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“Wakanda forever”, “Is your striker as cool ours?”: Some Arsenal fans love this attacker’s celebration in 3-0 win vs Rennes + Match Report

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Arsenal Match Report: Arsenal 3-0 Rennes

Arsenal sparked a remarkable comeback in the second leg of the Round of 16 tie at the Emirates as the Gunners beat Rennes comprehensively by a 3-0 margin to progress to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa League.

Having lost the first leg in France 3-1, Arsenal were faced with a daunting task of overturning a two-goal deficit at home and the Gunners took off from where they had left in the 2-0 triumph over Man United in the Premier League.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who was one of the architects of Arsenal’s victory over United a few days back, came to the fore once again.

The right-wing back produced an inch-perfect cross from the flanks to pick out Aaron Ramsey who teed it up for Aubameyang, who in turn opened the scoring with a neat tap in from close range.

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The Gunners were very much in the driver’s seat and didn’t allow the visitors too much space to exploit, retaining the ball very well and using their territorial domination to good effect in the final third.

Maitland-Niles was once again in the thick of things, making a wonderful run at the back post to head it in from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross after the Gabonese international showed a tremendous piece of awareness to keep the ball in play.

Arsenal managed to level the tie within 15 minutes and that was always going to be enough for the Gunners to progress to the next round given that they had a crucial away goal to their advantage.

However, Arsenal continued to stamp their authority and create chances in what proved to be a ruthless display from Unai Emery’s side.

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Knowing that an away goal at the Emirates would put the tie on balance, Rennes pushed forward in numbers right from the start of the second half.

Hatem Ben Arfa and Ismaila Sarr got their act together and the visitors looked more threatening of the two sides in the attacking third. They could have got themselves a goal, only to be denied by the outside of the post.

The Europa League specialist as they call him, Emery showed his acumen and rang the substitutions to tilt the game in Arsenal’s favour once again.

Alex Iwobi fizzed his effort wide of the goal from Granit Xhaka’s pass but it was Aubameyang who delivered the coup de grace. Substitute Henrikh Mkhitaryan showed good vision and sharpness to find Sead Kolasinac on the left who laid it on a platter for Aubameyang with a delightful low cross.

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Arsenal’s progress into the next round meant that all the English teams that finished in the top-six in the Premier League last season have managed to get through to the last 8 of the Europa League and Champions League, with the likes of Man City, Man United, Spurs and Liverpool all keeping their European campaign alive.

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Twitter Reactions

The day Ozil make wrong option on the ball…thats the day I will accept he has lost it.. . Unreal Ball player. ❤ #ARSREN— biodun yusuf (@bideyy) March 14, 2019


No one does goal celebrations like Pierre #Aubameyang, Wakanda forever🙅🏿‍♂️ #ARSREN #AFC pic.twitter.com/TmXJSCaEZb
— Panenka Magazine (@WeArePanenka) March 14, 2019

INJECT IT IN MY VEINS 💉#ARSREN pic.twitter.com/NvCsnk6a6w
— YL (@SHAKU_98) March 14, 2019

The wakanda way 🚀🚀🚀 #ARSREN pic.twitter.com/Lf5MSaP1dN
— OOG (@Mrr_Gabriel) March 14, 2019

No idea what super hero he is supposed to be, but who cares? @Aubameyang7 is our hero! Get in there 3 nil…… #ARSREN pic.twitter.com/LESzVPyMGA
— ❤️ Princess Gooner ❤️ (@GoonerGirl1969) March 14, 2019

Aubameyang becomes the fastest player to reach 21 goals in Arsenal history…

Even quicker than Thierry Henry 👀#ARSREN pic.twitter.com/tMCjZtf1fz
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) March 14, 2019

evacuate the city engage all defences and get this man a shield
#ARSREN pic.twitter.com/e8EKUtPyIU
— Mouad (@UomoOzil) March 14, 2019

Best celebration that’s ever been at the Emirates. Too much sauce. And the context?? Wavey #ARSREN pic.twitter.com/8HO3Ic0COr
— TouchOfAnÖzil (@TouchOfAnOzil) March 14, 2019

