The passion and rivalry that goes with football does not just end after the boot is being hung but extends after active football by mere sitting and watching or talking about the games.
This was the case of two legends, Alan Shearer and Ian Wright who both sat as pundits to watch the Gunners defeat Newcastle at the St James Park on Saturday.
Arsenal saw off their host in the 2 – 1 encounter after Granit Xhaka’s free-kick before the lead was extended by German international, Mesut Ozil minutes after to hand a security goal.
An effort by Newcastle to get back into the game with a strike by Ciaran Clark was just not enough to stop Arsenal from having the day.
The win eases pressure on the Unai Emery’s team as they record their third consecutive win of the season in five games.
The North London side can now boast of nine points in the league, level on points with north London rivals, Tottenham.
The victory for Arsenal was not a good one for Newcastle legend, Alan Shearer to watch and he wouldn’t just accept the reality.
The 48-year-old said he hunted sitting with Wright watching the game but claimed that Arsenal are not a good team despite the win.
The Arsenal legend had nothing much to say but simply replied in a sarcastic way by saying that the Gunners were a better team than Newcastle and deserves to take all three points in the game.
Mesut Ozil speaks from ‘hiding’ after Europa defeat
Although German star Mesut Ozil was left out of the Arsenal team in the Europa League game against BATE Borisov on Thursday but he was vocal to give a reaction after the game.
The former Real Madrid star has fallen out of favour with Unai Emery and he has not been considered for selection with the Spanish boss claiming that the Germany international has not done well to deserve a place in the team.
It is understood that the North London outfit manager is keen to see Mesut Ozil leave the club in the summer and have him replaced with claims that he cannot justify the huge weekly wage he is being paid at the club.
Not minding all of the treatments and neglect, Mesut Ozil was affected by the defeat and he went ahead to post a quote from Gunners legend Denis Bergkamp which also hints at his future at the club.
Mesut Ozil stated that he does not support a club because they win trophies or because they of their history but noted that the support has no attachment only because you feel you belong there.
The statement is a hint on his love for Arsenal and how much he is ready to remain despite the speculations linking him away.
Torreira disagree with Unai Emery on this
English Premier League outfit Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has disagreed with manager Unai Emery over German international Mesut Ozil.
This season has been a difficult one for the former Real Madrid player as he has been out of favour with the Gunners boss right from the beginning as a result of his poor performance at the club.
It is understood that the former PSG boss is pushing for Mesut Ozil to quit the church but that did not happen as the player made it clear that German would be staying at the club to fight for a starting role.
Suggestions are that the Gunners manager sees the performance of the German star as unacceptable and has no need in the team.
This does not apply to Lucas Torreira as he claims that Mesut Ozil remains a world class player who has the ability to add more quality to the team.
Lucas Torreira noted that Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil have been his closest friend since he joined that club and he hopes that is extended on the pitch with more playing time for the German.
However, Ozil was left out of the Arsenal 1-0 defeat against Malmo again with claims that he was not needed by the manager.
What Lacazette said to fans after Red Card
Amongst the pain for not recording a win against BATE in the Europa League is the fact that Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette was shown a red card in the game.
The North London outfit saw their first defeat in the Europa League with suggestions that it would not have happened, should Alexandre Lacazette had remained in the game especially after he found the back of the net in the 55th minute before it was disallowed by the referee.
His absence later in the game reduced the creativity in the attack and that was the reason his apology is more needed than any other Arsenal player.
Alexandre Lacazette took to the twitter to apologise for the result of the game, noting that he feels bad to have let the team down.
He added that he would have remained in the game because there was still more time to have the game on. Alexandre Lacazette, therefore, hopes that his teammates will endure the qualification of the team to the next round.
However, Alexandre Lacazette will not file out with the North London outfit in the second leg of the game at the Emirate Stadium which means Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be left alone to handle the attack.
How Piers Morgan reacted to Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat
Popular English Premier League outfit Arsenal supporter could not keep hold of himself when he reacted to the disappointing 1-0 defeat suffered by the Gunners team against Belarus outfit BATE Borivos on Thursday.
The Thursday defeat is the first of its kind under manager Unai Emery at the Europa League and it was made more disappointing because it was expected to be a win for the North London outfit but that actually did not happen.
The defeat, therefore, means that the North London outfit will have to put more effort or face the risk of losing out of the Europa League at this stage.
More so, the defeat is evidence that the Gunners team are no longer consistent in their games and that could set them aback later in the season.
However, Piers Morgan in his reaction to the defeat, took to Twitter as he asked who BATE Borisov are to secure a win against Arsenal and how they were able to defeat the North London outfit despite the rating of the boi
However, North London manager Unai Emery is confident that his side can still qualify the next round especially as his side will host the Belarus outfit at the Emirates Stadium.
Sanchez’s possible destination will shock Arsenal fans
There are suggestions that Chile international Alexis Sanchez will be heading out of the Old Trafford as his move to Manchester United has not yielded any result.
The former Barcelona playmaker left the North London outfit to the Red Devils in last year to earn about £400,000 but is it now suggested that he took a bad decision and might be set to return back in the summer window.
