Arsenal among the clubs to oppose neutral venues

Arsenal is one of the clubs who opposed the FA proposal to finish the premier league by playing on the neutral venues.

Arsenal among the clubs to oppose neutral venues

There is a proposal from the FA to finish the league on the neutral venues when it is safe to do so and it seems that most of the clubs including the Arsenal are against that proposal.

Until Monday, only the clubs involved in a relegation fight had publicly stated their opposition to the move but sources have told ESPN several big clubs have united in asking the government to abandon the plan. There are around 12 teams now in opposition.

The main reason behind the rejection of the idea

Arsenal agreed on a five-year extension to their shirt sponsorship deal with the airline Emirates worth £200 million in February 2018.

That agreement included stadium naming rights and matchday sponsorship, all of which will be diminished if matches are not held at the stadium.

It also included the club using Emirates planes to fly on preseason tours but that is unlikely to happen this summer given the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

All clubs have sponsors that would suffer from an absence of matches at the ground where they advertise.

FA, clubs, government, and players and coaches representatives will have various meetings this week in order to find the best way to finish the season.

It’s OFFICIAL! Football is coming back!

Most of the leagues were suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak but the good news is that football is coming back.

⚡️ It's OFFICIAL! Football is coming back! ⚡️

The Bundesliga in Germany is set to become Europe’s first major football league to resume playing during the coronavirus pandemic, with a restart confirmed for this month, it was announced on Wednesday. The earliest possible return date is May 15, with a May 22 start also considered.

Leading sports leagues around the globe have been shut down over the last month-plus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the disease hitting its peak, or passing it, in some countries, the potential for sports to return is high.

Premier League will have a meeting on Monday to determine when and if the premier league should come back.

We do not know for sure what will be decided but I am hearing that clubs will have to vote for the decision of when and if the season should restart.

In Spain, many teams have started training and it is expected that la Liga will announce soon the date when the league will start that.

It is good news that football is coming back but I still think it only should be back when it is safe to do that, we do not need to rush it and have an outbreak and stop the league again.

 

Deconstructing Coronavirus Myths

Information about coronavirus is everywhere, from websites to news outlets and social media sites. Although the medical community learns more about the virus each day, misinformation continues to circulate.

Be sure to stick to credible sources for coronavirus information, such as the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Below, we bust some of the most common coronavirus myths.

Corona Virus 101: 101 Things To Do In Self-Isolation, Coronavirus Myths

Myth: Coronavirus cannot be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates.

From the evidence so far, it is believed that the virus can be transmitted in all regions and climates, including areas with hot and humid weather.

Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures. The best way to guard against the coronavirus is by adhering to local mandates and guidance, as well as frequently washing your hands.

Myth: Animals can spread coronavirus.

At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can spread coronavirus. Treat pets as you would other human family members – do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household.

If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets. It is also always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets.

This protects you against common bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.

Myth: Coronavirus only affects older people.

People of all ages can be infected by the coronavirus. Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.

Myth: Antibiotics are effective in preventing and treating coronavirus.

No, antibiotics do not work against viruses. They only treat bacteria. Coronavirus is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.

However, people hospitalized for coronavirus may receive antibiotics as part of treatment, because it is possible to have a bacterial infection at the same time.

Myth: Mosquitoes can transmit coronavirus.

To date, there has been no information or evidence to suggest that the coronavirus can be transmitted by mosquitoes. The virus spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes — not through bug bites.

Myth: Spraying alcohol or chlorine on your body kills the coronavirus.

Spraying alcohol or chlorine on your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to your clothes, skin, eyes, and mouth. Alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they should be used only as directed.

That is it, those are some Coronavirus myths, if you’re still on lockdown and do you want to get an idea of activities that can be done in this period please read an article by clicking here.

To the Arsenal.

 

Arsenal beat Newcastle United 4-0 with record team goal

Arsenal returned from their winter break in style after thrashing Newcastle United 4-0 in the premier league match played at emirates stadium.

Arsenal beat Newcastle United 4-0 with record team goal

Arsenal started the match slowly and in the first 30 minutes, they did not pose any threat towards Newcastle United goal.

