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Mesut Ozil puts on a show as NBA legend visits Emirates to watch the Arsenal star in action against Man United

Arsenal turned on the style with a totally dominant first half display to stun Manchester United at the Emirates yesterday.

Mikel Arteta was understandably jubilant after the 2-0 win which marked his first victory in the Gunners dugout and also helped his side climb to the 10th spot in the league table.

While the Gunners were helped by a hapless display from their visitors during the first half, the tireless shift put in by some of the big names throughout the ninety minutes would have been a welcome treat for the home fans.

With the criticism surrounding his perceived ‘laziness’ not slowing down even after Arteta took over Mesut Ozil put on his work boots yesterday and put in a gritty performance that should quell some of the doubts regarding his workrate.

The crafty German looked like a man reborn against the Red Devils, covering more distance than any of his teammates and coincidentally the 11.53 KMs he ran yesterday was the most he has run in any match over the last two years for the club.

Ozil’s performance would have delighted his friend and NBA legend Dirk Nowitzki who was in the stands to support his compatriot and the titanic German baller would have surely got his money’s worth of football from watching his pal alone.

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Mikel Arteta caught on cam giving Reiss Nelson the ‘Pep Guardiola treatment’ after Bournemouth draw

After weeks of intense speculation Mikel Arteta was finally named Arsenal’s manager last week and oversaw his first game in charge during the 1-1 draw against Bournemouth yesterday.

While the new Arsenal boss will be a bit disappointed not to get off to a winning start in the dugout, Arteta will surely need more time to imprint his own philosophy and turn the fortunes around for his former club.

The 37-year-old is tipped for big things in North London after biding his time as assistant to one of the best in the business in Pep Guardiola and seems to have picked up some of the City manager’s trademark coaching moves.

Following the full time whistle Arteta was spotted having a long conversation with Reiss Nelson with his arms around the youngster’s shoulder which almost mirrored how his former boss has treated Raheem Sterling at times in the past.

Gooners will be hoping that Arteta can turn Nelson into a world class player like Sterling and seemed to enjoy the moment between the new boss and his upcoming prodigy after a clip of the moment made its way to Twitter.

Nelson gets the Sterling treatment from Arteta! Check out a clip of the moment between the two here :

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(Photo) Lucas Torreira shows off his bruised banana kit after being linked with a move away to Napoli all day

Lucas Torreira won the hearts of the Arsenal faithful almost instantly with his energetic displays from midfield after he was brought into the club by Unai Emery during the summer of 2018.

After falling out of favour with the Spanish coach Torreira has been struggling for game time this season and new reports emerged yesterday suggesting that Napoli are keen on taking the Uruguayan back to Italy after just two years in England.

With the January transfer window fast approaching those rumours have been growing even louder but the diminutive midfielder has now managed to somewhat quell those rumours with his latest photo on Twitter.

Gooners absolutely adore the 23-year-old for his tenacity on the pitch and fans should be really excited after seeing him celebrate Christmas dressed in the popular bruised banana away kit recently released by adidas.

While it’s still too early to tell whether Torreira will stay at the club beyond the summer, his latest social media activity should definitely put Arsenal fans at some ease ahead of the winter transfer window.

Check out Torreira’s Christmas post here:

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(Video) “Do we have drones?” – Mikel Arteta sets priority on his first day as Arsenal boss

After weeks of speculation, Arsenal have finally announced Mikel Arteta as the club’s new manager.

The former Arsenal player was one of the names mentioned in the running to take over from Arsene Wenger along with Unai Emery and was continuously linked with the hot seat even while the Spaniard was in charge.

After parting ways with Emery the club have finally got him to take over at the Emirates and the former Spanish international looks to be wasting no time as he goes about his business to restore the club to its former glory.

The former City coach will be looking at new ways to implement his own philosophy in the coming days and looks to have set high priority on a piece of technology which still isn’t considered to be the norm at many clubs around the world.

