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Nicholas Was Harsh To Call Arsenal Ace ‘Dreadful’ But There’s No Doubt He Must Improve

Nicolas Pepe

TV pundit Charlie Nicholas was pretty blunt in his assessment of Nicolas Pepe’s performance against Watford last weekend. The ex-Gunner believes the Ivorian should have been the first player that Unai Emery substituted in the second half: “Nicolas Pepe was dreadful against Watford. How Emery took Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos off ahead of him …

Five Reasons Why Arsenal Imploded In The Second Half Against Watford

Arsenal’s second-half display against Watford was abysmal. The Hornets had 23 shots on goal in just 45 minutes yesterday which is an astonishing figure. The huge dip in performance level can be explained by a number of different factors which we will examine in more detail below: 1) Emery’s famed pressing disintegrated PPDA (Passes per …

Why Supporters Are Right To Be Hyped By The Return Of This Arsenal Star

Rob Holding

Arsenal defender Rob Holding is expected to return to first-team action after the international break. The 23-year-old has been out for nine months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury but has been stepping up his comeback in recent weeks for the Under 23s. Fans have been keenly awaiting his return to the starting line up …

Emery Must Find The Right Midfield Combination To Unlock The Potential Of Arsenal’s Front Three

The point may have been lost in Paul Merson’s comments comparing Unai Emery to Arsene Wenger but the TV pundit was actually trying to make a valid criticism of Arsenal’s midfield in the North London derby. Emery opted for three holding midfielders against Tottenham, and there was a distinct lack of creativity which meant the …

Five Things We Learned About Arsenal From The North London Derby

It was an end to end affair at the Emirates, and after finishing the game strongly, Arsenal will be disappointed that they couldn’t grab all three points against Spurs. So, what did we learn about the Gunners from the 2-2 draw? Here are five things that we noticed from the match yesterday: 1) The defence …

A Spurs Weakness That Arsenal Must Take Advantage Of In The Derby

Laca and Auba celebration

It looks as though Arsenal manager Unai Emery may unleash the front three of Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe in the North London derby on Sunday. At his pre-match press conference yesterday, the Gunners boss was asked about the possibility of the trio starting, and he replied: “Yes [they could all start], but …

The Brave Selection Policy That Emery Isn’t Being Given Enough Credit For At Arsenal

Gary Neville made a prediction before Arsenal’s defeat against Liverpool that questioned whether the Gunners would cope if manager Unai Emery continued to select inexperienced players in the starting line up. He identified four players who he thought should be dropped for the big game: Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson. Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi. It’s …

A High Risk Strategy That Failed To Pay Off For Unai Emery And Arsenal

Liverpool put in 30 crosses against Arsenal on Saturday evening. Only one opponent put in more crosses versus the Gunners in the whole of last season. That came in the 1-0 win against Napoli back in April, when the Italian side put in an incredible 37. The Partenopei actually had a higher accuracy than Liverpool …

Three Key Battles That Arsenal Must Win To Upset The Odds Against Liverpool

Laca and Auba celebration

Arsenal will be in a fight at Anfield tomorrow evening, and if they want to come out on top against Liverpool, they must win their individual battles. So, where will the game be won and lost? The Attack – Beating the offside trap Liverpool are using an offside trap this season, most likely because of …

Two Statistics That Will Offer Arsenal Massive Encouragement Heading Into The Game At Anfield

Laca and Auba celebration

Arsenal’s record at Anfield in recent years has been horrific, there is no hiding that fact. A 5-1 loss last season was preceded with a 4-0 defeat in 2017/18 and a 3-1 reverse in 2016/17. On top of that, you have to consider that Liverpool have not lost at home in 40 matches in the …

Ceballos Offers Something That Arsenal’s Midfield Has Lacked In Recent Years

Ceballos

Dani Ceballos showed with his man of the match display against Burnley on Saturday that Arsenal now have a player in their ranks who can do nearly everything. The Spaniard is an all-action midfielder, something that manager Unai Emery talked about following the 2-1 win at home against the Clarets at the weekend: “With him, …

Three Things We Learned From Arsenal’s Win Against Newcastle

Chambers

It would be fair to say that it wasn’t Arsenal’s most polished display against Newcastle yesterday, but it got the job done. Considering the number of absentees, it was surprising how well the Gunners coped at St James’ Park. Of course, the home side had their own issues, with fan unrest and an unpopular new …

Arsenal’s Crazy Transfer Window Takes One Last Bizarre Twist

David Luiz

Arsenal’s summer started out pretty sedately. A reported £45m transfer budget was said to be restricting their attempts to recruit players of sufficient quality. However, as the transfer deadline approached, things began to take shape. After the arrival of Gabriel Martinelli on July 2nd, the recruitment gathered momentum with Dani Ceballos and William Saliba arriving …

A Profile Of Daniele Rugani As Arsenal Reportedly Re-Enter Talks To Sign The Defender

Rugani

Arsenal will re-enter talks over signing Daniele Rugani from Juventus, according to reports in the Italian media. So, what do we know about him, and would he be an improvement on Unai Emery’s current options? The Italian started life at Empoli where he was given his senior debut by Maurizio Sarri. After making 81 appearances …

‘What A Deal It Will Be’ ‘Arsenal Chiefs Are Out Of Control’ Fans React To Latest Rumour About Club’s Move For South American Playmaker

Coutinho

Arsenal are considering a loan bid for Barcelona attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to reports. The Gunners are said to be planning to have a meeting with Barca officials when the two sides meet in a friendly on Sunday. Head of Football Operations Raul Sanllehi is a former Barcelona director and is on good terms …

Pepe’s Arrival Leaves This Arsenal Starlet’s Future Very Much Up In The Air

Reiss Nelson

The signing of Nicolas Pepe was met with delight by all Arsenal fans, but one person who may not be as pleased is Reiss Nelson whose chances of playing time will likely be reduced. The 19-year-old’s favoured position is on the right-hand side, where the club’s new record signing will play most of his football …

How Will Arsenal Line Up Next Season With Pepe?

Arsenal pre season squad

A winger wouldn’t have been first on many Arsenal fans’ list of priorities during the summer transfer window, but manager Unai Emery was keen to add speed and guile out wide. The impending capture of Nicolas Pepe does present Emery with another potent attacking weapon, but it may also cause him a few problems in …

5 Things To Know About Nicolas Pepe Ahead Of His Switch To Arsenal

Pepe

As Arsenal close in on the very exciting signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille for £72m, we take a look at what the Gunners can expect from the 24-year-old. Here are five things to know about the Ivorian international ahead of his move to the Emirates: 1) He’s quick Pepe is one of the quickest …