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- Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:57:27 +0000: In defence of Ashley Cole - Arsenal | The Guardian
Ashley Cole has won more FA Cups than any player in history. Isn’t it time we appreciated his achievements?
Ashley Cole played for Derby County in the Championship last weekend, his first appearance in English football for almost five years. The 38-year-old, who has felt curiously rootless and unloved throughout his career, says this will be his final stop before retirement. Of the much-vaunted, and subsequently derided, golden generation, Cole was arguably the only one to live up to his billing. For several years at Arsenal and Chelsea he made a compelling case for being the world’s best left-back. While Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney were all overhyped at times, Cole was under-appreciated.
There are several reasons why this might be the case, but there are clear parallels between him and Raheem Sterling. Both are outstanding black footballers, raised in London, who were branded greedy and irresponsible from a young age. Neither would claim to be entirely blameless, but the negative attention they have received from sections of the press has been wildly disproportionate.
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- Thu, 14 Feb 2019 20:14:02 +0000: Bate Borisov 1-0 Arsenal: Europa League last 32, first leg – as it happened - Arsenal | The Guardian
Stanislaw Dragun’s first-half goal gave Bate a famous victory over Arsenal, who struggled on a poor pitch and had Alexandre Lacazette sent off near the end
Here is Amy Lawrence’s match report:
That’s a famous victory for Bate Borisov, and an entirely miserable night for Arsenal. They had lots of the ball but struggled to move the ball smoothly on a poor pitch, and never really looked like equalising Stanislaw Drahun’s goal on the stroke of half-time.
Their mounting frustration manifested itself in a red card for Alexandre Lacazette, who crumped his elbow into the coupon of Aleksandar Flipovic. He will miss the second leg at the Emirates a week today. You would still expect Arsenal to go through. But that really wasn’t good.
90+3 min Guendouzi shoots meekly at Scherbitski from 20 yards.
90+1 min It’s not happening for Arsenal. All night, their attacks have broken down on the edge of the area.
90 min Four minutes.
90 min Torreira shoots well wide from 30 yards.
89 min Bate were 9/1 to win this match - not the whole tie, just this match - a couple of hours ago.
88 min Arsenal will go through, I am almost certain of that, but this has been a desperate night for them.
85 min It’s a straight red for a retaliatory elbow into the face of Filipovic. Lacazette was dragged back near the halfway line, swung his arm in frustration and can have few complaints about the referee’s decision.
84 min Arsenal are looking increasingly desperate. They have had so much of the ball, yet they haven’t created many chances since half-time.
82 min A lovely break from Bate almost brings a second goal. Rios plays the ball down the right to Berezkin, who hits a superb cross on the run towards the unmarked Dubajic. Cech does very well to dive in front of Dubajic and palm the ball away at the near post.
80 min Bate’s last change: Hervaine Moukam replaces Skavysh.
79 min Yet another Arsenal corner, this time from Mkhitaryan, is headed away at the near post.
78 min Lacazette plays a one-two with Suarez and wins a corner. Suarez’s delivery is poor.
76 min Bate are starting to look tired and are really struggling to get out of their own third, never mind their own half.
75 min I don’t think a 1-0 deficit would unduly worry Arsenal ahead of the second leg. But if it were to finish 2-0...
74 min The last Arsenal change - Denis Suarez replaces Kolasinac.
72 min Lacazette’s low cross from the left is blocked. But the attempted clearance goes straight to Kolasinac, who belts the bouncing ball wide of the far post. That was a good chance, though he had to take it quickly.
72 min “And to think,” says Ian Copestake, “that Ramsey is going to swap this to sit next to Emre Can on the Juve bench.”
71 min The new arrival Dubajic is booked for a robust challenge on Koscielny.
70 min Arsenal have switched to a 4-2-2-2 shape, with Mustafi at right-back.
69 min Bate make their second change, with Bojan Dubajic replacing Milic.
69 min A double change for Arsenal: Aubameyang and Torreira replace Maitland-Niles and Xhaka.
68 min The willing Kolasinac, who has been Arsenal’s biggest threat going forward, wins a corner for Arsenal. Xhaka’s first effort hits Rios and goes behind, so Mkhitaryan has a try. He plays it short to Kolasinac, who hits it straight out of play on the other side of the field. Nice one.
66 min Though Arsenal have dominated possession throughout, they have struggling to find space between the
tractorslines. It’s been a very frustrating night on an old-fashioned heap of a pitch.
65 min Meanwhile (2).
64 min “Hi Rob,” says Peter Oh. “Apparently the acronym BATE stands for Borisov Automotive and Tractor Electrical (equipment). Maybe it’s time for Arsenal to park the bus? A big one.”
