As a huge Arsenal fan, I will often introduce you to some of the latest club news, performance opinions, and future expectations. In this blog post, you will find everything that happened with season 2020-2021 so far—thoughts on Arsenal’s performance so far in the Premier League and future expectations. In the future, I will indeed prepare a separate blog post about ideas on Arsenal’s performance in other tournaments if Arsenal participates – Champions League hopefully, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup, etc.
I cannot miss mentioning that even though Plovdiv is not a big town, there are some colossal Arsenal fans around, and I am more than happy to know them and watching Arsenal games along with a cold pint plus some delicately cooked meats in pre-Covid19 times.
For the current season, we can boldly say that Arsenal had a good start at the beginning of the year by beating Fulham (0-3) and West Ham (2-1) for the Premier League. The team performed very solid in the first games, conceding only one goal and allowing just a few more real goal-scoring opportunities. Following a deserver and not that surprising 3-1 loose visit at Anfield against Liverpool.
Excellent start for Arsenal for season 2020-2021, that gave a spark of hope within all of those thirsty for trophy fans. Unfortunately, in the following games, the performance of Arsenal became a bit hasty. Even though they won an adamant game against Sheffield at home, they conceded the next Premier League game against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City with 1-0. In the very next match against Leicester, Arsenal lost 0-1.
The next game, Arsenal visited Old Trafford only to face a crippled Manchester United (crippled at that moment of the season) where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a penalty to bring the victory for Arsenal with the minimum 0-1.
Arsenal drew as guests at Elland Road to Leeds 0-0. The curious thing about the game against Leeds is that this was the first of many games where Arsenal players would receive a Red Card. Nicolas Pépé was the first player to receive one against Leeds.
The next three games were a complete disaster for Arsenal, where they conceived all three games consecutively. Starting with a lose visiting at Molineux Stadium against Wolverhampton Wanderers with 1-2. The second game was a defeat against the local rival Tottenham Hotspurs with 2-0. And the third games came with a surprise defeat to Burley with 0-1 where the former captain Granit Xhaka was sent off (Red Card) in the 56th minute and 17 minutes later Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring an own goal that led to a very crucial defeat for Arsenal.
Unfortunately, Arsenal’s next game was a game of average performance that ended with a 1-1 draw at Emirates against Southampton. Gabriel Magalhães received two yellow cards (58′ and 62′ minutes) and respectfully a Red one. The next game against Carlo Angelotti’s Everton ended 2-1 to Everton and another disappointment for Arsenal fans.
At this point of the season, Arsenal had 14 games – 4 wins, 2 draws and, eight defeats.
A brighter future was coming in the next games for Arsenal. The climbing up started with a win against Chelsea with 3-1, Brighton 0-1, West Bromich City 0-4, which was the first win for Arsenal for 2021 that gave the fans a glimpse of hope after the bad start of the season. The next game was a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace and following a victory against Newcastle with 3-0. After the 1-3 win as guests against Southampton, Arsenal faced Manchester United home, which ended 0-0. This time, Arsenal faced a much more robust and confident Manchester United compared to the first game earlier in the season.
The next game was a complete disaster. Let’s be honest. We were losing 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wonderers when leading 0-1 and receiving a very dubious penalty conceded by David Luiz, which followed a direct Red Card in the 49th minute of the first half. The game was 1-1 at halftime. After the second half, a stunning shot by João Moutinho brought the turnaround for Wolverhampton. The 72nd minute was crucial for Arsenal when Bernd Leno received a Red Card for hand play outside the goalkeeper’s area. The game ended 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Arsenal’s last game was against Aston Villa. It was a 1-0 loss as guests at Villa Park. Poor overall performance for Arsenal, and very few goal opportunities, even though the game’s general possession was to Arsenal’s advantage.
On Valentine’s day eve, Arsenal managed to win a great win against the tough Leeds with 4-2. Aubameyang scored a hat-trick, and Bellerin with a brilliant play to make it 4-2. During the second half, Leeds scored twice and had a couple of chances, but Arsenal performed excellently in defence and maintained the lead.
The latest positive news for Arsenal Football Club has recently arrived, and they concern the Norwegian youngster Martin Ødegaard.
Finally, the excitement over Martin Ødegaard is over as the youngster joins the gunners on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the 2020-2021 season. 22 and already playing for one of the greatest European clubs. His speed, control, and passing on exceptional levels allowed him to debut for the man’s team of Strømsgodset, aged only 15 years and 118 days. He became the youngest footballer ever to play in Tippeligaen (Eliteserien is the Norwegian professional football league) for Strømsgodset. He started training with the first team, only at the age of 13 (2012).
Of course, as a passionate Arsenal fan, I am waiting for the next Arsenal games with a hope for a brighter future for the club and will do my best to keep up with the blog posts with any impressive turnarounds for the club in the future.
I know that the whole post might sound a bit negative and harsh, and I hope it would not offend anyone as it is purely my personal opinion, but the reality is that the season so far is a complete disaster for Arsenal. Sadly, the club could not go through any of the tournaments after being thrown by Southampton (1-0) and Manchester City for EFL Cup (1-4). I hope that this season on February 23th, we will start our Benfica campaign with success and proceed further in the same way in the second game. I expect Gabriel Martinelli, Saka, Ødegaard, and the rest of the younglings to lead Arsenal to a glorious victory in UEFA Europe League. We can only hope for the best for the team and continue with the support, even though it’s from a distance. COYG!
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