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Arsenal face Swiss side in their first European game of the season

Zurich welcomes Arsenal to Letzigrund on Thursday, 8 September, in a Europa League match. Premier League giants Arsenal travel to Switzerland to take on FC Zurich. Looking to rebound from Arsenal’s loss at Man Utd on Sunday, Arsenal is expected to turn up the heat in their Europa League group A opener away at Zurich; At the same time, the Gunners will field a changing squad; they should still have far too much firepower for the opposition. We reckon that Arsenal’s second-tier side, too, would be too much for FC Zurich and will eventually succumb to 3 goals, not to mention scoring a goal and taking their total over 2.5 goals.

FC Zurich has scored only four times in 7 league games this term, and Arsenals will be confident in keeping them out of this one. Arsenal, however, is currently sitting atop the Premier League table and has been coming to the fore of this season’s table. With the power Mikel Arteta is likely to carry from the bench in the last 20-30 minutes, Arsenal should be able to take three points on the road to open the groups. Arsenal has never played a game against FC Zurich and will be cautious about upsets in an important match. Despite controlling much of the game and looking better, Arsenal dropped their first points of the season.

Still, Arsenal made the trip bragging about a 100% success rate in their previous matches against Swiss sides, six wins out of six, with forgotten man Lucas Perez scoring a hat-trick in the 4-1 victory against Basel in the 2016-17 Champions League. If Mikel Arteta leads the club to just its third continental crown while pushing the leading team in the Premier League to a place at the top, significant progress has been made. Mikel Arteta’s side returned to Europa League action after finishing fifth in England’s Premier League last season and are currently bookmaker’s favourites to make it all the way. Arsenal started their League campaign well, and although they fell to a first defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday, they sit comfortably at the top of the table after six games.

Marquinhos and Matt Smith will likely make their FC Zurich debuts, having been included in Arsenal’s senior European Championships squad. At the same time, if Nketiah takes over from Gabriel Jesus this week, it will be aimed at finding the back of the net for his third consecutive Europa League start. Fabio Vieira’s cameo over the weekend left Arsenal supporters giddy, and I’m sure it pleased Arteta as well. Starting at his favoured No. 10 position would provide him with the ideal opportunity to do what he does best: create.

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Arteta states the young Portuguese is fit and ready to roll

Mikel Arteta has confirmed that summer signing Fabio Vieira is fit and ready for Arsenal’s debut ahead of their Saturday trip to Bournemouth in the Premier League. Summer signing Fabio Vieira failed to return from his foot injury in time to feature in Arsenal’s opening two games of the 2022-23 campaign but is now expected to be fit and ready. Mikel Arteta loves how summer signing Fabio Vieira is capable of operating in a broad role behind the forwards. He is looking forward to working with him more and finding out where best he fits into the team. Arsenal will keep summer signing Marquinhos here for a few more months and make sure he settles in at the club and with the side. As he has proved impressive during the pre-season and in his two under-21s caps, Mikel Arteta is going to allow the full-back the opportunity to settle into the Arsenal squad, then evaluate things later.

The club’s PS 72m signing of Nicolas Pepe has been linked with a move to the likes of Nice, but Mikel Arteta has kept his mouth shut about the winger’s future and those of the rest of the squad that is struggling for game-time. Nicolas Pepe made just five Premier League starts last season under Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, and expectations are he will be gone this summer. Arteta revealed no new injury concerns for him before the clash with Bournemouth. Mikel Arteta has not ruled out Nicolas Pepe leaving Arsenal this summer, having scored only 27 goals in 112 Premier League games with the club. A report claimed Nicolas Pepe has emerged as a shrewd target for French side Nice but that they want only a loan move.

Arteta has also commented on Saka’s contract, as he believes in the player’s relationship with the club and his family members. It is now just a matter of time before he signs the contract extension. Arteta also added that he wants this to be completed on an urgent basis as he doesn’t want the players to be distracted during the campaign.

Arsenal has started the 2022-23 campaign very strongly as they grabbed two out of two victories and are in the second place only because the English Champions Mancheter City had kept clean sheets in both their games and scored more goals. However, it is too early to predict the table situation as this season is very different from others. The season will be paused in between so that the players can go and participate in the FIFA World Cup that will take place in Qatar later this year. So we can expect the unexpected from this campaign.

