What Can We Expect from the 2020 Community Shield Match?

2020 Community Shield Match

Premier League champions Liverpool and FA Cup holders Arsenal will be going head-to-head this weekend at the traditional Community Shield matchup at Wembley Stadium. During the years, the match has gained the reputation of being a friendly game more than a competitive outing but it’s nevertheless a chance to pick up some silverware and go into the season on a high. Both clubs have won the Community Shield trophy 15 times but the Merseyside Reds haven’t laid their hands on it since 2006 while Arsenal added to their tally three…

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Is Philippe Coutinho the Right Fit for Arteta’s Arsenal?

Philippe Coutinho and Mikel Arteta Arsenal

It was always going to be a busy summer for Arsenal and today they announced their first transfer after Chelsea winger Willian signed with the North London club. Gunners fans are quite split on the matter but there’s no denying that the Brazilian is a seasoned Premier League veteran with a hard-working attitude that could be an asset for any top team. Whether or not Willian will make it at Arsenal remains to be seen but there is another topic that is creating much more buzz around the Emirates. It’s…

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What Could Winning the FA Cup Mean for Mikel Arteta’s Tenure as Arsenal Manager?

Mikel Arteta Arsenal

Things were looking pretty gloomy at Emirates Stadium with Unai Emery at the helm and despite the initial excitement of appointing former player Mikel Arteta to take over his Spanish compatriot, there were still a lot question marks around the direction of the club. Arteta had been Pep Guardiola’s understudy for several years and his impeccable professionalism and a steady mentality as a player made him a great choice on paper. However, no one could say whether he will be able to withstand the pressure of managing at a top-level…

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Should Arsenal Get Rid of Mesut Ozil?

Should Arsenal Get Rid of Mesut Ozil

Arsenal’s Premier League season is over but the Gunners still have an FA Cup final against Chelsea to look forward to tomorrow. And it looks like their highest earner Mesut Ozil will once again not feature. The German has been completely frozen by new manager Mikel Arteta, and although the coach has cited back problems as the reason, it is apparent that he doesn’t trust Ozil to be the driving force of his offense. The situation seems to have reached a boiling point and it is bound to explode soon…

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Who Will Win the 2020 FA Cup Final?

2020 FA Cup Final

A few weeks back, the FA decided on staging the 2020 FA Cup Final on August 1st. In this unprecedented time, it was not always certain that the competition would be concluded, but luckily we are going to see yet another final of football’s oldest competition take place at Wembley Stadium. We’re in for another London derby as Arsenal and Chelsea proved to be a cut above the rest of the competitors and will be gearing up for their third FA Cup Final bout in the history of the two…

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Was Arsenal Right to Hand David Luiz a New Contract?

Arsenal, David Luiz, Mikel Arteta, Raul Sanllehi, Edu Gaspar

Arsenal was one of the clubs I was looking forward to seeing play the most once the league restarted. Mikel Arteta’s appointment definitely had a positive effect on the players and the atmosphere at Emirates Stadium as a whole. It was evident that the Spaniard has a lot of work ahead of him to put the Gunners back among the top spots in the Premier League but there’s no doubt that the first signs since he took over have been quite positive. Unfortunately for Arsenal’s faithful, the team didn’t get…

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What Will Happen to Arsenal without Champions Football for Another Year

Mikel Arteta and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Logo

We all know that Champions League football is crucial for the top teams in England. The income from the competition and the effects on the image of each club make it so much easier to attract top talent. That’s why Arsene Wenger once famously labeled a place in the top 4 as almost a trophy. A lot of people made fun of the Arsenal manager at the time, but I always wondered why. The behaviour of most clubs, players and manager in England suggest that statement was spot on. If…

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How Far Can Arsenal Go This Season?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mikel Arteta Arsenal

For weeks or even months, we were talking about how Arsenal has certainly improved under Mikel Arteta and the results will inevitably come. Well, they have started coming as the Gunners have recorded three wins in the past week or so. They trashed Newcastle at home in the English Premier League, then earned a valuable 1-0 victory against Olympiacos in Europe and finished last week on a high after beating Everton in a five-goal thriller. The performance was far from perfect in all of these games and we know that…

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Could John Stones Really Join Arsenal?

