Mesut Ozil Has Missed Arsenal's Last Four Matches

22 May 19
VOICE OF THE HWY

Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan during a training session at London Colney, England, Tuesday May 21, 2019, ahead of the Europa League Final against Chelsea on Wednesday May 29. (Tim Goode/PA via AP) The choice of Baku as host of the Europa League final provided Arsenal with further grounds for discontent Tuesday when one of the team’s […]

21 May 19
VOICE OF THE HWY

CLOSE The choice of Baku as host of the Europa League final provided Arsenal with further grounds for discontent Tuesday when one of the team’s most talented players pulled out of the game for political reasons. After holding lengthy talks with Arsenal, Henrikh Mkhitaryan said he would not be traveling to Azerbaijan for next week’s […]

02 May 19
On The Ground

Arsenal 3-1 Valencia When it seemed like Arsenal’s last chance of ‘real’ success in a transitional season was falling by the wayside, up stepped the collective attacking force of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to save Unai Emery’s side, not for the first time this campaign. Their trio of goals puts Arsenal in control of […]

01 May 19
High Velocity Sport

Mesut Ozil gives update on Arsenal future ahead of Valencia http://bit.ly/2ZSnWtx Arsenal vs Valencia Arsenal will host Valencia on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final. The Gunners will then travel to Valencia for the return leg on May 9th. Heading into the game Arsenal’s top four hopes have taken a bit […]

