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Arsenal Supporters Trust has called on the club to crack the whip and take back season tickets of club fans who cherry pick matches. Many games this year have seen few fans turn up for some of the home games. This was seen again when the Gunners faced Vorskla Poltava. The stadium had numerous seats that were empty. Arsenal Supporters Trust reckons that fewer than 30,000 fans were in attendance. The club however disputed the argument.

Arsenal, who face Everton on Sunday afternoon have been tipped as favourites by many bookmakers such as the likes of McBookie Betting. Most betting companies are betting against the Gunners finishing outside of the top 4. bet365 have Arsenal at 7/4 while Skybet are looking at 11/8. So imagine what the odds are for Arsenal winning the title? Don't laugh. A quick search tells you that they are as far as 80/1 with Paddy Power * Ouch *

There must be a correlation between the decreasing popularity of the Gunners and their lower betting odds as well as late performance. Obviously as the odds for the group drop dramatically with the known bookies, so does the fans’ loyalty. This could be part of the reasons why less tickets are sold and fewer fans have been heading the stadiums recently.

The Gunners sell seven home cup games that is part of the season-ticket and is one of the most expensive in Europe. However, with the club playing in the less exciting Europa league, some of the fans are not thrilled that they have to pay this in order to get their Premier League season ticket.

Another concern is that there are wealthy fans who only show up to high profile matches but are a no show to support the club in extra fixtures that are less exciting.

A research which was taken by AST, shows that there is outrage among some of the ordinary fans that attend all the games. They are urging the club to take stern action against the fans that only pick certain games to attend.

In the survey, a total of 66% were in favour of the club removing season tickets from the holders who often leave their seats empty. Arsenal did not do enough to support a good atmosphere inside the Emirates. For this reason, more than 90 per cent called or more resources to be dedicated to improving their ticket-exchange scheme.

AST wants action taken against individuals who do not use their tickets consistently. The club has 44,000 season ticket holders. This includes 14,000 at the higher-end premium level. This is the area that is mostly mentioned. However, this issue is not only limited to Arsenal, clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool are also affected.

The club has said that it is looking for solutions to deal with this menace. They want to have initiatives that will deal with the occupancy at the Emirates and also maintain that the Thursday game had one of the highest attendances in the Europa League. On Wednesday, the Gunners welcome Brentford in the League Cup and expect the same numbers even though tickets will only cost £10.

We want a full stadium for every game and work hard for that,” said a club spokesman. “All tickets are sold and people then make a choice after that.”

The club is also looking at developing technology. This will simply assist them to precisely identify people for a probable home credits scheme. They are understood to be restricted by issues of security as well as regulation in the timing of some of their resales on the ticket exchange scheme. The club’s main agenda at the moment is currently is on incentivising ticket holders to appear rather than taking cup games out of the package or striking off those who do not consistently attend.

The Gunners welcome the Merseyside outfit to the Emirates stadium on Sunday afternoon with the hope of making it four successive Premier League

Unai Emery was welcomed into the Premier League with baptism of fire facing defeat at the hands of defending Champions Manchester City followed by another one to a rejuvenated Chelsea side. The Sunday match will come at the back of a Europa League win and many bookies reckon that Unai Emery’s men are the favorites in this match. You can easily use this bet calculator to see your returns.

Fine Run

Despite the two loses against Manchester city and Chelsea, Arsenal have managed to pick themselves up and are on a run of 5 undefeated games in all competitions. The wins against West ham, Cardiff and Newcastle have lifted the Gunners up to 7th on the table.

Therefore, the Gunners will try and keep the fire burning when they face an Everton side that has only one win and a draw in their last 6. This means Arsenal are huge favorites.

Team News

Unai Emery will will have the services of some of his key players who were rested in their Europa win against Ukranian side Vorskla. The likes of Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette will all be available for selection.

The big-guns should all be recalled on Sunday afternoon but Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Carl Jenkinson are still sidelined.

