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Arteta Looking Forward to the Winter Break: So Are We

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Arteta has been at Arsenal for just six weeks but it seems like forever. Maybe it’s because of the way things have drastically changed since he joined the club. Arsenal began the campaign with fresh optimism following the vast array of new signings. Losing the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck was painful bearing in mind that they contributed a lot to the team’s cause during their years of service, but Arsenal signed Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba, Kieran Tierney, David Luiz and club record signing, Nicolas Pepe.

Life under Unai Emery was a struggle and the results clearly showed that he was living on borrowed time. It’s shocking to know how long it took our board to act. In the Europa League, Arsenal had a relatively easy group and began the competition with some exciting talents like Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka, whose performances shone through like bright lights in the dark campaign. The Carabao Cup offered the team a chance to go further with the young Guns, 

Arteta took this daunting job in December 2019 and successfully transformed the team, bringing his own fresh ideas that has revitalized the team. Those players that struggled badly under Unai Emery have found their collective mojos and it’s evident that these lads are ready to shed blood, sweat and tears for Arteta. After a tumultuous period at the club, the winter break couldn’t come any sooner,

It’s good to go away. The players have been through a lot. The last two or three months have been tough for them so I want to give them a few days off.

I wholeheartedly agree with Arteta on this one. The players have been through so much since the campaign began, and none can be compared to former club captain, Granit Xhaka, that fell out with the fans and was stripped off his captaincy. That was a terrible period for the player and the club with the results nothing to write home about.

With this winter break in the lovely Dubai, the lads will feel refreshed and will still have half an eye on the Newcastle game that comes up in a fortnight. Let’s be hopeful it will have the same positive effect we believe it should.

Sayonara.

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Burnley 0-0 Arsenal: Wasteful Gunners Drop Points Again

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Aubameyang wasted clear cut chances (via Arsenal.com)

Match Report Match Highlights Post-Match Press Conference

Final Result: Burnley 0-0 Arsenal

Arsenal XI (subs) (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, D. Luiz, Saka (Torreira); Xhaka, Guendouzi; Aubameyang, Ozil (Willock), Martinelli; Lacazette (Nketiah)

A whole lot has changed since Mikel Arteta took over at the club but the results haven’t been convincing with Arsenal dropping points from good positions. Arsenal has become more compact under the new gaffer, but the club has struggled in the attacking department with the favored center forward, Alexandre Lacazette, still struggling to find the back of the net. When you consider the fact that the team’s top goal scorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, shunted to the left flank to accommodate the misfiring French forward, it becomes tiring.

The only time Lacazette was at the danger area was early in the game when he received a lofted ball from Aubameyang but he planted his header wide off the mark. He offered nothing for the entirety of the game before he was replaced by Eddie Nketiah. Seeing Lacazette struggle like this on a consistent basis is painful to watch but Aubameyang was very profligate has he had two cleat cut chances as well as a header that was guided wide,

Arsenal can also thank their lucky stars for Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez shot that hit the underside of the bar but didn’t pass the goal line. At least, the referee had his watch to show him that. This was Arsenal’s 13th draw this season, and the club is still languishing in mid-table after sharing the spoils with Burnley at Turf Moor.

Should the fans expect any better? Maybe. The season has been shambolic but with Arteta at the helm, the performances of certain players have drastically improved. Take a certain Skhodran Mustafi for instance, that has been a horror show in most of his games. The German defender had an awesome outing against Burnley, making clearances, interceptions and blocks with helped his team keep a rare clean sheet. He earned a 9.0 rating in the player rating post published yesterday.

Granit Xhaka’s versatility came into the fore with Bukayo Saka subsitituted at half time due to injury. Arteta confirmed that he had a knee and hip injury, which is a shame bearing in mind that he has been very impressive deputizing in that position. Hopefully, he will get back to full fitness during this two week break in Dubai. 

Arsenal’s game against Newcastle comes up in two weeks time, so we will expect the players to be in great spirits ahead of what will be a crunch encounter at the Emirates.

Sayonara.

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Burnley 0-0 Arsenal: Player Ratings

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Burnley hosted Arsenal in Turf Moor bearing in mind that they had lost their last 10 encounters with the Gunners. It was also a good game for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to return to action following his exemplary scoring record against Burnley. The official website has published the match report for your viewing pleasure.

Without further ado, here are the Gooner Daily player ratings for the Burnley vs. Arsenal game.

Starting XI

Bernd Leno: The German shot stopper wasn’t troubled for most of the game but he made one superb save from a Dwight McNeil shot. He will have his cross bar to thank for Jay Rodriguez’s goal-bound effort though. (7)

Skhodran Mustafi: Following his injury in the Bournemouth game, we feared that Mustafi was out for a lengthy period and it was surprising seeing him in the starting XI ahead of Sokratis Papathatoupoulos. The German defense justified his inclusion with a virtuoso performance. (9)

David Luiz: Another tidy performance from the Brazilian center back. He was concussed for his troubles with a double whammy from Nick Pope. (7)

Hector Bellerin: The Arsenal vice-captain is working his way to full fitness and put up another good shift n the right back position. He almost had a deja vu moment where he used his left to fire a shot but it went wide. I look forward to his fight with new signing, Cedric Soares, for a starting berth. (7)

Bukayo Saka: He showed some brilliant attacking play but he was thwarted by an injury that saw him play only for 45 minutes. (7)

Granit Xhaka: Another decent outing for the Swiss army knife, as he deputized as a left back following Saka’s injury. He has become a utility man under Mikel Arteta and we love. (7)

Matteo Guendouzi: He struggled to dictate the tempo of the game and looked overwhelmed. (6)

Mesut Ozil: Another ineffectual performance from the German schemer that got him replaced by a youngster. (5)

Gabriel Martinelli: Played out of position and couldn’t influence play from the right flank. Switched to the left and didn’t have much success either. (6)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Was rusty for missing three games out as he had the best chances to kill the contest. Sadly, he fluffed all of them. (6)

Alexandre Lacazette: Another game, another drought in front of goal. His away goalscoring form is really terrible with his last EPL goal on the road as far back as February 2019. I think it’s high time he spends some time on the bench. (5)

Substitutes

Lucas Torreira: Added some calm to the midfield when he joined the contest and supported Guendouzi admirably. (7)

Joe Willock: Replaced Arsenal’s chief creator and offered nothing in the final third (5)

Eddie Nketiah: Did not play enough to earn a rating. N/A

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