Why Mikel Arteta targets 90-100 goals to become ‘top team’

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Mikel Arteta concedes his side need to hit 90-100 goals a season to challenge leading clubs; Spaniard insists Joe Willock is on the ‘right path’ to becoming Premier League regular; Arsenal host Aston Villa, who have former Gunner Emiliano Martinez, on Sunday

Mikel Arteta has challenged Arsenal to score more goals to complement their impressive defensive record this season if they are to compete with the best in the Premier League.

Arsenal have conceded seven goals from their opening seven league games – the best of all 20 top-flight clubs – but the Arteta admits his side need to evolve in attack.

A 4-1 win against Molde in the Europa League on Thursday underlined the goalscoring potential within the Arsenal squad but Gunners manager Arteta is aware consistency against different styles of opposition is required if they are to be a “top team”.

Arsenal have recovered from a 1-0 home defeat to Leicester to win their last three matches in all competitions

“To get that balance right is not easy. Considering the fixtures we have played this season; playing Liverpool three times, Manchester City and Leicester. It is not easy,” Arteta said.

“It is something that we have been working on the last two weeks. You could see last night that we were much more fluent in attack. We scored the goals and we had more opportunities.

“It is part of the team that still has to evolve because we haven’t played many games against low blocks. That is something we have to improve on.

“To be a top team you have to score 90-100 goals if you want to be competing with the top guns. It is a challenge for us and an area we have to improve and get better.”

Arteta has shown faith in youth since he was appointed last December and is convinced the influential performances of 21-year-old midfielder Joe Willock on the European stage is proof he is overseeing their development in a positive manner.

“I think it is key in the development phase to be patient,” the former Arsenal captain said of Willock.

“But as well we have to be reading the situation as it is. He is playing in Europe regularly. Before it was just a case of ‘they can play in the Carabao Cup and we give them [the youth] 10 minutes. It is not the case.

“He is playing minutes in important matches. Does he want to start in the Premier League? Of course. But it is part of his development.

Joe Willock
Image:Joe Willock has scored in his last two Europa League appearances

“You look at Joe 12 months ago and you look at Joe now; the player that he is, how he is maturing, how much he has improved.

“I am telling you that he is on the right path. If he continues to be like and be consistent then he will have his chances.”

Joe WIllock
Mikel Arteta praises Arsenal’s youngsters and says the competition for places is pushing up the overall performance of the team as they go into their Premier League game with Aston Villa.

Arteta also joined a group of managers leading calls for the Premier League to bring back the five substitutes rule, which was introduced following lockdown last season, amid a number of injuries early into the campaign.

“That is the way that we tried to plan the squad,” he said.

“We all thought the same rules would continue. Then you could have had a 20-man squad which makes total sense with the number of fixtures that we are playing.”

Arsenal host Aston Villa on Sunday, having lost to Dean Smith’s side in their last two meetings, as the Gunners aim to build on their first league win against Manchester United at Old Trafford for 14 years last week.

Emiliano Martinez made the move from Arsenal to Villa in the summer and Arteta says the goalkeeper deserved the opportunity to become a first-team regular elsewhere.

Emiliano Martinez on his Premier League debut for Aston Villa
Image:Emiliano Martinez has kept three clean sheets in his opening six matches at Aston Villa

“He had a career of 10 years here. It wasn’t just the last six or eight months. You have to look at everything he did through his time at the club,” Arteta said.

“Obviously it wasn’t in my plans to sell him. We gave him the chance because he deserved it.

“He performed really well but we have to balance the books, make the right choices in the market and I couldn’t guarantee him to be the No 1.

“He is a very ambitious person, he had been working really hard and he could see that the opportunity was there. He has got the chance to play with Argentina.

“When a player asks you to do that I think you have to be open enough and tell him what you think about it. And if he makes the decision to leave to try and support him because he deserved it for how he served the club over the years.”Win £250,000 for free on Saturday!Do not miss your chance to land the £250,000 in Saturday’s Super 6 round. Play for free, entries by 3pm.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Man Utd manager insists he will be successful
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer criticises Victor Lindelof after Man Utd's defeat to  Chelsea | Metro News

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he will be successful at Manchester United and vows not to “fall like a house of cards” after back-to-back defeats.

United are 15th in the Premier League table with only two wins from six matches and are reeling from a 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League on Wednesday – three days after losing  1-0 to Arsenal.

Those results have brought Solskjaer’s position under scrutiny, but United have no plans to replace him despite reports linking former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino with the manager’s role at Old Trafford.

Asked if he is certain of being successful at the club, Solskjaer said: “Yeah, why wouldn’t I be?