Alexis Sanchez failed to excel under former manager Jose Mourinho and he is yet to impress under the new interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer which cast doubt over his ability to deliver good performance at the Old Trafford the way he did at the Emirates Stadium.
However, there is suggestion according to former Arsenal player Marc Overmars that Alexis Sanchez could return as it is now glaring that he made a wrong decision to have parted ways with the North London outfit.
During his three-year spell at Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez was one of the most feared players in the Premier League where he scored a total of 80 goals and impressed.
The same cannot be said of the star player at the Old Trafford as he has scored only 5 goals in the 37 appearances that have been handed to him.
Arsenal told why this star player should be signed
Arsenal have been advised to go ahead and seal the signature of Eredivisie star Hakim Ziyech in the coming summer transfer window.
The North London outfit have been told that Hakim Ziyech is capable of sealing a perfect replacement for German international Mesut Ozil who has not been in the heart of the team for weeks.
Mesut Ozil has fallen out with the Gunners manager Unai Emery as a result of his poor performances with claims that the Spanish boss is doing all it takes to have him leave the club.
However, the North London outfit have been told they have no reason to worry about losing the former Real Madrid international as long as they are able to secure the signature of Hakim Ziyech in the summer.
The fact that Mesut Ozil earns the biggest pay at the club and does not see games makes a worse scenario for the Gunners team but that can be settled with Hakim Ziyech.
Hakim Ziyech has been tipped to become a world class player in coming years as a result of the potentials he has shown.
He is known to have the skills to create spaces and asset his teammates which adds to his excellent dribble skill but one thing that makes him stand out is his eyes goal scoring ability.
How these two players have added to Emery’s Arsenal woes
English Premier League outfit Arsenal will be heading out to Belarus for their first leg of the Europa League knockout clash against BATE Borisov later today ad they are expected to secure a win if they must cross to the next stage.
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has that a lot to say ahead of the game as he said there is a need to show compassion to the North London boss Unai Emery for the stress he is made to pass through as a result of his two central defenders.
According to Charlie Nicholas, the Spanish boss has been made to pass through stress because of the poor performances of Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny at the defence.
He noted that Shkodran Mustafi is one of the worst signings the Gunners have had in a long time while insisting that Laurent Koscielny is being affected by his age and can no longer be at his best.
Charlie Nicholas lamented that there is nothing the Gunners boss can do to his defensive issues until there is another transfer window opening.
However, Charlie Nicholas has predicted a massive 3-1 win for the North London outfit while insisting that they will qualify to the next round.
Why I am interested in Europa League, Petr Cech
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed why he has more interest in the Europa League than any other competition so far this season.
There is no doubt that the legendary goalkeeper will be in between the sticks owing to the fact that he has been ousted by newcomer Bernd Leno as the first choice goalkeeper who keeps the Premier League, based on the manager’s policy.
However, Petr Cech has hinted that he has his attention on the Europa League because of the ideal scenario to end his career by winning it with the North London outfit.
It would be recalled that the former Chelsea stopper announced that he would retire from active football at the end of the season which with suggestions that he could pick up a coaching role after being handed the opportunity by Arsenal and Chelsea.
With the North London outfit expected to play BATE Borisov in Belarus later today, Petr Cech has stated that his side are already prepared and will hope to secure a win in the game to be able to push stand the chance of winning the trophy.
However, the Gunners are being gifted with Unai Emery who has got the experience of winning the Europa League, having won it on three occasions with Sevilla.
Emery makes big claim on Europa League game
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has got reasons to comment on the weather condition at Belarus when his side will be facing BATE Borisov later on Thursday in the Europa League.
It is understood that the temperature for the game is expected to fall below zero by the time the game would be starting which might be difficult for the Gunners team to adapt to.
In his reaction, the Gunners boss claims that his side will have no excuse to not win the game as they will only have their mind set on what is expected from them.
He noted that they have had the experience when they North London outfit Vorskla in Kiev, noting that the temperature during the game was also zero while there was snow fall.
He, however, admitted that every game remains a big challenge but that has to be faced with all preparation and readiness if results must be achieved.
A win for Arsenal will mean they stand a chance to push to the next round of the competition and brighten their hope of winning it at the end of the day.
Meanwhile, Unai Emery is known to have won the Europa League with Sevilla three times and that could influence.
Wenger explains big Jadon Sancho regret
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has explained revealed that he almost landed Jadon Sancho at the North London outfit when he was in charge before the player joined German Bundesliga outfit.
Wenger had a 22-year-spell as the Gunners boss before he was supposedly forced to resign in the last summer and was replaced with former PSG boss Unai Emery.
It would be recalled that Jadon Sancho left English Premier League outfit Manchester City as a youth player in 2017 to secure a first-team football elsewhere.
He has now progressed to become a star player who is already being followed by a number of big sides including Liverpool, Arsenal, Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona. They all made attempt to secure his signature in the last winter transfer window.
However, Wenger stated that his effort failed to yield any result despite convincing the player to join the London club because he is from a big city.
The former Gunners boss, therefore, showered praise on the young lad, stressing that he can dribble, has the confidence and belief to help him succeed at the club.
Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho is now having a great season with the Bundesliga outfit with the former Arsenal boss is yet to secure a new job.
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