Arsenal knew that the game against Leicester City this past weekend was huge in terms of Unai Emery’s future with the club. While the Foxes have been on a superb run of form, the Gunners still knew they had to put in a solid enough performance to warrant keeping the Spaniard on beyond the international break. In the end, they didn’t do much to convince the boardroom that he should be given another chance.
Arsenal’s questionable run of form continued yesterday after they were unable to get the job done against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates. Unai Emery was well aware of the fact that this was going to be a tricky day at the office, as any game against Nuno’s Wolves side seems to be. However, from his tactical work to the team he actually put out, this was a clear misfire as Arsenal extended their winless streak in all competitions to three.
The Premier League returns this weekend with a fantastic set of fixtures for all fans to enjoy, including one that Gunners fans, in particular, will be keeping a close eye on: Arsenal vs Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Gunners are coming off the back of two tough results, one being the draw against Crystal Palace and one being that dramatic loss to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.
To say that they want to get back to winning ways would be an understatement within itself, but unfortunately for them, it’s not going to be the easiest game for them to do that. Win or lose, though, the future of Unai Emery as Arsenal manager could depend on the actual performance that they’re able to put in.
Arsenal were unable to keep the pressure up on the top four as they fell to a disappointing draw at home to Crystal Palace. The Emirates was a hostile place to be throughout the course of this match, which was a shame, as the Gunners were able to play some really nice stuff in the early stages of the contest.
Letting the side down
The home side got off to an absolute flyer of a start as they found themselves 2-0 up within a space of less than ten minutes. Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz were both able to capitalise from set pieces, putting the hosts in a pretty commanding position. However, anyone who has seen these two teams play recently would’ve known that we were a long way off of this game being done and dusted.
This weekend will see Arsenal’s return to Premier League action as they prepare to go head to head with Crystal Palace at the Emirates. Last season Palace were able to cause a real stir in their two games against the Gunners, and this time around, we’re expecting the same thing. Alas, while the Eagles are a solid team, they’re the kind of opposition that Unai Emery’s men need to be beating if they’re serious about confirming their status as top four contenders.
Despite it seeming like the idea of a poor away loss to a newly promoted club was almost too obvious to believe, Arsenal went ahead and did it anyway as they fell at the feet of Sheffield United on Monday Night Football. It was the kind of loss you need to see in order to believe, but take it from us when we say that seeing it was somehow worse than just reading about it on the news.
While the remainder of the Premier League has already played, or will play later on today, Sheffield United and Arsenal have to wait until Monday Night Football in order to show what they’ve got in the wake of the international break. Both seemingly have something to prove despite having a decent enough start to the new campaign, with the belief being that they, respectively, still have a lot to give.
From our perspective, we think this could be a pretty intriguing encounter, but we don’t necessarily think intriguing is always a good thing. Either way, you won’t want to take your eyes off of this one.
While it’s great that football fans in the modern era get the opportunity to watch an awful lot of games on the TV, that can also serve as something of a detriment, too. It all depends on your perspective and what kind of fan you are, really but either way, it doesn’t feel like the parade of changes that have been made to the winter schedule are going to help a lot of people.
Arsenal.com has produced a rundown that details what, exactly, these changes mean as we move forward. Obviously Arsenal are going to be fully focused on Sheffield United, but it’s worth taking into consideration what kind of games this could lead to in terms of the club’s preparations.
On Alexandre Lacazette:
Today is his first training back with us. He finished it well and he’s feeling well with his injuries. Tomorrow we will be training again and he will be with us. We will decide. The most important thing is that first he is training, then secondly it’s whether he can be with us and it depends how he can feel in the next days training with us, whether his ankle is not giving him any more problems. It’s positive for us that he’s started training and that he’s a possibility for Monday. I don’t know whether he’s ready for 90 minutes or on the bench. We’ll decide that over the next days, but it’s very important for him to come back to training with us.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues to shine as Arsenal’s brightest star this season. Having shared the Premier League Golden Boot last season with Liverpool duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane (22 goals each), the former Borussia Dortmund man now has seven strikes from eight games, just one shy of Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
Recognizing his superb form which has often dragged Arsenal forward despite some abysmal showings by the sections of the team, the Premier League have chosen him as the best player for the month of September, 2019. It could, perhaps, be argued by other clubs’ supporters that some of their players also played some fabulous games last month, but in terms of how much a player’s performance has meant to his team, Aubameyang clearly outstrips them all.