Arsenal draw Leicester City in the Carabao Cup

Arsenal will travel to Leicester City in the third round of the Carabao Cup. On Sunday the draw was made for both the second and third rounds, but as Arsenal is participating in this season’s Europa League, They will start in the third round.

Arsenal draw Leicester City in the Carabao Cup

Last season, Arsenal went out of the Carabao Cup in the 4th round in that wild 5-5 (5-4) match against Liverpool.

The season before that, it was Spurs in the Quarters, and before that, the Gunners lost to City in the Final. Arsenal haven’t gone out in the 3rd round since 2014-15 when they lost to Southampton.

The Carabao Cup 3rd round match will be played sometime the week of September 21st. It will come between West Ham and away to Liverpool in the Premier League for the Gunners.

Arsenal suffer friendly defeat to Aston Villa

The Gunners were beaten 3-2 in a behind-closed-doors clash with their Premier League rivals at the Emirates Stadium.

The game, which took place at Emirates Stadium, saw both teams use the contest to give a mixture of first-team and youth players a chance to get some minutes.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on target twice for the Gunners, with one of the goals coming from the penalty spot.

Arsenal suffer friendly defeat to Aston Villa

According to Charles Watts from, Aston Villa was the first team to score after Douglas Luiz gave the visitors a lead before Arsenal captain equalized just a few minutes before half time.

Arsenal fell behind again when Jacob Ramsey restored Villa’s lead, but they made it 2-2 when Aubameyang scored his second of the afternoon from the penalty spot.

Villa sealed the win soon after, however, with Ramsey again the man on target for Dean Smith’s side.

From the images I have seen in social media, it seems like Mesut Özil was involved in the gas as well as new signing Willian who was seen in Arsenal colors for the first time.

Dani Ceballos whose loan deal was confirmed yesterday also participated in today’s game.

This was a second friendly match for Arsenal this week, they played Queen Park Ranger on Tuesday, a game which they won 4-3.

There is a rumor that Arsenal will play the last friendly game is Tuesday, for no I do not have many details on who will be the opponent.

Arsenal will kickstart their season next Saturday away to Fulham. That fixture will place at Craven Cottage on September 12.

Dani Ceballos rejoins Arsenal

Arsenal have confirmed the return of midfielder Dani Ceballos for a second successive season-long loan.

Dani Ceballos
The Real Madrid man has finalized a deal to spend the 2020/21 campaign with the Gunners.

Ceballos, aged 24, made a fairly underwhelming start to his career in north London but flourished under Mikel Arteta in the final stages of his initial loan spell.

That included playing a key performance in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea at Wembley last month.

Ceballos will now resume his role in Arteta’s midfield for the forthcoming campaign.

Dani will continue to wear the number 8 shirt in the forthcoming season.

A return had been hinted at for quite some time. Famously, Ceballos watched Arsenal’s Community Shield victory last weekend while on holiday, and after negotiating with Real Madrid, the two clubs finally found a deal. Ceballos, reportedly, turned down loan moves elsewhere to come back to Arsenal.

Arsenal Agree deal to send Lucas Torreira to Fiorentina

Arsenal have agreed on a deal to send Lucas Torreira to Fiorentina for a £7m loan fee, with a £14m obligation to buy next summer.

Arsenal Agree deal to send Lucas Torreira to Fiorentina

The Uruguayan hit the ground running at the Emirates when he arrived in a £26m deal from Sampdoria in 2018 but his form dipped under Unai Emery and he’s failed to impress Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal were hoping to recoup all £26m they paid for him but under the current economy after the coronavirus pandemic, it seems that it is no possible.

In early Arteta days, Torrerira used to partner with Xhaka in a 4-2-3-1 formation but then got injured, after the injury he was unable to get back in the team due to the loss of his own form and the emergence of Xhaka- Dani Ceballos pivot that looks more stable.

Dani Ceballos is coming back for another year on loan, there is noise about the club wanting to sign Thomas Partey who has a release clause of £45m, that makes the chances of Torreira cementing a place in the starting lineup are narrow and the club needs the money to fund Partey move.

It will be sad to see Lucas Torreira go but it is a necessary move given his underwhelming performances last season following an exceptional first six months in 2018-19.

The Arteta revolution continues

Arsenal complete signing of Gabriel from Lille

Arsenal have completed the signing of defender Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille, the clubs have confirmed.

