Unai Emery is a quarter of the way into Arsenal’s first season without Arsene Wenger for absolutely yonks, and although the Gunners brought in five new signings, Emery has still got Wenger’s core for his squad and has somehow got them on a 13 game unbeaten run.
Aubameyang not my rival Lacazette by Iomie
Alexandre Lacazette is ready to form a deadly partnership here at the Emirates with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after revealing he had no intention of leaving the club.
The Frenchman was brought to the Emirates by legendary boss Arsene Wenger last summer for a whopping £52 million after seeing Lacazette have the season of his career and net an impressive 36 goals in 39 games for Lyon.
He was expected to lead the club into a new era and become ‘the next Thierry Henry’, but despite a relatively decent start, the season wore on and Lacazette’s finishing become that of a Sunday League striker he simply couldn’t find the back of the net.
As well as Arsenal needing to win our own games in the Premier League in order to get back among the title challengers after making a pretty pathetic start to the new season with just a single point from the first three games, we also need those sides above us to drop points to give the Gunners any chance of success.
So far the pace setters from Manchester have not looked in danger of that, but although both Man City and United have not yet lost, they were not on maximum points going into the latest round of games. Stoke had held United to a draw and hopefully can do at least well today against Pep Guardiola’s high flyers.
The injury problems that have beset the playing career of the midfield star Jack Wilshere, for both Arsenal and his international career with England, have been well documented and they are almost too numerous and various to go into. But if he could put them behind him there is still plenty of time for the talented 25-year old to have a stellar career for club and country.
However, there is a much held belief that Wilshere is one of those players who is simply injury prone and will be in and out of the treatment room all the time, and if that is the case it will be almost as frustrating for us Arsenal fans as for the player himself, because we all know what he is capable of.
It will have been a difficult decision for Arsene Wenger to make as he got the Arsenal squad ready for this Premier League away game against Chelsea, because after a slow start to the season we really cannot afford to take nothing back with us from Stamford Bridge today, but at the same time our best player Alexis Sanchez was not match fit.
Even if Arsenal had started the new Premier League season well and were in good form going into an away game against Chelsea, you would make the home side favourites, and despite winning our two home games against Leicester and Bournemouth you would hardly say the Gunners were going well.
So any advantage to take with us to Stamford Bridge would surely be seized upon, which is why I was a bit surprised to hear some of the comments from Arsene Wenger, reported by Metro, in the build up to tomorrow’s game.
It was looking pretty bad for Arsenal fans and our hopes of a successful season for our club in the early stages of the new Premier League season, but after the latest round of games which have been played after the first international break I think we are all a little bit happier.
And one reason for this is because the early form of Manchester United was looking pretty ominous after they took maximum points by winning the first three games and did not even concede a goal. So with Jose Mourinho’s record of being a strong front rummer we really needed something to knock them off their stride and we got it in the shape of Stoke City who scored twice and then frustrated United to claim a draw.
Arsenal have been playing with a makeshift defence in our last two League games, so Arsene Wenger will be very happy to see Laurent Koscielny to return from his suspension against Liverpool today. Obviously he won’t be completely match fit, but surely he must do better than our current back three.
Wenger is pleased to have the ‘quiet man’ back in the squad. “He was suspended for a while and apart from Stoke we did quite well with him not being there, but of course we are happy that he’s back and available for selection again.” Le Prof said.
Arsenal travel to Anfield today to try and get on track after the Gunners abysmal result at Stoke City last week, but Liverpool will be in a much more confident mood after scoring four goals against Hoffenheim in midweek to earn a place in the Champions League Group Stages.
The Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is urging his players to use that win as a stepping stone to further success, and not to get complacent. “We know this is an important part of our development. Another step,” Klopp said on the official Reds site. “Getting into the position to have the play-off was important. Winning the play-off was important. What is now important is to keep moving forward. What can we achieve next?
Arsenal lifted the Community Shield for the third time in four years on Sunday after securing a deserved victory over a sluggish Chelsea side. It came seven weeks after they beat Antonio Conte’s men in the same stadium to win the FA Cup and provides a nice psychological boost going into the new Premiership season. Arsenal finished 18 points behind the Blues last campaign so there is a lot of ground to make up, but the signs are very encouraging. Here are five things we learned from the Arsenal’s Community Shield victory.
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