Welcome to our football.london The Arsenal Way daily news round-up. Maybe not the first, we’ve definitely done transfer round-ups before, and European round-ups, so I guess in some ways it’s not that new at all.
Anyway, we thought we would enter the world of football in a broad and roundabout manner for you and have some fun with some of the stories and captions doing the daily rounds.
Arteta ranked as one of Arsenal’s best
Mikel Arteta has been ranked Arsenal’s second fastest ever manager to reach 50 wins following the Gunners’ rampant 3-1 win over Tottenham.
The Spaniard reached the hallowed feat in 94 games while the likes of Arsene Wenger (98) and Herbert Chapman (101) trail in third and fourth place.
Arteta just missed out on top spot by five games as George Graham continues to lead the charts having picked up his first 50 wins after 89 games.
The Gunners boss’ new feat jogs a reminder that despite his turbulent period of form where he job was reportedly in jeopardy, Arteta’s ability to win games in difficult patches mustn’t be understated.
Giroud burns bridge with Gunners
Olivier Giroud has seemingly burned his bridges with Arsenal after the France international revealed that he found it tougher to leave Stamford Bridge than the Emirates.
The 35-year-old, who joined the Gunners from Montpellier in 2012 before then eventually relocating in west London, admitted that the ‘big titles’ he won at Chelsea pulled on his heart strings more.
Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, Giroud said: “[I spent] three seasons-and-a-half there [at Chelsea]. I had an amazing time at Arsenal but [at Chelsea] I can say even more because I won the big titles.
“It was emotionally difficult to leave when I left Montpellier and Arsenal, but even more tough [at Chelsea] because I didn’t play the last three months so it was evidence for me to leave and go for another challenge.
“We were so successful and I am so pleased with the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League. It was tough to leave Chelsea and the Premier League but at the end of the day I think it was the best solution for me.”
Henry questions Arteta’s position
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has questioned Arteta’s ability to progress the club forward after failing to show a lack of improvement despite the side’s healthy run of form.
The Gunners are currently five games unbeaten in all competitions and have bounced back well after Pep Guardiola embarrassingly dismantled his former colleague at the Etihad 5-0.
But, despite Arteta’s ability to revive his side, Henry remains unconvinced that the Spaniard is taking the club in the right direction.
“I’ve seen us beating Norwich before, winning at Burnley, beating Tottenham at home – because we always beat Tottenham at home.
“I was more than happy when we beat Tottenham as we were on a good run but I was waiting to see a performance, away from home, against a team that passes the ball. And, instead, we suffered.”
Former £14 million target eyes Emirates link-up
Odsonne Edouard has teased his desire to one day reunite with Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney as Arteta rues what could have been a deadly duo.
In May the Daily Telegraph reported that he Gunners were considering a move for the 23-year-old before Crystal Palace hijacked the highly-rated striker’s £14 million transfer.
Speaking to UMM, Edouard teased a potential link-up with Tierney just months after Arsenal were linked with the striker.
He said: “Yeah, he’s very good. I had the chance to play with him for two years, and I enjoyed. He made a big impact on the left side. He gave me a lot of assists, so it’s good.”
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