The Brazilian center-back has agreed to a long-term contract with the Gunners and will reportedly cost €30million.

Arsenal complete signing of Gabriel from Lille

“We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal. He has many qualities which will make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a team,” said head coach Mikel Arteta.

“He has proved with Lille that he is a defender with many outstanding attributes and we are looking forward to watching him grow as an Arsenal player.”

Technical director Edu added: “We are delighted to have signed Gabriel. He is a player we have been studying for a while and he was in demand from many clubs, so we are proud to have agreed and completed this transfer with Lille and the player.

“Gabriel is a player of high quality and Mikel and his coaches are looking forward to integrating him into the club.”

With Arsenal plagued by defensive issues for much of 2019-20, they had long looked set to invest in reinforcements for their backline and Gabriel is the first.

The 22-year-old earned rave reviews in Ligue 1 last season, becoming a regular part of Christophe Galtier’s back four as he featured in 24 of their 28 top-flight matches before the campaign was curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Lille conceded 27 times over the course of the domestic season, with only Paris Saint-Germain, Rennes, and Reims boasting better defensive records.

Gabriel had been linked with Arsenal for several weeks, though Napoli emerged as competition for him, and Manchester United were also briefly linked.

The move highlights a significant ascension for Gabriel, who only broke into Lille’s first team in the 2018-19 season.

After joining the club in 2017 he spent loan spells with Troyes and Dinamo Zagreb, before returning and eventually forming a solid partnership with Jose Fonte.

He becomes Arsenal’s second new arrival since the end of 2019-20, following compatriot Willian, who joined on a free transfer from Chelsea.

Arsenal beat Liverpool on penalties to lift FA Community Shield

Arsenal beat Liverpool on penalties to lift FA Community Shield

Arsenal beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties on Saturday to lift the Community Shield, the curtain-raiser for the English domestic season, after the two sides played out a 1-1 draw on a chilly afternoon at Wembley.

Gunners captain and match goal-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang blasted home the final kick of the afternoon to complete the north London side’s second win over the league champions in the space of six weeks after a shortened summer break.

Mohamed Salah, Fabinho, match goal-scorer Takumi Minamino, and Curtis Jones all scored for Liverpool in the shootout, but late substitute Rhian Brewster blasted his shot onto the bar.

Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Cedric Soares, and David Luiz all scored for the Gunners before Aubameyang finished the job to lift his second trophy within a month following the side’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea on Aug. 1.

Arsenal hire set-piece coach Andreas Georgeson

According to reports, Arsenal has brought in Andreas Georgeson as Ljungberg’s replacement, and the set-play expert started his new role on Saturday.

Fellow Swedish coach Georgson joined the Bees as their head of set pieces and individual development in January and immediately made a difference in dead ball situations.

The Bees conceded just 10 goals all season, the fourth-lowest in the Championship, as the west Londoners reached the play-off final, where they lost to Fulham.

Arsenal, meanwhile, conceded 12 goals from dead-ball situations in the Premier League last term, but they managed to score 16 from attacking set plays – only Crystal Palace managed more with 19.

Georgeson was part of Brentford’s data-driven model based on a statistical analysis involving Expected Goals (xG) and has been spotted at matches taking photos and videos of the club’s set plays from the stands.

It is a similar role to what Ljungberg had at Arsenal, with the ex-Gunners star asked to analyze matches from the directors’ box and not next to Arteta in the dugout.

Georgeson is not the first Brentford coach that Arsenal has handpicked this season, with goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana joining Arteta’s coaching staff last winter.

Cana’s work has seen Emiliano Martinez make solid improvements in the Gunners’ FA Cup-winning season, while first-choice Bernd Leno finished as the runner-up in Arsenal’s Player of the Season Award.

Also among Arteta’s staff are ex-Manchester United coaches Steve Round and Albert Stuivenberg and goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo.

Welcome, Andreas Georgeson to the arsenal.

Freddie Ljungberg has left his position as Arsenal’s first team coach

Arsenal have suffered a blow after club legend Freddie Ljungberg resigned from his position as first-team coach.

The Swede has played a key role under Mikel Arteta – but the former Gunners player has taken the decision to leave the club to further his coaching career.

Ljungberg has held various positions at the club, including interim head coach following the departure of Unai Emery.

But the club legend will now continue his career away from the Emirates.

