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Europa League Preview as BATE Borisov Come to Town

Olivier Giroud

So the Champions League group stage fixtures are over and this time, we will not be scared about playing Bayern Munich or Barcelona for a change. However, we would have to be mindful of the eight teams that have gotten a second chance in Europe via the Europa League. CSKA Moscow, Celtic, Atletico Madrid, Sporting CP, Spartak Moscow, Napoli, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund failed to qualify from their respective groups and would have a keen eye on the draws for the latter stages of the competition.

Arsenal on the other hand had done enough to finish as group winners, despite the fact that they put up a putrid performance against FC Cologne, and that feel-good factor has somewhat faded since that disappointing defeat to Manchester United last weekend but that’s football for you – the games can’t come soon enough.

Wenger would have half an eye on the Southampton game for the weekend, so ideally, he’d want to rest his big guns, allowing the fringe players and youngsters to get another run out in front of the home crowd. I’d expect to see David Ospina again in goal with Petr Cech getting a breather. The Colombian goalie hasn’t covered himself in glory this season, and he has certainly put up some questionable performances this season, but that’s what being a second fiddle goalie gets you these days. With club captain, Per Mertesacker, fit, he’d want to get a run out while the likes of Rob Holding and Calum Chambers would be looking for more chances to impress. I’d be hoping to see Reiss Nelson in a more advanced position than right wing back, and I’m sure that’s not going to happen, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles getting a run out in the unfamiliar left wing back position.

I guess I’d have to brace my eyes for another shite fest from Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny, but with Theo Walcott still ‘ill’, Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck should flank Olivier Giroud. After the run of games we had of recent, the loss to Man Utd was like a reality check but the lads actually worked their skins off but couldn’t get past the impressive David de Gea. I don’t expect BATE’s goalie to have that kind of quality.

This is a dead rubber fixture for us in all sense of the word but it’s always nice to get a win under the belt. Let’s hope for a better performance that what we have been witnessing in recent Europe League matches from the Gunners.

Sayonara.

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Classic Case of Deja Vu as Arsenal Secure Late Win Against Burnley

 

I must say that Burnley has been a different outfit under Sean Dyche this season. The only team that has humbled them in the campaign was Manchester City and there’s no shame in that, especially when you remember how they thumped five past fellow top four rivals, Liverpool.

Coming off four clean sheets on the bounce, the home side were very confident and the game yesterday proved it. They matched the Gunners pound for pound and even smashed the post with a well taken shot from Gudmunsson. Arsenal’s back three of Laurent Koscielny, Skhodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal worked overtime as they continued to receive several aerial onslaughts from the Burnley side. Alexandre Lacazette had one of those games he’d want to quickly forget but there was a moment his quality shone through when he found Aaron Ramsey from the byline but the Welsh midfielder skied his effort over the bar.

Just went it seemed like the Gunners were going to drop points in a weekend where Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham did the same, James Tarkowski was adjudged to have pushed Ramsey in the box, leaving the ref no choice but to point to the spot. It’s one thing to get a penalty with literally the last kick of the game, it’s another to actually convert it. Up stepped Alexis Sanchez, a man so vilified by his fans this season in the wake of his contract saga, but you cannot doubt his commitment on the pitch. Maybe he may join Manchester City or PSG at the end of the season, but he’s still our player and it’s the manager’s responsibility to use him well this season. The Chile converted the spot kick, taking his tally in the league to two goals in two and you know how Sanchez loves to find the back of the net.

That win has propelled Arsenal to fourth place and with the margins so close in that section of the table, they have to continue getting a string of victories while the opposition continues to drop points.

With more games coming up tomorrow, we can only hope the Gunners build some momentum and take it from there.

Sayonara

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Who is Eddie Nketiah???

Edward Keddar Nketiah is an English professional footballer that currently plays as a forward for Arsenal London. At only 18 years-old, he managed to score in what was his first kick ever in Arsenal’s jersey and helped the gunners win their cup contest against Norwich.

He made his debut with Arsenal in the Europa league against Bate Borisov, replacing Joe Willock in the 72nd minute in what was a great 4-2 victory for the gunners.  If you’re interested in learning more about this 18-years-old striker that may just be the future for Arsenal’s attack, keep reading this article.

Started Football at Chelsea

Eddie first got into the world of professional football at Chelsea, the life-long London rivals of Arsenal. He progressed through Chelsea’s ranks step by step and everything seemed to work out just fine for the youngster, however, in 2015 he was told that he won’t continue his career there. This was the cue for Arsenal that immediately invited Eddie for a trial and only a week later he was signed by them on scholarship forms.

Climbing the Ladder

Now playing for the team he was a fan of ever since he was a little kid, Nketiah started to climb the ladder and after a short period, he earned his spot in the U18 Arsenal team. His talent was quickly catching the eye of Arsenal bosses and the fact that he started to score in almost every game also helped his ascension towards the first team. His stats were remarkable for the U18 team, Eddie scoring 24 goals in the 28 matches he played for the Gunners.

His impressive form during the U18 season made him the perfect candidate for the jump to the U23 for the 2016-217 campaign. Again, he kept his form and scored more than 20 goals, a performance that won him a spot in the team that went to play for the pre-season tour in Australia and China. There Eddie made his appearance in matches against Sydney FC, Bayern Munchen or even his former team, Chelsea.

It was only natural that, after such a good run in his first years with Arsenal, Eddie was rewarded with his first professional contract that he signed in September 2016. As if it wasn’t already very clear, this is the moment when he officially committed to Arsenal on long-term. Totally aware of the importance of signing this contract, Nketiah declared that he signed it by working hard and always trying to improve. He also said that he’ll keep doing the same thing since the goal is to become a regular in the first team and really make an impact on Arsenal’s play.

What Does the Future Hold?

Since he is already training with the first team on a regular basis, the questions about his future at the club are just a natural follow-up. Having already scored two goals for Arsenal’s main team after coming from the bench, Eddie seems like the perfect solution for Wenger in times of need. But even so, the club must surely have a well-devised plan for his future since you can’t just let a diamond like that fade away.

The usual approach in situations like this one is to keep playing him in the first team as a substitute and, when the time comes, going for a loan so that he can gather more minutes in the first eleven of another Premier League team. This seems like the best move for Arsenal in the development of what could be their next big star, Eddie Nketiah.

Support from Thierry Henry

Even former Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry is totally ready to make a bet regarding the strength and future of Eddie Nketiah. The Frenchman that worked with Eddie at the U18 team had enough time to observe the development and sheer talent of the youngster and stated that he is certain Nketiah will be able to score goals even when he will turn 60. Henry continued the praises towards the youngster and said that Eddie is a great kid with awesome skills. He was always on time, hard-working and always eager to learn and improve.

When you get so much praise from a player like Henry, you really must be doing something right. And if you thought that’s already a lot of recognition, you might want to wait and hear what else the Frenchman had to say about Eddie. In an interview he said that even though Nketiah isn’t a fancy player, he is very efficient and lethal in front of goal and it just seems that every time he gets on the field, he will definitely score.

So, it seems that the world of football just got another rising star in the person of Eddie Nketiah and only time will tell what his mark on international football will be. Either if Arsenal decides to give him a shot in the first team or decides to continue with a loan to another Premier League team where the youngster can gain some more experience, one thing is certain: we are witnessing the birth of what can be the biggest star of English football. It’s only up to him to stay focused and avoid being pulled-aside by all the media attention he is now receiving.

This brilliant article was written by Alex Norwood, a huge football faN

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