It’s been quite the week in Arsenal land, so let’s take a look at what’s hot and what’s not.
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WHAT’S HOT (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Finally handed the keys to the Arsenal clown car,
Mikel Arteta couldn’t be happier to be named Arsenal head coach. LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Interim Manager of Arsenal, Freddie Ljungberg acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match between Everton FC and Arsenal FC at Goodison Park on December 21, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
dream has always been to be permanent Arsenal head coach but he stepped into the role left by Unai Emery’s sacking knowing full well it could damage his chances moving forward.
It’s not his fault Arsenal are so awful and you could
see from the player’s reaction how he connected with (most of) them.
The club better do right by him… Vivianne Miedema becomes War Child’s newest Ambassador
As well as being
an inspiration on the pitch, 23-year-old Vivianne Miedema continues to be a role model off it as well as it was announced this week she has become an official ambassador of War Child. Hubert Graczyk with Arsenal (Photo via Instagram)
The Arsenal academy capped off the year with
a third-round FA Youth Cup win over Cheltenham Town through a penalty shootout on Wednesday with 16-year-old Hubert Graczyk making a save. Omari Hutchinson (Photo via Instagram)
Omari Hutchinson is in excellent form at the moment, and he scored a brace against Crystal Palace last weekend, including this wondergoal. Arsenal u23s celebrating their last-minute winner against Dinamo Zagreb (Photo via Twitter / Arsenal Academy)
Arsenal u23s won the second game of their
PL International Cup campaign against Dinamo Zagreb u23s on Tuesday in dramatic style, with Tyreece John-Jules the star of the show with two goals and an assist. via @ArsenalWFC
Arsenal women finish the calendar year on top of the table and through to the quarter finals of the Champions League.
They’ve also scored 20 goals in their last two home games.
VERONA, ITALY – DECEMBER 01: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of As Roma celebrates after scoring the 1-3 goal during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona and AS Roma at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on December 1, 2019 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
picking up niggling injuries, Henrikh Mkhitaryan can’t stop scoring as he rediscovers the love of football life in England sucked right out of him. He’s also been explaining why Unai Emery’s tactics ruined his ability to score and assist. LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Callum Chambers of Arsenal celebrates their second goal scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Man of the Match against Everton with an epic display (by Arsenal defensive standards). A supporter of China’s Muslim Uighur minority holds a placard of Arsenal’s Turkish origin German midfielder Mesut Ozil reading “Thanks for being our voice” past flags of East Turkestan during a demonstration at Beyazid square in Istanbul on December 14, 2019. – Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, a German footballer of Turkish origin, expressed on December 14, 2019 support for Uighurs in Xinjiang and criticised Muslim countries for their failure to speak up for them. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP)
Not for the first time,
Mesut Ozil found himself standing alone in the face of discrimination as football does it’s best to pretend China aren’t massive human rights violators, they aren’t perpetrating one of the biggest atrocities on the planet and Arsenal and others shame themselves chasing as many Renminbi as they can get their hands on.
WHAT’S NOT LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 15: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal kicks a water bottle as he is subbed as Interim Manager of Arsenal, Freddie Ljungberg looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on December 15, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Yep, that’s right, the German is both hot and not this week in what, I guess, could be a decent description of his Arsenal career.
Speaking both before and after the Everton game, Freddie Ljungberg confirmed that, even if Ozil had been fit, he wouldn’t have been included in the squad for Goodison
because of the way he reacted last week when he was taken off. LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal battles for possession with Yerry Mina of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Arsenal FC at Goodison Park on December 21, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
As Arsenal got ready to announce Mikel Arteta, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s PR team made it clear he wouldn’t be hanging around.
Arsenal fans made it clear he wouldn’t be missed. LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal looks dejected following their draw in the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
On the bench again for the game against Everton, his
PR team were up to the same antics as Aubameyang’s this week and Freddie Ljungberg sent him a very clear message by turning to Joe Willock before him against Everton despite needing a goal. Supporters of China’s Muslim Uighur minority hold placards of Arsenal’s Turkish origin German midfielder Mesut Ozil during a demonstration at Beyazid square in Istanbul on December 14, 2019. – Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, a German footballer of Turkish origin, expressed on December 14, 2019 support for Uighurs in Xinjiang and criticised Muslim countries for their failure to speak up for them. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)
Pro Evolution Soccer will remove Mesut Ozil from their game in China as the authoritarian regime continues to throw a hissy fit over the German’s tweet that dared called attention to their treatment of Uighurs within their borders.
Arsenal’s shameful statement about Mesut Ozil’s tweet, this is something we should all be worried about.
What is the real price of supporting Arsenal these days?