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The future of Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid may be on a knife’s edge after their exit in the Champions League semi-final at the hands of ‘Chelski’. The Spanish club are notoriously sensitive to any kind of setback that ends without a trophy and with Zidane’s position now looking vulnerable, the speculation will no doubt increase. Zinedine Zidane... The post Real’s exit in the Champions league could mean the same for Zidane which is bad news for Arsenal appeared first on...
The future of Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid may be on a knife’s edge after their exit in the Champions League semi-final at the hands of ‘Chelski’. The Spanish club are notoriously sensitive to any kind of setback that ends without a trophy and with Zidane’s position now looking vulnerable, the speculation will no doubt increase.
Zinedine Zidane has been on thin ice this season and there have been tensions behind the scenes at Real Madrid for the apparent failures on the pitch, not that they are in crisis by comparison to other giant clubs around the globe.
A crisis for Real Madrid is ending the season in second or third place in La Liga, but you sense the simmering dissatisfaction could have an inevitable ending as the season heads into its final phase. If Madrid fail to pip Atletico Madrid and Barcelona to the title, the dome-headed Frenchman may be on his bicyclette.
That could be very bad news for Arsenal in their pursuit of Martin Odegaard. With Zidane out of the hot seat and a new manager installed, the Norwegian could be back in favour during a massive overhaul at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
It was looking favourable for the Gunners, with the player showcasing his obvious talents and voicing his happiness in his adopted environment and holiday home, but that could all change within weeks with a new face at the helm who wants to assess his entire wealth of riches.
Odegaard isn’t the sort of player that you would give up on in a major rebuilding project. in fact, he’s the type you start building a squad around because, at the age of 22, there’s so much more to come. He’s an immensely gifted player that has wonderful control in tight spaces and his vision is Bergkampesque. There’s a way to go before genuine comparisons can begin, but you can’t deny the class and potential and it’s something that an incoming manager will certainly give full consideration to.
The playmaker could also reconsider his position with Arsenal in a transitional period, which is likely to see them on the sidelines of major competitions for at least another two seasons. Real Madrid are always there or thereabouts in any tournament, plus the salary and weather aren’t exactly terrible. So, it’s time to cross your fingers and to will, Madrid onto the La Liga title, or Odegaard could once again be firmly in the plans of the Spanish club.
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The future of Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno appears to be less certain amid rumours that the Gunners No 1 is looking for a new challenge in the summer. According to Football London, nothing is certain for the German shot-stopper, but he would be ‘open to everything’ as no fresh talks over his contract have begun. Leno... The post Leno Really Can’t be Blamed For Wanting to Leave the Club in The Summer appeared first on...
The future of Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno appears to be less certain amid rumours that the Gunners No 1 is looking for a new challenge in the summer. According to Football London, nothing is certain for the German shot-stopper, but he would be ‘open to everything’ as no fresh talks over his contract have begun.
Leno has made a series of errors recently but for the previous two seasons, he was one of the most consistent players for the North London side. However, his form has dipped and a series of howlers including an embarrassing nutmeg and a near post lapse has raised questions on his ability to help Arsenal challenge for top honours.
At 29 years of age and with Arsenal on the brink of a summer rebuild, Bernd Leno may feel it’s time to move on to fulfill his personal ambitions. The most recent valuation has the German at £22.5m and that would help find a decent replacement, but the Gunners may have to add some cash to get their man.
There are some goalkeepers capable of filling Leno’s boots including Burnley’s Nick Pope (29), but the overwhelming choice of many is the much-fancied Gianluigi Donnarumma (22) of AC Milan, but he will certainly cost at least £54m. That’s the stuff of dreams.
Leno, when asked recently about his future, said:
“I know I still have a two-year contract left and I am also 29.”
“For a goalkeeper, this is not too old, I still have some years to go. I am very happy at the club. I don’t know what will come in the future, but I am open to everything.”
“For a new adventure or to stay at Arsenal.”
“Like I said, I don’t think about my future because two years is a long time.”
The fact that Arsenal could be without Champions League football could tip the balance for Bernd Leno as he assesses his options and for Mikel Arteta, the summer transfer window may be busier than even he imagined if Leno hands in a transfer request.
Of course, Arsenal could hold on to Mat Ryan who has certainly seized each opportunity but they will need to add at least one upcoming goalkeeper and perhaps, Aaron Ramsdale (22) has the potential to become the future No 1. He hasn’t had the best season with relegated Sheffield United but his individual performances have shown that despite having a dreadful defence in front of him, it could have been far worse without him.
If Arsenal are serious about competing in all competitions, then they have to start at the back in the summer and a solid goalkeeper would be a priority.