There was nothing to separate the two sides at half-time following a scoreless first half but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke the deadlock on 54 minutes before Nicolas Pepe doubled the Gunners’ advantage just a few minutes later.

Newcastle had chances to get back into the game – both Ciaran Clark and Allan Saint-Maximin went close – before Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette scored late on at the Emirates.

Mesut Ozil’s goal was a record-breaking one after all 11 Arsenal players were involved in the build u, totaling 35 passes before the German stuck home the third Arsenal goal and his first in the last 10 months or so.

Arteta, who turned down the chance to succeed Rafa Benitez as Newcastle United manager last summer, was pleased with how his side took control of the game after winning just their second league game of 2020.

“We found it difficult, the first 20/30 minutes, I would say. They are really compact, really organized and we talked a little bit before the game that you can get a little bit frustrated and start to make rash decisions and when that happens your team doesn’t travel together and it becomes a transition game and they are so good,” he told reporters after the game.

Arsenal’s next game will be against Olympiacos in the Europa League.

The Worrying Situation of Cedric Soares

The Worrying Situation of Cedric Soares

Cedric Soares was one of the two Arsenal additions in the January transfer window, but each day the signing of the Portuguese Internation looks like a huge mistake.

This is due to the fact that Arsenal’s head coach, Mikel Arteta dropped some worrying news about Arsenal’s new boy Cedric Soares on Friday.

The Gunners boss revealed that the Southampton right-back still hasn’t trained with his side following his half-season loan from the Saints.

Arteta also refused to put a timeframe on when Arsenal fans can expect to see Soares in the first XI, which makes it more worrying.

Considering it’s February and Arteta might not have him available until March, it makes you wonder if there was any point in the North Londoners signing him until May, to begin with.

I know it is still early and Arsenal will have a lot of games from Premier League, FA Cup, and Europa League so he may have a chance to impress but this situation makes you wonder if Arsenal are repeating the same mistake they did when they signed the injured Kim Kallstrom in order to ease the injury crisis the club was facing at that particular moment.

The midfielder went on to only manage 135 minutes of football across all competitions, and it seemed like Kallstrom signing him was a great big waste of time.

Is Soares going to have more impact on Arsenal during the second half of this season than Kallstrom did during the second half of the 2013-14 campaign? You’d hope so, but it doesn’t look good.

 

Arsenal confirm the signing of Pablo Mari

Arsenal confirm the signing of Pablo Mari

Arsenal has announced the signing of Pablo Mari on loan from Flamengo with the option for a permanent purchase in the summer.

The Spanish center-back was initially expected to join the Gunners last weekend but the move was delayed due to a disagreement over the transfer terms.

Flamengo was apparently reluctant to accept anything other than a permanent transfer for the player, but after a fresh set of negotiations, the Gunners were finally able to seal the deal.

Mari is expected to provide the central defensive depth for the rest of the campaign where the Gunners will be without the services of Calum Chambers, who underwent surgery for a knee ligament injury.

Arsenal set for Dubai training camp

Arsenal’s first-team squad is heading for a training camp in Dubai during the forthcoming winter break.

They will arrive on February 7, returning on February 11.

Arsenal set for Dubai training camp

After winning their game against Bournemouth yesterday mean that Arsenal avoided a replay that would be played in this period and earned themselves a two weeks winter break.

Emirates Airlines, whose partnership with the club is one of the most recognizable and long-standing in sport, will be flying the team to Dubai.

Mikel Arteta will use the training camp to bring the squad together in a warmer climate as part of preparations for the fixture against Newcastle United on February 16, the Europa League clash against Olympiacos four days later and the run-in that follows.

“As we prepare for several key fixtures, we are looking forward to a change of routine with some warm-weather training,” Arteta said.

“Dubai is a fantastic place and the football facilities there is first class. It will do us good to experience a change of environment before we enter a crucial part of the season.”

Youngsters Lift Arsenal into FA Cup fifth round

Arsenal youngsters were very much to the fore as two first-half goals booked Arsenal a  place in the FA Cup fifth round, and a trip to Fratton Park.