“If I don’t trust my beliefs and values, my staff’s qualities and the quality of my players, who else should?

“I don’t look at one or two results and fall like a house of cards. It’s a setback, definitely, but I think there’s been too much made of not scoring against Arsenal and Chelsea, because there’s been more or less nothing in those two games. “It’s not long ago that we were the best thing since sliced bread when we beat RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain.

“There’s ups and downs in football and that’s just the way it has to be and you’ve got to have that belief in yourself and belief in the players.

“From what I’ve seen from the boys, they’ve been very focused since we’ve come back and are ready to give a response.

“You don’t have to be happy to still stay positive. On difficult days in life, you know there will be better ones coming. I know these players well enough and I trust them enough to respond.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived at Old Trafford on an interim basis in December 2018 to replace Jose Mourinho, before he was appointed permanent manager in March 2019

United have suffered their worst start to a league season since the David Moyes era and are just four points above the relegation zone at this early stage.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes the game at Goodison Park is Solskjaer’s “biggest of his managerial career”, but the United boss says pressure is expected when representing the “biggest club in the world”.

“I’ve always had a very good, open, honest and positive dialogue with the club. They’ve shown strong leadership and I’ve had good dialogue continually since I came in,” Solskjaer added.

“Of course, there’s always pressure and expectations on us but I’ve grown up here and I became a man at Manchester United.

“I’ve learned how to deal with good and bad times. You’re a top coach or manager when you win and you’re bad when you lose, because you’re not really better than your last game.

“Every game of football becomes history quickly and we’ve just got to go into Goodison Park in a positive frame of mind.

“You have to be mentally strong. There’s demands on a Manchester United player, coach and manager and there’s also expectation because we are the best and biggest club in the world.

“You don’t expect to have anything but criticism. It’s just how you deal with it and how you deal with those setbacks.”

“From what I’m being told, Manchester United still see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a long-term project and somebody who should be given the backing and support to do this job. I don’t think anything’s changed.

“What’s their reaction to the last couple of days? I think it’s not good. A week ago, we were all saying what an amazing coach and how things have changed under Solskjaer.

“He out-thought RB Leipzig when they won 5-0 at Old Trafford and everything seemed to be changing. The flipside to that is, how on earth did those players beat Leipzig 5-0 and then put in the performances that we’ve seen over the last couple of games?

“There are major question marks. You saw Solskjaer – he was furious with what happened in Istanbul. He protected his players, didn’t criticise them too much. But I think you can see that he’s expecting a big turnaround against Everton at the weekend.

“We have been here before but most Manchester United fans would tell you, when he needs a result, he gets one. But going to Everton at the weekend won’t be easy. November is a sticky time for managers post Sir Alex Ferguson.

“This time last year, there were the same questions against Solskjaer. The message from United is that they’re backing Solskjaer. He is the man for the long-term, but things do need to improve on the pitch.

“Everybody will be looking at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime to see what kind of Manchester United team do turn up. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be leading that team.

“He needs a performance and he also needs a result against Everton.”

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Why Liverpool forward Mane tests positive for coronavirus
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Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has tested positive for coronavirus and is currently self-isolating.

Mane, who started and scored in Monday’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal, has displayed minor symptoms of the virus but feels in good health overall, according to Liverpool.

Liverpool team-mate Thiago Alcantara tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week.

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“Sadio Mane has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently self-isolating according to the necessary guidelines,” the club said in a statement.

“The forward, who started and scored in Monday’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal, has displayed minor symptoms of the virus but feels in good health overall.

“However, like with Thiago Alcantara, Liverpool Football Club are – and will continue to – follow all protocols relating to Covid-19 and Mane will self-isolate for the required period of time.”

Thiago missed the Arsenal game after his own positive test and he and Mane will be absent for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Aston Villa

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Why Lampard praises Silva’s ‘perfect’ Chelsea debut

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The Brazilian veteran started and played 60 minutes in his first match with the Blues

Frank Lampard has praised summer signing Thiago Silva after a “perfect” Chelsea debut for the former Paris Saint-Germain star.

After sitting out the first two games of the Premier League season, Silva started and played the first 60 minutes of the Blues’ 6-0 Carabao Cup victory over Barnsley.

The Brazilian is still working his way to full fitness, having been given time off after helping PSG reach the Champions League final just last month.

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He featured into the second half on Wednesday before being replaced by Kurt Zouma, and his new manager was left impressed by everything he saw from the longtime defensive star.

“Yes, it is exciting for us because he has had just over a week training with us. It was a perfect 60 minutes for him tonight,” Lampard said. 

