September 04, 2018 by
According to Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny’s agent Stephane Courbis, the France international was considering leaving the club in the summer prior to rupturing his Achilles in the semi-finals of the Europa League against Atletico Madrid.
Could have exited in the summer
Talking to France Football (quoted by the Daily Star), Courbis said: “When he banged the floor with his hand, I immediately knew that it was serious, that it was over.
“Everything at that moment went through my mind, including the worst, which was validated when it emerged that it was an Achilles rupture and that he would miss the World Cup. .......Read more here.....
August 19, 2018 by
It is early days for Arsenal’s new head coach Unai Emery. I am in the camp that the Spaniard needs time to turn things around in north London. The Gunners players had been complacent far too long under Arsene Wenger to suddenly turn in a world-beating team overnight.
One of the main problems the Gunners have is in defence. Saturday evenings 3-2 defeat at Chelsea showed the major job Emery has on his hands to turn the team’s fortunes around. .......Read more here.....
August 03, 2018 by
According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are willing to sell German international centre-back Shkodran Mustafi for a fee in the region of £22.3million. With the transfer window shutting in a week’s time, it seems like time is running out for a move elsewhere though.
An expensive mistake
It seems signing the German centre-back was an expensive mistake for the Gunners. Mustafi joined the north London club for a fee of around £35million from Valencia two summers ago.
The former Sampdoria and Everton defender was supposedly the answer to Arsenal’s centre-back conundrum. Unfortunately, Mustafi has struggled to live up to his billing of a top centre-back. .......Read more here.....
April 24, 2018 by
According to the Telegraph, the next Arsenal boss will have just £50million to spend next summer in the transfer market.
The Gunners spent heavily in January signing striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and before that on French striker Alexandre Lacazette. The north London club hierarchy will be aware that the likes Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and another January arrival Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all on big contracts.
However, they are also sold the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, which will have cut the wage bill dramatically. .......Read more here.....
April 16, 2018 by
The Arsenal players are often accused of lacking characters and bottling it in big games. The Gunners away performances, not only this season but at times last season as well, show that the players are simply not strong enough mentally to play for a club the size of Arsenal.
Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle means that the Gunners have lost their last five away games on their travels in the top-flight. In fact, the north London side has won just one of their last nine away games in the Premier League. .......Read more here.....
April 12, 2018 by
Having won the first leg of their Europa League clash with CSKA by 4-1, Arsenal play the rematch in Moscow tonight. Shkodran Mustafi believes the team need to be careful, having learned from the experience of Barcelona two days earlier.
In the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against AS Roma, the Catalan giants beat Roma by the same result Arsenal beat CSKA. Nevertheless, with an underwhelming performance in the Italian capital the Blaugrana allowed their opponents to set the overall score level and go through on the away goal they scored. Mustafi stresses that the Gunners must learn from that and not allow themselves a similar mistake. .......Read more here.....
April 08, 2018 by
Arsenal beat Southampton 3-2 at the Emirates in their 32nd game of the Premier League season, courtesy of one goal by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a brace from Danny Welbeck to overrule goals from Shane Long and Charlie Austin for the Saints.
Welbeck and Iwobi
This duo can be fairly considered as a pair of squad players, the manager’s tools for when his preferred options are unavailable or need rest. With the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette fully fit and firing, they are hardly likely to get a look-in. .......Read more here.....
March 11, 2018 by
We questioned whether or not Arsenal would rest players for the key clash against Watford, and despite that coming to fruition with Ramsey, Koscielny and Wilshere all not starting, they’ve managed to take the lead against the Hornets at the Emirates.
As the game progresses things could always shift one way or another, as we’ve seen this afternoon with the Old Firm derby, but Shkodran Mustafi’s opening goal is actually much more important than some fans may realise.
History-making .......Read more here.....
February 26, 2018 by
Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday was not completely unexpected. The Citizens are runaway league leaders in the Premier League and a cut above most teams in England, if not Europe.
People can talk about a foul for the first goal or an offside for the second goal, but in truth, City were just too good for Arsenal and the Citizens were not even at full pelt. The sheer gap between the two teams was frightening for Arsenal and the fans. .......Read more here.....
January 04, 2018 by
Arsenal’s defensive vulnerabilities are no secret and they were there for all to see in Wednesday night’s 2-2 home draw with London rivals Chelsea.
Fortunately, Blues Spanish striker Alvaro Morata was out-of-form and missed a number of good opportunities for the visitors.
The Gunners backline of Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers is obviously not the first choice back three. However, even when Arsenal do have their first choice back three, they look vulnerable at the back.
Arsenal need to add senior centre-backs .......Read more here.....