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Will Bernd Leno start against Everton this weekend? 0

Posted on September 21, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s summer signing Bernd Leno made his first start for the Gunners on Thursday night in a 4-2 Europa League win over Vorskla. The German started in place of usual first-choice Petr Cech and Gunners boss Unai Emery has stated he will play again in the next few matches.

The Spaniard stated that he did not feel that Leno was responsible for either of the visitor’s goals. That means he could start against Everton on Sunday or against Brentford in the League Cup next

Europa League clash gives fringe players chance to impress 0

Posted on September 20, 2018 by David Nugent

As we all know, Arsenal kick-off their Europa League campaign this evening against Ukrainian side Vorskla. The cup competitions have been a place to blood youngsters and give fringe players an opportunity to impress in recent seasons.

Former boss Arsene Wenger certainly made full use of the cup competitions when it came to rotating his squad and resting his star players. No doubt new Gunners boss Unai Emery will take the competition seriously, he will still rotate his squad.

Arsenal fringe players can impress

While Emery is unlikely to field many young players against Thursday’s night’s opponents, there are a certain number of fringe players who could improve their chances of regular first-team football with good performances.

Emery speaks ahead of Europa League opener 0

Posted on September 19, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are set to face Ukranian side Vorskla at the Emirates in their first European game of the season on Thursday evening, and manager Unai Emery spoke to the press ahead of the clash.

Changes in the team?

Although, like every season, Arsenal play in four competitions, the best 11 players will take to the pitch as the manager believes it’s all about improving both tactically and individually at this point. It seemed as Emery was announcing a line-up pretty much the same as the one he’s been fielding in the Premier League, but then he made things a bit clearer.

Arsenal v Vorskla Europa League Preview 0

Posted on September 19, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal kick-off their Europa League campaign on Monday night, as the Gunners welcome Ukrainian outfit Vorskla to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners head into this seasons competition with the added Europa League experience of boss Unai Emery. The Spaniard has, of course, won the trophy on three previous occasions with Sevilla.

Arsenal are relative novices in the Europa League in its current guises, as last season was their first in competition under its current name. The Gunners did make the semi-final of the competition last season, though, only to be eliminated by Champions League dropouts Atletico Madrid.

Unai Emery’s Europa League experience could be vital for Arsenal 0

Posted on September 18, 2018 by David Nugent

It is fair to say that Arsenal boss Unai Emery is pretty well acquainted with the Europa League, having won the competition on three occasions with Sevilla.

It is a competition that the Gunners will have to get accustomed to if the north London side cannot break back into the Premier League top four in the near future.

A useful competition

The competition is much maligned, as it is UEFA’s secondary European competition behind the much more high profile Champions League. Obviously, Arsenal wants to be in the Champions League and that is one of Emery primary aims, getting back into Europe’s elite competition.

Method behind the madness? 0

Posted on September 18, 2018 by Harry Kettle

There’s not much more than needs to be said when it comes to Arsenal’s actual start to the season, because it’s there for everyone to see. They were outplayed by better sides in the first two games and narrowly edged past three that they should be beating easily. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Regardless, it’s interesting to note the direction they’re trending in as a club – even though we want to focus on one position above all the others – and that’s the goalkeeper.

The big difference 0

Posted on September 17, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal made it three consecutive victories in the Premier League at the weekend, overcoming the challenge of Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Some will argue that this is a game they always should’ve been winning, but getting the job done and beating what’s in front of you is more important than any ‘talk’ before the game. So, while it may be easy to dismiss this is an ‘okay’ victory, we should really be applauding the fact that they’ve picked up nine points from their last three league encounters.

Can Arsenal now build up some momentum? 0

Posted on September 16, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal have now recorded three straight Premier League victories after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Newcastle at St James Park. The win moved the Gunners up to seventh place in the top-flight table.

The victory gives the north London side a chance of building some momentum for the season, especially as they have a favourable run of games coming up.

Nothing like momentum to light up a season

Momentum is a strange tanginess factor for football teams. Sometimes momentum can make teams seasons. They can be on a terrible run of form and then they record a win and suddenly they are on fire.

Arsenal must improve woeful away record 0

Posted on September 15, 2018 by David Nugent

A trip to Newcastle for any Premier League team usually presents the prospect of three points. While the Toon Army are a loyal bunch, their team can at times be unpredictable, to say the least.

Arsenal should be heading into an away game like Saturday’s fancying three points. However, the Gunners recent away record suggests that an away win is not a foregone conclusion.

Terrible away record in the Premier League

The team from north London have won two of their last three games on their travels in the top-flight. However, they have also lost eight out of their last ten away games in the Premier League.

Emery speaks ahead of Newcastle trip 1

Posted on September 14, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal play away to Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon, and as usual, manager Unai Emery held a press conference yesterday where spoke about the upcoming game, but he also addressed a few issues which could go under the ‘general current affairs’ category.

Return from international duty

The manager revealed that four players – Granit Xhaka, Stephan Lichsteiner, Danny Welbeck and Sokratis Papastathopoulos had only just returned to camp and that they need to work now to prepare for Saturday, having played for their national teams as recently as Tuesday.



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