Games are played across every single day of the week (most of the time) in the Premier League throughout any given season. Teams often can’t control when or where they are going to play on any given week, and that’s just the way it is. However, sometimes, you’re forced to play on a day that is bound to cause some kind of ridicule one way or another. Case in point: in their next game Arsenal will take on Newcastle United, and it will happen on April 1st, 2019.
Arsenal play away to Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon, and as usual, manager Unai Emery held a press conference yesterday where spoke about the upcoming game, but he also addressed a few issues which could go under the ‘general current affairs’ category.
Return from international duty
The manager revealed that four players – Granit Xhaka, Stephan Lichsteiner, Danny Welbeck and Sokratis Papastathopoulos had only just returned to camp and that they need to work now to prepare for Saturday, having played for their national teams as recently as Tuesday.
Arsenal return to Premier League action this weekend when they go head to head with Newcastle United, in a game that intrigues us in more ways than one. The Gunners are riding a two game win streak whereas the Magpies are in desperate need of a big win to get them out of their current slump. Of course, a lot of the focus for them at the moment is based on what’s happening off the pitch, but that’s another story for another day.
It’s time to take another trip down memory lane and for this entry, we aren’t going all too far into the past with a look at Arsenal’s game against Newcastle United three years ago. At this point the ‘Wenger Out’ chants weren’t quite as loud as they’d get in a few months time, but still, they were pretty notable. The Gunners had an uneven start to the season with one win, one draw and one loss, and while Newcastle certainly posed a threat to them, it was seen as a very winnable fixture.
We’re back for yet another trip down memory lane, and once again, it’s time to look back on another edition of St Totteringham’s Day! Yes, that’s right, five years ago today, Arsenal fans all around the world were celebrating the fact that they’d pipped bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur to fourth spot which ensured they would be playing in the UEFA Champions League for another year.
As sound as that may sound, by 2013, any realistic hopes of Arsenal crashing the title race picture had pretty much been and gone. Because of that, qualifying for the UCL was considered to be the bare minimum that Arsene Wenger should’ve been achieving, and he did so after masterminding a narrow 1-0 victory over Newcastle United.
It’s time to take yet another trip down memory lane, and for this entry, we’ve got something a little bit more positive. In the current era of Arsenal struggling to make a run at the top four, it’s nice to think back to a time in which that wasn’t so much of a problem – which is why we’re looking at the Newcastle United game from four years ago.
The uncertainty surrounding the future of Arsene Wenger continues to plague Arsenal’s season, with just as many fans focusing on his reign as manager in comparison to the end of their campaign. Of course, with every outgoing manager, there needs to be one coming in, and the current rumour doing the rounds is that Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez could make his way down south to the Emirates.
Arsenal lost 2-1 to Newcastle United at the weekend, as the in-form Magpies just proved to be too much for Arsene Wenger’s side at St James’ Park. Naturally, it’s a result that is going to be hard to swallow as is the case with 99% of defeats in professional football, but that’s still no reason to panic about the overall landscape of the club. The priority is and has been for the last few weeks now, to win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League next season as a result.
As reported by Evening Standard, it turns out that former professional footballer and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry had some interesting viewpoints in regards to the club’s poor defending against Newcastle United at the weekend. The Gunners lost the game 2-1, which ended a run of seven matches unbeaten in all competitions. You see, that’s the part that the 40-year-old pundit seemed to forget.
From Moscow to Newcastle with love. Following their visit to the Russian capital to play CSKA Moscow tomorrow night, Arsenal will have to quickly re-adjust for a visit to high-flying Newcastle United who are currently riding a three-game win streak in the Premier League. Many will see it as a relatively pointless game for the Gunners, but if they wind up losing, we can just about guarantee that the cries of Wenger Out will commence once again.