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What is left to fight for this season?

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It’s coming up to the end of the season, with only 10 matches in the Premier League left to play. Arsenal are currently sitting in 6th, 1 place of the Europa League and 2 places off Champions League qualification. Arsenal have still got to play Tottenham, Manchester United and Everton before the end of the season. Being 18 points off the leaders at the beginning of March is not good enough. Arsenal have finished in the top 4 for 20 consecutive seasons. Arsenal spent over 100 million on players over the summer. So what needs changing? The club will lose out on a lot of money for not qualifying in any major European competitions.

Arsenal still have the FA Cup to play for, we play Manchester City at Wembley on the 23rd of April. To win the FA cup again would be a great achievement and an occasion for the fans to celebrate after a dull second half of the season. The club has reached Wembley 3 out of the past 4 seasons in this competition. The fans want more than just the FA cup, we want to be competing for the Premier League and in Europe. I personally feel as if the club needs a fresh start and the end of the season can’t come soon enough.

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Potential successors to Arsene Wenger

It’s starting to look like it’s coming to the end of the Arsene Wenger era at Arsenal. A new two year deal is still on the table but he will make a decision in the coming months whether he will stay or move on. Wenger has been at Arsenal since 1996 and has won 15 honours with the club. He is one of the most consistent managers of all time and has helped the club get to where they are now. 

If Wenger does leave, we need a replacement of a high level. Here are a few of the potential successors I would like at Arsenal; 

Massimiliano Allegri – Top tactician for Juventus and could attract top players. My current favourite to take over. Rivalry against Conte at Chelsea would be immense.

Jorge Sampaoli – Developed great football with his Sevilla squad. May lead them to top 3. Has worked with Sanchez for Chile but is a favourite for the Barcelona job. 

Thomas Tuchel – Good philosophies. Developing some of the best young talent in Europe at Dortmund. However, his teams have shown frailties similar to Arsenal’s. 

Diego Simeone – Tough, tactician, leader of men. Has helped Atletico Madrid become a consistent force in La Liga and the Champions League. However, his defensive style may be a deal breaker. 

Luis Enrique – Has won the treble with Barcelona in 2014/15. Can be controversial tactically and has come under fire as the Barca boss. Maybe a fresh start will do him good. Has proven himself. 

Comment below who you would like to take over at Arsenal after Wenger. 

The evolution of Hector Bellerin

bellerinDynamic full back Hector Bellerin has continued to perform in the first team squad to the extent that he ended 2015/16 in the PFA Team of the year. Bellerin is my current favourite Arsenal player for many reasons. Hector has firmly established himself as Arsenal’s first-choice right back.

Priorities for many clubs have changed. Instead of using traditional wingers who hug the touchlines, many teams now look to their full-backs to provide the width. Speed and pace is key, defenders don’t like being run at. The goal tally in the Premier League is increasing year upon year, tactics are changing and teams are playing more offensive.

Having previously played for Barcelona, Hector joined Arsenal as a scholar in 2011 and impressed at youth level before making his first team debut in September 2014. Since then, Bellerin has established himself massively and is set to be one of Arsenal’s greatest ever full backs.

Bellerin has scored 3 goals since breaking into the first team. His first came against Aston Villa in the 2014/15 season. Arguably Bellerin has had many standout performances which have attracted me to him as a player.

Tottenham 2 Arsenal 2  – Saturday 5th March 2016. His standout performance in this game was backed up with his two incredible assists that set up the Ramsey and Sanchez goals to recover a point for Arsenal.

Arsenal 2 Bayern Munich 0 – Tuesday 20th October 2015. Bellerin used his lightening quick speed to take on the Bayern defenders to set up the goal for Mesut Ozil in the 94th minute to confirm the win for Arsenal.

Swansea City 0 Arsenal 3  – Saturday 31st October 2015. Another memorable moment included a superb defensive run and last-ditch recovery to deny Bafetimbi Gomis away at Swansea. He helped Arsenal to keep a clean sheet.

Arsenal 3 Chelsea 0 – Saturday 24th September 2016. Arsenal produced a devastating first-half display to dismantle Chelsea. Bellerin was the key to keeping a clean sheet. When it looked almost certain that Chelsea would score when Pedro was through on goal, along comes Bellerin with an important tackle to keep Chelsea out.

