Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Arsenal https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/arsenal Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:47:09 +1100 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[​Vieira believes Arsenal should show Xhaka respect]]> <p>Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira thinks that Granit Xhaka deserves more respect than he is getting.<br></p><p>Xhaka was stripped of the captaincy at Arsenal after an incident with fans during their game with Crystal Palace in the Premier League.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/vieira-believes-arsenal-should-show-xhaka-respect-4304099?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BArsenal'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira thinks that Granit Xhaka deserves more respect than he is getting.

Xhaka was stripped of the captaincy at Arsenal after an incident with fans during their game with Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

The 27-year-old could leave the club in January, as his relationship with fans seems beyond repair.

''I feel sorry for him because he [was] the captain and he's going through a really difficult period and really difficult time at Arsenal," Vieira said.

"I think we have to remind ourselves that he's achieved a lot since he's at Arsenal and he deserves a lot of respect.

"When you're a player and don't perform the way you expect, you get frustrated about yourself. And sometimes you say things or do things you regret.

"I find it really difficult a lot of ex-footballers have jumped on him and being really negative towards him - it's too too easy.

"I know how good he is and he will come through this difficult period because he's a strong man, he's a good player. And he will show how good he is.''

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<![CDATA[​Arsenal legend Vieira: Give Emery time!]]> <p>Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira believes that Unai Emery needs more time at the club.</p><p>The Gunners lost to Leicester City at the weekend, leaving them nine points off a top four position, with many supporters calling for Emery to be sacked.<br></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/arsenal-legend-vieira-give-emery-time-4304097?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BArsenal'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira believes that Unai Emery needs more time at the club.

The Gunners lost to Leicester City at the weekend, leaving them nine points off a top four position, with many supporters calling for Emery to be sacked.

But Vieira thinks the Spaniard can get it right with time.

"It's true Arsenal are going through a tough spell," he told reporters on Monday.

"But I haven't watched all their matches, so I can't talk about their game.

"They have a coach who is qualified and who works well. When a club is having a difficult time, it's important to be united. I think he has enough experience to get them through this difficult spell.

"We have to get behind him and give him time to change things. I am not sure a change of manager will fix the problems."

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<![CDATA[​Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi: Karate helped football career]]> <p>Arsenal youngster Matteo Guendouzi believes that his passion for martial arts helped his football career.</p><p>The all-action central midfielder has impressed in the Premier League since arriving at the start of last season.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/arsenal-midfielder-guendouzi-karate-helped-football-career-4304084?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BArsenal'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Arsenal youngster Matteo Guendouzi believes that his passion for martial arts helped his football career.

The all-action central midfielder has impressed in the Premier League since arriving at the start of last season.

The 20-year-old spoke about how he learned karate as a boy, because his father was a martial arts instructor.

"I think it really helped me in terms of my mentality, being a fighter on the pitch, and always wanting to win and get stuck into duels in a bid to really help the team," Guendouzi told Arsenal's official website.

"Karate has helped me a lot in that regard. When I was young, I came third in a karate competition in France, which was great, but it was difficult to combine football and karate.

"I certainly have very fond memories from doing karate. In terms of flexibility. I'd say I'm more flexible on the pitch which is a great help.

"As for my fitness, karate is very intense, so I think that's why I'm able to make such a big effort and have that warrior-like mentality."

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<![CDATA[Merson says Arsenal's next manager should be Rodgers]]> <p>Arsenal title winner Paul Merson says their next manager should be Brendan Rodgers.</p><p>Merson retains doubts over Unai Emery's long-term future, and says Arsenal should go all out to land Leicester City boss Rodgers as his replacement.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/merson-says-arsenal-s-next-manager-should-be-rodgers-4304078?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BArsenal'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Arsenal title winner Paul Merson says their next manager should be Brendan Rodgers.

Merson retains doubts over Unai Emery's long-term future, and says Arsenal should go all out to land Leicester City boss Rodgers as his replacement.

