Arsenal-Tottenham combined XI makes grim reading for Gooners

I have been thinking about which Arsenal players might actually get into an Arsenal/Tottenham combined XI on this season’s form, and it looks like I have found a reliable source to give me the answers.

Whoscored.com are a respected stats and rating website, which has given their average rating for all players this season, as long as they have played at least ten games, and this is their verdict on our combined XI….

I am sure we all expected Bukayo Saka to be in the frame, but it would appear that our only other consistent performer this season has been Gabriel Magalhaes in defence, and he hasn’t even played in any of Arsenal’s last three League games!

Our big sumer signing Thomas Partey doesn’t make it due to the 10-game rule, and of course none of our strikers can compare in form to Tottenham’s Son, Kane and Bale.

Even Kieran Tierney, who has had some brilliant performances for the Gunners this year, loses out to Sergio Reguilon.

So, do you think that any other Arsenal players deserve to be included in this combined XI?

Should Arsenal even be travelling to Austria?

Are Arsenal endangering themselves by traveling to Austria?

The Sun has reported that a Rapid Vienna player has recently tested positive for coronavirus and although the player who is unnamed is isolating at home. we are still expected to travel to play as there is no risk posed to anyone else.

Although it has been revealed that “Routine tests uncovered a single case of coronavirus with additional checks set to take place ahead of Thursday’s game.” what I fail to understand is that if the player has already tested positive, it won’t take two days to get out of his system will it! And so, Arsenal are still expected to travel to Austria and are still expected to take part in the game even though he has more than likely come into close contact with his teammates.

This again defeats the object of close contact and no risk of contracting the virus because if the play is a first teamer and has tested positive then surely he will have given his teammates a bigger risk of catching the virus when he came into close contact with them right?

Not going ahead with the game will surely add to our already congested fixture list going into the winter period but surely it is better to be safe than sorry and surely it isn’t worth risking all of our players and staff contracting the virus just for the sake of getting the game done and dusted.

How this decision is logical and fair is beyond me. I am sure that if it was an Arsenal player that contracted the virus and tested positive (god forbid) the whole of the opponent’s team would refuse to play let alone travel. Arteta tested positive back in March and the whole league was put on hold, and as cases are rising surely the most logical thing to do would be to postpone the game and play at a more safer date when all players have negative results. Just a thought, hey Gooners?

 

Shenel Osman

With five fit central defenders, Arsenal are good to go!

Hello Gooners. How do you do?

The good news I heard today is that Mustafi and Soares are back in training. I am so excited about this news because it means we can now concentrate on building our defence for now and for the future. With five fit central defenders, we can now enjoy the luxury of choosing our most inform players. Mustafi most especially, is why I am so happy. He has been playing so well in recent games and I feared a lengthy lay off caused by injury, may derail his good form.

A team without a good defence is not a team. Such a team will concede cheap goals and lose vital points. Great teams of yore succeeded with the help of a solid defence line. At Arsenal, we have been struggling with our defence for a while now; but with Arteta’s arrival, the team is starting to play like a good defensive unit, which is such a good thing. However with the availability of five fit central defenders, Arteta can have the right players to call to play defence. No more using midfielders as defenders, as he would have more than enough players to choose from. If Arteta can bring out the best in all the defenders at his disposal this season, we may not be in desperate need of defensive reinforcement next summer.

Arteta’s obvious choice against West Ham will be Mustafi pairing Luiz at the back but in case he may wish to tinker with his choice of players and try other players, he would have Mari, Sokratis and Holdings to choose from. Any of these players can do a good job if called upon because they are good defenders who just need the motivation to play with all hearts. Who can remember how Holdings was our most inform defender sometime last season? If he was that good then, he can still be good again; all he needs is regular play time and self believe. His long injury lay off may affect his game as expected, but with regular playing time and adequate and healthy training, he will be back. If the manager feels Mustafi is not ready yet to play against the Hammers, he may just decide to make use of Holdings or even Pablo Mari.

