Arsenal’s Premier League campaign is still around two months from actually getting underway, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get a little bit excited about it. There are so many reasons to think, feel and believe that this is going to be an important season in the history of Arsenal Football Club, but of course, the same thing could be said for any other season.
According to the Daily Star, La Liga outfit Real Betis have targeted Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as their new head coach. Reportedly, the Andalusian’s had offered the job to Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez. However, the former Real Madrid boss rejected the offer, as talks continue between the Spaniard and the north east club.
Benitez is in in-demand after steadying the Newcastle ship on a limited budget. It seems that Betis are now looking at Henry as a successor to Quique Seiten, who rather bizarrely lost his job at the end of the season.
The business end of the season is upon us, and as such, we thought it’d be a pretty good idea to analyse how the last few months have gone for Arsenal Football Club. There are just a few games remaining and it’s fair to say that it’s been a rollercoaster ride of a season for the Gunners, which in itself, may be putting things a bit lightly.
They’re in the running for the Europa League crown as well as a place in the top four, so as you can imagine, there’s a lot of tension in the air. Things could either go remarkably or very, very badly between now and the end of the campaign, which, in a lot of ways, is part of the charm of this game.
Arsenal took another step closer to qualifying for the Champions League on Monday night by recording a 2-0 home win over a resilient, but limited Newcastle team at the Emirates Stadium.
Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring on the half-hour mark. However, it took the Gunners until the 83rd minute to seal the victory, as Alexandre Lacazette lobbed home to double their lead.
The team from north London could have recorded a bigger victory but for the performance of Magpies goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who pulled off a number of saves to keep the score respectable for the visitors.
On Monday night, Arsenal host Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium, in a game that could prove vital in the race for the Champions League places.
Arsenal are currently fifth place in the Premier League table, after Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday. However, the Gunners would move above the Red Devils with a draw or a win in this clash, and depending on Tottenham’s match at Liverpool later today, could even move up to third in the table by avoiding defeat.
It seems to have been a long few weeks waiting for the international break to come to an end. Most Premier League teams return to action later today or Sunday. However, Arsenal have to wait until Monday night for their next game, as the Gunners welcome Newcastle to the Emirates Stadium.
The sight of the north east side heading to the north east will be a good one for Arsenal, as the Magpies have been one of their favourite opponents in recent years.
Well, here we are. After a season of ups and downs, we’ve finally arrived at the final eight game stretch of the Premier League season. This is usually when things start to get pretty serious, and it feels like that’s a bit of an understatement. A variety of teams are going to get pretty desperate, and when they’re pushed into a corner like that, it can often go one of two ways. Either they’ll thrive and push on towards bigger and better things, or they’ll crumble.
If the tie hasn’t already been signed, sealed and delivered, then Arsenal need to put a couple established first teamers in the starting XI to ensure they get the job done. Rennes are going to hang around until the final whistle and their loyal fans could make things interesting if the squad start to feed off of their energy. There’s no getting away from the fact that a win (or qualification) is the minimum expectation here, and we’d even suggest that Arsenal should probably turn on the flair along the way too.
Arsenal face a major challenge later today, as the Gunners visit reigning champions Manchester City. The Citizens have slipped up in a number of games in recent months which has saw them fall five points behind league leaders Liverpool.
City may have slipped up on the odd occasion this season, but they are still formidable opponents. The fact that the Citizens cannot afford to take their foot of the gas makes the task even harder for Arsenal.
The Etihad is a fortress
Manchester City have turned the Etihad Stadium into a fortress in recent season. The Citizens are currently on a run of 12 wins from their last 13 home games in the Premier League.
According to the Daily Star, Arsenal have agreed a fee of around £11million with MLS outfit Atlanta United for attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron. The report suggests the 24-year-old will join the Gunners in the January transfer window.
Almiron only joined Atlanta in December of last year from Argentinian club Lanus. However, he has made a big impression in the USA top-flight. In fact, Arsenal are not the only team linked with a move for Almiron, as West Ham, Newcastle and Italian giants Inter are also reported to be showing an interest in the Paraguayan.