Former Manchester City defender Danny Mills claims that it is a major disadvantage for Arsenal to be playing the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals away from home. After having come back from a huge deficit against Rennes, Arsenal were disappointed to learn about facing Napoli in the next stage of the Europa League. Even though Napoli have not been as good in the 2018-19 campaign, the quality of the team certainly means that it is a difficult test for the Gunners. It has just been made to due to the scheduling of the second leg matches.
Arsenal were set to play the second leg at home at the Emirates Stadium. However, Chelsea also had a similar Europa League draw and they were up against Slavia Prague in the second leg tie at the Stamford Bridge. Since UEFA decided that it cannot have to London clubs playing on the same evening, it was decided to shift one of the ties are the other way around. As a result of Chelsea’s FA Cup success last season, the West London outfit took precedence in the draw and they were handed a second leg tie at home. Arsenal, meanwhile, will be playing the first leg at the Emirates and the second leg will be at the Stadio San Paolo.
Former Arsenal star Lee Dixon believes Mesut Ozil does not look hungry since signing a new contract during the backend of last season. The German footballer has been in-and-out of the starting lineup under Unai Emery during the current campaign and this has recently generated doubts regarding his long-term future with the club.
In a report covered by The Sun, Dixon has said that Ozil may have been affected following the contract extension last year, where he was made one of the highest-paid players in the division. He added that the midfielder’s performances have not been up to the mark and there has been an evident lack of hunger when compared to recent seasons.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that Mesut Ozil may be in a comfort zone at the Gunners after penning a new long-term deal last year. The former Germany international had been in a contract saga with the Gunners for the best part of 12 months but he managed to end the speculation by penning a fresh three-year deal 12 months ago.
However, this has not quite translated into consistent performances on the playing field and under Unai Emery this season, he has genuinely struggled for gametime. Speaking to Sportsmole, Wenger has said the length of the contract has nothing to do with the selection process and in Ozil’s case, he may have gone into a comfort zone after the contract extension.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has indicated that Denis Suarez has not joined the Gunners necessary to replace Mesut Ozil. The Spain international joined the north London side after a lengthy transfer saga on deadline day and he is scheduled to make his debut against former employers Manchester City this weekend.
Speaking to reporters, Emery was asked whether the arrival of Suarez could impact the position of Ozil but he replied in the negative by stating that the former was recruited to bolster the options in the wider areas, he said: “It’s no change for him. [Suarez] is coming here because we have a lot of problems on the wing, we haven’t got players to play right or left – that is the reason. He’s a player with quality and I think he can help us with his quality, and also his ambition to do something important here. It’s a good challenge for him to help us.”
The representative of Mesut Ozil has indicated that the midfielder has no intention of leaving Arsenal anytime soon. The German has been regularly linked with a potential departure from the Gunners amid his reduced gametime under Unai Emery but his agent Dr ErkutSogut has now dismissed the speculation.
Speaking to Goal.com, Sogut said that he does not like to speak on Ozil’s future in public but he has been made to have a say after the constant speculation surrounding the German footballer, he quipped: “I would prefer not to speak publicly about Mesut’s situation, but given the recent speculation linking him with a move away from Arsenal, I do feel it is important to provide some clarity so we can end this and focus on football.
France youth international Mateo Guendouzi has acknowledged that Paris Saint-Germain were among the top sides vying for his signature before he decided to sign for Arsenal. The teenager was a relatively unknown when the Gunners pursued him from Lorient in the previous transfer window but he has since become a genuine favourite among the club’s faithful.
Speaking to Canal Football Club, Guendouzi has admitted that there was the option of heading to Paris with Les Parisiens during the summer but the prospect of joining the Gunners under Unai Emery was hard to refuse, he said: “[Emery] was definitely a reason why I went. It was him who really wanted me to come to Arsenal. He is a very good manager, we have done very good results since the beginning of the season with him.
If Emmanuel Petit is to be believed, Arsene Wenger is not going to be away from the Football pitch for a very long time and he is going to return to the game in the capacity of a head coach again. Wenger currently doesn’t have work as he parted ways with Arsenal after more than two decades of service.
Petit worked under Wenger for only a couple of years at the Emirates Stadium before taking the transfer to Barcelona in 2000. However despite leaving the club, Petit remained in touch with the boss and developed a close friendship. Continue reading
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said that he is pleased with the performance of his team during Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw versus Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners had come into the game with a 13-match unbeaten run across all competitions and they managed to stay competent with the Reds for the entire 90 minutes.
Both teams had equal chances to find the scoresheet in the first period and it was James Milner who opened the scoring for the Reds before the hour mark after a slight misjudgement from goalkeeper Bernd Leno. Thereafter, the Gunners picked up pace to find the equaliser and they eventually levelled the scores in the final 10 minutes after a brilliant curling effort from Alexandre Lacazette shortly after beating Alisson Becker to the ball.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has indicated that he would like to assess the team’s performance on a game-by-game basis rather than speaking about a potential challenge for the Premier League title. The north Londoners began the season with back-to-back losses against Manchester City and Chelsea but they have since made a sublime recovery which sees them just two points behind the lead of the table.
Based on this, there have been some assumptions that the Gunners could compete for the Premier League crown but Emery has refused to get into such discussion by admitting his team are not the best at the moment, he said: “Each match is our focus. Our focus is Sunday. If you win or lose on Sunday, it’s a very different moment after.
Arsenal’s winning streak is now 10 games with the impressive victory over Leicester City. While the team still has defensive concerns, the unit is coherent and has formed a single block that could be dangerous to any team across the continent.
Despite how Unai Emery started with the Gunners setup, he has gone on to invigorate team spirit and raise hopes of a title this season. It is still very early, considering it’s the Premier League (which ends in May) but could Arsenal be a genuine title contender this term? Or at the very least, could a Top Four be a reality? Continue reading