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Welcome to the Arsenal, Jorginho!

After Brighton made it clear that Moises Caicedo wasn’t for sale in this January transfer window, Arsenal turned to Chelsea midfielder Jorginho to help plug in any gaps. The Brazilian has signed from Chelsea for a deal worth £12 million on an 18 month contract with the option to extend by one year. Though this is a controversial signing, with Gooners getting #NotJorginho trending after the announcement we were interested in signing him, he will bring experience with him being 31 years old. He has also been very successful with Chelsea, winning the Champions League which is a dream for Arsenal next season. He is also a much improved option to cover Thomas Partey, should he get injured, as his usual cover, Sambi Lokonga, is set to go on loan to Crystal Palace, which in my opinion is a much needed developmental loan as Sambi seems to be the only player Arteta has signed not to flourish under him; Tavares is playing brilliantly in Ligue 1 and even academy players are bringing a higher level of play than Sambi, so this loan will be vital in the decision to keep or sell him. Many are comparing Jorginho to Elneny, who is set to be out for the rest of the season with an injury picked up in training. It has been a stinker of a season for Elneny, who will have missed at least 75% of it through injury. When comparing Jorginho to our current midfield, he actually doesn’t do too badly. In 18 games he has scored two goals, created seven chances and made twenty one interceptions, compared with Thomas Partey on 16 games with two goals, fourteen chances create and nineteen interceptions. It is also important that these statistics are from the Premier League; he is already Prem proven and can compete at the highest levels which is essential for us in the title race. With Jorginho only costing £12 million, it leaves us in a good position financially to buy midfield reinforcements in the summer, such as Declan Rice who is expected to cost around £80 million. It feels as though we have come away with a reasonable deal as we have upgraded on replacements, and it has to be said that £80 million for Caicedo who would have been a backup is a lot of money. Arteta clearly backs the player and he has rarely been proven wrong when putting his trust in a player, so it is essential that we all come together to support Jorginho as we continue the title charge!

Oxford United 0 – 3 Arsenal – Match Report

An unsurprising seven changes from the side that grew 0 – 0 to Newcastle, Matt Turner made his first start since October and Emile Smith Rowe came on from the bench for the first time since September, a huge relief to see. We played Oxford United away in the fourth round of the FA Cup in our white kit as part of the ‘No More Red’ initiative to take a stand against knife crime, a ‘cursed’ kit which saw us knocked out of the same competition on the same day last year to Nottingham Forest. The fir

Brighton 2 – 4 Arsenal – Match Report

Arsenal ended 2022 on a high, beating Brighton away for the first time since 2020. This victory was extra sweet as we extended our lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points as both City and Newcastle dropped points earlier on in the day. Zinchenko was the only change to the team that beat West Ham on Boxing Day as he displaced Tierney to reclaim his place in the starting XI. As far as starts go, Saka provided the dream by putting the ball in the back of the net in just 66 seco

Mikel Arteta – 3 Years At Arsenal

Tuesday marked three years since Mikel Arteta replaced the miserably failing Unai Emery as Head Coach at Arsenal. Fast forward three years and not only has Arteta been promoted to manager, but he also has an FA Cup and Community Shield under his belt, and Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League. Towards the end of last season, he also signed a new contract which will keep him in the job until 2025. The past three years have been undeniably tumultuous, with a huge percentage of the fanbas

Midseason Review 22/23

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – Despite a shaky start that I’m sure would have left his dad with his heart in his mouth, Ramsdale has been elite so far this season for Arsenal. Always reliable and composed in goal, doesn’t crack under pressure and is very good at playing out from the back. He has made some spectacular saves and is the main man responsible for us doing so well so far, and his ball distribution is incredible and really helps with progression and taking the game to the opposition. A+ GK: M

The Gabriel Jesus Injury Crisis

Earlier this week, Arsenal confirmed that our CF Gabriel Jesus has undergone surgery on his right knee. The news from the Brazilian Camp is that he suffered a meniscus and partial collateral ligament injury and is rumoured to be out for three months. Our striker picked up the injury in Brazil’s 1-0 defeat to Cameroon in the World Cup, where he was quickly ruled out for the rest of the competition and returned to London for specialist consultation. As of right now, Eddie Nketiah is our only strik

Gunners in International Action

Today’s the day, England are playing their first game of the competition against Iran. Tierney and Ødegaard have both already played friendlies for Scotland and Norway respectively, but who else from our team has gone to the World Cup? We have ten representatives this year; Thomas Partey for Ghana, Martinelli and Jesus for Brazil, Aaron Ramsdale, Bukayo Saka, and Ben White for England, William Saliba for France, Granit Xhaka for Switzerland, Takehiro Tomiyasu for Japan, and Matt Turner for the USA. The first lot in action is the aforementioned England vs Iran game, with Turner hopefully in action for the USA tonight vs Wales. Saliba’s France will be playing tomorrow against Australia. On Wednesday Tomiyasu will be in contention to start vs the Netherlands, and on Thursday Xhaka, Partey, and the Gabi’s will be playing.

Chelsea 0 – 1 Arsenal – Match Report

Gabriel Magalhães header from a Bukayo Saka corner was what separated the two London clubs in a well-deserved win which saw Arsenal return to the top of the table. Going into the game, it was clear that this was a must win game, to prove we are truly title contenders as we faced another big six team. Zinchenko was the only change to the side that thrashed Nottingham Forest 5 – 0 only last Sunday, as he came back from injury to replace Tomiyasu, who was today named as part of the Japanese World C

Southampton 1 - 1 Arsenal - Match Report

Another disappointing performance, but this time we didn’t get away with it and we dropped two points to Southampton, closing the gap between us and Manchester City to a meagre two points. Arteta started the same 11 who protected their 1 - 0 victory over Leeds last Sunday, as we went in search of our tenth win in eleven games. Both teams started with a high intensity but it was Arsenal that dominated. Jesus, Xhaka, and Ødegaard all had chances very early on and it seemed that we would coast to victory. On the ten minute mark, White got the ball into the box for Xhaka, who was left in plenty of space and he put us ahead. The goal gave us some confidence and Southampton couldn’t get out of their own half. Eventually, Southampton managed to regain some control and put Ramsdale under a bit of pressure but nothing came of it. Martinelli and Jesus both had good chances just before the break but neither of them could find the back of the net.

