The host Gunners entertains the visiting side Burnley in the return fixture of the Barclays Premier League with so much to expect as the big guns minus the main rival (Chelsea at the top of the Premier League summit) like Liverpool, City and Tottenham Hotspur while United needed a late goal from their Veteran skipper Wayne Rooney to draw United back in the game which was cagey at Britannia Stadium (Stoke City).
Granit Xhaka has only been at Arsenal for six months, but his English has improved greatly. He has even very quickly learned how to say the common cliches that footballers need to say before and after games. But his utterings yesterday make for interesting reading.
His idea is that the best way to beat teams like Burnley is “to score as early as possible and as many times as possible.” This is definitely a great tactic for Arsenal to have against every team we play lol.
I guess that Arsene Wenger is worried about the possibility of the Arsenal players expecting today’s Premier League match against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium to be a bit of a walkover with the Gunners filling our boots and scoring a bagful of goals just as we did last week away to Swansea City.
I am sure that the boss would love that to happen as well, and it might, but the Frenchman has warned the players that they cannot jjust go piling forwards looking to score, because the Clarets are no mugs and under Sean Dyche they have proved themselves well cap[able of defending stoutly and also launching dangerous counter attacks at the other end, also reminding his team that we were well tested at Turf Moor and lucky to get all three points after Koscielny’s late winner.
‘They pay top dollar those Arsenal fans. When you’re paying that kind of money you have to be watching world class footballers at the club. You can’t just have two – you should have five and six in my opinion.’
SWANSEA CITY 0-4 ARSENAL: WHAT THE STATS ARE SAYING AS REGARDS TO ARSENAL’S VICTORY OVER SWANSEA.
Arsenal defeated Swansea City 4-0 in South Wales, a venue not familiar with good stories for the Gunners but the visitors went, saw and conquered the hosts (Swansea City) eliminating every form of fear regarding the Swansea fixture.
The likes of Wayne Routledge tried some stuff in midfield but with the superlative form of Alex Iwobi and passing instrument Granit Xhaka, Arsenal were able to scale the hurdle in an emphatic fashion. With the win and the brilliant performance against Swansea we take a look at the match statistics from the game.
Do Arsenal need a new mascot?
Most football fan will recognise Gunnersaurus as the timid larger-than-life dinosaur who has been with the gunners since 1994. Truth be said, there are a considerable amount of mascots out there who are deemed a whole lot more entertaining and worthwhile than this lovable giant. All you need to do is have a look at the infographic of the best mascots of all time to see that there are more eccentric mascots in the world, but it’s not always about exciting the fans and causing controversy, the meaning of the mascot is the reason why Arsenal shouldn’t change their big green character.
As soon as the Arsenal and France centre forward had scored in the 37th minute against Swansea City today at the Liberty Stadium the big striker was signalling to the bench that he needed to be subbed off as he had clearly picked up a knock.
Arsene Wenger did react and seemed about to replace him with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but then not only did he change his mind and leave Giroud on for the rest of the first half, he put him out again after the break and it was not until the hour mark that the Frenchman was finally hauled off.
I hope that it works out for Arsenal in our must win away game against Swansea City today, and with a strong Arsenal team including big players like Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Laurent Koscielny, Mustafi and Cech you would think that the right back position should not have too much effect on the outcome.
But it just shows how well young Hector Bellerin has been playing that a lot of Arsenal fans are worried about how well the side will cope without him in Wales today. One of the biggest parts of Bellerin’s game is the attacking side and the way he gets forward to assist and create overlaps with whoever is playing on that right flank.
It may seem a bit harsh on the France international forward, especially after the recent late goal heroics against Bournemouth and Preston North End as well as that stunning scorpion kick goal against Crystal Palace, but I would not be at all surprised to see Olivier Giroud back on the Arsenal bench for the Premier League game today.
We may be up against a side that is only being kept off the bottom of the table by Hull City, but the match against Swansea City is at the Liberty Stadium where the vocal home support can make a big difference and they also have a new manager in Paul Clement which can also change the fortunes of a team, especially in the first few games.
The Gunners will be travelling to South Wales to lock horns with the relegation threatened Swansea City side who had already fired two managers notably Bob Bradley in just few games in charge in an attempt to crawl out of the danger zone following a run of poor performances in the Premier League this season.
The visitors also are not having the best of time as they picked up 7 points out of a possible 12, dropping 5 points all during the Christmas period as the London side found themselves out of the top four (fifth position on the league log) following a 3-3 comeback draw with Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth side at home.