22 Apr 19
The Scottish Sun
IT’S still in their own hands, but now it is a top-four week of destiny for Unai Emery and Arsenal. Two matches that will tell every Gunners fan the truth about their team: Wolves and Leicester, both away and with no margin for error. Emery faces a challenging few weeks to obtain a Champions League spot That was the real price of the shock defeat at home to Crystal Palace that meant Gunners fans had to shelve the Spurs-taunting chants they had been preparing all weekend. Emery remained upbeat in the aftermath. Then again, he had to be that way. The last thing you can give your players when the heat is on as an excuse. But the supporters had reason for their frustrations and anger at a display that was so out of character with what Arsenal have been producing on home soil for most of the season. Palace popped across the capital with nothing really to play for. It was the sort of game Emery would have expected his side would see out, in relative comfort, to nudge back in front of Spurs and ensure Arsenal remained on course for a Champions League place through the front door. NOT HOLDING FIRM Yet if they fail to bounce back in the crunch games coming up, the back door route of winning the Europa League might be the only one left open. In truth, all season there have been doubts about Arsenal’s defensive resolve and resilience. The loss of Rob Holding was far more key and critical than anybody would have anticipated at the time, although it has come alongside the injuries that have also taken their toll on Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and others. Many of the Arsenal supporters, too, have spent much of the season holding their breath whenever Shkodran Mustafi has been put under pressure. The lack of faith in the German is palpable. Despite that, Arsenal’s defensive record was far from shocking. Indeed, until Sunday they had conceded just one goal from a corner all season. Make that two, and a crucial one, as well, converted from close range by James McArthur, which eventually proved the decisive goal of the game. Mustafi had an horrendous game as Zaha and Palace clinched all three points But as poor as the defending was for that one – Mustafi going missing – the collective failures punished by Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha beforehand were more galling. Quite what possessed Carl Jenkinson to ignore the line being held by his team-mates to allow Benteke to steal in utterly unmarked for Palace’s opener was hard to comprehend. As for Mustafi’s non-challenge on Zaha soon after Mesut Ozil had levelled… well, the catcalls inside the Emirates and social media demands for the German’s sale spoke for themselves. After a week which had seen Arsenal ride their luck for three crucial points at ten-man Watford and then put in arguably their performance of the season at Napoli, it looked and felt like two steps back after one forward. Now Molineux and the King Power await before Emery can turn his mind to Valencia in the Europa League semi-final. Two testing trips to the Midlands, for a side that has struggled away from home for much of the season. If the table consisted only of away games, Arsenal would be ninth. AWAY DAY BLUES So far, six wins – at Cardiff, Newcastle and Fulham in the first two months of the season and Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Watford since – but four draws and six defeats as well. With the Gunners ending their campaign at Burnley, meaning three of their last four away from home, the need for victories this week is clear and pressing. Arsenal badly missed Aaron Ramsey’s energy from midfield on Sunday, a hole that others struggled to fill. Yes, Ozil did score, superbly. But did he do enough? In Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Emery knows he has the firepower required. But Arsenal cannot be limp and lifeless in either game this week, or risk paying a price that will be measured in both pride and pounds – potentially millions of the latter. Of course, Emery knows that Arsenal remain masters of their own destiny for now. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE ARSENAL STORIES” term_id=”880″ posts_number=”12″ /] Win all four and a top four place is extremely likely, although Chelsea are only four goals behind, a gap which could easily be overcome by the Blues. It would certainly be enough if Spurs slip up just once in their last four games, yet one blemish in the run-in would be a blow. Two potentially fatal. Failing to bank the three points the Arsenal fans had already allocated in their heads really could hurt. Pressure, eh? [bc_video video_id=”6028502767001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace – Wilfried Zaha passes Emirates audition with flying colours to dent Gunners top-four hopes”]
22 Apr 19
The Sun
IT’S still in their own hands, but now it is a top-four week of destiny for Unai Emery and Arsenal. Two matches that will tell every Gunners fan the truth about their team: Wolves and Leicester, both away and with no margin for error. Emery faces a challenging few weeks to obtain a Champions League spot That was the real price of the shock defeat at home to Crystal Palace that meant Gunners fans had to shelve the Spurs-taunting chants they had been preparing all weekend. Emery remained upbeat in the aftermath. Then again, he had to be that way. The last thing you can give your players when the heat is on as an excuse. But the supporters had reason for their frustrations and anger at a display that was so out of character with what Arsenal have been producing on home soil for most of the season. Palace popped across the capital with nothing really to play for. It was the sort of game Emery would have expected his side would see out, in relative comfort, to nudge back in front of Spurs and ensure Arsenal remained on course for a Champions League place through the front door. NOT HOLDING FIRM Yet if they fail to bounce back in the crunch games coming up, the back door route of winning the Europa League might be the only one left open. In truth, all season there have been doubts about Arsenal’s defensive resolve and resilience. The loss of Rob Holding was far more key and critical than anybody would have anticipated at the time, although it has come alongside the injuries that have also taken their toll on Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and others. Many of the Arsenal supporters, too, have spent much of the season holding their breath whenever Shkodran Mustafi has been put under pressure. The lack of faith in the German is palpable. Despite that, Arsenal’s defensive record was far from shocking. Indeed, until Sunday they had conceded just one goal from a corner all season. Make that two, and a crucial one, as well, converted from close range by James McArthur, which eventually proved the decisive goal of the game. Mustafi had an horrendous game as Zaha and Palace clinched all three points But as poor as the defending was for that one – Mustafi going missing – the collective failures punished by Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha beforehand were more galling. Quite what possessed Carl Jenkinson to ignore the line being held