John Stones and Mikel Arteta

The January transfer window is often full of speculations. Some of them are completely unexpected and that’s exactly the case with the reports that Arsenal is interested in signing John Stones. We all knew that the Gunners need a centre-back but this particular player was never mentioned before. Could this transfer actually work? Let’s take a look at all sides involved and what they could gain or lose by a potential deal. Manchester City John Stones currently plays for Manchester City and some suggest that the club might be unwilling…

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Four Things Mikel Arteta Instantly Changed at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta in Front of the Arsenal Logo

Mikel Arteta got his first win as an Arsenal manager last night against Manchester United. It was an excellent performance and the 2-0 score reflects the different face of the Gunners. The Spaniard has been at the helm for only two weeks or so, but there have been clear signs of improvement in his first three matches. Let’s take a look at the four most important changes that Arteta brought to the club. Pressing and Commitment One of the biggest issues with Unai Emery’s Arsenal was the lack of proper…

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Arteta Loses His Home Debut against Chelsea in Dramatic Fashion

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The first game of Mikel Arteta at the helm brought hope to the Arsenal fans, despite earning only a point against Bournemouth away from. The second match of the Spanish manager was similar, as the performance was encouraging but the result disappointed. It all started well for Arsenal, as the Gunners were in total control for most of the first half against Chelsea. They opened the scoring through Aubameyang and worked hard all over the pitch. Arteta and all the supporters were delighted of the desire displayed by every single…

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The Five Things Arteta Needs to Change in Arsenal to Succeed

Mikel Arteta With Arsenal Logo

The first press conference of Mikel Arteta as an Arsenal manager was fascinating. The Spaniard said all the right things and brought hope to the supporters. He knows that he will need to change the club both in the short and the long-term. Arteta seems aware of how monumental the task is ahead of his debut against Bournemouth. Let’s take a look at the five key points he needs to change in Arsenal to be successful. Confidence One of the biggest issues with Arsenal under Unai Emery has been the…

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Mikel Arteta to Decide on Becoming Arsenal Manager Any Moment

Mikel Arteta With Arsenal Logo

A lot of names have been linked with Arsenal ever since the club sacked Unai Emery about two weeks ago. One of the strong favorites is former Gunner Mikel Arteta and it seems he might be on the brink of joining the team. According to various sources, Arsenal and the Spaniard have been talking for a while now. The board is determined to acquire Arteta’s s services and he is expected to make a decision in the following days. The former player is currently an assistant coach of Pep Guardiola…

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Arsenal divided over Arsene Wenger’s replacement

The key decision-makers at Arsenal are divided over the choice of Arsene Wenger’s replacement, according to Sky Sports. Wenger announced last week that he will step down from his job at the end of the season. Since then, the Frenchman has dominated the news, and quite predictably, there has been a lot of speculation about his replacement. Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis, Head of Football Operations, Raul Sanllehi and Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat are expected to start discussions with potential candidates this week. However, according to the report, all three have different preferences…

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Manchester City to raid Arsenal for midfield trio

Manchester City could make a raid on Arsenal’s midfield. Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are the names being looked at by the club. According to Football Insider, incoming manager Pep Guardiola is concerned about meeting the Premier League’s rules regarding home-grown players in first team squads. Therefore, luring in the Arsenal trio would help the Citizens greatly in this regard. While Ramsey and Chamberlain are being targeted to add to Guardiola’s squad, Arteta is more likely to join City’s coaching staff under his Spanish friend if he hangs up his playing…

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Arsenal handed quadruple fitness boost ahead of this weekend’s Premier League return

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been boosted by the news that Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are all back in contention to feature in this weekend’s clash with Watford, the Metro reports. Wenger had concerns over Sanchez’s fitness going into the international break, but the 26-year-old came through the victory over Peru without any problems and is now ready to dive straight back into first team duties with The Gunners (via Metro). The Metro also claims that defender Koscielny, who missed the 3-0 victory over Manchester…

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Arsenal skipper backs young teammate to usurp Chelsea star’s international spot

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has backed young full-back Hector Bellerin to soon take precedence in Vicente Del Bosque’s Spain squad ahead of Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta following his stunning debut season at The Emirates, according to the Metro. The 20-year-old impressed last term when he took advantage of Mathieu Debuchy’s injury problems to end the campaign as Arsene Wenger’s first choice right-back. He kept Debuchy out of the side once he had returned to fitness and even played his part in helping the side win a second successive FA Cup. Bellerin…

