In recent weeks, Unai Emery keeps surprising Arsenal fans with his starting eleven and game tactics. This time, it was against BATE in Europa League and the Spanish coach had a bitter result again. The "not so famous side" from Belarus defeated the Premier League top flight club 1-0.


Adding fuel to fire, several big names on the Gunners Board were watching the encounter against Bate from the stands. The list includes the honourable trio of Head of football Raul Sanllehi, Managing Director Vinai Venkatesham and Chief Contract Negotiator Huss Fahmy.

The trio of board members travelled with the squad all the way to Belarus expecting a clean victory for the London side. They started the match with all smiles which gradually turned into annoying faces towards the final minutes of the game. Deep frustration forced them for an early exit before the final whistle.

After the 22 matches unbeaten dream run, Arsenal had never been the same. The London side is in the fifth position behind the "Motivated Manchester United " with 50 points. The battle for the top 4 spots had become much more competitive and tough especially after the rebirth of the Red Devils under Ole.

Last time when they faced BATE, the Gunners thrashed Belarus side with a one-sided scoreline of 6-0 under Legendary Arsene Wenger. The shocking result revealed that Emery still has a long way to go for replacing the French manager.

Emery placed the duo of Xhaka-Guendouzi in the central midfield. Although both of them are incredibly hardworking, they clearly lack creativity in their play.

It is ironic to say that your team is lacking creativity in midfield when you have a player like Mesut Ozil on the bench.

Addition of Denis Suarez from Barcelona and return of Mkhitaryan from injury would be a slight relief to Emery. Ramsey to Juventus is a done deal. As things stand, Ozil is likely to follow Ramsey's path in the next transfer window.

Champions League qualification is the primary target for Emery. He has two ways in front of him. Either go for Europa League Title or fight for a top four position in Premier League. Both are not too far away and can be achieved with proper gameplay and mindset.

After being knocked out from the FA Cup by Manchester United, the only title available for Emery is the Europa League. Emery has the time to fully concentrate on the second leg next week and hopes he could regain the lost good impression from the trio.

Lacazette is not available for the second leg at Emirates due to the red card. The French striker was all alone and didn't get many effective passes. Frustration haunted him till the end which resulted in the red card. Personally, I respect him as a player for his dedication and hard work on the field.

It is better for Emery to prioritise Europa League Title to qualify for next year's Champions League. Maybe Arsenal can overturn the deposit at Emirates in the second leg against BATE. But the question still remains: Is that all Arsenal can do?


  1. I feel like I learn a lot when I read your posts since I don't know anything about soccer! Thank you for being so informative!

  2. Always the pro! Your posts are always super informative. Would you say this is your favourite team? I'm still learning but your posts help :)

  3. Though Im not too much into football, but after reading your posts I get a lot of info on them and they actually interest me to start watching!!

  4. Looks like there's a lot of things happening at Arsenal. Thanks for the update!

  5. Football is much different here but it seems that both are very competitive tactical games. I am learning a lot about the depth of these games that I hadn't realized before reading your posts.

  6. Great information about a popular sport. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Ozil is a World class player Why bench him

    1. Lol it's the decision of the coach. Ozil is very good and talented. Thanks for reading.

  8. Football is one of the best international game in the world. Wish him best of luck. Thanks for updating all the information about this game and the player.