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Football Today: Bielsa looks short of ideas, Lacazette the right choice for Arsenal

Aston Villa continued their improvement under manager Steven Gerrard with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Norwich City on Tuesday.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Manchester City demolished Leeds United 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

This is our final Football Today column for a couple of weeks, so let’s kick things off by digging out Marcelo Bielsa.

Bielsa looks short of ideas

Leeds’ defeat at City was not unexpected, but the manner of the performance should be a major concern to the club’s fans.

The visitors were ripped to shreds, and City looked embarrassed to celebrate after scoring their fourth goal.

The Leeds manager did his usual crouching act in the technical area, but he is increasingly looking like a man bereft of ideas.

Bielsa has rarely stayed this long at a club. It’s starting to feel like Leeds may need to head down a different route.

Lacazette the right choice for Arsenal

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s decision to strip Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang of the captaincy after a disciplinary breach was pretty predictable.

A few names have been thrown into the mix including Kieran Tierney, but Arteta would be well advised to steer clear of that idea.

Tierney’s injury record and penchant for diving make him a questionable choice at a time when Arsenal need proper leadership.

Alexandre Lacazette would be a sensible call. He’s led by example in recent weeks and handing him the captaincy may even help keep him at the club.

Wednesday football on TV

  • Borussia Monchengladbach vs Eintracht Frankfurt – Bundesliga – Sky Sports
  • Borussia Dortmund vs Greuther Furth – Bundesliga – Sky Sports
  • Brighton & Hove Albion vs Wolverhampton Wanderers – Premier League – BT Sport
  • Burnley vs Watford – Premier League – BT Sport
  • Crystal Palace vs Southampton – Premier League – BT Sport
  • Barrow vs Ipswich Town – FA Cup – ITV
  • Fiorentina vs Benevento – Coppa Italia – Premier Sports
  • Arsenal vs West Ham United – Premier League – BT Sport

One to watch

Antonio Rudiger has been linked with Manchester United. Given how Ralf Rangnick likes his teams to play, that one makes perfect sense.


Both teams to score in the games at Crystal Palace and Arsenal looks worth an interest. The double pays just over 2/1.

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