Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta knows and understands this game, and one of the biggest things to understand with a club like Arsenal is that you simply cannot afford to go on a bad run of form for too long – or it could spell trouble. In their upcoming clash against Chelsea tonight, there’s a very good chance that their top four hopes could be all but finished – and we aren’t even out of January yet.
According to Sky Sports, Atletico Madrid are considering a swoop for Alexandre Lacazette.
The Spanish club have been without the services of Diego Costa for quite a while now, and the former Chelsea striker is set to be out for further two months. His injury has effectively left head coach Diego Simeone with Alvaro Morata as the only option for the position furthest up the pitch, and he plans to counter the problem by dipping into the transfer market this month.
Burnley (A) – Premier League
Away game number three in a row will take place at Turf Moor when Arsenal take on a rejuvenated Burnley side. This is exactly the sort of game that they’ve been struggling with away from home in the last few years, and we think they’re going to struggle again here. Burnley are no pushovers as they were able to prove in their recent clash with Leicester, and they aren’t going to lie down for anyone. We’re predicting a draw, which seems to be Arteta’s favourite kind of result right now.
Newcastle (H) – Premier League
While it hasn’t quite been a baptism of fire for Mikel Arteta during the early stages of his stint as Arsenal manager, he’s certainly had mixed results as he tries to navigate a route towards the top four. Alternatively, the Europa League and FA Cup serve as opportunities for some silverware, with all three targets leading Arteta towards one thing: success, in some form.
Today, we want to look ahead as opposed to looking behind at what has been. The boss needs to be able to change things up and find new angles for the Gunners to exploit, and when you take one look at what the schedule is like over the next few weeks, it isn’t exactly hard to see why.
On whether he thinks we should have had a penalty:
I think it’s very clear.
On whether he’s spoken to the referee about it:
On Gabriel Martinelli stepping up:
Absolutely. He’s an 18-year-old kid with all the enthusiasm but as well, he’s so brave to make decisions, to threaten the opponent every time. He’s all the time in the middle of the goal, waiting for an opportunity to come. The fact he hasn’t played 90 minutes for a while – since his injury – but is still in the way he went about every single action is impressive.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta spoke with the media in a game that felt very ‘lather, rinse, repeat’ as the Gunners drew 1-1 with Sheffield United. They had the lead for a long time before the Blades were able to bite back with an equaliser, and it was clear to see and hear the disappointment from Arteta as the attention now turns towards the Chelsea clash.
On how frustrating the result is:
I’m very disappointed today. I think the performance deserved three points and I think we lost two points. In the Premier League, if you don’t put the game to bed then in the last 10 or 15 minutes this type of team just need a long ball, a second ball, a set-piece, and you can give the points away. That’s it.
There’s no other way to describe what happened on Saturday when Arsenal played Sheffield United at the Emirates than two points thrown out the window.
The game ended in another draw, another lead nullified as Gabriel Martinelli’s first-half tap-in opener was cancelled late by John Fleck’s nicely taken volley. But let’s take a look at a few things that can be taken from this match, one by one.
“I managed to try to block it out a little bit. I was not that active on social media and wasn’t reading comments, I wasn’t too concerned about social media, I just wanted to go back on the pitch and give everything because I knew that in this moment I was not playing the football I know I could play.
I was just talking with the closest people around me like my family, my parents, my wife, my kids, and this helped me to forget about everything. In the morning when I was coming to training, I would just focus on the training and then go back home to spend time with my family. I tried not to read too much stuff that people were saying.
There has been an awful lot of speculation as to whether or not Shkodran Mustafi is going to be leaving Arsenal any time soon. However, there hasn’t really been all too much talk about Mustafi – the man himself, and how he’s doing. He’s had to deal with a great deal of abuse online over the last year or so, and in this feature, he talks about that and so much more.
“We’re only human and we can’t switch off our brains, it’s always going to be there. Once you’ve read criticism – good or bad – it’s going to stay there.
Eddie Nketiah spent the first half of the 2019/20 season on loan at Leeds United, but Arsenal were obviously unhappy with the way things were going with the young forward over there, as Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admitted himself. He made a total of 17 Championship appearances but only two of those were from the start, coupled with another two starts in the Carabao Cup where he scored on both occasions. In total, he bagged five goals in four starts, but Bielsa obviously wasn’t going to give him what a player at his age needs to develop – regular game-time, which was supposed to be the whole point of the loan.