Last night’s Premiere League opening match against Nescastle may have had a favourable ending for Arsenal, but the club’s midfielder Mesut Ozil and left back Sead Kolasinac were omitted from the game. According to the club, the reasons behind the decision to withdraw the two players from the game were security-related. The news comes two weeks after the two men were involved in an altercation in front of a North London restaurant.
Sometimes you need to forget about what happens on the pitch, because there are more important things to focus your attention on. The world of football is one thing but your life is your life, and a lot of fans need to learn to appreciate that fact. As has been widely reported around the net today, two Arsenal players found themselves in a precarious situation yesterday after they were faced with a potential carjacking situation in London.
Reported Arsenal target Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico is set to leave the Dutch club. The 26-year-old Argentinian international has risen to prominence in the last few seasons and looks set for a new challenge next season.
His agent has confirmed Tagliafico is likely to move on
The Metro quoted the player’s agent Ricardo Schlieper as saying ‘Ajax made an offer, but it wasn’t accepted because it’s the right time to take a leap,’
‘Let’s see what happens in the market. ‘There has been no talk of numbers with Ajax, but they will ask for a significant amount – I think it will be more than €20million [£17m].’
As Arsenal crashed out of the FA Cup, deservedly beaten at home by the resurgent Manchester United team, several aspects of the game painfully stuck in the eye when it comes to Arsenal and their performance in this contest.
Kolašinac and his forays
Sead Kolašinac is a decent enough player, even more so considering Arsenal snatched him on a free from Schalke in 2017. However, while his constant running up the pitch is a very useful trait when the Gunners attack, he often comes up short at the back as his forays take him far ahead of the back line. It’s fair to say Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took note of that and prepared a tactical surprise for Unai Emery.
Arsenal have beaten Burnley by 3-1 in the 18th round of the 2018/19 Premier League season, courtesy of goals from Pierre-Emerick Auubameyang (14′, 48′), and Alex Iwobi (90′). The solitary strike for the visitors was the work of Ashley Barnes (63′). The Gunners are still in fifth place, but now they’ve equaled Chelsea’s point tally as the Blues suffered defeat at home to Leicester City.
But the result aside for a moment, there were some interesting things to take from this game. Let’s take a look.
Arsenal’s trip to the Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava on Thursday has been complicated by an ongoing political and military action in the country. The game has now been moved to the capital Kiev, which in all honesty is still a difficult trip.
Arsenal are already through to the knockout stages of the competition and if they win or match Sporting result, the team from north London will win the group.
A trip they could have done without
In truth, Arsenal could have done without the long trip to Kiev ahead of Sunday’s north London derby against arch-rivals Tottenham. While Gunners boss Unai Emery is likely to rest a number of key players, he still has to field a team in Ukraine.
Arsenal made it 17 games unbeaten in all competitions on Sunday afternoon when they recorded a 2-1 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
Although there was a slice of luck involved in the win, the opening goal coming from a bizarre own goal by Jefferson Lerma, the Gunners once again found the net twice, something they have become accustomed to doing in the top-flight of late.
Had to be a high scoring game
Bournemouth v Arsenal was destined to be a high scoring game. The two teams involved love to provide excitement and play attacking football, so Sunday’s scoreline was unsurprising really.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed that the Gunners Spanish defender Nacho Monreal will not feature in the next two weeks for the north London team. The Spaniard is reportedly suffering from a hamstring injury and he will not return to training until next month. The news is a blow ahead of a potentially tricky trip to Bournemouth for Emery’s team.
Monreal hard to replace
For me, Nacho Monreal is one of the most unsung players of recent seasons. The Spaniard has produced impressive consistency for the Gunners in recent seasons, not matter whether playing as a full-back or a makeshift centre-back.
According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal and Manchester City are showing an interest in Real Betis full-back Junior Firpo.
The 22-year-old has been in impressive form for the team from Seville this season in La Liga and recently scored in his teams 4-3 win at reigning Spanish champions Barcelona.
Reportedly, his form has not gone unnoticed at some of Europe’s top clubs. Now Arsenal and City are now ready to make a move.
Arsenal will put their top four credentials to the test when they welcome Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.
Arsenal have been on a good run of form that has taken the Gunners to fourth spot in the Premier League table. A 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace last time in the league ended a seven-game winning run in the top-flight.
However, Unai Emery’s side are still unbeaten 13 games in all competitions, having recorded 12 wins in the process. The Gunners have also been prolific in the top-flight of late, scoring at least two goals in all but one of their Premier League games this season.