Saka may have had an off day against Fulham but he’s still POTS

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are in a league of their own when they are at their best. They were charged up after seeing their main nemesis, Manchester City, win on Saturday night and just had to  overcome Fulham on Sunday afternoon at Craven Cottage.

The Gunners dominated the game from minutes 1 to 90, from the start until the end. Arsenal deserved to win this weekend because they were the best team on the pitch. Of the players who shined for Arsenal this weekend, Trossard came out on top, but Odegaard was also a revelation.

Bukayo Saka didn’t shine this weekend even though he was lauded on Sky Sports punditry (as quoted by Team Talk) before the game by Floyd Hasselbaink, who said, “Bukayo for me is player of the season. He has done so well.” and Jamie Redknapp, who said, “There is nobody who can do what he can do. Brilliant matchup today. Bukayo has been a revelation this season.”

Looking at Saka’s game this weekend, I don’t know about it, but he didn’t look fresh. Many believe he should have been rested against Sporting Lisbon last Thursday, but it is obvious that Arteta relies on him, and he is correct to do so. Saka has 10 goals and 9 assists in 29 appearances so far this season.

But what has occurred is history, and one bad afternoon will not change the reality that Saka could be crowned player of the season.

After years of trying, Arsenal have a once in a lifetime chance to lift the Premier League. The stars seem to have aligned for Arteta and his boys to clinch the PL title; they are top of the PL with 63 points and have a 5-point lead over second-placed Manchester City. From now until the last game of the league, it is 13 games. The fixtures are favorable, and if they can be as good as they have been in the last 3 games, what stops them from walking away as winners?
Manchester City legend Wayne Bridge isn’t pleased about Arsenal’s fortunes, and he predicts Arsenal will fail to lift the PL title. In fact, Bridge feels that he isn’t the only one who knows Arsenal will fail to lift the 2022-23 PL title, as he says deep down Gooners know they will not manage to lift the league title.
“I think Manchester City will do it and get the title,” Bridge told JOE’s YouTube channel.
“Everyone is waiting for Arsenal to slip up – I think even their fans know they’re going to slip up at some point.
“For me, that’s what will happen and I can just see Man City pouncing.”
Anyway, even if Bridge’s comments are just comments, we can’t take that away from him. Any Gooner who doesn’t believe in Arsenal being favorites to lift the PL title isn’t worthy to be a Gooner.
Arteta in his pre-Bournemouth presser admitted that he isn’t focused on his opponents; all he cares about is what his team can control, and that is the way forward. He via said, “There are no messages to the opponents. There are just messages to our players to continue doing the same [but] better every single day and that’s the only discussion that we are having among the squad.”
Whatever Arteta is saying, it seems to be working!

Man City legend was wrong to predict Arsenal’s consistency

When Arsenal found themselves at the top of the league standings in the first half of the season, many predicted that they would fall from that position. Sergio Kun Aguero, a Manchester City icon, even believed he knew when Arsenal would fall from first place. The Premier League legend claimed that injuries would see Arsenal slip from first place. He said that with significant injuries, they would become inconsistent.

Aguero stated at the time as per the Mirror, “We’re on the first stage of a Premier League that will be different from many others—by and large because we’ll have a World Cup in the middle of it. That makes it harder to foresee how it’ll turn out.

“Consistency is the name of the game to win the title, and the missing piece is knowing in what condition each player will rejoin their clubs after the World Cup. Arsenal will probably be one of those teams but surely not the only one.”

It’s safe to say Arsenal haven’t suffered much without Gabriel Jesus, who hasn’t hit a ball since the World Cup due to injury. Nketiah has attempted to fill his void, but Arsenal have won games without the Brazilian, which many questioned they would. Even the recent injury to Thomas Partey hasn’t deterred Arsenal; Jorginho’s acquisition has essentially replaced the Arsenal number six; Arsenal defeated Aston Villa without Partey.

Arsenal have been on another level this season, and as ironic as it may appear, all of the criticism has only served to drive them on further.

Man City star refuses to concede title to Arsenal despite Tottenham defeat

Rodri warned Arsenal a few days ago that Manchester City have Haaland, a goal-scoring machine who almost always guarantees them three points whenever they play in the Premier League. Contrary to Rodri’s claims, Haaland was helpless against Tottenham Hotspurs; he did not assist the Cityzens in securing their first win at Tottenham Stadium in the five games they have played there.

If you thought that was the end of Manchester City’s threats towards Arsenal in the Premier League title race, think again. Kyle Walker has issued another warning to Arsenal in their quest to win the Premier League.

“Of course it is [a missed opportunity],” the England international said on Sky Sports following City’s defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. “They dropped points, and we needed to pick up points to close the gap, but there is still a lot of football to be played.

