I am used to seeing stupid and misinformed stuff about Arsenal in the media, but today seemed to hit a new low. A spectacularly blinkered and idiotic article in the Metro lays the blame for the injury Jack Wilshere suffered in the England game against Denmark, not at the feet of Daniel Agger who made the tackle, not at the England physios for failing to discover the injury or bring the midfielder off, but at the feet of the Arsenal player himself.
Like most Arsenal fans, I have no great love or affection for the former Manchester United hardman Roy Keane. But Patrick Vieira’s erstwhile foe is pretty entertaining as a TV pundit. He may say some of his comments to deliberately inflame the viewers, but he was spot on about Tottenham some weeks back when he said they will always let you down.
Surprisingly enough, that sentiment was echoed yesterday by the Tottenham manager, and Arsenal fan, Tim Sherwood. I have rarely seen a man so beaten down by the inadequacies of his players and he pulled no punches in his post-match interview. It was comedy gold for Arsenal fans, as Sherwood basically told the spuds fans to stop dreaming of a top four finish because it simply is not going to happen.
I may be getting carried away after a good result, but we are all guilty of doing the opposite, like last week after Stoke for example. But I have a feeling that this game will galvanise the Gunners to go on a similar run-in to last season.
The difference this time, however, is that we are not chasing the so-called Wenger trophy of 4th place. We are chasing, very seriously, in the two big English competitions and are still in with a shout of causing a major upset in Europe.
I do not blame the Arsenal fans for being a bit disappointed at times this season about the form of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud. Put simply, both have not played well enough in some games. BUT let’s give credit where it is due, Gooners, both have been instrumental in helping Arsenal to their best season, so far, in a very long time.
And they were at it again today. If it wasn’t for those two much maligned Gunners, then we all might have been a lot less happy right now. If they can keep putting in shifts like that, then Arsenal really do have a chance of stopping Bore Bourinho and his cheating team of thugs from doing football a disservice. Anyone but them, please….
It seems that Mesut Ozil is coming under fire from all angles at the minute, but the Arsenal fans need to show our club record signing that we are behind him all the way with a rousing and determined show of support at the Emirates today.
It seems to me just one more example of anti-Arsenal bias in the media, that Ozil has been systematically attacked ever since his early high standards started to drop. Everyone knows this often happens when a foreign player comes to the Premier League, but the media are more interested in sticking the knife in to the Gunners.
Flamini is a leader on the pitch! by Ash
Originally expected to be a player of minimal importance to Arsenal, Mathieu Flamini has become invaluable to the Gunners at some parts of this season. His determination, passion and nitty-gritty work rate has inspired Arsenal to victory on more than one occasion. The Frenchman turned 30 yesterday, which led Wenger to talk about how he is different from his first spell.
Flamini has many qualities about him, many of which have just been outlined, however Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger seems to believe the Frenchman’s best attribute is his leadership style play, as reported by Arsenal.com, and the fact that Flamini is happy to do what people call the `dirty work`.
Ramsey to return stronger than ever! by Ash
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?
Flamini targeting FA Cup success! by Ash
The FA Cup has often been sorted as a very predominant trophy to attain in English football and is certainly still the big trophy out of the two domestic knockout competitions in England. The Capital One cup attracts a crowd but deep down, it holds no speciality, often being referred to as the ‘Mickey Mouse Cup’. It still hurts to lose a final to Birmingham though.
It is competition time again Arsenal fans, and I am not talking about the FA cup. Well, I am I suppose because the competition is to predict three things about tomorrow’s 6th round tie between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates tomorrow.
You should all know the drill by now. We want you to predict the following three things about the Gunners’ game tomorrow and put your entry in the comments section below:
1. The final result
2. The first person to score for Arsenal
3. The timing of the first goal for either side
Why Wilshere’s injury isn’t a major blow to Arsenal by Ash
Although the title may seem a bit strange, a little bit of analytical thinking will suggest just why Jack Wilshere’s latest injury may prove to be not as bad for Arsenal as everyone seems to think. Wilshere at his best is an awesome sight, but it is not one we have been seeing much this season.
Samir Nasri may not be the most loved former Arsenal player around, but he still has some close ties to the club, especially with his compatriot and former boss Arsene Wenger. He may have left Arsenal because of the lack of silverware, although a huge increase in wages might have helped as well, but he also claims it was not Wenger’s fault.
The 26-year old has won two major trophies since moving to Manchester City, but he accepts that the Arsenal boss has not had anything like the sort of resources available to Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini. In an ESPN report, he defends Wenger strongly from the recent criticism, like that dished out by the always unpleasant Jose Mourinho.
We all know that Nicklas Bendtner will be leaving Arsenal when his contract is up at the end of the season. Even if he plays some stunning football between now and then, his fate is sealed, but the Denmark international is hoping to do that anyway.
After putting in a decent performance against England last night, the 26-year old striker told ESPN that he is still working hard and hoping to impress Arsene Wenger enough to get more chances on the pitch. Whether he wants to prove himself again in England for his own pride, whether he wants to repay Arsenal for all the years of hefty salary or whether he wants to impress potential new employers, you can work out for yourself.