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Day: October 27, 2019

Koscielny unfazed by Arsenal’s travel sickness

first_imgArsenal have taken just two points from the last 15 available away from home, but Laurent Koscielny is refusing to read too much into that run.The Gunners were struck down by a bout of travel sickness again on Saturday when suffering a 1-0 derby defeat to London rivals West Ham.Unai Emery’s side toiled for long periods during a trip to the East End, with a lack of creativity in the absence of Mesut Ozil costing them dear. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Struggles on the road are preventing Arsenal from forcing their way into the Premier League’s top four, but club captain Koscielny insists there is no cause for concern.The Frenchman told reporters after coming unstuck against the Hammers: “No [it is not becoming an issue], we don’t think about this.“We take it game after game, today we worked well during the week to prepare and we had the ambition to get the three points.“But in football you don’t know, you have your opponent and I think they played well with quality. We need to keep our confidence and continue to work together and the results will come.”2 – Arsenal have taken just two points from their last five away Premier League games (W0 D2 L3) – they won 13 points in the five away games prior to this run (W4 D1 L0). Reverted. #WHUARS pic.twitter.com/jd25IzEV8y— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 12, 2019Another defeat on the road has prevented Arsenal from closing on the Champions League spots, but Koscielny remains upbeat in that particular pursuit.He added: “We came here to win because for us the three points was very important, and next week as well to play against Chelsea.“We tried to play, we did well in the first half but didn’t have a lot of chances in the final third. We need to keep calmer in the final third and find the final ball, but in the second half we didn’t start well and conceded early.“After that we tried to push for the rest of the game, we had some chances and we didn’t score so it is difficult to come back with no points but we need to continue to fight to make the top four.”Arsenal mustered 11 attempts on goal against West Ham, but few of their chances were clear cut and only two efforts forced Lukasz Fabianski into action.Koscielny said of the lacking of cutting edge: “Strikers sometimes have just one opportunity and they [are expected to] score, but sometimes you do it and sometimes it is more difficult.“We are all together, it is not down [to] one or two players, we are a group and we need to stay together and to push more for the next game.”Things are not about to get any easier for Arsenal, with a visit from Chelsea next on the agenda.They are then due to face Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup before tackling Cardiff on home soil and heading back out on the road to Manchester City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


Uno-playing ‘hooligan’ Pogba not recognised by train passengers

first_imgUnruly train passenger Paul Pogba tried to make peace with fellow commuters by offering an apology photograph – only to find out they had no idea who the Manchester United star was.Pogba and the rest of the United team were travelling from Manchester and indulging in rowdy rounds of the popular card game Uno.Aware of the disturbance being caused, the Frenchman later approached other passengers to apologise for their behaviour, but was met with puzzled blank expressions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “These lads knew they were making a bit of noise, so they come up to mum and dad, and apologise, and ask if they’d like a photo,” Australian eSports commentator and son of the bemused couple Nate Patrick wrote on Twitter.”Dad is like, ‘oh, that’s nice’, and gives one of the gentlemen his phone for this stranger to take a photo of mum and dad on this train from Manchester.”The stranger looks weirdly at my dad, and says (with a French accent) ‘No, no, no, I am asking if you would like a photo with me, sir?”My dad looks at my mum like ‘who on earth does this guy think he is?’. But also my dad is mega-polite and obliges to be in the photo.IT’S PAUL BLOODY POGBA pic.twitter.com/UhFm0qZBiN— Nate Patrick (@N8NathanPatrick) 20 de enero de 2019″Having read through all of these messages, my dad sends through the photo, and asks ‘Nathan, you wouldn’t happen to know who this is?’.”My parents are on a train with entire Manchester United squad and they don’t have a clue because of course they don’t.”The noisy Uno hooligans aren’t loud university students on their way to watch a film, it’s the most famous football team on the planet you stupid, stupid gorgeously ignorant adorable stupid people that I descended directly from.”It must have been a rather uncomfortable situation for Pogba, accustomed as he is to the stardom that being one of the world’s best footballers brings – but perhaps this incident will make clear to him the dangers of going off the rails.last_img read more