I think he's [Rodgers] one of the best in the business," Merson told Sky Sports.

If I was Arsenal, I would have been ringing Leicester up and saying, 'how much do you want?'.

If you're going to pay 72million for a winger [Pepe] that hasn't played in the Premier League and has played in the French league, I would pay 40million for him tomorrow morning.

I would say Arsenal [would be a good fit for Rodgers]. Arsenal or Tottenham . I wouldn't get rid of Pochettino, don't get me wrong, I think he's different class.

"I think them two teams will be looking at him.

For me, if you're going to bring Brendan Rodgers in and what he's done with the teams he has been at like Swansea, Celtic, Liverpool and now Leicester, you give him a six-year plan and let him do what he wants to do.

"He improves players."

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<![CDATA[Vieira says Arsenal must stand by manager Emery]]> <p>Nice coach Patrick Vieira says Arsenal need to stand by manager Unai Emery.</p><p>Vieira, who was himself a rumoured replacement for Arsene Wenger when Emery took the job 18 months ago, believes that is the right call.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/vieira-says-arsenal-must-stand-by-manager-emery-4304067?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BArsenal'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Nice coach Patrick Vieira says Arsenal need to stand by manager Unai Emery.

Vieira, who was himself a rumoured replacement for Arsene Wenger when Emery took the job 18 months ago, believes that is the right call.

"It's true Arsenal are going through a tough spell," Vieira said. "But I haven't watched all their matches, so I can't talk about their game.

"They have a coach who is qualified and who works well. When a club is having a difficult time, it's important to be united. I think he has enough experience to get them through this difficult spell.

"We have to get behind him and give him time to change things. I am not sure a change of manager will fix the problems."

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<![CDATA[Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka house-hunting in Milan]]> <p>Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is house-hunting in Milan, it has been revealed.</p><p>RSI says the Switzerland international is scouring out property in the city as he looks to finalise a switch to AC Milan.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/arsenal-midfielder-granit-xhaka-house-hunting-in-milan-4304054?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BArsenal'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is house-hunting in Milan, it has been revealed.

RSI says the Switzerland international is scouring out property in the city as he looks to finalise a switch to AC Milan.

AC Milan chief Ivan Gazidis, who used to work for Arsenal and helped to sign Xhaka in 2016, will lead negotiations as he looks to improve his club's fortunes.

Current Arsenal boss Unai Emery has admitted Xhaka may have played his last game for the club after leaving his former skipper out of their last four matches.

Xhaka is expected to leave the Emirates Stadium in the new year after being stripped of the Arsenal captaincy following his public outburst towards his home fans.

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<![CDATA[REVEALED: Mourinho, Wenger made their demands to Bayern Munich]]> <p>Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has held talks with Bayern Munich about the coach's job.</p><p>TMW says ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also spoke with Bayern about succeeding the sacked Niko Kovac.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/revealed-mourinho-wenger-made-their-demands-to-bayern-munich-4304046?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BArsenal'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has held talks with Bayern Munich about the coach's job.

TMW says ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also spoke with Bayern about succeeding the sacked Niko Kovac.

But for now, Bayern are happy to stick with interim coach Hans Flick.

Mourinho informed the Bavarians he'd take the job, but asked for a longer contract than expected, until 2022, and for a massive salary. Wenger, meanwhile, was willing to sign to the end of the season - but with an obligatory option to extend if they won the Bundesliga title.