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Arsenal end their Preseason on a high note

Newcomer Gabriel Jesus scored his fourth preseason goal as Arsenal comfortably beat Chelsea 4-0 in a friendly in Florida on Saturday. Jesus scored his fourth preseason goal but was later injured when Arsenal defeated Chelsea. Jesus led his preseason tally for Arsenal to four as a grand final ended with a win for Arsenal. The Gunners continued their impressive preseason with a convincing victory over London rival Chelsea at Saturday’s Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. Arsenal ended their tour of the Americas with a win over Premier League’s Rival in front of a record 63,811 fans at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium just two weeks before the start of the new season.

Arsenal takes on Sevilla in the last preseason match at the end of a marketing campaign that has given fans hope. London rivals Chelsea brought the lineup back to the usual 3-4-3 to start the second half, and things looked better at the start but failed to score as the Blues’ clean-sheet problems of recent seasons continue to plague the Blues. Arsenal beat Chelsea at the first whistle with their aggressive and direct play, with centre-forward Gabriel Jesus setting the tone, scoring the first goal after Chelsea were knocked over in their half. Arsenal won a handful of their fixtures in the United States, thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, and Albert Sambi Lokonga at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium.

A cheerful Gabriel Jesus moved calmly forward to Edouard Mendy, showing a composure rarely seen at Manchester City. He softly hit the chip to give Arsenal the lead and score four goals in four preseason games. Arsenal jumped ahead from an empty corner of Chelsea, with Gabriel Martinelli playing in Saka, who lacked the legs. Gabriel Martinelli split the Chelsea defence with a perfectly weighted ball, and Martin Odegaard made a touch before missing.

 Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, has seen Arsenal win all four of their preseason games, although he hopes Gabriel Jesus is ready to live to stream them on Sky’s first game of the season against Crystal Palace. The bench just before the hour mark needed to be replaced. Gabriel Jesus appeared to be Mikel Artetas’ ingenious attempt against Premier League rivals Chelsea, the prolific No.9 he has been shouting about, highlighting value at Emirates Stadium again. Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel expressed worry over his team’s progress and his individuals’ lack of dedication throughout their preseason tour of the United States after they were defeated 4-0 by Arsenal in Florida on Saturday.

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Arsenal vs Liverpool : Jota and Firmino enjoy at the Emirates

Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Arsenal reduced Manchester City’s lead over the Premier League leaders to one point.  After looking at Arsenal, Liverpool came to a step closer to Premier League leaders Manchester City as an impressive winner. Liverpool has won nine games in the Premier League, while Arsenal remains fourth, one point ahead of Manchester United, with two games remaining. Liverpool has conceded two of their nine goals in a row. The victory means nine consecutive league wins and one point behind Manchester City in the same number of games.

Liverpool reduced the gap at the top of the table and won the league match by beating the mighty Arsenal, scoring two goals in eight minutes to secure the victory despite the poor performance. It was a showdown between the two most powerful teams: Liverpool, with eight consecutive league victories, and a mighty Arsenal who won five league games continuously before this defeat. The final whistle confirmed Liverpool as winners.

After all Liverpool’s good work, Liverpool’s patience proved to be decisive, with Diogo Jota breaking the stalemate just minutes after Jurgen Klopp‘s pulled Salah and Roberto Firmino off the bench. However, Jurgen Klopp’s defence held up during the assault and allowed the Reds to bide their time until Arsenal made a mistake.

Arsenal, well-fought for a top-four finish, pushed Liverpool to the max until Jurgen Klopp ruthlessly took over after the break. Arsenal harassed Jurgen Klopp during the first 45 minutes at the Emirates, with the Gunners midfield in control. Arsenal went on tiptoe with clinical Liverpool in the first 45 minutes, full of confidence after a five-game winning streak that took them to fourth place. Having beaten Arsenal in their last five league matches, Arsenal largely dominated the first half. Still, the game’s turning point came early in a frantic second half as clinical Liverpool extended their streak of nine league wins. Arsenal started the game and did their best to limit Liverpool’s passing game in the first 45 minutes with tackles and long fast counterattacks.

 A 0-0 score began to look like a solid result for Liverpool against Arsenal at half-time. After the break, Liverpool’s class showed themselves as they took control first of Diogo Jota and then Roberto Firmino for their ninth successive Premier League win. Minutes later, substitute Roberto Firmino scored 2-0 to send Jurgen Klopp one point behind Manchester City to the top of the Premier League table.

Liverpool played the rest of the game professionally as it ended 2-0 and Liverpool are now just one point behind league leaders Manchester City with nine games left each. Both the teams will go head to head on the 10th of April at Etihad. 

On Saturday, Arsenal will visit Aston Villa for their Premier League match.

