The lacquer shines in a deeper role; Did he argue for the Derby in North London?
When Alexandra Lachett threw the ball from 30 yards past goalkeeper Richard Strabinger, it was a joyous moment to celebrate with the returning Arsenal fans.
There was probably considerable relief as the strike ended a 488-minute run without a goal in all competitions.
While the goal will provide a huge boost to the 29-year-old, it is his performance in a deeper role that gave Mikel Arteta plenty of food to think about before Sunday’s North London derby.
“He played a good game in that position,” Arteta said after the 4-0 win over Rapid Vienna. “It’s right for him. He’s really good at the linking play. He’s worked hard and scored a great goal. It’s great to keep him apart on the scoresheet and to have a great performance individually.”
Minutes3 was on the Lacazette pitch, he looked sharp and pulled the strings for Arsenal. It was his pass from the depths that freed Nicolas Pep to advance to Eddie Nikita’s goal. The Frenchman could have added more to his own goal list but to save penalties from outside the strabinger and post.
It looked more like a different lacquer than the one we’ve seen in the Premier League so far this season, and with Arsenal’s creativity issues well documented in the league, he could well provide the answer for Arteta. Playing behind Pierre-American Aubamiyang, he can even deliver the spark that his teammate has missed so far this season.
Tottenham would be a tough proponent of what Rapid Vienna provided, but his great performances will certainly boost confidence before heading to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Oliver Yeh in the UAE
Sunday, December 2: Tottenham (a)
Thurs 10 December: Dundalk (a)
Sunday 13 December: Burnley (H)
Wed Dec 16: Southampton (H)
Saturday 19 December: Everton (a)
Here we go again with the Franz players of the Spurs
Despite eight changes from Saturday’s draw at Chelsea, it was the start of the Spurs’ Test-topping, at least on paper, enough to match Lasc’s side, who lost 1-1 to Manchester United in the Europa League last season. .
Among the sticks, a Premier League-winning goalkeeper, one of the most expensive players in the world in attack and two of Tottenham’s best performers this season, Pierre-Emile Hodgsburg and the point needed by Jose Mourinho at Tangu Nodambel seemed relative formality.
Mourinho went into his second string of defeats after losing in Antwerp two games earlier, but he was nothing short of impressed with last week’s 4-0 defeat to Ludogorets.
Back to square one, as Spurs held a point in Austria, the promise and intensity of the hosts was greater than the Premier League spectators ’match with seemingly higher qualifications.
Mourinho stepped back a little. He told reporters at the end of the game, “I take the only good thing from the game that we deserve,” but 1 year after he first moved to this shore, we understand what that means.
Later on Thursday night he became clearer when asked what he had learned. “It’s not really new. No player can be inspired in the group stage of the Europa League, I knew that … the players know and I share my feelings with them, I’m usually right.
“I had a feeling when I saw the practice before the game and I told the players before the game that there is a huge difference between their warmth and the intensity, communication and enthusiasm in our warm-up because I was watching both. Nothing surprised me.”
After the defeat in Antwerp, he said that his players had made his life “very easy” for Tottenham’s next match and that he had chosen only four of those 11 in Austria on Thursday. But after another opportunity to impress was largely missed, he said the number of players could literally be lower than before.
Sun 6 December: Arsenal (H)
Thurs 10 December: Antwerp (H)
Sunday 13 December: Crystal Palace (a)
Wed Dec 16: Liverpool (a)
Sun 20 December: Leicester (H)
Airfield reborn in the Rangers under Gerard
The determination of the Rangers shows no limitations. On Thursday, they put up an unbeaten run in 24 matches against Scott Arfield once again as they beat Standard Ledge to secure a place in the Europa League round of 32.
The main reason Steven Gerrard’s team arrived in December without any flaws in their record was the resurgence of Arfield, the resurgence at Ibrox and the ideal for his teammates. Gerard praised the midfielder for his match-winning contribution, making it impossible for him to leave.
