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Welbeck Linked With Everton – Good Move for the Player and the Club

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With the World Cup finally over (congrats France!!!), we are back to preseason action and the Gunners have shown some attacking ruthlessness, blasting eight past a hapless Boreham Wood and surprisingly, they smashed nine past Crawley Town in a friendly behind closed doors. Some pictures surfaced and it was nice seeing Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette strutting their stuff together.

With the summer acquisitions of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papathatopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi, it’s highly unlikely for the Gunners to do any transfer business, so it only makes sense to balance the books with some departures on the other end. Sure I have see Carl Jenkinson play in a couple of games, but will he be comfortable enough to wait for his chance behind Hector Bellerin and Lichtsteiner? Joel Campbell didn’t do much justice to market himself during the World Cup, but he certainly knows how to find a loan spell somewhere away from the Emirates. Then there are those youngsters that may never make the grade like Chuba Akpom and co.

According to the times, Marco Silva and his Everton are interested in signing Danny Welbeck this summer. Unlike Aaron Ramsey whose contractual situation has been clearly publicized due to his importance to the team, Welbeck has less than 12 months on his contract and it will make some sense to ship him away and re-invest in the team if need be. Since his move from Manchester United, Welbz hasn’t really lighted any fireworks but he has done his bit here and there – however, not really good enough for the team in the grand scale of things. Sure he provides some depth and he’s homegrown, but many fans will not bat an eyelid if Welbeck joins Theo Walcott in the blue of Everton.

I’ve always felt that Welbeck is a mid-table forward at best, and he could possibly thrive in a team like Everton. They struggled with big Sam last season and never did enough to replace the monumental loss of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United. With Wayne Rooney gone to the MLS to enjoy his twilight years, Welbeck will have the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse to contend with and it’s fair to say that he will get the nod ahead of those two.

I hope this move comes to fruition and I wish him the very best in his future endeavors. The league starts pretty soon and the transfer window closes with it, so I’d be hopeful he makes that move. Besides, we have Alex Iwobi and Lucas Perez to provide width on the flanks to make up for the loss of Welbeck.

It’s going to be a good move for the player and the club.

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Confidence Restored as Gunners win the Battle of Goodison Park

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Everton 0-2 Arsenal

Match Report Match Highlights Post-Match Press Conference

There was something about that mid-week loss to Barcelona at the Nou Camp. Arsene Wenger’s men were probably aware of the fact that qualification was going to be impossible after that dismal first leg performance but they gave it a go and played to the best of their abilities. Despite the poor efficiency in front of goal and school boys that led to the Barcelona goals, you could feel the confidence flowing as Arsene Wenger fielded a revitalized squad bereft of those underwhelming performers like Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, that rightly deserved their places on the bench.

With that wisdom, the manager opted for the same squad that played at Nou Camp and many wonders what cult hero, Joel Campbell, was going to do to get into the team. This also meant that the onus was on the players on the pitch to do what was required of them and the goals from Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi justified the manager’s selections of them over Giroud and Campbell. Yes, Alexis Sanchez is still struggling with his form but he still managed to get an assist on the day.

What impressed me about yesterday’s performance was the solidity the team had at its spine. David Ospina was relatively untested and suffered a nasty knock but Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista ensured that their goalie was to have a hassle-free day. Both defenders took turns on who was going to put Romelu Lukaku in their pockets as the Belgian hotshot was quite for the entirety of the game. Nacho Monreal and birthday boy, Hector Bellerin did their bit defensively and offensively, with the young Spaniard lofting the pass that led to watch proved to be the match clincher.

Then what can I say about this…

Boy! The Coq is back! Since his return from injury, the Coq had struggled and people started questioning whether his exploits of 2015 was a fluke but it was good to see the Frenchman issue a reminder to his critics that he’s still the real deal. Then there was Mohamed Elneny, a gem of a player at Arsenal. The Egyptian covered every blade of grass at the Goodison and always made himself available for a pass. The best thing about that Coqneny combination was how they kept complementing each other and their positional discipline was top notch.

