Tottenham legend Clive Allen is backing Arsenal to claim a place in the Premier League’s top four this season – although hopefully not at Spurs’ expense!
The Gunners will kick off their third straight campaign in the Europa League this week as they face German side Eintracht Frankfurt in their first group match, and talkSPORT brings you full LIVE commentary of the clash at the Waldstadion.
Unai Emery’s side blew their last remaining chance to seal Champions League football last season as they lost to Chelsea in the Europa League final, after also finishing outside the Premier League top four.
But former Tottenham striker Allen believes Arsenal’s new-look front three of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette – who is currently on the sidelines with an ankle injury – can fire the club back to Europe’s top table this term.
Pepe was late to start pre-season following his involvement in Ivory Coast’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign during the summer.
And the winger has been eased into life at Arsenal, starting two of his first four games in a Gunners shirt.
Pepe has shown signs of promise, but is yet to find the back of the net for his new club.
The former Lille talisman had met up with the Ivory Coast squad during the international break, but Arsenal and the Ivorian Football Federation agreed it was best he did not play in friendlies against Benin and Tunisia.
A statement from the governing body read: “Nicolas Pepe, injured with his club, came in to declare it late on Wednesday afternoon.
“As a reinforcement, the coach appealed to Bagayoko Mamadou.”
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Last month, Pepe praised Arsenal boss Unai Emery for helping him settle in to his new surroundings.
He said: “It’s been really good because he speaks French and it has been much easier for us to communicate.
“I am new, the strategy and tactics are new and it really helps that I can get the coach’s assistance. Now I need to learn English and this is something he is helping me with also.
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“I chose to come here because it’s a club with a lot of ambition. They have the dream of coming back to the Champions League and I am also an ambitious person, so the choice was very logical.
“I am attracted to the Premier League because it is an extremely intense championship and the best league in the world.
“The idea is to win the Europa League and that is a goal of ours. It’s a European event and our goal is to do better than last season. I believe I will.”
The Premier League has paused for the international break so now is the perfect time to assess the early-season form of some of the new signings in the division.
Having seen four matches so far, we can safely say some of the business done has been excellent and some of it has been mystifying.
There are always winners and losers in the transfer market as not every club can keep hold of their best players and also sign improvements.
So who do talkSPORT.com believe has been the best signings so far? Find out below…
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15. Ismaila Sarr (Stade Rennais – Watford) – £27m
After a summer spent at the African Cup of Nations with Senegal, it is understandable that it has been a slow start for Sarr at Vicarage Road.
However, Hornets fans caught a glimpse of his quality after he netted a beauty against Coventry in the Carabao Cup and he is sure to have many more chances to prove his worth.
14. Joao Cancelo (Juventus – Manchester City) – £60m
Cancelo missed pre-season and therefore Pep Guardiola has been reluctant to hand him a first start as he gears up his fitness for the Premier league.
The Portuguese has looked assured off the bench and the full-back will surely become a first-team regular after the international break.
13. Ayoze Perez (Newcastle – Leicester) – £30m
Perez started in the opening three matches of the season but struggled to make an impact in the side and was subsequently dropped by Brendan Rodgers for the match against Bournemouth on the weekend.
Competition has never hurt anyone and the ex-Newcastle striker will have to prove his worth to his boss in the coming weeks to get back into the side.
12. Pablo Fornals (Villarreal – West Ham) – £25m
Fornals will need time to adjust to the Premier League and it looks like the more he plays the more he is adjusting to the tempo of the English game.
He had a run out in the Carabao Cup and scored against Newport County but will be looking to break into the first-team in the league in the coming weeks.
11. Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon to Tottenham) – £55m
Ndombele had a good start in the Lilywhite shirt after netting his side’s equaliser against Aston Villa with a beauty of a strike.
However, injury has forced him out in recent weeks but he will be looking to continue his solid start after the international break.
10. Nicolas Pepe (Lille to Arsenal) – £72m
Arsenal’s club record signing has looked dangerous at times and is proving to be a real handful for defences.
The Ivorian just needs a goal to kick start his his Gunners career and so far he hasn’t shown composure in front of goal but he has plenty of skill.
