Arsenal do seem to have a raft of very talented youngsters knocking on the door of Unai Emery’s first team, but when all our seniors are fit they are only going to get the occasional game in the League Cup or the Europa League, although as we go further in those competitions we won’t see so many youngsters. We have already had some impressive performances from players like Emile Smith-Rowe, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah, but is it now time to consider sending them out on loan to see if they can emulate Reiss Nelson’s exploits in the Bundesliga?
As the New Year fast approaches the Arsenal transfer rumours are starting to cme in thick and fast, and with the amount around today I’m all set to do a roundup….
It has been over six months since the Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny last appeared in a competitive match for us, but after a frustrating summer spent watching France win the World Cup without him, and then watching the rise of our new back line, he is now ready to come back as our leader.
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According to the Betfair Premier League odds at the start of the season, Arsenal were expected to achieve Champions League finish at best. Although we are only just over third of the way through the season, it seems like Unai Emery and his team are well on their way to meeting objectives.
Arsenal are in the middle of a gruelling run of fixtures at the moment, but our best players can have some respite on Thursday when we can play a completely rotated team against Qarabag in the Europa League. We have already qualified from the Group and a draw will guarantee we finish top but we really need to rest some players – as fatigue, injuries and suspensions are starting to make an impact on the squad.
A couple of years ago UEFA made the Champions League fairer by seeding clubs based on who were actually champions of their country. That avoided the bizarre scenario of the likes of Man City winning their domestic title but then being in pot 4 based on not having the European history of their rivals.
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.
Arsenal will face the Azerbaijani side Qarabag on Thursday in which should be little more than a training game for the Gunners, and we are likely to see lots of up and coming youth players getting a run out, but more importantly Emery must find some way to put out a strong defensive line-up for the trip to Southampton on Sunday to keep our unbeaten run going.