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Joan Laporta wants Arteta at Barcelona 0

Posted on March 01, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Barcelona are set to appoint a new club president very soon, and one of the leading candidates is Joan Laporta who, if he wins, will take up the office he already held between 2003 and 2010. One of his goals, according to the Catalan Radio (via the Mirror), would be to appoint current Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta as the new head coach, should he take charge of the Blaugrana again.

Laporta was the man who appointed Pep Guardiola back in 2008, and Barcelona won three La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League twice apiece during four-year spell under the current Manchester City boss.

Arteta praises Arsenal after Leicester win 0

Posted on March 01, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal seemed to be staring down the barrel of disappointment once again when they took on Leicester City yesterday after they gifted the Foxes an early goal. However, instead of collapsing in on themselves, the Gunners dug deep and really did push back against Leicester in a big way – eventually running out 3-1 winners at the King Power.

One man who was understandably elated by the result is Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. He spoke with the media after what can only be described as one of the most satisfying wins of the season so far.

Arteta looks ahead to Leicester clash 0

Posted on February 28, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal are well aware that they’ll be viewed as the underdogs heading into their game against Leicester City today. Still, even with that being the case, they’ll also know that they’ve got what it takes to overcome the Foxes if they can just get things going early on. Whether or not that happens though, given their inconsistencies, remains to be seen.

Gunners manager Mikel Arteta has taken the time to not only look ahead to the Leicester game, but to also reflect on the success of the win over Benfica.

“Fatigue is a lot of times mental” – Arteta 0

Posted on February 27, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes his players shouldn’t use fatigue as an excuse for anything amid a very tight match schedule.

Having passed through the group stages of the Europa League, the Gunners beat Benfica over two legs in the last 10 days to reach the round of 16, with the 0-1 defeat to table toppers Manchester City last Sunday squeezed in between. Needless to say, the Europa League has one round of the knockout stages more than the Champions League, the next six games will come thick for the team. It’s Leicester City away on Sunday, then Burnley away on Saturday next, Olympiacos on March 11th, the North-London Derby at the Emirates three days later, then the rematch against Olympiacos at the Emirates on the 18th, and eventually West Ham at the London Stadium on the 21st. And after all that, Arsenal welcome Liverpool on April 3rd.

Aubameyang talks about huge win over Benfica 0

Posted on February 27, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal may have done it the hard way, but they did just about manage to edge past Benfica and confirm their spot in the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 16. Bukayo Saka was pinpointed as the leading man who got Mikel Arteta’s side over the finish line, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the one who was able to stick the ball in the back of the net on two separate occasions.

He spoke with the media after the game about the win and said how his nerves were doing knowing that Arsenal needed a goal if they wanted to avoid being dumped out of the competition.

Arsenal to face Olympiacos in Europa League round of 16 0

Posted on February 26, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have been drawn to face Greek side Olympiacos in the round of 16 of this seasons Europa League.

Having drawn the first leg 1-1 against Benfica last week, the Gunners managed to scrape a narrow win in the second, which was incidentally played at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, the home of Olympiacos in Athens. Mikel Arteta’s team took the lead in the 21st minute through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but Benfica leveled through Diogo Concalves in the 43rd and turned the score upside-down through Rafa Silva just after the hour mark. It was now Arsenal’s turn to chase the tie, but fortunately Kieran Tierney leveled again in the 67th minute, before Aubameyang struck his second to send his team through with three minutes to go.

Arteta reacts to dramatic win over Benfica 0

Posted on February 26, 2021 by Harry Kettle

In a game that seemed to go back and forth more times than we can count, Arsenal were able to overcome the odds and beat Benfica to progress into the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League. Aubameyang and Tierney got the goals with Bukayo Saka also putting in a great shift at the Emirates, and now, Arsenal can look ahead to a potential run deep into the competition.

After the game, manager Mikel Arteta spoke about the victory and what it could end up meaning for the club this season.

Arteta shows excitement heading into Benfica showdown 0

Posted on February 25, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal face a really big test tonight as they lock horns with Benfica for a place in the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 16. Nobody is quite sure which direction this game is going to go, especially after the 1-1 draw in the first leg, but the Gunners should definitely be feeling confident about their chances of progressing into the next round.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta knows how important it could be for the club to make a run late in the competition, and he spoke about that and so much more with the media recently.

Xhaka not afraid to play in front of fans 0

Posted on February 24, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

In an interview with BT Sports, Granit Xhaka responded to the abuse he’s been subjected to recently on social media, revealing that he has no issues with playing in front of the fans again.

The Swiss midfielder has always been a controversial character, but things appeared to have gone too far last season when he was booed off the pitch while being substituted at the Emirates against Crystal Palace and aimed some ill-advised words back at the crowd. He was stripped of club captaincy after that by Unai Emery, who was in charge of the team at the time. A series of insults at his expense, and even more unacceptable ones towards members of his family, have been sent his way since then.

Arsenal vs Benfica – Preview 0

Posted on February 24, 2021 by Harry Kettle

After the first leg ended in a 1-1 stalemate, Arsenal are set to go to war with Benfica once again in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League tie this week. The Gunners know that things are on a knife-edge after they were unable to fully get the upperhand on their Portuguese opponents last week, but they should also know they’ve more than got enough in their locker to progress into the Round of 16.

Today, we’re going to give our thoughts on the contest and where we see Arsenal going from here in the competition.

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