“I have been here many, many years in the Premier League, and I know the twists and turns that can happen. I know what this team is about. I know what this team can do. We can go on runs from now until the end of the season, and it’s just about us doing that really.”

Hearing Walker’s claims, it’s clear that Arsenal simply needs to match or outperform Manchester City. After 18 years, Arsenal has the best chance of repeating as Premier League champions, but will they pull it off?


Could PSG turn the heads of Saliba and Martinelli?

Arsenal has been the team to watch this season. Arteta has found a way to get the most out of his team, and the Arsenal players are gradually revealing their true colours to the rest of the world. This is great news for Arsenal fans, but it has a negative impact on Arteta’s project because Arsenal’s “dependables” have begun to attract suitors from all over Europe.

According to Media Foot, Ligue 1 powerhouse PSG has identified Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba as two Gunners they want this winter transfer window. Anyone who has seen William Saliba and Gabriel Martinelli play could write a book about their brilliance.

Saliba has made Arsenal’s defence a fortress, while Martinelli has made the left wing his own; there have even been claims that Mykhailo Mudryk would have been able to bench the Brazilian.

Yes, the duo has improved, and PSG will be justified in wanting them; these two possess the ability to transform a team. Given the apparent progress of Arteta’s project, it is unlikely that anyone would want to leave Arsenal, at least for the time being.

The only issue that could jeopardise Saliba and Martinelli’s long-term future at Arsenal if PSG’s advances this month fail as they should is that their contracts expire in 2024, which means Arsenal may be forced to offer bumper deals to the duo sooner rather than later, or PSG will keep coming back with sweeteners for the duo.

Gary Neville has made himself look silly with his Arsenal comments

Believe Any Other Claim, But Not That The Gunners Aren’t The Team To Beat For The PL Title

Imagine there is someone who still believes Arsenal will not win the Premier League title. That person has to be Gary Neville’s friend. After watching United go nine games unbeaten last weekend after beating Manchester City, the Manchester legend believes United will finish ahead of Arsenal.

“No. But I said Leicester wouldn’t win the league,” Neville said when asked on Sky Sports if he thought Arsenal would win the title. “They won’t win the league. Manchester City will win the league, and I think Man Utd will finish second, and I know that will annoy Arsenal fans!”

Many Arsenal fans were not comfortable with Neville’s claims, and luckily for them, Arsenal legend Bacary Sagna has blasted Neville’s claims, revealing why the Premier League champion will be coming from North London this time around. “That’s his [Neville’s] opinion. He has his own point of view, but there is a difference between his point of view and what I believe will become reality. This season, Arsenal have been the best and most consistent team. Manchester United and Manchester City have two important games coming up,” said Sagna on FindMyCasino, in response to Neville’s claims.

“I don’t see United finishing in front of Arsenal. They have improved, but Arsenal are better and have been the best team all season—Pep Guardiola will agree with that! He’s been saying they are difficult to catch, and they will be. This weekend Arsenal have an important game and again they will have to show that they’re strong, but I’m not worried about that.”

Bottom line, as a Gunner, you must be aware that much will be said, and some may even argue that Liverpool is still in the title race. However, at the end of the day, statistics are all that matter. Arsenal leads in every statistic that can propel a team to victory in the league. After 18 games, Arsenal have 47 points, which is 8 points more than Manchester City (before their Spurs match) and 9 points more than Manchester United (before their midweek Crystal Palace match). While Manchester City has a goal machine in Erling Haaland, who has already scored 21 goals, they have only scored 4 goals more than Arsenal this season with 46 goals. Imagine if Haaland was at Arsenal.

Anyway, comparing Manchester United’s inferior goals to Arsenal is a joke. Arsenal’s defence has also demonstrated its tenacity, with Manchester City conceding four more goals and Manchester United conceding seven more than Arsenal. This Arsenal team is simply superior to the two Manchester sides tipped to trouble them, to the point where if Arteta’s boys can be better or match the performances of these two in the remaining league games, there is no way Guardiola and Ten Hag will steal the 2022-23 Premier League title under Arteta’s nose.

Juventus need to give up on trying to sign Gabriel Magalhaes

Can you name any of Arteta’s Arsenal starting eleven who would be willing to walk away from their current successful run in the Premier League?

Arsenal is having their best league run ever, having just collected their 15th league win of the season after defeating their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs 2-0 this weekend. Arsenal now comfortably leads the Premier League table with 47 points, eight points ahead of second-placed Manchester City. Arteta’s Arsenal project is finally paying off.

So, can any Gunner be “turned” to abandon his good fortune at the Emirates? Juventus, according to CMW, believes they can persuade Gabriel Magalhaes to join their project.