Youngsters Lift Arsenal into FA Cup fifth round

It was a night to remember for those young guns as all of them had a really good game and it was very pleasing that both goal scorers are Hale end products.

Left-back Saka and striker Eddie Nketiah netted inside 26 minutes as Arsenal’s much-changed line-up made a dominant start and fought off a late Bournemouth rally to secure a tie against third-tier Portsmouth back on the south coast.

All 10 outfield players were involved in the build-up of the first goal, which consisted of 22 passes in all.

Arsenal continued to make all the running after taking the lead and deservedly doubled their advantage with another well-worked goal, again with the youngsters heavily involved.

Willock sprayed a fantastic long pass out to Saka in space on the left flank, his low cross was behind Martinelli, but perfectly into the path of 20-year-old Eddie Nketiah, who tucked home from six yards.

VAR checked for a possible offside against Martinelli’s kneecap, but the goal stood, and Arsenal had some breathing space.

Sam Surridge scored in the fourth minute of added time to set up a nervous finale for the visitors but Bournemouth could not find an equalizer and are left to focus on the battle for Premier League survival.

In FA cup fifth round Arsenal will have to face Portsmouth.

The ties will be played in the week commencing March 3.

FA Cup fifth round draw:
Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City
Reading/Cardiff City v Sheffield United
Chelsea v Shrewsbury Town/Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United/Oxford United
Leicester City v Coventry City/Birmingham City
Northampton Town/Derby County v Manchester United
Southampton/Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City
Portsmouth v Arsenal.

Arsenal are on the verge of signing Flamengo center half Pablo Mari

Arsenal are on the verge of signing Flamengo center half Pablo Mari on a season-long loan with an option to buy. Here’s what I have been able to hoover up off the web about him.

The news broke yesterday that Arsenal was on the verge of signing the Spaniard on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.

PArsenal are on the verge of signing Flamengo center half Pablo Mari

According to Sky Sports, Pablo Mari has arrived in London for a medical at Arsenal, with the club in talks with Flamengo to sign the defender on loan.

Mari signed a contract with Manchester City in 2016 but never played for them.

He went out on loan for three successive seasons to Girona, NAC, and Deportivo La Coruna, before joining Flamengo on a permanent deal last summer.

Actually he played against Liverpool in the Club World Cup final where his team lost 1-0  in extra time, he played all 120 minutes in that game.

If the deal will go through it would be Mikel Arteta’s first signing as Arsenal manager, some people say he will be announced on Monday morning UK time, let us wait and see.

 

Arsenal get their first win under Mikel Arteta

Arsenal earned their first win under Mikel Arteta with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United, secured by first-half goals from Nicolas Pépé and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Arsenal get their first win under Mikel Arteta

Arsenal started the match very well and they were able to control the game for the whole 90 minutes. Arsenal got their first goal after Pépé swept in the opener in the eighth minute and Sokratis grabbed the second in the 42nd after United goalkeeper David De Gea parried Alexandre Lacazette’s header.

At half time the score was Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United.

After the start of the second half, neither team made any change in personal, but Arsenal looked to defend one meter deeper, this gave Manchester United more balls but Arsenal controlled the game with and without the ball.

To be honest, that Man United never looked likely to score due to the fact that Arsenal had a very well organized defensive shape and manchester United was not able to break it.

At the end of the game Arsenal 2-0 Man United.

After collecting one point from his first two games since replacing Unai Emery, Mikel Arteta secured Arsenal’s first win at home in the league in three months.

While Arsenal climbed to 10th in the standings, United missed a chance to close in on the Champions League places. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side instead fell five points behind Chelsea after the fourth-place club was held to a draw by Brighton.

Today’s game was the best Arsenal game I ever watched for a long time and after the final whistle, many Arsenal fans looked happy not only for the victory but also for the performance, energy, and hunger shown by the players for the whole 90 minutes.

Every Arsenal played very well but for me, Mesut Özil was my man of the Match, Özil was everywhere today, he ran his socks off.

Arsenal’s next game will be against Leeds United in the FA cup next Monday.