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Gunners firing under Unai Emery 0

Posted on October 08, 2018 by David Nugent

One of the main concerns when Unai Emery first arrived at Arsenal this summer was the defence. The defensive situation has not changed radically and the team could still be slightly more solid. However, at the minute the way the attacking players are performing, the defensive issues have been cast aside.

Fantastic second half at Fulham

The Gunners 5-1 win at Fulham on Sunday was a superb result. However, at half time the game was truly in the balance at 1-1. Emery’s side had not produced first 45 minutes of football.

Foreign soil 0

Posted on October 02, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal’s Europa League journey this season will be continuing with a trip to face Qarabag in the country of Azerbaijan. It’s not exactly a secret that these kinds of trips take their toll on the majority of teams who have to compete both in Europe and domestically, even though it’s obviously a nice bonus for the fans.

Intriguing trip

One thing that we can and will say about heading to somewhere like Azerbaijan is that it probably won’t be like anything the Gunners’ faithful have experienced before. It’s a unique country in more way than one, and it’ll be interesting to see how the supporters manage that. It’s not like it’s the most dangerous place in the world but travelling fans do need to be a little bit cautious, if only for the sake of covering all bases.

Arsenal fortunate to beat Watford 0

Posted on September 30, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 2-0 win at home against Watford at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. The Gunners needed two goals in the last ten minutes to record the victory over the visitors.

The victory was Arsenal’s seventh straight win in all competitions. However, it was another unconvincing display. On another day, the Hornets could have left north London with something, maybe even maximum points.

Leno kept Arsenal in the game

The Gunners kept a clean sheet for a second league game in a row. However, Unai Emery’s side had goalkeeper Bernd Leno to thank for keeping them in the game, as the Germany international pulled off saves from Troy Deeney and Andre Gray. The 26-year-old had to come off the substitute’s bench to replace the injured Petr Cech just before half-time.

Positives to take for Arsenal from win over Everton 0

Posted on September 24, 2018 by David Nugent

The above title may be strange to say, but Arsenal’s performance in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Arsenal was not all positive. The Gunners eventually earned the victory, but for periods of the encounter with the Toffees, mainly the first half, the team from north London looked poor and disjointed.

Here are a few positives I suggest that Arsenal will take from the game:

Life still left in Petr Cech

It would be fair to say that Arsenal may have been going in at half time behind if it were not for the veteran goalkeeper. Cech kept out efforts by Theo Walcott, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison to keep the scores level.

Excitement in the air? 0

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Tonight will see Arsenal return to the competition that provided them with their biggest heartache last season – the Europa Leauge. Their defeat over two legs against Atletico Madrid ensured that they would not be playing Champions League football in 2018/19, and everyone there that night for the second leg was fully aware of it – as well as the millions watching around the world. Now, however, we’re in a new era with a new manager, and personally, it feels like there’s a little bit of excitement in the air.

Unai Emery’s Europa League experience could be vital for Arsenal 0

Posted on September 18, 2018 by David Nugent

It is fair to say that Arsenal boss Unai Emery is pretty well acquainted with the Europa League, having won the competition on three occasions with Sevilla.

It is a competition that the Gunners will have to get accustomed to if the north London side cannot break back into the Premier League top four in the near future.

A useful competition

The competition is much maligned, as it is UEFA’s secondary European competition behind the much more high profile Champions League. Obviously, Arsenal wants to be in the Champions League and that is one of Emery primary aims, getting back into Europe’s elite competition.

Who should start in the centre of midfielder for Arsenal? 0

Posted on September 07, 2018 by David Nugent

We are four games into the Premier League campaign and Arsenal have endured mixed fortunes so far. New Gunners boss Unai Emery’s team selections have been fairly consistent.

However, one player who has now featured as much as expected is new signing Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira. The youngster has yet to start a Premier League game so far this season.

Xhaka and Guendouzi started all four league games

Another summer signing youngster Matteo Guendouzi has started all four of the Gunners league games so far alongside Granit Xhaka. Many expected Xhaka and Torreira to form a partnership in the centre of the Gunners midfield. The pair have enjoyed mixed results

Petr Cech does not seem capable of playing out from the back 0

Posted on September 05, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has come in for some stick from certain sections of Gunners fans. I wrote an article recently about whether the veteran goalkeeper should be dropped or not. Spanish boss Unai Emery insists on using the former Chelsea goalkeeper, despite the fact that he is obviously not comfortable with playing out from the back.

Not his strong point

Even at 36 years old, Cech is still a very good goalkeeper, despite some errors in the last few seasons. However, as Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster recently stated, playing out from the back is not his strong point.

Winning the Europa League is Arsenal’s best chance of a Champions League spot 0

Posted on August 31, 2018 by David Nugent

Later today, Arsenal will find out who they will play in the group stages of the Europa League. The Gunners will fancy their chances of winning Europe’s secondary competition this season after making it to the semi-finals last season.

Europa League experience

Although the Europa League is not as high profile as the Champions League, it is still a big trophy to win. The Gunners biggest achievement in the European game remains winning the Cup Winners’ Cup back in 1994.

However, the north London’s club trip to the last four of the competition last season means they now have experience of advancing to the latter stage of the competition.

Unai Emery needed first Arsenal victory 0

Posted on August 26, 2018 by David Nugent

It is fair to say that Arsenal’s display in their 3-1 win over West Ham on Saturday afternoon was not perfect. However, the most important thing for the Gunners was that new boss Unai Emery recorded his first win as head coach.

Already rather strangely, some are asking questions about whether the team are producing anything different from Arsene Wenger’s team. There are similarities in the fact the Gunners are still vulnerable in defence, but you can see that Emery is attempting to change the way the team plays the game.

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