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How Formidable Home Record Can Help Arsenal Against Rennes

Amuda Segun

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North London giants Arsenal have one of the best home records in the top five European leagues and that could be of immense assistance to the Gunners in their quest to overturn a 3-1 deficit from their Europa League last 16 first leg clash with French club Rennes.

Arsenal were comfortable in the aforementioned first leg with a 1-0 lead courtesy Alex Iwobi until the red card to Sokratis Papasthathopoulos.

The Greek international was sent off for two yellow cards towards the end of the first half and the Gunners went on to concede three goals as a result.

Buoyed by their home form, Arsenal have to score at least two unreplied goals to secure their place in the last eight of the competition.

The Gunners are one of the favourites to win the Europa League this season alongside London rivals Chelsea and the Italian Serie A duo of Inter Milan and Napoli.

Arsenal have the sixth best record at home in Europe’s top five leagues ahead of the likes of Spanish La Liga leaders Barcelona and German Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.

The Gunners have recorded 41 points from just 16 league games.

They have the third- best home record in the Premier League behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

I am Segun Amuda , Journalist at Thewistle.com. You can also find my articles here on topics related to Football. Outside Blogging, I have a keen interest in watching English Premier League Games. For any queries or issues related to articles on our website, kindly get in touch.

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Former Arsenal player on his way back to EPL?

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Aaron Ramsey

Emerging reports reveal the possibility of former Arsenal player and Juventus ace Aaron Ramsey returning to the English Premier League in the coming summer transfer window.

Life has not been the same for the Wales international since he left Arsenal on a free deal to join the Italian Serie A giants after his contract expired. His journey with the club has not been smooth. He has not been a regular as expected.

It is, therefore, claimed that Juventus are keen on the signature of Chelsea star Jorginho and are ready to release Aaron Ramsey as bait to have the Italian international.

Jorginho seems also not needed at the Stamford Bridge which makes a deal likely as Chelsea will not mind the idea of having Aaron Ramsey at the club.

Aaron Ramsey has a good knowledge of the English Premier League and was highly rated and wanted by the Blues team before his exit from England.

Jorginho is also needed at Juventus with manager Maurizio Sarri hoping on a reunion with the Italian midfielder.

However, the Italian Serie A outfit are also ready to add Adrien Rabiot in the deal that will have Jorginho join the club ahead of the new season.

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Why Arsenal may no longer suffer any defeat until the end of the season

Timothy Aiyeku

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Mikel Arteta

If the emerging analysis of the Arsenal team is anything to go by, then the North London outfit will no longer suffer any defeat until the season ends.

The Gunners have been inconsistent in their results so far this season and manager Mikel Arteta has been struggling to get hold of the team to get positive and consistent results.

The latest analysis claim that Mikel Arteta has finally gotten the right formation that would accommodate some important players in his squad and that will make his team more formidable.

According to the analysis, the Spanish boss could now continue with the 3-4-2-1 formation that will accommodate Bukayo Saka, Kieran Tierney, and Gabriel Martinelli.

There is no doubt about the form and stability of the trio in the Arsenal team, especially as Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have just been handed new long deals at the club.

With Kieran Tierney at the back and his mobility, he could easily link up with Saka who will be ahead in the formation while Gabriel Martinelli expects to operate from the left at the front. He would be able to open up for Saka.

It is claimed that the connection between the three players, adding to the quality of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can go a long way in helping the Arsenal team with more wins.

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Tottenham clash: Arteta makes a NO case for Aubameyang

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been faced with questions on what would be the role of Gabon International Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when his team resume hostilities against Tottenham in the North London derby.

This question has become necessary with Eddie Nketiah facing a ban after being handed a red card in Leicester City draw game following his tackle on James Justin.

It is no longer news that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not been playing as a central striker despite his goals tally at the club and there could be a need to have a formidable force when Arsenal meet Tottenham in their next game.

Mike Arteta has therefore given the answer “NO” as he claims to have a number of options for the central striker role and will put then into consideration.

Alexander Lacazette has not been in the best of form for the past few games as he has not been consistent with goal scoring. This is the reason why it was asked if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be given the nod to lead in the attack ahead of anyone.

Arteta noted that there is a need to keep up the firepower of the team without losing its balance and that will strongly inform the choice of players for the game.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s leading goal scorer this season having scored 23 so far, with 20 coming in the English Premier League.

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Arsenal receiving Lacazette temptation, will they overcome?

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Alexandre Lacazette

Hardly will a day go by without speculations of Arsenal parting ways with France international Alexandre Lacazette ahead of the summer transfer window.

L’Equipe are the latest to report that the former Lyon striker is being linked with a move to Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan with all clubs establishing contact with the North London outfit.

Some reports claim that the Gunners will favour a move for the striker to Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid as a bait to land their major target Thomas Partey.

