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Arsenal fall to Olympiakos in UEFA Europa League 0

Posted on February 29, 2020 by Harry Kettle

There was always some concern that Arsenal were relying too heavily on the UEFA Europa League and that they needed to balance that out with what they were doing in the Premier League. Regardless of whether you believe that or not, there’s no denying the fact that they let their guard down in a big, big way against Olympiakos.

Not quite delivering

The Greek side lost the first leg 1-0 and didn’t seem to have all too much in their locker, but in the second leg, they were able to pick off an increasingly nervous Gunners side. You could see the magnitude of the situation getting to every single one of those Arsenal players, and it felt like that was the case for Mikel Arteta too after he made a series of schoolboy errors from a tactical point of view.

Arteta & Lacazette preview Olympiakos clash – part 2 0

Posted on February 27, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On the physicality of the Premier League:
MA – I have said how condensed the calendar is in December and January, normally when you get to February, you start to suffer and pay the price. Normally after the international break in March teams are fresher again to get back the end of the season. It’s part of the process, it’s why this league is so demanding and so nice to play in as well because you have so many games but physically it’s tough.

Arteta & Lacazette preview Olympiakos clash – part 1 0

Posted on February 27, 2020 by Harry Kettle

In the wake of their narrow 1-0 win over in Greece, Arsenal will attempt to secure their place in the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League when they host Olympiakos at the Emirates tonight. Prior to the game, Mikel Arteta and Alexandre Lacazette spoke with the media as the Gunners aim to keep their road to Gdansk going strong.

Arsenal edge past Olympiakos 0

Posted on February 22, 2020 by Harry Kettle

The hope and expectation for the game against Olympiakos on Thursday night was that Arsenal wouldn’t make things too hard for themselves and that they’d pick up a comfortable victory heading into the second leg. While the scoreline may not suggest comfort, the good old ‘1-0 to the Arsenal’ rang true once again as the Gunners beat the Greek side to establish a lead ahead of next week’s tie at the Emirates.

Arteta looks ahead to Olympiacos clash – part 2 0

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On young players and what gives him confidence to use them against Olympiacos:
It’s part of the process. You don’t know until you expose them. They can have the best of intentions but they need to go to a stadium like this and when they make a mistake or a bad decision, have the courage to try again and play again. I want to see that in my players whether they are 17 or 35. That’s what I expect from them. If they keep trying, they have my full support. If they hide after that, I don’t like it. But from what I’ve seen up to now, every time they play on the field, they’re responding really, really well and that’s why I’m hoping and I’m sure they will do the same tomorrow.

Arteta looks ahead to Olympiacos clash – part 1 0

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On his first European cup game as a manager:
Well, it’s another big competition for us. The run that the club has been through in this competition and last year as well makes it really important for the objectives that we have for the season, and we know the type of game we are expecting tomorrow. Papa has made us even more aware of that, if we had any doubts. We have to be ready.

Arsenal draw Olympiakos in UEFA Europa League 0

Posted on December 18, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal’s hopes of securing a place in the UEFA Champions League next season via the top four seem to be slipping further and further away with each and every passing game. However, despite that, some fans are still hopeful that they can get the job done – but not in the way that many had hoped.

They’re still going strong in the UEFA Europa League which, as we all know, is a competition in which they’ve fallen in the semi-final and final over the course of the last two years. While they’ll hope that their past doesn’t define their future, there’s a real possibility that this season’s competition is going to be even trickier than the last.

Ljungberg prepares for Standard Liege clash – Part 2 0

Posted on December 12, 2019 by Harry Kettle

On reacting to joining the first team squad and helping the youth players to improve:
That’s a complicated question but yes, when they asked me to do that job in the summer, like I’ve said before it was an honour. Of course I worked hard and I tried to do my best and it’s always nice to get recognised for the work you do. What I understood was as well, how I tried to make the under-23s play and how we developed young players like the man here [Joe Willock]. But then if you say how do I do things, I try always to look at each individual player and see what his strengths and weaknesses are, and I ask how can I develop that player to become a better player and not just to do the same to every single player. I think every coach does the same thing and that’s what I try to do. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. And if I can add one thing, it’s probably to say that I try to see what players can do and not focus on what they can’t do.

Arsenal vs Eintracht Frankfurt – Preview 0

Posted on November 27, 2019 by Harry Kettle

It’s time for Unai Emery to try and prove why he should continue to be the manager of Arsenal Football Club – with many expecting him to be sacked fairly imminently. You’d have to think this is his last stand, to the point where he needs a fairly convincing win that we aren’t entirely sure he’s capable of getting.

But instead of blindly being negative, we’re going to try and take a positive spin on things ahead of what is bound to be a tough showdown at the Emirates.

Vitoria SC vs Arsenal – Preview 0

Posted on November 05, 2019 by Harry Kettle

There are a lot of questions that still need to be answered when it comes to Arsenal Football Club this season, and the fans are well aware of that fact – even though, in the Europa League, they continue to be one of the favourites to win the entire thing. Such is the nature of this crazy game we call football, and such is the entertainment value to be found in the Europa League.

Today, we’re going to take a look at tomorrow night’s encounter between Arsenal and Vitoria SC as the Gunners prepare to make their way over to Portugal.

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