March 23, 2019 by
Arsenal central midfielder Granit Xhaka has raised question marks over his future with the club in an interview with a publication in his homeland.
In part of the interview with newspaper Tagblatt, Xhaka is quoted as saying: “I’m very ambitious, I want to take the next step, Arsenal does not have to be the last stop,”
Typical interview on an international break
This is typical of what the foreign press tends to do when players are back in their country on international duty. They tend to take their opportunity to stir the pot, as it were and encourage players to say things they probably would not to the British press. .......Read more here.....
March 21, 2019 by
Pretty soon it’ll be a year since Arsene Wenger left Arsenal, in a move that many fans had seen coming for quite some time now. After a few poor years in charge it felt like a change of pace was needed, and that was pretty much a unanimous decision amongst fans and media members alike. Since then Unai Emery has taken over as the new boss at the Emirates, and while there have certainly been some bumpy moments along the way, we’d say that things have gone pretty well up to this point. .......Read more here.....
February 25, 2019 by
Sunday’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Southampton moved Arsenal back into the top four of the Premier League. A very favourable midweek home game against Bournemouth means that the Gunners should remain in the last Champions League qualification spot until at least next weekend.
It is a good position for Unai Emery’s team to find themselves in at this stage of the campaign. Hopefully, the spirit will remain positive for the remainder of the campaign.
Slight progress under Emery
It would be rather silly to claim that Arsenal have improved immeasurably under Unai Emery. The team still have some of the same weaknesses that were on display in the later years of Arsene Wenger’s reign. .......Read more here.....
February 19, 2019 by
Arsene Wenger has revealed some concerning thoughts about Mesut Ozil.
Wenger, as you know, sat in the Arsenal dugout for 22 years and the club went through a significant rise during his tenure, winning the Premier League three times, producing an unbeaten league season, reaching a Champions League final, producing a large number of great players.
Ozil, of course, wasn’t made by Wenger or Arsenal. He played two seasons for Schalke 04 and four for Werder Bremen in his homeland, before he really made his name playing for Real Madrid from 2010 to 2014 and winning the 2014 World Cup with Germany. He arrived to the Emirates as a fully formed star, for a club-record fee at the time, officially undisclosed but reported to be around €50 million. .......Read more here.....
January 30, 2019 by
Arsenal recorded a 2-1 win over a resilient Cardiff City side at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. Star striker Pierre Aubameyang was involved in both of the Gunners goals, scoring and also producing an assist. The Gabon international had previously been prolific with former club Dortmund and he has picked up from where he left off in the Premier League.
Involved in 21 goals this season
Aubameyang has been involved in 21 goals in the English top-flight this season, scoring 15 goals and producing assists. He has 18 goals in all competitions for the Gunners, so it is far too say he has enjoyed a productive campaign this season. .......Read more here.....
January 16, 2019 by
According to various newspaper reports, including the Independent, Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is set to quit his position at the club. The German has been in the position just over a year after arriving at the club in November 2017 from Dortmund. Reports suggest that former Gunners midfielder Edu
A transfer supremo
Mislintat was labelled as some sort of transfer supremo when he arrived at the club. He built an excellent reputation for himself at Dortmund, helping to spot many of the stars of Jurgen Klopp’s team that thrived earlier in the decade. .......Read more here.....
January 12, 2019 by
The recent news that Arsenal are not going to make any permanent signings in the January transfer window is concerning. Spanish boss Unai Emery can only do so much in training to improve players.
On his arrival in the summer, Arsenal needed to strengthen their squad to mount a challenge for a top four spot this season. Emery spent the limited budget the best he could, but in truth, his transfer kitty was more like a whip around by Premier League standards. .......Read more here.....
December 25, 2018 by
Having sat at the helm for 22 years, Arsene Wenger left Arsenal after last season ended. The Frenchman won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cup trophies and just as many Community Shields. That is, however, one way of looking at his reign. The other would be the fact that the last league title came in 2004, which means he went 14 years without one, and despite coming very close in 2006, there was no real European success. .......Read more here.....
December 20, 2018 by
Having started out at Schalke 04 where he played two seasons, Mesut Ozil moved to Werder Bremen in January, 2008. His three seasons there were enough to convince Real Madrid of his qualities, and when his €50million transfer to Arsenal in 2013 had officially been confirmed, Cristiano Ronaldo publicly bemoaned his departure from Santiago Bernabeu as he believed Ozil was the player to understand his movements ahead of the ball better than any other of his teammates. .......Read more here.....
November 27, 2018 by
There has been a lot made of Unai Emery’s decision to bench Mesut Ozil for the Gunners 2-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday. As is always the case with big selection decision, the rumours of a rift between the player and boss emerge.
Good management by Emery
However, the decision has a simple tactical one by Emery. The Spaniard knew that the Bournemouth would be quite physical in nature, so decided to pick a team to suit the game. .......Read more here.....