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Sol Campbell blasts ‘soft’ Arsenal players
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Sol Campbell blasts ‘soft’ Arsenal players

Former Arsenal star Sol Campbell has questioned the fighting mentality of the club's current crop of players, suggesting that they have gone soft. The defender was part of the Invincibles side of 2003/04 that were lauded for their strong, physical presence as well as for their attractive style of football. Fans can only crave a return to those days in recent times as the club had their worst run in the Premier League after more than two years by finishing 8th in the table for the 2020/21 season. Although many reasons can be attributed to the club's recent decline, one major criticism has been on their lack of grit in matches and Campbell noted this as well. In a chat with Ladbrokes, Campbell said: "When I was at Arsenal we had a team of tough guys... I don't know whether things...
The 2021/22 season should be Arteta’s last chance at Arsenal
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The 2021/22 season should be Arteta’s last chance at Arsenal

Arsenal missed out on a place in Europe for the first time in 26 years under Mikel Arteta in the 2020/21 season. The season was a mixed one for the Gunners who blew hot and cold at various stages of the season but eventually ended their domestic season on a high. They failed to make it into Europe via the Premier League as they finished 8th on the log with 61 points, 1 point off a place in the Europa Conference League, 4 points off the Europa League places, and 6 points off the top 4. They were looking good to make it to next season's UCL via the Europa League but were knocked out in the semis by eventual winners Villareal. Regardless, Mikel Arteta continues to divide the opinions of Arsenal fans as some believe he is the ideal man for the job while others are convinced he is way ...
Brighton set price tag for Yves Bissouma
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Brighton set price tag for Yves Bissouma

Brighton and Hove Albion have warned the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool that a bid of around £40million would be required to sign midfielder Yves Bissouma this summer. The 24-year-old is one of the sought-after players after an impressive campaign with the Seagulls which has caught the eye and attracted the attention of Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp. Bissouma, a Mali international, joined Brighton in 2018 and has been improving season after season since his arrival, coupled with the help and support of Graham Potter this season. Brighton desperately want to keep the player and they've done their best to persuade him to remain committed to their cause, adding that he would see a huge development in his play if he commits to another year at the Amex. Regardless, they are realisti...
Arteta – Some Arsenal players have not given their best
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Arteta – Some Arsenal players have not given their best

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has claimed that some of his players have not given their best for the club's cause this season and admitted that most of them have also reached their limit. This is coming as Arsenal are facing a season without European football in 25 years. The Gunners no longer have their destiny in their hands and will rely on Tottenham who sit seventh on the log to falter whilst they attempt to overhaul the current 4 points gap with just three games to go. Any slip by Spurs and an overtaking on the log by Arsenal will see them participate in the Europa Conference League, which has been described as UEFA's third-tier club competition. Meanwhile, Arteta has previously stated that an overhaul of the team is on the cards in the summer after his first full season as Ar...
Disappointing! Ray Parlour blasts Arsenal after Europa League exit
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Disappointing! Ray Parlour blasts Arsenal after Europa League exit

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has expressed his disappointment with the manner of the club's exit from the Europa League at the hands of Villareal on Thursday night. According to him, Arsenal were fortunate to return from the first leg only a goal down and with a vital away goal but added that none of the players took the game by the scruff of the neck in the reverse fixture at the Emirates. Arsenal currently sit 9th in the Premier League with 4 games to go and the Europa League presented the opportunity to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League. With this exit, their chances of participating in Europe next season just got slimmer. Parlour also added that the inability of Mikel Arteta's side to come out tops in a game even when they are not playing well has cost t...
Arsenal hold the key to an all-English Europa League final
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Arsenal hold the key to an all-English Europa League final

Eyes will be on the semifinal games of the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League semifinal tonight when Manchester United face Roma at Stadio Olimpico in what I daresay is a mere formality while Arsenal welcome Villareal to the Emirates with both sides having all to play for. Meanwhile, the eyes of English football fans will be on the prospect of having only Premier League teams play in the finals of this season's Euro club competitions as Chelsea and Manchester City have already booked a date for the UCL final on May 29. Manchester United beat Roma 6:2 at Old Trafford a week ago whilst Arsenal lost 2:1 to Villareal in Spain on the same night. Therefore, the onus lies on the Premier League boys to book a place and face each other in the Europa League final. READ: Two elite tacticians and two...
Arteta thrilled by Aubameyang’s return ahead of Villareal clash
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Arteta thrilled by Aubameyang’s return ahead of Villareal clash

Arsenal were boosted by the return of skipper Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang to action in the Premier League win away to Newcastle as he scored in the game. His performance has given Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta some food for thought ahead of the Europa League semifinals second leg clash against Villareal at the Emirates on Thursday. Regardless, his return is a major positive for the London-based club. It can be recalled that Aubameyang played just 5 minutes as a substitute in the first leg defeat to Villareal after recovering from Malaria. However, he got 77 minutes of action against Newcastle United and found the back of the net in the 2 nil win. When Arteta was asked if the Gabonese had played his way into contention for the second leg against Villareal, being managed by former Arsenal...
United are favorites while an Emery vs Arsenal war looms at the Emirates
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United are favorites while an Emery vs Arsenal war looms at the Emirates

The first leg of the semifinals of the 2020/21 Europa League kicked off in style on Thursday night with the home sides covering themselves in glory. The encounters on the night and the results seemed to give away the side that is favorite to emerge victoriously in this season's Europa League competition and I think it's Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his men covered Old Trafford in glory as they thrashed Roma 6:2 to put themselves in good stead for a place in the final. The Red Devils have been very impressive in this competition since they were knocked out from the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. Regardless, I believe their aim should be to replicate such performances in the UCL as the Europa is way below them for a club of their standard. READ: THE BES...
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Arteta – Arsenal can storm Slavia Prague’s Sinobo fortress

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is not afraid of Slavia Prague's impressive home record as both sides prepare to face each other in the second leg of their Europa League quarterfinal clash. The Czech outfit have been very impressive in the competition and have already knocked out British opposition in Rangers and Leicester City, as both clubs fell at the Sinobo Stadium. Slavia Prague are yet to lose at home in all competitions for almost 18 months. It was Chelsea that beat them last at home in April 2019 at the same stage of the competition. They have an advantage having drawn 1 all against Arsenal at the Emirates in the first leg and this puts all the pressure on the Gunners as this competition is their only realistic means of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season. "W...
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Arsenal handed injury boost ahead of Slavia Prague clash

Arsenal will be going into the Europa League quarter-final clash against Slavia Prague on Thursday with major confidence after being boosted by the return of Emile Smith Rowe, Granit Xhaka, and Bukayo Saka. The trio trained on Tuesday ahead of what could be a season-defining game for the Londoners. The three of them played no part in the 3 nil loss to Liverpool in the Premier League at the Emirates on Saturday. Xhaka missed the game due to illness while Saka and Smith Rowe were nursing hamstring and hip issues respectively. Mikel Arteta will be pleased with the return of the trio ahead of the first leg of the Europa League game against Slavia Prague at the Emirates on Thursday. READ: Home sides start on a high on day 1 of 2020/21 UCL quarterfinals However, whether the player...