Arsenal were the only club who challenged the dominance of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson and his Manchester United team during the early part of the Premier League era. The Gunners didn’t pose much problems to Manchester United until the arrival of a certain Frenchman named Arsene Wenger in 1996.
Wenger was a relatively unknown quantity when he arrived on the shores of England despite winning the French league with AS Monaco plus managing successfully in the Japanese top flight. He was the catalyst for Arsenal who became a major threat to Ferguson and his players at Old Trafford.
Arsenal and Manchester United dominated Premier League football for the first 12 years. The two clubs won 11 from the 12 Premier League titles on offer with the only exception coming during the 1994/95 when Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish led Blackburn Rovers to the title.
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Wenger became the Arsenal manager in the opening weeks of the 5th Premier League season and didn’t have to wait for long to secure his first league title. He won the Premier League trophy in his first full season in the competition before winning two more league titles including the unprecedented unbeaten campaign during the 2003/04 season. Several players thrived under his management and were instrumental to those league titles as follows:
1. Dennis Bergkamp – He is regarded by a lot of football fans and stakeholders as the best foreign import in Premier League history. He was already an Arsenal player before the appointment of Arsene Wenger and was available for all the three league wins.
2. Patrick Vieira – The Frenchman was the first signing of the Arsene Wenger era at Arsenal and he more than lived up to expectations. Vieira took over the captain’s armband from Mr. Arsenal Tony Adams before leaving the team through the entire league season unbeaten during the 2003/04 campaign. He also has three Premier League titles alongside Dennis Bergkamp and fellow midfielder Ray Parlour.
3. Ray Parlour – Nicknamed the Romford Pele, Parlour was one of the unsung heroes in the Arsenal team. He was an important member of the Arsenal midfield through the three Premier League titles won under Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal given Lacazette transfer backing
Again, the name of France international Alexandre Lacazette has been mentioned as a player Arsenal can part ways with in order to sanction other deals.
Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta will not have enough funds to engage in the summer transfer window despite the high need for more additions.
Ray Palour is the latest to claim that the former Lyon striker should be sacrificed and shown the exit door for the club to fund other transfers.
The Arsenal legend is more particular about the club bringing in a replacement for Aaron Ramsey who left the Emirates Stadium to pitch tent with Italian Serie A giants, Juventus.
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According to him, Mikel Arteta must secure the service of a goal scoring midfielder to make his team more threatening and stand the chances of winning more games.
Aaron Ramsey gave Arsenal that ability and quality before his exit from the club. He scored a number of goals that gave the team some points.
The burden has been on Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to deliver goals since Ramsey left and that ought not to be, according to Ray Palour when he spoke to Talk Sports.
Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey has not been having it all good with the Serie A giants. He has not delivered same quality he is known for and already being reported to return back to England with Chelsea showing interest.
Arsenal in major contest to keep talented midfielder
English Premier League club Arsenal will face a major challenge to keep Dani Ceballos at the Emirates Stadium for a permanent deal.
The Spanish international has been with the North London outfit for the past 12 months on loan and with the contract set to run out at the end of the season, manager Mikel Arteta seeks to work with him on a permanent basis, having fallen in love with the player’s quality.
Before now, Dani Ceballos barely get a role in the team because of his injuries but he seems to be forming a major part of the team, especially now that German international Mesut Ozil has not been in the team since the restart of the EPL.
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However, Arsenal will face a major challenge from Spanish La Liga club Real Betis as they are reported to be in contact with Ceballos for a return to the club, knowing that he started his football career with the outfit.
It is unlikely that Real Madrid will be in need of Dani Ceballos anymore, reasons why he is readily available but will be making a choice for the club with the brightest prospect and opportunity to play regularly.
There is no doubt that both Arsenal and Real Betis are willing to hand the player the opportunity of a regular football but the choice will be left for Dani to make.
Is Kieran Tierney toeing the steps of Matteo Guendouzi
Emerging reports from the Emirates Stadium hints that new Arsenal recruit Kieran Tierney is already drawing bad blood from his Gunners teammates as a result of his aggressiveness in training, a development that could cost him his place in the team.
Kieran Tierney joined Arsenal from Celtic with a fee if £25 million and already being loved by both the fans and the manager because of his impressive performance at the let-back.
It is now being reported by ESPN that the attitude of the former Celtic man is unacceptable by some of the players who are already making complaints.
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It is feared that Kieran Tierney could be making the same mistake made by Matteo Guendouzi who is now out of the team after being asked by manager Mikel Arteta to train alone due to attitude.
Although, Arteta has been full of praise of the left full-back as well as former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole who both hail Kieran Tierney as a good addition to the team, in addition to helping to build an attack in games.
The North London outfit fans will only hope that Kieran Tierney’s attitude will not escalate to that of Guendouzi to avoid losing his place in the team, knowing his contribution since he joined.
Arteta to land first title as Arsenal manager?
Spanish manager Mikel Arteta has been given the opportunity to land his first title as Arsenal boss with emerging reports over the Community Shield, and It is now left for him to take it or not.
