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Arsenal are offering free vision tests to thousands of fans across the country. This is as a result of the negative comments of a handful of ‘Covidiots’ who claim Arsenal haven’t improved and who want Mikel Arteta sacked. I don’t mind constructive criticism or fans that are impatient for success, but what I do object to is... The post Arsenal Come up Short Against Manchester City But There Are Signs of Progress appeared first on...
Arsenal are offering free vision tests to thousands of fans across the country. This is as a result of the negative comments of a handful of ‘Covidiots’ who claim Arsenal haven’t improved and who want Mikel Arteta sacked. I don’t mind constructive criticism or fans that are impatient for success, but what I do object to is a lack of knowledge about the game and how to play it. Arsenal lost by a single goal against Manchester City on Saturday at the Etihad and yes, have struggled against top-six sides. FACT!
However, Arsenal put on a competitive performance and for periods, were on terms, in a game, where both sides failed to dominate. Yet, had Arsenal taken their chances then the negative feedback wouldn’t have been an issue. Essentially since the City vs Arsenal game came down to one defensive error and more worryingly, the Gunners’ inability to get back on terms. However, looking back on the game, the competitiveness during the game between the two sides is quite a surprise, given that major bookies on www.bettingsites24.ng had significants odds on hand on an comfortable win by the hosts, which was clearly not the case.
The goal came after Ceballos was robbed in the middle, Mahrez passed to Aguero who found Foden in space. His right foot stinger was saved by Leno but popped out to Sterling (23). Arsenal couldn’t complain, it was a well-worked move that cut them apart and had the Gunners defence flying back in vain.
However, the Manchester City vs Arsenal outing felt very even at times and the former Premier League winners had periods where they looked beatable. Was that because Arsenal were better than in previous encounters? Well, to a degree, yes, but they weren’t good enough to grab the three points.
Saka was the pick of the Arsenal side, sprinting forward on goal from the left and employing a slalom technique to open up the hosts. As a result, he almost got himself on the scoresheet but for City’s shot-stopper Ederson, who kept Arsenal at bay.
Aubameyang must be bored looking for opportunities and he failed again with the meagre pickings on offer here, with just one decent chance where he failed to beat the keeper. The Manchester City vs Arsenal tie was one of those games where luck or excellence would ultimately make the difference and City had both. There’s certainly no need to go overboard, it’s not a tragic loss. Manchester City had periods where they controlled the play, but so did Arsenal.
Focus and the ability to apply pressure were Arsenal’s downfall, that and yet another game where they failed to find Aubameyang. This is partly due to formation and tactics, but it’s also down to personnel and the lack of that one player who is looking for the Gabon striker all day long.
It needs a ballplayer with vision and that’s why Arsenal will again try to secure Aouar in the summer. Ceballos seems to be swallowed up by his general duties and that detracts from his creative abilities, other than that, who is there?
Please don’t say Ozil. The misguided claim that he would make a difference is as desperate as it is unlikely. How many games have the German disappeared in? Have you forgotten Baku?
Arsenal need to move on and Thomas Partey will eventually make a difference but his six minutes or so proved inconclusive, although he showed the referee enough to get his first yellow card. The big problem for Arteta this campaign is balance. His experimentation with the side is certainly necessary for the absence of a decent pre-season. He needs to work the group into an effective unit that gels together instinctively, like City themselves and Liverpool.
You just feel that it isn’t quite there yet, parts of it are but the whole side is just failing to find fluency. In time, I can see Arsenal reverting to a back four which will be music to Bellerin’s ears. The Spaniard isn’t totally comfortable with his new role and has more to offer. If Arteta isn’t convinced, then he needs to bench him in favour of Soares, who looks more flexible, or Maitland-Niles, who would relish any role at present.
There remains a series of intriguing questions going forward and apart from providing Aubameyang with decent service, the midfield needs to become far more creative. I must admit I was surprised that Partey wasn’t included from the first whistle, even if he was suffering from an international hangover, I would have given him 70 minutes just out of curiosity.