Arsenal’s former forward Theo Walcott will make his way back to the Emirates having left for Goodison Park in January. Everton will also be boosted by the return of club record signing Richarlison. He returns from suspension after serving a three match ban for violent conduct.

Betting Odds

Arsenal are clear favorites to win this with all bookmakers indicating so. They are ½ while Everton are available at 6/1. The bookmakers have 4/1 the tie ending in a draw.

Traditionally, this fixture is always laden with goals therefore, over 2.5 goals is a good bet. In case you need more value for the bet, over 3.5 goals at 5/4.

Betting Tips

Many of the tipster have backed the home side to take this game. Most have tipped Arsenal to win with one or two clear goals.

After the past few games, we have seen that arsenal have the power to score so many goals. The only worry is that they have a leaking backline which has raised many concerns among the supporters as well as the coach. This makes it a great bet for BTTS. For this game I will go with a 4-1 Arsenal victory.

To get more value on your bet, you can either pick Alexandre Lacazette among the goalscorers. His appetite in the recent games has made him a force to reckon. His convincing performance has led to Unai emery pushing Aubameyang to the wing. I also expect the Gabonese international to score at least a goal because he has made the Emirates his hunting ground.

 

In case you hadn’t noticed, perhaps due to spending the past five years or so on the moon or hiding in a cave, this is very much the smartphone age. The old ad campaign “there’s an app for that” proved to be strangely prophetic. Whether you want to do some shopping, check your bank balance, pay for your car insurance or flirt with a member of the opposite sex, there is an app that will allow you to do it from the comfort of your home on your smartphone.

For football fans in general, and Gooners in particular, mobile tech has long been a good way of catching the latest score or team news. But today, there are mobile apps that can do so much more. Here are a few that you need on your smartphone.

The official Arsenal app

If you want the latest official news, then you need the official app. Of course, it won’t have the unofficial gossip that you will find on the best fan sites, but we all need access to the party line in order to know what to gossip about! The Arsenal app has a wealth of information regarding fixtures, breaking news and so on, as well as a members’ section where you can access live text and audio commentary, plus extended video highlights.

A bookie app

The smartphone age has really opened up the options for those who like a wager, whether it’s through traditional sports betting or the broader world of online gaming via such sites as https://lvbet.com/en/casino/. Here, games that used to be limited to pubs and arcades, like Sizzling Hot Deluxe are now right there at your fingertips. When it comes to the bookies, there is an immense choice, so it is worth downloading the apps to two or three, that way you can check who is offering the hottest deals from one day to the next.

One for the next generation

Staying at the top is all about having one eye on the future, and Arsenal is among the most forward-thinking clubs when it comes to engaging the players and fans of tomorrow. The Junior Gunners App is a case in point. Sometimes, when adults try to speak to kids in contemporary tones it is cringeworthy, but this is an excellent mixture of news and activities, all wrapped up in a contemporary virtual world of avatars and gamification. No “embarrassing Dad” syndrome here, they will love it.

A good football game

Note the qualifying word here. There are dozens of football games out there to download for free, but some of them can at best be described as “indifferent.” One to have on your shortlist is Pro Evolution Soccer. It’s free to download, and while the console version has always been following in the wake of FIFA, many feel that for mobile gaming, PES 2018 is the best of the bunch. For good old-fashioned arcade-style fun, Kings of Soccer is also well worth a look.

A streaming app

Some say that the age of TV is drawing to a close. In Russia 2018, more people opted for live streaming than ever, and the numbers are only going to continue in one direction. Of course there are apps available from the big name broadcasters, and these will deliver the best quality experience. There are also, however, a number of live streaming apps out there. Just keep in mind that this is one area of tech in which you definitely get what you pay for. Having said that, the great thing about the free options is that there is nothing to lose in giving them a go.

Unai Emery has had just hands full at Arsenal since arriving to the North London club this summer. Taking over from Arsene Wenger was always going to be a difficult job for any new manager and it's a job that Emery has been getting his teeth stuck into.

