Odds on Arsenal Making the Champions League Next Season
Arsenal were always famous for bringing youngsters through the youth system to become first team players, as Arsenal Wenger once said: “We don’t buy stars, we make them.” Well one youngster that was extremely promising a few years ago was Chuba Akpom, who had incredible goalscoring figures at every level of Arsenal’s youth set-up.
Cheer Up We Have made Progress! by AndersS
It is rather depressing reading most of the posts and comments here lately. The only positive thing to say about them is, they mostly say the same, so you don’t have to read all of them very carefully:
As we are all well aware, Petr Cech has announced that he is retiring at the end of the season, but now it seems that the man who was his perpetual backup for all these years is now going to return as backup to Bernd Leno.
‘One man and his club.’
The acid asset strip.
“Blackpool football club has been put into receivership by the High Court. The club has been put into receivership so it can be sold and the proceeds used to pay off some of the £22m owed by the owners, the Oyston family, to the Latvian banker Valeri Belokon. Owen Oyston, the 85-year-old owner of the club, was ordered to buy Mr Velokon out for £31.27m.”
Arsenal signed a cracking youngster in Matteo Guendouzi for just 7million GBP from Lorient last summer, but there is now an emerging possibility that the Gunners could allow him to return to France with the Champions PSG, which is where he started his youth career.
There is no doubt that Unai Emery’s honeymoon period as Arsenal manager has come to an abrupt end with Thursday’s depressing defeat in Belarus. The Spaniard has been tinkering with the players and formations ever since he arrived and he still hasn’t got a cohesive unit that looks like they know what they are doing. The ending of Ramsey’s contract negotiations and the even more public spat with Mesut Ozil has not helped matters, with the German making it clear that he was going to stick to his contract at the Emirates.
Unai Emery was defiant in the face of criticism after the Gunners were humbled by BATE in Belarus against a team that hadn’t played competitively for two months. The Spaniard yet again left Ozil out completely and he defended his team selection after the game. “Last week we won and we played with the same players,” he said. “For me today there was no difference to the performance. We deserved to win but didn’t get the result.”