Arsenal Picking Up Awards and FA Charges
Arsenal has been on the news for the right and wrong reasons, but one thing remains constant – Mikel Arteta’s army has been on a good charge this season and the results pretty much speak for themselves. Prior to the FIFA World Cup that commenced in November, Mikel Arteta guided Arsenal to hard fought wins over Chelsea and Wolves, and the Gunners picked up where they left off after the mundial with victories over West Ham and Brighton, before sharing the spoils with Newcastle, where the Red Army was charged by the Football Association for ‘failing to control the players’.
“Arsenal has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20.1 following its Premier League match against Newcastle United FC on Tuesday 3 January 2023.“It’s alleged that Arsenal FC failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 95th minute, and the club has until Tuesday 10 January 2023 to respond.”
Anyone with two functioning eyes that watched the game against Newcastle can attest to the fact that, the Mgpies, a side renowned for playing good football with the right results, as well as a deserved place in the Premier League table to match, reverted to an absolutely disgusting style of Satanball that Diego Simeone and Antonio Conte would have been proud of. To a certain degree, it was expected that the Arsenal players were going to show some level of frustration, especially with the ramifications of not getting the desired result on the night. We went on to draw the game, and Man City beat hapless Chelsea to reduce the gap to five points.
With the performances for November 2022 and December 2022 combined due to the World Cup involvement, Arsenal’s wins over Chelsea, Wolves, West Ham, Brighton and the draw against Newcastle earned Mikel Arteta that PFA Manager of the Month (s) award, which would be the second time this season he’s earning the prestigious award this season and the fourth time in his fledgling career.
With Arsenal in imperial form, the players contributed immensely to the success story but there was a player that stood out from the rest. He had a decent game at Stamford Bridge and was the undisputed star at Molineux with two goals against Wolves. Like Erling Haaland, he earned himself a week deserved break with Norway not qualifying for the World Cup. When Premier League football resumed in late December, he was at his creative best, laying two assists for his teammates in the 3-1 victory over West Ham. This was followed by the goal-fest against Brighton that will be forever remembered for his filthy assist to Gabriel Martinelli.
It was a close battle against other stars like his compatriot, Erling Haaland, Ben Mee, Joao Palhinha, Casemiro, and the free-scoring Marcus Rashford, but Arsenal’s very own, Martin Odegaard, has been given the PFA Player of the Month award.
“It feels great. I’ve said a lot of times this team has a lot of young, hungry players and we play so well with each other, so it’s just a pleasure to be here and to be part of what we’re doing now.
“It’s a pleasure to play with them and show my qualities so I’m very happy to get this award.”
The last time a Gunner bagged this award was as far back as September 2019, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was in imperious form, not like the shadow of a player that he is today. It’s always good to see the lads get rewarded for their exemplary performances this season, and we will be hoping for more of the same in the ground of the old enemy, Tottenham Hotspurs. Tomas Rosicky’s wonder strike was the settler the last time Arsenal earned a victory in enemy territory but it was as far back as 2014.
Lest I forget, Arsenal got charged again by the FA for failing to control their players in the resounding victory over minnows, Oxford. Albert Sambi Lokonga fired the ball at Josh Murphy and the ref, David Coote, awarded a corner kick, when a penalty seemed to be the more plausible option. Now the FA is on our butt yet again.
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