Up front, Welbeck made himself a nuisance to the opposition defenders and he harried them into making errors. His own moment of glory arrived when he latched onto Sanchez’ pass, rounded the goalie and dispatched the ball neatly into the net. Had that ball fallen to Giroud, he would have lashed it straight at the keeper or out wide. To justify what I was saying, Giroud had such a chance late on and he found the side netting with his effort.

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck celebrates his opener against Everton in the early Premier League clash at Goodison Park

Welbeck celebrating his opener

Iwobi showed his improved and naive side of the game but I would take nothing from what was a brilliant solo individual effort to score his first senior goal for the club. After receiving a cross field ball from Bellerin, he did so well to wade off a more physical Funes Mori before playing the ball through the goalie’s legs. The player is focused and has stated that he’s enjoying the moment.

This win has gone a long way to restore some measure of confidence to the team and the players will go into the international break with some optimism. Leicester’s narrow win over Crystal Palace didn’t help the team’s title hopes but there is still some glimmer of hope for everyone associated with Arsenal.

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Everton Preview: Time to Pick Up the Points

In 2016, Arsenal has failed to muster up any form of consistency. According to the stats boys, the Gunners have won just four out of 15 games in the turn of the calendar year and it was against lowly Burnley, Hull, Bournemouth and 10-man Leicester City. Since then, it has been a flurry of disappointing draws and painful losses along the way.

There was a very familiar feeling when the Gunners crashed out of the FA Cup and Champions League in the same week, but Mesut Ozil has urged the team to fight on, as there is still a small glimmer of hope for their fading title challenge. For Arsene Wenger’s men to win the league this season, we have to win all their remaining games while hoping for other teams to do them favors against Leicester and Tottenham.

The record books favor Arsenal in this fixture, as Everton has one just once in the last 18 meetings (D6 L11), but Wenger’s side have won none of the last three league trips to Goodison Park (D2 L1). When both sides met earlier in the season, the Gunners ran out as 2-1 winners.

Olivier Giroud has scored five goals in his last five games in all competitions against Everton, including in each of the last three Premier League meetings.

Arsenal Team News

 

Wenger shared some insight on the wretched injury situation ravaging the club at the moment,

“Well, the other night we lost Mathieu Flamini with a hamstring injury, so he will be out. Wilshere is showing good signs now of recovery, Santi is a bit slower. The players who will definitely be back from injury [after the international break] will be Ramsey, Cech and maybe Flamini. But I don’t think Cazorla or Wilshere will be straight after the international break.”

The injuries continue to disrupt the squad but there are some players that will seize the opportunity to make their mark. Mohamed Elneny will want to build on his good performance at the Nou Camp and I don’t mind if he gets a two or two today because goals have been hard to come by nowadays at Arsenal.

Arsenal Injury / Suspension News

Jack Wilshere (ankle), Santi Cazorla (knee), Tomas Rosicky (thigh), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Carl Jenkinson (knee), Petr Cech (calf), Aaron Ramsey (thigh), Mathieu Flamini (hamstring)

Arsenal Predicted Lineup

Arsenal 4-2-3-1 football formation

Everton Team News

 

Romelu Lukaku was the star attraction when Everton eased past Chelsea to book a place in the semifinals. They have had the luxury of a week’s rest before todays encounter, unlike their opponents that had some mid-week action in a wet Camp Nou. However, the Toffees have somewhat struggled in the league this season, and they would be without a couple of players – most notably, Gareth Barry, that earned himself a red card in the FA Cup victory over Chelsea.

Everton Injury / Suspension News

Tyrias Browning (knee), Tony Hibbert (knee), Bryan Oviedo (illness), Steven Pienaar (knock), Darron Gibson (knock), Kevin Mirallas (suspension), Gareth Barry (suspension)

Everton Predicted Lineup

Everton 4-2-3-1 football formation

 

Team Form

Arsenal

  • Last Five Games: L D W L L
  • Last Result: Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal
  • Leading Goalscorer: Olivier Giroud (20)

Everton

  • Last Five Games: L W W L W
  • Last Result: Everton 2-0 Chelsea
  • Leading Goalscorer: Romelu Lulaku (25)

Gooner Daily predicts a 2 – 0 win for Arsenal.

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