The good times are back at Arsenal
The soccer seasons for the major European leagues look a lot different this time around. The World Cup in Qatar has been scheduled for November, meaning all of the leagues have a six to seven week hiatus, something that has never happened before. In case you weren’t aware, the sports betting UK market is dominated by soccer, and after five weeks of the world cup, punters will be desperate to turn their eyes once more onto the domestic scene. The league stopped at an intriguing time, at both ends of the table, so what will every soccer fan in the world be desperate to see resolved when the EPL resumes on the 26th of December?
Can Arsenal maintain their title-winning form?
At the beginning of the season, few outside The Emirates would have given the Gunners much hope of breaking into the title race, a race that has been dominated by Manchester City and Liverpool in recent years. Arteta’s side has been nothing short of phenomenal, however, not just in their results, but their performances. They are playing with a swagger and a belief that is worthy of champions. More than that they are very obviously playing for each other and their manager, something that can not be said for an Arsenal side since the Wenger years.
So, can they continue? Everyone has been waiting for them to slip, but when they have had a poor result, they have followed it up with another convincing three points. Manchester City have shown they can be relentless in chasing teams down, so it will be an incredibly hard task, but we are far enough into the season to see that Arsenal are the real deal. Even a second-place finish would be a huge success.
How Does Arsenal Football Team Look Like in 2023?
The 2023/24 season will see Arsenal start their season in a 4-4-2 formation, and Petr Cech has been replaced by Wojciech Szczesny. The young goalkeeper has also made waves on social media, mocking Tottenham. Meanwhile, Hector Bellerin, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, has turned down five offers from the Spanish club. But he is determined to remain an Arsenal player, claiming that it is in his DNA.
After only five months at Manchester City, it is no wonder that there are rumours about Gabriel Jesus’ move to Arsenal. The player is expected to remain with the Gunners for a year and then return to Real Madrid. He is rumoured to be keen to join the Emirates but has also said that he is weighing up his options, as he is getting limited game time at the moment.
Gabriel Jesus, 23, has had a number of dry spells in his career, most notably last season, when he went 15 Premier League games without scoring. He mainly played on the wing and didn’t show a flair for regular goals. However, he made a stunning comeback in April when he scored four goals against relegation-bound Watford. Although he has been a disappointment so far, he is confident that a change in approach will help him to find more regular goals.
Arsenal are in the race to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, and talks have already begun with the player’s representatives. Arsenal have been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City, but it appears as though Arsenal are the preferred destination for the player. His representatives are expected to fly to London very soon.
It is unclear whether Jesus will stay at the club after his first season at the club, but the new signing is an exciting prospect. He has the potential to become a lethal striker and can play centrally as well. The new signing is likely to strengthen Arsenal’s defence and midfield.
If we consider the recent signing of Fabio Vieira from FC Porto, how will the Arsenal Football team look like in 2023? The attacking midfielder played 39 games for FC Porto last season, scoring seven goals and providing 16 assists. Vieira is a product of the FC Porto youth academy. He made his first-team debut on June 10 against Maritimo. Vieira is still too young to play for the senior Portugal team, but is captaining the club’s under-21 side.
The manager has been looking to strengthen his squad for the coming season. This includes the arrival of Richarlison from Tottenham. He has the ability to play through the middle or on either flank, which will help Tottenham. He is an excellent example of a player who fits in well under Antonio Conte.
Patrick Vieira wants to play in a team that wins trophies. A move to Juventus would provide him with a great chance to lift the European Cup. He has also been rumoured to be a transfer target for Manchester United. Wenger must be longing for the good old days of the player-manager relationship.
The Frenchman spent last season on loan with Marseille in Ligue 1 where he made 52 appearances across all competitions. He helped the club finish second and reach the semi-finals of the inaugural Europa Conference League. In addition to this, he won his first cap for his country.
Arsenal are expected to play a 4-4-2 formation when they begin their 2023/24 season. The club have also opted to replace Petr Cech in goal, who is retiring at the end of this season. Szczesny has a good reputation, and he has made a few mistakes throughout his career, but he should come back a better footballer and a more mature goalkeeper. He has also played Champions League football each of the four seasons he spent at Juventus, twice reaching the round of 16. Arsenal are currently playing in the Europa League, which is their fourth season, and he would bring the necessary European experience.
Szczesny has been an important member of Arsenal for almost a decade. He joined the club from Legia Warszawa in 2005. The Polish international has since gone on to be the club’s first-choice goalkeeper and has become an integral part of the team.