“He’s inside … he’s inside,” repeated the Rangers boss BT Sport. “If you play like him every day, you’ll be on the team. We have to take care of him from time to time, but Scott can get talent.”
It is surprising to think that the former Burnley man took a step in a pre-season, but his name is now seven in the post.
Arfield added: “We are achieving success and I am the foundation of this team at the moment, but the moment you think you will play every game, this mentality is set from the very first day when someone takes your shirt and as a player I always Everyone in this group has the same mentality. “
Undoubtedly combining the right attitude with quality, opponents will be keen to avoid the Rangers at the knockout stage.
Sun 6 December: Ross County (a)
Thurs 10 December: Lech Pojann (a)
Sunday 13 December: Dundee United (a)
Wed Dec 16: St. Mirren (a)
Saturday 19 December: Motherwell (H)
NDD is burning, Ricardo is back, Sayunku is pushing
Although Leicester still needed to top Group G, the main goal of their trip to eastern Ukraine was to bring Ricardo Pereira, Kagara Soenku and Wilfred Ndidi back to the first team.
It was a mixed night.
In the first half, Leicester were asked to defend heavily, and it was probably the nature of the extra work that led to the Cincinnati injury in the 16th minute. It seemed like a simple piece of defending but he immediately hinted at the bench with his wrinkles as a resurgence of the injury that resurfaced for eight weeks.
There was even better news about Ricardo and NDD playing 45 minutes.
“He’s one of the best full backs in European football,” Brendon Rodgers said of Ricardo’s return. And although we didn’t get the conventional run back from him, he was given a great practice defensively in his first start for nine months after a serious knee injury. It was a good starting point for him but the start of a Premier League still looks a few weeks away and he was replaced by Luke Thomas at the break.
Meanwhile, Ndidi slipped back in such a way that she would never stay away. A perfect example came within 25 minutes of launching a dangerous attack with a generally strong but fair challenge in midfield. The midfield general didn’t get much in his 55-minute action. Rogers must be tempted to throw him from the start against Sheffield United, live on Super Sunday Sky Sports.
Sun 6 December: Chef Udit (a)
Thurs 10 December: This is Athens (a).
Sunday 13 December: Brighton (H)
Wed Dec 16: Everton (H)
Sun 20 December: Tottenham (a)
Positive for Celtic but defend one thing again
There is a lot of life and darkness surrounding Celtic at the moment, but there was a ray of light in San Siro. Tom Rogic and Odson Edward scored two great goals to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. The Celtics could fight at the moment, but they reprimanded Milan’s defensive errors and paid for them.
The problem is, Milan did the same thing and there were many more of them.
Ryan Christie did an unreasonable trick to admit the free-kick that Hakan Calhanoglu came out of the house with skill. The quality of the supply was not denied – it was world class – but Vasilis Barcas had to at least try and try to preserve it. He landed it just in the bottom corner.
Jens Peter Hedge blew up the Celtic defense for Milne’s next two goals, exposing their deficiencies and exploiting their lack of confidence as Samu Castellijo equalized on the ground with five players on par.
Celtic, however, had another good spill between the two goals in the second-half and arguably should have scored one more goal. Jellymy Frampong – Celtic’s most creative offensive outlet – approached and Christie came up with a moving image and jumped from a free-kick like Calhanglu from Gianluigi Donarumma. The difference was in the quality of the goalkeeper Milan.
It’s back on the drawing board again for Neil Lennon but there has been some positive and some reaction after Sunday’s Scottish League Cup defeat, though no winner is expected.
Starting from St. Johnstone this weekend now all their attention should be on the Scottish Premiership.
Sun 6 December: St. Johnstone (H)
Thurs 10 December: Sparta Prague (a)
Sunday 13 December: Kilmarnock (H)
Wednesday, December 23rd: Ross County (H)
Saturday 26 December: Hamilton Academic (H)