Arsenal Youngsters Impress In a draw vs Everton

Arsenal youngsters Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson, and Gabriel Martinelli all played and impressed as Arsenal ground out a 0-0 draw at Everton on Saturday.

Arsenal Youngsters Impress In a draw vs Everton

With an average age of 24 years and 50 days, Arsenal starting XI against Everton was the youngest since May 2011.

Also, this was Freddie Ljungberg’s final game as Arsenal interim head coach after a low-key clash against Everton at Goodison Park

With Mikel Arteta taking a watching brief in the directors’ box, Freddie named the youngest Arsenal side since May 2011, with Emile Smith Rowe in for his first Premier League start.

The game started slowly and Arsenal looked more organized in defending but the main problem was creating chances, they lacked something going forward and the main striker Pierre  Emerick Aubamayang looked isolated without any service.

In the second half, Arsenal looked more lively and at times they dominated the game but again the quality of the final ball was poor and the speed of the game was not enough to hurt Everton.

In this game Arsenal youngsters showed the determination to work hard, they run a lot with or without the ball with some sloppy moves and passes, they just lack the experience, I think if the get a chance they will come good.

On the positive side it is not bad to get a point at Everton away and a clean sheet ( They are very rare these days) which was the first in the last 15 games or so.

This was the last game, Freddie, as interim head coach,  he did a great job considering that he did not have any staff to help him out. From what I got from the press conference it seems that he is going to stay and be in the Mikel Arteta backroom staff.

After this game, Mikel Arteta era will start, it is a huge task for him, I believe he will succeed but he will need time, our support, the Arsenal board support, and patience in order to do that.

 

Mikel Arteta is Back

Former Arsenal captain, Mikel Arteta returned at a club as manager on Friday,  after spending more than three years learning the coaching ropes as an assistant to Pep Guardiola at English champion Manchester City.

Why i would like Mikel Arteta at Arsenal

The 37-year-old Spaniard, who made 149 appearances for Arsenal between 2011 and 2016, replaces compatriot Unai Emery, who was sacked last month after being persuaded to leave his role at City despite potentially being in line to be the natural successor to Guardiola.

Arteta said he was confident he would have the London club challenging for top honors again and asked for patience after signing a 3½- year contract.

After spending the last five years of his playing career at Arsenal, he returns to Emirates Stadium with Arsenal having regressed, no longer in the Champions League or challengers for the Premier League.

“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it,” Arteta said. “I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”

Arsenal are languishing in 10th place in the league, as close to the relegation zone as they are to the top four.

Arteta was close to taking charge of Arsenal after the departure of long-time manager Arsene Wenger in the offseason of 2018.

Emery got the job, however, but couldn’t revive the team and left it in something of a mess when he was let go last month.

For now, it is unknown who will be in Arteta’s coaching staff, according to Arsenal official statement is will be known in the near future.

For all Arsenal fans, now it is the time to get behind our new head coach and support him rebuilding our club.

Welcome back Mikel Arteta.

5 Things Than Mikel Arteta Need To Do In Order To Improve Arsenal

As we all know that Arsenal are on verge of appointing former captain Mikel Arteta as a new head coach and here are five things that he needs to do in order to improve Arsenal.

5 Things Than Mikel Arteta Need To Do In Order To Improve Arsenal

Define Arsenal Identity

One thing that was frustrating me during Unai Emery era was the lack of identity, it was very hard to understand what he wanted his team to be.

Arteta will need to solve this and build a team with an identity, he needs to define if he wants Arsenal to play attacking team, pressing team, defending team, just give the team identity and let us move on.

Clear Out

This team has been underperforming for a long time, he will need to do a massive overhaul if he needs to be successful, there are many players in this team that are overpaid and underdelivering.

Unite fan base

This is the most difficult one, Arsenal fan base is the worst , composed with a lot of entitled fan base but I will expect him to try to unite this divided fan base, getting results and playing a good style of football can be the easiest way to achieve.

Improve the defense

In my humble opinion Arsenal defense is not as bad as many people think it is, I think the main problem with Arsenal defense is the lack of shape at the middle of the pack, most of our midfielders they don’t play with discipline and that causes them to lose balls in the dangerous area and most of the time the ball finds our defenders unprepared.

