Saturday, 18 August 2018

Chelsea vs Arsenal: Unai Emery Picks Shocking Lineup

The official lineup for Arsenal's trip to Stamford Bridge has been released and there is a little twist to what many expected.

Arsenal lost to Manchester City with a lineup that didn't feature new signing Lucas Torreira from the beginning of the game. With his strong impact in the team on his introduction in the second half, it was expected that we will see him among the starting eleven for the Chelsea game but 'No'. He begins from the bench.

Leno, the newly signed goalkeeper, tipped to be number one also appears on the substitute list to the disappointment of supporters who have begin to react towards the manager's choice. Below is the full lineup:

Arsenal XI vs Chelsea: Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi, Aubameyang.

Arsenal subs: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Torreira, Ramsey, Welbeck, Lacazette.
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Unai Emery Issues Warning to Mesut Ozil

Ahead of this weekend's trip to the Stamford Bridge, Unai Emery has sounded a loud warning to Mesut Ozil and other members of the Arsenal team.

The Gunners will play against Chelsea today, the new manager's second Premier League game in charge, and like any other struggling side, they will be looking to secure a reasonable result a week after losing 2-0 to Manchester City.

Ozil was one of those who performed below par against the current league holders and when asked about the player's fate if such continues, the Spanish coach said that he expects the same level of commitment from every player regardless of their roles.

According to the former Paris Saint Germain boss, whether you are an attacking or defensive player, you have to be in full participation when any of these activities is taking place on the pitch.

“There are defensive moments and attacking moments,” Emery said to reporters at his pre-match press conference on Friday, when asked about Ozil.

“Every player needs this commitment. We need to start together, whether we are attacking or defending. I want that from every player, defensive moments are for each and every player.

“Ozil has played all his career like a No 10, like a right winger going inside to receive the ball. It’s clear he needs the ball more, to give more options in the attacking moments.

“He needs to do that in each match – be demanding for us.”

From what we have seen and heard from him since his appointment in May, Emery seems to be a no-nonsense man who will not hesitate to drop any lazy one in the team. They all have to sit up and work harder to win his heart.

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Friday, 17 August 2018

What Emery Made Arsenal Players Do After Man City Loss

Arsenal started the 2018/19 Premier League season with a game against reigning Champions Manchester City on Sunday.

Unfortunately for Unai Emery, his side gave him a gloomy welcome in his first competitive game in charge at the club as they were beaten by the current Premier League and Community Shield champions.

There is now a report that has surfaced regarding an action taken by the club manager after that shameful display.

Yesterday, I saw an update on this in an Arsenal WhatsApp group I belong to and few hours later, same has been reported by The Express.

Unai Emery made the Arsenal first team play a behind-closed-doors game with Crystal Palace a day after losing 2-0 to Man City, according to an insider.

This insider is someone many Arsenal fans know. He is Robbie of ArsenalFanTV. He made the revelation in a video published on the ArsenalFanTV YouTube channel.

He stated that the manager made the Arsenal first team players play with the Crystal Palace first team who fielded all their first team players who did not feature in their win over Fulham.

Unai made his men play the same style of football he wants them to adopt – the ‘pressing from the back’ style.

Robbie then said that he wasn’t quite sure of how it ended but that he learnt it was a 4-0 victory for Arsenal.

Fans have since lauded Emery for this.

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Dangerous Package Found at the Emirates Stadium

A security scare caused a bit of tension at the premises of the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, reports The Mirror.

Police were informed about a suspicious dangerous package which was found around the home of Arsenal Football Club in the afternoon of that day and they first of all swung into action by blocking linking roads to avert harm to pedestrians and motorists.

The issue according to the police was handled as quickly as possible as they implored fans and inhabitants of the area to be calm and go about their normal duties

Further checks were conducted by evacuating some parts of the ground and its sorroundings.

Arsenal have since declined to make any comments on the happening.

Similarly in January 2016, five police officers, Alex Field, Jason Hodgson, Marc Woolmer, Sam Homer and Wayne Pullen prevented an attack on the Emirates Stadium.

On that occasion, they had to battle with a terrorist who had handguns, a crossbow and petrol bombs with him probably on a mission to blow up the Arsenal home, the Emirates Stadium.

The quintet (the group of five) was later honoured for their commitment and service to humanity by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick at the Police Bravery Awards which held the following year.

Arsenal lost on their home ground on Sunday when they opened their season with a game against Manchester City. It was Unai Emery's first competitive match in charge since filling the void left by Arsene Wenger back in May.

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Chelsea vs Arsenal: Arsenal Legend Makes Shocking Statement

Going into this weekend’s game at the back of a defeat from Manchester City last Sunday, Arsenal legend Martin Keown has made a statement that will sure shock some Arsenal faithfuls.

Arsenal began their Premier League season on August 12, Unai Emery’s first competitive game in charge since taking over from Arsene Wenger on May 23, and it wasn’t a good one for them as they suffered a 2-0 defeat against the current league holders at the Emirates Stadium.

It will be another big game for the Gunners this Saturday. They’ll be battling it out with Chelsea and Keown has predicted a loss for his former side with the justification that their opponents look more settled than they are despite the fact that they both made crucial changes to their squad during the just-concluded summer transfer window.

Speaking in a chat with the Daily Mail, the former Arsenal defender predicted a 1-0 win for the Yokohama Tyres shirt wearers.

If we are to go by the two teams’ results from their first games, it would be so easy to predict a winner. However, one cannot be so sure as we have to put a number of factors into consideration. While Chelsea recorded a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield, Arsenal were trashed by last season’s league winners who also beat Chelsea 2-0 to win the Community Shield two weeks ago.

From the above, we can see that Chelsea didn’t get a big test in their opening fixture while Arsenal did under a new manager for that matter. We will see how it plays out tomorrow when Arsenal visit Stamford Bridge in what will be a game in which they’ll hope to gain revival.

Arsenal via a penalty shootout were able to sail past Chelsea in preseason. Will that be a boost for them when they meet again? Let’s hear your take.

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