We’ve spoken about it before and we’ll speak about it until we’re blue in the face: the international break is almost over, and domestic football is almost upon us. It’s a wonderful thing to behold, but we can’t allow the excitement to cloud over the fact that this is going to be a very stressful point of the campaign for Arsenal.
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The Premier League is set to return to our television screens this weekend, and that’s something that will actively excite the masses – or, at least, it should. Many football fans have a love-hate relationship with the international break and while we can understand that to an extent, that doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate how fun the UEFA Nations League has been. Alas, with that disclaimer out of the way, we do need to fanboy a little bit about seeing Arsenal return to action.
“Definitely! My career started here and there it is a goal, actually, my dream to return someday. That certainly won’t be the case at 28, I’ll be honest. It’ll probably be more like Alex Frei, who’s the best example of how to do it. He came back once he was in his thirties, but still performed and helped FCB win a few titles. Of course, the expectations are high when you come back again, but it is clearly a dream”.
We’re revisiting one of our favourite subjects in the whole world (can you sense the sarcasm?) – yes, we’re referring to Aaron Ramsey. The Gunners midfielder has had what many would describe as an interesting journey throughout the course of the last twelve months at the Emirates, and people would interpret the word ‘interesting’ in many different ways. Essentially, the Welshman has been embroiled in a contract dispute with the club, and it feels like it’s never going to end.
In his interview with Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka has expressed his desire to move back to Basel at the twilight of his career.
The midfielder started his career there and played two seasons for the club from his hometown before moving to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012. He arrived to the Emirates four years later as a marquee signing under Arsene Wenger, and so far he has played more than 100 games in an Arsenal shirt. Apart from that, he has racked up 68 caps as a Swiss international despite being only 26 years old.
As the departure of Aaron Ramsey after a decade of service to Arsenal approaches, slowly but at this point inevitably, the situation doesn’t seem likely to stop attracting the public eye for a long time yet. The latest report suggests the Welshman is set to join Bayern Munich on a free transfer once his contract finally expires at the end of the season.
It is widely known, even the player himself confirmed it, that negotiations took place and an agreement on a new deal was close being achieved, when the club suddenly withdrew their offer and left the table, apparently hinting that there wouldn’t be another one.
As much as you may not like it, the international breaks often play a big role in the beautiful game and that’ll likely continue to be the case for many, many more years to come. We can understand why a lot of fans aren’t in favour of that but it’s just the way things go, and as long as we have to deal with them, it’s probably in our best interests to keep an eye on the Arsenal stars that will be competing throughout the world.
“This team is very difficult to break down or to break their defensive lines and they transition very quickly. Our idea changed a little because we needed to take more risks.
“The team played with character and we had chances to draw before (we scored).”
These are the words of Unai Emery when discussing the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, but something that was arguably even more interesting than that was the fact that he said he wasn’t happy with the result. Of course, that’s something many would’ve expected him to say, but it’s still interesting to hear.
Speaking to the BBC, Reiss Nelson has revealed his wish to become an Arsenal legend one day.
The 18-year-old has joined Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for the 2018/19 season after signing a five-year contract extension with the Gunners, and it’s proving to be valuable experience in terms of his development. In fact, he has even played in three Champions League games this season, which is, unfortunately, something that the rest of Arsenal cannot say about themselves.
There’s no point in saying otherwise: the international break is a painful thing to endure for the majority of football fans, but as is the case during every single edition of it, we think it’s best to look on the positive side of things as opposed to the negative. Sure, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of berating international teams and their need to play all year round, but that doesn’t always need to be the case. Sometimes, we can take an objective view of things, which we understand can be a bit of a foreign concept to football fans sometimes.