BATE have parked the whole factory in the second half.
61 min: Good save from Cech! Stasevich shovels the ball to the edge of the area and hits a bouncing shot across goal that is pushed away by Cech, diving to his right.
59 min Bate have rationed their counter-attacks cleverly. They know they can’t beat Arsenal in an open match, so they are sitting very deep, but when they spring forward they do so decisively and at pace.
57 min A first substitution for Bate: Yevgeniy Berezkin reeplaces Aleksandr Hleb.
55 min Kolasinac’s low cross is put behind for a corner. Bate thought the last touch was off Iwobi, and replays suggests they were right. The corner is taken short and eventually leads to a disallowed goal from Lacazette, who slammed Kolasinac’s cross into the net from six yards. He looked fractionally offside.
50 min Lacazette whips a long-range shot that is patted down by Scherbitski and claimed at the second attempt.
50 min Arsenal have started the second half with renewed intensity. Iwobi floats a cross to the far post that just evades the leaping Mkhitaryan and Maitland-Niles.
49 min Meanwhile.
48 min “I’d never made the Iwobi/Erotica connection (although, heaven knows I will from now on. Thanks),” says Matt Dony, remembering to thank me. “But if you’ve ever heard Hamilton and you can still say ‘Lacazette’ normally, then you’re a better man than I...”
47 min A near-post corner breaks for Mustafi, whose snapshot on the turn is blocked by Volkov on the six-yard line.
46 min Peep peep! Bate begin the second half.
Hands up who predicted that scoreline? No, me either. But there were a few danger signs for Arsenal, who started to lose their way after a fast, authoritative start. They don’t have anything to worry about in terms of the overall tie - not yet, anyway - but this is an irritating and unexpected setback.
Stasevich curled the free-kick towards the near post, where Drahun escaped his marker Kolasinac just outside the six-yard box and looped a smart header over Petr Cech into the far corner.
And it leads to a goal!
44 min The lively Skavysh twists past Monreal, who brings him down. The free-kick is on the right wing, in line with the edge of the area...
42 min “Are we supposed to be talking about football?” says Bill Hargreaves. “What chance of this turning into a St Valentine’s Day massacre, given the difference between the teams on paper?”
41 min Mustafi’s cross from the right slithers between the legs of Milic at the far post and falls to Kolasinac, who splatters it wide of the near post from a tight angle.
40 min Mkhitaryan turns smartly on the edge of the area and plays an angled pass to Maitland-Niles, whose shot is blocked. Moments later, Mkhitaryan gets to the byline and hits a cross just behind Lacazette, who can’t control it.
37 min Maitland-Niles’s cross takes a deflection and loops beyond the far post to his fellow wing-back Kolasinac. His header back across goal - and possibly towards goal, I haven’t seen a replay so I’ve no clue to be honest - is blocked by the head of Rios.
36 min “In the absence of inside information about the Arsenal team, I suppose we have rely on, er, outside information,” says Charles Antaki. “Fortunately there is plenty on show today, and it all points to an impending Arsenalisation of this game, as passes go awry, people fall over and the opposition eventually score.”
34 min Arsenal have started to lose their way after an excellent start.
32 min Maitland-Niles ... Mkhitaryan ... Xhaka ... Guendouzi ... Iwobi passes it straight to the keeper.
30 min “I am not going to say that Big Cup’s little brother does not appeal to me,” says Ian Copestake, “but I do have some German tax letters I should open. Happy Valentine’s!”
28 min: Great chance for Bate! Skavysh skinned Guendouzi down the right and drove a low cross towards the near post, where Milic flicked the ball into the side netting from a few yards. Cech might have had it covered had it been on target. But he might not!
27 min Guendouzi lofts a nice pass over the top for Lacazette, who can’t control the dropping ball under pressure.
25 min Stasevich wins a corner off Maitland-Niles, which he’ll take himself. It’s half cleared at the near post and comes to Rios, whose shot from the edge of the area is blocked by Iwobi.
23 min This is a good game. Stasevich dupes Maitland-Niles on the left of the box and smashes a low cross that beats Milic for pace at the near post and deflects behind off Kolasinac. That could easily have gone into his own net.
22 min: Lacazette misses a sitter! A loose ball comes to Kolasinac on the left side of the box. He who floats a lovely cross straight onto the head of Lacazette at the far post, but he plants it over the bar from six yards. That was a great chance, particularly for a player of his class.
21 min Guendouzi appeals for handball in the area when his cross is blocked by Drahun. It hit his trailing arm as he slid forward to block the cross, so a penalty would have been rather harsh.
