One down six to go
Arsenal managed to grab the win they required against Leicester City in the Premier League but it was anything other than an Arsenal vintage performance. Sometimes however you just need to get the result, and that certainly seems what Arsenal did, as they finally got the breakthrough on 86 minutes, through an own goal by Leicester’s Robert Huth. Arsenal winning the match 1-0.
The shot for the own goal came from Nacho Monreal who needs to be careful with this attacking display or he will find himself playing up front.
Arsenal are four points off fourth place Manchester City, however six behind Liverpool in third who they have two games in hand too. It’s going to be a close call.
The performance was shocking, as Arsenal had 70% possession yet failed to find a breakthrough until late. There was one stand out performance however in a team who were extremely poor on the night, as for the second match running Gabriel looked very assured in the back three once again.
It’s now three matches playing three at the back and three wins, and I have to admit I for one between now and the end of the season just want to see results. Now is not the time for performances.
Whether Leicester City’s Christian Fuchs deserved a second yellow or not for throwing the ball at Alexis Sanchez from the throw in, I find it difficult watching one of my players get hit in the shoulder with the ball, who then turns to walk away before deciding to collapse holding his face.
That was an embarrassment to the club and the supporters and not something I want to see one of my players doing, regardless of they then post themselves on social media with a cut lip and an ice pack.
Barcelona put off
Barcelona have been put off by Arsenal’s valuation of full-back Hector Bellerin with the club having slapped a £34m price tag on him. Reports are claiming Barcelona could now look for other targets rather than the talented Spaniard. Bellerin recently signed a long-term contract.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that the club are tracking French wonderkid Kylian Mbappe however conceded that Arsenal will probably be unable to afford him from a financial point of view as all the larger rich clubs are now hot on the trail of the Monaco striker.
Mbappe has scored 23 goals in 37 games for the Ligue 1 side.
Gnabry on the move
Former Gunner Serge Gnabry is attracting the interest of Borussia Dortmund after a good season with Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. The German international has scored 10 goals this season as well as a hat-trick on his debut for Germany against San Marino.