Big games require big players and having been deprived of watching the silky skills of De Bruyne, we then endured the absence of Partey. There will be time for him to cut his teeth with the games coming thick and fast but caution may have to be thrown to the wind with the likes of Leicester City, Manchester United, and Aston Villa on the horizon.
Arteta has many things to ponder as he tweaks and adjusts these teams but unfortunately, it has to be done in a busy fixture list with a series of pointless internationals interrupting the flow.
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The infernal distraction of Mesut Ozil continues to overshadow all things at Arsenal and talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham began his weekly Arsenal fan baiting by accusing Arteta of: “Failing to do his job properly.” Durham accused Arteta of not being able to manage Mesut Ozil: “Paying a player that much and Mikel Arteta basically just giving... The post Arteta Accused of Failing to Manage Ozil as the German is Excluded From the 25-man PL Squad appeared first on...
The infernal distraction of Mesut Ozil continues to overshadow all things at Arsenal and talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham began his weekly Arsenal fan baiting by accusing Arteta of:
“Failing to do his job properly.”
Durham accused Arteta of not being able to manage Mesut Ozil:
“Paying a player that much and Mikel Arteta basically just giving up on Mesut Ozil, even though they’re paying him an absolute fortune.”
What the second rate sports presenter fails to understand is that the decision isn’t strictly that of the Gunners manager, there is input from up above. Arteta’s concerns are regarding Ozil’s application and work rate whereas, those above him are incensed by his ability to constantly put himself in a contrary position to the club.
That seems a little archaic in this day and age, but Arsenal are very much still a club that is precious about its business dealings and those in its employment. Ozil may be a superstar player but Arsenal pay his wages and they expect him to respect that fact. He doesn’t.
The German playmaker is the architect of his own elaborate version of ‘social distancing’. This isn’t the work of Arteta at all, cast your mind back when Ozil disappeared off the Arsenal radar after the Europa League final in Baku.
His public comments regarding then Arsenal coach Unai Emery drove a wedge between himself and the management. This saw him out of contention for a spell but his recent problems appear to be a continuation of the existing rift between the player and his club.
Arteta and Ozil are alleged to have had words during training on more than one occasion, but the German is no stranger to mixing it with his managers, having fallen out with German national coach Joachim Low and former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who referred to him as “a coward” and “a crybaby.”
The midfielder can’t seem to avoid his share of trouble and during his time at Arsenal, he has mistakenly decided to play out each episode of the saga on social media, unsurprisingly portraying himself in a favourable light. Ozil’s previous remarks have had financial repercussions with the cancellation of their televised games in China thus depriving the club of vital revenue.
He then posted his readiness for the season ahead in an appeal to the Arsenal fans, almost daring the coach not to pick him. Arteta didn’t and that was the manager’s decision but he, like Emery before him, had the full support of the Arsenal board.
The Arsenal number 10 then publicly vowed to pay the wage of ‘Gunnersaurus’, who was part of the cuts following the pandemic and declared that he would pay the salary as long as he was at the club. That didn’t go down well with his employer’s.
It now seems that Ozil will certainly not play again for Arsenal after being left out of the 25-man Premier League squad. This comes after the German was excluded from the Europa League squad last week. The decision means that their highest paid player will not feature for them in the Premier League as well as Europa League, most probably, ever.
Ozil has burnt all his bridges and he will continue to spend his time playing his football only on the training pitches. If Arsenal were intending to restore him to the first team it would surely have happened by now. Arteta has Partey, Ceballos, Xhaka, and Elneny at his disposal and there’s a host of youngsters that he can call upon. Arteta hasn’t failed Özil, Özil’s managed to shut down his career whilst robbing the club and the fans.
Özil was indeed a talent, but one suspects that it was an overpriced and inconsistent one at best. As we begin to head towards Christmas, Özil’s faint hope of a revival becomes as likely as a reprieve for an overweight Turkey.
