With the news that Aaron Ramsey has returned to training with the Arsenal first team and will no doubt soon be back on the pitch, it dampens any lasting concerns surrounding the recent injury crisis to Jack Wilshere. But with the Welshman having been out of action for nearly three months, are we expecting too much of him when he returns? .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has a few selection issues for his Arsenal team facing what could be one of the most important games of the season. Surely the biggest headache the Frenchman has is what to do now Jack Wilshere became the latest Gunner to be sidelined through injury.
I may be wrong, but I am assuming that neither Kim Kallstrom or Aaron Ramsey will be ready. That means that unless Wenger changes his tried and trusted system, Arsenal will play a more defensive midfielder alongside a more forward thinking or box-to-box player. I am making another assumption here, that Mathieu Flamini will be the defensive one. If he isn’t, I want to know why. .......Read the full article here
Mesut Ozil shrugs off criticism with “I don’t care!” by Ash
Arsenal’s German international Mesut Ozil has sensationally swiped back at the media and fans’ criticism of him with a response that shows how he clearly isn’t affected by criticism. Ozil has come under a lot of pressure since Christmas, rightly or wrongly, because his performances have dropped after a great start.
3 assists and no goals in the last 14 games shows that something is wrong for a player that has been consistently labelled as one of the world’s best. His chances created have also dramatically dropped, however he is still statistically creating at least two goal scoring opportunities per game which is obviously good but not quite the Mesut we saw at the start of the season. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal fans know that club manager Arsene Wenger is not like most managers. His style has never been to blast the players with a halftime hairdryer, criticise the players publicly or put pressure on them to perform. Many would like him to be a bit more like that sometimes, but I am not going to criticise his methods.
It is how he does things and, although the title challenge looks like falling just short at the minute, it has produced great results despite terrible luck with injuries and some key decisions. Whether it has worked with Mesut Ozil, though, is another question. .......Read the full article here
When Arsene Wenger picked his Arsenal starting XI to face the rough tactics of Stoke City in the cauldron of the Britannia stadium on Saturday, the Frenchman made just one change and that was to bring Kieran Gibbs in for Nacho Monreal.
The Spaniard may have been replaced anyway, but it meant that Wenger stuck with his team. In hindsight it looks like a mistake, but the Gunners had not played for a week and easily beat Sunderland in the previous match, so you cdan understand him doing it. .......Read the full article here
As if the football at the weekend was not bad enough for Arsenal fans, someone has decided to pour salt and vinegar into our open wounds. The American John W. Henry who owns Liverpool has pretty much admitted that Arsenal’s attempt to sign Luis Suarez in the summer should have been successful, but they just decided not to honour the terms of the contract.
We all know about the strange sounding bid of 40 million and one pound, which turned into a bit of a joke, with Liverpool taking the high ground and accusing us of bad and disrespectful behaviour. We had to put up with snide comments from Mr. Henry and his attack dog, Brenda, but it now turns out that the Gunners were in the right all along. .......Read the full article here
Is Micah Richards an Arsenal target this summer? by Ash
It may be a little way off until the next transfer window, however with rumours circulating Arsenal have started looking at summer suitors already, with Alvaro Morata supposedly being lined up, the story about Micah Richards was one that couldn’t be missed. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger defends his decision to give the players some time off! by Ash
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been criticised for allowing the Arsenal players to take two days off this week following the end to their hectic schedule. The Gunners played five times in just over two weeks and a half, four of which games featured playing some of the best teams in Europe. In the two week period Arsenal played in three competitions and faced Liverpool twice, Manchester United and Bayern Munich, all before a more settling 4-1 win against Sunderland last weekend in the Premier League. .......Read the full article here
The record signing of Arsenal Football Club has been the subject of great speculation in the media and among fans recently. His performances have been studied from all sorts of angles to analyse why his performances had dropped off recently and nobody was surprised when Arsene Wenger left him out of the matchday squad for last weekend’s home game against Sunderland.
But Wenger claimed it was due to an injury picked up in the match against Bayern Munich, which did raise a few eyebrows and cause a few beards to be stroked. Stats have been produced to show that Ozil’s sprints per game have been falling away dramatically since the new year and so it was assumed that he needed a rest and the dead leg suggestion was just an excuse. .......Read the full article here
Why Arsenal fans shouldn’t underestimate the value of experience by KJ
Recently, there has numerous reports about certain players getting or not getting a new contract and fans have naturally been reacting. Some believe we must pay whatever is required to keep valuable players at the club whilst others think that we shouldn’t be held ransom and should look to sell certain players and bring in younger ones for the future.
I’m more inclined to side with the people that are happy to pay what is required to keep experienced veteran Arsenal players with us until they require or until it becomes financially impossible. .......Read the full article here
I know that there are some Arsenal fans who are still far from convinced that Olivier Giroud has got what it takes to be a Gunner. They took his recent dip in form as proof of this, while dismissing his comeback performance and two goals against Sunderland. Unfortunately for them, Arsene Wenger picks the team and he seems determined to stick with the former Montpellier man.
But with sackfuls of cash to spend and Nicklas Bendtner surely set to leave the club, Wenger is believed to be in the market for a striker or two in the transfer market. Maybe not though Gooners. Because there are a couple of players already signed up with the Gunners who could provide great competition, cover and support for Giroud. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal are under no illusions about the sixe of the task ahead of them if they are to progress to the next round of the Champions League. Going to the home of the strongest team in Europe, if not the world, needing to score two goals and not concede just to earn an extra 30 minutes is a mountain of Everest proportions.
And the fact that the return leg in Munich comes just three days after the Gunners host Everton in the quarter-final of the FA cup, and face three huge Premier League games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City after Bayern, has convinced former Arsenal boss George Graham that the best thing to do would be to forget about Europe. .......Read the full article here