9. Joelinton (Hoffenheim – Newcastle) – £40m
Newcastle had a difficult start to the campaign and the Brazilian struggled to make an impact as they were dominated by Arsenal and Norwich, but he has now seemingly come into his own.
Against Spurs he was a constant menace up front, holding the ball well and making direct, effective runs, reaping the rewards of his efforts with a goal.
8. Alex Iwobi – (Arsenal – Everton) £28m
The ex-Gunner has looked dangerous for the Toffees whenever he has been called upon and he scored his first goal for the club over the weekend against Wolves in an impressive performance.
He will now be hoping to kick on and have his best season in the Premier League to date.
7. Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid to Chelsea) – £40m
Kovacic was Chelsea’s only signing of the summer due to their transfer ban as he was already registered to the club following his loan move from Real Madrid in 2018.
The Croat has started this season very well, impressing with his surging runs from midfield and dribbling ability.
6. Rodri (Atletico Madrid to Manchester City) – £63m
Rodri has had a couple dodgy moments but on the whole he has looked an assured presence in the midfield when called upon by Guardiola.
At just 24 years old, he is the natural successor to Fernandinho and you sense he will be mightily impressive in the role given what we have seen of his technical ability so far.
5. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace to Manchester United) – £50m
Wan-Bissaka looks unbeatable in one-on-one situations but the Man United defence is still leaking goals due to the midfield being overrun.
Solskjaer needs to find cover for the back four as they are more than capable than defending well but just need more protection higher up the pitch.
4. Harry Maguire (Leicester to Manchester United) – £85m
Maguire had a brilliant debut performance against Chelsea but results have turned sour since then.
He will undoubtedly prove to be a good acquisition for the club but as previously mentioned, Solskjaer needs to sort out his midfield otherwise the defence are left with too much to do.
3. Raul Jimenez (Benfica – Wolves) – £34m
This signing has gone under the radar because it was agreed in January but what a coup for Wolves it is nonetheless.
Jimenez was one of the best strikers in the league last season and he is continuing to prove a handful up top this term, having scored his first of the campaign against Everton on the weekend.
2. Youri Tielemans (Monaco – Leicester) – £40m
Despite impressing in each match so far, Tielemans only got off the mark in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth over the weekend.
The Belgium international was a revelation for the Foxes in the second half of last season and he has picked up where he left off this campaign.
1. Sebastien Haller (Eintracht Frankurt – West Ham) – £35m
Haller had a difficult start to life at the London Stadium but in the last two games he has really come into his own.
He seems be in the right position at the right time constantly, and having netted twice from close range against Watford and against Norwich – West Ham have seemingly signed a real dime in the Frenchman.
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The 24-year-old showcased glimpses of raw pace and pure talent, but will need to finesse his attributes.
The talkSPORT Drivetime presenters watched the north London derby where Pepe had a quiet game and questioned whether or not the winger’s dependence on his strong foot could prove to be his undoing.
“Everyone is excited about Pepe and I get it,” Gough said. “He’s young, he cost £70million and people suddenly think they’re getting a world beater.
“What they’ve signed, they’ve probably paid over the odds for a youngster who has got potential to turn into a £70m player.
“But they’ve paid that to get him now over a few years. So they’ve paid over the odds because they’re paying over a few years.
“Realistically, he is probably worth £40m and he could turn himself into £70m plus with the right coaching, the right team and everything else that goes with it.
“He will turn it on at times this year; you could tell with his pace, he loves running with the ball at his feet.
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“The thing is, he has got to use his right foot at some point. If you remember one point, he was running down the right and he was going further and further away from goal because he didn’t want to use his right foot.
“Now you can be superstar and use your best foot all the time, Messi does it. But he still does use his right foot now and again. It looks like Pepe does not want to use that right foot whatsoever.
“But when you’re playing alongside Lacazette and Aubameyang, you’ve got to improve surely as a player?”
Although the two claimed to be friends, Pele always insisted Diego Maradona could not head the ball or shoot with his weaker right foot.
However, it did not stop the former Argentina captain going down in history as one of the greatest players of all time.
While Pepe is no Maradona, his insistence on using solely his left foot is a trait Adrian Durham feels could hinder the youngster from achieving his potential.
