Category Archives: Premier League

Lucas Torreira: Update on his Ankle Injury

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Lucas Torreira suffered a nasty ankle injury in the 16th minute of Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park on a cold Monday night. The Arsenal youngsters took the plaudits for their good performance that was enough to seal a quarterfinal berth with head coach, Mikel Arteta, lauding their efforts but it was not a good night for Torreira, that had to be stretched off the pitch to receive medical attention for what was really a nasty challenge from Portsmouth defender, James Bolton.

Torreira was seen wearing an ankle brace and had to use clutches to navigate his way around to join the team leaving Portsmouth back to London. This leaves Arteta with only Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi as his only central midfield options, which is not ideal if you ask me. No other player in the side offers what Lucas Torreira gives this team and I touched on this sometime in January, when he suffered an injury in the draw with Crystal Palace. 

 Arsenal star Torreira was hobbling in a protective boot and will need scans on his injured ankle

Lucas Torreira wearing an ankle brace

Torreira has done well to allays some fears on whether he will be out for a while, when he spoke to the media about his injury,

“I wanted to tap it and grabbed my ankle on the outside. It twisted the ankle but I can move it”

Arteta, on the other hand, isn’t sure of the severity of the injury and will be waiting for the Arsenal medical team to provide a favorable update for him. What we know for sure is that Torreira will not be available for the crucial weekend fixture against West Ham and the midweek clash against Manchester City might come too soon for him. 

In his absence, Ceballos will get an extended run in the side and we will be hoping he can forge a good understanding with Xhaka in the middle of the park. For a player that was close to leaving the club in January, Ceballos is playing on a different level and looks committed to the cause as Arteta hopes to seek qualification to Europe from the Premier League following that disaster that happened last week Thursday against Olympiakos.

Arsenal would be hoping to have Torreira available for selection as soon as possible because he remains a vital cog in the Arteta midfield machine.

Sayonara.

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Watford 3-0 Liverpool: There’s Only One Invincible

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26 wins, 12 draws, immortality. This record stood proud for the best part of 16 years (yes, it’s that long since we won the league) and it was heavily threatened by Jurgen Klopp and his rampant Liverpool side.

To be fair, it seemed really likely for the Merseyside outfit to break the unbeaten record with the ruthless way they went about playing their football. There were games where Liverpool’s sheer quality was more than enough to see them gain maximum points while there were other games when they had a bit of lady luck on their side with enough in the tank to see them through. 

Coming into the game at Vicarage Road, the league leaders were in their usual bullish confident mode, thinking that the quality of their prolific striking trio, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were going to do the damage. In the first half, there were half chances for both sides, but Watford seemed likelier to score and that duly happened when Ismaila Sarr reacted quicker than Andrew Robertson to nick it past Alisson Becker in goal. Alisson has had an exemplary clean sheet record this season, so you could understand the sheer elation the Watford fans felt when Sarr opened the scoring. The Senegalese starlet doubled his money when he latched onto Troy Deeney’s through bal in behind the defense and chipped it past Alisson to send Vicarage Road into raptures. Two goals became three when Sarr turned from scorer to provider with the forward receiving a gift of a pass from the usually reliable Trent Alexander-Arnold and cushioning it for Deeney that fired the ball into an unguarded net.

This sensational defeat to Watford saw Liverpool go unbeaten for 44 games in the Premier League stretching back to January 2019 when they lost that crucial title decider to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Fans were hopeful, lemme rephrase, Arsenal fans remained hopeful that Liverpool was going to lose a match this season, and the game against Manchester City was earmarked as that game, which coincidentally was the 49th game. Survive that fixture and Arsenal’s eternal 49-game unbeaten record was going up in flames.

So here we stand, the morning after, still mourning the Europa League heartbreak on Thursday night, but are filled with joy with the prospect of Liverpool finishing the campaign with their unbeaten record dead and gone. I don’t know or care how they react to this defeat, as my affiliations will always be with Arsenal football club.

Here’s a shout to Ismaila Sarr and Troy “Cojones” Deeney, for ensuring that Liverpool’s Premier League trophy won’t be made of gold. 

That’s simply because, there will only be one invincible.

Sayonara

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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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