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What is going wrong at Arsenal?

In years gone by the defensive woes that have plagued Arsenal would surprise many. Now it’s commonplace, and there are many fans bemoaning the lack of improvement in the last three to four years. The same soft underbelly is hurting them and defensive mistakes seem to never go away.

The return to the Premier League has probably left most, if not all Arsenal fans wishing it had never come back. Their 3-0 defeat to Manchester City was gifted to their opponents on a platter by David Luiz ( a real symbol for the defensive woes) and plenty of fans were straight on his back.

The issues stem further than simply David Luiz however. Despite his dismal performance, mistakes have always been in his DNA and with their other defenders not really up to scratch, you have to wonder what Arsenal’s recruitment system is doing.

The Brazilian is also set to sign his one-year extension, albeit as a 5th choice centre-half, if talks go smoothly. This ultimately shows how Arsenal are seemingly content with average players.

Aside from that there seems to be attitude problems at the club, issues that were brought to light by Neal Maupay in his post-match interview after Brighton’s 2-1 win.

The centre-half position has been a real issue for the Gunners and for several years they have failed to replace what is a glaring issue. Pablo Mari was brought in on loan in January but he’s only played two times and picked up an injury against Man City.

Sokratis had the potential to be an excellent addition but has proved inconsistent too. The same issues have also affected Shkodran Mustafi, who was solid at Valencia but has struggled in London. It seems as though no matter who they sign, the deals don’t work out.

The higher-ups at the club also have to take responsibility for the clubs failings, fans were crying out for defensive reinforcements this summer but the club spent £72 million on Nicolas Pepe instead.

While fans were pleased, you have to sit and wonder why they couldn’t have spent that on their defence. Kieran Tierney was a decent signing for £25 million but one man won’t be able to fix the issues they currently have.

Mikel Arteta said from the start he had a lot of work to do when he joined the club, and the Spaniard was certainly right on the mark. His starting lineups against Manchester City and Brighton weren’t convincing and the mystery surrounding Mesut Ozil is confusing as ever.

He hasn’t started either games, they surely needed him against Brighton but he was nowhere to be seen. The decision to bring Luiz on has to rest with Arteta but even he couldn’t have predicted the ‘disasterclass’ his player would’ve produced.

He has a lot to do with this squad of players, and he needs quality to be able to play the style of football he wants. Whether the club back him is another story.

Charlie Nicholas stated for Sky Sports:

“Wednesday was what I expected. The one scenario I did not expect was the team that Mikel Arteta picked. Mesut Ozil was dropped – he has been dropped before in these types of games. He went for youth and he can see where the future is,” 

Nicholas continued:

“I do not see it as a massive debate or crisis for Arsenal. They are ninth for a reason. There is a reason behind just the nine wins from 29. Over the last five or six years, Arsenal’s defence has been poor, not average, but poor. How a team can let this go on for so long is mind-blowing.

“They spent around £8m on David Luiz, who has won the Premier League and the Champions League. The craziness is that he was better than what was already there. That should show those players just how bad it is and also how bad it is for Arteta.

“There is nothing to say that it will take years. The board and owners do not have years as the crowd will turn on them if they do not identify that the defence is everything. It is the area that matters right now. If they do not address it they will get further and further away from it. This is a must. Whoever you must sell, the funds must go on defenders, and you start building again.”

Arteta will need time but the Emirates has become a toxic place over recent years and whether time is even a factor here is another question altogether. They played City with the mentality of a side scrapping around the relegation places rather than a team competing for titles.

The club very much needs a change in the way they think if they are to progress, in other words being a ‘big club’ with actions instead of pretending to be like one.

A lot of issues come down to Stan Kroenke and his mismanagement of the club. They had hope when Sven Mislintat joined the club as Recruitment Chief to try and revolutionise the way the club approached the transfer market.

The German had great success at Borussia Dortmund but things didn’t quite work out well for either party. Their Director of Football Raul Sanllehi has come under fire recently, with some of their signings under-performing.

Many fans are discontent with Kroenke’s reign and a lot feel there is no clear plan for Arsenal moving forward. They’ve taken a chance in a promising young coach in Arteta and if he’s anything like his former boss Pep Guardiola then they have a great coach at their disposal. However, he needs the support of a stable board and you have to question whether Arsenal have that at the moment.

The post-Wenger Arsenal was supposed to be one of promise and endeavour. Many neutral fans did say to be careful what you wish for and it looks like there could be more truth in that than first thought. Without a revamp in the board we might not see Arsenal improve much over the next couple of seasons.

Tottenham’s Serge Aurier breaks lockdown rules for third time, faces punishment from club

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

The quarantine life has been a difficult obstacle for everyone in the world to get through during the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, they will do whatever it takes to experience the life they once had before the chaos occurred. Serge Aurier, the right back for Tottenham, has become so desperate, he has broken the lockdown rules three times.

Most recently, Aurier shared three images on Instagram of himself getting a haircut, which has caused the North London side to launch an investigation for an apparent breach of social distancing rules.

Later, the Ivory Coast international responded to criticism of his latest action with another post on Instagram.

“My hairdresser is negative and me too so stop talking in a vacuum and put on masks and gloves when you come to take pictures at the training centre it’s part of the rules too.”

The 27-year-old has also been pictured training too close to teammate Moussa Sissoko and also was caught going out to run with a friend.

Given that this is his third time breaking the rules, Spurs are going to properly look into the situation and assess if they should punish the defender for his latest stunt.

Tottenham issued a statement that said:

“We are investigating the circumstances and will deal with the incident appropriately.”

Aurier is not the only player in the Premier League to break the lockdown rules. Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has broken social distancing guidelines by holding a party at his house and visiting his parents and sister in Sheffield. Also, Arsenal’s David Luiz, Granit Xhaka, Nicolas Pepe, and Alexandre Lacazette broke were spoken to after breaking the rules, specifically government, last month.

With the Premier League hoping to resume their season, Spurs could ask Aurier to self-isolate for seven days if the incident occurred after the leaguewide testing on Tuesday.

Is it time to switch the capital for Merseyside?

Chelsea look set to complete a move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley this month, and despite the Merseyside outfit looking set to complete the signing of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas to add firepower up front, could the club benefit from adding another striker to their ranks.

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has become a forgotten man at Stamford Bridge and has had to play second fiddle to Alvaro Morata, but in the World Cup year could the Belgian striker switch the capital for Merseyside?

The Telegraph reported that Antonio Conte had said that both he and David Luiz were free to leave Stamford Bridge this month if they wished to, and if he is to be on the plane to Russia he is going to need to get game time under his belt to impress Roberto Martinez.

Despite Everton looking to bring in Cenk Tosun, they could look to bring in another striker who has Premier League experience and Batshuayi fits the bill. The Belgian has 9 goals to his name in all competitions this season adding to his tally of 11 in all competitions in his first season in the Premier League, showing he has an eye for goal and if given regular game time he could become a prolific goalscorer.

Everton fans would you like to see Michy Batshuayi at Goodison Park? Let us know in the comments section…