by his team-mates to allow Benteke to steal in utterly unmarked for Palace’s opener was hard to comprehend. As for Mustafi’s non-challenge on Zaha soon after Mesut Ozil had levelled… well, the catcalls inside the Emirates and social media demands for the German’s sale spoke for themselves. After a week which had seen Arsenal ride their luck for three crucial points at ten-man Watford and then put in arguably their performance of the season at Napoli, it looked and felt like two steps back after one forward. Now Molineux and the King Power await before Emery can turn his mind to Valencia in the Europa League semi-final. Two testing trips to the Midlands, for a side that has struggled away from home for much of the season. If the table consisted only of away games, Arsenal would be ninth. AWAY DAY BLUES So far, six wins – at Cardiff, Newcastle and Fulham in the first two months of the season and Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Watford since – but four draws and six defeats as well. With the Gunners ending their campaign at Burnley, meaning three of their last four away from home, the need for victories this week is clear and pressing. Arsenal badly missed Aaron Ramsey’s energy from midfield on Sunday, a hole that others struggled to fill. Yes, Ozil did score, superbly. But did he do enough? In Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Emery knows he has the firepower required. But Arsenal cannot be limp and lifeless in either game this week, or risk paying a price that will be measured in both pride and pounds – potentially millions of the latter. Of course, Emery knows that Arsenal remain masters of their own destiny for now. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE ARSENAL STORIES” term_id=”880″ posts_number=”12″ /] Win all four and a top four place is extremely likely, although Chelsea are only four goals behind, a gap which could easily be overcome by the Blues. It would certainly be enough if Spurs slip up just once in their last four games, yet one blemish in the run-in would be a blow. Two potentially fatal. Failing to bank the three points the Arsenal fans had already allocated in their heads really could hurt. Pressure, eh? [bc_video video_id=”6028502767001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace – Wilfried Zaha passes Emirates audition with flying colours to dent Gunners top-four hopes”]
22 Apr 19
The Irish Sun
IT’S still in their own hands, but now it is a top-four week of destiny for Unai Emery and Arsenal. Two matches that will tell every Gunners fan the truth about their team: Wolves and Leicester, both away and with no margin for error. Emery faces a challenging few weeks to obtain a Champions League spot That was the real price of the shock defeat at home to Crystal Palace that meant Gunners fans had to shelve the Spurs-taunting chants they had been preparing all weekend. Emery remained upbeat in the aftermath. Then again, he had to be that way. The last thing you can give your players when the heat is on as an excuse. But the supporters had reason for their frustrations and anger at a display that was so out of character with what Arsenal have been producing on home soil for most of the season. Palace popped across the capital with nothing really to play for. It was the sort of game Emery would have expected his side would see out, in relative comfort, to nudge back in front of Spurs and ensure Arsenal remained on course for a Champions League place through the front door. NOT HOLDING FIRM Yet if they fail to bounce back in the crunch games coming up, the back door route of winning the Europa League might be the only one left open. In truth, all season there have been doubts about Arsenal’s defensive resolve and resilience. The loss of Rob Holding was far more key and critical than anybody would have anticipated at the time, although it has come alongside the injuries that have also taken their toll on Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and others. Many of the Arsenal supporters, too, have spent much of the season holding their breath whenever Shkodran Mustafi has been put under pressure. The lack of faith in the German is palpable. Despite that, Arsenal’s defensive record was far from shocking. Indeed, until Sunday they had conceded just one goal from a corner all season. Make that two, and a crucial one, as well, converted from close range by James McArthur, which eventually proved the decisive goal of the game. Mustafi had an horrendous game as Zaha and Palace clinched all three points But as poor as the defending was for that one – Mustafi going missing – the collective failures punished by Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha beforehand were more galling. Quite what possessed Carl Jenkinson to ignore the line being held by his team-mates to allow Benteke to steal in utterly unmarked for Palace’s opener was hard to comprehend. As for Mustafi’s non-challenge on Zaha soon after Mesut Ozil had levelled… well, the catcalls inside the Emirates and social media demands for the German’s sale spoke for themselves. After a week which had seen Arsenal ride their luck for three crucial points at ten-man Watford and then put in arguably their performance of the season at Napoli, it looked and felt like two steps back after one forward. Now Molineux and the King Power await before Emery can turn his mind to Valencia in the Europa League semi-final. Two testing trips to the Midlands, for a side that has struggled away from home for much of the season. If the table consisted only of away games, Arsenal would be ninth. AWAY DAY BLUES So far, six wins – at Cardiff, Newcastle and Fulham in the first two months of the season and Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Watford since – but four draws and six defeats as well. With the Gunners ending their campaign at Burnley, meaning three of their last four away from home, the need for victories this week is clear and pressing. Arsenal badly missed Aaron Ramsey’s energy from midfield on Sunday, a hole that others struggled to fill. Yes, Ozil did score, superbly. But did he do enough? In Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Emery knows he has the firepower required. But Arsenal cannot be limp and lifeless in either game this week, or risk paying a price that will be measured in both pride and pounds – potentially millions of the latter. Of course, Emery knows that Arsenal remain masters of their own destiny for now. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE ARSENAL STORIES” term_id=”880″ posts_number=”12″ /] Win all four and a top four place is extremely likely, although Chelsea are only four goals behind, a gap which could easily be overcome by the Blues. It would certainly be enough if Spurs slip up just once in their last four games, yet one blemish in the run-in would be a blow. Two potentially fatal. Failing to bank the three points the Arsenal fans had already allocated in their heads really could hurt. Pressure, eh? [bc_video video_id=”6028502767001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace – Wilfried Zaha passes Emirates audition with flying colours to dent Gunners top-four hopes”]
11 Apr 19
Bmbworld Talk

