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The Guendouzi issue 0

Posted on February 24, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

You’ve probably heard or read somewhere by now that there were some disciplinary issues with Matteo Guendouzi during Arsenal’s winter-break trip to Dubai, after which the midfielder was dropped for the Newcastle encounter. In his weekly column for The Athletic, David Ornstein has thrown some light on what happened there.

Apparently, Guendouzi was involved in a row with another player (whom Ornstein doesn’t name), after which manager Mikel Arteta spoke sharply to both culprits. However, it was Guendouzi who received a stronger reprimand, with Arteta perceiving him as the more guilty party.

Arteta reacts to dramatic win over Everton – part 2 0

Posted on February 24, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On whether wins like this will convince Auba to sign a new contract:
Hopefully. Not just the wins but as well what we are trying to do. Does he really enjoy walking out onto the pitch every time he goes? It’s very much part of what we are trying to build here and I think he is with that mindset at the moment.

On whether he initially questioned Aubameyang’s attitude about defending:
I had two questions [about Auba’s attitude to defending]. One was whether he wanted to do it, or could he not do it physically? So once I found out that physically he could do it, it was about convincing him to do it and that he can do it every three days. He’s showing that.

Arteta reacts to dramatic win over Everton – part 1 0

Posted on February 24, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal faced a stiff challenge at the Emirates this weekend when they went head to head with Everton. In an incredibly dramatic, back and forth clash of styles, it was the Gunners who came away with a huge 3-2 win. Now, the big question is whether or not they can sustain this momentum.

Prior to all that we heard from Mikel Arteta who spoke about Arsenal’s win against his former side.

Arsenal edge past Olympiakos 0

Posted on February 22, 2020 by Harry Kettle

The hope and expectation for the game against Olympiakos on Thursday night was that Arsenal wouldn’t make things too hard for themselves and that they’d pick up a comfortable victory heading into the second leg. While the scoreline may not suggest comfort, the good old ‘1-0 to the Arsenal’ rang true once again as the Gunners beat the Greek side to establish a lead ahead of next week’s tie at the Emirates.

Mustafi open to Arsenal stay after ‘rebuilding relationship’ with fans 0

Posted on February 21, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Shkodran Mustafi is open to the possibility of staying with Arsenal past the summer, feeling that he has managed to rebuild his relationship with the club’s supporters, as revealed by the Evening Standard.

The 27-year-old defender has been on the brink of departure for a long time having failed to impress. His mistakes have often cost Arsenal points, and that has, naturally, led the supporters to lose faith in his quality. Many, including us here, have openly declared Mustafi not good enough to represent a club aiming for the top end of the Premier League, but it seems the centre-back is finally doing the best he can to prove otherwise. Since Mikel Arteta took over from interim boss Freddie Ljungberg, Mustafi has been given another chance ahead of the likes of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Rob Holding, and his performances have taken an upwards trajectory. Against Olympiacos in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday, he was nothing short of fantastic.

Saka wants European football 0

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

The danger of losing one of the most exciting young prospects at the club is slowly approaching the Emirates, it seems.

Bukayo Saka, a winger by default, has broken onto the Premier League in style. Even though he has played most of his 11 (of 25 in total) appearances in all competitions as a left-back, his enormous potential found a way to shine through. It’s certainly an exciting prospect imagining his skills, further honed and sharpened, providing great joy for Arsenal fans in the future, but other clubs obviously want some of that for themselves too.

Arteta looks ahead to Olympiacos clash – part 2 0

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On young players and what gives him confidence to use them against Olympiacos:
It’s part of the process. You don’t know until you expose them. They can have the best of intentions but they need to go to a stadium like this and when they make a mistake or a bad decision, have the courage to try again and play again. I want to see that in my players whether they are 17 or 35. That’s what I expect from them. If they keep trying, they have my full support. If they hide after that, I don’t like it. But from what I’ve seen up to now, every time they play on the field, they’re responding really, really well and that’s why I’m hoping and I’m sure they will do the same tomorrow.

Arteta looks ahead to Olympiacos clash – part 1 0

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On his first European cup game as a manager:
Well, it’s another big competition for us. The run that the club has been through in this competition and last year as well makes it really important for the objectives that we have for the season, and we know the type of game we are expecting tomorrow. Papa has made us even more aware of that, if we had any doubts. We have to be ready.

Team News: Ozil and Torreira left out of Greece trip 0

Posted on February 19, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

As Arsenal prepare to take on Olympiacos in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday, it has been confirmed that both Mesut Ozil and Lucas Torreira aren’t available for selection.

Ozil has been given permission not to travel for personal reasons, and while the club haven’t provided any further details, BBC report that they “understand” the attacking midfielder’s wife is expected to give birth to their first child soon. As for Torreira, the Uruguay international is currently ill and has been left at home for that reason, though if by some chance he recovers in time, he could yet fly to Athens to join the team for the match.

Europa League priority? 0

Posted on February 19, 2020 by Harry Kettle

The amusing part about getting into Europe is that the primary focus, more often than not, then switches towards trying to achieve qualification the very next season. Football should be all about living in the moment and for large periods of this campaign, many Arsenal supporters have already started talking about the future under Mikel Arteta.

The next step

While we also think the future is going to be bright if Arteta is able to implement his style at the Emirates, that doesn’t really matter at this moment in time. What does matter is the season we’re currently in the midst of and the progress Arsenal are making on all fronts.

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