These last two games of the season are so massively important, we can’t afford to inject the typical poor support for the team that those who usually attend home games emit. This is the time to get behind the team 120%! None of these awkward silences and conspiring whispers and jeers. For these last two games, our fans need to be so vocal, that it draws attention from the commentators, distracts the opposition, and energizes our beloved gunners.
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The ex-Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has thrown Arsenal fans into confusion as most of us believed that Arsene Wenger was totally in charge of transfer dealings at the club. The French international has revealed that Wenger didn’t expect him to leave after the captain Cesc Fabregas was returned to Barcelona, but Silent Stan forced the sale upon him.
“Cesc or me were supposed to leave.” Nasri said. “Arsene told me that if Cesc would leave, I would stay. But Kroenke wanted the money.
“Arsene Wenger is the greatest coach I have worked with. He made me the player I am. I’m very grateful.
Per Mertesacker admitted that Arsenal’s two important clean sheets came after their manager Arsene Wenger had them watch video playback of the loss to Spurs last weekend.
The Gunners completed consecutive 2-0 away wins over Swansea City and Bayern Munich this week, the latter being Bayern’s first home loss this season. The win over the Swans has left them only 4 points off North London rival’s Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand, and could prove to be the turning point in the race for Champions League qualification.
Mertesacker believes his team made the required tactical improvements after analysing their defeat to Spurs.
Anzhi Makachkala and Zenit St Petersburg are both said to be keeping a keen eye on the Nicklas Bendtner situation, with a view to bringing him to Russia in a £10Mllion+ move.
The Dane’s agent is quoted as saying: “We’ve had contact several times with Russian teams.
“Interest has also been shown by English and Italian clubs and Nicklas would like to play regularly in the Champions League.
“A large number of talented players have gone to Russia in recent years. If a solid proposal arrives, we will consider it.”
Marseille defender Nicolas N’koulou has spoken out about his reported move to Arsenal this summer, admitting that his future will not be discussed until the summer.
The Cameroonian centre-back is reported as being an £8Million transfer target for Arsene Wenger, who is actively seeking targets to strengthen his squad over the summer.
“Nothing is done with Arsenal,” he said. “It is only paper talk. I like Arsenal as a fan of good football, but it does not mean I will join them.
“I will be able to talk about my future in the summer. I know the club want to balance their books and think I am an asset for them.”
The young Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is very happy that the Gunners took three points from Swansea yesterday, but he is well aware that they simply have to go on winning and not worry what their rivals for the Champions League are doing in their own matches.
“Everyone in the Premier League feels pressure to get results,” he said. “It is part of being a footballer. We have to take that in our stride because we know we have the characters to deal with it.
“The Swansea result is a good start. But we can’t look back, we have to look forward at what we can achieve. That will be important for the run-in. So it is a matter of taking it step-by-step.
Arsenal were ultimately denied the opportunity to join Europe’s elite in the last eight of the Champions League, but the nature of Wednesday’s 2-0 victory at Bayern Munich left Arsene Wenger with plenty to work with during the Premier League run-in.
Pride and frustration were the overriding emotions among Arsenal fans at the final whistle. Goals from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny inflicted a rare home defeat on the formidable Germans and secured a result that rocked the pre-match Champions League football betting odds but it was a case of what might have been as Arsenal exited the competition on the away goals rule.
Arsene Wenger has spoken out ahead of tonight’s crunch Champions League tie against Bayern Munich, knowing the team need to score at least 3 goals to stand a chance of qualifying for the next round.
Bayern defender Daniel van Buyten claimed his side were extremely confident of eliminating Arsenal this week, leading the Arsenal manager to respond by saying: “If I was in your position, I would doubt we can do it as well.
“Bayern has made a big impression in the first game – an impression of authority and security. We have to create the doubt in their mind and that will only come if we believe.
Reports in France are suggesting that Arsenal are keen on signing the St Etienne goalkeeper Stéphane Ruffier at the end of the season.
Arsenal have been linked with various players in past months with the club announcing a transfer kitty of £70Million available to spend over the summer, and a goalkeeper is thought to be one of many positions that Arsene Wenger will be looking to strengthen.
The 26 year-old French keeper has been outstanding in Ligue 1 this season, having conceded only 21 goals in 28 games so far, leading his sides challenge for Champions League football next term. St Etienne currently sit fourth in the table, 2 points off Marseille in the third and final Champions League place.
Arsene Wenger was in bullish mood after seeing his side force a winner over Aston Villa five minutes before the end of Saturdays game, and he is hoping that Arsenal can keep this fighting spirit right ’til he end of the season.
Tottenham and Chelsea are both now much closer to Arsenal and Wenger believes it will be a three-way fight for the two remaining Champions Places below the two Manchester clubs.
When asked if he still thought Arsenal could finish Fourth, Wenger said on Arsenal.com: “I’m not sure the other places are not reachable,” said Wenger. “Chelsea are only two points ahead and go to Man City. I’m not sure it will only be a fight with Tottenham. It could be a tight fight until the end.
Arsene Wenger has seen his Arsenal side be effectively knocked out of the two remaining Cup competitions in the last week (which he amusingly called “accidents”) and with just the fight for a Top Four place the only remaining target for the season he insists that Arsenal simply have to start winning again right now.
“We had two accidents in the last two games,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com. “We must not let this affect our run in the Premier League, where our future at the top level is vital.
“We play for the future, for our team at the top and to come as close to Manchester United as possible. That’s the target that we want to achieve now.
Jack Wilshere has admitted he is constantly hassling Theo Walcott to sign on at Arsenal, after he and four of the other English youngsters extended their contracts at the club last week.
Arsenal appear to be finding some form of recent weeks, and the English core of players have been key to that.
Wilshere and Walcott have been debatably Arsenal’s best players of recent weeks, excluding Santi Cazorla, and the Gunners will be hoping to tie the English winger to a new contract before January.