While only a handful of his peers in top flight management are using drones in training sessions currently, Arteta seems to be a fan of the technology and fans should be bracing themselves to see drones fly around Arsenal’s training ground soon judging by a conversation between the new boss and his coaching staff.

The moment was thoroughly enjoyed by Gooners after a clip of the conversation made its way to the internet and fans seemed especially pleased to see the meticulous nature of their new manager –

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Fans take notice after rumored Arsenal target posts social media update from London

The January transfer window is just around the corner and the rumour mill is spewing out reports linking new players with different clubs each day.

Red Bull Salzburg’s young stars have especially been in the spotlight and along with Manchester United’s rumoured interest in Erling Haaland, Arsenal have also been linked to highly-rated teenager Dominik Szoboszlai.

The 19-year-old has been extensively scouted by the club with Arsenal scouts spotted in attendance during Salzburg’s clashes with Genk as well as Liverpool in the UCL this season.

The midfielder has been touted as one of the hottest prospects in Europe and added fuel to the rumours linking him with Arsenal by posting a social media update from London recently.

Arsenal fans were quick to spot the teenager’s latest Instagram post which placed him in London and with the January transfer window just a few weeks away Gooners will be hoping that the midfielder was in town for more than just a social visit.

Is he in London for work or vacation? Check out a screenshot of Szoboszlai’s Instagram post here:

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Arsenal fans sang their hearts out for the club as the final whistle went off against City

Interim manager Freddie Ljungberg urged the Arsenal board to make a decision regarding the club’s permanent manager without further delay after watching his side slump to a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

While the Gunners went into the game without much expectations, fans as well as the interim boss still seemed to be shocked by the poor performances put in by some of the senior players at the club.

The uncertainty surrounding the top position at the club isn’t surely helping the team on the field but nevertheless the attitude shown by some of their stars especially the likes of Mesut Ozil was surely difficult to watch for Arsenal fans.

After making a significant outlay in the summer transfer window, Gooners were surely expecting bigger things from their team this season but has instead witnessed their team slump into their worst start in recent memory.

Following such a poor performance at the Emirates no one could have blamed the home fans for jeering their own team but the Arsenal faithful in attendance yesterday instead displayed their exemplary faith in the club by rendering a powerful rendition of “we love you Arsenal, we do” towards the end of the game.

Fans will be hoping that the show of faith from their part will somehow help their team to put in better performances from now on as they look to overturn their dismal start to the season.

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(Video) Mesut Ozil spotted ‘skipping’ in joy after Arsenal’s 3rd goal against West Ham

After failing to register a win in his first two games in charge, Freddie Ljungberg seems to have finally got Arsenal clicking during the 3-1 win over West Ham yesterday.

While the Gunners were up to their old shenanigans during the build-up to West Ham’s opener, the team showed great resilience to come back and see the win through courtesy of 9 minute goal glut following the restart.

One of the greatest criticisms faced by the club during Unai Emery’s reign was a perceived unhappiness within the squad but such fears seem to be partially quelled during the win with many of their big stars playing with a big smile for large parts of the game.

Mesut Ozil’s enthusiasm especially caught the eye with the German often cutting a disgruntled figure during Emery’s reign and looked in jubilant mood against the Hammers.

The 31-year-old seemed to to be in an absolutely whimsical mood after Aubameyang’s goal and a clip showing his hilarious moves in the background has been well received by fans on Twitter.

Looks like he’s been taking skipping classes! Check out the hilarious clip here:

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UK Marketing agency posts photo of Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg trying out a new suit on Twitter

Even before a ball is kicked, top flight football managers sure have a lot on their plate.

From carrying out highly tactical drills before each match to keeping a calm face for the cameras while being under immense pressure, it’s safe to say that professional management is not everyone’s cup of tea.

While most managers are subject to scrutiny when results continue to go the other way, Arsenal’s interim manager Freddie Ljungberg was subject to a rather odd piece of criticism from a former rival even before a ball was kicked under his watch.

Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes has been highly critical of the Red Devils as a pundit in the past but many Gooners were left amused when he decided to take a pop (source) at Ljungberg not for his side’s performance at Carrow Road, but for failing to wear a suit for his first game in charge.

