What a result for Arsenal! Not only did we stop Man United’s unbeaten run yesterday, we also saw Chelsea only just get a last minute point and the Spuds dropped another three at Southampton. One of the best weekends of the season so far! Tottenham seem to be in freefall, Chelsea are very inconsistent and hopefully our win yesterday will have dented Man United’s confidence. Now all we have to do is win the rest of our games!
Unai Emery loved yesterday’s result, but still says we can improve, but above all he wants us to remain consistent. He told Arsenal.com: “I don’t know if it’s the best performance this season. I think we’re improving and also I think we’re being competitive in different matches, away from home and against different teams. We responded and sometimes you’ve seen different systems and different players, but above all we can feel today very proud of every player. Above all I want to say thank you to our supporters because they helped us a lot and we can create a big atmosphere like today for the next matches and for Thursday. I think it’s very important. The players did very well with a very big spirit and big commitment for the work we’ve done.
“We were positive when we were struggling in the table and we took balance in our mind when we were worse – and now after these victories we can be positive, but it won’t change our idea. We need to continue and it will be difficult, and our style and way and thinking will be game by game. We’re in two competitions now, the Premier League and also the Europa League. We are going to play the next match here against Newcastle in three weeks and that’s a lot. Our focus now is Thursday.
“We are happy today, we are going to analyse the match and also in the table we are better, but Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are with us. We are going to play some difficult matches and being consistent is very important. At the moment I think we are playing consistent in each match and today we showed everybody that. We were calm, showed passion and continued improving. We know that for example on Thursday one match can change a lot with one red card or goal, so controlling our emotions is very important. We need to keep this consistency in our mind.”
“Yes, keeping clean sheets is very important. And also it’s very important to use different systems and different players so we can take the same performance and same victory. Not always a victory like against Tottenham last week, but with the good feeling and good combinations with the players on the pitch over 90 minutes. We are improving and we are feeling better with big confidence, but we need each match to push and work for continuing to feel this confidence with victories.”
This certainly gives us massive confidence for Thursday night, especially with our home form. If we can beat United 2-0 surely we can do the same to Rennes? Then we could go into the international break on a massive high, but the big thing for us to start showing this brilliant form away from home as well.
Ca we do it? Yes we can!!!!!
Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk TROLLED – ‘Arsenal reject just ended best defender in world'
Holland lost 3-2 to Germany in Euro 2020 qualifying with Nico Schulz netting a 90th minute winner.
But before that Bayern Munich winger Gnabry scored in the first half.
The 23-year-old cut in from the left hand side, evaded Van Dijk and curled home for Germany.
And fans were quick to criticise the Liverpool ace on Twitter.
One said: “Let me caption this better for you ”Former Arsenal reject Serge Gnabry just ended best defender in the world” Van Dijk.”
Another added: “So Arsenal had Gnabry and sold him. Man had Van Dijk on strings today.”
A third explained: “Serge Gnabry made Van Dijk look silly last night and being an Arsenal fan that’s upset me.”
Van Dijk has been imperious for Liverpool this season, helping them to a Premier League title challenge and the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
He has made 38 appearances across the two competitions and impressed in the heart of the defence.
Van Dijk also has four goals and three assists for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
And the Liverpool ace had more luck against Gnabry in the Champions League as the Reds knocked out Bayern Munich.
Klopp’s side return to action after the international break against Tottenham on Sunday at Anfield in the Premier League (4.30pm).
Liverpool are currently two points clear of Manchester City but have played one more game.
Van Dijk believes winning the Premier League this season would be ‘something special’.
“Would I sooner win the Premier League or Champions League? I can’t choose,” he told the Premier League Show.
“But the Premier League would be something special.
“This year, because the race is so tight it says a lot about the quality of our team if we do it.
“If not, then we should keep our heads high and try again, but that’s something we’re not focusing on right now.”
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Arsenal set to table an offer for son of World Cup winner
Arsenal is set to table an offer for Guingamp youngster Marcus Thuram at the end of the season, according to Le 10 Sport.
Thuram is the son of former French World up winner Lilian Thuram and has been a shining light in a very mediocre Guingamp side.
Unlike his father, who was a defender, Thuram is a forward, albeit more of a wide player than an out and out striker.
The 21-year-old was pivotal in knocking out Paris St Germain at the quarter-final stage of the Coupe de la Ligue, scoring the winner in extra time from the penalty spot and again scored in the semi-final against Monaco helping his side progress to next weeks final.
We are not the only side interested in Thuram, German giants Dortmund are also reported to be interested in the youngster and are said to be very keen.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is reported to be the person that brought Thuram’s name up as a potential signing having had experience of watching him in France when he was in charge of PSG.
No fee has been mentioned but Guingamp are apparently prepared to sell as long as the price is right.
You have to think that this is a very realistic signing, if Emery himself has identified the forward as a potential signing then it must be serious and based on what we know, he would be a great prospect and fantastic acquisition.
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