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.

 

 

Arsenal vs. Manchester United-Preview

Arsenal will play the first game of the new year facing their long-time rival in Manchester United at the Emirates tonight.

The game comes at a very bad moment for Arsenal, at this point in the season I don’t know when the next win will come from. Emirates used to be a fortress and know Arsenal they have lost 3 consecutive games at the Emirates and are 12th in the league table, this is bad.

Injury Crisis

Arsenal are in injury crisis at the moment, there are rumors that Calum Chambers will be out for the rest of the season, Kieran Tierney will start training on march, Kolasinac is out as well, Sokratis had concussion so probably he won’t start today, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin are still recovering from long term injuries and they will have medical check-up this morning to decide if they can make the squad or not.

On the good news, it seems like Granit Xhaka and Dan Ceballos will be back in the squad after participating in full training yesterday.

The game

At this point of the season, Manchester United are better than Arsenal, they won their last two games and they seem to do well when they play the so-called big teams. On the other hand, Arsenal are on the bad run, they are in 12th place on the table, the league table does not lie it has been that bad.

The good news is that in games like this form goes out the window and something happens and that is my hope for today’s game (there is nothing to suggest that Arsenal will win this game, except for the hope that they might).

Manchester United has been inconsistent this season, they had their up and down but there is one thing that has been consisted for them this season, they are very good at counter-attacking if Arsenal does not defend well on those counters, it can be a very sad start of the decade for gunners.

Predicted eleven

Due to the lack of personal, I don’t think that Arteta will make many changes from the side that played against Chelsea last weekend, the only changes I can see it is Granit Xhaka coming in for Matteo Guenzouzi and if Sokratis is not fit enough, Mustafi will be partnering David Luiz as center back pair.

This is the team I think will play today.

Arsenal vs. Manchester United-Preview

Score prediction

I know at the moment Manchester United are a better footballing side than us but as I said before I have a hope that Arsenal might do something and surprise them, so I am going for the first win under Arteta. Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United.

Arsenal Vs Chelsea-First Home Game For Arteta

Arsenal will play their last ever game of this decade today as they will face they archrival, Chelsea at the Emirates stadium.

Chelsea

This will be Mikel Arteta’s first home game as Arsenal head coach and he will look to secure his first win in front of the Arsenal faithful.

It has been a rough year for the Arsenal — a year of woefully underperforming has led them to 12th place in the table. But, as the Gunners host their London rivals Sunday, and my heart is winning over my head and I am going to say that there is reason to believe this could be a turning point.

Chelsea are unpredictable at the moment, they won at Tottenham and then they went to lose at home to Southampton, their forwards have been inconsistent in the last few weeks and this gives the Arsenal a glimmer of hope that things can go on their way.

Arsenal team news.

Sokratis is out for this game due to head injury, Kieran Tierney and Kolasinac are also out for this game due to injuries.

Rob Holding, Dan Ceballos, Martinelli,  and Hector Bellerin are all doubt for today’s game, they will be assessed this morning and the doctors will decide if they can make a squad or no.

Team prediction

The formation, I think Arteta will stick with 4-2-3-1.

Bernd Leno is our number one goalie and I don’t think Arteta is going to make a change on this one.

Bellerin could pass medical today but even though I don’t think Arteta will rush him in the team, so for me Maitland-Niles will start at right-back and with Kolasicna and Tierney out, Bukayo Saka will get a nod on the left-hand side.

With Sokratis out, I think Calum Chamber will come back in the starting lineup after missing the last game due to collecting five yellow cards. I think David Luiz will keep his place in the squad.

Defensive Midfielders

Last time against Bournemouth the pivot of Xhaka and Torreira worked very well, I think Arteta will stick this them, there are rumors that Xhaka is off to Hertha Berlin and if he missed this game then I will believe that he is off for real.

Attacking 3.

Reiss Nelson had a good game against Bournemouth but I thought something was missing in his game, I have a feeling that Nicolas Pepe will start today on the right side of our attacking 3.

Özil had one of the best games in recent years against Bournemouth, I believe he will keep his place on the side with Aubamayang starting on the left-hand side.

Striker

Alexandre Lacazette had a stinker in the last game and some fans were calling for his head and they want him sold, for me, he is still a very good striker and in the big game at Emirates, I always fancy him to score, I don’t only think that he will start but I have a feeling that he will score today.

Score prediction

It is very difficult to predict Arsenal at this moment but I always think Arsenal will win, so my head is telling me it will be a 2-2 draw but my heart is going for 3-2 win for the Arsenal.

 

 

 

 

Mikel Arteta has named his core coaching team

Mikel Arteta has named his core coaching team

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has named his core coaching team to assist him.

Freddie Ljungberg remains as an assistant coach and is joined by Albert Stuivenberg.

The Dutchman, who has been coaching since 1992, was alongside Louis van Gaal at Manchester United. He is currently assistant manager of the Wales team with Ryan Giggs and will continue in this role as well as his Arsenal duties until after the European Championship in the summer.

Steve Round is also joining the club as an assistant coach.

Steve has coached with Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Everton, Manchester United and England. He has also been Director of Football at Aston Villa.

Inaki Cana Pavon comes in as goalkeeping coach from Brentford to work with Sal Bibbo.

Inaki previously worked in Spain and Denmark after starting his playing career at Barcelona.

Mikel Arteta said: “I am delighted to have this talented group of coaches alongside me. They bring a great mix of experience and fresh thinking. Along with the talented people we have in the club already they will be key people to get us back to winning ways.”

Source Arsenal.com