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The Kroenke’s were used to the taste of victory having bought the club outright against a tidal wave of resistance from the boardroom and fans. After which, Stan Kroenke dispatched his wealthy Russian adversary to own the North London outfit lock, stock, and barrel, but he now faces a new dynamic foe in the form of... The post Ek appears to be a convincing hero in this football pantomime appeared first on...
The Kroenke’s were used to the taste of victory having bought the club outright against a tidal wave of resistance from the boardroom and fans. After which, Stan Kroenke dispatched his wealthy Russian adversary to own the North London outfit lock, stock, and barrel, but he now faces a new dynamic foe in the form of Daniel Ek.
Daniel Ek has wealth, is charismatic and wise to the modern media, whereas Stan Kroenke, although wealthy, has the joint personality of a festering roadside carcass and tends to have an aversion to sharing any crumbs of information with the media.
This is an interesting and intriguing matchup against the Kroenke’s, who normally do battle with a known entity over the course of many years in a war of attrition. Now, they are in direct competition with an appealing tech billionaire, who brilliantly broadsided the father and son duo with a single tweet that immediately got the support of the fans.
Oh, how the Kroenke’s were out of their comfort zone having failed to make any connection with supporters on any level since Stan came onboard a winning ship back in 2007. Anyone who has sporting ventures called Rapids, Nuggets, and Avalanche was bound to look for a purchase that was beyond mocking and Arsenal stood out from the moment he was introduced to the club by David Dein.
At no point has Kroenke senior ever shown any interest in Arsenal Football club beyond scanning its profit and loss data. He referred to the club as a “brand” and pronounced that he “wasn’t in football to win trophies”, hardly what you want to hear from a new owner. Since then, the fans have despised him from afar and with the proposal of the Super League and news that the gunners have £154m in outstanding transfer fees, he will be despised with even greater intensity.
Ek has acted cleverly by mobilising the fans’ aspirations and including the three legends from the Invincible’s into the mix (Henry, Bergkamp, Vieira) was music to the fans’ ears. By confirming on American TV that he already has the funds he needs, Ek seems serious enough to the average fan.
He also made a point of announcing his credentials as an 8-year-old child attending matches which will make a change from Josh Kroenke’s vain attempt to sound knowledgeable at a recent meeting with fans by including Stoke in the conversation. Of all the teams to mention, Josh Kroenke picked Stoke.
Moreover, Thierry Henry told Sky Sports that the Spotify owner has reached out to the Kroenke’s and will soon submit a formal bid to buy the North London club. Ek is expected to make an offer of £1.8bn for Arsenal Football club by the end of this week.
Ek also confirmed his intentions to fight a long battle if necessary, almost like the heir in waiting whilst the Kroenke’s blandly repeated their tired and unconvincing message that the club was not for sale. Now, Kroenke is either genuine or purely biding his time for the right price. Let’s not forget that during these uncertain times and without a Super League gravy train to jump on, he may want to sell to bolster his American business.
No one wants to buy Nuggets unless it’s in a takeaway, but Arsenal would appeal to any buyer with its history and past pedigree, even if the buyer were another non-football fan who wanted to run it like Walmart. Incidentally, his Wife’s family owns that.
Fans want someone emotionally invested to own their club and Daniel Ek appears to fit that profile, but expect this to be an ongoing saga, one which will suit Stan Kroenke, who is under no immediate pressure to offload the club and already has the keys to the castle.
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The gloves are off, after a dreadful performance against Villarreal in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League. The tie was rescued late on by a Pepe penalty, which at least gave the Gunners a glimmer of hope, but there were several things to concern the Arsenal faithful. However, Mikel Arteta engaged Villarreal without a... The post Baffling Indeed | What More Does Martinelli Have to do to Get a Game appeared first on...
The gloves are off, after a dreadful performance against Villarreal in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League. The tie was rescued late on by a Pepe penalty, which at least gave the Gunners a glimmer of hope, but there were several things to concern the Arsenal faithful. However, Mikel Arteta engaged Villarreal without a recognised striker and more bizarrely, overlooked the available talent of young Brazilian prospect Gabriel Martinelli.
The performance against Villarreal was extremely poor, to say the least, and when Arsenal did threaten the opposition, the movement tended to break down without an instinctive striker which raises the question, is there a problem with Martinelli? Former Gunner Martin Keown was quick to suggest there is. Keown said on BT Sport (via Goal):
“I’ve been concerned as to why that player is not playing.”
He was pressed for a reason and added:
“Because the manager doesn’t like him. It’s as simple as that.”
That may or may not be true, but what was abundantly clear was that Arsenal needed a positive threat at the top end of their team and many felt the inclusion of Martinelli would have asked some questions of the Villarreal defence.