“I was surprised at how ineffective Pepe was,” Durham added. “To pay that much money for somebody who is so one-footed has to be a risk.
“I don’t think he is going to have that many wonder games, I think he’ll have some special moments, he will do some special things in games.
“But to impact a game to the point where you’re the difference and you make up to 12-15 points a season that can make Arsenal challengers, I think they are expecting a bit too much from him.”
Arsenal legend Martin Keown has urged Unai Emery to take advantage of the unrest at Tottenham by ‘bringing out the big guns’ in this weekend’s north London derby.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s crunch clash at the Emirates Stadium, the former defender told talkSPORT the Gunners players used to call Spurs’ home ground ‘Three Point Lane’, such was their confidence of beating their arch rivals.
Keown admits the balance had shifted in the years since.
Arsenal’s dominance has faded and Tottenham have become the superior power in north London in recent seasons, with Spurs finishing about the Gunners in each of the last three Premier League campaigns.
But Pochettino’s team have begun the new term under a dark cloud, with uncertain futures hanging over a number of their top players.
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And Keown says the Spurs’ dip has given the Gunners have a big opportunity to take back north London, and has urged Emery to start Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and summer signing Nicolas Pepe in a three-pronged attack for the first time.
Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White on Friday, the former centre-back said: “At White Hart Lane, you just looked into the crowd and you saw the whites of the eyes of the opposition fans trying to create a fear in us, but all they did was strengthen our resolve to go there and get something.
“We simply weren’t welcome in that period. In that period Tottenham were just trying to take points off us to stop us from winning the Premier League or from running with Manchester United.
“It became about playing with your heard and not your heart and making sure you got three points on the board.
“We joked it was called ‘Three Point Lane’ whenever we went there.
“It’s changed an awful lot since then, but Spurs are coming into this game rocking.
“It was an incredible story for Tottenham last season – they were without a home, made hardly any signings and they make it to a Champions League final with top players and with a top manager – but it feels like they’re at a crossroads.
“Arsenal should be going into this game full of confidence because Spurs are dipping a little bit. [The balance in north London] is ebbing and flowing and tomorrow it’s all on the line because Arsenal could snatch it all back under Emery.
“I want him to play the three big guns up top and really go after Tottenham.
“Now we have a front three that can trouble any defence in the Premier League, so Emery should play the big guns. Play Pepe, play Lacazette, play Aubameyang.
“It’s an opportunity for Arsenal. Spurs look vulnerable. They don’t go there with any confidence, but of course this is the kind of game that if you get a win, you can put that right overnight.”
"We used to joke that White Hart Lane was Three Point Lane."
"Spurs have come into the game rocking. It feels like they're at a crossroads."
However, Lacazette was only fit enough for the bench after nursing an ankle knock since pre-season and the trio have yet to play in the same XI.
That could all change this weekend, though.
When asked if he knew about the plea from fans to start all three attackers against Spurs, Emery said: “Yes, but be calm. My decision in each moment is thinking about how we are.
“For example with Lacazette he had a problem with his ankle. This week is the best week of the last three weeks. He’s getting better and feeling better with his ankle, it’s very positive.
“With Pepe, he came here later than the others but he is getting and feeling better in each match.
“Aubameyang is very important for us, he scores two goals in the first two matches, he had two or three good actions in Liverpool.
“The most important thing for me is to have chances and after with players like Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe, Mkhi (Henrikh Mkhitaryan), Reiss (Nelson), (Dani) Ceballos and Mesut (Ozil) we can score with different players.”
The Premier League once again did not fail to disappoint over the weekend with twists and turns that only this division could produce.
Manchester City and Liverpool unsurprisingly secured three points, while Chelsea boss Frank Lampard claimed his first win in charge of the club at Norwich.
The shocks of the weekend came at Old Trafford and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where Crystal Palace and Newcastle secured famous wins on the road to kick their season into gear.
But what did we learn from the weekend’s action? talkSPORT.com highlights some of the key take aways from Gameweek 3…
Mount is the real deal
Frank Lampard has showed faith in his youngsters this season and he finally reaped the rewards of his selection over the weekend.