The Gunners are keen on Partey to add depth to their midfield and create a cover for the shaky defence.

Howbeit, this comes as a temptation to the Gunners who are obviously not interested in Laazette’s exit.

The France international has two years left to run out his contract with Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta has made it clear that he wants to have more of the player, adding that there will be talks of a contract extension at the end of the season.

But the fact that Arsenal will land some financial benefits, as well as sanction other target deals, could tempt the club to let go of Lacazette, making him the sacrificial lamb.

Alexandre Laazette was on target in the Gunners last EPL game and there are hopes that he has a lot to score at the Emirates Stadium.

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Arsenal player banished, what happens next?

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The situation for Arsenal midfielder, Matteo Guendouzi seems to be getting worst with reports by The Athletic claiming that he has been banished from first-team training for the last two weeks.

It is claimed by David Ornstein that the France International has been working alone with one of the club’s fitness coach, as instructed by manager Mikel Arteta.

Matter Guendouzi is being accused of attitude issues and that has been messy since his post-match confrontation with compatriot Neal Maupay during the 2-1 Premier League defeat at Brighton on June 20.

Efforts to calm the 21-year-old has yet to yield any result and the situation irritates Arteta who is not ready to have such attitude in his team.

Matter Guendouzi joined the Gunners with a great prospect but that seems to be dying. He has not featured in Arsenal’s last four games.

Reports even claimed that Matteo Guendouzi has told the club hierarchy of his decision to leave Arsenal at the end of the season.

It is feared that the development with Guendouzi and his soar relationship with Mikel Arteta could be marking his end at the Emirates Stadium.

With reports that he is wanted at the La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid, Arsenal could add him in the deal that will bring in Ghana international Thomas Partey to the Emirates Stadium.

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Monaco begin search to replace £36m-rated Man United target

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French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco seems to be resigning to fate over keeping their star player Wissam Ben Yedder who is also top on Man United’s wanted list.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to prove a point next season and that begins with equipping his team with the 29-year-old striker as a major target in the summer window.

Wissam Ben Yedder, who turns 30 in August is believed to be experienced and the quality needed at the Old Trafford.

The Red Devils can boast of a handful of strikers including Marcus Rashford, Antonio Martial and Mason Greenwood, adding to the presence of Nigerian international Odion Ighalo but that has not stopped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from making strikers a priority.

However, Man United will have to battle for the signature of the Monaco player as a number of clubs are in his chase.

Meanwhile, it seems the player will be available for a fee of £36 million as the Ligue 1 outfit are reported to be out in search for his replacement.

Monaco have identified former Arsenal
striker Donyell Malen as a target ahead of the summer window.

The 21-year-old has found the net 28 times in 71 appearances since joining PSV Eindhoven in 2017, making him fit for the challenge at Monaco.

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Mourinho slams Arsenal, issues damning threat

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Jose Mourinho

Tottenham manager has blasted Arsenal for a post he claims to be mocking his side.

The North London outfit suffered a defeat against Sheffield United and Arsenal posted on their Facebook page, highlights of their FA Cup win at Bramall Lane last weekend, with the caption: “It’s not easy beating Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.”

The Portuguese boss feels offended with Arsenal’s post and claims their North London rivals do not have any success to celebrate, hence have no moral right to mock his team for suffering a defeat.

Mourinho told Sky Sports that if the Gunners were top of the league or fighting for top four, they wouldn’t enjoy the problems of others.

He noted that Arsenal are not in a better position than his team in any way but stressed that he is not sure the person behind the post is the club manager, Mikel Arteta or any of the players but one of the club media team.

The former Man United boss, therefore, issued a threat ahead of their North London derby clash on July 12, stating that “we will be waiting for them”

Tottenham will be playing their game against Everton later on Monday but there is no doubt that Mourinho already has the game against Arsenal in mind.

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Arsenal ready to welcome in Hat-trick hero

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is keen to land Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin in the coming summer transfer window, according to reports.

The flying winger has been in top form for Newcastle since the restart of the season and the highlight of his performance is the hat-trick he scored against Bournemouth.

The France international is reportedly ready for a move with Newcastle ready to let him leave for the right price. Allan Saint-Maximin joined the club for a fee of £20 million and they will be hoping to make some profit from his sale.

With speculations that Arsenal will be doing away with Alexandre Lacazette in the summer window, Allan Saint-Maximin could be a good replacement and he could as well join the Arteta team without Lacazette’s exit.

This is because manager Mikel Arteta made it very clear that he will now make more use of the former Lyon striker in the coming games, noting that he has got a lot to offer his team.

The Spanish boss, therefore, stated that he will be waiting patiently for the end of the season to have contract extension negotiation with the former Lyon striker as the focus, for now, is to secure a ticket for European football ahead of the coming season.

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