By tweaking the midfielder and finding a right combination of defenders can improve this goal leaking defense.

Give youth a chance

Arsenal has many good young players, Guendouzi, Willock, Nelson, Martinelli, Saka among others, I will expect any manager of Arsenal football club to give youth the chance.

I know there are a lot of things to lose at the arsenal at this moment and time but still, I would hope he will give them minutes in many games as possible since even our so-called star players are not consistent enough.

That is it those are five things that Mikel Arteta needs to do in order to improve Arsenal

Why i would like Mikel Arteta at Arsenal

There are rumors that Mikel Arteta will be soon announced as Arsenal permanent manager, so today I decided to write down my reasons why he will be the right choice for Arsenal.

Why i would like Mikel Arteta at Arsenal

He is young

At 37, Mikel Arteta is still very young, by the way, this will be his first job as a head coach, his youth and energy is something that a club like Arsenal needs right now if he can inject that to this team it will be fantastic.

He is Arsenal man

I know this should not the main factor for choosing Arsenal head coach but being a former Arsenal player and the captain is an added advantage to the team. He knows the team, he knows the premier league, he knows what fans want the brand of football we are expecting.

His education system.

Mikel Arteta was educated at la Masia, he played under Arsene Wenger and now he is working under Pep Guardiola, it all those places he gained a lot of experience and he can use that to implement a good style of football at Arsenal football club.

He is good at man-management

Pep Guardiola and Rahim Sterling have credited Mikel Arteta on helping Sterling to become better player at the personal level, I remember listening to Gabriel Jesus also saying that he got a lot of help in improving his finishing, if he can use the same tactics at Arsenal for sure he will be able to improve a lot of players.

He got good references

He got very good reviews from people who know what a good football is, I mean Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola, if these two think he can be a very good manager, it is enough for me.

Those are my reasons why I think Mikel Arteta will be a good choice for Arsenal football club, what is your opinion on this issue? Let me know in the comment section below.

 

 

 

 

Arsenal Suffer a Humbling Home Defeat Vs City

Arsenal suffered another humbling home defeat after being outclassed in the first half by the rampant  Machester City at the Emirates.

Arsenal Suffer a Humbling Home Defeat Vs City

It took Machester City just 89 to score the first goal when Kevin De Bruyne’s well-taken goal from Gabriel Jesus’ cutback and Arsenal were never able to recover.

In the early stages of the game, Arsenal played a decent especially going forward but the main problem was the same, defending, each time city players went forward they looked like to score another goal.

Martinelli had another shot saved as we looked to regroup after the early blow, but it was City who extended their lead in a similar fashion to their first. This time De Bruyne was the creator, squaring for the unmarked Raheem Sterling to tap home at the far post.

De Bruyne scored his second while we were temporarily down to 10 men – Sead Kolasinac went off injured, and before Bukayo Saka could replace him, the Belgian found the bottom corner from outside the area.

Bernd Leno pulled off an incredible full-stretch save to deny De Bruyne his third before the break, tipping his curling effort onto the bar.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed just wide two minutes after the break, but City continued to keep Arsenal at arm’s reach.

Aubameyang struck a first-time effort wide from the edge of the area, but the reigning champions also had their chances, forcing Leno into two or three more solid stops, notably from Jesus and Riyad Mahrez.

Nowadays Arsenal can not get a win at home or away,  it is becoming very hard to watch this team play.

Arsenal Vs Manchester City-This Could Be The Turning Point

Arsenal can make a real statement by securing a positive result when we welcome Manchester City to the Emirates on Sunday.  Here is my opinion about the game.

Arsenal Vs Manchester City-This Could Be The Turning Point

Team News

Arsenal are going to this game with few injuries around the squad, Hector Bellerin is not fully fit and he will have a late test today to decide if he can make the squad.

Kieran Tierney will be out for at least three months, Granit Xhaka is out too for this game, the bit of good news is that Nicolas Pepe has been declared fit to play today.

This could be a turning point for Arsenal and Ljungberg

I have a feeling that if Arsenal can manage to win this game ( i believe they will), it could be a huge turning point for both the club and the interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg.

For Arsenal, the win means it will be closing near top of the table and after Chelsea collapse on Saturday, the win could revive the hope of finishing in the top four.

