Mikel Arteta is considered to be the frontrunner to become the new Arsenal manager, and isn’t that sentence just a little bit strange? Seriously, doesn’t it just feel a bit odd? After all, the guy is still in his mid-30s, and he was playing for the Gunners as recently as 2016. Plus, his only real form of managerial experience comes as an assistant gaffer to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City – which is a role he’s been in for less than two years.
This afternoon, Arsene Wenger will face Manchester United for the final time as the manager of Arsenal Football Club. Over the last two decades he has been the constant in this fixture, and for many years to come, fans will look back and remember some of the iconic clashes that went down between two of the greatest clubs in the history of English football.
Prior to this afternoon’s encounter, however, we thought it’d be interesting to analyse the recent history between the two clubs. Contrary to what some may believe things haven’t always been quite so one-sided when they meet, and now that the Mourinho vs Wenger rivalry will be renewed for one last time, things have become even more interesting.
Welcome back to yet another trip down memory lane, as we look back at one of the many Premier League encounters between bitter rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. The North London counterparts were both battling it out for 4th spot in the top flight, and as this game proved, there was very little to separate the sides – although you could sense that Tottenham Hotspur were a team on the rise.
Arsenal lost 2-1 to Newcastle United at the weekend, as the in-form Magpies just proved to be too much for Arsene Wenger’s side at St James’ Park. Naturally, it’s a result that is going to be hard to swallow as is the case with 99% of defeats in professional football, but that’s still no reason to panic about the overall landscape of the club. The priority is and has been for the last few weeks now, to win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League next season as a result.
Before you instantly click off this article in disgust, give it a chance. Now, while the main source of attention for Arsenal fans today is going to be their game against Southampton, it’s also WrestleMania Sunday across the pond in New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s set to be one of the biggest WWE events in history, and because of that, we thought it’d be fun to combine our two loves of the Gunners and professional wrestling in order to work out with Arsenal squad members could find success in the squared circle.
In an age of such uncertainty at the Emirates, it’s not exactly surprising to see so much negativity surrounding the club. Their days of competing amongst Europe’s elite are over, they can’t even break into the top four anymore, and their once great leader Arsene Wenger (yes, we said his name again – we’ll put a tenner in the jar) has been on the decline for the better part of a decade now.
For a few weeks now we’ve been hearing and seeing fans of Arsenal Football Club boycotting home games at the Emirates Stadium as if they’re trying to send a message. Whether it be their unhappiness with the board or Arsene Wenger, everyone has an agenda, and despite the Gunners bouncing back in recent weeks, it doesn’t seem like the situation is going to get better until it gets a little bit worse.
There are plenty of youngsters who would probably kill to break into the starting line-up at the Emirates, if for no other reason than to prove why there are better options out there than the Gunners currently have. For some, however, they’ve been on the outside looking in for a few years and are just waiting to take advantage of an opportunity – and one of those players is Stephy Mavididi.
As reported by BBC Sport, UEFA are set to introduce a set of new rules which will come into effect from the 2018/19 campaign. These new regulations have the potential to impact a series of clubs up and down Europe, but most importantly, we want to look at how Arsenal Football Club could be impacted by what has been announced today.
First off: the rules themselves. Players will now be able to represent two different teams in the same European competition, meaning that if someone jumps ship in January, they won’t be ‘cup-tied’ so to speak when it comes to either the Champions League or the Europa League.