The former Sevilla coach has had the difficult task of having to achieve immediate results and find his best team all at the same time. This has meant not only that free betting tips on the match are difficult to come by as it is very difficult to predict the maanger but also that a certain amount of players have had the chance to start for Arsenal this season during the early Premier League outtings. The win at Newcastle this weekend means that Arsenal and Emery have managed 3 victories on the spin, two of those away from home. The downside to this is that many of the squad players have not had a look in as yet.

The likes of Mohamed Elneny, Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Bernd Leno amongst others have not managed a single Premier League minute so far this season but that is all about to change.

On Thursday evening, Arsenal begin their Europa League journey when they host FC Vorskla at the Emirates Stadium.

It will be a good chance for Emery to rotate his squad and give the fringe players a chance to really impress the manager.

Emery hinted as much after the Newcastle United victory.

Emery said:  “We are going to change and use a lot of players for different competitions, but only thinking about the best performance for us to win on Thursday,”

“Every competition for me is about [doing as well as you can] and normally you use a different goalkeeper in those [other] competitions, but it’s about giving [your best] performance.”

“After the Champions League, the Europa League is the most important competition,” he noted on Friday.

“If teams cannot play in the Champions League, it is very important. When we opened this possibility that, when you win the Europa League, you play in the Champions League, it was the key to improve the interest in this competition.

“I have proven with my experience to know the best way to manage the players [in the Europa League]. My idea first isn’t to change 11 players for one competition and the next competition. Each match is giving us information for how we can play.”

Many Arsenal fans have been itching to see the likes of Bernd Leno after number 1 goalkeeper, Petr Cech has made some high profile errors passing out from the back this season. While we all expect Leno to be better with is feet, it is still unclear how his handling has been during sessions at London Colny.

Arsenal fans will also be excited to see another centre back on the pitch in an Arsenal shirt given the up and down nature of Shkodran Mustafi this season. It will be interesting to see if Emery sticks with one experienced defender alongside a youngster or if he will be brave enough to pair both Holding and Mavropanos for example.

What is unclear is what the manager will do at left back given that both Sead Kolašinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are both injured.

We could see a team similar to this on Thursday night:

 

 

 

 


Leno
Lichtsteiner Holding Mavropanos Monreal
Elneny Torreira Smith-Rowe
Mkhitaryan Welbeck Iwobi


 

Just days before the League Cup final, a little-known Swedish team pitched up at the Emirates for a second leg fixture in the Europa League. The match was deemed by most to be a mere formality, with the Gunners having won the first leg 3-0 in comfortable fashion. So, it was unsurprising that a vast number of Arsenal fans were unhappy that Arsene Wenger had to decided to put out such a strong team, considering a huge game at Wembley against Manchester City would take place just three days later.

But then the match kicked-off… with Arsenal playing in their “unlucky” blue away kit despite being the home side. Maybe it was the hint that this was not a night of normality.

How Did Östersunds Win at Arsenal?

No-one might have been betting on them, but straight from the off, Östersunds showed that they were not in awe of Arsenal. Something which certainly seemed to be the case in the first half of their home fixture.

They were comfortable on the ball, moved it forward well and pressed the Gunners across the pitch. Arsenal, on the other hand, seemed content with keeping the ball, without any emphasis on attack – effectively trying to run down the clock from the first minute.

Östersunds quickly realised they were more than capable of picking up a shock win at the Emirates, and they were rewarded for their positive play in the 22nd minute, when Rob Holding failed to clear the danger after moving out of central defence, which the Swedish side quickly punished, laying on a through ball for their wide man, Hosam Aiesh, who duly despatched from a tight angle. Nevertheless, the tie was surely beyond the reach of the Swedish minnows.

70 seconds later, Östersunds had the ball in the back of the net again. On the opposite flank Ken Sema latched on to a looping ball, easily losing Calum Chambers with a neat bit of skill and fired across goal into the bottom corner. 23 minutes in, and Östersunds were leading Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates, and were just one goal away from levelling the tie.

