I think we are just going to have to write off Arsenal’s defeat last week, and out it down to inexperience of Emery’s tactics and the late return of some of our new star players into the fold. But Stephan Lichtsteiner got a good hour last week and Sokratis and Guendouzi played the whole game, and our star turn Lucas Torreira came on for a 20 minute cameo.
All Arsenal fans are fully aware that Shkrodan Mustafi was one of our biggest problems last season with so many individual mistakes in a very shaky defence. Even Arsene Wenger told reporters that the German was suffering from a massive drop in confidence for most of the season. But according to an interview in the Standard, Mustafi is feeling a lot better now under Emery.
Arsenal used to be renowned for training their youngsters in the Arsenal way and then integrating them seamlessly into the Gunners first team, but lately there are more and more of our promising youngsters moving abroad to lesser teams where at least they can get a chance at the the first team. Most of them seem to move to Belgian orDutch sides lately, but Stephy Mavdidi must be extra promising, as he has been snapped up by Juventus!
Poor old David Ospina, the Arsenal and Colombia keeper has been trying to get away from the Emirates for a few years now, and now the arrival of Bernd Leno has made him surplus to requirements he is still finding it hard to get a club to accept his conditions, even on a loan deal.
Here we go again with another one of Arsenal’s boring long-drawn out contract negotiations as it now looks extremely unlikely that Aaron Ramsey is going to re-sign with the Gunners unless his massive wage demands are met. I am certainly glad that the EPL transfer window closed early or we would be subject to endless rumours about Man United and Chelsea waiting in the wings to snatch the Welshman on deadline day, so we only have totally unrealistic mentions of European teams like Barcelona and the latest one is Lazio, according to a report in the Mirror.
The German international Bernd Leno arrived at Arsenal with much fanfare from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, and everyone thought that after paying over 20million for him, Arsenal would immediately make him first choice between the sticks. But I made it clear back in June that Cech would still be Number One this season while Leno learned the ropes and playedin the Europa League matches, although very few readers believed me at the time.
They say records are there to be broken, and Arsenal definitely have to overcome a few when they travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. I was just looking through the official Chelsea website to see what they were thing about our game and found these statistics they had compiled ahead of the game. It doesn’t make pleasant reading but there are some positives on our side….
I am personally really impressed with the way Unai Emery is trying to impress his way of playing onto his new Arsenal squad, and also instilling a never say die attitude, whether we are winning or losing. We saw that the team maybe even tried harder against Man City after going behind, and the new coach is insistent that they must try their hardest for the full 90 minutes no matter what happens.