Football fans are fickle, aren’t they? The answer is yes, in case you were wondering. That statement can also be narrowed down specifically to Arsenal fans, although they aren’t the ones who are in the wrong today (for the most part). Instead, we want to talk about how casual football supporters just seem to think that the most basic of logic can apply to any given situation – because that kind of annoys us, if we’re being honest.
As Arsenal prepare to take on Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, manager Unai Emery spoke to the press.
It’s not always easy, for any team, to pick up where they had left off after an international break. Arsenal were on a very good run – 16 matches in all competitions without a defeat but the manager pointed out there’s another side to that streak; the last three games were draws.
On Monday night, Arsenal host Leicester at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League, as the Gunners look for their tenth straight win in all competitions.
The team from north London have been in fine form since suffering defeats in their opening top-flight games against Manchester City and Chelsea. Unai Emery’s team have now won their last six top-flight games, scoring at least two goals in each victory.
Last time out the team from north London hammered Fulham 5-1 at Craven Cottage, producing a fantastic attacking display.
Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny has called time on his international career with France after Les Bleus World Cup triumph ‘did the defender a lot of psychological damage’. The defender also criticised French boss Didier Deschamps.
Confirmation of retirement on French TV
Talking to French TV station Canal+ Koscielny said: “I think that I have given everything I can for France, I am 33, I have done two Euros, one World Cup,”
“France has a great generation of great players now. My injury does not change my decision. For Les Bleus, it is finished.
Arsenal currently have seven players on their injured list, and they’ve provided an update on their recovery progress via the official website. The season has entered it’s part when the schedule is jam-packed, and having as many players available as possible will be of vital importance for manager Unai Emery.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan injured his right ankle in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League opener last Thursday. Having missed the Premier League clash with Everton on Sunday, he is currently being assessed ahead of the Carabao Cup game against Championship side Brentford on Wednesday.
According to Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny’s agent Stephane Courbis, the France international was considering leaving the club in the summer prior to rupturing his Achilles in the semi-finals of the Europa League against Atletico Madrid.
Could have exited in the summer
Talking to France Football (quoted by the Daily Star), Courbis said: “When he banged the floor with his hand, I immediately knew that it was serious, that it was over.
“Everything at that moment went through my mind, including the worst, which was validated when it emerged that it was an Achilles rupture and that he would miss the World Cup.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Laurent Koscielny will be out of action for a minimum of six months following surgery on a torn Achilles tendon, according to ESPN.
The Arsenal centre-back was forced off the pitch by the injury in the Gunners’ 1-0 defeat away to Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final. The set-back was a huge blow not only for the player, but for the team as well as the rest of the defence (Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi and substitute Calum Chambers) visibly struggled against Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann.
Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid on Thursday night in the Europa League semi-final second leg, to exit the competition 2-1 on aggregate.
Atletico Madrid had the first effort on goal on six minutes. Diego Costa outmuscled Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal before firing hide and wide of goal.
The Gunners suffered a major injury blow on eight minutes, as Koscielny suffered a potentially serious Achilles injury. The Frenchman was down for three minutes before Calum Chambers replaced the centre-back.
Arsenal recorded a comfortable 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon at the Emirates, after four goals in the first 22 minutes of the game.
Arsenal made a quick start to the game, as Alex Iwobi’s shot from the edge of the area was straight at Wayne Hennessey on six minutes. From the resulting corner kick, the Gunners took the lead. Granit Xhaka’s corner kick found Nacho Monreal at the far post and the defender headed home from close range.
Arsenal’s Friday night 3-3 draw with Liverpool may have been a great watch for neutrals, but for fans of both teams, it summed up why they will not be winning a big trophy this season. For Arsenal, it perfectly summed up their struggles in recent seasons.
The bad side of Arsenal
Arsenal’s display against Liverpool showed the good and bad of the Gunners. The bad aspect was the team’s poor defensive displays, which sporadically appeared throughout each season for Arsenal.
In truth, it could have been much worse for Arsenal, especially when Laurent Koscielny put Mohamed Salah through on goal, only for Petr Cech to bail his team out.