Arsenal kept it tight for the rest of the half and emerged for the second half with a point to prove. Within a couple of minutes, Arsenal packed men into the box as the ball was crossed in, but Mukiibi made a hash of the clearance, allowing Sead Kolašinac to emphatically fire the ball into the roof of the net. The goal wasn’t met with celebrations, but instead an element of relief.

The game opened up radically after this point, with Östersunds fearlessly throwing men forward as Arsenal looked to catch them out on the break. Despite their best efforts, the Swedish side couldn’t complete their impossible mission, but no-one could doubt who the better team was on the day, with the Gunners again booed off the pitch.

Who Are Östersunds?

Östersunds’ win over Arsenal is all the more impressive when you take a look at the club’s short history.

The club represents the tiny city of Östersund, found slap bang in the middle of Sweden with a population of just 50,000. It was founded in 1996 as multiple clubs in the city merged, however the club stayed in the country’s third tier until it was relegated to the fourth tier in 2011. This proved to be a defining moment for the club, as the club’s chairman, Daniel Kindberg, met with other officials at the club to figure out exactly why they do what they do, and what the club represents. With this in mind, he returned to the position of Director of Football, and appointed young English manager, Graham Potter, as manager.

Who Is Graham Potter?

Potter had no management experience, although had played professionally in England for the likes of Southampton, Stoke and West Brom, before retiring at the age of 30. Potter recognised the difficultly of getting into management in England, and so set about it in an alternative fashion, acquiring a degree in Social Sciences from the Open University before working as a football development manager for the University of Hull and then Leeds Metropolitan University. At Leeds Met, he also completed a master’s in leadership and emotional intelligence.

Potter was recommended to Kindberg by Swansea’s Graeme Jones, and set about creating a club culture that focussed on developing players not just for football, but also as human beings. The Englishman led Östersunds to a remarkable rise, winning back-to-back titles to rise to the second tier, and then gaining promotion after three years into the Swedish top flight. Östersunds established themselves quickly at the top of the Swedish game and shocked the nation when they won the Svenska Cupen to qualify for the Europa League.

Nobody expected them to win a match in Europe, especially after drawing Turkish giants Galatasaray in the second qualifying round. However, Östersunds upset the odds once more, beating them 3-1 on aggregate, before beating Fola Esch and PAOK in order to reach the group stage. This would surely be in the end of the road for them though, with Athletic Bilbao, Hertha Berlin and Zorya in their way. Instead, they well to just one defeat, securing their qualification with a game to spare, before drawing – and almost stunning - Arsenal in the knockout stages.

It’s safe to say we haven’t heard the last of Östersunds.

It was always going to be a long shot, so much so that A range of bookmakers have Arsenal at 33/1 to win the Premier League, but two weeks in to the new season, they have managed an underwhelming 0 points. While this isn’t a good start, they have come up against two top teams; champions Man City and Chelsea. Most recently, Gunners fans had to endure a crushing 3-2 defeat to Chelsea. Sadly, the score line doesn’t reflect how Arsenal played, with a poor defence and at times lacklustre attack. But how did each player get on individually?

Petr Cech 

Made a few fine stops - including one against Barkley in the second half. Couldn’t do a lot for the goals. 6

Hector Bellerin

Defensively sloppy, and to blame for the first goal. Positionally all over the place. Fairly effective going forward. 5

Sokratis 

Good tackling throughout. However, once he’s caught out of position there’s no hope, as he’s too slow. 6

Mustafi 

Out of the game for the first half, and was bypassed easily. Improved in the second half, but is still at the heart of Arsenal’s defensive woes. 5

Monreal 

Good going forward to help score Arsenal’s first. Caused some problems with his runs down the left side. 7

Guendouzi 

Fantastic showing from the young midfielder. 100% past accuracy in the first half. Emery has a real talent in his squad. 8

