Good day one all.
Europa League 2019/20 is kicking off this evening with Arsenal in Germany up against Eintracht Frankfurt at their Commerzbank-Arena.
Both clubs had impressive Europa runs in this competition last season, only to lose to winners Chelsea in the semi-final and final respectively. Such pedigree put them amongst the favourites to go deep this campaign.
The Gunners are currently in the midst of a rough patch. Following narrow wins vs Newcastle and Burnley we are winless now in our last three games – resulting in head coach Unai Emery receiving a bit of flak.
If you look at our team, there’s little doubt it is one of exceptional talent designed to not only play the free-flowing good attacking stuff, but also a side quite capable of setting the tone. That said, we also got the tendency to self-destruct at crucial stages during games. If Emery has hopes of turning our fortunes around, this is something that needs to be reined in to bring about obduracy.
That is not something that will just happen if a defender successfully complete a pass or make a clean tackle. There has to be actual chemistry and not confusion between the defenders and the midfielders just in front of them, to effectively produce play that will open up space for our flair and attacking players to exploit. But whether we are using the right players in central midfield with a particular skill set to execute such strategy… raises the question in current debate.
Tonight will be the first time these two teams meet and with both tipped to qualify out of group F, it could be an exciting one. Considering both had ordinary starts their respective league campaigns – two wins each and scoring as many as they’re conceding. Making this a fixture both coaches are looking at to find form and consistency to use as a launchpad for games to come.
The Germans, driven on by their home crowd, will undoubtedly feel that they can tap into the same mental foibles that saw us capitulated from a semblance of control at Vicarage Road, to claim a memorable victory in their first ever match against the Gunners.
With Emery likely to make a few changes to his line-up the, we may see a different approach than recently, and hopefully one with more heart and better organisation because the Germans, if they studied our previous fixtures, are sure to “press” by committing players to disrupt any passing at the back.
With both Eintracht Frankfurt and Arsenal aiming to get their season back on track this could turn out a lively end-to-end encounter.