With just one win in their last five matches in the Premier League, Arsenal are probably aware that with this kind of performance they could hardly achieve anything this season. Right now the Gunners are 11 points behind Chelsea and the Top 4, so it’s now or never for them – they won’t qualify for the Champions League if they don’t start winning on a regular basis.
Mikel Arteta achieved his first win as a manager against Manchester United, but in the next round his team lost two points during the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal at the Selhurst Park was not enough for Arsenal to secure the win.
The bad news for Arteta is that Aubameyang got sent off in this game, so he won’t be avaliable against Sheffield United on Saturday. Meanwhile Hector Bellerin and Callum Chambers remain sidelined as well.
For Arsenal it won’t be easy on Saturday because Sheffield United are performing very well since their promotion from the Championship. Surprisingly for most of the people, the Blades are currently 6th in the league with 32 points, outperforming their next opponent. Only time will tell if Sheffield United will be one season wonder or not. But right now they are showing a lot of quality.
In the previous round United achieved another important win. Chris Wilder’s team hosted West Ham United and won the game with 1-0 at the Bramall Lane. Oliver McBurnie scored the only goal in the game in the beginning of the second half.
In most of the time we would say that Arsenal are clear favourite against Sheffield United, but right now we are not sure how true would be this. The visitors are better positioned in the league at the moment and there are reasons for this.
Valencia hosts Arsenal in a second Europa League 1/2-final game at the Estadio Mestalla in Valencia. One of these two teams is going to reach the final in Baku and right now the Englishmen are in a better position to do it.
Arsenal are having an advantage after the first leg in London, which they won with 3-1. Mouctar Diakhaby opened the score for Valencia after just 11 minutes of playing, but until the end of the game Arsenal turned it around. Alexandre Lacazette scored twice for the Gunners, while Pierre Emerick Aubameyang gave the hosts an even bigger advantage in the last minute of the match. Now Unai Emery’s team is going to feel much more comfortable at the Mestalla with a good advantage of two goals.
For Arsenal winning Europa League could be the only way to qualify for the next edition of the Champions League. The team is not performing well in the Premier League and it’s currently not in the best position to finish in the Top 4.
Meanwhile Valencia are also 5th in La Liga, being 3 points behind the 4th Getafe. Los Che are in a similar situation. Most surely Marcelino’s boys are feeling sorry for the way they allowed Arsenal to turn around the first game in London.
But nothing is over just yet. Valencia can still turn it around – they know that a “clear” win with just two goals difference will allow them to reach the final of the competition. In some cases Arsenal were shaky in their Europa League visits, so this shall give the Spanish team some hope. As for Arsenal, they are aware that they must be very solid in defense on Thursday.
That’s what we had to say about the Europa League 1/2-finals clash between Valencia and Arsenal at the Estadio Mestalla on Thursday night.
Rennes hosts Arsenal in a first game from the Europa League 1/8-finals. Allow us to take a look at this fixture and see what’s the situation with these two teams at the moment.
In the previous round of the competition Rennes achieved a win over Real Betis. The first leg on French soil ended with a 3-3 draw, which gave Betis some advantage before the rematch. But it got really different at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, where Rennes enjoyed a 3-1 win. The French team won the game with goals from Rami Bensebaini, Adrien Hunou and Mbaye Niang, while Giovani Lo Celso’s goal for Betis did not change anything.
In the French Ligue 1 Rennes are currently at the middle of the table, being 10th with 37 points won so far. They are surely having an average season so far, but this could change if they manage to eliminate a club like Arsenal from Europa League.
Arsenal suffered a surprising defeat against BATE Borisov in a first 1/16-finals game, but in the second leg the Gunners did their job against the Belarusians and won with 3-0. BATE’s Volkov scored himself an own goal, while Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papasthathopoulos also put the ball in the net for the Gunners.
Arsenal will surely try to win Europa League this season. Not just because it’s a prestigious trophy, but also because it’s not guaranteed that the Gunners will finish in the Top 4 of the Premier League. Winning Europa League could be Arsenal’s key to the Champions League for next season and the manager Unai Emery knows this very well.
Rennes will have a tough task against Arsenal on Thursday night, but it won’t be easy for Arsenal as well. We have all the reasons to expect a great clash between these two teams.
BATE Borisov welcomes Arsenal in another one of the UEFA Europa League 1/16-finals. The first game between these two sides is going to get played in Belarus. Let’s see what’s going on with them.
BATE reached the 1/16-finals of the Europa League after finishing 2nd in Group L. They were beaten for the first place by Chelsea, which was far from surprising, of course. BATE ended their participation in the group with 9 points and a record of 3 wins and 3 losses. They managed to beat Hungary’s MOL Vidi and Greece’s PAOK for the second position in the group.
In the Belarusian Premier League BATE are marching towards another title. They are leaders in the standings with 9 points advantage in front of the 2nd Shakhtyor. They have lost just 3 games so far from 30 matches played.
Last season Arsenal were eliminated by Atletico Madrid in Europa League, but now the Gunners are desperate to reach the final and fight for the trophy. Unai Emery’s team didn’t have any problems to win Group E of the competition, finishing with a perfect record of 16 wins from 16 possible. So far Arsenal are showing some great commitment to Europa League, showing everyone that they are taking this competition pretty seriously.
In the Premier League the Gunners are fighting for a Top 4 finish. Right now Emery’s team is 5th in the league with 50 points, being just 1 point behind the 4th Manchester United. In their last five games Arsenal won three times, but also suffered two losses. In their last match Emery’s boys achieved a 2-1 win during the visit to Huddersfield Town.
That’s what we had to say about the Europa League clash between BATE Borisov and Arsenal on Thursday night. Good luck!
The outsider in the Premier League Huddersfield Town welcomes Arsenal in a game from the 26th round of the Premier League. Let’s take a look at this fixture.
For Huddersfield Town there is no more hope that they can survive this season. At this moment they are 20th in the league standings, trailing on 13 points behind the 17th Burnley and the safe zone. How you can see, they would need a miracle to survive. And miracles do not happen very often.
In their last five games Huddersfield Town suffered four defeats and won just one point during the 0-0 draw with Cardiff City. They have won just 2 matches since the beginning of the campaign. As it goes right now, they could finish the season as one of the weakest team in the history of the Premier League.
Huddersfield’s last game was another nightmare. Jan Siewert’s boys suffered a 0-5 defeat during the visit to Chelsea. But we doubt that anyone was really surprised of what happened at the Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal on the other hand are fighting for a Top 4 finish and a qualification to the Champions League. Right now the Gunners are 6th in the league with 47 points, having a record of 14 wins, 5 draws and 6 defeats. In their last five matches Unai Emery’s boys won three times, but also suffered two defeats. Right now Arsenal are 3 points behind the 4th Arsenal and the Top 4.
In their last game the Gunners suffered a 1-3 defeat during the visit to the champion Manchester City. Laurent Koscielny scored Arsenal’s only goal in the game, but City prevailed with a fantastic hattrick from their star striker Sergio Aguero.
Arsenal are the clear favourite against Huddersfield Town. We highly doubt that they can make a mistake against this opponent.