The international break isn’t the best thing in the world, and we promise that we’re going to stop going on about it sooner rather than later. A lot of fans just aren’t that interested in what their nation is going to do unless it’s at a major international tournament, and even then they can be pretty fickle after one or two bad results. Nonetheless, despite being quite negative about the whole process ourselves, we’re choosing to look on the positive side of things – especially in the wake of a few really important performances from Arsenal stars.
“Definitely! My career started here and there it is a goal, actually, my dream to return someday. That certainly won’t be the case at 28, I’ll be honest. It’ll probably be more like Alex Frei, who’s the best example of how to do it. He came back once he was in his thirties, but still performed and helped FCB win a few titles. Of course, the expectations are high when you come back again, but it is clearly a dream”.
In his interview with Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka has expressed his desire to move back to Basel at the twilight of his career.
The midfielder started his career there and played two seasons for the club from his hometown before moving to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012. He arrived to the Emirates four years later as a marquee signing under Arsene Wenger, and so far he has played more than 100 games in an Arsenal shirt. Apart from that, he has racked up 68 caps as a Swiss international despite being only 26 years old.
I have found myself on a number of occasions talking about the make-up of the Arsenal central midfield, mainly the lack of playing minutes for summer signing Lucas Torreira. For me, the Uruguayan was the sort of central midfielder Arsenal needed in the summer.
Showed his qualities against Newcastle
Once again, on Saturday at Newcastle, Torreira found himself on the bench with Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka starting in the centre of the pitch for the Gunners.
At half time, it was obvious that young Guendouzi was not having his best game, which happens to young players developing their game.
Arsenal signed Matteo Guendouzi from French second-tier side Lorient this summer, and as common logic would suggest, it seemed unavoidable for a 19-year-old player changing surroundings, coming from Ligue 2 to a top-six Premier League team, to struggle to adapt to the change in level of football for a while.
However, it could not have turned out more different for Guendouzi, who not only seems to have blended in nicely already, but has even been awarded Arsenal’s Player of the Month award for his first competitive month with the club.
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
On Sky Sports the Debate, the panel discussed Arsenal and Unai Emery’s debut campaign as Arsenal boss. They asked the question in the title, so what would be a successful campaign for Emery in north London?
Needs to change the mentality in the squad
Arsenal have been known as a team who are mentally weak and unable to cope with a physical battle. Emery must change the player’s mental attitudes and attempt to toughen them up both mentally and physically.
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.
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.
Arsenal midfielder has told Sky Sports that he is unsure about his future with the north London club and stated his agent is still in discussions with the Gunners over a deal.
Asked about talks over a Ramsey told Sky Sports: “We’ll see what happens, but my agent and the club are talking,”
“I’m not sure exactly what it hinges on, I’m just leaving it to them to discuss and to figure it out but we are yet to come to an agreement.
“That’s something that my agent and the club are discussing to try and get something done.”