Freddie Ljungberg has left his position as Arsenal's first team coach

Confirming his departure on Twitter, Ljungberg said he was grateful to the club for giving him a chance to develop as a coach but now wants to step up his attempts to become a manager.

‘I have decided to leave my first team assistant coaching role at @Arsenal to progress my management experience,’ he wrote. ‘I have been involved with this club on and off since 1998 and am grateful for all the opportunities they have given me both as a player and as a coach.

‘I wish Mikel and all the team every success for the season ahead. Thanks also to the fans for their constant support and for always being by my side. I hope we will all meet again soon.

Freddie Ljungberg played for Arsenal for nine seasons between 1998 and 2007 – making 325 appearances. He went on to play for West Ham and Seattle Sounders before retiring and joining Arsenal as an ambassador in 2013.

Three years later he became part of the set-up at their academy to coach the Under-15s. He had a short spell as Wolfsburg’s assistant manager in 2017 before returning to Arsenal the following year – this time taking charge of the U-23s.

In 2019 he was promoted to Emery’s first-team coaching group before being picked to lead the senior squad on a caretaker basis.

Best of luck legend.

Raul Sanllehi: Arsenal head of football leaves club

Raul Sanllehi: Arsenal head of football leaves club

Arsenal has confirmed that head of football Raul Sanllehi has left his role.

Managing director Vinai Venkatesham will take over Sanllehi’s duties.

Owners Stan and Josh Kroenke said in a statement: “Raul has made a big contribution during his time with us and will always be part of the Arsenal family. We thank him for all his hard work and expertise and wish him every future success.

“We have no doubt that Vinai is the right person to take the club forward. He has shown outstanding leadership during the current crisis and is held in high regard internally and externally. We know everyone will rally round him so we can move forward successfully.”

News of Sanllehi’s departure comes hours after the Gunners completed the signing of Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer. It is not clear whether a difference of opinions over the club’s transfer activity played a role in Sanllehi’s exit.

The former Barcelona executive’s own comments seem to hint that the relationship between head coach Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu Gaspar might have impinged on his role.

He said: “I’m proud and pleased with the contribution I’ve made at Arsenal over the past three years, and look forward to enjoying the club’s future success. Arsenal is a true footballing institution.

“I am proud to have been part of its history and I thank Stan and Josh Kroenke for this opportunity. Working with Vinai, we have built a top team for the future. Mikel has made an extremely positive impact since his arrival and has formed a strong team with our technical director, Edu.”

The development follows hot on the heels of ESPN‘s report that Edu had conducted an investigation into how Arsenal had managed to overspend so dramatically on the £72m signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille last season.

Arsenal To Make 55 Redundancies Among Club Staff Due To Covid-19

Arsenal are set to make 55 redundancies among club staff.

The news was announced this afternoon and the measures are being undertaken in an effort to ensure that the club “have the resources to return to competing effectively at the top of the game here and in Europe” once the coronavirus pandemic eventually comes to an end.

In a joint statement by the club’s head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham, the club detailed the impact that Covid-19 has had.

“Our main sources of income have all reduced significantly. Revenue from broadcasters, matchday, and commercial activities have all been hit severely and these impacts will continue into at least the forthcoming 2020/21 season.

“The pandemic represents one of the most challenging periods in our 134-year history and we have responded promptly by implementing wide-ranging measures to reduce our costs. Our players, senior football staff and executive team have volunteered pay cuts, we have stopped pretty much all of our capital spending, and our discretionary operating expenditure has been strictly controlled,” it states.

The statement adds: “Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can. Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies.

“We do not make these proposals lightly and have looked at every aspect of the club and our expenditure before reaching this point. We are now entering the required 30-day consultation period on these proposals. ”

The statement notes that Arsenal’s owners, Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment, have recently provided financial support in terms of refinancing their stadium debt.

“These steps have all reduced the impact of the pandemic on the club and have helped us continue to maintain investment in the team. This will continue to be a key priority,” it states.

With fans not expected fans back into stadiums for the start of next season, Arsenal believe that the economic projections are grim.

The statement concludes by saying: “These proposed changes are ultimately about ensuring we take this great football club forward, creating the right organization for a post-COVID world, and ensuring we have the resources to return to competing effectively at the top of the game here and in Europe.”

Mikel Arteta’s side finished eighth in last season’s Premier League and won the FA Cup.