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Arsenal’s last eight in review – Part 1 0

Posted on April 24, 2019 by Harry Kettle

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.

Napoli a tough draw for Arsenal in the Europa League 0

Posted on March 15, 2019 by David Nugent

As one of my colleague’s reported earlier, Arsenal have been drawn with Italian side Napoli in the last eight of the Europa League. The draw is probably one of the hardest the team from North London could have for in the quarter-finals of the competition. Arsenal produced an impressive display to beat French club Rennes 3-0 on Thursday night in the second leg of their last 16 tie. The win saw the Gunners head through 4-3 on aggregate.

Napoli second favourites to win the Europa League

Napoli are current second favourites to win the Europa League at odds of 4/1. Only Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea are shorter odds to lift the trophy this season.

Give it your all 0

Posted on March 14, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Nobody needs to tell Arsenal fans twice: their backs are against the wall tonight in the UEFA Europa League. They go into their second leg tie against Rennes with a 3-1 deficit to contend with, and as you can probably work out, that’s a little bit more complicated than their tie against BATE Borisov. This is a much better team, a much more organised team, and seemingly a much more determined team. All of those attributes add up to problems for the Gunners, and when we say problems, we mean it.

Arsenal v Rennes Europa League Preview 0

Posted on March 13, 2019 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Arsenal host Rennes at the Emirates Stadium in the Europa League last 16 second leg. The Gunners head into this game 3-1 down from the first leg when they saw Greek defender Sokratis dismissed.

Arsenal’s recent form has been inconsistent of late, including in the Europa League as the Gunners have lost two of their last three European matches. The team from north London have been surprisingly solid of late in this competition, keeping clean sheets in six of their last eight games.

Arsenal v Manchester United Premier League Preview 0

Posted on March 09, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal have the chance to move back into the Premier League’s top-four when the Gunners host fourth-place Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The recent sense of optimism around the club took a slight hit on Thursday night, as Unai Emery’s side suffered a 3-1 defeat at Rennes in the last 16 of the Europa League. The Gunners have a big job on their hands turning the tie around.

A look back at the last six in review – Part 2 0

Posted on March 08, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal 2-0 Southampton

Professional and efficient. Arsenal secured a pretty comfortable win over Southampton, which is what you’d expect from a fixture like this. Mesut Ozil showcased his return to form, and the starting XI just seemed to click in all the right places. With the top four race being as tight as it is you can’t really afford too many major slip ups, so this result was a welcome relief. You could argue that they probably could’ve been a little bit more clinical, but at least the three points were put on the board.

Arsenal 5-1 Bournemouth

A miserable night for Arsenal against Rennes 0

Posted on March 08, 2019 by David Nugent

Thursday night was a poor one for Arsenal, as the Gunners went own 3-1 to Rennes in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie. Unai Emery’s side were actually ahead in the first half until the 41st-minute dismissal of Greek centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

The incident changed the course of the game, as the French side equalised straight from Benjamin Bourigeaud resulting free-kick. From then on Arsenal seemed to capitulate.

Poor away form continues

Arsenal’s poor away form continued in France. The defeat means the Gunners have lost their last two away games in the Europa League. Unai Emery’s team have now also won just two of their last 11 matches on their travels in all competitions.

Alexandre Lacazette will be a big miss for Rennes games 0

Posted on March 07, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal heads into a potentially tricky Europa League last 16 first leg against Rennes tonight without one of their star attackers, Alexandre Lacazette. The Gunners are favourites to over the midtable French side, but the striker’s absence is certainly a blow.

A silly sending off at BATE costly

Lacazette will miss both the Gunners clashes with the French side after being handed a three-match ban for a silly sending off at BATE in the first leg of the round of 32. The late sending off was a result of frustration with the fact that the Gunners losing 1-0.

French motivation 0

Posted on March 07, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Do Arsenal need any extra motivation to get the job done against Rennes tonight? Probably not. The idea of progressing one step further in Europe should probably be motivation enough. Of course, we all know that the end goal is winning the Europa League – primarily so that the Gunners can force their way back into the Champions League. Speaking of the Champions League, we think it’s worth taking a look at one of the competition’s best games this season which took place last night.

Emery speaks ahead of Rennes first leg 0

Posted on March 06, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have arrived to France where they are set to face Rennes in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16. The players who made the trip are: Petr Cech, Bernd Leno; Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolašinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles; Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi, Aaron Ramsey, Denis Suarez, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan; Alex Iwobi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Eddie Nketiah.

Joined by midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, manager Unai Emery spoke to the press, giving his thoughts ahead of the clash.

On Lacazette ban

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