19 min “Torreira has been very impressive so far this season,” says Matt Dony. “He leaves some big shoes to fill. But, (wait for it...), if anyone can do it, (I’m really sorry...), Xhaka can. Xhaka can. I’m here all week. Try the kluski.”
When that email started I honestly thought you were going to start singing ‘Iwobi’ to the tune of Madonna’s Erotica, so I feel like the rest of us got off lightly.
18 min In the first few minutes it looked like Arsenal would run away with this match, but it’s more of a contest now. Arsenal have probably had 70-75 per cent of the possession. Bate look pretty well organised defensively now that the match has settled down.
14 min Bate are playing like the away side, sitting deep and springing onto the counter-attack.
13 min ... which leads to a chance on the counter for Bate. They break three on three after a mistake from Guendouzi, and Stavysh forces a save from Cech with a stinging shot from a very tight angle on the right edge of the area.
12 min Kolasinac plays in Iwobi, who tries to flick the ball over the advancing keeper. It bounces over his foot, hits the thigh of a sliding defender and loops towards goal. Scherbitski stretches to flap it behind for a corner...
12 min Inside info!
11 min “Rob, do you have any inside info about what’s up with Monreal?” asks Charles Antaki. “Guardian journalists have their ears to the ground. Anyway he’s looked a shadow of his recently-former self. That’s quite good enough to get him into the Arsenal back line (even a quarter would have done), but still, it’s odd.”
Inside info! Inside info! He’s 32, so maybe the inexorable decline of the thirtysomething sportsman has started.
10 min Bate’s free-kick is partially cleared and lobbed back into the area, where Milic fails to control the up and under. A better first touch would have given him a half chance.
9 min Guendouzi slips on the dodgy pitch and loses the ball to Skavysh, who breaks down the right. Xhaka pulls him back and is booked.
8 min The atmosphere in the stadium is brilliant, the kind of thing you used to hear in England. The fact Bate are being totally outplayed doesn’t seem to bother the home fans one bit.
6 min “Surely against unfit, inferior opponents it’s the perfect opportunity for Emery to let Suarez showcase his skills & ability?” asks Sam. “What does he need to do to start a game for the Gunners?”
I’m sure he’ll play next week if Arsenal get a decent lead tonight. The pitch is so bad that I’m not sure there would have been that much value in playing him.
5 min Arsenal are all over Bate. A short corner is returned to Mkhitaryan, whose inswinging cross is headed just wide of the far post by Mustafi.
2 min: Scherbitski makes a fine save to deny Mkhitaryan! Iwobi played a superb angled pass inside the right-back Rios to find Kolasinac, who slid a first-time pass across the face of goal. It was right into the path of Mkhitaryan, whose close-range sidefoot was blocked by the sprawling Scherbitski.
1 min Peep peep! After a minute’s applause in memory of Emiliano Sala, Arsenal get the match under way. They are in red and white; Bate are in yellow. It’s freezing and the pitch is a mudheap. Great stuff!
Unai Emery speaks
“Petr Cech has experience and quality, and his commitment is very big. Today is a good chance for him to play. [TELL US ABOUT MESUT OZIL, UNAI] Today, the priority is the players who are here, and I think it’s much better to speak about those players.”
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Bate’s team includes former Arsenal charmer Aleksandr Hleb. As you probably know already, future former Arsenal charmer Mesut Ozil has not travelled with the squad. Unai Emery makes two changes from the team that beat Huddersfield at the weekend: Petr Cech and Granit Xhaka come in for Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira.
Bate Borisov (4-3-3) Scherbitski; Rios, Volkov, Filipenko, Filipovic; Baga, Dragun, Hleb; Skavysh, Milic, Stasevich.
Substitutes: Chichkan, Yablonski, Berezkin, Dubajic, Simovic, Moukam, Bessmertny.
Good Valentine’s Day to you. Unai Emery was born to succeed in the Uefa Europa League. Just look at the initials on him! He has won the tournament three times, a record he shares with Giovanni Trapattoni, and it’s quite conceivable he could make it four this year. Arsenal are one of the favourites for the tournament, though there’s a strong field that includes Chelsea, Napoli, Internazionale, Benfica, Lazio, Eintracht Frankfurt - and Emery’s old clubs, Sevilla and Valencia.
It’s strange that Arsenal never won a European trophy under Arsene Wenger, though they had terrific chances in 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2018. That missed opportunity in 2003-04 still haunts me, and I don’t even bloody support them. The last time they won a European trophy, then, was the criminally unsung Cup Winners’ Cup victory in 1993-94. In the parlance of our time, they are due.Continue reading...
