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

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.