The Mesut Ozil situation continues to draw much attention when it comes to Arsenal. Manager Mikel Arteta made the decision to leave the experienced German out of his Premier League and Europa League squads, and while some believe it to have been a mistake, others make a strong case against a team relying on a classic No.10 as the main creativity source in the game today.
Arsenal’s poor record at Old Trafford has been well documented over the course of the last 14 years, but finally, for the first time in what feels like forever, Gunners fans can brag about a Premier League win over Manchester United at the Theatre of Dreams. The two giants of English football went toe to toe on Sunday and when the dust had settled, it was the boys from North London that emerged with all three points.
For the first time in nearly 15 years, Arsenal have beaten Manchester United in the Premier League at Old Trafford. The Gunners went toe to toe with United last night and came out on top as the victors, claiming a huge three points that could give them a real boost heading into the rest of the season.
Mikel Arteta was at the heart of that victory with some really important tactical decisions, and after the full time whistle blew, he spoke with the media about his side’s biggest win of the campaign thus far.
Arsenal are set to return to action today after yet another short turnaround from the UEFA Europa League. They’ll be heading to a place that hasn’t brought them a whole lot of love over the years – Old Trafford. The rivalry between Manchester United and Arsenal has been well documented and we’ll be adding another chapter to that later today, but prior to that, manager Mikel Arteta spoke about a handful of topics with the media as the Gunners gear up for arguably their biggest game of the season so far.
Manchester United vs Arsenal is one of the best known rivalries in Premier League history and as we look ahead to the future, both sets of fans are hoping that the clubs can get back to the lofty heights that they enjoyed during the 90s and noughties. For now, though, their aim will simply be to solidify themselves as regular top four challengers with a busy winter ahead.
The two are set to meet at Old Trafford this weekend and while it hasn’t always been a happy hunting ground for the Gunners, they’ll be hoping that they can change their fortunes.
While everyone loves seeing Arsenal play every weekend, it can sometimes be nice to sit back and see what else is on offer whilst we wait to see what the Gunners can do on Monday Night Football. We’ve already seen a handful of intriguing games take place across the Premier League, especially including teams that Arsenal will be battling it out with in the top four race, with Manchester United and Chelsea both struggling despite late goals that helped them to pick up three points and one point respectively.
Arsenal may be playing in the UEFA Europa League this season, but the manner in which they exited this year’s competition left many wondering whether or not they’re ready to dive back in at that level – or whether it would’ve been more beneficial to have a year away from Europe. Either way, they aren’t going to feature in the last eight of the knockout tournament in Germany.
Gabriel Martinelli arrived to the Emirates last summer from Brazilian side Ituano, and since then, the 18-year-old has impressed whenever given the chance with his pace, tricky feet and the general threat he poses for the opposition in the final third. He’s racked up a total of 14 goal involvements – 10 goals and four assists, in 25 appearances across all competitions. At around £6 million, it’s fair to say he was a very smart acquisition.
However, in an interview with FourFourTwo, the youngster himself has revealed that he was very close to joining Manchester United instead.
According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, Arsenal face a battle to keep hold of Bukayo Saka this summer.
The 18-year-old broke onto the scene practically immediately upon introduction to the first team. Deployed a few times in his preferred position on the left wing by Unai Emery, he was asked to do the best he can on the left defensive flank in the absence of both Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac.
Arsenal were able to surprise quite a few people with the manner of their performance against Manchester United. They weren’t tipped to cause a parade of issues against the Red Devils, but in the end, they beat them from pillar to post. However, while it was an impressive triumph, we don’t really feel like it’s going to be enough to suddenly crown Mikel Arteta as the club’s new saviour.
There’s still a long, long way to go before that happens, and it’s important to remember that the Gunners still weren’t even really that impressive. The game plan was great but that was largely down to Arteta, and against sides that aren’t in quite as much turmoil as United, it may not work out quite as well.