While the former ‘Invincible’ laughed off the criticism after the match, it seems that the Swede is making sure that his former rival will not have another opportunity to have a pop at him for his clothes.

Gooners are now having a laugh at Scholes’ expense with many coming up with delightful responses to his comments after marketing agency B-Engaged posted a photo of Ljungberg trying out a new suit on Twitter.

Check out the photo below:

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Photo of Per Mertesacker towering over Lucas Torreira in training goes viral among Arsenal fans

Even though most Arsenal fans seemed delighted that the hierarchy chose to call time on Unai Emery’s troubled reign at the Emirates, it’s reasonable to assume that most are unhappy with the state their club is in right now.

While seeing former ‘Invincible’ Freddie Ljungberg appointed as interim manager seemed to have temporarily provided some respite for the Gooners, another unconvincing display from the players during the 2-2 draw against Norwich seems to show that the problems run deeper than just the man in the dugout at the club.

One of the main concerns sorrounding Arsenal is a perceived lack of togetherness in the Arsenal squad with many pundits especially concerned with the club’s defensive capabilities.

While those off the pitch continue to question the coherence of the unit, a delightful photo has appeared on the internet which should give Arsenal fans a reason to be optimistic about the club’s decision to bring former players into the fold.

The snap of Per Mertesacker towering over midfield linchpin Lucas Torreria has been instantly recieved by Gooners on Twitter with some even comparing the two to a father-son duo.

Since retiring after the 2017/18 season, the German had been working as club’s Academy manager before being named in Ljungberg’s coaching squad following Emery’s departure.

The decision should have a positive effect on the mood in the Arsenal camp with many rumours out there suggesting that the former boss and his players were often not on the same page this season.

Like a father standing over his son. Check out the photo of Mertesacker and Torreria here :

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This ‘lightning’ concept kit doing the rounds among Arsenal fans is an absolute belter

Not long after we reported a leak of Arsenal merchandise for 2020/21 season, an Arsenal kit is in the limelight again.

A graphic designer recently tweeted a concept kit he had formulated for Arsenal. Having labelled it ‘lightning’, the jersey from the very offset looks next generation.

Consisting primarily of red and black, the club, sponsor as well Adidas’ logo have been given a glowing feature which makes it stand out from the background.

It contains three red stripes on the shoulders as is customary with most Adidas kits, along with two thunderbolts running diagonally along the torso.

An instant hit among the, some fans expressed their eagerness to buy the t-shirt in the comments, while others suggested an official collaboration with the club.

With the club winless in its last five matches and already 17 points behind the league leaders, there is growing dissent among the fans. If things continue as they are, they will have no option but to satisfy themselves with such aesthetics.

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Photo – A whole range of Arsenal clothing products for next season has leaked online

It has become a common occurrence for football kits to surface online before they are officially released by the clubs.

While it is not surprising that some of them do turn out to be fake, the rumours also turn out to be true a large number of times.

This time around, a plethora of Arsenal merchandise has been leaked online. They range from joggers to jerseys, sweatshirts, keeping gloves, jackets and much more.

The home renditions dominantly carry the traditional Arsenal colours of red and white, while the away versions are mostly made up of bright yellow. Other colours include shades of blue and green.

Only time will tell whether the released images are authentic or they are just rumours.

Check out the leaked images of the products Adidas might bring out for the fans next season –

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Arsenal fan goes viral for sticking with Ian Wright when asked a question about current players

A video of an Arsenal fan, claiming his passionate, frank and adamant appreciation for Ian Wright, is creating a lot of noise among Twitteratis.

The video got so popular that it even brought an equally funny tweet from Ian Wright himself.

The video starts with a reporter who is testing the Arsenal fan’s knowledge regarding the club.

She asks who among the current Arsenal players have made the most number of appearances for the club.

The fan readily and confidently uttered Ian Wright’s name whose last appearance for the Gunners was back in 1998.