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11 Apr 19
talkSPORT
Arsenal will be keen to bounce back from their weekend slump at Everton as they welcome Napoli to the Emirates Stadium in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie. The Gunners were sloppy against the Toffees as they went down to a 1-0 defeat – putting a dent in their hopes of finishing in the top four. Arsenal’s hopes of reaching the top four suffered a setback However, winning the Europa League is another route into next season’s Champions League and given Unai Emery’s aptitude for this competition (winning it three years running at Sevilla 2014-16), Arsenal will certainly be taking this game very seriously. But in order to reach the semi-finals, they must beat one of the favourites to win the competition in Napoli, who very nearly made it out of their Champions League group where they were pitted against Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool. Emery is aware of the danger Napoli possess with world-class players including Manchester United target Kalidou Koulibaly and Dries Mertens. Koulibaly and Mertens will be looking to end Arsenal’s Europa League campaign In fact, Emery has said his side need to win the first leg especially due to Arsenal’s poor away record in the knockout stages this season which has seen them lose to BATE Borisov and Rennes. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set for a recall to the Arsenal starting XI having only been on the bench for his side’s last two matches after being ill with a virus. He looks set to join Alexandre Lacazette in attack while Mesut Ozil could miss out again with Aaron Ramsey set to return. Juventus-bound Ramsey was only fit enough to play the second-half of their defeat at Goodison Park due to a groin problem. Emery admits Arsenal need to win the first leg Laurent Koscielny (foot) and Granit Xhaka (groin) face late fitness tests having not featured at the weekend. So how might Arsenal line up for their first match against the Serie A giants? Below you can see talkSPORT.com’s predicted XI. Is this the side Emery will field against the Neapolitans? A 3-4-1-2 formation could be the tactics Emery goes for as he looks to go for the win but also have plenty of defenders back for Napoli’s dangerous attack. Petr Cech starts in goal as he’s Arsenal’s cup keeper and he may well be joined by a defensive three of Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Kosicleny and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Meanwhile, wing-backs Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac will be able to support the defenders when the visitors are on the ball but will also give Arsenal width going forward. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS” posts_category=”221″ posts_number=”8″ query_type=”recent” /] The Gunners missed Granit Xhaka’s passing at Everton so if he’s fit enough, he is likely to play and Lucas Torreira is in contention to make a timely return in what is arguably Arsenal’s biggest game of the season so far. Aaron Ramsey has performed well this season so will surely play and Emery could be tempted to play both Aubameyang and Lacazette as the two forwards work well together. This means the inconsistent Mesut Ozil may miss out as defensive duties will be a requirement in this match and the No.10 just cannot be relied on to do that. Could Ozil be dropped by Emery again?
10 Mar 19
Metro
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a crucial penalty (Picture: Getty) The biggest compliment you can pay to Unai Emery is that this Arsenal performance wasn’t possible 12 months ago. The win wasn’t down to swashbuckling football – they were capable of that under Arsene Wenger – but it was a victory of resilience, nous and know-how. It’s not always been clear which direction Unai Emery has wanted to take this Arsenal side and the road ahead looked particularly blurry after a humiliating 3-1 defeat to Rennes in midweek. But today was an indicator of where Arsenal could go with faith in the Spaniard. Faith from the board but also faith from the players. It was, it must be said, not without it’s fair slice of luck but Emery must take the credit for the intangible additions that he’s made to this Arsenal side. In their mentality, their outlook and character they are a completely different side to teams of years gone by. Solskjaer’s unbeaten start is over (Picture: Getty) Results elsewhere meant the game became less of a must-win and more of a mustn’t-lose for these top four-chasing sides but there was no sign of hesitancy in Emery’s team selection. In attack there was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, where United thought there would only be one. In midfield there was Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, where United thought there would only be