The new Premier League season will be three matchdays old when the weekend’s action kicks off. Newly-promoted Bournemouth will play hosts to an on-fire Arsenal side on Saturday, and the Cherries will hope to do what Brentford did to the Gunners last season, although the circumstances have changed for the away side.
North London giants Arsenal still have a perfect pre-season record after their Florida Cup final encounter with Premier League rivals Chelsea on Saturday night. The Gunners made it five wins from five matches with the big victory over Chelsea.
Arsenal started their pre-season schedule this summer with an emphatic victory over fellow English team Ipswich Town thanks mainly due to the treble from former England junior international Eddie Nketiah.Nketiah scored a hat-trick in the first half on the way to a 5-1 win over League One club Ipswich Town. Albert-SambiLokonga also scored for the Gunners in the first half, while young striker Folarin Balogun scored the fifth and final Arsenal goal as a second half substitute.
Two Everton players have been confirmed as sure absentees for the Arsenal game in the Premier League later this week. Hosts Arsenal take on Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night with either teams hoping to get the win that would take them closer to the leading pack in the chase for European football next season.
The Toffees will have to navigate the league encounter against the North London giants without the duo of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Jean-Philippe Gbamin.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he’s almost back to full complement of his team after four players returned to full training in time for the trip to face Arsenal on Friday night.
Ancelotti told reporters in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Arsenal game at the Emirates Stadium that the quartet of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Fabian Delph, Bernard and Yerry Mina are available for selection ahead of the Arsenal game.
David Luiz has accepted that he is the reason for Arsenal’s loss against Manchester City. In the match against Manchester City towards the end of the season, they lost to City 3–0, with the defence (led by Luiz) not up to mark, and at fault for all three of the goals Arsenal went on to concede.
Both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have registered an interest in Rangers left back Borna Barisic, with the North London rivals set to battle it out for the talented youngster. Spurs will make a move for the £22 million rated defender in the summer as they prepare for the imminent departure of Jan Vertonghen, whilst the Gunners are hoping to reshape their squad around players like Barisic.
Ventroghen will be out of contract at the end of the season and the Belgium international has refused to sign a new deal with the club. He will be a free agent at the end of the season, and his time with the club has come to a natural end.
Former Manchester United ace Owen Hargreaves has said that Daniel Ceballos has similar traits to ex-Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard has endured a mixed campaign with the Gunners on loan this season but he has earned a regular run of matches following the club’s return from the winter break.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Hargreaves said that Ceballos has similarities to Fabregas in the style of play, although he tends to struggle against teams where he can’t have much of the ball. He said: “He’s a flair player, he’s like Cesc [Fabregas], not as good, but like Cesc. The performances where he was brilliant was against Burnley, where Burnley don’t have much of the ball, and Newcastle, who also don’t have much of the ball. But he went to Anfield and really struggled because of the intensity of the game. Arteta’s done a good job in finding the perfect blend in the right game.”
There are a lot of clubs which eventually regretted after letting go a player who exploded in the following season. Arsenal is also one of those, and they have a couple of examples from the past few years. One of the biggest mistakes of Arsenal’s transfer policy in the past few years is letting Serge Gnabry go since he now shines in the Bayern München’s jersey.
Yet another name that could appear on the list of biggest transfer fails is Donyell Malen. As per Daily Mirror reports, Arsenal is considered as one of the clubs interested in signing Donyell Malen from Dutch runners-up PSV Eindhoven.
It didn’t look to be going well at all for new Arsenal boss Unai Emery when he first poked his head out of the Emirates tunnel back in August. Back to back defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea left the Gunners with zero points from their first two Premier League matches.
A magnificent seven Arsenal players were selected for the 2018 World Cup finals, yet just one Gunner made it to the quarter-finals.