Ever since reports claiming Dani Ceballos would leave Arsenal and return to Real Madrid when his loan deal expires, rumours linking the Gunners with what seems like every central midfielder out there have been popping up like mushrooms after rain. Rangers’ Glen Kamara has featured in many of them, and he’s recently been joined on the back pages by Yves Bissouma and Sander Berge.
Playing Everton was always going to be tricky but last night, Arsenal turned in one of their worst performances on the season in a desperately disappointing 1-0 loss to the Toffees. Mikel Arteta, who was going up against his former side, would’ve been hoping to see something resembling a strong and confident performance – but what we got was the direct opposite of that.
In the aftermath of the defeat that leaves Arsenal needing to win the Europa League, Arteta spoke with the media about what is becoming an all too familiar trend – a poor night at the Emirates.
Arsenal fans have been through an awful lot over the course of the last few months and especially in the last few days – but that isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. The trend, in fact, will continue right on through until the end of the campaign.
The next step on that journey takes the Gunners back to the Emirates as they prepare to host Everton. Both sides are on the outside looking in at the top six with manager Mikel Arteta speaking to the media about how important this encounter really is.
Arsenal.com has provided fans with some updated team news heading into what many consider to be a crucial game against Everton on Friday night. We all know the European Super League debacle has now fizzled out in the most extraordinary way imaginable, but the focus needs to shift back onto a top six finish – if it’s even possible.
The club knows how important the Europa League is going to be between now and the end of the season, but relying solely on that to get Mikel Arteta’s men back into Europe would be a huge mistake.
It’s been a tough few months for fans of Arsenal Football Club to round out 2020, but as we look ahead to the remainder of 2021, it does feel like there are some reasons to be positive. Mikel Arteta is starting to show signs of life as Gunners boss and with the January transfer window now upon us, it’s time to see whether or not Arsenal can really build a squad that wants to fight for this club.
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Another game, another Premier League defeat for Arsenal as they were beaten by Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday night. The Toffees just seemed to grind out the result and while the Gunners did have some fight in them, it just wasn’t enough to pick up a positive result. Instead, Arsenal fans now know that a Brighton win over Sheffield United today will drop them into 16th.
The club’s manager Mikel Arteta gave his own thoughts on what is rapidly turning out to be a nightmare season for the Spaniard.
Arsenal are set to go to war with Everton later today in a game that could wind up making or breaking Mikel Arteta’s stint as the club’s manager. The 5.30pm kick off at Goodison Park may as well be a cup final, because it really is do or die based on the recent record that the Gunners have had in the Premier League.
Before the game, Arteta decided to speak with the media as the speculation continues to grow regarding his future as the man in charge at the Emirates.
The chaotic nature of the December schedule means that Arsenal will be getting right back down to business tomorrow with a huge game against Everton at Goodison Park. These two clubs have been battling it out for years in the top flight, and in the present day, both teams are in pretty interesting positions.
With the games continuing to come thick and fast between now and the new year it’ll certainly be interesting to see how Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta decide to set up for this one.
On whether wins like this will convince Auba to sign a new contract:
Hopefully. Not just the wins but as well what we are trying to do. Does he really enjoy walking out onto the pitch every time he goes? It’s very much part of what we are trying to build here and I think he is with that mindset at the moment.
On whether he initially questioned Aubameyang’s attitude about defending:
I had two questions [about Auba’s attitude to defending]. One was whether he wanted to do it, or could he not do it physically? So once I found out that physically he could do it, it was about convincing him to do it and that he can do it every three days. He’s showing that.
Arsenal faced a stiff challenge at the Emirates this weekend when they went head to head with Everton. In an incredibly dramatic, back and forth clash of styles, it was the Gunners who came away with a huge 3-2 win. Now, the big question is whether or not they can sustain this momentum.
Prior to all that we heard from Mikel Arteta who spoke about Arsenal’s win against his former side.