Watford Boss Marco Silva Warns Troy Deeney to Keep His Opinions to Himself After Arsenal Rant

​Troy Deeney has been told to keep his mouth shut by Watford manager Marco Silva after the striker brutally criticised Arsenal following the Hornets’ 2-1 victory last Saturday.

The Watford striker has become a social media sensation over the past week, claiming in a forthright interview after the match that the Gunners ‘lack cajones’ and that Hector Bellerin gave away a penalty because ‘he had his long hair in the way’.

His boss has now publicly condemned his players words, telling the Sun: ““About what was said, I spoke with him and it is finished. It is important for us and a club, for our players to speak about our work and what we do as a team.

“Troy Deeney knows my opinion on this. My opinion will stay between me and him. I spoke to him about everything. We will see in the next match and we will see what happens.”

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Silva added: ““For my players we must look inside and not outside and respect ourselves, as well. That moment, Troy gave his opinion but it is finished now.”

Deeney came off the bench late on against Arsenal and made a crucial contribution to earn Watford yet another three points to keep them in the Champions League places.

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Marco Silva joined the club from Hull City over the summer and has guided them to their best start to a season in Premier League history, but they now face another tough hurdle as they travel to Stanford Bridge on Saturday to face the champions Chelsea.

However, the Portuguese manager played down his side’s position, saying: “It is not the most important thing to us. Of course, it is really good when you see the table and the position but it is too early.”

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Red Star Belgrade 0-1 Arsenal: Gunners Go Five Points Clear Thanks to Olivier Giroud Stunner

​Arsenal managed to scrape a slender 1-0 victory against Red Star Belgrade in the Serbian capital on Thursday evening, sending them five points clear of their opponents at the top of Group H.

Red Star surprisingly have something many Gooners will be envious of – a European Cup – and the last time the two teams met was back in 1978 in what was the UEFA Cup, with the Serbian side coming out on top.

Arsene Wenger opted for an unconventional back three of Rob Holding, Mohamed Elneny and forgotten man Mathieu Debuchy behind a young midfield including Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock. 

Red Star came out of the blocks fast, screamed on by a 55,000 capacity Marakana, but it was Arsenal who had the first real opportunity of the game as the ball fell kindly to the feet of Theo Walcott, his shot denied only by the sweeping leg of Red Star goalkeeper Milan Borjan.

The Serbian side looked extremely quick on the counter-attack but appeared to lack any end-product, although a corner in the 26th minute found Red Star’s star striker Richmond Boakye unmarked, whose header bounced into the ground and off the post.

Four minutes later and a deep cross to the back post found Milan Rodic unmarked – and the Serbian had two bites at the cherry – his first effort parried by Petr Cech and his second blocked by the onrushing Nelson.

The teams went into half-time still at 0-0 but Nelson almost changed that shortly after the restart with a powerful drive which looked to be creeping into the corner of the net but for a smart stop from Borjan.

Red Star then responded by utilising the ball with more precision than they had done previously, patiently building up before swinging the ball into the box, but Nenad Krsticic’s header was straight at Cech when he should have done better.

Red Star had to play the last ten minutes with ten men as Rodic received a soft second yellow-card for his stray arm colliding with Francis Coquelin in an aerial dual – the Frenchman appearing fine asking the bench for treatment before continuing to roll on the floor injured.

The Gunners made use of their man advantage in the 85th minute as Walcott played a beautiful one-two with Jack Wilshere before his header was acrobatically turned into the net by Olivier Giroud – the three senior players combining to take all three points back to London.

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Arsenal appeared very flat without the influence of their main creative sparks Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil – but Wenger will be relieved he was able to win the game whilst saving his stars’ stamina for Sunday’s fixture at Everton.

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FanView: Why Ready-Made Cazorla Replacement Jack Wilshere Must Not Be Allowed to Leave Arsenal

Despite being described as the future of Arsenal by former captain Cesc Fabregas in 2011, the last six years have not gone quite to plan for Jack Wilshere.

A series of injuries and off the field issues over the last few years have seen Wilshere’s progress stall at the Emirates. Consequently, the Englishman has only made 161 appearances for Arsenal since his debut back in 2008. 

His lack of first team football in recent years meant that he was sent on loan to Bournemouth last season to gain some valuable first team football, but his spell at the Cherries was lacklustre. 

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Wilshere scored no goals and made just two assists in 27 appearances, and his unremarkable loan was even ended prematurely, as he suffered yet another injury setback, this time a fractured leg.

Now though the 25-year-old has fully recovered and is available for selection to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. He has made three appearances so far this season in the Europa League and Carabao Cup and has looked quietly impressive in each of his outings. However, the Englishman has still been linked with a January exit, while ​the Times claim Wilshere is contemplating leaving in a bid to ensure a place in the England World Cup squad. 

The burning question now must be, whether or not Arsenal should let him go? The Gunners’ form this season has wavered, but prior to defeat against Watford they had won six out of the previous seven.

