Aaron Ramsey is set to leave Arsenal after a decade at the club. According to the Ornacle, Arsenal withdrew the offer of a new four-year deal, leaving the 27-year-old Welshman free to join another team at the end of the season.
Two second half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were enough to secure the three points at the Emirates. The two strikes from the new Yorke and Cole took the all-time Arsenal vs Everton goal tally to 153, making it the highest scoring Premier League fixture of all time. That tally would have been significantly higher if it wasn’t for Petr Cech who stole the show with a man of the match performance.
This week the club formally announced that Ivan Gazidis will step down as CEO to join the legendary AC Milan. US hedge fund Elliott Management, founded my billionaire Paul Singer, recently acquired control of the club and were determined to hire Gazidis to oversee the awakening of the sleeping giant.
Saturday’s victory against Newcastle meant we registered back to back away victories for the first time since the 2016/17 season. Two wins from three away games for Unai Emery is a significant improvement on last season’s abysmal performance away from the Emirates. Even though we have an excellent record at St James’ Park, earning three points there has never been easy. I have not had the privilege of attending the home of the Magpies, but I still feel like I know the place. It is one of the unique stadiums where the atmosphere seeps through the tv into you’re home or the pub.
I have never enjoyed the September internationals. Two weeks without Arsenal and Fantasy Premier League is like having a Ferrari whilst on a driving ban. Lucky for us with transfer deadline day brought forward to before the season, the boredom wasn’t compounded by a traditional Arsenal transfer deadline day damp squib.
When you have goal scorers you always have a chance. Neil Warnock teams are capable of giving you a hard game and that’s exactly what we got on Sunday. Although the victory was deserved, it was worrying how close we looked to Cardiff’s level. If Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were in blue, we would have been thrashed. Lucky for us the two comrades were in red and on fire to secure a much needed three points.