Category Archives: Arsenal previews

Confirmed Arsenal team for trip to Huddersfield – Star man misses out

The Arsenal team has finally been confirmed for the trip up north, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ruled out as touted.

The Gabon international is claimed to be suffering with an illness, as announced by Unai Emery on Thursday, and he has failed to be named in the final 18 man match-day squad today.

Mkhitaryan return to put even more pressure on Ozil?

Mesut Ozil is finding it very hard to get a start in Emery’s first team at the moment with the boss seeming to think that he simply doesn’t fit into his system. The arrival last week of Denis Suarez could have pushed Ozil even further from Emery’s plans as the boss is desperate to use a winger. But now today we have the injury news from Arsenal and the boss now has yet another option.

Dan’s Week26 EPL Predictions – Nervy Arsenal to finally get an away win?

As I write this, police have confirmed they have found the body of Emiliano Sala. For a couple of weeks, we feared the worst but clung to the small percentage of hope. Not knowing must have made it agonising for his family who at least now can grieve. Earlier in the week I was disgusted with the news that Nantes and Cardiff were rowing over payments/insurance, etc. All of that can wait, and I hope in light of this breaking news the clubs can put the issue of money on the back burner.

Arsenal need to be calm and confident at Huddersfield (especially the defence)

The Gunners desperately need to drag themselves out of our disastrous run of away games, which has seen Arsenal get just one point out of our last five games on the road.

Arsenal’s fight for the Top Four – Let’s look at the positives and negatives

It’s not all doom and gloom for Arsenal 

by Ankoanko

While I agree with most of us that we are not at our desired position right now, but let me ask you, if at the beginning of the season someone offered us to be just 3 points off the top four in February am sure most of us would have taken it, considering we were entering an unknown territory under a new manager with zero Premier league experience.
Well for now everyone’s favorite top four candidate is Man Utd, a team on form after firing their manager a couple of months ago. I know some of us are asking why are we not like Man Utd? I will be quick to remind you that we also went through that period where we wend 22 matches unbeaten. Plus the Man Utd team has a great potential in all positions, but we will see one thing we have in common with them later in the article.
Now we all know that Arsenal was a team going in the wrong direction with our previous manager, and we can all agree with that. But with a new manager, we had a shouting chance of change, and the team is slowly, but steadily moving in the right direction now. But there are somethings that needs to be looked at right now of we are to make an even better season.
The negatives
Negative football and poor team selection
Unai has been questioned several times over his team selection in the last few weeks and rightfully so, and he needs to very quickly learn from this otherwise it may get worse than it already is. A look at how Man Utd have improved as a team in the last 6-7 weeks, there are some things we have in common, but they seem to have solved some of their issues, they couldn’t score enough goals and not stop letting in enough on the other end. But ever since they took in Ole, their attack has improved incredibly and their defense too. But what is the secret?
Man Utd didn’t need to dig deep in the transfer window, they just changed the team attitude. Mourinho and Emery had two things in common, defensive philosophy and frustrating the big name players in the process, we all know how that ended. I am not saying Ozil is Pogba, but you can’t play defensive football expecting your attacking players to shine. Put Messi in Atletico and you will not be seeing the same Messi. But a change in philosophy has actually changed man Utd fortunes in both attack and defense.
Yes Man Utd have better players compared to us in both attack and defense, but they were conceding more goals than us when they were playing defensive tactics. Emery can’t put in 5 defenders and sometimes 3 defensive midfielders and expect to trouble a Man City team with only 3 defenders and two defensive midfielders. Even teams with less quality will always feel confident attacking us knowing they have nothing much to worry about from our attacks.
Again, how do you play two of the most lethal strikers in the Premier League and deny them creativity? We need to attack more and we will actually concede less. We didn’t necessarily need to dig in to the January transfer to improve, just sort out our attitude.
 We will be facing only Tottenham and Man Utd in our last 14 games, and they actually aren’t that far away, if we sort out our away form, then we have what it takes to win up to 12-13 of our last 14 games. Yes we have tricky fixtures against Wolves, Everton and Leicester City, but with a squad full of confidence we can win these games and others. If we can beat Man Utd at home next month I am sure we will be making top four. Why? Because the rest of our top four rivals face more big teams.
Man Utd still have us, Chelsea, City, and Liverpool to contend with. Chelsea have City, Spurs, Liverpool and Utd to contend with. Are you seeing what am seeing? We only need to try to maintain our point difference between us and them this month, which has traditionally been hard for us. Speaking of traditions, we usually end up having a very strong run in, and a fixture of almost 9 teams not being in the top 6 only adds to it.
I have a strong feeling that we may actually make top four but Emery needs to sort his defensive tactics sooner rather than later.
That’s it for me today,
 Muha Ankoanko Al~wattan.

There is now enormous pressure on Arsenal to win at Huddersfield

After Emery’s honeymoon period as Wenger’s replacement, when we saw Arsenal go on an amazing 22-game unbeaten run, things have now gone swiftly downhill, especially away from home. After our first unlucky away defeat at Chelsea we went six games without a loss on the road, but now we are in the opposite position of not having any wins at all in our last six.

Be rational please, Arsenal are still well on course for a Top Four slot

I can never understand the pessimism of Arsenal fans, they are eternal and believe we will lose every game, and even when we win it is not good enough. We lost yesterday at Manchester City and suddenly we are rubbish and the manager knows absolutely nothing about playing football. Come on. Get a grip.

Confirmed Arsenal team for huge Man City task

Unai Emery appears to have opted to alter his formation for the big game today, with five defenders named in the line-up.

I could be wrong looking at the team-sheet, as Sead Kolasinac could well be fielded in a more advanced role, with Monreal at left-back in a back four, but this screams of a back five, with two holding midfielders.