Thursday night’s 3-0 Europa League victory against Vorskla extended our unbeaten streak to 18 games. Despite a last-minute change of venue and minus 12-degree temperatures, the youngsters (especially Emile Smith Rowe) put in a mature performance and secured top spot in our group. Even with our impressive unbeaten record, the form is with Spurs going into Emery’s first North London Derby. Our North London rivals battered Chelsea 3-1 last week at Wembley, with Christian Ericksen and Son Heung-min putting on a clinic. The Dane in particular has Spurs purring again and will be the biggest threat on Sunday.
Great strikers don’t need to have a great game to be the difference. The Thierry Henry’s, Alan Shearer’s and Sergio Aguero’s only need a millisecond to kill the opposition because they are hardwired to be in the right place at the right time. This was a tight game that needed one of those millisecond moments and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on hand to provide. After being on the periphery of the game and working with an attacking lineup that failed to gel, he remained sharp and was in the right place to tap home the winner. With eight premiership goals this season and 18 since joining in January, the Gabon sharp shooter is cementing his status as our match winner. Continue reading “Bournemouth 1 – 2 Arsenal: Aubameyang scores another winner to secure the three points”
The Premier League returns to action this weekend after the international break. I will be eternally grateful to Gareth Southgate for returning excitement to the England team. Our 2-1 smash and grab victory against Croatia secured top spot in our UEFA Nation’s League group. After years of apathy, Southgate has injected a new spirit and belief into the players and the fans. With a pipeline of youngsters like Reiss Nelson and Jadon Sancho coming through, and players like Raheem Sterling, John Stones and captain fantastic Harry Kane not even at their peak, I’m very enthusiastic about our chances at Euro 2020.
Like most fans, I felt this was a must win. When you are chasing top four, you need to win most of your home games and you can’t afford to drop points against teams outside the top five. After a strong performance against Liverpool, I thought we would have too much for Wolves, but for the first time this season I felt Unai Emery got his pre and in-game tactics wrong.
Yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon secured our place in the next round of the Europa League, but came at a heavy price. Danny Welbeck suffered a horrific ankle injury after going for a header and landing awkwardly in the penalty box. It hasn’t been confirmed by the club, but this looks like a serious break. It’s inevitable that players will get injured, when you are playing twice a week, but you never anticipate a leg break like this.
This was a good result, but it could have been a great one. Before the match, the discourse amongst rival fans and pundits was focused on that fact we hadn’t played a “big” team during our unbeaten run. Although the result wasn’t emphatic proof of our emerging quality as a team, it demonstrates to the critics that Unai Emery is making meaningful progress. Continue reading “Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool: Emery passes his acid test, but Pool were there for the taking”
Unai Emery has made a fantastic start to the season. Wednesday’s 2-1 Carabao Cup victory against Blackpool extended our unbeaten run in all competitions to 13 games. Whatever way you look at it, he deserves credit for that. Replacing a manager at a top club is one thing, but as we have seen at Manchester United, replacing an icon is often mission impossible. Despite being the complete antithesis of Tom Cruise, the Spaniard has handled the mission exceptionally.