The Blues’ line-up was their youngest starting XI since 1994, with Tammy Abraham striking twice while Mason Mount’s scored a brilliant goal to secure a narrow victory over Norwich.
And now, pundits are starting to realise that Mount is a star in the making.
Not only did he expertly dispatch his goal, he was pretty much everywhere the whole game, pressing the opposition off the ball and driving forward with intent in possession.
His knack of choosing forward, rather than sideways or backwards passes, is a refreshing sight for Chelsea fans, who often had to endure meaningless spells of possession under Maurizio Sarri last term.
Mount, who filled in for Pedro on the flanks after the Spaniard picked up an injury in the warm-up, embraced the challenge with confidence and guile – and the Blues look to have found a real homegrown diamond on their hands.
Pochettino must bring Eriksen back
Another thing we learnt from the weekend’s action is that Tottenham must do everything in their power to keep Christian Eriksen at the club.
Despite boasting almost 80 per cent possession, the Lilywhites could only muster up two shots on target – which will be hugely alarming for Mauricio Pochettino.
Even with an explosive front four of Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Heung-min Son, Spurs lacked any sort of creative spark and Newcastle were able to deal with the threat with relative ease.
Eriksen was finally brought on for the remaining half hour and the game changed.
He saw passes that no one else on the pitch could, and Spurs genuinely looked like a threat again.
Had the Dane started, it could have been a very different result – and despite the playmaker’s desire to move on, Poch must play him in every match while he still has him at the club.
Hodgson is doing a remarkable job with Palace
Incredibly, aside from Man City and Liverpool, no team has taken more points in the Premier League since February than Crystal Palace.
In fact, the Eagles would be fifth in the division had the table started this year – a remarkable achievement from Roy Hodgson’s side.
The win at Old Trafford on the weekend – their first win at the stadium since 1989 – has demonstrated just how well Hodgson is running the club and this has somewhat gone overlooked.
Palace spent approximately £5m this summer – the least of any club in the Premier League – and also cashed in on Aaron Wan-Bissaka without replacing him.
Furthermore, the Eagles’ away record against the top six is astonishing.
Palace have claimed away victories at Man United, Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool in recent seasons.
Crystal Palace quietly going about their business in the Premier League > Since their win vs Fulham on February 2nd, only Man City & Liverpool have won more Premier League points than they have (30). Gone unnoticed by many, but Roy Hodgson doing a great job. pic.twitter.com/8tDq9a0mx1
Liverpool once again tormented Arsenal at Anfield but there was one positive to take from the defeat for the Gunners and that was new summer signing Nicolas Pepe.
The Ivorian forward looked a threat throughout the match and had he taken one of his first-half chances, Arsenal may have come away with something to show from their display.
The 24-year-old constantly tried to bear his man with pacy, direct runs and, while he was ultimately well shackled by Liverpool, he showed more than enough to suggest he’ll be a huge player for Arsenal.
Solskjaer has plenty to prove
If we learn’t anything from this game, it’s that there are still huge problems that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to solve this season.
For the second consecutive match, the Red Devils spurned a spot kick, with Marcus Rashford smashing his effort onto the post with the score still at 0-1.
After a promising start to the season, United fans now feel like they have gone straight back to square one – and their failure to recruit a goalscoring midfielder is seemingly haunting them with every match.
Summer target Bruno Fernandes, who was reportedly deemed too lax in possession by Old Trafford chiefs this summer, provided three assists for Sporting this weekend.
There is clearly a lack of creativity in midfield and Solskjaer must solve this problem sharpish if he wants his side to make the top four – perhaps a gambling on Tahith Chong or Angel Gomes could be an option?
Virgil van Dijk has FINALLY been dribbled past in the Premier League.
The Liverpool defender is considered one of the best in the world, but he has finally been beaten.
Nicolas Pepe became the first player to successfully dribble past Virgil van Dijk in the Netherlands defender’s last 50 appearances in the Premier League, since Mikel Merino in March 2018 for Newcastle.
Arsenal’s record signing prompted a silent gasp from the Anfield crowd after drifting past the colossal centre-half.
Picking the ball up on the right touchline, the former Lille winger managed to show Van Dijk a clean set of heels as he darted past the onrushing Liverpool defenders.