This guy had an amazing first half. Beast at the back + scored the crucial second goal. An absolutely colossus performance so far.#ARSREN #afc pic.twitter.com/EVObB2D5rR
— Shahram Ali (@shahramali1) March 14, 2019
We won, congratulations @Arsenal but then, @alexiwobi that was some disgusting act you pulled there. You’re a good player but then show some maturity. #ARSREN pic.twitter.com/53cTxErncJ
— Ekpe ‘AIRDEEz’ E. (@AIRDEEz) March 14, 2019

#ARSREN Wakanda Forever :
Is Your striker as cool Ours !!???
The Only King after Chadwick Boseman : pic.twitter.com/QzSCEuOZ0b
— Nuerness D.Bol (@nuerness) March 14, 2019



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Arsenal signing this promising 18-year-old would be a smart piece of business by Unai Emery

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Arsenal opinion: William Saliba would be a smart addition for the Gunners

According to a report from the Metro, Arsenal are weighing up a summer move for Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba.

The 18-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign for Saint-Etienne, making 19 appearances across all competitions. His performances were rewarded with a four-year deal in April by Les Verts, with the Ligue 1 club anticipating offers for the youngster this summer.

The report claims Manchester United are also interested in William Saliba, but Arsenal have been tracking the youngster throughout the season. Both Arsenal and Manchester United have been poor defensively this past campaign but it’s the former that should win the race for Saliba’s signature.

The Gunners conceded 51 goals in the Premier League in Unai Emery’s first season at the club. That shows how leaky their defence has been, even with the addition of Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Sokratis arrived at the Emirates from Borussia Dortmund last summer and while he has made a difference on and off the pitch, it is not enough for a club of the stature of Arsenal.

The Gunners enjoyed a 22-game unbeaten run in all competitions after losing the first two league games this past season, but Rob Holding’s injury in December massively hurt the north London club’s chances of securing a top-four finish.

Above all, Shkodran Mustafi has been awful for Emery’s men and could be sold this summer for his error-prone displays. Nacho Monreal is out of contract in June, while Laurent Koscielny isn’t getting any younger.

Thus, a new central defender is an absolute necessity for Arsenal and Emery would make a wise decision by signing William Saliba.

Saint-Etienne are set to finish fourth in the Ligue 1 table and will play the Europa League next season, which suggests everything about Saliba’s impact at the club.

The Gunners don’t have the financial clout to compete with the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool; thus, they need to make smart signings.

Standing at 6ft 4in, Saliba is a strong and powerful centre-half with the ability to win every single aerial duel against his opponent. He is hard as nails, which allows him to keep the opposition at bay with the utmost ease.

The teenager is a composed ball-playing defender and despite possessing a towering frame, he is quick through the ground as well.

Verdict

While there might be questions about whether or not he can adjust to the Premier League, it should come with time. But Saliba’s physical traits and ball-playing qualities will play a big part in helping him fit at Arsenal.

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Thus, a move for Saliba makes perfect sense for Unai Emery’s side.

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Arsenal would strike gold by signing this 23-year-old defensive beast after conceding over 50 goals last season

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Arsenal Opinion: Why Arsenal would strike gold by signing Mario Hermoso?

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Arsenal are interested in signing Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso in the summer transfer window.

The Gunners are making efforts to solve their defensive crisis in the summer after Unai Emery’s side shipped over 50 goals in the 2018/19 Premier League season. The defence has been Arsenal’s Achilles heel for few seasons now and Emery has turned his attention to Mario Hermoso.

Hermoso, 23, started his senior football career at the Spanish capital with Real Madrid before joining Espanyol in 2017. He has since been impressive and produced a host of impressive displays in the Espanyol backline this term as well.

The Spaniard is rated as one of the best centre-halves in La Liga and would fit the bill perfectly at Arsenal.

Arsenal missed out on a top-four finish this past season but still have a chance to qualify for Champions League football. They will need to win the Europa League final against Chelsea later this month to play Champions League football next term. Whatever is the final outcome of the Europa League final, Emery must spend in the summer and in the right areas of the squad.

The north London giants have several areas to address in this transfer window but the most important department is the defence. Without shoring up the defence, Emery’s team simply cannot move forward or in other terms, will never come closer to challenging for the Premier League title.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Laurent Koscielny are the only Arsenal defenders to emerge with some credit this season. But both are in their 30s and cannot be relied upon for long term. Shkodran Mustafi probably will get sold this summer, which should leave Emery with Konstantinos Mavropanos, Calum Chambers and the injured Rob Holding.

