Arsenal: FA Cup or not, the Gunners must get back into the winning habit

It’s an FA Cup weekend but the Gunners aren’t in action until Monday night when we take on Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth at Dean Court. For the Cherries, who currently sit in the drop-zone, relegation is a real possibility and therefore we’re unlikely to see them field their strongest XI – Premier League survival will surely take precedent.

From an Arsenal perspective, it’s about re-discovering the winning habit. Although there has undoubtedly been a significant improvement in the teams performances since his arrival, seven games into Mikel Arteta’s tenure we’re still to experience the ‘new manager bounce’ as far as results are concerned.

To be clear, I’m ok with that because this time around we can see a plan, a direction of travel, a philosophy and the communication between the Head Coach and the fans is clearer and more transparent than it’s been in years. But despite the upturn in our performances, the attitude and the belief around the club – confidence will not truly improve without the desired results.

Winning is as much about mindset as it is talent and after an encouraging result at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday it’s important to carry that positivity forward and build on it. For that reason I believe the Spaniard will continue with his strongest available side and given what’s gone on in the past few months a cup run would do this squad the world of good in terms of belief.

Arteta has spoken of the importance of momentum in the past and given the winter break is on the horizon there’s no reason to hold back. Despite a dreadful start to the season Arsenal still have every chance of achieving a respectable league position, collecting silverware and possibly even sneaking into next seasons Champions League via a fourth placed finish or Europa League glory.

For the first time in a long time it feels like Arsenal are improving and like many I’m confident better times are just around the corner.

Podcast: Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal | Premier League | Arteta’s First Game In Charge | Ep.221

Harry Symeou and James Cook review the draw versus Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League. It was Mikel Arteta’s first game as Arsenal boss and we discuss the positive signs amongst other things.

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Podcast: Everton vs Arsenal | Preview | Arteta to be confirmed, Auba wants out? | Ep.220

Host Harry Symeou was joined by Mike Stavrou to look ahead to Saturday’s trip to face Everton at Goodison Park. We discuss Mikel Arteta as we wait for official confirmation on his appointment and we react to the rumours Aubameyang and a number of other squad members want out.

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Podcast: Arteta vs Ancelotti | Which club have made the smarter decision? | Arsenal or Everton | The Debate

With Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti set to take charge of Arsenal and Everton respectively we debate which club have made the smarter decision, which group of fans should be more excited and which managerial appointment will work out best. Harry Symeou was joined by Simon Alavi and Dan De Luca.

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Podcast: Arteta’s arrival is imminent, Beaten again & Euro draw reaction | Ep.219

Mikel Arteta

Host Harry Symeou was joined by TalkSPORT producer Mike Stavrou to discuss the news Arsenal are close to naming Mikel Arteta as Unai Emery’s successor. We also discuss the embarrassing defeat Arsenal suffered at the hands of Manchester City and react to the Europa League draw.

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Arsenal: Ancelotti sacked, time to make our move

After their 4-0 Champions League victory over Genk and having secured safe passage through to the Round of 16 Napoli called time on Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure. The timing certainly seems strange but a change of management at the San Paolo has been inevitable for quite some time now with Gennaro Gattuso set to replace the 60-year-old.

Freddie Ljungberg managed his first victory as the interim Head Coach on Monday night but we must not let our hearts rule over our heads and allow ourselves to be drawn into making a permanent appointment based on nostalgia. The reality is a club of this size requires a top coach who can at the very least make Arsenal competitive again.

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Ancelotti has a CV that speaks for itself. He’s managed Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and most recently Napoli. The Italian has won three Champions Leagues, the Premier League title, the Scudetto, the Bundesliga, the French championship, a sh*t load of domestic cups and was voted as the world’s number one coach on two occasions.

Need I write anymore? Click here to read a piece I contributed to immediately after the news Arsene Wenger was set to leave the club was announced and you’ll see that Ancelotti was my number one choice then. David Seaman agreed with me and that was my claim to fame at the time but all jokes aside you know it makes sense.

18 months of Unai Emery resulted in zero progress, in fact I believe the team have regressed therefore to restore our Champions League status (yes, I’m desperate to see us finish fourth) it’s going to take somebody experienced, somebody who the players will respect and somebody so high-profiled that he’s big enough and strong enough to take on KSE and their team of puppets when he disagrees with something.

Come on Arsenal, make your move!

Podcast: A win at last, West Ham 1-3 Arsenal review

Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal ended a baron spell of 9 games in all competitions without a win at the London stadium on Monday night when they came from behind to beat Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United. Harry Symeou looks back at the game itself, talks team selections, midfield balance, Brazilian wonder kid’s and more.

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Arsenal: Martinelli the catalyst and Pepe finally explodes onto the scene

Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal have won a game, I repeat Arsenal have won a game! I was honestly beginning to forget what winning felt like and whilst particularly in the first half it wasn’t exactly vintage Arsenal we won’t dwell on that too much.

When you’re playing as poorly as we have been of late it’s all about the result and the hope is our first away victory in the league since the opening weekend of the season will lay a foundation on which Freddie can now build.

It never ceases to amaze me just how much confidence a single goal can breed into a side totally devoid of it and Gabriel Martinelli’s equaliser was the catalyst for what followed. A nine minute period in which the Gunners blew West Ham out of the water and completely turned the game on it’s head could prove a huge turning point for our season.

He may only be 18-years-old but it’s been clear for months that in Gabi-Gol as I’ll now call him we have an exciting young talent. Last night’s calculated and accurate finish was his 8th goal of the season and in my opinion he has got to be starting on that left-hand side week in, week out.

Reiss Nelson who? This kid is miles ahead of him and if it means Lacazette is left out in order for him to be accommodated (because we sure as hell shouldn’t be dropping Aubameyang) then so be it.

Ladies and Gentleman, Nicolas Pepe has finally arrived in the Premier League. That’s the player we all thought we was signing, rapid, skilful and a ruthless finisher. The Ivorian also proved he’s got the stomach for the physical side of the competition – how Aaron Cresswell wasn’t shown two yellow cards is beyond me but it was Nico who had the last laugh on the night.

One final point because I don’t want to spoil the podcast that will be dropping later today but it looks to me as though Freddie has at the very least begun addressing the transitional issues he spoke of after Norwich. Xhaka (although extremely sloppy in possession at times) and Torreira were noticeably more conservative in their runs forward and were clearly instructed to offer greater protection to their central defenders.

West Ham weren’t exactly prime Barcelona but I thought for the most part our defensive performance was a lot more convincing. I still hate that our central defenders take so many risks in possession but hey ho, small steps right?

We travel to Standard Liege on Thursday and that’s followed by the visit of Manchester City on Sunday. Hardly the ideal Premier League follow on having just picked up our first win since October 6th but perhaps we’ll only concede three now instead of five. Just kidding, come on you Gunners!

Podcast: Freddie’s under pressure | Arteta and Marcelino linked | Feat Konstantinos Lianos of the Daily Express

Freddie Ljungberg

Host Harry Symeou is joined by fellow Greek Kostantinos Lianos of the Daily Express to discuss the rumours Freddie Ljungberg has lost the faith of the players, whether or not Mikel Arteta is in fact the front-runner to replace Unai Emery and why the appointment of Marcelino would cause uproar.

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