For Freddie, if he can pull a win today I have a feeling that he will stay on charge for at least up the end of the season but if Arsenal has to lose heavily on this game I think the board will be forced to announce the permanent manager sooner rather than later.

Team selection

With Tierney, Xhaka and potentially Bellerin out of the squad today, it is very difficult to predict the team, for me I would like to see 4-2-3-1 formation with a pivot of Torreira and Guendouzi.

This is the team I would like to see

Leno

AMN   Chamber Sokratis Kolasinac

Torreira  Guendouzi

Pepe   Özil    Martinelli

Aubamayang

Prediction

I know most people feel that Arsenal will lose this game, but somehow I feel that Arsenal are going to surprise a few today and beat Manchester City at Emirates, I am going for Arsenal win 3-2 and Özil scoring in this game.

What is your score prediction? Let me know in the comment section below.

 

 

 

Carlo Ancelotti would be the wrong choice for Arsenal

Arsenal is without a manager after sacking Unai Emery and  Carlo Ancelotti, 60, has emerged as a candidate to join the Gunners.

Carlo Ancelotti would be the wrong choice for Arsenal

On paper, Ancelotti is a perfect manager for Arsenal, He has won major trophies with Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea and PSG, He knows premier League and he is available for the job because he has been sacked by Napoli.

I see a lot of Arsenal fans online who would love the club to appoint Mr. Carlo Ancelotti as Arsenal permanent manager and for the reason above I can see why they see that way.

For me, he is the right man the Arsenal job and below I am going to give you my reasons why Arsenal should never appoint him.

He never had to build a team.

But if you look deep in his previous clubs, he really had a job to rebuild a team from the ground, you see what I mean, at Milan, he inherited a great side that needed few tweaks to become on of the Europe best, He was under the same circumstances when he went to Chelsea and won the premier league, the same thing happened at PSG and Real Madrid.

This is not to knock him down and stating that he is not a great manager, he is but this is not Arsenal football club needs right now.

On the contrary, Arsenal needs a huge rebuild, we need a manager with a proven record to rebuild or a new upcoming manager who can shape Arsenal’s future with new ideas and a style of play and Ancelotti is not that man.

Questionable training methods.

One of the Carlo Ancelotti failures is when he was Bayern Munich manager, there are many reports that he used to give his players a lot of free time, doing small routines in the training ground as it reached a point that some senior players at Bayern Munich had to conduct extra training sessions behind his back.

If he does that at Arsenal he will never succeed, Arsenal has a lot of football stars who are overpaid and lazy if given a chance they will skip training sessions and I don´t think that in this current Arsenal squad there are leaders who will arrange extra training sessions to impose fitness on the squad.

He is not for long term

I am not against being old, but the guy is 60, with a lot of experience it is very difficult for him to change, Arsenal needs a young vibrant manager who can inject energy and enthusiasm in the squad and also it may take a long time to rebuild this great football club.

Apart from Milan, I do not remember the time when Carlo Ancelotti stayed more than two seasons at the same club and It will take a huge effort and more than two seasons for Arsenal to start challenging for major titles again.

For those reasons, I think appointing Mr. Carlo Ancelotti as Arsenal permanent manager would be a wrong move for the Arsenal.

 

 

 

Europa League-Arsenal qualify top the group

tandard Liege v Arsenal FC: Group F - UEFA Europa League

Arsenal qualified top of their group in the Europa League as they drew 2-2 with Standard Liege.

Arsenal needed to avoid a 5-0 defeat in Belgium to progress to the last 32 but ended up in a first-place as Eintracht Frankfurt was beaten by Vitoria.

Freddie Ljungberg’s side had to come back from 2-0 down to earn a point and denied Liege a place in the knockout stages.

Arsenal created a number of chances in the first half but went into the break locked at 0-0 with Standard Liege.

After Emile Smith Rowe had seen his cross-shot turned away by the foot of goalkeeper Arnaud Bodart, Bukayo Saka had three good opportunities to put Arsenal ahead but failed to beat the in-form keeper.

As the half-time whistle approached, Saka saw an effort from the left of the box saved before Bodart produced another good stop to keep out Nelson.

Arsenal fell behind two minutes into the second half when Samuel Bastien’s strike took a huge deflection off Sokratis Papastathopoulos, wrong-footing goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and landing in the back of the net.

