In the opening match of the season of the Serie A, there were a number of unexpected results which occurred. Juventus lost against Udinese, Ac.Milan was defeated after competing against Fiorentina, Napoli sustained a defeat after locking horns with Sassuolo and As.Roma could only muster a 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona.
A lot of the big teams in Italy dropped unexpected points early in the season but Inter Milan managed to clinch a triumph as they overcame Atalanta with a final scoreboard of 1-0.
Roberto Mancini did not hesitate in revealing his joy after seeing his team start of the season in a positive form as they collected all 3 points and the Italian manager said: “Apart from the initial ten-minute settling-in period, we played well and deserved the win. It wasn’t easy because Atalanta is a well-organized team that defends well with all their men in their own half. I’m happy for Jovetic and for all the lads. I was impressed by my players’ attitude, their desire not to give anything away and the belief they showed right until the end’’ Continue reading “Roberto Mancini is ecstatic over winning his opening match of the season”
Arsenal looked to have lost the presence of Mikel Arteta when the midfielder expressed his displeasure at being offered only a 12 month extension over the existing contract.
Arteta even went far as questioning the judgement of manager Arsene Wenger by saying that the experienced players will offer a lot of more to the team than the Frenchman thinks. Such talks looked to have ended his Arsenal career, but he has agreed a new extension to his deal. This will see the 33-year-old stay for another 12 months at the least. Arsenal were also concerned about the fitness of the former Everton midfielder, but he has proven enough to earn himself a new contract.
Arsene Wenger admitted that Arteta has become a major figure in the Arsenal dressing room over the last few years. He arrived from Everton on transfer deadline day of 2011 for £ 10 million. He was initially viewed as a short-term signing in order to tide over the lack of quality in the midfield. However, he has proven extremely valuable over the last few years. Wenger has transformed Arteta from being a dynamic attacking midfielder into a defensive playmaker. In the absence of Arteta for much of last season, Wenger went in for the partnership of Santi Cazorla and Coquelin. Continue reading “Arsenal looked to have lost the presence of Mikel Arteta”
Arsenal have the opportunity to close the gap on the table leaders Chelsea when they take on Aston Villa at home on Sunday. Villa are so poor in the league this season that they are not expected to get much from the trip to the Emirates stadium.
This will be the start of two consecutive tough matches for Paul Lambert’s team, as they take on table leaders Chelsea in the next league match in front of their own supporters. Momentum plays a crucial role in the league and Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta reckons that the gunners have much more of it right now.
After having tasted only one defeat in the last five matches, Arsenal have put themselves closer to the top four than ever this season. The victory over Manchester City in the previous league match gives them a great deal of belief according to Arteta. Continue reading “Arsenal have chance to Close Gap with Chelsea in Table points”
Arsenal suffered yet another home defeat at the hands of Manchester United after losing 2-1 at the Emirates stadium. This was despite the team from North London dominating for much of the 90 minutes. Mikel Arteta has reflected on his disappointing result by saying that Arsenal need to show much more consistency especially in the home matches. He says that scoring goals is what counts most in football and this has been proved once again. The defeat puts further pressure on manager Arsene Wenger, who has been able to survive long in the job merely on the fact that Arsenal have consistently qualified for the Champions League.
The club’s Champions League qualification for next season is thrown into doubt once again as a result of this defeat. Arteta’s own future at Arsenal is under a cloud of doubt since he is thought to be angry with the fact that the club will not provide no more than 12 month contracts for players over 30. At 32 years of age, Arteta reckons that experienced players have a valuable role to play in the success of the club. Inability to reach a conclusion could see Arteta departing the Emirates in the summer. The Spaniard joined Arsenal in 2010 from Everton for £ 10 million.
“We played our best game of the season, but it is about being ruthless for sure because when you are inside the box, and you cannot manage to score in that many situations, you cannot expect to win a football game.When you lose, there is something which is not going well, but we cannot forget (what we have done well) as that creates a lack of belief and confidence if you just take a lot of negatives at the end when you have lost the game,” said Arteta.