Some are hoping that he is forgiven and that he forms a partnership with Partey and Ceballos for the remainder of the season but that’s wishful thinking, given that he hasn’t featured in the side for around six months. Actually, that midfield doesn’t look that bad Mikel!
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Arsenal fans are notoriously soppy about certain players that have worn the famous Red and White shirts. The majority are rational beings who will wish former players well when they move away from the Emirates. I was sad to learn that the contracts of Danny Welbeck (Watford) and Jack Wilshere (West Ham) have been terminated by... The post Former Arsenal Players at a Crossroads ; Sadness in the Uncertainty appeared first on...
Arsenal fans are notoriously soppy about certain players that have worn the famous Red and White shirts. The majority are rational beings who will wish former players well when they move away from the Emirates. I was sad to learn that the contracts of Danny Welbeck (Watford) and Jack Wilshere (West Ham) have been terminated by mutual consent.
Jack Wilshere has a special place in the hearts of Arsenal fans because he was perceived as one of our own and that sentiment is also accompanied by the sadness of an injury blighted career. Wilshere is an extremely gifted player who had a big future ahead of him.
Blessed equally with quality, vision, and touch, Jack Wilshere was close to having a career in North London that elevated him to superstardom but he fell short because of repetitive injuries that robbed him of the career he deserved.
The club finally gave up on him and you could see the disappointment etched onto his face as he left for West Ham. He played up the positives and his family links with the club, but it all sounded hollow. No one could have predicted that the player’s career would dip so drastically. Wilshere without a club? It was completely unthinkable.
I felt thoroughly deflated because of Jack Wilshere, on what should have been a joyous occasion after the acquisition of Thomas Partey and then, I was told that Danny Welbeck had also been released by Watford. Although I didn’t hold him in such high regard, I freely admit that Welbeck’s talent was never really allowed to shine through at Arsenal.
Danny Welbeck has left Watford on a free transfer after making 20 appearances for the club.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 6, 2020
By all accounts, he is an extremely likeable, hard-working, and decent human being, but his touch as a striker often let him down and I remember telling a friend that his scoring ratio was probably one in five. Having said that, I’m not happy with the outcome for the player I once referred to as ‘Fanny Welbucket.’
Then, at the very same hour, I was informed that Theo Walcott was returning to Southampton, which is pretty much a one-way ticket to the middle or lower reaches of the Premier League table. Walcott came to Arsenal (2006) and was immediately hailed as the new Thierry Henry for his blistering pace and eye for goal, but that type of hype was a weight around the player’s neck that he couldn’t rid himself of.
To end up back at Southampton seems like a comfortable option for a player who offered some much and returned so little. When he was hot, he was exceptional, but he just wasn’t consistent enough and as a result, he couldn’t hold down a regular slot in the side. In these uncertain times, it seems that the life of a professional footballer is not guaranteed to the degree it once was.
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Well, you have to admit that the transfer window for the summer of 2020 was a fairly decent one, mainly because several obvious problems were resolved, especially in defence. The addition of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid was a bolt out of the blue for Arsenal on the final day of negotiations because the deal appeared... The post Buying Partey Does Start The Party But is it Enough to Guarantee Arsenal a Top Four Finish appeared first on...
Well, you have to admit that the transfer window for the summer of 2020 was a fairly decent one, mainly because several obvious problems were resolved, especially in defence. The addition of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid was a bolt out of the blue for Arsenal on the final day of negotiations because the deal appeared to be dead.
Arsenal fans were particularly pleased to acquire such a high-quality performer in a standout deal that dominated the domestic football headlines. Social media was awash with examples of the Ghanaian running rings around Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the Champions League last term or owning Lionel Messi in their tussle when Atletico Madrid battled Barcelona. Such was his addition that major punters like Betway instantly started offering significant odds on Arsenal finishing within the top four this season.
Arsenal’s soft midfield was a major concern for Mikel Arteta and as hopes of Houssem Aouar’s transfer disappeared due to his agent’s ridiculous fee, Arsenal went for broke to get Partey. Now, he is officially the Gunners’ new number 18, there is an obvious question for supporters.