“He will show the qualities he has. Of course, he will get fitter and better. He also gave us something for me on the night in the dressing room and on the pitch of a leader with authority in terms of his demands on others.

“He can’t speak the language but, at the minute. that’s not even a problem because his presence and the way he commands people around him is already showing that to me in training and in our game tonight.

“Yes, I am very very pleased with Thiago. It is what I expected of a player of his level but it is very refreshing to have him here at the club.”

Thiago Silva close to signing for Chelsea

Silva moved to Chelsea on a free transfer this summer, having seen his eight-year stay in France come to an end with a 1-0 loss to Bayern in the Champions League final in Lisbon

Although his PSG career ended on a low with that defeat, Silva made 315 appearances for the club, helping lead them to seven Ligue 1 titles in those eight seasons.

In total, Silva won 23 trophies with PSG, with Lampard hoping that Silva’s trophy-winning pedigree proves a major asset to a younger Chelsea squad.

Having already beaten Brighton before losing to Liverpool, the Blues are next set to take on West Brom in the club’s third game of the Premier League campaign.

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Why arsenal win against westham
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There were times during the second half at the Emirates Stadium when it seemed inevitable what was going to happen next.

Alexandre Lacazette’s opening goal felt like a distant memory as West Ham, buoyed by the deserved equaliser scored by Michail Antonio moments before the break, subjected the hosts to wave after wave of pressure. The crosses rained down on the Arsenal box. The shots kept coming.

An Arthur Masuaku delivery almost crept over the line via a deflection. Antonio then struck the crossbar with a towering header. Moments after that, Bernd Leno allowed a high ball to squirm out of his arms – only to be rescued by Gabriel Magalhaes, who pulled off a last-ditch block behind him.

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It felt like a matter of time until the net finally bulged and West Ham – unrecognisable from the side defeated by Newcastle on the opening weekend – made their superiority count. As the game approached the closing stages, Arsenal had not had a shot since the 47th minute. The visitors, meanwhile, had attempted 10 in the same timeframe.

It was a position from which Arsenal would not have recovered in years gone by, but it is a measure of their progress under Mikel Arteta that, even on off-day such as this, they were still able to plunder a victory.

Having ridden their luck, they regained their composure. Then, when their opportunity arose, they were clinical, Bukayo Saka feeding Dani Ceballos, who squared for substitute Eddie Nketiah to do the rest.

At the end of it all, West Ham had taken 14 shots to Arsenal’s seven but it was the hosts who had the points, a victory to add to their opening day win over Fulham and ensure that the early-season optimism around the club is not punctured. Arteta screamed in delight at the final whistle, his fists clenched and a broad smile on his face.

“What I liked was the approach that the boys had in the last 25 minutes, when I could seem them coming down a little bit, and they lifted up,” he told Sky Sports afterwards.

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“Probably, a few months ago, we would have drawn or lost that game and today we won it. In the end, you have to find a way because you are going to have games like this through the season.”

Arteta’s delight was obvious. Arsenal’s next five Premier League fixtures include meetings with Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United, so taking maximum points from their first two games was imperative. But at the same time he was under no illusions about their shortcomings.

“I am really happy with the three points, but we have a lot to analyse because there were a lot of issues we created for ourselves in many moments,” he added. “We have to improve many things.”

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Why Manchester United was defeat by Crystal Palace
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Gary Neville has warned Manchester United will not be able to win the Premier League with a centre-back pairing of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire and urged the Old Trafford hierarchy to prioritise signing a new central defender following their shock 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

After sitting out the opening weekend of the new Premier League season, United were dismantled by a Wilfried Zaha-inspired Palace with the former United forward scoring twice.

Despite pursuing Jadon Sancho throughout the summer, Donny van de Beek remains United’s only signing with just two weeks remaining before the transfer window closes.

However, Neville is adamant that United ought to be prioritising a new defender ahead of Sancho or any other offensively-minded player.

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“There is going to be big pressure on the back of this,” Neville said on Sky Sports.

“We can talk about Jadon Sancho all we like but until Manchester United get a centre-back who can run and defend one-on-ones they are never going to win the league. They are never going to win the Premier League with that centre-back pairing.

“They have to get a mobile, dominant centre-half in alongside either Lindelof or Maguire.”

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According to the former United captain, Lindelof and Maguire simply lack the required speed to be a successful pairing.

“One area Man Utd need to try to strengthen is centre-back. But it has to be a quick one – someone who can defend one-on-ones,” Neville said during commentary.

“If you look at all the best centre-half partnerships down the years, they have always had a quick one.

