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Arteta – Pepe needs more game time to thrive
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Arteta – Pepe needs more game time to thrive

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has vowed to help Nicolas Pepe succeed in his time at Arsenal, and stated that the winger needs more playing time to flourish at the club. Pepe joined Arsenal from Lille in 2019 in a deal worth £72million, making him the club's record signing. In his first season, he scored 8 goals but has struggled to make a mark and establish himself as a mainstay in Arteta's first eleven. Arteta criticized the Ivorian for being sent off in the draw against Leeds before Christmas. However, due to the injury to Gabriel Martinelli and Willian's poor run of form, he may find himself playing more games. "We need to help him to (succeed)," Arteta said. "In order to do that he needs minutes, he needs consistency in the team and when he has that, he needs to show he is capa...
Arteta asked to play Emile Smith Rowe ahead of Willian and Pepe
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Arteta asked to play Emile Smith Rowe ahead of Willian and Pepe

Ian Wright has advised Arsenal to give Emile Smith Rowe more game time ahead of the likes of Willian and Nicolas Pepe or regret losing him. Smith Rowe has started the last three games for the Gunners under the tutelage of Mikel Arteta and the three games have ended in victories for the North Londoners. Therefore, Ian Wright has urged Arteta to stick with the 20-year-old in upcoming games or lose the potential the Englishman possesses. It can be recalled that Arsenal let Serge Gnabry leave for just £5million back in 2016 and the German international has established himself as a mainstay at Bayern Munich. In a chat with Wrighty's House Podcast, he said: 'It must be brilliant going into training at the moment for someone like Emile Smith Rowe. READ: Keane – Fernandes must do mo...
Gunners thrashing highlights Blues’ recent poor away form
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Gunners thrashing highlights Blues’ recent poor away form

December has been a frustrating month for Frank Lampard and Chelsea in the Premier League, and more so with the 3:1 loss to an out-of-sorts Arsenal team on boxing day. The Blues have been inconsistent away from home and have now lost 3 in a row to Everton, Wolves, and Mikel Arteta's Arsenal. Arsenal had been struggling for weeks in the Premier League but still took the Blues to the cleaners even with an unfamiliar line-up. It was a game where their London rivals were supposed favorites for all three points. The Blues who have been impressive since Edouard Mendy replaced Kepa Arrizabalaga are now struggling for goals, and have been very poor on the road. GET THE LATEST FREE FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS HERE Further proof of their disastrous away-form is the result against Arsenal who...
Will managers spend decades in a Premier League club again?
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Will managers spend decades in a Premier League club again?

Remember when we had the likes of Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger managing some of the Premier League's big sides for decades? Well, that era is long gone. Do you also remember when Chelsea were referred to as the bane of managers due to the supposed ruthlessness of owner Roman Abramovich? Chelsea were described as the manager sacking club as there was no room for any consistent poor showing by managers regardless of their calibrea= and experience. Well, this is no more the case as all clubs now toe the line. Since the retirement of Alex Ferguson, and recently Arsene Wenger, we've seen those two clubs do some hiring and firing with the Gunners the latest in the list. ARSENAL COULD BECOME VERY ACTIVE IN THE MANAGE SACKING LEAGUE Funny enough, with the way the season is going for ...
Arteta – Arsenal must take the bullets for poor season
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Arteta – Arsenal must take the bullets for poor season

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has called on his squad to take the bullets as they continue to receive heavy criticisms for what has been a disappointing season thus far. He went on to vow that he would lead by example in accepting the criticisms. Arsenal have made their worst start in the Premier League since 1974. The 1 nil loss at home to Burnley on Sunday ensured that they had lost 4 consecutive league home games for the first time in 61 years, and sit just 5 points above the relegation zone in 15th. This wasn't envisaged after Mikel Arteta and his men won the FA Cup in his first season in charge. Regardless, he has urged his squad to be up and doing when they host a high flying Southampton side in the Premier League on Wednesday. "I feel the pressure all the time," he said. ...
Arteta calls for VAR to be introduced in the Europa League
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Arteta calls for VAR to be introduced in the Europa League

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has called for VAR to be introduced to the Europa League. His side beat Molde 4:1 on Thursday night to maintain their 100% start in the competition but the Spaniard was forced to question an awful offside call against Eddie Nketiah. The Norwegians took the lead in the game against all odds via a long-range effort from Martin Ellingsen before a goal by Nketiah from a Nicolas Pepe cross was chalked off after the assistant raised his flag. Replays of the incident showed that Nketiah was at least a yard onside. However, due to the absence of VAR, the goal was ruled out. Arsenal bounced back with goals from Kristoffer Haugen and Sheriff Sinya before Pepe and Willock capped it off with fine finishes. Regardless, Arteta was not pleased with UEFA's decision...
Why Arsenal should make Thomas Partey a priority
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Why Arsenal should make Thomas Partey a priority

Arsenal are one of the Premier League clubs that have made the news in recent weeks with regards to reinforcements in midfield. They've been heavily linked with summer moves for Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid and Houssem Aouar of Olympique Lyon. The Gunners have started the season brilliantly, although they were pegged back by the 3:1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night. The London-based Premier League club now under the management of Mikel Arteta have been heavily linked with a summer move for the aforementioned duo. However, it remains to be seen if the parent clubs of these targets will be willing to agree to their terms being offered by the Premier League club as this has not been the case thus far. READ: The Flick and Bayern combo is just too formidable Regar...
Arsenal to settle for second loan move for Ceballos
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Arsenal to settle for second loan move for Ceballos

Dani Ceballos will have to wait for a while before making his dream permanent move to Arsenal. Real Madrid are still in charge of the player's future and it appears that he may make another loan move to the Emirates. The Spaniard was hoping for a permanent move to Arsenal this summer as there is no room for him at Santiago Bernabeu. Reports even suggested that Arteta discussed with him, on the possibility of another return to the Premier League for another year. Arsenal went on to seek a move for the player and it appears that they will be getting him for just another year. Ceballos was decent for the Gunners last season and was crucial in their FA Cup triumph against Chelsea. The Spaniard was impressive under Mikel Arteta. "I'm very happy at Arsenal," Ceballos said to Sky Sports ...
Arsenal make offer for Gabriel Magalhaes, await decision
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Arsenal make offer for Gabriel Magalhaes, await decision

Premier League outfit are waiting for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes' decision after making an offer for him. The 22-year-old is one of the sought-after players this summer and reports are rife that the Gunners have made an official approach to sign the Brazil Under-20 international. Magalhaes has also been linked with a move to the likes of Napoli and Manchester United as he prepares to leave Lille after playing 28 games in the 2019/20 Ligue 1 season which was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The player's final destination will be known soon as we wait to see if he will follow the footsteps of Nicolas Pepe who joined Arsenal from Lille in a club-record transfer last summer. Lille's president recently confirmed that the defender is expected to leave. “He is one of the pla...
The Oldies are gradually being phased out for the Newbies
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The Oldies are gradually being phased out for the Newbies

The young managers are beginning to take over from the old guard in most of the elite clubs in Europe. It's safe to say that the prestigious managers are being phased out gradually. The players who made their mark, playing for some of the elite clubs in Europe are assuming the managerial helm at those clubs. It comes as no major surprise going by the precedent that has been set by successful pioneers. The likes of Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane are prime examples. Guardiola replaced Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona years back and built a very formidable Barcelona side that conquered Europe and world club football for years before he departed from the club.  This was a major feat for a rookie manager and his achievement with the Barcelona side will reverberate in the world of footbal...