However, normal service was soon resumed as the 28-year-old caught up with the Ivory Coast international and nicked the ball from the forward.
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Both teams have enjoyed a faultless start to the Premier League season, winning both of their games to date.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are set to challenge for the title again after falling agonisingly close last season as Manchester City pipped them to first place by just a single point.
Meanwhile, Unai Emery’s first campaign in charge at the Emirates saw the club miss out on Champions League qualification for a third season in a row, while they were thumped 4-1 in the Europa League final by Chelsea.
Despite that, the north London side’s attacking trio of Nicolas Pepe (while at Lille), Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang managed more goals between them last season than Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
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It therefore begs the question that with such an exciting attacking force at Emery’s disposal, can Arsenal turn into serious title contenders like Liverpool have done?
talkSPORT.com assesses those chances, and both teams’ attack, ahead of the early season encounter.
Salah, Firmino and Mane
The attacking trio were on fire for Liverpool last season as they finished on 97 points in the Premier League last season – just one point behind City.
In total they scored a combined 69 goals, with the Reds also beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final to lift their sixth European crown.
Salah is the individual genius in Liverpool’s team, capable of creating something out of nothing.
While he has endured a quiet start to the season, much like how he fared at the start of 2018/19, Jurgen Klopp will have no concerns that he will hit top form; sooner rather than later.
Mane has an air of unpredictability about him, but his sheer pace and presence is enough to cause any team problems in the top flight.
His trickery and darting runs at goal are a delight to watch, while Firmino is very much the architect.
The Brazilian has an uncanny habit of creating space for himself in tight situations and is without doubt one of the most intelligent footballers in the top flight.
As a threesome, there aren’t any better in the Premier League.
As well as the 56 Premier League goals they delivered, they also provided 15 assists between them.
Not bad, eh…
Pepe, Aubameyang and Lacazette
In contrast, Aubameyang and Lacazette scored 50 goals for Arsenal in all competitions in 2018/19, while £72m club recording Pepe netted 23 for Lille – a total of 71 goals for the campaign.
However, unlike Liverpool’s forward line there is a overriding sense of a lack of balance in Emery’s attack.
Pepe is a wide forward in a similar mould to Mane and Salah, however in Aubameyang and Lacazette they possess two central strikers.
Therefore, for them to play in a front three it means sacrificing one of the trio’s qualities to help accommodate the team – something Liverpool don’t have to do.
In Aubameyang they have one of the most lethal finishers in the planet. The Gabon international is one of only six players to score 25+ goals in each of the last five seasons.
Sergio Aguero, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Robert Lewandowski are the other five.
While he doesn’t creative the creative spark the likes of Salah and Mane possess, he needs to be operated in a central position.
Putting him out wide only limits the likelihood of the forward finding the net and getting himself into dangerous positions in the penalty area.
Meanwhile, Pepe can provide Arsenal with something they’ve desperately been lacking for many years, a constant source of dribbling, shots and crosses.
He was second for dribbles in Europe’s top five domestic leagues last term behind his international team-mate Wilfried Zaha, who Arsenal also targeted in the summer transfer window.
Against Burnley he was able to stretch the play and bring Lacazette into play in dangerous positions on multiple occasions.
More times than not when Lacazette hits the target he finds the net, but he remains a very different profile of striker to Aubameyang, who carves out chances on his own.
There’s no doubting this is a strong Arsenal attack, one of the strongest in years, but it remains to be seen just how far this team can go in what is just Emery’s second full season in charge.
Arsenal aren’t anywhere near ready for a realistic push at the title, yet. They are very much a work in progress, but the signs have been promising so far this season under Unai Emery.
While they possess a top-class forward line, the balance is just not there in comparison to Liverpool.
The Reds can rely on the likes of James Milner and Jordan Henderson to move wide to support the front three, but Arsenal don’t have the same mould of player in those positions to perform as effectively as those two – thus taking the work load of the strikers.
A top-four finish, and thus ending their three-season exodus from the Champions League, would represent a good season for Arsenal.
Under the stewardship of Klopp, it would come as no surprise to see Liverpool maintaining another strong push for the title, and maybe just maybe coming out on top against Manchester City this time around.
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