The dust has settled on Monday Night Football, in a game that saw Arsenal walk away with a nice 1-0 win over Watford. It was a hard fought encounter to say the least with both teams giving it their all, but in the end, it was the Gunners who came away with the three points. It was an important three points, too, as it ensured that Unai Emery’s men were able to bounce straight back up into the top four – which is where they’ll hope to stay with just a handful of games remaining in the Premier League season.
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If we’ve learned one thing over the course of the last few decades in the world of football, it’s that remaining as safe as you possibly can be is one of the most important aspects of the game. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a player, a media member or a fan, because one way or another, that should be the main priority. We aren’t suggesting you can’t have fun at the same time, but what we are saying is that you need to be reasonable about it.
The rest of the Premier League have had their say on proceedings throughout the course of the weekend, and tonight, it’s time for Arsenal to step up to the plate. They’ll be playing on Monday Night Football this evening, as they attempt to springboard their way back into the top four – and back into contention for a Champions League spot. However, this isn’t the only game that they’ll be playing this week, as Gunners fans around the world gear up for what should be an incredibly busy schedule.
Football has had a lot of dark days throughout the course of its history, but April 15th, 1989 was one of the worst. On that day 96 football fan went to a game and never came home again, with today marking the 30th anniversary of the tragedy. In truth, there’s nothing we can really say that you haven’t heard before regarding just how much of an impact this has had on the football world – and Liverpool Football Club – in the last three decades.
Instead, we’re just going to share this poem, and with it, we remember all of those who lost their lives. We will never forget.
Arsenal are set to visit Watford on Monday evening, looking to return to fourth place by beating the Hornets and leapfrogging Manchester United and Chelsea.
But in order to do that little thing, the Gunners will have to not be themselves in terms of their away performances this season. Only Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth have failed to get anything against Unai Emery’s men in their own stadiums, and that has been the biggest downside to the manager’s first season in charge.
Arsenal managed to register one of their most important results of the season so far last night, as they defeated Napoli 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League quarter final tie. It was a comprehensive victory over the Italian side from the first whistle until the very last, and because of that, there have been some mixed reactions to the game from Gunners fans. Before kick off 99% of supporters would’ve bitten your hand off if you offered them a 2-0 win, but now, that mentality seems to have shifted.
As reported by BBC Sport, the victory over Napoli last night appears to have been dampened by the actions of idiots – and that’s the only real way of putting this, to be perfectly honest. You see, despite the fact that we currently find ourselves in the year 2019, there are some people that just refuse to be progressive in any way, shape or form. Case in point: Arsenal are investigating reports that racial abuse was directed towards Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly last night.
An Arsenal Academy product, Reiss Nelson made his first-team debut under Arsene Wenger in 2017/18, which turned out to have been the Frenchman’s last season in charge. He made 16 appearances that term – quite a decent number for a player only 18 years old at the time, though half of them came in the Europa League.
Following the arrival of Unai Emery to the dugout last summer, Nelson was sent to rack up some experience to Hoffenheim and scored on his debut against Fortuna Dusseldorf. To this day, he has made 24 appearances for the Bundesliga side in all competitions and scored six times.
- The Gunners knocked out CSKA Moscow at this stage of the Europa League last season (6-3 on aggregate) before falling to Atletico Madrid in the semi finals.
- The stage doesn’t matter because, to us, this is the same as the Atletico game – just at a different stage. Their games in this competition won’t get much harder than this one on paper, and they need to remain focused.
- Arsenal have been beaten just once in their last 17 home games in the UEFA Cup/Europa League (W12 D4) – losing 1-2 to Ostersunds FK in the last 32 in 2017-18.
It’s game day folks, as Arsenal gear up to take on a Napoli side that are going to pose them more issues than most teams have throughout the course of the season so far. The Gunners are in a prime position to make a solid run all the way through to the Europa League final, but of course, the Italian side shouldn’t be taken lightly by any stretch of the imagination. It’s going to be a pretty back and forth affair based on the last few encounters these two teams have shared with one another, and generally, it’s pretty easy to predict that given how both teams play.