Flick has reinforced his position after victory over Borussia Dortmund on the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Talking Tactics: Liverpool sure title winners; Chelsea heydey; Emery flawed]]> <p>The Premier League title race is surely over. Manchester City's defensive issues mean they will lose at least a couple more games this season, and so Liverpool now holding a nine-point advantage can probably afford to lose as many as five of their final 26 Premier League matches (19%). Given their extraordinary consistency over the last 50 league games, it will take a serious collapse for Liverpool to lose it now.</p><p>Pep Guardiola takes the blame for a surprising flat 4-4-2 formation at Anfield that did nothing to stop Jurgen Klopp's full-backs from dominating the match - leaving Man City all the way down in fourth as we enter the international break. Leicester City's easy 2-0 win against Arsenal and Chelsea's victory over Crystal Palace has seen them to second and third in the table as an eight-point gap opens up between the top four and rest.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/talking-tactics-liverpool-sure-title-winners-chelsea-heydey-emery-flawed-4303975?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BArsenal'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> The Premier League title race is surely over. Manchester City's defensive issues mean they will lose at least a couple more games this season, and so Liverpool now holding a nine-point advantage can probably afford to lose as many as five of their final 26 Premier League matches (19%). Given their extraordinary consistency over the last 50 league games, it will take a serious collapse for Liverpool to lose it now.

Pep Guardiola takes the blame for a surprising flat 4-4-2 formation at Anfield that did nothing to stop Jurgen Klopp's full-backs from dominating the match - leaving Man City all the way down in fourth as we enter the international break. Leicester City's easy 2-0 win against Arsenal and Chelsea's victory over Crystal Palace has seen them to second and third in the table as an eight-point gap opens up between the top four and rest.

Here are three tactical talking points from the weekend action:



1) Man City's 4-4-2 affords Liverpool's full-backs too much space

There were several crucial problems with Guardiola's chosen system at Anfield on Sunday. His flat 4-4-2 didn't offer much protection to either Kyle Walker of Angelino, allowing the hosts' full-backs to dominate via long diagonals into the channels leading directly to all three goals. Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva aren't good enough defensively to track back in time and provide cover, especially not when Liverpool were so direct in getting the ball out wide.

This problem was exacerbated by Kevin de Bruyne's surprise selection alongside Sergio Aguero, because the Belgian was consequently absent in the transitions, preventing Man City from counter-attacking successfully. What's more, the visitors needed a third body in central midfield in order to cover the width properly, whereas with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane occupying City's too-narrow full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson were free to dominate.

Guardiola should have picked a 3-5-2 formation that would have allowed wing-backs to push up and close down the Liverpool full-backs, following a template that Sheff Utd and Man Utd created recently. This formation would also have given City greater numbers in central midfield while allowing Guardiola to use De Bruyne and Aguero together up front.




2) Chelsea's 4-2-3-1 is a tactical throwback to Lampard's heyday

The best way to define Chelsea is by comparing them with the tactical strategies prominent about a decade ago, before Guardiola and Klopp had changed the landscape and when the Premier League was a simpler place. At the peak of Frank Lampard's powers, the dominant system was a 4-2-3-1 with inverted wingers linking up with a number ten.

This is how Willian and Christian Pulisic create overloads centrally with Mason Mount. The three players all drop into similar spaces between the opposition lines of defence and midfield, collecting the ball and running straight at the heart of the opposition. It is rather simplistic, but highly effective against mid-ranking clubs who are too frightened of Chelsea's risk-taking attacks to expose them on the counter-attack.

Jordan Ayew was completely isolated on Saturday as Crystal Palace dropped deeper and deeper before caving under the pressure. In time, teams will work out how to stop Lampard's side from dominating central attacking midfield, but until then Chelsea are uniquely entertaining.




3) Emery's unusual system does nothing to stop Leicester from dominating

Unai Emery used strange tactics even by his standards. A 5-2-3 formation at Leicester had Mesut Ozil as a false nine and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette as ineffective wingers, leaving just a two-man midfield to contend with the Leicester runners. Unsurprisingly, with the visitors sitting very deep, Arsenal were overrun in virtually every area of the pitch.

Aubameyang and Lacazette neither pressed nor cut off passing lanes, making them rather pointless and meaning the hosts easily got their midfielders and full-backs on the ball. Ozil similarly provided little defensive support, and so when Brendan Rodgers' side narrowed the pitch (Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell cut inside) they simply overwhelmed Arsenal.

