During a recent interview with Sky Sports, Arsenal manager Unai Emery claimed, in one way or another, that the Premier League is harder than La Liga. That, in itself, seems like a bizarre revelation to some – but we wholeheartedly believe in it and can completely see where he’s coming from. After all, this is a man who has managed in both and therefore has a fairly good perspective on something that, for the longest time, fans have been heavily debating.
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Arsenal will be returning to the Emirates for the third straight game tomorrow night, as they take on Championship side Brentford in the League (or Carabao if you want to be awkward about it) Cup. The attendances likely aren’t going to be great, as was the case in the Europa League, and that’s one of the primary things that the Gunners need to look out for. This serves as a big day out for the second tier side and they’ll probably bring some impressive numbers, and as a result, there’s a good chance that they’re going to outsing the home side.
Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 on Sunday, and it seems the season has taken a full turn to a promising one. This game is the Gunners’ fourth success in a row after suffering two defeats at the start of the Premier League, and it needs to be said that those defeats happened at the hands of two excellent teams.
The game was won thanks to two strikes from Arsenal’s two most potent attacking players in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but giving a few details a better look, unimportant though they may seem, reveals that some old problems still haven’t been dealt with. Even though Lacazette and Aubameyang did their job upfront and scored the goals, the indisputable fact that the best performer in the team was actually Petr Cech is pretty telling.
The above title may be strange to say, but Arsenal’s performance in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Arsenal was not all positive. The Gunners eventually earned the victory, but for periods of the encounter with the Toffees, mainly the first half, the team from north London looked poor and disjointed.
Here are a few positives I suggest that Arsenal will take from the game:
Life still left in Petr Cech
It would be fair to say that Arsenal may have been going in at half time behind if it were not for the veteran goalkeeper. Cech kept out efforts by Theo Walcott, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison to keep the scores level.
There are positives and negatives that can be taken from any and all Premier League games. Even if you get whitewashed 7-0, there still may be a moment of brilliance that occurred which gives you some kind of hope as you move forward. When it comes to the Gunners, however, there are one or two negatives stemming from the win over Everton yesterday. Don’t get us wrong, it’s great that they were able to secure a 2-0 victory which keeps their winning streak going, but not everything can be perfect in this game and we’ve seen that time and time again – especially with Arsenal Football Club.
There were some nerves heading into Arsenal’s game against Everton at the weekend, which is to be expected given the run they’ve been on as of late. Alas, some fans continue to insist on putting pressure onto the shoulders of the players and management, so it was nice to see that the Gunners answered those calls with a 2-0 victory over the Toffees at the weekend. It certainly wasn’t simple and there were issues littered throughout the squad, but a win is a win – and a clean sheet is a clean sheet.
Arsenal and Everton are two of the longest serving clubs in the top-flight of English football. Arsenal have been ever-present in the top-flight in the post-war years, while only Manchester United have spent more seasons in the English top division than Everton, other than the Gunners of course.
However, recent history has been kinder to the Gunners than the Merseysiders, who have struggled to keep up with the teams now known as ‘the big six’.
Everton Arsenal’s favourite Premier League opponent
Recent history between the two teams has also favoured the team from north London, as Everton have been the Gunners favourite opponent in the Premier League era.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal put four past Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League opener at the Emirates, even though it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Gunners. Two unnecessary late goals for the visitors marred the occasion somewhat with old defensive woes reappearing.
Games like this one, however, can sometimes do wonders for the form of a striker. A few goals in the net of inferior opposition, with all due respect to the Ukranian side, have been known to spark a goal streak for an attacking player, and Aubameyang could get some valuable confidence boost from his fantastic performance on Thursday.
Arsenal’s summer signing Bernd Leno made his first start for the Gunners on Thursday night in a 4-2 Europa League win over Vorskla. The German started in place of usual first-choice Petr Cech and Gunners boss Unai Emery has stated he will play again in the next few matches.
The Spaniard stated that he did not feel that Leno was responsible for either of the visitor’s goals. That means he could start against Everton on Sunday or against Brentford in the League Cup next
It seems as if waiting around every corner is another obstacle for the majority of Premier League clubs these days, especially those that compete in Europe. Arsenal are no strangers to that and despite the fact they managed to come away with the three points from their game against Vorskla last night, that’ll likely be outweighed by the fact that Lucas Torreira hobbled off with a knee injury as thousands upon thousands of fans collectively held their breath.