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Should Lucas Torreira now start for Arsenal? 0

Posted on September 17, 2018 by David Nugent

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.

Guendouzi should keep his place 0

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

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.

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

What would be a successful season for Emery in his debut campaign? 0

Posted on August 23, 2018 by David Nugent

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.

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.

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.

Aaron Ramsey unsure over Arsenal future 0

Posted on July 25, 2018 by David Nugent

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.”

Gunners looking to negotiate a fee for Sevilla midfielder 0

Posted on July 24, 2018 by David Nugent

According to the Express, Arsenal are attempting to negotiate a fee with Sevilla for France international midfielder Steven Nzonzi. The 29-year-old has a release clause of around £35.7million in his contract.

However, the Gunners are not prepared to meet the clause, but the Andalusians director of football Joaquin Caparros has stated that he will only be sold if Nzonzi’s suitors meet the clause.

Would definitely add to midfield options

Steven Nzonzi would certainly add to the Gunners central midfield options. The former Blackburn star has matured into a fine defensive midfielder during his time in Andalusia.

Arsenal target set to leave Sampdoria 0

Posted on June 24, 2018 by David Nugent

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has confirmed that Arsenal’s reported transfer target Lucas Torreira has left the club. The news comes as speculation mounts about the Gunners completing the £26.4million signing of the Uruguayan midfielder.

Ferrero told Italian broadcaster TMW: “Torreira has left for €30million. I bought him from Pescara when no-one believed [in his ability]. We bet and we won, paying just €3million. The money that comes in is used to keep the club going.”

Torreira should be an excellent addition

Torreira is a highly-rated young central midfielder, who is currently at the World Cup with Uruguay in Russia. The 22-year-old has been an almost ever-present for a solid Sampdoria side in recent seasons.

Xhaka signs new deal 0

Posted on June 16, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Granit Xhaka has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the club have confirmed on their official website.

The future of the midfielder was somewhat uncertain after the departure of Arsene Wenger, but the man who has replaced the Frenchman has assured the Swiss international that he will remain an important player for the team.

Xhaka joined Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016, and so far he has made 94 appearances and scored seven goals for the Gunners from his role in central midfield. A relentless player, packing a powerful shot and boasting great passing range and vision, and his new deal is nothing but excellent news for Arsenal as they strive to overcome the difficulties that come with being in transition.



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