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Arsenal handed injury boost ahead of Slavia Prague clash
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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...
Sagna lauds Arsenal’s ‘clever’ treatment of William Saliba
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Sagna lauds Arsenal’s ‘clever’ treatment of William Saliba

Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has said that the club have not punished William Saliba by sending him out on loan this season. He went on to back the 20-year-old defender to still make his mark at the Emirates. Saliba joined Ligue 1 outfit Nice in January and is yet to make a senior appearance for the Gunners after his £27 million ($37m) move from Saint-Etienne in 2019. This action by the club resulted in suggestions that Mikel Arteta does not rate the Frenchman. Regardless, Sagna believes that Saliba will be a key man at the club. In a chat with Goal on whether he was surprised at the player's current situation at the club since he joined Saint-Etienne, Sagna responded: “I’m not surprised because he has joined the best league in the world. Being good in France is totally...
Stop picking Odegaard if he won’t sign a permanent deal
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Stop picking Odegaard if he won’t sign a permanent deal

Paul Merson has asked Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to stop picking Martin Odegaard for games if the midfielder is not going to make his move to the club permanent. The Norwegian is spending the second half of the 2020/21 season at the Emirates on loan from Real Madrid after finding game time difficult to come by under Zinedine Zidane. The North Londoners do not have the option of making the deal permanent and will need to return to the negotiation table in the summer if they wish to make a deal happen after the loan expires. Regardless, Odegaard's future at Real Madrid remains uncertain although reports suggest that the Norway captain has prioritized making it in Real Madrid. Meanwhile, Merson feels that Odegaard's arrival is hampering Emile Smith Rowe's development at the Emirate...
Odegaard opens up on his time at Arsenal thus far
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Odegaard opens up on his time at Arsenal thus far

Martin Odegaard has praised Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for helping him at the club although he remains unsure about his future. The Norwegian has scored 2 goals in 12 games in all competitions since joining on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season. Rumors are rife that the Gunners will make the deal permanent in the summer, and it is believed that such a deal will likely spell the end for the likes of Reiss Nelson and Dani Ceballos at the Emirates. Odegaard was very impressive in the Premier League game against West Ham as Arsenal came from 3 goals down to eventually draw 3 all on Sunday as he pulled strings in midfield. Regardless, when asked about his future in North London, he didn't give much away, saying; “I haven’t thought about what’ll happen in summer,” Od...
Arsenal seal loan deal for Martin Odegaard
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Arsenal seal loan deal for Martin Odegaard

Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard has joined Premier League outfit Arsenal on loan until the end of the season. The 22-year-old spent last season on loan to Real Sociedad in La Liga where he impressed considerably. He returned to the Bernabeu in the summer and was expected to be given a role in the side under Zinedine Zidane. However, this was not the case as he found a place in the team hard to come by, hence the decision to leave on another loan adventure. READ: Arsenal join race for Barca target Eric Garcia Martin Odegaard was formerly one of the most talented and sought-after youngsters in Europe. He will now have the chance to show what he's made of in the Premier League; And where better than a club in dire need of a proper attacking midfielder? On agreeing to the...
Arsenal are now in a good place for the fight ahead
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Arsenal are now in a good place for the fight ahead

The 2020/21 Premier League season had been a dreadful one and one they were willing to forget in the red side of North London until the folks from the Blue side of London came visiting, and fortunes changed. Some months back, Arsenal were close to the relegation places but are now closer to the top 4 after rediscovering their mojo under Mikel Arteta, who surprisingly appears to have gotten his side back to their best. The Gunners have been revived and are now impressing in the Premier League despite struggling for a large part of the season. Just 5 points separate them from 4th place West Ham although some teams above and below them are yet to play. Mikel Arteta deserves the credit for steadying the ship as many folks had given up on the season, alongside top 4 hopes and title ...
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 ...