Here are your Arsenal evening headlines for Monday, March 1.
Shearer heaps praise on Gunners after Foxes triumph
Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer has heaped praise on Arsenal’s pressing game following Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
The Gunners, who have now won two of their last three Premier League outings, recovered from 1-0 down thanks to goals from David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe, ensuring Mikel Arteta’s side secured a second win in just a matter of days, following Thursday evening’s Europa League heroics against Benfica.
Although it was Pepe’s return to the scoresheet and Willian’s brace of assists that dominated the post-match talking points, former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United striker Shearer waxed lyrical about the way Arsenal’s players pressed and worked Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes.
“What was evident was their pressing,” Shearer told BBC Sport. “They went after Leicester. They were all on the same page, they showed great character from coming back from a goal down, it didn’t change their attitude.
“They pressed in threes and fours and constantly won the ball back. It didn’t change second half, they chose when to go and then went with energy.
“If they don’t win the first one, they win the second. Some big performances from Willian and Pepe.
“That’s what’s let them down this season (consistency). Too many times this season, I think they can go on and build from that performance today.”
Barcelona have not held any discussions with Arsenal about the prospect of them trying to poach Arteta, football.london understands.
Reports in the national media over the weekend had claimed that the La Liga giants were keen on pursuing a move for the Spaniard, should Ronald Koeman be shown the door at the Nou Camp.
However, there has been no formal approach or discussions held between the two clubs, meaning Arsenal are not any immediate danger of losing their manager.
Although Barcelona have not directly made contact with Arsenal about prizing Arteta away, that is not to say that the Spanish club are not admirers of the work he has done during his relatively short managerial career so far.
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Gunners face Edouard battle
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The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in the last year or so after impressing north of the border for the Scottish giants.
Now, though, Villa have joined the race for his services, meaning the Gunners are set to face a battle to land him this summer if they wish to maintain their interest.
It is reported that Celtic value Edouard, who has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season, at £35million.