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Valencia v Arsenal Europa League Preview 0

Posted on May 08, 2019 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Valencia host Arsenal at the Mestalla in the Europa League semi-final second leg, with the Gunners 3-1 up from the first leg at the Emirates Stadium.

Valencia head into this clash on the back of three defeats in their last four games in all competitions. However, Los Ches ended a three-game losing streak by hammering struggling Huesca 6-2 last time out.

Despite their recent struggles, Valencia have a good recent record in the Europa League. In fact, the first leg defeat at the Emirates Stadium ended a seven-game unbeaten run in the competition, consisting of six wins and a draw.

Arsenal job was never going to be easy for Unai Emery 0

Posted on May 07, 2019 by David Nugent

We are now close to the end of Unai Emery’s first season in charge of Arsenal. The Spaniard has done a decent job. The Gunners look set to miss out on the top-four but are closer to the teams in the Champions League this season than in recent campaigns. They could even miss out on a top-four place courtesy of an inferior goal difference to Spurs.

The team from north London also have an excellent chance of making it to the final of the Europa League. The Gunners of course travel to Spain to face Valencia on Thursday night for the semi-final second leg with a 3-1 advantage from the first leg.

Gunners reportedly snubbed by left-back target 0

Posted on May 05, 2019 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal’s reported transfer target Nicolas Tagliafico has decided to remain at Champions League semi-finalists Ajax for another season.

The Argentinian international had previously been linked with a move to north London. However, it seems he is happy in the Dutch capital, for now anyway.

Gunners need a left-back this summer

Arsenal are on the lookout for a new left-back with Nacho Monreal expected to exit as a free agent this summer. Sead Kolasinac has played in the position on a regular basis for the Gunners, but the former Schalke star is better suited to play as a wing-back.

Gunners need to hold their nerve in Spain to reach Europa League final 0

Posted on May 03, 2019 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Arsenal recorded a 3-1 home win over Valencia in the Europa League semi-final first leg. A first-half double from Alexandre Lacazette and a last-gasp Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cancelled out the visitor’s opener scored by Mouctar Diakhaby.

The victory was a much-needed one after three straight defeats. It also gives the Gunners a solid advantage heading to Spain for the second leg. Unai Emery’s side now just need to hold their nerve in the second leg to make it to the final.

Aaron Ramsey has played his last game for Arsenal 0

Posted on May 02, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s Welsh international midfielder Aaron Ramsey has played his last game for the club. The midfielder picked up a hamstring injury against Napoli in the Europa League second leg, which has ruled him out for the rest of the season.

The 28-year-old is, of course, heading to Italy to join Juventus as a free agent in the summer after failing to agree terms on a contract that expires this summer.

Has enjoyed mixed success

In reality, when we look back at Ramsey’s Arsenal career, there have been many highs and lows. The midfielder is clearly talented, but at times throughout his Gunners career, he has struggled to find consistency.

Arsenal v Valencia Europa League Preview 0

Posted on May 01, 2019 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Arsenal host Valencia at the Emirates Stadium, in the Europa League semi-final first leg.

The Gunners head into Thursday’s clash on the back of a three-game losing run in all competitions while conceding at least three goals in all three defeats. Last time out, Arsenal suffered a 3-0 defeat at Leicester City.

Despite the Gunners poor recent run of results, the team from north London have won their last three Europa League games, while also keeping three straight clean sheets. In fact, Unai Emery’s team has kept clean sheets in nine of their last 11 matches in the Europa League.

Have Arsenal really made progress under Unai Emery? 0

Posted on April 29, 2019 by David Nugent

As we all now know, Arsenal suffered a 3-0 defeat at Leicester On Sunday afternoon. The defeat was almost inevitable mainly due to the Gunners woeful away form this season. What looked like a comfortable end to the season has turned into a nightmare.

Prior to the Leicester game, Emery claimed that the team has progressed from last season. In all honesty, earlier in the season, I believed the team had progressed. However, I do not want to sound fickle, but the last few weeks have made me question whether the team has truly progressed under Emery.

Would Andre Gomes be a good signing for Arsenal? 0

Posted on April 26, 2019 by David Nugent

According to ESPN, Arsenal are interested in signing Barcelona playmaker Andre Gomes this summer. The Portuguese international has revived his career on-loan at Everton this season. The Toffees are confident of sealing a permanent deal for the midfielder.

However, both Arsenal and are also Tottenham are also reportedly monitoring Gomes situation. Barcelona are believed to be looking for around £26million for the talented star. Gunners head coach Unai Emery and director of football operations Raul Sanllehi are reported to be big fans of the Portuguese midfielder.

Arsenal should not panic over Palace defeat 0

Posted on April 22, 2019 by David Nugent

On Sunday, Arsenal suffered a shock 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners losing is not a major surprise, as they have shown they are prone to slip-ups at unexpected times.

However, the majority of those slip-ups are away from the Emirates. The team from north London are usually strong on home soil. In fact, Unai Emery’s team had won their previous eight home games in all competitions.

A poor defensive display

It must be said that Palace produced a good display and deserve credit for their victory. It’s tough to win at the Emirates and the Eagles produced an impressive display against Emery’s team.

Defensive improvement encouraging for Arsenal 0

Posted on April 21, 2019 by David Nugent

According to most observers of Arsenal in recent seasons, defensive frailties have been at the heart of the Gunners failure to qualify for the Champions League. The claim has also rung true at times for Unai Emery’s team this season, especially on their travels.

There is no doubt that the team from north London need defensive reinforcements in the summer. However, the fact team have shown defensive improvement of late is encouraging.

A good recent defensive record

The Gunners recent record of conceding just once in seven games in all competitions is an impressive record for any team. For a team notoriously fragile in defence, it is even more credible.

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