Thus, a new defender or two is a must and Hermoso will be brilliant fit at the Emirates. A classy, ball-playing centre-half, the Spaniard’s distribution skills from the back will certainly appeal to Emery. The 23-year-old is hardworking and dedicated to the team’s cause. He is strong and powerful, good in the air and an asset to have during set-pieces.

The two-cap Spain international is young, talented and is improving all the time with the potential to be the best defender. Truly, he ticks the boxes for Arsenal in their search for central defenders.

Verdict

Hermoso has earned plenty of plaudits for his brilliant defending this season and it is not difficult to see why he could be a smart addition.

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That said, Arsenal should do everything in their powers to pry the Spaniard away from Espanyol, as getting a player of his quality and potential on board would be a massive coup.

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Man United beating Arsenal to sign this midfield anchor with £43.5m release clause would be the key for Solskjaer

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Man United Opinion: Red Devils should beat Arsenal in the race to sign Thomas Partey

According to the Daily Mail, Premier League giants Man United and Arsenal are set to battle it out for the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey in the summer transfer window.

Daily Mail understands that Inter Milan are also interested in the Ghanaian international, with the player’s agent revealing that the defensive midfielder has a release clause of £43.5 million in his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The same source claims that Partey has impressed Unai Emery and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with his consistent run of form in the La Liga and both the managers are keen on bringing the 25-year-old to the Premier League this summer.

Partey signed for Atletico as a talented youngster from Ghana back in 2011 and played for the club’s reserve team for a couple of years before making his professional debut in the 2015-16 season, following a successful loan spell at fellow La Liga club Almeria. The 25-year-old struggled to establish himself as a regular in his first two seasons but he has established himself as one of the club’s prized assets since the start of the 2017-18 season.

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The Ghanaian enjoyed another fruitful season at Atletico this term and made 32 appearances in the La Liga, scoring thrice and setting up another 4 in the process. He has carved out a reputation for himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Spanish top-flight over the past couple of campaigns and his links to the Premier League giants comes as little surprise.

Partey has made a total of 139 appearances for the Rojiblancos in all competitions till date, accumulating 12 goals and 11 assists, returns which are quite good for a defensive midfielder.

Known for his strength, tenacity, drive and determination, Partey is an energetic presence in the middle of the park who has the capability to shoulder both defensive and attacking responsibilities. Noted for his high work-rate, Partey covers every blade of grass on the pitch to add steel to the midfield and hold things together, while also possessing excellent technical abilities and a wonderful range of passing to dictate the tempo of the game.

Quick across the ground, strong on the tackle and blessed with remarkable dribbling skills for a central midfielder, the 25-year-old not only makes use of his game reading ability to cut out attacks with tackles and interceptions but he also sets his team on the front-foot with powerful driving runs forward.

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Despite being used in a defensive role, Partey is more than capable of creating his own space and chipping in with key passes from the midfield, while also making late runs into the box to contribute with valuable goals. Furthermore, he is a wonderful distance-shooter and a recognised set-piece specialist.

To put things into perspective, Partey would be an excellent signing for both Man United and Arsenal but the Red Devils would bag a massive coup if they manage to beat off competition for the highly-rated midfield enforcer this summer. A new central midfielder is likely to be high on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s recruitment list, following the departure of Ander Herrera on a free transfer and the Ghanaian perfectly fits the bill.

United finished the season with a poor run of results against the likes of relegated teams like Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town and the manager clearly needs to revamp his squad in the summer to challenge for silverware. If the recently-concluded Premier League season is anything to go by, Nemanja Matic is clearly past his prime and Paul Pogba is not consistent enough to deliver the goods week-in-week-out.

The Red Devils splashed a huge amount to bring Fred to the club last summer but the Brazilian has not lived up to the expectations whatsoever and United certainly need better and more consistent players to compete with the best. Thomas Partey looks more like the real deal and United should go all out in their pursuit of the Ghanaian enforcer to add steel and stability to their midfield.

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Partey, 25, has entered his prime years and United have every reason to look at him as an excellent long-term investment. Going by what he has shown so far in the La Liga, the Red Devils might as well have a player better than Fernandinho in the years to come if they manage to strike a deal for him this summer.

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