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Arsenal 2021-22: What to expect from the Gunners
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Arsenal 2021-22: What to expect from the Gunners

For the first time in 25 years, Arsenal finished the season outside the top 6 and essentially missed out on a spot in Europe. Arteta started his Arsenal managerial career on a high note, winning the FA cup and the community shield, but the momentum has waned ever since. New manager bounce??  Arsenal fans would like to think otherwise. There has been a pressing need for a rebuild at the club for a while and while it can be said to have started, Arsenal need to do a whole lot to get back to being top dogs again. Recruitment plays a big role in football success and Arsenal seem to have figured it out this time with the swiftness with which they have concluded deals this summer and here's a peek into what to expect from the various departments Goalkeeping Selling Emiliano Martinez just...
Saiba joins Marseille on a season-long loan
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Saiba joins Marseille on a season-long loan

The Arsenal fans who are keen to see William Saliba play for them in competitive games will have to wait a while as the defender has been loaned to Marseille for the entire duration of the 2021/22 season. The 20-year-old is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Gunners since he was signed in July 2019 for a reported fee of £27 million (€29.7m). After his acquisition was confirmed in 2019, he was immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne and spent the second half of last season with Nice after he was excluded from the Gunners' squad for their Premier League and Europa League exertions. Saliba will now return to Ligue 1 for another spell after an agreement with Marseille was reached over a season-long loan. During the confirmation of the deal on Friday, technical director of t...
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 ...
Blues were unlucky against Arsenal but did everything to lose
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Blues were unlucky against Arsenal but did everything to lose

Thomas Tuchel blamed himself for changing his lineup which resulted in the narrow 1 nil loss to Arsenal, adding that his side received a wake-up call that puts them in the uncertainty of their qualification to next season's UEFA Champions League with two games left. Chelsea were dominant against Mikel Arteta's visitors but missed golden chances in the two halves. The Blues went behind in the 16th minute to a goal by Emile Smith Rowe after a disastrous error by Jorginho. Tuchel bemoaned his side's lack of intensity and noted that seven changes were made with an eye on Saturday's FA Cup final against Leicester City. “It is our fault, nobody else’s,” he said. “We lost the game, it’s totally our responsibility. Overall we were not sharp enough, we could not put up the same intensity a...
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...
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...
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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...
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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...