Arsenal found themselves 2-0 down in the 69th minute following another deflected effort from the hosts.

Selim Amallah’s strike from the middle of the box took a big deflection and beat Martinez.

The introduction of Gabriel Martinell and reverting back to the back four changed the game for the Arsenal as gunners started to attack actively in the last 20 minutes. Gunners then scored two goals in the space of three minutes to get back on level terms.

Alexandre Lacazette headed in after 78 minutes after a great ball from Bukayo Saka. It was Saka who scored an equalizer just three minutes later as he finished well in the 81st minute to complete the comeback.

Arsenal needed just a point to qualify but ended up topping the group as Eintracht Frankfurt lost to Vitoria.

Arsenal will find out who is their opponent in the next round of the Europa League next Monday.

The next Arsenal game will be against Premier League champions, Manchester City at the Emirates this Sunday.

Standard Liege Vs Arsenal-Give the Youth a Chance

Arsenal will play their final game of the Europa League group stage on Thursday when they take on Belgian side Standard Liege.

Arsenal had their first win in 10 games last Monday after a come-from-behind 3-1 victory against West Ham United at the London Stadium and will look to carry that momentum forward in Europe.

Arsenal is not yet qualified for the knockout stage of the Europa League and only a heft defeat of 5 goals can knock Arsenal out of the competition.

Arsenal Team News

Dani Ceballos is out with a thigh injury and is expected to return later this month. Rob Holding is doubtful for the upcoming fixture owing to his knee injury, and a late call will be made on him.

Hector Bellerin suffered a hamstring issue during the warm-up ahead of the clash against West Ham United earlier this week, and although his problem is not very serious, he might not be risked this soon, with a busy Christmas period coming up.

Kieran Tierney, Nicolas Pepe, and Granit Xhaka could also be rested for the clash against Liege.

Predicted Arsenal Lineup vs Standard Liege (4-2-3-1)

Defense

Bernd Leno is likely to be rested and Emiliano Martinez could replace him in the Arsenal lineup. The latter has done a decent job between the sticks whenever he has been called upon this season.

While David Luiz and Calum Chambers are expected to feature in the central defense, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac could be summoned to operate as the full-backs once again.

Midfield

Ljungberg is an advocate of handing opportunities to the younger players, so we could see Matteo Guendouzi start alongside Joe Willock in central midfield.

Emile Smith Rowe is one of the most talented players to have emerged through Arsenal’s academy.

Attack

With 3 goals and 1 assist to his name from 4 Europa League appearances so far this campaign, Gabriel Martinelli is expected to lead the line.

Reiss Nelson has done a decent job down the left flank and the 20-year-old could start on the left side. Meanwhile, Nicolas Pepe is expected to feature on the opposite side to add quality in the final third.

Arsenal finally end winless run with fightback at West Ham

Arsenal finally got an overdue win after ending their winless run with a fightback at London Stadium after beating West Ham 3-1 today.

Arsenal finally end winless run with fightback at West Ham

Arsenal arrived in east London on a nine-game winless run – their worst spell since 1977 – and looked set for more troubles when Angelo Ogbonna’s header took a wicked deflection and nestled in their net in 38th minute.

However, the Gunners’ second-half blitz lifts them up to ninth in the table and mounts pressure on Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini, whose side remain just a point above the relegation zone.

Arsenal equalizer came from Gabrieli Martinelli in 60th minutes after finishing a good cross from Sead Kolasinac who came in after Kieran Tierney got injured in the first half.

That was Gabrielli first goal in the premier league in his first start in the league for the Arsenal,

Arsenal took lead for the in the 66th minute after the record signing Nicolas Pepe curled home a beauty after receiving a ball from Pierre Emerick Aubamang.

Three minutes later, in 69 minutes, Pepe gave a beautiful ball to Auba and the Gabon international was able to fire home the third goal for the Arsenal.

This was the first win under the caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg and it ended the winless run in 1o games, the worst for Arsenal since 1977.

The Arsenal win came with a price after Hector Bellerin got injured in the warm-up session and Kieran Tierney got injured in the first half.

Arsenal will face Standard Liege in the Europa League before facing champions Manchester City at the Emirates next Sunday.