Skip Ad Read More Read More Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother has questioned Arsenal’s decision to appoint Mikel Arteta (Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother does not appear to be happy with Arsenal’s decision to appoint Mikel Arteta as their new manager.Metro.co.uk understands that Arsenal are confident of reaching an agreement with Arteta this week after holding talks with the Spaniard after Manchester City’s 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.Arsenal had more experienced candidates on their shortlist including former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked by Tottenham last month.But the Gunners are now ready to hand Arteta his first managerial role with the 37-year-old set to leave Manchester City after spending three years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Coming Next Read More Full Screen Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother unhappy with Arsenal over Mikel Arteta move / About Connatix V67539 Video Settings Advertisement PLAY SPONSORED Advertisement Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Skip 1 min. story However, Arteta’s imminent arrival at Arsenal has not gone down well with Aubameyang’s brother, Willy, who has questioned the decision.Responding to a post on Instagram which claimed that Arteta will be in place as Arsenal’s new manager before their match against Everton on Saturday, Willy Aubameyang replied: ‘Ljungberg Arteta is the same, no experience.’Aubameyang, meanwhile, is already being linked with a move away from Arsenal next summer.The 30-year-old, who replaced Granit Xhaka as the club’s captain in November, will have just one year remaining on his contract with Arsenal at the end of the season.Arteta was on Arsenal’s original shortlist when they wanted to replace Arsene Wenger last year but the Gunners hierarchy opted for Unai Emery who was sacked last month.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal’s decision to target Arteta has also been heavily criticised by their former midfielder Paul Merson.‘To ask someone with no managerial experience to take charge in the current circumstances at Arsenal is a big ask,’ Merson said.‘But there are also massive question marks over his credentials, massive questions.‘One of the major factors with Arteta being linked with the job is that he’s worked closely under Guardiola, and he used to play at Arsenal.‘Other than the fact he won’t get lost on the way to training, I don’t know what else he brings to the table.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal 1/1 Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Top articles Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE by Metro Read More Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Dec 2019 10:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares
Lionel Messi vs the Real Madrid wallLionel Messi is the master of freekicks. Defensive walls against the 2019 Ballon d’Or winner have to perfectly positioned and often that isn’t enough. The Argentine master has even put some freekicks underneath the wall, something that prompted Real Madrid left-back Marcelo to kneel on the ground blocking the area beneath the jumping defenders during Brazil vs Argentina this summer. If Barcelona win a freekick in ‘the Messi zone’ then keep an eye on the Real Madrid wall.Sergio Ramos vs Luis SuárezTwo of the most energetic and intense players in world football are going face-to-face; Real Madrid centre-back and captain Sergio Ramos will be tasked with keeping Barcelona’s centre-forward Luis Suárez off the scoresheet. These two players have taken part in some hard-fought battles in the past, leaving it all on the line in search of a win. Expect the most physical tussle on the pitch to take place in and around the Real Madrid penalty area.Karim Benzema vs Gerard PiquéReal Madrid’s superstar Karim Benzema could be the difference maker for Los Blancos. The French’s form means that Barcelona centre-back, Gerard Pique, will need to be on his guard. With Benzema being one of the best scorers in the current season so far, the Clasico could be the perfect game to show his ‘new’ skills as the Real number ‘9’. Pique is the man to stop him.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Where will the match be won and lost? Here are some one-on-one match-ups that could dictate the end result.One of the most engrossing aspects of any Clásico is seeing the various individual match-ups across the pitch: the world’s best full-backs jostling for territory, top-class goalkeepers meeting the planet’s best finishers and midfields used to dominating possession fighting for the right to dictate the flow of the game.Jordi Alba vs Dani CarvajalThere are few full-back battles as intriguing as Jordi Alba’s tactical tussles with his Spain teammate Dani Carvajal. The Barcelona left-back and the Real Madrid right-back both like to get forward, but they know that it’s just as important to track back when they face such a dangerous opponent. It was Jordi Alba who provided the assist for the opening goal in this fixture last season, as well as playing the cross that produced a penalty to make it 2-0. Barcelona went on to win 5-1, but that was in the absence of the injured Carvajal, who’ll look to make a big impact this time around.Arthur vs CasemiroThe midfield battles in El Clásico are always fascinating and the duel between Arthur Melo and Casemiro promises to be so too. These two Brazil teammates will be occupying a very similar space on the pitch, with Casemiro looking to protect his back line at the same time as Arthur tries to unpick it. Casemiro can get forward too, though, and both players have proven they can score from distance. Every blade of grass will have to be fought for and every inch will have to be protected.
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