Xhaka

Got his season off to an awful start, and can’t see him starting for much longer. In my opinion, a loose cannon who should be replaced. Caught out too often. Reckless too, with two yellows in two games. 3

Iwobi 

Excellent performance from the Nigerian. Direct attacking and caused real problems. One of Arsenal’s brightest sparks at the moment. Scored the key equaliser. 7

Ozil 

Couldn’t make an impact on the match, and we saw another quiet performance from the #10. Had one good chance early on, but otherwise invisible. Needs to improve. 5 

Mkhitaryan 

Scored Arsenal’s first goal to make it 2-1. A good finish. Played well and set up the second too. 7

Aubameyang

Missed two easy chances, including one from 6 yards that went blazing over the bar. Yet to score in the league, and needs a confidence boost soon. 4 

SUBS 

Torreira

Looked lively when he came on. Caught out by Chelsea’s attacks a few times - but still better than Xhaka and should replace him. 

Ramsey 

Quiet after coming on, not making much of an impact. 5

Lacazette

Disappointing mistake for Chelsea’s third goal, and didn’t track back to make amends. 4 

The Gunners still need time to adjust to Emery’s style of play, as they were uncomfortable playing the ball out from the back. On too many occasions, Cech would pass the ball out to a centre back - only to get it back again and send it long. Like I said, Arsenal need time to adjust. But a lack of points is starting to take its toll. Now that they are through a rough patch (facing Chelsea and City), we should start to see Emery’s tactics come to fruition.

Arsenal began life without Arsene Wenger and under Spanish successor Unai Emery with a 2-0 home defeat courtesy of reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in their season opener.

Goals in either half from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva at the Emirates ensured City, who won the league by a record margin racking up 100 points last term, consigned the Gunners to a third consecutive loss to Pep Guardiola's side across all competitions without scoring.

Emery blooded four of his five summer signings in the game - two from the start in Greece centre Sokratis Papastathopoulos and holding midfielder Matteo Guendouzi - and a couple more off the bench.

Switzerland captain and full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner was pressed into service down the left-hand side when Ashley Maitland-Niles picked up an injury and Uruguay international Lucas Torreira replaced Granit Xhaka in midfield with 20 minutes left.

The Betfair Exchange odds on Man City to win league 2019 have shortened slightly, while the Gunners are also as big as 50/1. A top-four finish (and a return to the Champions League), meanwhile, is out to 11/5.

City was about as tough an opening to the Emery era as possible, so the loss Arsenal suffered must be placed in that context. They remain leading fancies for the Europa League with all bookies, however, because of the new manager's superb track record in that continental competition when he was at Sevilla.

As part of a defence that conceded twice at home, Sokratis' Gunners bow could have gone better and it was interesting to see Emery select Petr Cech in goal as captain over new keeper Bernd Leno - a reported £19,000,00 summer arrival from Bundesliga boys Bayer Leverkusen.

France Under-20 international Guendouzi was pitched straight in at the deep end having never played top-flight football and after just 30 senior appearances at Lorient. Although initially a nervy display, the youngster grew in stature but it was a surprise to see the tenacious Torreira, who demonstrated his own qualities sitting in front of his country's defence at the World Cup finals, on the bench.

Lichsteiner, meanwhile, is a wily veteran with a decade of experience playing in Serie A under his belt first with Lazio and then Juventus before joining Arsenal on a free. Although signed to perhaps impart some of that defensive nous to Hector Bellerin - a similar type of attack-minded full-back - he could continue down the left side of the back four if Sead Kolasinac or Nacho Monreal do not return to match fitness.

Aaron Ramsey showed the most drive and vibrancy in midfield against City, while Mesut Ozil was nominally on the left wing until the Welshman was taken off for Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went out wide. 

Things don't get much easier for Emery as he faces fellow Premier League newcomer Maurizio Sarri and London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next after their comprehensive 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town. The Gunners haven't won there since October 2011, so have there work cut out for them.

 

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more