With the English Premier League always being one of the hardest leagues to predict in the world, it was always going to be difficult for Arsenal to figure into that but does buying Thomas Partey now atleast guarantee a Premier League top-four finish and qualification to the Champions League for Arsenal?
Of course not, he is just one player but what a player he is. A formidable presence and powerhouse performer, who adds a steely dimension to Arsenal’s spine. Partey’s game is not just as a defensive fire blanket, he can instigate counter-attacks after strong interceptions and has a fine repertoire of passes.
With Partey reinforcing the midfield and Aubameyang, Willian, Pepe leading the line, major bookies like Betway have already recognised Arsenal’s capabilities and have started offering significantly better odds on Arsenal securing one of the four highly coveted champions league spots this season. If you haven’t already, you can easily Bet on english premier league with Betway right here. I’d say that on the evidence of what we have all seen recently, Arsenal’s chances have certainly improved by 20 percent. Arteta now has to find the balance between creativity and defence and in the case of Partey, provide him with a partner who complements his game.
Does he re-evaluate his formation to accommodate Ceballos in a more forward position or pair the midfielder with Xhaka, who would be tasked with a less offensive role? Arteta has certainly made huge strides to bring a new cohesion and shape to Arsenal, but I doubt Arteta will be inactive in the next transfer window.
The future of Dani Ceballos is far from certain and Arsenal may need to spend once again to complete the second phase of the puzzle. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel these days and Arsenal fans have a lot to look forward to.
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The potential of William Saliba is obvious to anyone who’s seen him play. He’s highly rated by many within the game and is expected to be a star in the Premier League when Saliba settles in at Arsenal and gains a regular first-team status. So, why are Arsenal looking to loan out Saliba when supporters... The post Saliba Loan Isn’t The Mystery It’s Being Made Out to be appeared first on...
The potential of William Saliba is obvious to anyone who’s seen him play. He’s highly rated by many within the game and is expected to be a star in the Premier League when Saliba settles in at Arsenal and gains a regular first-team status.
So, why are Arsenal looking to loan out Saliba when supporters were expecting to see a central defensive partnership that would see the club through the next decade. Well, it’s not for financial reasons or to comply with the rules regarding the numbers of foreign players in a squad. Arsenal are supporting the 19-year-old after the tragic loss of his mother in May.
Arteta now feels that he has to handle the massive expectations that surround the player and allow him some time to grieve without the additional pressures of playing in the Premier League. It’s been a difficult transition for the central defender since he departed from St Etienne, adjusting to a new team, new country, and new surroundings and his mother’s death has had an understandable impact on his life.
Plus with Arsenal making significant additions to their team this summer, chances of him featuring consistently would always be a difficult scenario but from the clubs point of view, major platforms like Olybet website have started offering significant odds on Arsenal finishing within the top-four this season because of robust transfer market dealings.
Arsenal were looking at sending Saliba home on loan, initially, that was to St Etienne or Rennes, but it could now be to Championship side Brentford because of the club’s close ties. Brentford are a decent attacking side who play expressive football and Saliba would certainly be a good fit in terms of his football education. Let’s not forget that the Frenchman is only 19 and for him to reach his potential, he will need sound advice, guidance, and support.
Arsenal have had a habit in the past of mismanaging young talent such as Konstantinos Mavropanos, who, at 22 years of age, is seemingly at the crossroads of his Arsenal career. Mavropanos was seen as the next big thing and a possible answer to part of Arsenal’s defensive problems but with few opportunities, he wasn’t able to establish himself and his confidence ebbed away.
The coaching staff are still hopeful that he will find his feet with regular game time and become the player that everyone thought he would be. However, at the moment, he is with VfB Stuttgart, the second of two back-to-back loan spells, the first was with FC Nürnberg.
It appears that Arsenal’s coaching staff have had a serious rethink on how they handle their youngsters and Arteta in particular, is keen to avoid past mistakes. So, what’s different about Gabriel?