Wojciech Szczessny is an active social media personality and is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. He has a very interesting past, as he once suffered an accident in the Arsenal gym. He had to have two forearms fractured by a heavy bar, and he had to have metal plates implanted to repair them. Szczessny is known to joke about his scars.
Szczesny’s father, Wojciech Szczessny, is also a former Poland international. He is a former goalkeeper. In addition to playing for Arsenal, Szczessny spent two seasons with Roma on loan. During the 2011/12 season, he kept a clean sheet in every game.
If we look at the current squad, Arsenal are a better side than they were even a few years ago. The team’s spine is undeniably the best part of the team, and it has improved significantly over the past year or so. This is a great thing, as the spine has been the weakness of the team in recent years. But now it is the key to their success.
Gabriel Martinelli wants to stay at Arsenal and has made it clear he will not be leaving the club. Although his contract isn’t yet up, he is expected to be a key part of the team’s future under new coach Mikel Arteta. He is only twenty-one years old and aligns with the vision of the new manager, who is keen to build a young and talented squad.
Gabriel Martinelli has been in good form this season. He has helped ease contract worries for Arsenal fans, and has been a mainstay in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI. Although he has been in the first team since his PS6 million transfer from Brazilian club Ituano, he is already facing stiff competition in his position.
The Italian has been hailed as one of the top prospects in Europe, and PSG are monitoring his situation. His current contract expires in 2024, and if Arsenal are to retain him, they will have to offer a high enough wage to keep him. However, it is unlikely that PSG will be able to lure him away from Arsenal.
Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City for a fee of $36 million. The Russian forward will sign for the Gunners once he completes his medicals and personal terms. The deal follows the signing of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City earlier this transfer window. Arsenal have strong links with Manchester City, with manager Mikel Arteta having previously worked as Pep Guardiola’s assistant.
However, the future of Arsenal’s squad is uncertain. After being injured in the London derby, Zinchenko has been unable to make an appearance for the Gunners. Moreover, he has been excluded from the Ukraine’s Nations League matches against Armenia and Scotland. So, how will Oleksandr Zinechenko fit into the Arsenal team in 2023?
The upcoming season will be crucial for Arsenal. After a frustrating season with inconsistent results, the Gunners have shown that they are ready to challenge for the top four this time. The signing of Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus will bolster the squad’s quality. With this squad, Arsenal should be able to challenge for a top four finish and Champions League football.
Zinchenko, 22, has largely played at left back for Manchester City. However, his head coach Mikel Arteta sees him as a midfielder. He also won three Premier League titles and four League Cups at City. His time in Manchester City has seen him play at left back and at the top of the team. While playing as a left back, Zinchenko used his midfield skills to run the game. Hence, he adapted well to positional challenges.
Can Haaland continue his incredible form?
Most people were expecting Erling Haaland to have a good season and adapt to the pace of the EPL quickly. But surely no one, Guardiola including, could have imagined just how incredible the Norwegian would be in his first months in the world’s best league. He is set to break all kinds of goalscoring records, and at the moment, the Liverpool game aside, has been unplayable. It is probable that in the rest of the season, he will be so heavily marked, his chances will be hampered, though of course, that will merely mean that his teammates will hugely benefit from the amount of space they will be able to find as a result.
Will Liverpool improve?
Liverpool’s complete and utter loss of form has been if anything, more dramatic than Arsenal’s improvement. From the first game, when they were fortunate to draw 2-2 with newly promoted Fulham it was evident something was not right. For a team that had relied on pace, energy and movement, they looked tired and leggy. The bullies were being bullied. Subsequent games have told a similar story. There have been bright spots, but they have been few and far between and have if anything just highlighted how poor they have been the rest of the time. The one thing in their advantage is that Klopp is losing fewer players to the World Cup than almost all of his rival managers. We will wait to see if that forced time off will be a good or a bad thing.
Can Brighton continue to thrive post Potter?
Brighton’s story, and indeed Graham Potter’s story were one that every neutral could buy into. A minnow punching above their weight again and again. Giving the bigger teams a bloody nose, and looking good in doing it. Potter’s departure to Chelsea was supposed to be the start of the end. But if anything it has actually made them better. Call it serendipity, or luck, if you believe in such a thing, but in a crazy way, Roberto De Zerbi may be the person to extend Brighton’s incredible form and actually establish them as a top-six club.