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Thierry Henry – The King 👑

Thierry Henry, full name Thierry Daniel Henry (born 17 August 1977, Châtillon, France), is a French football player and coach. He scored goals for the national team, More than any other player in French history, considered one of the most prolific strikers—the scorer of their era. French Thierry Henry spent most of his club career at Arsenal, where he spent eight years winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups while becoming the club’s leading player in the Premier League. Best scorer in history. One of the greatest players of his generation, he has amassed a wealth of trophies during his illustrious career at the club. He became Arsenal’s top scorer in all competitions, scoring two goals in the Champions League win over Sparta Prague on 17 October 2005, breaking Ian Wright’s record of 185 goals.

On 1 February 2006, he scored against West Ham United, breaking Cliff Bastins’ record of 150 goals and becoming Arsenal’s all-time leader in league goals. Thierry Henry set a club record with 174 goals during his eight seasons at Arsenal. In mid-2004, Thierry Henry won the 2003-04 Golden Boot, became UEFA’s top scorer (30), and helped Arsenal win the Premier League again. France entered the European Championship in 2000, and Thierry Henry scored the winning goal for France in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup and won the best player of the tournament.

Thierry Henry didn’t necessarily start with a clinical advantage in terms of goals. Still, he worked hard as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger asked him to and quickly became one of the most feared players in the Premier League, eventually becoming League top scorer (the magic mark of scoring 30 goals at a time). Thierry Henry was designed more like a winger when he came to Clay Fontaine, a French football academy ahead of its time and trained David Trezeguet and Nicolas Anelka; Henry was turned into a striker by the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. However, when he arrived at Arsenal two weeks before his 22nd birthday, Henry had to contend with more than a repositioning. France’s top scorer (51 goals) Henry played for his old club from 1999 to 2007 and was loaned out again in 2012. Henry was named the greatest Arsenal player of all time after scoring 228 goals in north London.

However, most remember Thierry Henry from his time in France, the brilliant goals he scored for Arsenal when he played the most exciting and attractive football in the country (and perhaps the continent). In total, he made 123 caps for France and is the country’s all-time leading scorer. Henry’s first spell at Arsenal is where, if you hadn’t witnessed it yourself, you’d think the praise was a gross exaggeration. Henry’s early days at Arsenal are synonymous with the simple fact that he didn’t score in his first eight matches.

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Thank you AUBA

After a dramatic end to the winter transfer window, Arsenal fans hoped that the club would sign a new player to strengthen the attack instead of seeing their ex-captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave. Arsenal released a club statement on their website stating, “Aubameyang leaves club by mutual consent.” Arsenal fans believe that the captain’s armband is cursed at their club. Aubameyang was given the captains role by their former manager Unai Emery, and this also continued under the current manager Mikel Arteta. Arteta has observed and stated that Auba has had disciplinary issues in recent years.

This was first seen in the North London derby last season when he was not part of the starting lineup, with Arteta citing disciplinary issues. This continued in this season when he was not part of the squad against Southampton in the Premier League while Arteta again cited disciplinary reasons. A few days later, Auba was removed from the captaincy role by the manager. Aubameyang was purchased from Dortmund on the deadline day of the winter transfer window for a then club-record fee of £56 million. However, the ending does not do enough justification. Four years later, he decides to leave the club and join the Spanish giants Barcelona on the same day.  Let us have a look at his time in Arsenal.

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He was bought into the club by Arsene Wenger to improve the attack. Scoring in his debut league game against Everton gave the fans what they wanted to see. He scored ten goals in his first half-season appearances and provided four assists in 13 league games. Auba was the last goal scorer for Arsenal under the spell of Arsene Wenger.  His goal-scoring form from the German league made him the leading man in attack.  Starting the new season under new manager Unai Emery, Auba scored his first season goal against Cardiff City.  In the 2018-19 season, Auba was on a roll and scored goals pretty often; this resulted in reaching the ten goals mark before anyone else in that season. He ended the season by scoring two goals against Burnley, making him the season’s top scorer alongside the Liverpool duo Salah and Mane with 22 goals. However, the ending of the season was pretty upsetting as they lost the Europa League finals to their London rivals Chelsea 4-1. He also won the Player of the Month for his five goals scored in September.

In the new season, 2019-20, he scored goals crucial in Arsenal’s successful season. Auba turned into a clutch player in the FA Cup, where he helped his team beat the defending champions Man City 2-0, scoring both the goals. They then played Chelsea in the finals of the FA Cup. Chelsea opened the scoring in the 5th minute, Auba then equalised in the 28th minute by converting a penalty and then scored the winner in the 67th minute. He became the first African to win the FA Cup as a captain. He finished the season with 22 league goals. Further, he could not continue the goal-scoring run in the next season, although the manager gave him enough chances.

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