From all indications, our players are starting to come back from injuries and with their presence, the team can be competitive again and push themselves to succeed. We are Arsenal and we are proud.

Sylvester Kwentua

It’s about time Arsenal beat Crystal Palace – Let’s do it today

Another 3 points today will be good by Lagos Gooner

Hello Arsenal family. Today is another match day and we are looking forward to another Premiership victory against Crystal Palace, to further aid our movement up the table. So, here we are as Arsenal fans, waiting patiently for another 3 points. I smell confidence in the air.

Last season we played Crystal Palace in the Premier league twice, drawing one and losing one at home. Crystal Palace in the last two or more seasons ago, have been difficult opponents for big clubs to beat. Last season, they beat Manchester City at the Etihad and beat Arsenal at the Emirates to confirm their Premiership survival. This season, Arsenal played them in October and drew 2-2 to them. We have found it not easy playing Crystal Palace recently, and when we consider how poor we have been away, it won’t be out of place to nurse negative thoughts in your mind.

However, there is one thing I have learnt in football, and that is never to predict the scores of a game based on previous games. Football is dynamic; things change rapidly in football and a defeat against a team today does not mean another victory for the team tomorrow. Yes we are going to be playing them away, but who says we can’t beat them in front of their fans? We have beaten them in the past in front of their own fans, and it won’t be new if we do so again. What we need at this time is to be positive and play them like we are out to devour them.

They have big, physical players who can trouble any defence at will, but then we always have big players who can also be physical if properly motivated too. The players need to realize that Arsenal has lost a lot and need to start recovering lost points and move us further up the league table. During Emery’s time at Arsenal, we played so poorly anytime we played away and as expected, many fans lost the believe in the team to win a game away from the Emirates. However, with the renewed spirit and passion in the team right now, there is nothing stopping us from acquiring the full three points against Crystal Palace. We are Arsenal and we are proud.

Sylvester Kwentua

Arsenal should not be scared of any team in the Europa League


It is with great worry I write this; I am worried because a lots of Arsenal fans around me are scared that we may be paired against Ajax or Inter-Milan in the forthcoming rounds of the Europa League. They feel we don’t stand a chance against any of these teams in Europe.

Now, I have a question to ask; do we think these teams are also not scared of playing us? Do we think they will feel like we are a bonus to them? A team like Ajax may have young and exciting footballers but then we also have young and exciting players, in addition to world class strikers. A team with players like Aubameyang, Pepe, Lacazette and Martinelli, should strike fear into the hearts of any football team. Now, why should we be scared of playing them, when they should be the one scared of playing us?

I keep telling people that Arsenal has no business playing in the Europa league, but since we find ourselves playing there right now, then we should be the number one team in that competition. Our last two seasons in this competition has been two seasons of constant progress; we got to the semi finals in our first outing, got to the final in our second outing. This season, we should be aiming to lift the trophy and get done with playing in this competition for good.

I remember how people got scared when we were to play Napoli and Valencia last season. We all know how those games ended; we won against those teams like they were nothing. Yes, we are Arsenal and we play and win the interesting way. Should we be scared of meeting Ajax at any time? No! Should we be scared of meeting Inter-Milan? No! Then who should we be scared of playing against? Nobody!

I still can’t explain how we lost so woefully to Chelsea in the final of the Europa last season. We had no business losing to Chelsea, we needed that game more than them; they had already qualified for the Champions league by virtue of their league position while we had not. We lost the opportunity to announce ourselves as big boys in Europe then, this season should be different. This season we are going for the trophy and no team is stopping us. We are Arsenal and we are proud!

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Arsenal set for tough September schedule in the Premier League

September could be an informative month for Arsenal as they aim to prove they are genuine challengers for this season’s Premier League title.

The Gunners started the campaign with victories over Newcastle United and Burnley to spark talk that they can get themselves into the mix this term.

The latest football betting odds have Arsenal hovering around the 33/1 mark to claim the trophy, but a strong run of results in September would see that price come tumbling down.