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Why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract signed ‘very soon’
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Mikel Arteta insists Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal contract renewal will be signed “very soon”, while Alexandre Lacazette says he is happy at the club.

Both Aubameyang and Lacazette scored as Arsenal brushed newly-promoted Fulham aside 3-0 in the opening game of the Premier League season at Craven Cottage on Saturday, and there were more promising signs for the Gunners after the game.

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Regarding Aubameyang, who has entered the final two years of his contract, Arsenal boss Arteta said he is confident the club will make an announcement in the coming days

“I’m really positive we are going to get it done very soon and hopefully in the next few days you will get some news,” Arteta told BT Sport.

Meanwhile, Lacazette has been widely linked with a move away from the Emirates, with Juventus rumoured to be interested, but fresh from starting and then scoring on the opening day, the Frenchman told BT Sport: “I’m really happy. It’s only the press who say l am unhappy and l want to leave.

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Why Salah made hat trick against LEED on saturday
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Liverpool, back in action after winning their first title in 30 years, led three times but were pegged back on each occasion by Marcelo Bielsa’s fearless side before this superb match was settled by hat-trick hero Mohamed Salah’s spot-kick.

Leeds looked to be leaving Anfield with a fully deserved point only for new £30m striker Rodrigo, on as a substitute, to produce a shocking challenge on Fabinho in the 88th minute, leaving Salah to give Liverpool victory after a serious scare.

Salah made it a nightmare start for last season’s Championship winners when he drilled home a penalty in the fourth minute after his shot was handled by another Leeds new boy, Germany defender Robin Koch.

Live Commentary - Liverpool vs Leeds | 12.09.2020

Leeds produced the perfect response as Jack Harrison drilled a low right-foot shot past Alisson only for poor defending to allow Virgil van Dijk to restore Liverpool’s advantage as he headed in Andy Robertson’s corner.

Van Dijk was badly at fault when he gifted Patrick Bamford Leeds’ second before a searing strike from Salah completed the scoring in a chaotic first half.

In a game which also contained four disallowed goals, Leeds were not to be brushed aside and were level again after 66 minutes when a perfect first touch and volley from Mateusz Klich flashed past Alisson.

Man of the match Salah had the final word, however, after that reckless late challenge from Rodrigo.

VIDEO Liverpool vs Leeds (Premier League) Highlights

Liverpool got the job done courtesy of Salah’s late penalty but this was an uncharacteristically sloppy display from the champions that relied on that Rodrigo challenge to get three points.

Salah was in imperious mood up front but elsewhere Leeds were able to hurry Liverpool out of their stride and run through their midfield in a manner which would have disturbed manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool were also occasionally shambolic at the back, cut open far too easily with even the normally unflustered Van Dijk knocked out of his stride, committing an awful error for Leeds’ second goal, while Trent Alexander-Arnold had a game he will want to forget.

Alexander-Arnold was rescued by the offside flag when he bizarrely headed Harrison’s lob into his own net and he will lead Liverpool’s relief at getting three points.

In attack, though, Liverpool have players such as Salah who can rescue them from any hazardous situation and so it proved again here.

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Premier League season

The Premier League Shareholders today agreed to start the 2020/21 Premier League season on 12 September 2020

The Premiership Sport Game resume on September 12 2020

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The Last Premiership Sport Game on 26 July 2020 was ended in which Liverpool won

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Why Harry Maguire: Manchester United captain arrested in Mykonos
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Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been arrested following an incident on the island of Mykonos on Thursday.

The England defender, 27, is on holiday in Greece.

The Syros prosecutor’s office said on Friday that “three foreigners” had been arrested after an alleged altercation with police officers in Mykonos.

Maguire’s lawyer Konstantinos Darivas said he denies the allegations and is “fully convinced he will be released without any charges” on Saturday.

Maguire joined United from Leicester for £80m – a world record fee for a defender – in August 2019.

“The club is aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos last night,” United said in a statement on Friday.

“Contact has been made with Harry, and he is fully co-operating with the Greek authorities. At this time we will be making no further comment.”

Greek police said in a statement officers had tried to break up an altercation between two groups outside a bar and that the three foreigners had then verbally abused and assaulted one of the officers.

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The statement claimed that after arriving at Mykonos police station, the three arrested individuals then “strongly resisted, pushing and hitting three police officers” and that “one of the detainees tried to offer money so that the trial against them would not be completed”.

The police say a file has been opened which includes accusations of “violence against officials, disobedience, bodily harm, insult and attempted bribery of an official”.

It is not known specifically what Maguire has been accused of.

United’s season finished with a 2-1 defeat by Sevilla in the Europa League semi-finals on 16 August.

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