After the failed loan switch of Barcelona’s Denis Suarez and Arsenal’s decision not to trigger the option to buy that had been inserted in that deal, the Gunners closed the deal on similar terms with Real Madrid and brought in Dani Ceballos for 2019/20. The only difference is, that apparently at the request of the player himself, no such option has been included this time as the midfielder had plans to return to Madrid and fight for a place in the Santiago Bernabeu sun.
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Last night marked England’s 1000th international as a senior team and that, in itself, is an achievement. Thankfully the even bigger achievement was qualifying for UEFA Euro 2020, and they did so in style with an utterly ruthless display of attacking force in the form of a 7-0 battering against Montenegro. The punishment started early as England got into a rhythm within a matter of minutes, and by half time, the Three Lions managed to stick five past their opposition – and they only needed a point to get themselves over the finish line in the first place.
There have been plenty of divisive figures within Arsenal Football Club over the years, and sometimes there have been too many to count. As the years go by, however, those grudges and divisive issues start to fall away – and in place of them we have new villains and issues, which is kind of a sickening indication of what life itself is like in 2019. But, anyway, moving on.
Today we’re going to run down the things we think are great and the things we think aren’t so great when it comes to good old Unai Emery. We say good old, but of course, it’s well known that Emery has been struggling to really find his footing within the realms of the Emirates over the last few months and beyond.
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.
When the international break dawns on you it can be easy to get distracted with issues that don’t usually pop up when the domestic season is in full flow. That’s kind of one of the amusing points of the international break because not only does it give us a break from seeing Arsenal disappoint us every week, but it also opens our eyes up to a multitude of other issues.
It’s time for yet another international break, and in Europe, it could prove to be a big one. The European Championships are set to take place next summer, and the qualifiers that are going to take place over the next two weeks will help us to determine which nations will actually be competing in the tournament.
Pushing past it
For most of them getting over the finish line is nothing more than a formality, but for others, they really need to graft and grind in order to make it to UEFA Euro 2020. Of course, there are a lot of fans out there who simply do not care about anything related to the international break, which is something we’d quite like to talk about today.
Arsenal knew that the game against Leicester City this past weekend was huge in terms of Unai Emery’s future with the club. While the Foxes have been on a superb run of form, the Gunners still knew they had to put in a solid enough performance to warrant keeping the Spaniard on beyond the international break. In the end, they didn’t do much to convince the boardroom that he should be given another chance.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has emerged as a potential target for Barcelona next summer, according to reports in Spain.
Luis Suarez, who almost joined Arsenal back in 2013 before he led Liverpool’s ultimately doomed title chase the following season and moved to Barcelona afterwards, has turned 32 and his form isn’t what it used to be. Injuries have also started creeping in on the controversial Uruguayan, and it seems the end of his bliss is very near. Naturally, they will be aware of that at the Catalan club, and various reports have been linking them with a host of strikers that would perhaps be able to replace him. They still haven’t signed such a player, and El Chiriguito now claim they have started looking at Aubemayang.
Arsenal’s Europa League campaign was the one constant that fans could seemingly rely on this season, but earlier this week, even that was taken away from them just a touch as they were unable to secure all three points against Vitoria SC. The first game against the Portuguese side just a few short weeks ago served as a warning sign that this game wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. On that occasion they had Nicolas Pepe to bail them out, but it soon became clear lightning wasn’t going to strike twice.
On being surprised by Vitoria’s quality:
HB – No, I wasn’t surprised at all because even though they lost the first two games in the group stage, we knew they were very tight games, and that [the opposition] had to score goals at the end or that they scored through set pieces. We knew they were a team with a lot of quality and very physical players, with quick and creative players at the top. We analysed the last few games they played, and knew it wouldn’t be easy. It was harder than some people expected, but we knew it and not every game will be easy. It was a hard game, and Pepe won it at the end with the free kick. Obviously we play away from home, they will have the home crowd, so we expect it to be harder but we are ready.