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A miserable night for Arsenal against Rennes 0

Posted on March 08, 2019 by David Nugent

Thursday night was a poor one for Arsenal, as the Gunners went own 3-1 to Rennes in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie. Unai Emery’s side were actually ahead in the first half until the 41st-minute dismissal of Greek centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

The incident changed the course of the game, as the French side equalised straight from Benjamin Bourigeaud resulting free-kick. From then on Arsenal seemed to capitulate.

Poor away form continues

Arsenal’s poor away form continued in France. The defeat means the Gunners have lost their last two away games in the Europa League. Unai Emery’s team have now also won just two of their last 11 matches on their travels in all competitions.

Alexandre Lacazette will be a big miss for Rennes games 0

Posted on March 07, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal heads into a potentially tricky Europa League last 16 first leg against Rennes tonight without one of their star attackers, Alexandre Lacazette. The Gunners are favourites to over the midtable French side, but the striker’s absence is certainly a blow.

A silly sending off at BATE costly

Lacazette will miss both the Gunners clashes with the French side after being handed a three-match ban for a silly sending off at BATE in the first leg of the round of 32. The late sending off was a result of frustration with the fact that the Gunners losing 1-0.

Emery speaks ahead of Rennes first leg 0

Posted on March 06, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have arrived to France where they are set to face Rennes in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16. The players who made the trip are: Petr Cech, Bernd Leno; Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolašinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles; Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi, Aaron Ramsey, Denis Suarez, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan; Alex Iwobi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Eddie Nketiah.

Joined by midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, manager Unai Emery spoke to the press, giving his thoughts ahead of the clash.

On Lacazette ban

Rennes could be tricky opponents for Arsenal 0

Posted on March 05, 2019 by David Nugent

When Arsenal drew French Ligue One outfit Rennes in the last 16 of the Europa League, I doubt many associated with the Gunners were quaking in their boots. However, they could prove to be tricky opponents for Arsenal.

Not to be complacent, but the French club are the sort of team that the Gunners should really be comfortably beating if they are to go far in the Europa League this season. Unai Emery’s side travels to France on Thursday night for the first leg of their last 16 tie, with the team from north London hoping to pick up a positive result to take into the second leg.

Bernd Leno starting to look the part as Arsenal number one 0

Posted on March 04, 2019 by David Nugent

When German goalkeeper Bernd Leno first arrived at Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, there were question marks over whether he was good enough to be the Gunners long-term number one. The person that seemed to question his ability most was Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who seemed reluctant to start him ahead of veteran Petr Cech.

However, the summer signing now seems to have won over his boss and the majority of Arsenal fans too. Leno has started the last 21 Premier League games after replacing Cech at Watford as a substitute. He has not looked back since.

Will Alexandre Lacazette start Saturday’s derby match? 0

Posted on March 02, 2019 by David Nugent

As we all know, Arsenal face a potentially tough trip to Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime. The Gunners have the chance to move within a point of their north London rivals in the race for Champions League spots. The game could be a pivotal moment in the season for both teams. We all know about the Gunners poor away record and record their top six rivals. However, this game looks like one that could improve both.

Unai Emery needs to get his tactics right

Already some have questioned Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s tactics since his arrival in north London. However, if he masterminds a win at Spurs, then it would prove to his critics that he does have good tactical acumen.

North London derby a big test of Arsenal’s recent form 0

Posted on February 28, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s recent form in the Premier League has been promising. A 5-1 mauling of midtable Bournemouth on Wednesday night means the Gunners have now won five of their last six games in the Premier League.

The recent good run of form has been enough to push Unai Emery’s side into the Premier League’s top-four. However, next up is a trip to north London neighbours Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime in a potentially vital north London derby.

Tottenham tough opponents despite recent defeats

Arsenal will head into the clash at Wembley as the form team, as a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday night means that Mauricio Pochettino’s team have lost successive games in the Premier League.

Roma search for Monchi replacement 0

Posted on February 27, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have been on the lookout with the aim of appointing a technical director for a while now. Sven Mislintat, former head of recruitment, has quit his job reportedly over being overlooked for that position.

The club have apparently been considering Marc Overmars who is enjoying a successful spell at Ajax, but the Dutch champions are extremely reluctant to part ways with the former Arsenal winger.

Be that as it may, recent reports suggested that the Gunners actually prefer Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, also known as Monchi, currently working as the director of football at AS Roma. The report by the Mirror went as far as claiming Arsenal had offered the job to Monchi, and now the same outlet claims that the Serie A side have already begun searching for a suitable replacement.

Barcelona don’t want Suarez back 0

Posted on February 25, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Barcelona are counting on the loan deal which saw Denis Suarez trade Camp Nou for the Emirates in January to become permanent at the end of the season, as reported by Marca.

Apparently, the Catalan giants are measuring their options and have decided to pursue signings in the form of a striker and a left-back; one to relieve the amount of game-time for former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, once linked with Arsenal himself and the other to provide cover in a similar way for Jordi Alba.

Top four would be a big achievement for Emery this season 1

Posted on February 25, 2019 by David Nugent

Sunday’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Southampton moved Arsenal back into the top four of the Premier League. A very favourable midweek home game against Bournemouth means that the Gunners should remain in the last Champions League qualification spot until at least next weekend.

It is a good position for Unai Emery’s team to find themselves in at this stage of the campaign. Hopefully, the spirit will remain positive for the remainder of the campaign.

Slight progress under Emery

It would be rather silly to claim that Arsenal have improved immeasurably under Unai Emery. The team still have some of the same weaknesses that were on display in the later years of Arsene Wenger’s reign.

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