Everyone has been calling for Arsenal to buy a new right-back all season after Stephan Lichtsteiner failed to live up to expectations and then Hector Bellerin was cruelly injured, leaving the Gunners with no confirmed right-back left in the squad. But Emery then turned to Arsene Wenger’s Mr Versatile and made Ainsley Maitland-Niles into a definitive right-back whereas before he was just considered to be a makeshift solution.
Reports have circulated that Unai Emery has already decided not to make Denis Suarez’s loan move permanent. In truth the fact Arsenal were willing to pull out of negotiations if Barcelona made a transfer compulsory not optional should have told the player he was nothing more than a body to fill the squad, without our owner having to spend money.
The Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil was hounded by the German press before the World Cup because he was snapped with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and then he was blamed for the Germans’ awful showing at the big competition. That argument ran and ran right into the new season, and it looks like the fury of the German media gas been reignited once again.
Talk Sport have a reputation for being very anti Arsenal. They got a bit desperate the last few days though. With nothing fresh to beat us over the heads with, they resorted to criticising Aubameyang’s recent celebration. “What’s more pathetic then a grown man looking for his mask?” they ask.
There is no rule set by UEFA to stop David Ospina from playing against Arsenal in the Europa League, it depends on the agreement he has with his parent club. Knowing how we are managed off the field at times, it would be like Arsenal not to have given the situation any thought. If the Colombian asks the question though, it should be quite a straightforward answer.
The Ramsey Replacement? by Midkemma
I think we have all seen the value of Ramsey in the last couple games, his partnership alongside Xhaka has flourished under Emery when we play with a back three, the real value has been seen in consistently playing attractive attacking football. Okay, I say consistently, it hasn’t been a run of games to remove doubt, but I do think that what we have seen has been very impressive.
The on-loan Arsenal keeper David Ospina was injured in a collision while playing for Napoli against Udinese, but in spite of a cut to his head he carried on playing until he collapsed and was rushed to hospital.
Thus is how it was reported by Reuters….
So we have been paired with Napoli for the quarter-finals of the Europa League, and it is probably the toughest opponent we could have got other than Chelsea. Here are the dates of the two legs….
Arsenal v Napoli
Thursday, April 11