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Arteta looks ahead to Sunday’s Leicester clash 0

Posted on October 24, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal are coming off the back of a much-needed win against Rapid Wien in the UEFA Europa League as they bounced back from a narrow defeat to Manchester City last weekend. Alas, as we look ahead to the busy winter period, the games are really going to start coming thick and fast.

The next big test comes in the form of a meeting with Leicester City on Sunday, and while many believe the Gunners should get the job done at the Emirates, Mikel Arteta knows that it’s going to be a tough test.

Arteta praises Thomas Partey for Europa League opener performance 0

Posted on October 23, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal won their opening game of the 2020/21 Europa League campaign – a 1-2 triumph over Rapid in Vienna – on Thursday evening. After a goalless first half, Taxiarchis Fountas opened the scoring for the home side in the 51st minute, but goals from David Luiz in the 70th and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang four minutes later made sure the Gunners brought all three points back to north London. Midfielder Thomas Partey, signed from Atletico Madrid on the Deadline Day of the international transfer window, played the full 90 minutes and put in a great performance.

Arteta reflects on Rapid Wien victory 0

Posted on October 23, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal overcame adversity last night to secure an important 2-1 win over Rapid Wien in the UEFA Europa League. The Gunners went behind against the hosts early in the second half, but thanks to goals from Luiz and Aubameyang, they avoided the embarrassment of an opening day defeat.

Manager Mikel Arteta obviously had his own fair share of thoughts on what transpired, and today, we’re going to take a look at the Spaniard’s comments in the post-match press conference as many fans turn their attention towards Leicester at the weekend.

Arteta’s conscience clear over Ozil decision 0

Posted on October 22, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists his conscience is clear after he made the call to leave Mesut Ozil out of the squad for the Europa League and the Premier League this season.

The German is contracted to the club until the end of 2020/21, but he hasn’t played a competitive match since the three-month break caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in the spring of this year. It was reported widely that the club were extremely keen to get his wages of £350,000 per week off their bill this summer, but Ozil made it clear that he had no intention of leaving before his contract expires. Some suggested that the decision to freeze the 32-year-old out after the break came as a result of his refusal to take a pay cut with the rest of the squad as the club’s finances suffered a blow at the time, but Arteta says that wasn’t the case.

Arteta looks ahead to Arsenal’s Europa League opener 0

Posted on October 22, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is well aware of the challenges that his side face this season, especially in the Premier League. Alas, that’ll have to be pushed to one side tonight as the club go head to head with Rapid Wien in the UEFA Europa League. Prior to the game tonight Arteta has spoken with the media as the Gunners once again go in search of UEL glory in their relentless pursuit of a return to the top table of European competition. Whether or not this team can take the next step, though, remains to be seen.

Loyalty hard to come by – Ozil 0

Posted on October 21, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Having been left out of the squad for both the Premier League and the Europa League this season, Mesut Ozil has broken his silence to address the Arsenal supporters.

The German attacking midfielder signed a new contract in 2018, set to keep him at the club until the summer of 2021 on £350,000 per week in wages, and he has hardly justified the faith he was shown since then. He had issues with Unai Emery who indicated on more than one occasion that Ozil didn’t fit his tactical ideas, and the troubles continued under Mikel Arteta. Upon his arrival, the former Manchester City assistant manager initially reinstated the 31-year-old’s role in the team, but it all changed after the long break in football caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Ozil hasn’t played a competitive game for Arsenal since, and the team has been looking very good without his help.

Arteta to ‘respect the process’ with Thomas 0

Posted on October 19, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday, courtesy of a 23rd-minute goal by Raheem Sterling. Many were expecting to see Thomas Partey, Arsenal’s latest big-name signing, start against Pep Guardiola’s team, but the midfield powerhouse only came in off the bench for the final eight minutes of the Etihad contest, replacing Granit Xhaka, and managed to earn his first yellow card in England towards the very end.

Arteta reflects on Manchester City defeat 0

Posted on October 18, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal were unable to complete their mission objective last night as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Manchester City at the Emirates. In many ways City were there for the taking but for whatever reason, the Gunners just couldn’t get going until late in the game and paid the price for that.

After the full time whistle blew Arteta, who was criticised for not putting Thomas Partey on earlier than he did, spoke to the media as Arsenal prepare to try and regroup before a difficult run of three Europa League games and three PL games against Manchester United, Leicester and Aston Villa.

Arteta looks ahead to Manchester City clash 0

Posted on October 16, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Domestic football is back in our lives this weekend and that includes the Premier League. Arsenal will face an incredibly tough test in the form of Manchester City, and yet while they may be the underdogs, many believe they do actually stand a chance.

Gunners manager Mikel Arteta has taken the time to speak with the media ahead of the clash, and while a large focus was on the game, the dreaded Project Big Picture also came to the forefront of the conversation – as you’d expect.

Arteta hopeful of Tierney being available to play against Manchester City 0

Posted on October 15, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hopes he will be able to count on Kieran Tierney for the Manchester City showdown this weekend. The boss is set to lead the team against his former employers on Saturday in a game which will be a part of the fifth round of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.

While on international duty with Scotland, Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong tested positive for Covid-19. Tierney, along with Celtic midfielder Cyrus Christie and two members of Scotland’s backroom staff, have been identified as the ones to have had close contact with Armstrong the most, and have therefore been requested to undergo a 14-day self-isolation by the Lothian Health Protection Team.

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