- Thu, 14 Feb 2019 20:08:09 +0000: Arsenal slip at Bate Borisov with Lacazette denied goal and sent off - Arsenal | The Guardian
What on earth have Arsenal become? Or what are they even trying to become? These questions cut raggedly through the cold air as Unai Emery’s strange team toiled against Belarusian opponents who have been on a winter break and not played a competitive match for nine weeks.
Bate Borisov still more than nullified the best this flawed Arsenal incarnation could offer and inflicted a defeat that was more worrying in its style than its result.
Bate Borisov 1-0 Arsenal, Galatasaray 1-2 Benfica, Krasnodar 0-0 Leverkusen, Lazio 0-1 Sevilla, Olympiacos 2-2 Dynamo Kyiv, Rapid Vienna 0-1 Inter, Rennes 3-3 Real Betis , Slavia Prague 0-0 Genk, Celtic 0-2 Valencia, Club Brugge 2-1 Red Bull Salzburg, Malmo 1-2 Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt, Sporting 0-1 Villarreal, Viktoria Plzen 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb, Zurich 1-3 Napoli
Letting the team down like that is the worst feeling..Continue reading...
I should have stayed calm but it’s not always easy.. Sorry
There are still 90 minutes to play and I believe that my teammates will make it to the next round.. #COYG #Laca
- Wed, 13 Feb 2019 20:09:10 +0000: Arsenal’s Petr Cech dreams of ending career in Europa League glory - Arsenal | The Guardian
• Arsenal goalkeeper outlines his ‘ideal scenario’
• Opponents Bate Borisov have not played since December
After Arsenal landed in Belarus to begin the knockout stages of the Europa League against Bate Borisov, their goalkeeper Petr Cech, who retires at the end of the season, outlined his dream to bid farewell by winning the trophy.
“That would be an ideal scenario for me to finish my career,” he said. “We prepare every day for every competition and this is what we are aiming for. We try to win every game and progress step by step and as a club it is important for us to try to go as far as possible.Continue reading...
- Mon, 11 Feb 2019 19:50:00 +0000: Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey signs four-year contract with Juventus - Arsenal | The Guardian
• Wales midfielder pens pre-contract agreement
• Set to become the highest-paid British footballer
Juventus have announced the signing of the Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on a lucrative four-year deal from 1 July.
The Wales international has agreed a pre-contract deal with the Italian champions and will join on a free transfer when his Arsenal one expires at the end of the season.Continue reading...
Historic News Stories have been added below:
- Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:24:32 +0000: Arsenal have bid rejected for Lacazette - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
Arsenal have a bid rejected for France international striker Alexandre Lacazette, but negotiations are still ongoing with Lyon.
- Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:53:47 +0000: Arsenal in Meadow Park groundshare deal - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
Boreham Wood agree a 10-year groundshare deal with Women's Super League club Arsenal Ladies and Arsenal's youth teams.
- Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:18:25 +0000: Shield proceeds to be given to Grenfell - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
Proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield will be donated to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
- Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:16:16 +0000: The stars helping Grenfell Tower victims - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
Here are just some of the many famous people who are helping out those affected by last week's tragedy.
- Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:05 +0000: Premier League fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.
The summer transfer action is beginning to come hard and fast for Arsenal as they now have begun to receive many offers for the want away Dutch striker Robin Van Persie who is out of contract with the gunner at the end of next season. The clubs star player has made it clear he will not be signing a new contract with the gunners and this has prompted all of Europe’s top clubs to begin a bidding war for the phenomenal striker.
Another player who could be set to leave the Emirates stadium is Carlos Vela who is now in the middle of discussions for a transfer to the Spanish side Real Sociedad who are thought to be lining up a £5.000.000 deal for the Mexican international. Vela has been on the sidelines for some time now and it is clear that his future lies elsewhere and away from London.
The capture of Lucas Podolski from Cologne a few weeks back was meant to signal the start of a new era at Arsenal as the club have been trophy less for the past five years. The German international was seen as the perfect partner for Robin Van Persie but with the Dutch striker certainly on his way out of the Emirates it is now more than likely that Podolski will be leading the line along with another new signing up from in the form of up and coming superstar Olivier Giroud.
Another player who could be leaving the London club this summer is Marouane Chamakh who has found himself out of the picture at Arsenal for the past twelve month and has only started a handful of games during this time. The Morroccan international is wanted by Fiorentina and Dutch champions Ajax and the striker is keen on a move to either of these sides in search of first team football.
Arsenal are also said to be in for the highly thought of Egyptian defender Islam Ramadan who plays for his homeland club Haras El Hodood with the twenty one year old thought to be an integral part of Wengers new defensive plans. Ramadan has also attracted a huge amount of interest from some of Europe’s leading clubs including Lyon, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.