There was a great deal of speculation as to whether or not Arsenal could handle the pressure of heading to a country like Azerbaijan, mainly due to the travel involved as well as the fact that they’re probably enjoying a spell of confidence stemming from their ability to win seven straight games. Well, as we now know, that run has been extended to eight after the Gunners were able to walk through Qarabag last night.
The main objective tonight is going to be defeating Qarabag and continuing Arsenal’s great winning run that they’re on right now. That, in itself, is the simple way of looking at things, and that makes a lot of sense. Alas, some fans seem to think that the Gunners are just going to walk into Baku and stroll towards a convincing victory, and that just isn’t going to be the case. In fact, we’d argue that this is going to be one of their more difficult games in their upcoming stretch – and no, we aren’t being sarcastic about that.
The search for Arsenal’s new manager continues to rage on and in a lot of ways, it’s already becoming a little bit exhausting for Arsenal fans. While there’s obviously a great deal of excitement in the air, there are just too many names being thrown around to keep count at this stage. It’s not like when David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford because, in that instance, it seemed as if the Everton boss was always going to be the clear favourite to take over.
Rumours in football can either create excitement or dread, depending on the nature of the specific rumour. Thankfully for Arsenal fans, this specific ‘rumour’ is a little bit more substantial than most, with Daily Mirror reporting that Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa may not be fit for their UEFA Europa League semi-final first-leg game against Arsenal. Yes, it’s the same Diego Costa that once played for Chelsea and was vilified for being the sport’s equivalent of a supervillain.
Arsenal’s draw against CSKA Moscow in Russia last night ensured their passage into the UEFA Europa League semi-finals, although it wasn’t as straightforward as many fans were expecting. They went behind on the night, the Russian side were piling on the pressure, and for a while, it looked like the Gunners may follow in the footsteps of Barcelona earlier in the week. Thankfully for Arsenal fans, Wenger’s side were able to show some serious growth for the first time in what feels like forever.
As we approach Arsenal’s big-time showdown with CSKA Moscow on Thursday night, it’s time to take a look at some of the best bets and odds available to Gunners fans out there courtesy of bet365. The game, which will be a UEFA Europa League quarter-final first-leg tie, holds a massive amount of potential for Arsene Wenger’s men as they’ll be attempting to really lay down a marker prior to the second leg over in Russia.
It’s no secret that they’re making this competition their priority, and that’s the smartest possible thing they can do right now. Manchester United did the same thing, which is the reason why they were able to compete in the Champions League throughout the 2017/18 season.
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.
As we all know by now, Arsenal FC will take on CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals. There are about a million storylines to unpack from this game alone, and moving forward, it seems as if many fans are divided when it comes to whether or not this is an ideal match-up for the Gunners.
Naturally, there are going to be reservations as well as positives with any kind of European draw, and because of that, we felt as if the easiest way to figure the whole thing out would be to create a list of pros and cons. Aren’t you lucky.
Arsenal Football Club will play CSKA Moscow in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League, as revealed in the official draw which was made earlier today.
Arsene Wenger’s men will look to make a statement in the first leg when they host CSKA on April 5th, before travelling to the Russian capital seven nights later to decide which of the two teams will progress to the semi-finals of the competition.
The draw comes in the wake of renewed tension between the United Kingdom and Russia, but above that, many eyes will be on Wenger to see whether or not he can guide the Gunners into what would be their first appearance in the final four of a major European tournament in years.
In the midst of the hustle and bustle following Tottenham Hotspur’s loss to Juventus, it was easy to miss some of the comments made by Wojciech Szczesny.
The Juve keeper, who spent many years on the books at the Emirates, had some fascinating things to say to The Guardian regarding the support of the North London club in the wake of The Old Lady progressing to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
“There were a couple [of Tottenham] fans – very vocal – next to my bench, who went missing after the 80th minute, so yeah, I enjoyed it. Plus winning at Wembley is always special.”