Currently, the Gunners team only have the FA Cup as their chances of winning a title and they are nowhere close to being favourites but another opportunity could present itself for free as they could be named as the team to face Liverpool either winning the FA Cup or not.
Let it be noted that the Community Shield is usually played between the winner of the FA Cup and the winner of the English Premier League title but the new UEFA arrangement could affect it.
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The Europa League final has been scheduled for August 21 and Champions League two days after. Man United, Man City, and Chelsea are all suspected to be part of it and are as well, involved in the FA Cup semi-final.
However, the Community Shield is a week after the Europa League final after it was scheduled for August 30 and the FA is not ready for any compromise of the date. This means that any team that wins the FA Cup and goes far in any of the European competitions will not be able to take part in it.
The FA is, therefore, considering inviting the most successful team in the Community Shield history for the finals against Liverpool, which is the North London outfit as they have won it 15 times in their history.
Arteta won it twice at Arsenal as a captain in 2014 and 2015. He could just help deliver it again as a manager in 2020.
Arsenal confirm this summer transfer window stance
English Premier League club Arsenal have confirmed they will not be in the summer transfer market for a new goalkeeper.
It was earlier reported that the Gunners will be moving for an option to mount the sticks after Bernd Leno sustained an injury that was feared to lay him off for months.
Emiliano Martinez has been standing in for the first choice role and has impressed greatly. The Gunners can hardly miss Leno, a development that has given conveyed faith in the current choice while they consider shelving other transfer plans for a new goalkeeper.
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It is now expected that Emiliano Martinez would be handed a new deal that will have him stay at the Emirates Stadium much longer, knowing that he can be a good backup to Bernd Leno.
However, the latest report claims that Leno is set for a shock and early return and could begin training even before the end of the season.
Although it is not expected that he would be seen on the pitch this season from all indications, he would be available to start the season with the Gunners team.
Bernd Leno is no doubt, one of Premier League ‘s best. He has been hailed for helping the Arsenal team so far.
Mourinho begins Arsenal mind-game over Sharpness claim
Ahead of their North London derby against Arsenal, Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has stated that his team lacks the required sharpness.
The former Chelsea and Man United manager made this claim after his team failed to deliver a goal in their 0-0 EPL game against Bournemouth.
According to him, the team lacked sharpness and the right attitude and that was why they failed to enjoy a win in the game.
He added that his players are tired, the reason why he had to rest some of them.
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Mourinho, therefore, claimed that the Gunners team has got an advantage over his side because they rested for 48 hours and that could give them an edge over his team when they meet.
Suggestions are that the statement credited to the Portuguese manager is a mind-game tactic he intends to use against their next opponents especially after threatening to see a win in revenge of a post by Arsenal which he termed as disrespectful to Tottenham.
It is widely believed by pundits that the Tottenham boss will be approaching the game against Arsenal with all seriousness because he seeks a win to prove a point.
The result of the game will determine who tops another as they are just a point apart.
Mesut Ozil makes future decision after squad snub
German international Mesut Ozil has told his friends at Arsenal that he is unmoved by his snub from matches as he will still see out his contract with the club.
Ozil currently enjoys a £350,000-a-week contract with Arsenal and it is expected that he would be shown the exit door because of his unsatisfactory performance but that has not happened.
Maybe it’s a ploy by the Gunners to discourage Mesut Ozil from staying but it’s obviously not working as he is yet to play a single game since the restart of the season, despite the huge weekly wage he pockets.
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This, therefore, means that Ozil could leave as a free player as he is currently in his last 12 months at the Emirates Stadium. He would be permitted by the law of the game to begin pre-contract negotiations with any suitors in January.
The decision by manager Mikel Arteta to leave him out of his team is not unconnected with his poor performance as Mesut Ozil has only delivered 3 assists in 23 games for his team in all competitions.
There is no doubt that Arsenal have not benefitted from the service of the World Cup winner in the last months and that remains a big blow to the club.
Arsenal get big advantage ahead of Liverpool clash
This season will not end until North London club Arsenal face the current English Premier League, Liverpool in one of the mid-week fixtures.
However, the Gunners have been handed a major advantage ahead of the clash because they will be playing a Liverpool team with reduced strength as the Jurgen Klopp side will be without Jordan Henderson.
He sustained a ligament injury in their Wednesday’s 3-1 win against Brighton and have been confirmed to be out of the season after a scan was conducted to ascertain the gravity of the injury.
Jordan Henderson will now miss Liverpool’s games against Burnley, Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle.
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Commentators have confirmed the development as a major advantage to Arsenal because Liverpool will be turning up with a reduced strength.
However, it promises to be a big game for both sides because they both have something at stake despite having the season decided already.
For Arsenal, it is a bid to have European football with a qualification for the Europa League as the Champions League has become almost impossible while Liverpool are looking to beat the 100 points record already set by Man City.
The manager Jurgen Klopp side are just eight points away from achieving this feat.