The saying goes that football is a beautiful game and it deserves to be played beautifully, and 15 years ago, that was exactly what we were seeing on a week to week basis at Highbury. Arsenal put together a sensational run that left them being dubbed ‘The Invincibles’, and it’s something which actually wound up filtering into the season after they won the title. They went on a phenomenal streak that allowed them to go 49 games unbeaten, which the last of those 49 games coming on this day 14 years ago.
We’re back with yet another trip down memory lane, and while we can’t celebrate it this year, St Totteringham’s Day was in full swing two years ago when many thought it’d be cancelled. If you aren’t aware of what we’re talking about, Arsenal’s 4-0 victory over Aston Villa coupled together with Newcastle United’s 5-1 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur meant that Arsene Wenger’s side finished above their bitter rivals yet again in the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger’s time as manager of Arsenal Football Club is finally coming to an end, and while many are celebrating it, others find themselves feeling a tad nostalgic. After all, most supporters of the Gunners have grown up with the Frenchman as the only real ‘constant’ at the club, and now he’s going to be riding off into the sunset. Well, not quite the sunset depending on whether or not they win the Europa League, but they’ll still have the memories of all the great things he’s done – right?
Talented Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom has joined Sky Bet Championship leaders Brighton on loan until the end of the season, it has been confirmed.
The 21-year-old Gunners talent has seen his first-team opportunities at Arsenal significantly limited as the England Under-21 international has so far made only one start and nine substitute appearances for Arsene Wenger’s team.
The French manager holds the striker in high regard however and has sanctioned another loan spell to aid Akpom’s development.
The host of Championship clubs have registered interest in Arsenal starlet Chuba Akpom, who could be allowed to leave on loan during January transfer window in order to regain fitness after injury.
the England Under-21 international has been hit with a couple of injuries this season and could use regular playing time in the second part of the season to help him restore his form and physicality.
Akpom last appeared for Arsenal in the EFL Cup match against Nottingham Forest, but the latest back problem ruled him out of action for three months.
Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson looks set to leave the club in the January transfer window, with West Ham United and Championship promotion-hopefuls Aston Villa two of the clubs linked with his signature. He could be sent out for his third loan spell with the Hammers, but could also be on his way to Swansea City if rumours are to be believed.
The 24-year-old looked like he’d play a big part in the first-team after being reintroduced to the fray by manager Arsene Wenger this season, and after starting in November’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United. But a poor showing at Old Trafford has seen Jenkinson out of the side and bottom of the pecking order, and it appears Arsenal will sell him next month.
England international Carl Jenkinson has been reintroduced to the Gunners first-team fold this season, but the 24-year-old defender struggled to make his mark in the absence of injured Hector Bellerin.
His performances against Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in November have been particularly below par and the England right-back looks set to leave Emirates during the January transfer window.
Having spent the previous two seasons on loan at West Ham, Jenkinson is in line for another loan spell, with Championship side Aston Villa keen to acquire his services when the transfer market reopens.
Arsenal lock horns with already-relegated Aston Villa in their final Premier League clash this weekend, and while the Gunners could still have a top-two finish to fight for, manager Arsene Wenger might use the opportunity to name fringe players in the side who haven’t heavily featured on Sunday.
The likes of David Ospina, Calum Chambers, Mikel Arteta and Joel Campbell might be given minutes after being completely unused in the second-half of the season, and a select few of the fringe players may be given a farewell ahead of a summer exit.
Arsenal hosts rock-bottom Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, as the Gunners look to record a win in their efforts to finish the campaign as Premier League runners-up.
Arsene Wenger’s side will kick-off this game two points behind arch-rivals Tottenham, who currently occupy second. Spurs’ last game of the campaign is away at relegated Newcastle. Due to a better goal difference a point in the north east would ensure Mauricio Pochettino’s side finish second.
The Gunners head into this clash on the back of a 2-2 draw at Manchester City last time out. City took the lead through Sergio Aguero, but the lead lasted just two minutes as Olivier Giroud headed home an equaliser.
Arsenal will head into their last game of the season at the weekend against Aston Villa with a chance of finishing as Premier League runners-up. The Gunners will kick-off on the final day just two points behind arch-rivals Tottenham.
Tottenham having a wobble in form
Tottenham have failed to win their last two games and that has enabled the Gunners to get within touching distance of their city-rivals. Tottenham rather surprisingly slipped-up against Southampton at home in a game that could have sealed second spot for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.