Even when the reporter told him the right answer and mentioned the obvious fact that Wright cannot be considered as a current player, the fan ‘dismissed’ her point by saying, “but I love Ian Wright.”

The mention of Mesut Ozil, who has made the most club appearances among the current lot (233 appearances), certainly did not make him happier as he clearly voiced his contempt for the German maestro, ‘I don’t appreciate Ozil. I appreciate Ian Wright.”

The video ends with him standing firmly on his belief so much so that he even questioned the sanctity of statistics.

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There’s a bit of Celtic about what Kieran Tierney did at full time after Liverpool beat Arsenal

Arsenal new signing Kieran Tierney showed some real class after their defeat was confirmed in the Carabao Cup fixture against reigning European champions Liverpool FC.

After a rollercoaster game that saw five goals scored by both the Gunners and the Scousers in regulation time, the result was to be decided by penalties.

Both teams started out strongly scoring first three of their respective strikes, until on loan midfielder Dani Ceballos missed his shot. The Merseyside team capitalized as it slotted in the next two of its shots neatly to win the shootout 5-4.

After having led for most of the game, the travelling Arsenal side was visibly distraught and seemed to head straight back to the tunnel after Curtis Jones’ telling strike.

However, recently acquired fullback Kieran Tierney took the forefront as he forbade the players from leaving the pitch, before gathering them all to walk towards the away fans section and express gratitude towards all those faithful supporters that had made the journey from London.

CELTIC ROOTS ON DISPLAY – Kieran Tierney calling on Arsenal players to thank away fans after shootout defeat to Liverpool

Considering it has been less than three months since Arsenal bought the Scottish international from Celtic, it was a pleasant sight for the fans to see the 22-year-old growing into the club.

Celtic are renowned for their welcoming fan culture and their fanbase has won multiple recognitions from FIFA and UEFA in the past and Tierney having spent 14 years with the Scottish champions, it was evident their culture has rubbed off on him.

Having provided a solution to their defensive problems as well as lack of spirit at times, Kieran Tierney has come to be loved by the Arsenal fans with some of them having already proclaimed him as a future captain of the London club –

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Arsenal player on the bench reduced to tears as Granit Xhaka got booed off by fans during Palace draw

Arsenal’s dynamic midfielder Lucas Torreira was caught by the cameras with tears in his eyes after club captain Granit Xhaka received a wave of abuses and jeers from the Emirates crowd while being taken off the field by manager Unai Emery.

Having taken a two goal lead within the first ten minutes of the Premier League game against Crystal Palace, the Gunners looked set to record what would have only been their second win in the competition in the ongoing month.

However, goals on either side of half-time meant the two teams were on level terms by the 52nd minute. With manager Unai Emery desperate to overturn the club’s recent run of form, he brought on young winger Bukayo Saka to replace midfield anchor Granit Xhaka.

As soon as the Swiss’ name was displayed on the big screen, the Gooners erupted in cheers to see the 27-year-old go off.

Arsenal has failed to capitalize on its talented squad and the quality has not reflected in the results so far this season, with the captain having been made the scapegoat for their poor performances. He has been on the wrong end of abuses aimed at him and his family, the same of which was again at display on Sunday.

However, this time he decided he had had enough, as he threw the armband to the ground before ripping off his jersey and dropping it in the dirt while walking off into the tunnel.

While such dire actions divided the internet between those who lambasted him for disrespecting the club in such manner and those who sympathized with the treatment he has been receiving from the Emirates faithful, it was evident which side Lucas Torreira was on.

The Uruguayan himself has had limited minutes so far this campaign with Xhaka being the preferred option for the French manager, but the 23-year-old’s faith in and respect for the skipper was on display as the criticism hurled at Xhaka overwhelmed the youngster.

It remains to be seen whether the club will be taking any disciplinary action against the skipper, with a glaring possibility that he will be stripped of his leadership position, but the players regardless seem to be standing united with each other.