Gabriel Magalhaes is also a young player (22), but it appears that he has a stronger mentality at this moment in time. He was very much a feature of the Lille squad, Dinamo Zagreb, and has appeared for the Brazilian National side. This has instilled deep-rooted confidence which is evident in his performances. Arteta will get the best out of his young players but he is not in a rush to satisfy the needs of fans at the expense of the club’s progress.
The loan deal could be the best option for Saliba at the moment and if given time, I’m convinced that we will see the best of him within a season or so. Arteta currently has options in defence, unlike when he first arrived at the Emirates and he can now afford to give players the time they need to reach their potential.
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Within the coming weeks in the Premier League, we will discover just how consistent Arsenal can be with games against Manchester City, Leicester City, Manchester United, and Aston Villa. Next up is the Arsenal vs Manchester City fixture. The Citizens have been severely hampered this campaign leaving Pep Guardiola fairly short of experience but not... The post Predicted Lineups and Team News as Arteta Looks to Find The Right Balance to Upset Manchester City appeared first on...
Within the coming weeks in the Premier League, we will discover just how consistent Arsenal can be with games against Manchester City, Leicester City, Manchester United, and Aston Villa. Next up is the Arsenal vs Manchester City fixture. The Citizens have been severely hampered this campaign leaving Pep Guardiola fairly short of experience but not quality.
As a result, the Arsenal vs Manchester City game should be an interesting and reasonably open contest that will require masses of concentration and resilience. Yes, City are still potent in attack but the defence has a vulnerability about it, and if Willian/Pepe and Ceballos/Partey can free up Aubameyang, who knows how this will end.
The big question is will Arsenal’s latest purchase Thomas Partey be included and if so, who will be alongside him? If the former Atletico Madrid powerhouse doesn’t get the nod, it will be a huge surprise because he is good to go in just about every way possible and this is the ideal game for him to cut his teeth.
There are other intriguing questions such as who will partner Partey, now that he has spoken of his admiration for Xhaka? Theoretically, Partey could be the key to unleashing Ceballos in a more advanced and creative position, but Arteta will have some difficult decisions to make across the team including formation. Will he stick with three at the back, change to a back four, or five when in retreat? Very intriguing.
Partey will certainly add the bite that Arsenal have lacked in these types of games for several years but Partey isn’t just a spoiler who breaks up and stops attacks, he’s a well rounded, intelligent, and gifted player that will give Arsenal some extra zing going forward.
I remember a particular Arsenal player who could do both with equal panache. Who could get back when needed, give a physical edge to the rearguard, but also someone who could embark on accelerated runs through the middle to find the opposition’s net. That player was Patrick Vieira and Thomas Partey bares more than a passing resemblance in his style but minus the rangy physique.
I’m not after a Vieira Mark 2, more of a Partey mark 1, but let’s remember that the time to establish himself has been extremely short, but I’ve no doubt that we will certainly see glimpses of what he has to offer. This isn’t all about the newbie, the Arsenal vs Manchester City game comes after another annoying international break and the promise of more interludes continues to frustrate and irritate. Both sides have had plenty of time to look at their options and finalise their game plans, but don’t expect much change in the way of style or purpose.
City have just suffered a poor season by their standard and they have more injury concerns including Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne. Raheem Sterling pulled out of international duty as a precaution but it’s reported that he may still play a part in this contest. Likewise for Sergio Aguero, who might be available for selection for the match at the Emirates.
De Bruyne would be a massive loss, he has been without question, the best player in the Premier League for two or three seasons and he is the player that makes Guardiola’s side tick. If he does play, the contest between himself and Thomas Partey is yet another valid reason to get genuinely excited about the Arsenal vs Manchester City fixture.
The biggest conundrum facing Mikel Arteta is how to get more from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been quiet of late. That will only change if the gunners give him the right level of quality service. It’s been extremely poor recently, mainly due to the efforts of well-drilled oppositions, but the Gunners need to cut him loose.
