It is no surprise that Arsenal have a few injury concerns ahead of a vitally important away game against Hull City. It would only be a surprise if Arsene Wenger had a fully fit and complete squad of players to choose from. Things are getting better for the Gunners, with Aaron Ramsey already back and Mesut Ozil on the brink, but we still have to do without a major player in Kieran Gibbs.
Hello Arsenal fans, it is good to feel positive again isn’t it?They say that a week is a long time in politics, and the same can certainly be said of football. Arsenal have had some terrible weeks for sure, but if you think back to the nerves and frustration we were all feeling a week ago, this one has been brilliant.
Two wins and an Everton loss have got us all dreaming of an FA cup trophy and feeling confident of being at the top table in Europe for the 17th consecutive season. Failure to do that, as Lukas Podolski said before the game against West Ham, would be a disaster, but have we really avoided that disaster or are we just getting ahead of ourselves a little?
Let’s be honest Arsenal fans. How many of you thought that we would never see Kim Kallstrom start a game for the Gunners after it was revealed that he had a micro-fracture in his spine when he signed on January deadline day? Pretty much all of us then, because he was only supposed to be a stop gap transfer while Aaron Ramsey got better.
We all know that youth development at Arsenal is one of the things that Arsene Wenger has focused most of his time on since taking over at the club back in 1996. You wouldn’t have known it on Tuesday, though, as the Prof picked a starting line-up for a huge game against West Ham that had an average age of 29 years and 188 days.
The last time Arsenal fielded an older side than that was 11 years ago, so is this the shape of things to come? Has Wenger finally had to accept that his insistence on youth needs to be tempered down more with experience and wisdom? It is probably a bit of both.
Well it was rollercoaster ride of emotions for anyone connected with Arsenal Football Club today, but the end result is that the Gunners will be running out on to the Wembley turf on Saturday May 17th to face either Hull City or Sheffield United. But is that all that matters?
Arsenal were far from great today and I wonder if that performance will just dilute the fact of the result, as we have to travel to West Ham on Tuesday. Then we go to Hull, which could well be a precursor of the final, before hosting Newcastle and West Brom, with the final game of the season for us at Carrow Road against Norwich City. And we probably need to win every single one of those games in order to beat Everton into fourth spot and qualify for the Champions League.
Wigan may be the underdogs of this game but the pressure is certainly on Arsenal, who need to end what will otherwise be 9 years without a major trophy. Almost a decade ago Arsenal won the FA Cup with that famous penalty shoot out with Manchester United, this time however, our opponents Wigan Athletic don’t quite boast the same stature, but will be a hard test nonetheless.
Arsene Wenger pulled no punches after his Arsenal team were comprehensively outplayed by Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday. The Frenchman may not know exactly why things have got so bad for the Gunners, but he has clearly identified what was wrong with the players, as reported by Arsenal.com. Identifying the issues and fixing tham, however, are two very different things.
Wenger said, “Certainly psychologically we have lost a bit of confidence. Today as well we were behind early, Everton were very good on the counter-attacks but I still feel we had a lot of the ball but were not really dangerous.
Tables turn for Wenger once again! by Ash
Since the turn of the year Arsenal have taken a measly 12 points from the last 30 available, meaning that we have recorded victory in less than half the games played in the Premier League since the start of 2014. It’s a horrific statistic but one that is unfortunately reality, and thus this statistic goes some way to showing exactly how Arsenal have managed to spend a total of 128 days at the summit of the Premier League but all of a sudden find themselves in a battle for fourth place once again.
After another disappointing summer in the transfer window, Arsenal fans were grinding their teeth in frustration, which then turned to anger after the Gunners were beaten at home by Aston Villa on the first day of the Premier League season. Then Arsenal went on a fantastic run and it looked like we would enjoy a really successful season, but we are back to square one.
Cast your minds back, Arsenal fans, to just three weeks ago. Despite all the injury concerns, Arsenal were in great spirit. We had, admittedly, just gone out of t5he Champions League, but with two very creditable performances against the powerhouse Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. And we had just beaten our fierce north London rivals for the third time this season.
Everything was looking rosy, with an FA cup looking on the cards and a top four finish pretty much assured. But we have not won since that game at Tottenham and are now having to win all our remaining games and hope that Everton do not do the same in order to avoid finishing outside the top four for the first time in nearly two decades.
Is the economic advantage of the Champions league the main focus for Arsene Wenger? by Ash
Some will say that the Champions League is worth around an extra £35 million a season, which if all reinvested into a top player can make the difference for a team. Sadly in the past, Arsenal were not able to do that because of financial constraints regarding the Emirates Stadium pay off. However with that now sorted Arsenal are able to compete to greater heights in the transfer market, but we still need to get the job done on the pitch. The problem is if you slip out of the top four suddenly that money disappears, along with participation in the competition, meaning that as a club you no longer have that prestigious competition on offer to the world class players you may be looking to buy.
Vermaelen will get a chance to shine once again! by Ash
A couple of seasons ago, not many fans would have argued that Thomas Vermaelen was one of the best central defenders Arsenal had seen at the club for years and he was easily one of the best in the league. Then as injury problems occurred and he took on the role of the Arsenal club captain, things just didn’t seem to go right for him, and he quickly lost form. Then further injury problems occurred and he slipped down the preference ladder and for much of this season, his future at the club has been a hot topic of debate. But now in the final stages of this Premier League season, things seem to be picking up once again for the Belgian.