Martinelli seems to be a last resort at the moment, rarely featuring beyond his cameo role for a team that are at times bereft of ingenuity and creativity. Fans are baffled by Martinelli’s non-inclusion after seeing such purpose and promise from the youngster and there’s a growing belief that there is an issue other than fitness or application.
Lee Judges (AFTV) seems baffled by the manager’s reluctance to unleash the Brazilian when he said:
“Martinelli ticks all the boxes Arteta wants, he works hard, offers a quick press, and trains hard but he still doesn’t get a look in”
Football writer, columnist, commentator, and podcast panelist Malina Birch said:
“I’m mad at Arteta for not playing him, I have said it multiple times on my page, it’s simply stupid to have a proven goalscorer and omit him because of … and that is the question, why???”
“I find it really frustrating and I’m sure Gabi feels the same. Especially after showing what he’s capable of and making the difference every time he comes on. He deserves more chances and better treatment for sure”
If you go onto social media, you’ll see thousands of similar comments regarding the player but Martinelli isn’t the only problem. Another concern was the formation and the use of players that were in unfamiliar roles when there were decent alternatives available.
The Xhaka experiment has failed due to no fault of his own, the Swiss player is not a left-back in any universe, and being dependable doesn’t make up for lack of speed or defensive awareness. Cedric would have provided the better option on the left, with Bellerin on the right and perhaps, Ceballos could have been sacrificed for Martinelli.
In my opinion, the best way to counter a threat is to offer a far more superior one. Taking the game to Emery’s men with purpose and energy was the only way to approach this semi-final, instead, it was a very lacklustre affair devoid of any cutting edge.
Nevertheless, it seems like Arteta might have realised his mistake and tried to rectify it by starting Martinelli against Newcastle United on Sunday. As expected from the youngster, he put up a dazzling performance at St James’ Park and also assisted Aubameyang in ending his goal drought. This again begs the question, why is the Brazilian not a permanent member of Arsenal’s starting XI?
Come this Thursday, Arsenal host the Europa League semi-final second leg and they are trailing 2-1 on aggregate. The Gunners managed to get a vital away goal and the tie is far from over, but it’s not going to be easy, with the visitors being in the driving seat.
We have to hope that Mikel Arteta will use the first leg experience and Gabriel’s marvelous performance against the Magpies to alter his approach to the second leg against Villarreal. He needs to include strikers that can turn this tie around, but for some reason, I suspect, it won’t be Martinelli.
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Arsenal sent West Brom down with a 3-1 win at the Emirates as the Gunners kept their slim hopes of qualifying for Europe alive. Although the Baggies were already virtually down, this defeat confirmed their departure from the top tier with Sam Allardyce being relegated from the Premier League for the first time in his career.... The post Arsenal Sink WBA But Alarm Bells Are Still Ringing appeared first on...
Arsenal sent West Brom down with a 3-1 win at the Emirates as the Gunners kept their slim hopes of qualifying for Europe alive. Although the Baggies were already virtually down, this defeat confirmed their departure from the top tier with Sam Allardyce being relegated from the Premier League for the first time in his career.
Three points and three excellent goals would normally be something to celebrate at the Emirates but this isn’t your typical season. Normality has been a stranger similar to Arsenal’s lack of consistency throughout this campaign and the static image of Mikel Arteta in the technical area after each goal went in best summed up the feelings of the fan base.
Emile Smith Rowe continues to grow and by adding ten goals per season to his repertoire, he’ll quickly grow into a very special player indeed. His volley from a Saka cross was no more than the Hale End prospect deserved as he continues to blossom into the complete player.
Pepe has certainly found his form and gets maximum points for improvement and effort. He topped off another fine display with a scorcher into the top of the WBA net which came with the lush sound of a stretched net. In a season full of surprises, Willian, the Brazilian, scored his first goal in an Arsenal shirt with a blistering dead ball strike just to remind us all of what Arsenal saw in him in the summer.
Willian marcou seu 1º gol pelo Arsenal, após 37 partidas com a camisa dos Gunners.
Olha o golaço do brasileiro de falta, diante do West Brom pic.twitter.com/Krx4rco9pW
— Esportudo (@EsportudoBR) May 10, 2021
In a disjointed and disastrous season, some of the players that have struggled are surfacing from their self-induced hibernation to remind us of their possible worth. Yet, Arsenal delivered an unconvincing performance against West Brom, full of twitches and possible calamities, with holes appearing all over the pitch which the Baggies couldn’t take advantage of and that’s why they are now in the Championship.
Against decent opposition, Arsenal could have found themselves on the receiving end of the scoreline, but perhaps, the football gods thought better of heaping more misery on the club’s supporters under the circumstances.
There’s a lot of work to be done in the summer to prevent players such as Matheus Pereira from strolling through the midfield to grab what was a great goal with a thunderous low strike past Leno, but it was entirely avoidable. The forward cut through Arsenal’s middle with the precision of a surgeon without causing any alarm in the Gunners’ backline.
