It is always helpful to Arsenal when a player that they have actively targeted comes out and admits publicly that he wants to play in the Premier League and even mentions the club by name.
Our new superstar Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, scored two of Arsenal’s goals in our final game of the season against Burnley, making him joint winner of the Golden Boot.
With Arsenal we usually expect them to make immediate announcements on new arrivals as soon as transfer window opens, or facing long drawn out sagas and haggling that normally stretch on until the very last days of the window. Well let’s hope all that has changed now under the new regime and we have already identified our prime targets and are making them happen quickly.
With our Europa League semi-final coming up with Valencia, i thought I’d show the most nerve-wracking penalty shoot out between Arsenal and our Spanish opponents in the Cup Winners Cup Final in 1980. The game was played at the infamous Heysel stadium on a horrendously waterlogged pitch and the game was stuck at 0-0 even after a half-hour of extra time. We were only allowed one sub in those days so there were very heavy tired legs as it came down to the penalty shoot-out…..
Arsenal has been on the lookout for a long term replacement for Nacho Monreal and according to recent reports, including just today, we may well have found that replacement.
It was a very young Arsenal team that Unai Emery picked to play against Qarabag last night, and the big surprise package was the debut of the 17 year-old Bukayo Saka who looked very calm and assured, never mind extremely skilful!
Arsenal may have made hard work of beating Huddersfield but we have extended our unbeaten run to 21 games and got 3 more precious points to keep us in touch with the Top Four. It may not have been an exciting game for the neutrals, but the Gunners finally broke down the dour and organized Northerners with a wonderful bit of magic from Lucas Torreira. Young Alfie Culshaw was at the game, and he soaked up the atmosphere when Lucas scored to share it with us.
Bernd Leno finally got to show his skills to the Arsenal boss Unai Emery when Petr Cech was out injured, and he obviously did enough to persuade the Spaniard that he was good enough to retain his place against Liverpool and then Wolves last weekend.