Arsenal 1 – 0 PSV – Match Report

An undeniably lacklustre performance saw the boys take all three points at home to PSV, meaning we are guaranteed to get through to the knockout stages, and only need one point next week at Eindhoven to secure first place in the group. The match saw a cracker from Xhaka, and a relatively strong team, with six changes from the starting XI that beat Leeds on Sunday, including Turner for Ramsdale, Holding, Tierney, Vieira, Sambi, and Eddie. Arguably, the narrow goal margin that secured our place in

Preparing for PSV - Match Preview

Our postponed fixture against PSV will finally be played tonight, having been postponed due to the aftermath of Queen Elizabeth II’s death and a subsequent lack of policing due to the state funeral. Arteta goes looking for his eighth straight victory across all competitions as we are yet to drop any points in the Europa League this season. PSV appear to be our biggest rival for the top spot in Group A as they are yet to lose a match too, however they did drop points as they drew 1-1 with Bodø-Gl

Granit Xhaka - From Zero to Hero

Granit Xhaka is one of the very few players still left from the Wenger era, as he opted for Xhaka over N’Golo Kanté. It is fair to say that Xhaka has faced his fair share of trials and tribulations over a tumultuous 6 years at Arsenal. From captain, to hated by the fans, and now back to vice captain and a firm favourite for fans and players alike, especially the younger players who so often look to him for guidance. He is known by the Gunners for his fragile temper, tendency to pick up red cards

Leeds 0 – 1 Arsenal – Match Report

A cunningly disguised ‘easy’ match proved to be not so easy and it is safe to say that Elland Road is a scary place to play. This isn’t reflected in the scoreline, as we scraped a vital victory, and the scoreline is also irrespective of the drama that followed; a power cut, red cards, penalties and VAR involvement. We were unchanged from our last Premier League victory over Liverpool, despite concerns over Gabriel Jesus’ fitness as he wasn’t even on the bench in the midweek Europa League fixture

Arsenal 3 – 2 Liverpool – Match Report

Going into this game, it was really make or break to see if we were the real deal this season, with many people saying we were only top of the league because we had had ‘easy’ fixtures – yet other ‘top 6’ teams that had dropped points to these same teams proved ‘there were no easy games in the Premier League’, but don’t get me started – despite a thrilling 3 – 1 victory over Spurs last weekend. Liverpool were undeniably our biggest challenge so far this season and a win was vital to prove the pl

Arsenal 3 – 1 Spurs – Match Report

A dominant display saw the Gunners beat Conte’s 10 men in a thrilling 3 – 1 victory. Before the game, Mikel Arteta asked fans to ‘raise the roof’ off the Emirates Stadium and they definitely delivered as the atmosphere was electric and definitely helped the players glide to an emphatic victory. Going into this match, there were uncertainties of both Partey and Tierney following early returns from international duty, but both made an appearance in the game. Arteta made two changes to the team who

Brentford 0 – 3 Arsenal – Match Report

A convincing victory away at the Tech Community Stadium saw us return to the top of the table. An incredible performance in both attacking and defensive terms, it was a well deserved win and a return to winning ways after the loss to Manchester United, a sign that the mentality of our players has definitely improved from last season. This match featured the senior debut of the youngest player to ever play in the Premier League, Ethan Nwaneri, who is just 15 years and 181 days old. The news of Pa

FC Zürich 1 – 2 Arsenal – Match Report

A near perfect start to our Europa League campaign saw Eddie Nketiah and debutant Marquinhos both grab a goal and an assist each. Mikel Arteta made seven changes to the side that lost to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, which was to be expected as the Europa League is a good opportunity for younger players and back up players to get their time to shine. We saw a senior debut for Marquinhos after some success with the U21s and Matt Turner also made his debut and was unlucky not to com

Europa League – What Should We Expect?

Our Europa League campaign kicks off tonight away from home vs FC Zürich, and this season marks our return to European football after missing out last season for the first time since 2005. Arsenal have been deemed as favourites to win this year and it seems that a return to the Champions League either by a top four finish or by winning this trophy is the bare minimum expected from the fans after missing out so narrowly last season. Many fans have taken to Twitter to declare that this competition

Manchester United 3 – 1 Arsenal – Match Report

A frustrating match at Old Trafford saw the end of our winning streak. However, it is safe to say that the score doesn’t reflect the performances from both teams and there are still plenty of positives to take away from the match. Coming into the match, there were already a lot of criticism over VAR following the weekends fixtures, which this fixture added to. Arteta only made one change from the team that beat Aston Villa in the week, with Zinchenko making a return following a minor injury he p

Arsenal 2 – 1 Aston Villa – Match Report

Another 2-1 victory thanks to a winner from Gabriel Martinelli extended our 100% success rate so far this season to five wins from five. This is a feat we didn’t even manage to achieve during the invincible era, and a statistic from BBC Sport says that Arsenal have never finished outside the top two after winning the opening five games. Although some injuries left certain fans questioning whether we would win this fixture, Albert Sambi Lokonga stepped up after both Partey and Elneny were out wit
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