As you probably know already, Arsenal beat Newcastle United at St. James Park on Saturday by 1-2, courtesy of a spectacular free-kick by Granit Xhaka and a cool finish by Mesut Ozil. After defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea in the two opening games, West Ham, Cardiff City, and now Newcastle have fallen in a row. But this game had some nice surprises in store in terms of individual performances.
Arsenal have now recorded three straight Premier League victories after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Newcastle at St James Park. The win moved the Gunners up to seventh place in the top-flight table.
The victory gives the north London side a chance of building some momentum for the season, especially as they have a favourable run of games coming up.
Nothing like momentum to light up a season
Momentum is a strange tanginess factor for football teams. Sometimes momentum can make teams seasons. They can be on a terrible run of form and then they record a win and suddenly they are on fire.
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.
The Premier League returns this weekend after a two-week international break. Arsenal’s first game after the break is a trip to Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.
The home side have made a woeful start to their Premier League campaign this season, having failed to win any of their four league games, while suffering three defeats in the process.
The Magpies have struggled to keep the opposition out, as the north east side has conceded at least two goals in three of their four league games this season. The home side’s poor form started at the back end of last season. Due to that poor form, Rafa Benitez’s side has now lost seven of their last nine top-flight games.
There are plenty of mysteries that have gone unsolved over the course of history, but there’s one that continues to persist: why do Arsenal have such bad defensive issues? People will write stories and tell tales of this phenomenon for years and years to come, and yet, we still find ourselves questioning why that is. The Gunners have failed to keep a clean sheet through the first four games of their Premier League campaign this season, conceding eight goals in the process aka an average of two per game.
No, not the old recycled story of how Barcelona are looking to sign Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin. It is the Spaniard on the other flank of the Gunners defence that is interesting the Catalan giants.
Yes, Nacho Monreal is interesting the Catalan giants according to the Guardian rumour page, which offers no apologies for the lack of source for their information.
Monreal one of Arsenals most consistent performers
Nacho Monreal does not often receive plaudits for his performances for Arsenal. However, over the past few seasons, he has been one of the most consistent players for the North London side.
We are four games into the Premier League campaign and Arsenal have endured mixed fortunes so far. New Gunners boss Unai Emery’s team selections have been fairly consistent.
However, one player who has now featured as much as expected is new signing Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira. The youngster has yet to start a Premier League game so far this season.
Xhaka and Guendouzi started all four league games
Another summer signing youngster Matteo Guendouzi has started all four of the Gunners league games so far alongside Granit Xhaka. Many expected Xhaka and Torreira to form a partnership in the centre of the Gunners midfield. The pair have enjoyed mixed results
While we may have dubbed the midfield situation at Arsenal a ‘dilemma’ in the title, what we really mean is that it’s a blessing. The club made some significant moves in the summer transfer window when it comes to bolstering their squad in the middle of the park, and at the time, we weren’t aware as to whether or not it’d pay off for them. Now, as we look back, it’s pretty clear to see that things are going better than anyone could’ve anticipated.
After four games of Premier League action, Arsenal are just about positioned where the majority of fans would’ve expected them to be. They fell short against Chelsea and Manchester City to kick off the season, and it’s hard to criticise them all too much for that. Those two sides are set to contend for the title whereas Arsenal are still in the rebuilding phase, with the real news being that they’ve won back to back games against West Ham United and Cardiff City – scoring six goals in the process.