one. Those selections were always going to make for an open game but in a clash where both sides would prefer to counter-attack, the opening goal became even more important than normal. Romelu Lukaku should have had it after 10 minutes when Luke Shaw played a neat one-two with Paul Pogba and put a pass on the Belgian’s plate but his sloppy effort cannoned away off the crossbar. In many ways that epitomised United’s performance and they found themselves behind moments later when Granit Xhaka wrong-footed David De Gea from distance. De Gea was wrong-footed by the opener (Picture: Getty) The Swiss midfielder opened up from around 25 yards and his ‘knuckleball’ effort initially swung one way before bending to De Gea’s right to put the Gunners ahead. Though there was movement, De Gea cannot use it as much of an excuse and it was a definite mistake from the Spaniard. What followed was Arsenal’s best period of the game. The Gunners were outnumbering United’s four-man midfield with their wing-backs and the ball was being fed into the feet of Lacazette and Aubameyang with ease. Nevertheless, despite their domination, Arsenal barely threatened and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to match Emery’s system gave United the upper hand. First Fred hit the post from distance when teed up by Paul Pogba, then Lukaku was again guilty of squandering a great chance when he was through on goal but couldn’t round Bernd Leno. Arsenal went in at the break with their slender advantage and it seemed like a matter of time before the visitors found an equaliser after the break. Lukaku squandered three golden chances (Picture: Getty) Lukaku’s scored six in his last three matches but he was guilty again of squandering United’s best chance when he was threaded through by Marcus Rashford on the hour mark. Again, though, he was foiled by the on-rushing Leno. Clean sheets have been hard to come by for this Arsenal side but their resilience was symbolised by the Ainsley Maitland-Niles. The youngster was given the unenviable task of marking Rashford but there was a moment 25 minutes from time when he blocked the England forward and immediately made his way over to the home crowd, pumping his chest and showing the commitment that’s been so lacking in recent years. Solskjaer called for more ‘composure’ in attack after the astonishing win against PSG on Wednesday but it was lacking at both ends of the pitch and Arsenal had the perfect chance to double their advantage 20 minutes from time when Fred upended Lacazette in the box. Fred made minimal contact on Lacazette but Moss pointed to the spot (Picture: Getty) Replays showed there was minimal contact but Jon Moss’ view was all that mattered. Lacazette had been Arsenal’s best outfield player by a considerable distance and deserved a goal for his efforts but he handed the ball over to strike partner Aubameyang. The Gabonese missed a crucial last minute spot kick against Tottenham last week but he made no mistake this time, putting his effort straight down the middle to put Arsenal two goals up. Solskjaer rolled the dice by taking off Nemanja Matic and replacing him with Mason Greenwood but the visitors couldn’t find a way past the Gunners. Arsenal are one point off Spurs (Picture: Getty) The win takes Arsenal above United into 4th and leaves the Gunners just one point off rivals Tottenham in third. Solskjaer knew his unbeaten start in the Premier League would come to and end at some point but if there’s to be a regret it’s that it came against a top four rival. Too many players looked off the pace and lacking the composure and calmness to play in these mentally-taxing matches. If the Norwegian’s to be perfectly honest he’ll admit that United have rode their luck on a few occasions during this unbeaten run but the irony is that they probably deserved something out of today’s game. In that sense it was a reversal of some of the memorable Arsenal-United matches of years gone by, most recently the 3-1 win for the Red Devils in 2017. But then this is a different Arsenal and this is a different United. 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02 Mar 19
Premier League world

Review of the Match Day 28, with 10 PL games & a whole lot of action! Liverpool v Watford (5-0) After a series of performances where Liverpool seemed to lack their usual swagger, they invited Watford to Anfield for the mid-week tie. Watford themselves have lost 11-1 collectively on their previous two visits to the […]

28 Feb 19
News365.co.za

Arsenal stayed a point ahead of Manchester United in the race for the Champions League by thrashing Bournemouth to earn their eighth straight Premier League home win. Mesut Ozil, recalled to the side, fired the Gunners ahead before he set up Henrikh Mkhitaryan to sweep in. A defensive mistake allowed Bournemouth to pull a goal […]