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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.

Why were Arsenal players shocked by Ramsey omission? 0

Posted on August 21, 2018 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal players were left shocked by Unai Emery’s decision to drop Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey to the bench for the 3-2 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday evening.

Ramsey came on to the field for Mesut Ozil with 20 minutes left on the clock at Stamford Bridge. However, it seems his omission from the starting line-up caused a stir among the Gunners players.

Ramsey is by no means a certain starter

I am not sure why the Arsenal players were shocked by the fact that Ramsey was not starting against Chelsea. The Welsh midfielder did not exactly cover himself in glory against Manchester City in the opening game, so his omission was not a hard decision.

Emery speaks after the Chelsea defeat 0

Posted on August 21, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Speaking to the press after the 3-2 defeat away to Chelsea on Saturday, Arsenal manager Unai Emery revealed some thoughts of his on what he has seen so far, as well as some thoughts behind some decisions he made in the game.

About the result

Emery says he had spoken with the players beforehand about the need for improvement and the need to be more competitive in this game than the previous one. Having gone two goals down rather early, he was happy with the way the team responded and deservedly leveled the score.

Should Aubameyang play as a winger for Arsenal? 0

Posted on August 20, 2018 by David Nugent

As soon as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal in the January transfer window from Dortmund, fans were asking where does that leave Alexandre Lacazette. It was a valid question.

Aubameyang was not a Lacazette replacement

The France international had only arrived last summer for a club record fee from Lyon. He had not made a terrible start to life in north London, so signing a replacement for him seemed harsh.

However, the move was not about replacing Lacazette, it was about signing one of the most prolific forwards in world football. For half a decade, the Gabon international had scored goals in Ligue One and the Bundesliga, establishing a big reputation in the process.

Observations from the Chelsea game 0

Posted on August 20, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have suffered their second defeat in two games when they lost 3-2 away to Chelsea on Saturday. However, though it seems pretty bad, the situation needs proper perspective.

Various players performed in different ways and on different levels at Stamford Bridge. Some were very good, some relatively so. There were those who could have done a lot better, and those whose contribution was non-existent. There were even some, unfortunately, who would wish they fell into that category.

The real test awaits 0

Posted on August 20, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal fans have been quick to dismiss the rumours of turmoil from rival fans in the wake of their narrow defeat against Chelsea at the weekend. In a game that many expected to be quite close, it wound up being exactly that, with Arsenal clawing their way back from a 2-0 deficit only to lose out in the end against the Blues. There are defensive issues that need to be resolved as we’ve known for quite some time, but football is too full of negativity – and we need to try and highlight the positives every now and then.

Familiar defensive problems for Arsenal in Chelsea defeat 0

Posted on August 19, 2018 by David Nugent

It is early days for Arsenal’s new head coach Unai Emery. I am in the camp that the Spaniard needs time to turn things around in north London. The Gunners players had been complacent far too long under Arsene Wenger to suddenly turn in a world-beating team overnight.

One of the main problems the Gunners have is in defence. Saturday evenings 3-2 defeat at Chelsea showed the major job Emery has on his hands to turn the team’s fortunes around.

Chelsea v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on August 17, 2018 by David Nugent

On Saturday evening, Chelsea host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, as the visitors look to chalk up their first points of the season.

Chelsea started the Maurizio Sarri era with a routine 3-0 win at Huddersfield on the opening weekend of the campaign. Goals from Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Pedro sealed a relatively easy win for the Blues.

The home side ended last season in decent form, and the Blues have now won five of their last season matches in the English top-flight. The fact that they have lost just twice in 15 Premier League games shows that the Blues are a tough team to beat.

Arsenal midfielder set for a late transfer window move 0

Posted on August 05, 2018 by David Nugent

According to the Metro, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey could be set to leave the north London club with less than a week until the transfer window shuts. The report suggests that both Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in signing the Wales international before transfer deadline next Thursday.

Contract talks dragging on

Ramsey is now in the last year of his Arsenal contract, therefore the midfielder could leave as a free agent next summer. Reportedly, talks have been ongoing between the midfielder’s representatives and the club for some time.

Positive atmosphere since the appointment of Unai Emery 0

Posted on August 02, 2018 by David Nugent

The last few seasons have been hard to bear for Arsenal fans, as the Gunners have struggled from disappointing result to disappointing result under veteran boss Arsene Wenger.

Finishing outside the top four of the Premier League in consecutive campaigns has also not helped the atmosphere amongst the fans. However, since the appointment of Spanish boss Unai Emery there seems a freshness about the team from north London.

Positive pre-season so far

The Gunners have enjoyed a largely positive pre-season, with the team gaining vital minutes and producing some good displays. The performances of the likes of youngsters Emile Smith-Rowe and Matteo Guendouzi have been particular highlights at times.



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