Youri Tielemans and James Maddison eased onto the ball, surging into space with quick one-twos, and although Arsenal's bizarre tactical setup did make them threatening on the counter this match was only ever going to end one way. Leicester's second typified the game; Tielemans tore through an under-stocked centre as Arsenal, in an unfamiliar shape and refusing to close down, simply folded.




Best of the week Hughes & Capoue add control to Watford's 5-3-2

Quique Sanchez Flores has persisted with a 5-3-2 formation throughout his second tenure as Watford manager despite some disappointing results, and that persistence finally paid off at Carrow Road on Friday evening when the Hornets recorded their first win. It does appear as though consistency has led to greater organisation, although Watford were also clearly helped by the return to form of Will Hughes and by Etienne Capoue's recovery from injury.

Hughes linked with Gerard Deulofeu particularly well, creating more chances (three) than any other player on the pitch. Capoue was joint top of the charts for tackles (four) and interceptions (three) alongside Hughes; together these two picked Norwich's pockets, energising Watford at just the right moment. Norwich were again far too porous at the back.




Worst of the Week West Ham & Southampton look aimless in defeats

November is normally a time of managerial casualties in the Premier League as the international break gives boards the opportunity to assess the first third of the campaign and make some tough decisions. Manuel Pellegrini and Ralph Hasenhuttl could both be out of a job following the directionless performances of West Ham and Southampton.

That Saints only mustered four shots at home to Everton speaks volumes; their 3-4-3 is far too defensive, with Nathan Redmond asked to do too much on his own. West Ham, who haven't won in seven and have a tough set of fixtures coming up, look just as stale. Pellegrini always uses the same 4-1-4-1, and the system has frankly lost its spark.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Arsenal boss Wenger: Liverpool have best stadium in Europe]]> <p>Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Liverpool possess the best stadium in Europe.</p><p>The Reds have not lost at Anfield in the Premier League since April 2017, adding to their run with a 3-1 victory over Manchester City on Sunday.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ex-arsenal-boss-wenger-liverpool-have-best-stadium-in-europe-4304012?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BArsenal'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Liverpool possess the best stadium in Europe.

The Reds have not lost at Anfield in the Premier League since April 2017, adding to their run with a 3-1 victory over Manchester City on Sunday.

"If Liverpool have changed games in Europe, for a big part it's down to Anfield," Wenger said to beIN Sport.

"It's the hardest place in Europe. It's the only place now you can take a corner and shake hands with supporters!

"You can say 'hello my brother, how are you?' and continue to play football. That's a real football field, you know.

"Today we build sophisticated stadiums but that is a stadium with soul, with pressure really on the opponent."

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<![CDATA[Man City make Arteta decision over Arsenal interest]]> <p>Manchester City management will not block Mikel Arteta from leaving for a manager's post.</p><p><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/10324973/arsenal-man-city-mikel-arteta-unai-emery/?utm_medium=Social&amp;utm_campaign=sunfootballtwitter&amp;utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1573495469">The Sun</a> says City will allow assistant boss Arteta to leave the club if Arsenal make an approach for him to be their manager. </p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/man-city-make-artera-decision-over-arsenal-interest-4304003?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BArsenal'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Manchester City management will not block Mikel Arteta from leaving for a manager's post.

The Sun says City will allow assistant boss Arteta to leave the club if Arsenal make an approach for him to be their manager.

He has been linked with the managerial role at the Emirates in the past, but missed out to Unai Emery when he was appointed last summer.

Emery is now under pressure though following a dismal run of form, with Arteta among the favourites to replace him should he be sacked from his post.

An Etihad source said: "Mikel loves working at City and learning from the best manager in the world in Pep.

"Everyone knows he wants to be his own man one day, though.

"Mikel still has a lot of affection for Arsenal from his playing days there."

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