Guendouzi: Arsenal can beat any Premier League side

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi says Arsenal have improved too much over the last year to suffer a repeat of last season’s 5-1 thrashing by Liverpool.The Gunners travel to Anfield in Saturday’s late kick-off with six points from two Premier League games, new signings bedding in well and a sense of optimism around Unai Emery’s side.In last season’s fixture, Ainsley Maitland-Niles gave Arsenal an early lead on Merseyside but a hat-trick from Roberto Firmino, plus goals from strike partners Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, handed them their worst defeat of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The 20-year-old French midfielder isn’t expecting an easy game at all, but he is confident in his team-mates’ ability to rise to the challenge before them.”Last year was not our finest hour but it’s very different to last season, it’s a new game and new team so I don’t see why it would be the same result,” Guendouzi told Sky Sports. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!”We’ve had a much better start as well – last year we started with two losses but this year we are already six points up.”We have a better team overall and we’re feeling good about ourselves, we have a good team and we believe in ourselves.”I know we can do really well, we are going there to win and I believe we can beat any Premier League side.”Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal 2019-20Guendouzi, now in his second season in North London, has played 90 minutes in both of Arsenal’s games so far this season, narrow wins over Newcastle and Burnley.New signings Dani Ceballos and David Luiz impressed on their club debuts against the Clarets, while it is thought that record transfer Nicolas Pepe could be in line for a first start against Liverpool.Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are also due to return to the squad after their security issues, meaning Arsenal still have plenty of room to improve from their solid start – though Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny have been told they can leave.”David Luiz brings a lot of experience and is a very comprehensive defender,” Guendouzi added.”Ceballos is a very technical player and played excellently against Burnley, while Pepe is a player I know well from France.”I think all three bring a lot of strength and positive aspects to the team.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

I’ve never dived and hopefully I’ll never have to – Kane

first_imgTottenham striker Harry Kane is adamant that he has never dived, with the England international claiming his conscience is clear after taking a couple of tumbles over recent weeks.The Spurs star has faced accusations of simulation in the Premier League of late.He felt he should have had a penalty after tangling with Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles, before hitting the deck again during a north London derby date with Arsenal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Kane insists he did nothing wrong on both occasions, with there enough contact for him to give the match officials a decision to make.Asked he has ever taken a dive, the 26-year-old told reporters: “Never and, hopefully, I don’t have to.“I said after the Arsenal game it’s a 50/50 one, similar to the one we got given against us at Wembley the year before. It happens in football.“I am someone who uses his body well, which as a striker you have to do at every level. On the half-way line, it’s a free-kick every day of the week. In the penalty box, you don’t always get it.“People’s opinions are their opinions. I wasn’t concentrating on that sort of stuff. For me, it’s about doing my best on the pitch and the most important thing is about winning games.”Harry Kane Arsenal vs Tottenham 2019-20Kane can call upon the support of club and international colleague Danny Rose when it comes to his actions in the penalty area, with the Spurs left-back considering a prolific frontman to be a model professional.He said: “I have not seen the debate about Harry diving.“But he is not one to pay attention to that stuff and people should focus on his goal record, what he offers to any team across the world and we should relish watching him.“His record for club and country is no coincidence. It is typical Harry just to respond in the way that he did by scoring a hat-trick [in England’s 4-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria].“He does not drink, he does not go out. He does extra every day and works on his left foot and right foot. And when things are not going right at our club, he is the first one to say what we need to do in the changing room.“He is literally the first player in and one of the last out, and is a great privilege to play with him.”Kane has been booked for simulation in the past, but not since Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat to Wolves back in 2018. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more