It’s often hard to measure the success or quality of a footballer at the age of 21, regardless of what some fans may have you believe. They’re often going to be developing and progressing for a few more years yet, and when they reach the age of around 25, you can probably get a good idea of how their career is going to turn out. So then, to all of the Arsenal fans who felt the need to criticise Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ performance against Huddersfield at the weekend, we’d be curious to know what it is you do on a day to day basis.
In all honesty, Arsenal’s 2-1 win at Huddersfield on Saturday was not all that convincing. If the Terriers would have had slightly more quality they really could have got something from the game. It was the story of Huddersfield’s season, as they toiled but lacked a cutting edge in attack to really trouble the Arsenal defence. On another day, Arsenal could have suffered another disappointing away day.
All that mattered was three points
In the end, all that mattered was that the Gunners ending a six-game winless run on their travels that dated back to November. Arsenal have put in some truly lacklustre displays on their travels of late, so to record a victory in Yorkshire has at least stopped the rot when it comes to poor away results.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery believes his team can finish the season by securing a place in next season’s Champions League.
Following the Gunners’ 1-2 win away to Huddersfield on Saturday, the boss spoke about the team’s chances of playing in Europe’s elite club competition in 2019/20, something club chairman Sir Chips Keswick revealed to be of absolute priority as far as the goals of the season are concerned.
Alex Iwobi opened the scoring in the 16th minute with his well-controlled volley picking up a kind deflection and catching Ben Hamer in Huddersfield goal on the wrong foot, Alexandre Lacazette finished off a nice team move and doubled the lead just before halftime, and Sead Kolašinac gave the Terriers a brief hope with a clumsy last-minute own-goal.
Arsenal are a real Jekyll and Hyde team. At home, they are hard to beat, prolific and a formidable opposition for most teams in the top-flight. However, on their travels, they turn into this team that struggle to pick up points.
Unai Emery’s side have picked up just two points from their last six away games in the Premier League while suffering defeats in four of their five matches away from north London.
Huddersfield should be the perfect opponent
That recent away record is poor for a team claiming to have top four aspirations. However, a trip to struggling Huddersfield later today could just prove the perfect tonic for the travel sick Gunners.
Sven Mislintat has ended his time with Arsenal today (Friday). It’s practically impossible to predict where the club will go from here as a number of reports list the likes of former Gunner Marc Overmars and AS Roma’s director of football Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, known around the football world as Monchi.
Together with the former CEO Ivan Gazidis and the current director of football Raul Sanllehi, Mislintat began a sort of revolution at Arsenal, which began in earnest with the dismissal of manager Arsene Wenger after 22 years.
On Saturday afternoon, Huddersfield host Arsenal at the John Smiths Stadium, as the Gunners look to get their challenge for a top-four spot back on track.
Huddersfield are rock bottom of the Premier League table, 13 points away from safety and now destined for a return to the Championship. The Terriers are winless in 12 Premier League games, having suffered 11 defeats in the process.
The arrival of German boss Jan Siewert has done little to stop the rot, as last time out Town suffered a 5-0 defeat at Chelsea. One of the home side’s biggest problems of late has been their inability to find the net, as they have failed to score in five of their last six league games, including their last four matches.
Every single game of football that Arsenal Football Club play, in a competitive sense, is important. It gives fans who may be going to their first game a chance to see the Gunners triumph, and in equal measure, it may allow for a 40-year season ticket holder to keep his passion for the club alive and well. Of course, that’s an obvious statement, but it needs to be repeated because some would argue the game at the weekend isn’t quite as important as the ones against the club’s rivals.
I would say each day I’m still growing and still learning, but negatives, obviously they’re always going to criticise me for my goals and assists, which I need to add to my game if I want to be compared with the people I’m playing with.
“The main thing is just to remain calm. We’ve even been doing some mental work to remain calm under pressure and calm when I’m on the pitch, and this is something I’ve been working on, not just in football but also off the pitch as well.”
Emmanuel Petit has spouted some sharp criticism regarding his former club’s lack of transfer activity last month.
The Frenchman spent three years at Arsenal, from 1997 to 2000, and scored 11 goals in 116 games from his position in centre midfield. He won the Premier League and the FA Cup in 1997/18, and crowned a spectacular season off in style by winning the World Cup with France and scoring the last goal of the tournament as his national team beat Brazil by 3-0 in the final.
According to unconfirmed media reports, Arsenal boss Unai Emery is attempting to force German playmaker Mesut Ozil out of the club by omitting him from the Gunners starting line-up.
Ozil has featured in just one of Arsenal’s last six Premier League games, which was a recent 2-1 home win over Cardiff at the Emirates Stadium.
Rumours out fall out since Emery’s arrival
Ever since Unai Emery’s appointment, there have been rumours and reports to suggest that the Spaniard does not like Mesut Ozil as a player. The German has been in and out of the Gunners team for much of the season.