Elsewhere, if there is a back three, does it include Gabriel, Luiz, and Holding or Gabriel, Luiz, and Kolasinac? I’ll break that down later in the piece. Then there’s the choice between Lacazette, Nketiah, or Aubameyang for the central striker role. Lastly, will Willian or Pepe continue to avoid each other consistently in the same team?
Expect a difficult but competitive first 45 to establish supremacy, with Arsenal having less possession and looking to cut free via the flanks and the middle. This could end up as a draw but I’ve got a feeling that a 2-1 scoreline is more likely.
Which way? Well, of course, I’d like it to be in Arsenal’s favour, but the Arsenal vs Manchester City contest could be decided on who makes the least errors under intense pressure. So let’s take in the job of Mikel Arteta and predict the team with the reasons for their inclusion.
Leno in front of the goal of course. The German has been in fine form, reminding fans that they had another shot-stopper before Emi Martinez.
Holding gets the nod but only just in this back three, minus a self-isolating Kieran Tierney. Holding struggles at times against pace, but the thought of Kolasinac with Luiz and Gabriel on the left frightens me to death. I’d rather Arsenal went with Maitland-Niles than the hulking Bosnian, with a bull in a china shop mentality.
Luiz, the hero or jester, sometimes both, holds the centre-ground and I’m expecting him to give a good performance in the light of his catastrophic appearance against a City side, where he previously gift-wrapped a goal and earned a red card.
Gabriel is the natural choice in any back three. Competent, assured, and combative, the youngster has been the pick of the backline with his recent appearances. I love his determination and physicality.
In the middle, it’s Ceballos slightly in advance of Thomas Partey as a duo of creative flair and robust defence. This combination is exciting with defensive options still on the bench (Xhaka and Elneny), but this is all about providing penetration in attack and getting the ball moving forward quickly.
Ceballos provides some artistry but he has been heavily restricted by their weak defence. Partey’s introduction gives him substantial back up in the form of a substantial-quality upgrade. Xhaka should be concerned. I’ve said enough about Partey in recent weeks, so let’s wait to analyse the performance.
Bellerin has had his critics but he still provides great zest in attack and offers balance to the side. No contest, the Spaniard starts!
On the other flank, Saka is a no brainer, the kid is on fire and his confidence is through the roof. At this rate, in two seasons, he will be unstoppable and firmly established in the Arsenal first team. He is creative and provides a killer ball through to the strikers. The one thing he does need but it’s not going to happen in a hurry, is a fixed position. Knowing his permanent role would give him an even stronger cutting edge in my opinion.
Upfront, it’s the usual trio of Willian, Lacazette, and Aubameyang. Only Aubameyang is truly safe out of the three and there are as many reasons for inclusion as well as exclusion but on the negative side, Lacazette has squandered several opportunities in front of the goal and needs to be clinical against this type of opposition.
His work rate is exceptional and his ability to link up with others by holding the ball is his strength, but Nketiah is breathing down his neck. The Frenchman needs a good outing to avoid a place on the bench.
Likewise, Willian needs to remind us why he should keep Pepe from playing. In all fairness, Willian has worked tirelessly out of possession, but he needs to impose himself going forward. Unless you watch the replays of recent games, focusing solely on the Brazilian, he becomes fairly anonymous and unfit for purpose but once again, that’s due to the commitment of the opposition.
Aubameyang needs the service and here we are again, saying the same things over and over. The balance isn’t quite right at present and I’m starting to think that in the long-term, Lacazette may lose his central role to facilitate the maximum return from the captain.
Teams tend to smother the flank when he’s there, negating any possible threat, either Arsenal start putting balls into the space behind the defence or he comes inside to punish mistakes in the opposition defence. So after all that, let’s make a final choice
Leno; Holding, Luiz, Gabriel; Bellerin, Ceballos, Partey, Saka; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
I’m going to be overly optimistic here and predict an Arsenal victory.
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