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Arsenal gossip: Ozil’s agent hints at future exit, and Wenger set to continue goalkeeper rotation

Here is Friday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: Mesut Ozil’s agent has hinted that the German would want to join Fenerbahce at the end of the season, but only if he decided to leave the Emirates, according to the Metro. Ozil is a fan of the Turkish side, but Erkut Sogul insisted that he is not thinking about leaving at the moment. “At the end of the day it is a huge club and I think Ozil would say yes to an offer if it came down to it but…

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Former Gunner slates Arsenal trio for performances in Champions League defeat

Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has criticised Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta for their performances in their Champions League group stage opener with Dinamo Zagreb, while also accusing Olivier Giroud of being childish in the defeat in Croatia, the Metro report. Zagreb took the lead in the 24th minute, and Nicholas believes that it was the tempo being set by the Spanish pair in the minutes leading up to the opener that caused the Gunners to go behind (via Metro). “After 20 minutes I thought it was going nice and…

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Arsenal gossip: Key trio close in on return and striker deal given January go-ahead

Wednesday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumour roundup. Juventus are ready to let Simone Zaza go in January, with Arsenal interested in the 24-year-old striker, according to Spanish outlet Fichajes. The striker spent last season with Sassuolo, and linked up with Juve over the summer. The Gunners are confident forward Danny Welbeck, 24, will play again this year – despite England boss Roy Hodgson suggesting he would be out for six months, The Sun reports. Arsenal are now hopeful of having Welbeck back in the squad in time for Christmas.…

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Arsene Wenger denies that Arsenal need new holding midfielder

Arsene Wenger has seemingly ruled out the possibility of Arsenal buying a new holding midfielder before the end of the transfer window by suggesting that he is happy with his current options, the Daily Express report. The man that appears to have become Wenger’s first choice in that role is Francis Coquelin, and he has formed a good partnership alongside Santi Cazorla, who seems to thrive on making his marauding runs from deep. But after the Frenchman, Wenger has just the injury-prone Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini – who has…

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Arsenal gossip: Cavani price set at £35m and Gunners to step up Gotze chase

cavani psg

Wednesday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumour roundup. Arsenal will need to pay £35m if they want 28-year-old Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, according to Eurosport. The Uruguayan has emerged as a top target since the deal to sign Karim Benzema has dragged on for far too long. Arsenal’s 18-year-old midfielder Gedion Zelalem held talks with Rangers yesterday over a loan move to the club, but is also wanted by English trio Fulham, Charlton and Birmingham City, the Daily Record reports. The USA international has yet to make a first…

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Arsenal gossip: Benzema bid planned, but key man to MISS start of the season

Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: READ MORE: Arsenal News and Gossip Arsenal midfielder out for FIVE WEEKS with knee injury Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists Mesut Ozil is going nowhere this summmer The Gunners are preparing to make a stunning £35m bid for Real Madrid Karim Benzema, according to the Daily Express. The Frenchman may be forced to consider his future at the Bernabeu, with new manager Rafael Benitez set to play Cristiano Ronaldo in the central striker role. However, a bid may not be on the…

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Arsenal gossip: Sanchez to miss season opener and Arteta pens new deal

Tuesday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumours. Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 26, will miss the start of the new season after helping Chile to win Copa America, the Daily Telegraph reports. The end of the Copa America caps off a year of non-stop football for the former Barcelona man. Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, 33, has finally signed a one-year contract – months after the Spanish midfielder verbally agreed a deal with the Gunners, the Daily Mirror reports. The veteran midfield star saw his campaign last season curtailed by a series…

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Injury-plagued Arsenal midfielder agrees new contract, reports suggest

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has reportedly agreed a new one-year deal at the Emirates, despite missing most of last season through injury. READ MORE: Arsenal Gossip Arsenal closing in on Portugal star wanted by Premier League rivals Diego Simeone wants Arsenal man to replace Arda Turan According to the Metro, respected journalist Kike Marin has claimed that the 33-year-old has agreed an extension. The decision to award him a new deal seems slightly sentimental on the surface, but it may to be an astute move from Arsene Wenger. Despite the fact…

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