The Arsenal fans finally had something to cheer in the Transfer Tavern this week after they watched their side record a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over a red-hot AC Milan side in the Europa League.
The form guides were all pointing in the direction of an AC Milan victory when Arsenal travelled to the San Siro on Thursday evening, but the beauty of football lies within its unpredictability, and The Gunners illuminated that notion by defying pre-match expectation to record a 2-0 victory in Italy. Arsenal are in new territory this season as they are participating in the Europa League for the first time under Wenger’s leadership, but they might have to get used to it unless they eventually win the competition this season.
Away from Arsenal, Manchester City were in action in the Champions League this week against FC Basel who put in a valiant performance at The Etihad and claimed a 2-1 victory. Prior to City’s clash, there were murmurs emerging from Switzerland regarding the potential of Mohamed Elyounoussi who is being tipped to thrive in European football, and he certainly enhanced his reputation by playing a starring role in Basel’s unlikely victory.
The Norweigan international moved to the Swiss giants from Molde FK as a 21-year-old in 2016 following a series of eye-catching performances in the Eliteserien – the first tier of Norweigan football. Since arriving in Switzerland, Elyounoussi has significantly improved whilst playing at a higher standard of football and he has demonstrated a wonderful ability to produce moments of magic in the final-third.
In the 2016-17 season, he claimed 10 goals and 13 assists from 32 appearances in the Swiss Super League to help Basel qualify for the Champions League after they won their 8th consecutive league title. This season has seen Basel knocked off the perch of the Swiss top-flight and usurped by BSC Young Boys who look destined to cancel Basel’s annual crowning for the first time since FC Zurich claimed top spot in 2009.
Basel’s struggle to claim their 9th title in a row has not prevented Elyounoussi from thriving in Switzerland and the Champions League, as he has already notched 7 goals and 13 assists from all-competitions this season. The consistency of his performances has unsurprisingly attracted interest from Arsenal, Leicester City and Southampton according to ESPN, and based on the rate of his development so far, The Gunners would be foolish not to make a bid for his services in the summer.