby County for the right to play in the Premier League once again.
The transfer rumours have been flying around left, right and center over the course of the last few days in the wake of the summer transfer window officially opening. Now that the window is open, as you can imagine, there will be a series of different rumours with much, much speculation regarding who is going to be going where. Arsenal aren’t going to be immune from all of that, and hopefully, they’re going to wind up being busier than most in the window itself.
There are a lot of elements of the beautiful game that some fans think don’t matter, and that’s okay. A lot of people believe what happens on the pitch is the most important factor, some think it’s all about the fans, and some just want to watch the transfer rumours fly in every summer and during ever January transfer window. It’s a neverending process of ‘back and forths’, but today, we’re here to talk about Arsenal’s kits for next season.
Arsenal have a lot of “transfer ammunition”, the club’ head of football Raul Sanllehi believes.
Speaking in an exclusive interview to the Arsenal official website, the head of football said he feels the club are in a very strong position when it comes to negotiating incoming transfers. He doesn’t feel that any club in the world has an advantage over Arsenal, given the size of this club, its history, its world-wide fanbase, the magnificent stadium and the other facilities at their disposal.
He did, however, stress that Arsenal need to return where they belong – to the Champions League.
The 2019 Europa League final is going to serve as a great showcase of two of English football’s finest clubs, and more specifically, two of London’s. It’s the kind of competition that receives a bad reputation because it isn’t the Champions League, when in reality, the final is almost always contested between some of the best clubs in Europe. This year will be no different as Arsenal prepare to square off against Chelsea – with the game taking place in Baku.
It’s been a little while since Arsenal’s domestic season came to an end, and what a run it was. From 22 games unbeaten (including Europe) to some god awful losses and everything inbetween, Arsenal fans certainly went through a rollercoaster ride of emotions. As we all know, though, there’s still one more game left before the chapter that is the 2018/19 season can be closed forever – and we can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not travel to Baku where the Gunners are set to face Chelsea in the Europa League final, the club have confirmed.
With political tensions between his country and Azerbaijan rising, there have been heavy concerns over the safety of the Armenian on the potential trip. He has already missed the away game against Qarabag in the group stage of the competition because of the problem, and he will now miss the final as well.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 6 goals
Statistics can be a little bit deceiving at times, and while we don’t want to be too harsh, we can’t get around the fact that Mkhi has had a pretty bad season. He came to the club in exchange for Alexis Sanchez who went to Manchester United, and in truth, it’s a deal that hasn’t really benefitted either club all too much. He has a great game every so often, but it’s much too few and far between. Consistency is the key at this level, after all.
Aaron Ramsey – 6 goals
Despite what you may have been led to believe, goalscoring wasn’t actually one of Arsenal’s problems this season – and when you think about how many goals they did score in comparison to how many they conceded, it makes you wonder how much further they could’ve gone if they had been able to sort out their defensive issues. The Gunners scored 73 goals in the Premier League this season with only Manchester City and Liverpool topping that total across the entire division.