Arsene Wenger may well have been a strong candidate himself, if Arsenal had not let their title challenge slip in 2014, but the Frenchman does not seem too keen on the manager who does lead his team to the Premier League trophy winning it either, and I do not blame him one bit. And this is not because both of them have shown disrespect to Arsenal and our French manager, although that does not help them in my eyes.
There seems to be a bit of a love-in going on between Arsenal and Hull City, or between the two managers of the clubs at least. After Arsene Wenger praised Steve Bruce and Tony Pulis in his pre-match press conference, suggesting that either one of them should be up for the Premier League manager of the year award, Bruce has returned the compliment.
In a Sky Sports report, the Hull City boss has expressed his surprise at the treatment of Wenger in recent years. It seems that Wenger is right up there in Bruce’s book and he should get nothing but credit for what he has done in his 17 years in charge of the Gunners.
When Mikel Arteta decided to accept Arsene Wenger’s offer and move to Arsenal from Everton, I’m not sure if he realised that he would also be asked to change his style of play and move back into a more deep lying midfield role. But he accepted his new position with no complaints and has done sterling work for the Gunners ever since.
Arsene Wenger and most of the Arsenal fans are hoping to see Mesut Ozil back in action on Sunday. The German international has missed the last seven games with a hamstring problem picked up in the second leg of the Champions League clash away to Bayern Munich and has been back in full training for a week or so.
The Enigma Called Lucas Podolski by Uche
Lucas Podolski is one of the most efficient and lethal finishers in the Premier League, never mind at Arsenal. Just look at his conversion rate and variety of goals and you will agree to this without a doubt. So why oh why do we bemoan the absence of strikers in Arsenal?
After the first game of the season was turned around into a great start for Arsenal, people kept saying that the Gunners would not be able to handle the pressure. But Arsenal kept going and kept proving them wrong. When the season finishes, we will have spent the most weeks at the top.
Scant consolation, I know, but it was not pressure that caused our downfall, it was the lack of players, mainly due to the desperately unlucky string of injuries and partly due to Wenger’s failings in the transfer market. Pressure, Arsenal can deal with, so for Roberto Martinez to suggest that he would rather be chasing than leading is daft, as alluded to by Arsene Wenger in a Sky Sports report.
It is true that Arsenal Football Club, especially under the managerial reign of Arsene Wenger, have built a reputation for playing football the `right way`. A lot of fans have flocked to the the Gunners’ banner because of that free flowing and entertaining style, but they may have to be disappointed between now and the end of the season and just settle for an FA cup trophy and another crack at the Champions League.
It has been a strange season for Santi Cazorla with Arsenal this season. The Spaniard who was so brilliant in his debut season with the Gunners has failed to hit the same heights that earned him the fans’ vote for Arsenal Player of the Year last time, for whatever reasons, but he turned the clock back with a Man of the Match showing against the Hammers.
Mathematically speaking, Arsenal should not really be the favourites to finish above Everton and qualify for the Champions League for the 17th season in a row. The Toffees are thge form team and if they win all their games they will finish above us.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have been in terrible form and cannot afford a single slip, but that seems to have been forgotten by the bookies and football pundits. Gary Neville, never the biggest fan of the Gunners, even admitted in a Sky Sports report that he thinks we now have the edge over Roberto Martinez and his players. What a difference a couple of games make, eh?
When Arsenal went behind tonight to West Ham, scant minutes before the halftime whistle, nobody would have been happier than Roberto Martinez and his Everton players. But that joy was not to last for long and, just as Podolski’s quickfire leveller knocked the stuffing out of the Hammers, I think it will do the same for the Toffees.
They are now in a position where they have something to lose, knowing that they cannot afford one slip-up and that they must win every game, because the Gunners now look like they will. We have renewed confidence and all four of our remaining matches look very winnable, whereas Everton host an in-form Crystal Palace, Man United and Man City as well as travelling to Southampton.
Arsenal fans have become used to disappointing transfer windows in the last few years and, let’s face it, some bizarre decisions and signings from Arsene Wenger along the way. Park Chu-Young, Andre Santos and Sebastien `the squid` Squillachi are three prime examples, but I for one have not been too hard on the Frenchman because he has found us some hidden gems as well.
There is little doubt that Arsenal have had some serious obstacles to overcome this season, not least the semi-final against Wigan, in which the Gunners were less than 10 minutes from disaster. But our hero of the day, Lukasz Fabianski feels that securing that coveted place in the Wembley final will be just the tonic we need.
A horrible run of results has threatened to derail the most promising season for years and it could still end badly, but you could see what getting into the final meant to Arsene Wenger and the players. The manager must be so pleased with his second choice keeper, who surely has no reason to worry about his place in the final against Hull in May, although he did remind the boss about this in an Arsenal.com report.