Arsenal kick-off the month with a potential blockbuster as they go head-to-head with Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.

Spurs have started the new campaign impressively, winning 3-1 at home to Aston Villa before picking up a 2-2 draw at Manchester City.

However, their recent league record at the Emirates is poor, with Arsenal racking up an eight-game unbeaten run.

Unai Emery’s side were excellent in last season’s corresponding fixture, as goals by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2), Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira sealed a 4-2 victory.

Games between these two sides are rarely dull and Arsenal are fancied to edge what could be another high-scoring encounter.

Arsenal return to action after the international break with a tricky-looking trip to face Watford on September 15.

The Hornets lost their first two games of the season against Brighton & Hove Albion and Everton, but they are expected to be a top-half team this season.

Arsenal triumphed 1-0 on their last visit to Vicarage Road back in April and will fancy their chances of picking up another three points from this one.

Newly-promoted Aston Villa are next on the agenda the following Saturday and this should be a banker home victory for the Gunners.

In addition to their defeat at Spurs, the Midlands club have also lost against Bournemouth this term and are struggling to get to grips with the Premier League.

Arsenal have reeled off six wins in a row against Villa in all competitions and are strongly fancied expected to make it seven here.

The North London outfit complete their September schedule with a visit to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on the final day of the month.

The Red Devils have looked much-improved this season, thumping Chelsea 4-0 before recording a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Arsenal took four points off United in 2018/19, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side appear to have stepped things up this term and could be a tough nut to crack.

Having started the season with a pair of wins, an 8-10 point return from their September fixtures would represent a decent return for Arsenal and set them up nicely for the rest of the campaign.

Three early predictions for the Watford v Arsenal match

I have been doing very well with my predictions in recent weeks, I called the correct score 2-0 in the win over Napoli here and also called it right here when I said Arsenal would win by two goals against the Italians, in fact, I also suggested you back Arsenal at 5/1 to win the Europa League outright as the price would drop after the game and that is exactly what happened.

Now that I have done my boasting and set myself up for a fall, I am going to make three early predictions for the game against Watford, a game we bloody must win.

I know, I know, our away form is crap, but I refuse to believe it will stay that way with every game that we have left to play on the road in the Premier League and I am confident that we will win and collect all three points.

If we play with the same intensity and control that we did against Napoli then all well and good, and a positive result will follow, if we play as we did against Everton then the opposite will happen.

I have confidence in Unai Emery to get the team selection right this time and I fully expect the players to step up to the player and be counted.

Watford will of course, be tough to beat, they are on a high after the win over Wolves, especially following the manner of the victory, but they will be no match for us if we play like what we are truly capable of.

However, I do think it will be tight and that the first half is likely to be a draw and so I am going with a draw at half time and us winning at full-time.

Draw/Arsenal half time full time @ 5/1

My next predictions is on the correct score market and it fits in perfectly with my half-time full-time prediction and that is us winning the game 2-1

Arsenal 2-1 correct score @ 9/1

And my final early prediction is another one that compliments both the correct score and the half-time full-time prediction and that is for both teams to score and for us to win.

Both teams to score and Arsenal win @ 13/5

That is it, for now, I will return with my final two predictions on the day of the match and as usual, these are my opinions only and not recommendations.

Odds sourced from oddschecker

Why Arsenal changed their mind about the Checkatrade Trophy

Arsenal Will Be Taking Part in the EFL Trophy

Arsenal Football club has accepted an invitation to take part in the EFL Trophy after rejecting the offer for two years. This will see their Under-21 side being joined by a quartet of other London-based Premier League clubs.

The Gunners have not taken advantage of invites over the past two seasons, but it is understood that discussions over the value the competition brings, which pits teams from Leagues One and Two against premier academies have been ongoing during this period.

Per Mertesacker Said Yes

Per Mertesacker, Manager of the Academy, who has received a youth side that has won the title of the Premier League 2 at the Under-23 level, and who’s Under-18s reached the FA Youth Cup Final, has chosen to greenlight Arsenal FC participation this season. He stated that management felt that it is important to provide their younger players with a range of experiences in order to hasten their development, and it was felt that entering the Trophy would present players with a unique set of challenges, and the chance to learn from strong club teams.