Gabriel is well-liked by the Serie A giants. There was talk a few days ago that they might offer Dusan Vlahovic to Arsenal in exchange for the Arsenal player.

Now, according to CMW, Juve’s new board will take over on Thursday, after which they will attempt to make a headline defensive swoop, with Gabriel being targeted as this defender.

It remains to be seen whether a large bid for Gabriel will be made in the coming days. But if it happens, it will be perplexing if Arteta allows his defensive beast to leave months after signing a new contract.

Liverpool may want Saka – but “I know is not going to happen”

Liverpool has attempted to make some impactful attacking signings this season, bringing in Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo, but as seen against Brighton this weekend and the games before, these attacking deals have not resulted in any success for the Reds.

The Liverpool legend Jose Enrique has suggested that Jurgen Klopp make a move for Arsenal star Bukayo Saka, a player who could help his attack. Jose Enrique spoke of Saka prior to the North London Derby, where he reacted to a tweet by Stadium Astro, which said,

“Bukayo Saka has been instrumental to the success of the Gunners this season and he will surely play a big role in the derby.”

Enrique’s response to that tweet was, “What a player will love him at LFC even if I know is not going to happen but love him.”

It should be reassuring to Gooners that their Premier League rivals are hoping Saka is their player. Although Saka has been delivering for the Gunners since his debut, it is this season that he has really had to show what he is all about.

In the Premier League, he has not only terrorised left backs, but he is now delivering in front of goal, with 6 goals and 7 assists in 18 league games. He has been undroppable at right wing.

On the other hand, at the national team, he has already established himself as England’s right wing.

Although his suitors may be able to steal him due to his contract situation (his current deal expires in 2024), it is likely that other than winning the PL title this season, Saka may gift Arsenal fans his allegiance by extending his Arsenal contract.

Should Arsenal take a chance on Eden Hazard?

If you regularly read the various Arsenal transfer gossip columns, you should be aware that Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to the Emirates. Hazard made his prolific move to Real Madrid in 2019, hoping to transfer his Premier League dominance to La Liga. Unfortunately, after about three years in the Spanish League, the former Blue has failed to find his magic, even though injuries have played a part in this.

According to reports, he may be allowed to leave Santiago Barnebeau, and Arsenal is said to have approached the La Liga club about the possibility of signing him. So, realistically, the question is whether Mikel Arteta’s move for Hazard makes sense. Janusz Michallik believes it does; in fact, the US football pundit believes Arteta will shock the world with that swoop because he believes he can save the Belgian’s football career one last time.

“Would he be coming for almost free,” asked Michallik. “Real Madrid would be really happy to get rid of him rather cheaply.

“Part of me thinks if there was a coach (who could get the best out of him), then Mikel Arteta. I mean, he was the best in the Premier League once or twice.

“No indications, but if it wasn’t too costly, then why not?! Experience. What’s there to lose? You could always get rid of him (if it goes wrong).

“It’s highly unlikely, but Mikel Arteta strikes me as a manager that would like this project. To see if he can revive what we saw once in Eden Hazard. Remember there was a season when he was unplayable in the Premier League.”

Can Hazard return to the Premier League and reinvent himself, or is that a risk Arteta should avoid?

Should Arsenal try again to sign Tammy Abraham?

Arsenal, like last summer, is in need of a striker this winter transfer window. After the 2021-22 season, where Arsenal bottled a clear chance to finish in the top 4, one thing was clear: Their inability to outscore some of their opponents saw them fail to “kill off games”.

Signing a striker was the only way they could improve for the 2022–23 season, and Arteta just did that by paying £45 million to Manchester City for Gabriel Jesus. There’s no denying how influential Jesus has been in Arteta’s attack. When he was fit, Arsenal’s attack became dangerous because if he isn’t scoring, he is assisting, and if he isn’t assisting, he is creating chances.

Anyway, Arsenal will be without him for the upcoming games and will need to find a replacement. So, who should they seek to replace Jesus with? Tammy Abraham has firmly entered the running to cover for the injured Jesus, according to la Reppublica, as translated by Roma Press, after the Gunners inquired about him.

Abraham turned down a move to Arsenal in 2021 to join AS Roma. He went on to become a big hit in Serie A, scoring 17 goals in 37 games last season. His stats last season saw him made “untouchable” as far as the transfer window is concerned; however, his poor form this term, where he has 3 goals in 16 games, has made him “sellable” now.

Arsenal wants to sign him and give him a chance to re-establish himself in the English football scene. Roma wants to sell him.

We’ll have to wait and see if a move for Abraham is fully pursued, but the former Blue has three years left on his contract.