Hector Bellerin’s performances over the past three seasons have persuaded me to get him on the back of my shirt for the 2016/17 season. He will be vital to Arsenal’s title challenges in the upcoming seasons and his exciting future is yet to come.

Watch the video attached to see the evolution of Hector Bellerin.

Reus and Lacazette to Arsenal this summer?

laca-reusIt’s that time in the season where the rumour mill for Arsenal starts taking place. A familiar face is involved and also a German international.

According to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, Arsenal have already found a replacement if Alexis Sanchez departs in the Summer. He reports that Arsene Wenger has spoken to Marco Reus regarding a transfer to the Emirates. Reus is a loyal worker for Borussia Dortmund and is known for being their key talisman. The German international can play on either flank or through the middle and would provide that extra quality to the Arsenal squad.

Is Reus the answer Arsenal fans are looking for? Personally I would love to see Reus at Arsenal. Reus’s chequered injury record is the only worrying sign for me. The reported sum would be in the region of £50 million which is an almighty sum for the 27 year old. I would also appreciate the signing of Reus even if Sanchez stays to provide that extra quality on the wing.

Arsenal also remain interested in Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette. Arsenal pursued to sign the striker in the summer of 2016 but saw a bid in the region of £30 million rejected. Speaking to French television station Canal+, the 25 year old believes his time to leave Ligue 1 has imminently arrived. Lacazette claimed that this summer will be the moment when he must have a change of air and discover something else.

The Gunners fans have argued that the search for a striker and continuous disappointment of the recruitment in that area has been the reason why we haven’t won the league since 2003/04. Is Lacazette the answer to Arsenals title challenging hopes? I would say yes, he has clinically proven himself in Ligue 1 with a great goal scoring record. He has pace and power to drive at defenders and would be open to leaving Lyon in the summer. So Arsenal, SNAP HIM UP.

Disappointed with Cech 

Petr Cech, the winner of the Golden Glove  in the 2015/16 season has been a consistent starter for Arsenal in the Premier League this season. Cech has a oustanding reputation for his great shot stopping displays throughout his career. However, this season I have been disappointed with the Arsenal goalkeeper.

In Cech’s first two seasons at Arsenal he has saved zero penalties out of a possible 9. The record isn’t great and we have conceded many penalties in vital games. Such as Tottenham at home in a 1-1 draw this season. We brought Petr Cech into the club with high expectation but did we think about the long term?

Cech has an amazing record overall, in a total of 390 appearances to date he has 144 clean sheets. Cech has a total of 4 Golden Glove awards for his seasons with Chelsea and Arsenal.

Last season (2015/16) Petr Cech only conceded 31 goals throughout the whole season in the Premier League. This season he has already conceded 25 goals and we’re only at the start of February.

Although David Ospina is primarily our Cup keeper, maybe there is an opportunity for him to swap roles with Cech. Ospina has played very well in the Champions League this season but is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League this season. 

My first post

fa-cup-20051Happiness and heartbreak, the various emotions which describe me as an Arsenal Fan. I’ve decided to create my blog all about Arsenal football club for pure entertainment and passion.

Since I can remember I have supported Arsenal. I have witnessed many magical moments along with lots of heartbreak. Arsenal’s ‘Tika-Taka’ football is characterised by short passing and movement which has attracted me from the very beginning. Many associate our style of play with legendary Barcelona FC. Arsene Wenger has been the manager of Arsenal for as long as I’ve supported them, he obtains the nickname of ‘Le Professeur’.

My first Arsenal game was at the FA Cup final in 2005 against Manchester United. My dad managed to get me tickets to the game and I witnessed Arsenal win silverware as we won 5-4 on penalties. However, since then its been a hard road back to success in which I have continued to show support to this football club.

I have an Arsenal red membership and try to attend games whenever I can. The Emirates is a magnificent stadium and it gives me goose bumps when the players walk out the tunnel.  I have also been to a few away games, the atmosphere from the Arsenal fans at away games is unbelievable.  I believe that we have a strong squad and the depth to be challenging the other top teams in the division to be winning trophies and even in Europe. This blog will show my thoughts and opinions on everything related to Arsenal.

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