Newcastle United have been boosted with the news that two of their defensive-minded players will return to the squad for the FA Cup third round tie at Arsenal over the weekend. The Magpies have a tough fixture on their hands after they were drawn with FA Cup holders Arsenal in the third round. The two teams will battle it out for a spot in the fourth round at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.
Ahead of the Arsenal game, Newcastle United have club skipper Jamaal Lascelles back in training after recovering from Covid-19 and he’s expected to take his place at the heart of the Newcastle United defence.
Not posted a video up here for a while, but this one is the first one in a while to get me excited again. Not the best years we’ve ever had, but not the worst one ever either (I still remember when we were rubbish!). Enjoy, and Happy New Year!
Former Arsenal captain William Gallas believes the club should make changes to the squad when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year. The north London giants have endured a difficult 2020/21 campaign in the Premier League and they have attained just 14 points from 13 games into the season.
That is already their worst ever start since the league was formed in 1992 and that has led to criticism from a certain section of the fans. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta continues to retain the support from the hierarchy and a major section of the supporters, but there is bound to be some transfer activity at the turn of the year.
Mesut Özil’s constant decline and omission from the Arsenal squad keep raising eyebrows as he continues to be in exile while still contracted to the club. Özil previously had issues with former boss Unai Emery before the manager was sacked and replaced by Arteta.
When former Guardiola right-hand man Arteta joined the club, Arsenal fans who love the German playmaker were in high spirits and thought things were going to change for the better and the former Real Madrid man would be restored to the team, but the situation has even gone worse.
Arsenal are currently in the market for a new defender and have enquired about the possibility of snapping English defender John Stones from Manchester City once the January transfer window opens for business.
90min reports that Mikel Arteta is a huge admirer of Stones, who has failed to live up to expectations since joining the Citizens from Everton some transfer windows ago. The defender is still just 26 and is believed to have some more years at the top level, but with City always eager to add more players to the squad, he keeps dropping down the pecking order.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is on course to become one of the best managers in the world according to one of his players. Brazilian international Willian became an Arsenal player in the summer after his free transfer move was sanctioned byArteta and he has backed the Spanish tactician to be a managerial great.
Willian believes that Mikel Arteta has all the right qualities to attain greatness in his managerial career. He talked about Arteta in an interview with FourFourTwo. The Brazilian has chosen the perfect time to throw his weight behind Arteta after the Gunners boss came under severe criticisms from the Gunners faithfuls after the poor resulted posted by his team shortly before the international break.
Mesut Ozil (who famously offered to pay the salary of Gunnersaurus) has reacted after the mascot made a return to the Emirates. As of Tuesday, Jerry Que who plays the role of the mascot for over 27 years now, tweeted from the sidelines of the home stadium with the caption: “Back at Emirates Stadium today”
The 2014 World Cup winner Mesut Ozil took his time to express his happiness after the news of the reinstatement of the mascot at the Emirates Stadium. Gunnersaurus as of last month was sacked by the club as part of its job-cutting scheme to help with the financial deficiency caused by Covid-19. The decision wasn’t positively received as it prompted a negative clamor from sections of Arsenal’s fanbase and global support with the hashtag #JusticeForGunnersaurus.
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes that the club are making good progress under Mikel Arteta. The Spanish manager was appointed as the replacement for Unai Emery back in December 2019. After a lot of doubts were raised about the experience of the former Arsenal midfielder when it comes to coaching world-class players, the 38-year-old has been able to create a strong impression. He has clearly learned a lot from his time under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. For several years, Arsenal were criticised as a team who could not perform in away matches against the top six.
Such a criticism has come to an end with Arsenal registering a 1-0 win over Manchester United last weekend. This was the first away win against a top six outfit by Arsenal in the last five years. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the penalty that provided a victory for the gunners. Wright says that Arsenal have done plenty of good business during the summer and it is again a sign of maturity from Arteta. The former Arsenal forward expects the positivity to continue going forward. Even after a run of four victories from the opening seven matches, Arsenal find themselves in the ninth place of the table. This is largely down to a string of good performances from teams like Leicester, Southampton, Wolves, and Aston Villa.
Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has said that Arsenal will make a big statement by signing Gabriel Magalhaes, who has been on the radar of numerous European sides. The Brazilian was on the radar of the likes of Chelsea and most recently Manchester United but reports claim that he has chosen to join the north London side.
Speaking on Starsport, Merson believes the Gunners will have done extremely well to land Gabriel, particularly with their lack of Champions League football. He added that Mikel Arteta has fared impressively since taking over the managerial role, but the Gunners are still far off from competing for the Premier League title.
Lyon manager RudiGarcia has revealed thatstriker Moussa Dembele and midfielder Houssem Aouar have not yet received any offers from the clubs. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trying to strengthening the attacking side of Manchester United, Dembele is one of the options that can be used.
Aouar has also had interests from clubs like Manchester City and Juventus. Sporting director of Lyon has said that when the summer transfer window opens both the players can leaveif they want to.