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 fans could be forgiven for thinking they’d put in a better shift than they actually did against Liverpool last night. The Gunners just couldn’t keep up with the Premier League champions especially in the second half, and it was odd to see them capitulate in the manner that they did.
Everyone was disappointed to see that because we all hoped Arsenal would come out swinging for the final stretch of the campaign. Alas, that just didn’t happen, and manager Mikel Arteta spoke with the media to discuss the game as reported by Arsenal.com.
Arsenal will go toe to toe with Liverpool tonight in a game that’ll give us a really clear indication as to what we can expect from the Gunners for the remainder of the Premier League campaign. There are plenty of question marks in the air about them as a club and what they can achieve for the remainder of the season, and while we may not have any answers to those questions just yet, we’ll find out much more at the Emirates tonight.
Before all of that, though, Arsenal.com has provided fans with some interesting team news updates.
After a long two weeks the international break is finally about to come to an end as we look forward to the remainder of the Premier League season. Arsenal are going to be right there in the mix as they pursue a place in the top six and, if they’re really lucky, maybe even the top four.
They’ve also got the Europa League to focus on but their first game back is going to be a pretty big domestic one as they host Liverpool. Prior to the game taking place, the Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta spoke with the media about the showdown.
We’re still in the midst of the international break but instead of feeling down about that, there’s cause for celebration – and not just because the rule of six is back.
The celebration stems from Arsenal being back in action this weekend. They’ll be hosting Liverpool on Saturday night at the Emirates with the knowledge that a win could get them right back into the top six – and potentially even top four – conversation.
Any Arsenal fans out there who were upset about the prospect of the Gunners ruining their Easter Sunday no longer need to be fearful, because the game against Liverpool next weekend has been rescheduled as a result of the Reds’ participation in the UEFA Champions League.
It’s the kind of game that’ll serve as a real measuring stick for the club as they meet a Liverpool side who have been really struggling in the Premier League as of late. As confirmed by Arsenal.com, though, the game has been moved forward and will take place on Saturday 3rd.
Arsenal’s season has been full of many twists and turns and as we look ahead to the immediate future, you’d have to think that trend will continue for a few more months to come. The Gunners have been to the highest highs and the lowest lows in a campaign that has allowed them to grow and develop – and also take a few steps back from time to time.
As confirmed by Arsenal.com, we can probably still expect a few fixture changes over the course of the last few weeks and months given how many different competitions are still ongoing.
Schalke have approached the representatives of Shkodran Mustafi to see if a Deadline Day deal can be agreed for the defender to join the Bundesliga side, according to multiple sources.
The situation apparently stems from Liverpool’s reported move for Schalke’s Ozan Kabak, with the Premier League champions very keen to sign two centre-backs this window. They’ve reportedly already agreed a deal for 25-year-old Ben Davies of Preston North End, having been forced to use midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in the heart of defence lately through a heavy injury crisis. The Merseysiders are now pushing for a loan deal for Kabak with an obligation to buy in the summer, but the whole business hangs on whether Schalke will complete the deal for Mustafi – whom they’ve identified as a suitable replacement – by 5PM CET, the deadline to sign players for the Bundesliga clubs.
Now that we’re officially in the international break it’s time to take a step back and examine how things have gone for Arsenal across the first six games. It hasn’t always been the easiest ride but when you look at the whole picture, it’s hard not to get excited about what Mikel Arteta can bring to the club as manager.
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This was a pretty easy start to the campaign and the biggest stand out of all was Willian. Sure, he may not have done a whole lot since then, but it was the kind of performance that gave fans something resembling confidence for the first time in a long time.
Arsenal were able to overcome Premier League champions Liverpool last night in the Carabao Cup, beating the Reds on penalties to make their way into the quarter-finals of the competition. It was the third time in the last four meetings between the two sides that Arsenal have been able to get the best of Jurgen Klopp’s men and while it doesn’t entirely make up for the league loss on Monday night, it’s definitely a big moment for the club.
Mikel Arteta spoke with the media after the game as Arsenal look ahead to a tough quarter-final tie against three-time defending Carabao Cup champions Manchester City.