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5 important events some of us might have missed from yesterdays Clash against Cologne
Last night London was invaded by 20,000 German fans. There was only space for 2900 fans at Away end for the Cologne supporters. Despite all the warnings, Cologne fans still came to London.
They thought they’d be able to sneak into the Home end. They weren’t allowed to. Later there were incidents reported in which Cologne fans could be seen buying Arsenal jerseys so they could sneak into the home end to watch the match.
There were brawls outside the stadium. Fights between the Police and Cologne fans were reported outside the stadium.
We give you five events from last night that you can’t skip:
- An out of form struggling Cologne
Cologne are yet to win a match in Bundesliga. They have lose all three of their matches in the Bundesliga. They’re at the bottom of the table having scored one and conceding 7.Irrespective of their form it was still a good hard fought win. Kudos to them for giving us such a hard time!
- Sanchez has earned his forgiveness
Few weeks ago, the 28 year old Chilean forward was on the verge of leaving Arsenal for Manchester City when the Citizen had launched £70m deadline day bid for the Arsenal forward.
Wenger said he wouldn’t let him go unless they find a replacement for him. When they did it was too late for the deal to go through. In the 4-0 hammering against Liverpool it seemed from his body language that he doesn’t want to be at the Emirates.
Last night, his performance made us forgive him. His long range scorcher proved exactly why Wenger wanted to keep him.
Kolasinac: A man for the big occasions?
Sead Kolasinac who came as a second half substitute scored the goal which equalized the score line. We also saw how dangerous how he was in the final third and also the way he defends and how calm and composed he is on the ball is admirable.
Getting him for free was an absolute bargain.
His goal was amazing. For those of you who didn’t see it last night, here’s the video:
And as if that wasn’t enough, he celebrated by lifting his shirt and showing another shirt on which there was a message which read “Nordkurve”, which translates “North Curve” and it is the name of the Schalke end containing the club’s most passionate fans.
He sure knows how to piss Cologne fans off.
- The German invasion
I’d be lying if I said that the invasion by Cologne fans didn’t give me goosebumps. Their passion, love and support for their club is commendable.
But I believe they went too far in showing their love for their club.
Here’s a footage of them marching through the streets of London:
The tried their best to sneak into the stadium but all attempts ended in vain.
The match was delayed by one hour. The reckless Cologne fans had truly made their presence noted.
- Wenger a tactical Mastermind
Arsene Wenger is truly a tactical mastermind. We started the match with a 3-4-3 formation but when he saw that it wasn’t effective he switched to 4-2-3-1 and boy oh boy did it turn the table or what. We saw the formation change the game immediately as we equalized few minutes after the formation change and then later went on to win the match.
Let’s hope Arsene’s men can replicate the same performance on Sunday against Chelsea. ')}
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Arsenal v Brighton: preview, team news, possible XI, prediction & more
Match Preview: Arsenal hope to bounce back against Brighton after Palace
Arsenal will be hosting Brighton at home this Saturday as they look to get back on track after Monday’s loss. Brighton themselves are desperately in search of a win, after consecutive losses and their last result being a draw.
The Gunners had to face a setback against the Eagles and had to see Spurs climb above them in tables over the weekend. Still, Arteta’s men hold a game in hand over Conte’s team and are tied on points.
After a couple of key injuries to Partey and Tierney, it’ll be a test for Arteta to find solutions. The coach, however, is full of optimism.
“We have to show tomorrow the energy, the commitment and the passion that we want to play the game tomorrow in front of our fans,” he said via Arsenal.
Kieran Tierney will be out for this game and his injury might keep him out for the rest of the season. Arteta confirmed the left-back had surgery but didn’t confirm any timeline for his return.
“He just had surgery yesterday, so it’s very early to understand how everything is going to develop, he’s going to be out for the period that we estimate and in which condition he will be after that period I think it’s too soon to say something else.”
Arteta speaking now – He says it's unclear if Partey will play again this season:
"He has a significant injury, he will be out for some weeks. It’s an area he had a previous injury and he felt it straight away."
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) April 8, 2022
Another player that will miss the game is Thomas Partey, who is struggling with a thigh injury. “It’s a little bit ambiguous but he has a significant injury. We will have to keep assessing him but he will be out for some weeks,” he said.
Further elaborating, “It’s an area he had a previous injury and he felt it straight away and he’s not fit.”
