It is that time of the year, the domestic season is over and transfer speculation steps up a gear, especially for a top six English Premier League side like Arsenal.
Of all the controversies about the host city for the Europa League, the most serious issue is the safety of Henrikh Mikhitaryan. Nothing is more important then someone’s wellbeing, not how many tickets have been sold, not how many days it takes to get to Baku, not the fact that some fans might have to accept watching the final on television.
It is probable that Unai Emery will select Petr Cech as the Arsenal starting goalkeeper against Chelsea in the Europa League final in ten days time in Baku, Azerbaijan but is it the right decision?
I do not think it is, I am of the opinion that you choose your best possible team in a match that is as critical as they come.
Arsenal still have one game left this season, the Europa League final against Chelsea in ten days time, and so it can be argued that these ratings are one game too early to be released but for me, this is the perfect time because you can judge who deserves to be in the starting line up based on their performances this season.
There has been much discussion about whether Arsenal’s highest-paid player still has a job to do for the club in his preferred position of playmaker in the Number Ten role, so I have decided to dig in to the changes in his stats for the last six seasons at the club, so that everyone can decide for themselves if he is still an asset to the Gunners.
If Arsenal does not start to put more trust in their academy players then do not be surprised if we don’t progress next season no matter how much we spend on new players.
FIFA used to be the biggest laughing stock in football and may well still hold that title but UEFA is doing everything in their power to overtake football’s supreme authority for incompetence and stupidity.
Arsenal is expecting UEFA to give an update sometime today with regards to the sort of security planned for Henrikh Mkhitaryan ahead of the Europa League final in Baku.
The club wants assurances that Mkhitaryan’s safety is guaranteed due to the political tensions between his home nation of Armenia and the hosts of the Europa League final, Azerbaijan.