He added that, as punters who enjoy NZ sports betting are well aware of, many of the players that fall into this age group are fated to be loaned out early on in their careers. Mertesacker felt that this kind of competition could be a powerful link in terms of relationships between academy and first-team football players.

Borehamwood the Likeliest Option

It is not expected that any of the Arsenal FC home games throughout the run of this competition will be taking place at the Emirates Stadium, Borehamwood is probably were the Gunners will be playing. Premier League academies play all of their Group Stage games in the contest away from home, but may well be drawn as hosts later on.

What It Looked Like Last Season

Holders Lincoln Routed Chelsea’s Under-21s in the Semi-Final in the last Trophy, before beating Shrewsbury Town in front of 41 000 spectators at Wembley in April.

Danny Cowley, boss for Lincoln, stated that the contest brought about the club’s very first visit to Wembley in the entire length of the 134 years it has been in existence! He added that they had taken nearly 30 000 people to Wembley for the Final game, before gushing about what a wonderful experience it was for everyone with any associations with the club. He said it would stay in everyone’s memory for a long time.

The contest was initially greeted with quite a bit of scepticism, especially for its resolve to parachute in youth sides. Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive, however, has said that the messages being received from clubs, including Arsenal, is increasingly optimistic.

The Checkatrade Trophy will keep providing younger players, from teams which have been invited and EFL Clubs alike, with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to really experience what first-team football is like, said Harvey. He finished off by stating that he was very excited about the stars of the 2018/19 season emerging over the contest’s duration.

Maybe the Arsenal reserves will do better against West Ham than our first team did!

Arsenal face West Ham United this evening in a game that could get us to the semi-final of the competition, but he is obviously worried about playing any of his tired first team players, who have played three games in the space of a week and the boss wants them fresh for Friday night’s crucial clash against Liverpool.

Bt not only are our reserves fresher, they also proved they could score lots of goals in our race to the top of our Europa League Group, so perhaps they could even perform better than our first team, who only managed a 0-0 draw in our League game against the Hammers last week. Wenger said in yesterday’s pre-game press conference: “Some players are a little bit on the edge.”

“I think as well that we have so many quality players who did not start on Saturday, so you cannot say that you prefer to play a player who has played three games in six days to a guy who is at the same level and is completely fresh.

“The players who will start are basically all international players, so that’s why I think [squad rotation] makes sense. You have as well to show the trust and the confidence that we have in the players who did not start last week.”

I think this is a very sensible move by the boss. All our first team strikers are obviously jaded and they have shown in the last few games that they couldn’t hit a barn door from five yards. Walcott, Welbeck and Giroud will be keen to make their mark tonight and try to convince that he is starting the wrong forward line in the Premier League. And I think they may be right!

Wenger’s strong Arsenal XI to avoid any Doncaster slip-up

A quick look at the recent results, as well as the fact that Arsenal are one of the big boys in the Premier League while our Carabao Cup opponents tonight, Doncaster, are struggling in League One after being promoted last season, tells you that the Gunners are huge favourites to go through to the next round.

We do not even have to play in the unfamiliar surroundings of the Keepmoat stadium but will have the advantage of the perfect playing surface of the Emirates, but stranger things have happened and despite a morale boosing draw away to Chelsea after two wins against Bournemouth and Cologne, Arsenal are not exactly full of confidence or in top form, so I think Wenger will have to field a decent Arsenal team tonight.

The fact that certain players are in real need of playing time helps the boss as well, so I expect to see the likes of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott tonight, while Jack Wilshere is sure to get another chance to
impress in the middle, with the energy of Elneny alongside him.

There will be some young Gunners on the pitch as well, with Holding, Maitland-Niles and perhaps Reiss Nelson the most likely. It should be a good blend of youth and experience and barring a real disaster we will still be way too strong gfor the League One strugglers.