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The fact that Pereira was allowed to do so with such ease should see Arteta prepared to cut the central defence department to the bone until he finds instinctive players prepared to put their bodies on the line. Arsenal players watching the run from just over the halfway line seemed incapable of closing down or putting a foot in, another example of no heart or pride. Something has to give and many have to go.
Saka stood out as a make-shift left-back bringing a desire and quality to the proceedings which more than made up for any defensive lapses. This young man could play in absolutely any position and is a rarity as an individual that brings the same craft and intensity to any role he is given.
Arteta is fortunate to have such a player and one could say that Saka is probably, at this moment in time, the most important player he has at his disposal. The 19-year-old has shown that again and again this season and did the same in the Arsenal vs West Brom game. Name one more important to Arsenal’s immediate future?
The whistle blew and there was a mild and perfunctory celebration of sorts, nothing extravagant or over the top because this season has ended in disgrace for many so-called professionals who aren’t worth their exorbitant wages.
Perhaps, one of them should have handed in his notice to permit some or all of the 55 devoted employees who were dismissed in the middle of Covid to resume their duties. At least, they added value to the club and had its interests at heart. You may disagree, but I’m done- caring about offending people when it comes to Arsenal.
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Arsenal limped timidly out of the Europa League having stolen an extra round after a succession of poor or extremely average performances. The Gunners’ season fell apart meekly after Villarreal held on to their first-leg advantage to dismiss Arsenal, who simply didn’t deserve a place in the final against Manchester United on the 26th of May... The post No Direction, no Ambition And no Heart : The Damning Conclusion on Arsenal appeared first on...
Arsenal limped timidly out of the Europa League having stolen an extra round after a succession of poor or extremely average performances. The Gunners’ season fell apart meekly after Villarreal held on to their first-leg advantage to dismiss Arsenal, who simply didn’t deserve a place in the final against Manchester United on the 26th of May in Gdańsk.
Arsenal’s regrettable and forgettable season was over in 90 minutes and included a first-half knockabout, the likes of which you could see in any local park on any given weekend. It was played exactly in that vein, seemingly without any consequences and with nothing a stake, but this isn’t something new, this is a familiar trait that has made Arteta’s men easy to conquer.
They ooze vulnerability and lack genuine class and spirit and it’s become evident that Arteta’s pledge to win the Champions League within three years was a misplaced fantasy with Arsenal preparing for a season without European football.
Villarreal progress, as we are eliminated at the semi-final stage.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) May 6, 2021
Arteta may be forced to reconsider the size of the project and how quickly it can realistically be achieved because on the evidence of this shit fest, the road is steep and the engine isn’t up to much. Arsenal knew that they only had to score one goal against Villarreal and their lack of intensity and purpose speaks volumes about this side and their dreadful campaign.
It was left to the youngsters to show desire, while their more experienced colleagues barely went through the gears in a must-win Europa League match that the Gunners frittered away. This side barely resembles the classic Arsenal, the one which used to attract lavish praise for its style and ability to entertain under Arsene Wenger during the first half of his reign.
Where Arsenal go from here is a mystery because they are so poor that there’s a mountain to climb to even reach a top-six position without a complete clear-out and substantial investment. Of course, it’s a low point in my career as a supporter and I’m struggling to recall anything that comes close.
There isn’t anything and believe me, I’ve tried to find some crumb of comfort since the defeat. I don’t care if we win or lose our remaining matches in the Premier League or nor do I care where we finish and I dare say, I’m not alone. I’m just honest enough to say it.
My enthusiasm has taken a massive dent having watched Arsenal plod their way through the majority of their games since the football Calendar resumed after Covid. In fact, it’s like Arsenal haven’t played a competitive match for two years and haven’t trained together for even longer. Arteta needs to rip this side apart from back to front and there would be few survivors in my opinion.
I’d prepare for life without Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Xhaka, Ceballos, Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Nketiah, Nelson, Cedric, and Chambers, there’s probably more names to add to that list, but it shows the scale of the task ahead.
Arteta needs players that can dig deep, play rough, and are willing to scrap for every ball. He needs strikers that can take their opportunities and score on the big stage without making excuses or drifting into a cruise mode. He needs a cohesive and reliable defence in front of a solid goalkeeper and ahead of them, a competitive and hardworking midfield that can create chances and repel attacks.
More than that, he needs leaders and fighters because I didn’t see one at the Emirates on Thursday night against Villarreal after Arsenal capitulated to the club’s former head coach. I’ve said it before, I don’t mind losing if every player gives everything they’ve got during a contest, anything less is unacceptable. That’s exactly how one could describe this season, from the perspective of both manager and players.
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