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. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
How should Arsenal approach the game against Everton? by KJ
Arsenal have another massive game coming up on Saturday and this is arguably the biggest of the season considering what it means. We are in the midst of a dip at the moment and that has seen us drop to 3rd in the Premier League. Usually, we’d go out to Everton here, lose to Bayern before fighting for our lives to stay in the top 4. But, I’m still optimistic this season can be different and that starts with a good win against Everton on Saturday. .......Read the full article here
Why Flamini has been so important this season! by Ash
When Arsenal re-signed Mathieu Flamini it certainly caused an opinion divide between Arsenal fans. The announcement came late in the transfer window and we still hadn’t spent any of the rumoured excess £100 million that was in the bank for transfers. Yaya Sanogo had been our only signing of the summer in which was supposed to be one full of great rejuvenation with players going out and many world class players coming in. .......Read the full article here
Bendtner looking likely to leave at the end of the season? by Ash
Whilst everyone is focusing on contract signings elsewhere with Tomas Rosicky and Per Mertesacker two notable players to tie the knot with Arsenal for a few more years between them at the very least, one player that has been forgotten is Nicklas Bendtner.
I have the smallest feeling that Bendtner won’t be too happy that nobody’s paid the same amount of attention to his contractual situation as that of Sagna’s or even Mertesacker’s who’se deal wasn’t even set to expire this summer. .......Read the full article here
Just like last season, Arsenal have a big game in the FA cup just days before a Champions League match against Bayern Munich. There are differences this season, however, and one of the main ones, according to Arsene Wenger, is that the Gunners will definitely not take their eye off the ball this time.
Last season it was Blackburn Rovers in the FA cup prior to playing the Germans, but it was the first leg of the Champions League and the fifth round of the domestic competition against a lower league side. We all know what happened. Wenger rested some of his best players and the ones on the pitch were not fully focused, eventually losing to a soft late goal. We then went on to capitulate at the Emirates to Bayern and it was the worst part 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
As an Arsenal fan from Nigeria, I am by far not the longest serving Arsenal fan but I came during the good times and I have been surfing and hoping during these long fruitless and bad times. So as every other Gooner I have stopped to think of the things that could have gone wrong and I came up with these debatable reasons. .......Read the full article here
As you are probably already aware, Arsenal Football Club has agreed a new extension to the current contract of Per Mertesacker. The new three-and-a-half year deal will expire in 2017, meaning that our giant German international defender will have been with the Gunners for six years but will still only be 32-years old.
For a central defender in the modern world of football, especially one who does not rely on speed, that is nothing. And Per’s game is all about reading the game, taking control and organising the players around him. Obviously, his long legs and 6ft 6in frame are quite handy as well. What stands out for me is what a good captain he would make. .......Read the full article here
Hi Arsenal fans. Saturday was not a very good day was it? I missed watching the Stoke game on Television, holed up at, of all places, Stamford bridge. If I say I wasn’t feeling dejected, I would be lying. There was this feeling of something slipping away. And the taunting of other rival fans was loudly heard before they said anything. Surely, the words came…….trophyless season, no world class strikers bla….bla….bla .......Read the full article here
I don’t mind the Arsenal players talking up a good game, by any means. However, it really winds up the fans when they have been saying all the right things before a game, only to fail to produce on the pitch.
One of the worst occasions recently was before the trip to Anfield. The week leading up to that awful performance and the worst defeat of the season saw lots of stories in the media from the likes of Olivier Giroud and Mikel Arteta talking about what an important game it was and how the whole team were determined and focused, so it all sounded a bit daft in hindsight. .......Read the full article here
It is hardly surprising that Arsene Wenger was not in the best of moods after his Arsenal side lost a crucial game in the race for the Premier League. And the fact that the Frenchman was not very pleased with the tough tactics of Stoke and the leniency of the referee will not come as a shock to anyone.
The manager had another reason to complain, though, as he refuted the idea that has been going around all season that the Gunners are on the verge of a crumbling slide down the table. Wenger feels this reputation is completely undeserved and pointed to last season as proof, as reported by The Mirror. .......Read the full article here