Scotland wanted to make some noise in London last night and boy oh boy did they. From the pre-game antics in the city to what actually happened in the game, most Scots probably would’ve been left feeling pretty satisfied after securing a 0-0 draw against England at Wembley. Of course, they would’ve loved nothing more than to pinch the win, but a point keeps them in the hunt for a place in the Round of 16 – so long as they can beat Croatia in their final group stage encounter.
After one set of fixures in Group D things are already starting to look pretty intriguing. All four nations will feel as if they’re still in with a great chance of qualifying for the knockout stage, if only because of the best third place rule that now exists. Alas, some are in better positions than others, with England securing a win over Croatia in their opener and Scotland slipping to a disappointing loss against Czech Republic.
While the domestic season may be over, the summer is only just getting started. Arsenal fans around the world are set to transition over into supporting their national teams for what is bound to be a chaotic few months of Euros, Copa America and Summer Olympics action.
With regards to the Euros it certainly feels as if the excitement is building with each and every passing day and now, Arsenal.com has confirmed that the club will be sending four players to the tournament with all hoping they can make an impact.
Now that Arsenal’s campaign has officially come to an end, it’s time to stop and reflect on what’s happened throughout the course of the season. We saw a handful of high moments but most of the time it wasn’t quite so positive, and that means there’s a big summer transfer window ahead for Mikel Arteta as he attempts to reposition this squad.
Now, as per Arsenal.com, the official list of five has been released regarding who everyone believes to be the Player of the Season.
Alexander Lacazette – 17 goals, three assists, took the reigns from Auba
Tomorrow night, Arsenal will venture overseas to take on Villarreal in the first leg of their highly anticipated Europa League semi-final. This competition marks a great opportunity for the Gunners to get back into the Champions League and while it still feels like a long shot, they’re only three games away from making that a reality.
One piece of good news that’s been announced came via Mikel Aretata in the lead up to the first leg. The boss has confirmed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kieran Tierney and Alexandre Lacazette are all in contention to play which, in itself, is the kind of news that’ll give fans a huge boost of excitement.
Arsenal are fearful that the injury picked up by Kieran Tierney just before halftime of the disappointing defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday could keep him out of action for several weeks, according to Charles Watts of Goal.com.
Two of the biggest topics of conversation outside of the actual loss to Liverpool were the injuries sustained to David Luiz and Kieran Tierney. We’ve since come to learn that Luiz has undergone a small procedure, of which we’ll provide an update below, but there are still plenty of question marks about what the future looks like for the pair heading into the next few weeks and potentially even months.
During an interview with Arsenal.com, Mikel Arteta went into more detail on the situation as it stands.
Liverpool are still the reigning Premier League champions, and by no means are they an easy opponent at any given moment despite having their first three centre-backs ruled out for the season, together with their captain. There is much quality in that team even so, and getting outplayed by them is no tragedy. Nonetheless, the overwhelming feeling after the 0-3 defeat at the Emirates on Saturday is disappointment.
Arsenal have had a number of players absent from the last couple of fixtures, and here’s the official verdict when it comes to some of them being involved when the Gunners face Leeds United on Sunday.
Goalkeeper Bernd Leno was sent off for a, for a lack of a better word, foolish moment when he handled the ball outside the penalty area in the 2-1 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers on February 2nd. He has now served his one-match suspension – the 1-0 defeat away to Aston Villa on Saturday last, which means he is available for Sunday.
After the domination shown by Gabriel Magalhaes in this category to kickstart the new Premier League campaign, Arsenal fans now have a new face at the helm of the Player of the Month award – Bukayo Saka. The jury has certainly been out on whether or not the youngster is capable of being a top prospect for the Gunners, but after a strong series of performances in December, he has been recognised as one of the leading forces behind the club getting back on the winning trail.
Arsenal.com posted the following after revealing Saka as the winner.