Many fans, however, are still unhappy with certain areas of the Arsenal team, notably the centre midfield positions, where Tom Cleverley found so much space to roam in the 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road. 

As well as steel, Arsenal have missed the creativity of Santi Carzola. The Spanish midfielder is set to be out of action for Arsenal until 2018 and his absence over the past year has been missed.

With the 32-year-old, Arsenal have a win percentage of 65.5%, but without him just 38.9%. The stats show how important he is to Arsenal and how badly they need a creative, Carzola type player to replace him in their central midfield.

The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny have been occupying the central midfield roles during Carzola’s absence, but a winning percentage of 38.9% suggests that they are not adequate replacements for the Spaniard. But just maybe Jack Wilshere could be?

Wilshere has a somewhat similar playing style to that of Carzola, a player who likes to get on the ball and control the game through either his creative passing, his driving runs up the pitch, or scoring some goals himself. 

Arsenal did not acquire a replacement for Carzola in the summer, and maybe that is a good thing. Perhaps it will force Wenger to give the Wilshere one more opportunity to get back in the first team and demonstrate all the drive and talent he showed when he first broke onto the scene as a teenager.

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Wilshere, a player Arsene Wenger himself described as a Spanish talent, is in the similar mould to that of Spaniard Carzola and what’s clear is that Arsenal need a player like that in their central midfield. 

Provided he stays fit and on the right track, logically Wilshere may be just the player Arsenal need to fill that role. 

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Arsenal Great Defends ‘Warrior’ Mesut Ozil While Attacking Gunners’ Lack of Spending

​Arsenal legend Robert Pires has defended playmaker Mesut Ozil after the criticism the midfielder has received this season. 

Pires was a part of the ‘Invincibles’ team that went unbeaten through the entire campaign in the 2003/04 Premier League season. Overall, the Frenchman appeared 189 times for the Gunners between 2000 to 2006 and scored 84 goals for the club. 

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The 42-year-old has now come out in support of ‘angry’ Ozil as he believes that Arsenal have not created a squad capable of winning trophies. In an interview with ​Sport Bild, the ex-France international said “Ozil is a warrior who wants to win something, and currently he makes the impression that he’s annoyed Arsenal have not assembled a squad which can win something.

“They only spent money on Alexandre Lacazette. That’s not enough to compete for the top spots. It’s incredibly difficult to consistently remain at the top in England.”

But despite his criticism of their spending, Pires was also adamant that he is fully behind both Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. He continued by saying “but I still believe in Arsenal and first of all in Arsene Wenger. I think it’s right he penned a new two-year deal.”

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Arsenal club captain Per Mertesacker has also come out in defence of Mesut Ozil today, as well as forward Alexis Sanchez, by suggesting they are both fully committed to the Gunners. According to ​​Sky Sports, when asked whether he felt they were giving their all for Arsene Wenger, he replied “yes. Everyone has to do his job 100 per cent otherwise they are not eligible to be on the pitch.

“As long as everyone understands that then we are fine and you won’t get problems from me. If I have a different feeling then it would be addressed.”

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They travel away to Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday, where they will hope to get back to winning ways after losing to Watford last weekend in the league. 

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Picking the Best Potential Arsenal Lineup to Play Against Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League

​Arsenal are expected to again make wholesale changes for Thursday night’s trip to Serbian club Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League.

The Gunners will have Sunday’s Premier League game against Everton in mind, and have already established themselves at the top of Group H with two wins from two.

Red Star are two points behind Arsenal and have made an impressive start to their domestic campaign, but Arsene Wenger is likely to continue to prioritise the league.

Goalkeeper

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​The Colombian goalkeeper has played in both of Arsenal’s previous Europa League games and will start again on Thursday. 

Ospina appears to have been firmly set as Wenger’s European No.1, with Petr Cech saved for the Premier League.

Defence

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Shkodran Mustafi is absent through injury and Laurent Koscielny was forced to withdraw in Saturday’s defeat against Watford.

So Arsenal will likely continue with Per Mertesacker and Nacho Monreal, alongside Rob Holding, who played and scored in last month’s trip to BATE Borisov.

​Sead Kolasinac also had late fitness tests prior to the Watford game so will likely not be risked.

Midfield

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​A youthful midfield, with the added experience of Mohamed Elneny, is expected to be fielded at the Rajko Mitić Stadium.

Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles impressed at wing-back in victory against BATE Borisov, as did fellow youngster Joe Willock.

Wenger will place his trust in youth with his side having established control of the group.

Forwards

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  • Giroud

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​Jack Wilshere will be given another opportunity to impress in the Europa League after his excellent display against BATE Borisov.

So too will Frenchman Olivier Giroud, who will replace compatriot Alexandre Lacazette in attack, and Theo Walcott, who scored two quick goals in the first-half of his side’s free-flowing victory in Belarus.

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