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Arsenal fans loved what Nicolas Pepe did after both of his goals against Vitoria

Nicolas Pepe finally arrived for Arsenal after scoring two goals from two free kicks in a crucial 12 minutes for the Gunners in their 3-2 win over Vitoria SC in the Europa League.

The Ivorian answered his critics with two stunning goals and his conscious nonchalance while celebrating them definitely commented on his confidence; he is here to stay and he is all set to score more.

For the first 80 minutes Arsenal’s night was one of frustration, toil and helplessness.

Marcus Edwards’ 8th minute strike was levelled by Gabriel Martinelli’s 32nd minute goal.

But Arsenal’s comfort was short-lived as the Portuguese club went forward again with Bruno Duarte’s 36th minute strong rebound shot.

The scenario changed only on the 75th minute when a seemingly tired and burnt out Lacazette made way for the club’s £72m record signing.

Gunners looked towards him for a bailout and the Ivory Coast international delivered immediately.

His 25 yard long free kick took the opposition goalkeeper by surprise and found the net on the far bottom corner.

His second goal was even more dramatic as it came on the second minute of injury time.

This time the free kick was more conventional yet more breathtaking. The strike was unstoppable and flawless and gave Unai Emery’s team a memorable win.

What surprised and warmed Arsenal fans more was the calm and confident demeanor of their last hero.

Pepe did not celebrate any of his wonderful goals and only stood calmly while gathered by his ecstatic teammates.

Check out the reactions from Arsenal fans below –

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What to make of Mesut Ozil’s cryptic social media update after training footage with Emery surfaces online

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has once again put himself under the spotlight by posting a cryptic tweet on wednesday soon after a video emerged from Arsenal’s latest training session which showed a frosty exchange between Ozil and Emery.

Ozil then took to Twitter posting an image of himself laughing during a training session with a message which read: “You make me laugh.”

Fans were bemused as to what the discussion could have been all about, but it seems like Ozil is finally making his frustrations known to the manager and has now also taken it to a public platform with his latest post.

The other possibility could be that Emery and Ozil were just having a passionate discussion on the training ground and just like many things on the internet, we are making a mountain out of a mole hill.

While it is not clear what the exchange between Emery and Ozil was all about, it appears to be something similar to what happened at Manchester United last season with Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba – and it was the Portuguese coach who ended up leaving Old Trafford.

Several months before Mourinho was sacked by United, a video went viral on social media showing a frosty exchange between the two men in training.

While Emery’s future as Arsenal manager does not look under threat for now the same cannot be said about Ozil’s future.

The 31-year-old has endured a difficult Premier League campaign so far, making just one appearance with manager Unai Emery seemingly against selecting him.

Many football experts and fans questioned Emery’s decision not to select Ozil for the game against Sheffield United on Monday despite being match fit, a game in which Arsenal lacked creativity in the final third and ended up losing 1-0.

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The real Arsenal captains showed up when Gabriel Martinelli got hacked by a Liege player

Arsenal secured another comfortable Europa League victory with Gabriel Martinelli leading the way as Unai Emery’s youngsters again seized the chance to impress against Standard Liege.

Bukayo Saka stole the headlines in the recent win at Eintracht Frankfurt and has since progressed into the Gunners’ Premier League side, with Emery making 10 changes from the draw at Manchester United for the 4-0 success here.

Martinelli, who scored twice on his first start for the club in last week’s Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest, repeated the feat with another double in three first-half minutes before Joe Willock and Dani Ceballos completed the rout.

On a night when Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin – who captained the side for the first times – continued their comebacks from injury, Martinelli shone.

The 18-year-old was arguably the least known of Arsenal’s summer signings and Emery insists he is not a natural striker but, in for the lethal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, he was ruthless as he bagged a brace and teed up Ceballos for his first goal for the club.

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Screengrab of the moment Arsenal’s real captains showed up

Despite the players voting for Granit Xhaka recently, there is still a lot of debate as to who should actually be the club’s captain.

Arsenal fans noticed what Bellerin, Tierney and Guendouzi did when Martinelli was taken down by a Liege player last night and immediately hailed the trio as ‘real captains’.

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