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.

 

Freddie should Attack West Ham

Arsenal desperately needs to get out of our current winless run and back to winning ways with a win over West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday night. Here is my thought on the game.

Freddie should Attack West Ham

The truth

The truth is that Arsenal can not defend, we know that and every team we face knows that this is the reason why even small teams come emirates and have a go at Arsenal, they know that if they put this defence under pressure they will get something.

We are blessed with a lot of attacking talents, in my opinion, if we can not defend, let us attack them so that they will be afraid to attack us, the same strategy Klopp and his Liverpool used when their defence was bad.

Formation 4-2-3-1

Freddie has deployed a 4-3-3 in his first two games but it hasn’t worked. The balance of the side is all wrong, many players played out of the position, it’s time we revert back to a 4-2-3-1 and play players in their best positions.

Defence Bellerin, Chambers, Rob Holding and Tierney

Our defence is woeful and it’s about time Arsenal to leave  David Luiz out the starting lineup, he has been a dreadful signing. Sokratis’ decline in form this season has been dramatic and Shkodran Mustafi looks lost. I think it is time to try a new partnership.

Rob Holding has been struggling with a knee injury in recent weeks but he’s been in training last week and if fit, he has to start against West Ham. Calum Chambers has been one of our better defensive performers this season when deployed at right-back but his best position is in the middle of defence so let’s give him a chance to form a partnership with Holding.

Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are still trying to get back to their best form since their injuries but they are still easily our best full-backs so I hope we see both of them starting at the London Stadium tomorrow night.

Midfield Xhaka and Torreira

I know Granit Xhaka divide opinions, but for me, he and Torreira are the best midfield combination at Arsenal at the moment.

I like Guendouzi but I think he lacks the discipline to play in a two-man midfield, he likes going forward too often (which is not a bad thing) but many times he will lose possession and leaves the team unprotected at the middle of the pack.

Joe Willock is still young and inconsistent and Dani Ceballos is injured, although I think both Guendouzi and Willock would be a good option coming from bench especially if the team needs an equalizer or a winning goal, their youth and energy could be crucial in later stages of this game.

Attack

Lacazzete is a good striker, but I think he does not score enough in away games to warranty him a starting spot in this lineup.

The time has come to admit defeat and realise Arsenal can’t squeeze Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into the same starting eleven.

Auba is totally wasted on the wing and he’s by far our biggest goal threat so as much as I think Laca is a good striker, Freddie needs to be bold and drop him so Aubameyang can lead the lineup front.

Laca can come in the second half to play with Auba in case Arsenal needs a goal, or he can come in to replace Auba if we are winning and we need to rest Auba for the City game.

Mesut Ozil is also being wasted out wide as he’s far more dangerous playing in the No.10 when everything goes through him. Freddie seems to be following Emery’s path of trying to play everything out wide but Arsenal can hurt teams by playing off Ozil in the middle where he can play killer passes to the wide men/strikers.

Nicolas Pepe would be the biggest beneficiary of Arsenal playing a 4-2-3-1 with Ozil in the middle and it’s time our big-money signing is restored to the right-wing. He made a big difference when he came on against Brighton and we need that natural width back in the team.

On the opposite flank, Bukayo Saka has a strong shout to start but I think Gabriel Martinelli deserves a run in the side.

Prediction

It is hard to predict Arsenal win these days, but one can hope, and I still think Arsenal is a better team than the table suggests and they have players who can win a game of football at London Stadium.

I think this is the start of the positive run, Arsenal will win this one, my prediction West Ham 1-2 Arsenal.

AFTV is not the problem

Yesterday I saw a huge debate on my twitter feed, it was about the banner that emerged near the Emirates stadium calling AFTV out.

AFTV out banner

AFTV to me is the biggest football Youtube Channel in the world, there is no doubt about it, they built their fame by ranting especially when the team get bad results and guess what? My first ever video of AFTV was a rant by a guy named Chris Hudson after Arsenal lost a game of football.

They always divide opinion, there is a section of fans who defend them, their main argument is that every fan has a right to voice his/her opinion and I agree with them.

There is another section of Arsenal fans who thinks that this channel is the source of toxicity among the Arsenal fan base, it is their opinion and i respect that.

After the emergence of this banner, the discussions were intense, that is why I decided to write my opinion on the issue.

Personally I do not see any problem with AFTV, I know their content goes overboard at times (most of the time to be honest) but to me, that is not a problem.

It is human nature to feed in negativity, if you post anything negative in social media it will get more reaction than if you post anything positive.

I believe Robbie is a very smart guy when AFTV started they had a lot of positive shows, but when that video from Chris Hudson became viral, the channel shifted it the focus and it many controversial people started to be regular on the channel as I said people like negative news, if the team loses a game, they rant, more people go to watch the content and they make money. You can not blame the guy for feeding people the need  to get the negative Arsenal news.

AFTV they have zero influence on which player the club should buy, or which player should start a game, it is on the board and the coaching staff.

On profiting from club failure, I don’t have a problem with that either, if the players or the team does not want that they should perform better, it is a simple fix.

Also, they get the blame for the poor atmosphere at the stadium, is this for real? do they hold people gun and tell them not to sing or applaud? This is putting too much responsibility on this guys, each fan is responsible for his/her own action

If you don´t like them don´t watch their content, it is simple as that, but hating them, posting abuse on their social media will make you worse than them.

Personally I blocked their content on my social channels, not because I hate them, no it is because I am trying to move away from negative news, it is the same reason I don´t watch the news on TV or read them online, the only thing I watch on TV is football or baseball.

Again AFTV is not the problem, the fan base is the problem or just it is human stupidity that is the problem.

Freddie Ljungberg Won´t Fix Arsenal Problems Overnight

It has been a little bit over a week since Freddie Ljungberg took over as Arsenal head coach after the sacking of Unai Emery.

Freddie Ljungberg Won´t Fix Arsenal Problems Overnight

As usual, most Arsenal fans were very excited and thought that since Emery is gone, all Arsenal problems were going to disappear and the team will start performing and winning games again.

The reality has come, after two games, without a win, one loss and a draw, many Arsenal fans what Freddie out, some of them went too far and started abusing him on social media.

Freddie is still a young coach, without any experience of coaching at the highest level, expecting him to fix all problems in the team after less than five training sessions is insane.

This team has been under coached and underperforming for a long time, in the last 18 months I can remember a single game that I saw and said now Arsenal players are playing as a team, most of the games even when we went an unbeaten run of 20 games there was always an element of luck or individual brilliance that saved the day.

This is like a guy who has been on a bad diet for years and gained a lot of weight expecting him to lose all weight after going to the gym for 5 days, it does not work like that.

I am confident things will get better, it does not matter if it is under Freddie Ljungberg or a new permanent manager, it will get better but in order for them to work on their magic, they will need time to coach these players and maybe to shift some of them out of the club.

Let us support Freddie Ljungberg and let us support the team, these players need our support now than ever.

COYG.

 

We Love Arsenal Blog is Back

I started this blog years ago, to be exactly 3 years but somehow I lost control of it, this is due to the fact that at the time I lost it I was very busy and I forgot to renew the domain name.

Now I got the control of We Love Arsenal Blog, I will start posting regular content on this blog and hopefully, you will be able to enjoy it.

Also, I would like to thank some of you who encouraged me to take back the ownership of this blog, my promise to you is that I will do everything on my power not post regular content again and keep writing about our beloved Arsenal.

Thank you very much and enjoy your reading.