Possible Arsenal Starting XI
Arsenal: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Nuno; Lokonga, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette
Arsenal 2 – 1 Brighton
We fully expect Arteta’s men to get back to winning ways after that setback on Monday night. Brighton, while they shouldn’t be taken lightly, are winless in their last seven games.
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What Arteta said about Tavares, players leaving in January and MORE!
Check out everything Mikel Arteta had to say about Nuno Tavares, if he regrets players leaving in January
It is safe to say that Nuno Tavares, just like the team and Arteta, did not have a great performance on Monday. However, it is those defeats that test the mentality and separate the best from the average.
Arteta talked about how to give the youngster confidence and why he decided to take him off. “Always I speak with the players and I spoke with Nuno because I care about how feel. We are here to help them and make their careers better.”
Regardless, he understood it wasn’t a decision that was great for the Tavares but one he understood.
Arteta on Tavares:
"Obviously I spoke with Nuno because I care a lot how they [players] feel. We're there to make their careers better. That was a decision that hurt him obviously, but he understands it was for the benefit of the team. He now needs to react on that situation."
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) April 8, 2022
“That was a decision that hurt him, obviously, but he understands that it was for the benefit of the team and he respects that.” via Arsenal’s official website.
When asked how he intends on getting the best out of Tavares, he said:
“His confidence probably wasn’t the best because he wasn’t playing a lot of minutes as well and probably wasn’t at his best and he needs the rhythm, the competition and the understanding with his teammates.”
Quite evidently, there is a deep mutual respect and understanding between the players and Arteta. The mutual respect between players and coach goes a long way as defeats shape character in tough patches of form.
Arteta does not have regrets over letting players leave
The Gaffer was asked whether letting players leave in January was the right decision. He reaffirmed and asked back if he should justifying those decisions again and again.
“I don’t know if we have to justify it, we have to make a decision based on what we see every day, ” he said.
Arteta on if he regrets letting Auba and Balogun go:
I haven’t heard that question in the last six weeks. The timing when you ask those questions is always after a defeat so I don’t like to comment on that. https://t.co/7yeQTz0xoz
— Kaya Kaynak (@kayakaynak97) April 8, 2022
The former Everton man continued, “How the players can contribute in the role that they have at the club, or if they cannot do it or they don’t want to do it, we find solutions and that’s what we always try to do.”
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Arteta on Palace defeat, Brighton game, fight for top 4 and more
Check out everything Arteta had to say about Arsenal’s game against Brighton and more
Arteta and Arsenal were faced with an unexpected setback with a humiliating defeat at Selhurst park. The Gunners looked done and out of the game from the kick off whistle.
When asked how the defeat impacted the squad, Arteta had a bit to say. “Embrace the challenge. You lost, now you want to win, it’s hurting and it’s still hurting. We lost two big players, two really important players for us for sure.” Via Arsenal.
While his tone suggested he blamed injuries, he accepted responsibility and to accept the result.
Arsenal have been dealt another injury blow, with Mikel Arteta confirming fans' fears over Thomas Parteyhttps://t.co/CzgiVcNpTI pic.twitter.com/xGJMO8i6s1
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) April 8, 2022
“But whenever that happens you can’t cry for it because they are not going to be available for us. So we have to find other solutions and we have to be as good and as competitive as we have been.”
Arteta was also asked about what were his expectations for the match against Brighton. The Spaniard said the usual things one says before a game about his opponent.
Mikel Arteta went on to say that the issues we faced against Crystal Palace must be addressed against Brighton.
Bring on tomorrow!! 👊#AFC pic.twitter.com/BMSVaidiEo
— AK – 24/7 Arsenal News (@akarsenalnews) April 8, 2022
“They’re a team with a lot of personality, a coach that is very willing to play, that is very aggressive in the way they press, that wants to dominate the game and they have good players to do that but they are very difficult to beat.”
Besides just complimenting Brighton, he commented on their set piece intelligence and defense.
Arteta when asked about top four
The coach was also asked about if the belief of finishing top four is still there. His comments implicated he wants the squad to move on from the defeat and focus on the task ahead.
“[The setback] has happened and it’s happened with nine games to go and we have to react now.
We have to show tomorrow the energy, the commitment and the passion that we want to play the game tomorrow in front of our fans.”