Before Arsenal took on West Ham and Hull City recently, the club and fans had been having a real nightmare, but had narrowly earned themselves a place in the showpiece FA cup final at Wembley in May. When the fans were asked whether it was more important to finally end the trophy drought or to make it 17 seasons in a row in Europe’s top competition, it was a pretty even split.
For almost all of the summer, it looked as if Arsenal would spend absolutely nothing on new players. With all the talk about our new financial strength, with Ivan Gazidis hinting that Arsenal were going to be challenging the likes of Man City and Chelsea in the transfer market, the signing of the unheard of, young striker Yaya Sanogo did nothing to cheer us up.
Arsene Wenger suggested earlier in the season, when Mesut Ozil’s form with Arsenal was dipping alarmingly, that the German international midfielder may have been trying to hard to prove himself. Many football experts and pundits, including everyone’s favourite Michael Owen, have had their say on Ozil and why his early promise had faded after his deadline day transfer from Real Madrid.
What does sacking of Moyes mean for Arsenal? by Dboy
Arsenal fans have all now surely learned that David Moyes has been sacked by Man United after their latest loss to former club Everton. It just goes to show how ambitious the Man United board is, and that they do not tolerate any mediocrity. But what does this have to do with Arsenal? I’m afraid that whatever decision the Man United board takes in appointing a new manager for next season, it might influence the outcome of the top four position in the Premier League.
Despite missing over three months of the season, Aaron Ramsey is still the second top scorer for Arsenal, with 14 goals in all competitions so far. But listening to Per Mertesacker and his take on this weekend’s great win at Hull City, it is clear that our big flippin’ German values the defensive side of the Welshman’s game just as much as his goals.
Per accepts that the Gunners were under a bit of threat early on at the KC stadium, probably with the importance of the game, some nerves and some fragile confidence playing their part. But Arsenal grew into the game and managed to nullify that early threat, and Mertesacker feels that Ramsey’s work in the centre of the pitch was vital to that.
We still don’t really know all the details of the injury that has kept Mesut Ozil out of the Arsenal squad for the last six weeks, other than it being something to do with his hamstring, or leg, or some part of his body. But it cannot have been too debilitating because the German is only just back in training but is already fit enough to be included in the Arsenal squad for the trip to Hull tomorrow, according to the Daily Mail.
I am not making any claims to special mental powers, ESP or clairvoyancy, and I don’t even possess a crystal ball or a set of tarot cards, but I can predict the future. I see… lots of Arsenal fans slating me for this article and calling Olivier Giroud everything from a donkey to a Donut, and I don’t think anything I write will change their minds, but here goes anyway…
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?