Odd stories are pretty common during the international break, mainly because everyone is just counting down the days until domestic football returns to our screens. From the Coleen Rooney scandal to whatever is happening in parliament these days, it’s hard to keep away from the downright bizarre at times like this. As such, this story about former Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech joining a lower league English ice hockey team kind of feels a bit normal.
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Tony Adams is widely considered to be one of the greatest players to ever pull on the famous red and white strip, and as a result, a lot of fans will always hold a special place in their heart for him. Today, as Tony celebrates his 53rd birthday, we take a look back at an interview he shared with Arsenal.com where he discussed his most notable Arsenal moment.
“It was [for my debut on] November 5, 1983,” he told Arsenal Player. “I was a bag of nerves and in the first minutes someone threw me the ball and I fell over. They put the ball in the back of the net and we were 1-0 down.
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has opened up on the way the club lost the services of Serge Gnabry, who has gone on to shine for Bayern Munich.
Gnabry made his professional debut for Arsenal at the age of 17, back in 2012 when he entered a League Cup clash against Coventry City in the 72nd minute in the place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and he went on to play a total of 18 games for the club before leaving on loan to West Bromwich Albion in 2015. The temporary move was cancelled and he returned to the Emirates the following winter due to not getting enough game-time with the Baggies. Wenger says he tried to “rebuild” him following that “very bad experience” which had destroyed his confidence.
Courtesy of Arsenal.com, the full list of Gunners stars that are going to be heading out in international duty has been revealed. While many of us will spend the next two weeks praying that nobody gets injured and everyone returns with a full bill of health, we all know there’s a chance that won’t happen.
Alas, all we can do for now is praise them and hope that they put in the kind of performance that will give them confidence heading back into Premier League and Europa League action.
Nicolas Pepe should be given time to adapt to playing for Arsenal, according to former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
After failing to land Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace this summer with two bids reportedly rejected for the Ivorian, the club moved on and signed Pepe from Lille for £72 million. Since the start of the season, the 24-year-old has played in every competitive game apart from the 5-0 thrashing of Nottingham Forrest in the Carabao Cup. His total at the moment stands at one goal and three assists from 10 games, eight in the Premier League (six starts), and two in the Europa League.
Arsenal defender Calum Chambers put in a strong showing during the win against Bournemouth, to the point where many Gunners fans are calling him the club’s saviour from a defensive standpoint. As reported by Arsenal.com, the man himself is excited and ready to learn from one of his senior teammates at the back – David Luiz.
“David has been brilliant, he has come in and no-one in the club has a bad word to say about him,” he said. “He is one of the nicest guys I have met, he talks to you, gives you advice and makes everyone feel like he is giving you his undivided attention.
Arsenal’s attacking prowess this season is one of the most exciting aspects of the entire squad, and there’s no point in hiding that fact – because it’s worth bragging about and getting excited over. Still, even with that being the case, it’s somewhat odd to see former Gunners forwards doing great things away from the club, and it makes you wonder about what could’ve been.
Serge Gnabry is a really obvious example, with his abilities being highlighted during his four goal showing against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League for Bayern Munich. However, on a weekend when Spurs, Manchester City and Manchester United all lost games that they probably should’ve won, we still feel like our attention outside of the club is being drawn towards North America as opposed to anything else.
Another weekend of Premier League action is in the books, and with eight games gone, we can start to take a look at what the realistic goals are going to be for every single team in the top flight this season. Thankfully for Arsenal it appears as if they’re going to be challenging for the top four once again, but their position in the table is kind of a default one due to how badly the usual top six are performing at this moment in time.
Arsenal go head to head with Bournemouth later on today, but ahead of the game itself, Gunners boss Unai Emery took the time to speak to the media as noted by Arsenal.com.
On injuries from the Standard Liege clash:
Good afternoon, it’s a very short time to know how we are going to be with the players on Sunday. Tomorrow’s training is going to be very important because some players who played yesterday will be tired. But above all, at the beginning it’s only Lacazette who is continuing away from the team. I am waiting on the other players to be ready.
Arsenal will return to action this weekend as they prepare to host Bournemouth in the Premier League at the Emirates. They’re coming off the back of a comprehensive win against Standard Liege in the Europa League earlier this week, with many fans and pundits believing that if Unai Emery can resolve his tactical and defensive issues, they’ll be able to go on a little bit of a run in all competitions.