It’s kind of hard not to get excited when you’re just a few days away from a European final, but of course, we all know that things are equally as likely to go wrong as they are to go right in this kind of scenario. As such it may even be easier to look back at the past in order to make ourselves feel better instead of looking ahead to the future: which is exactly what we’re going to do today.
According to talkSPORT, Arsenal veteran French centre-back Laurent Koscielny could exit the club this summer. The 33-year-old has just a year left on his contract and reportedly the Gunners could sell the defender if he does not sign a new deal this summer.
The same report also claims that the Gunners could target Barcelona’s French centre-back Samuel Umtiti as his compatriot’s replacement.
Koscielny’s future in doubt
When Koscielny is fit the experienced centre-back is Arsenal best defender. However, there have been doubts over the Frenchman’s future at the club since last summer, when he was reportedly considering his future.
As I wrote yesterday’s article about Petr Cech’s return to former club Chelsea this summer as sporting director, I realised the gravity of the situation ahead of the Europa League final next Wednesday between Arsenal and the Blues.
Petr Cech is only human
It seems almost certain that Petr Cech is returning to his former club. There is nothing wrong with that, he enjoyed the best years of his football career at Chelsea. He obviously has a great affinity with the club from south west London.
It’s been a little while since Arsenal’s domestic season came to an end, and what a run it was. From 22 games unbeaten (including Europe) to some god awful losses and everything inbetween, Arsenal fans certainly went through a rollercoaster ride of emotions. As we all know, though, there’s still one more game left before the chapter that is the 2018/19 season can be closed forever – and we can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.
According to Sky Sports, veteran Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is returning to former club Chelsea this summer after he brings down the curtain on his trophy-laden career. The former Czech Republic international will become the Blues new sporting director.
Cech enjoyed his best years at Chelsea
Petr Cech enjoyed the best years of his football career at Chelsea, winning every trophy there was to win with the Blues in the club game. The 37-year-old was regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world while at Stamford Bridge.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not travel to Baku where the Gunners are set to face Chelsea in the Europa League final, the club have confirmed.
With political tensions between his country and Azerbaijan rising, there have been heavy concerns over the safety of the Armenian on the potential trip. He has already missed the away game against Qarabag in the group stage of the competition because of the problem, and he will now miss the final as well.
Former Arsenal midfielder Edu has confirmed that he has held talks with the north London club about becoming the next technical director. However, he has stated that he is currently concentrating on his role in the technical director of the Brazilian national team, with the Copa America this summer.
Edu is reportedly the Gunners preferred target to take the role after the highly-rated Monchi returned to his former club Roma after a stint with Roma in Italy.
Waiting until after the Copa America
Edu is quoted by the Metro as saying: ‘I had a conversation with Arsenal. There’s an interest,’
In the end, Arsenal recorded a comfortable 7-3 aggregate victory over Valencia in the semi-final of the Europa League. It was very un-Arsenal like to make it so easy. Their away form prior to the 4-2 victory at the Mestalla on Thursday night made the win all the more satisfying.
The Gunners will now face London rivals Chelsea in the final in Azerbaijan. In truth, Arsenal will now fancy their chances of winning the trophy on May 29th.
After what we saw last night it’s kind of hard not to feel a sense of pride for English clubs in Europe again, regardless of who it is you support. When teams in England are doing well it seems to create a ripple effect, which positively impacts the Premier League as a whole (and the lower leagues). In general the top flight of English football has always been viewed as the best league in the world, but now, it really does seem like we’re starting to get confirmation of that.
Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham
A magical derby day for Arsenal who were able to overcome losing their lead, overcome the physicality of their rivals, and secure a really important win in the race for the top four. They just seemed to be firing on all cylinders during this game, and it’s hard not to think of this as one of the primary highlights of their entire campaign.
Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea