As I write this Arsenal preview, Chelsea are 0-0 and toiling at home to Everton, opening the door for Arsenal to regain their place back on top of the Premier League. Whatever Chelsea and Man City do, though, Arsenal must beat Sunderland at home to really put the doubts of the last few weeks firmly behind us.
As expected, Arsene Wenger has given club record signing a rest. In fact he is not even on the bench, but Olivier Giroud and Jack Wislhere do start, with young Sanogo and Nicklas Bendtner on the bench. Podolski gets a rare start on the left, with both Cazorla and Rosicky in from the start, although which of them takes the central role remains to be seen. They will probably exchange positions quite a bit. Also, Flamini drops to the bench and Arteta comes in. .......Read the full article here
Okay Arsenal fans, it is competition time again. After the highs and lows of the FA cup and Champions League games, the Gunners are back to their bread and butter of the Premier League today. And with Chelsea with a potentially difficult home game against Everton, Arsenal have an opportunity to go back to the top of the table.
Sunderland at the Emirates should mean all three points in the bank, but this season has thrown up twists and turns along the way. Many of us will be expecting a good win and if you can predict three things about the result of the game you could be celebrating in style, sporting an exclusive Just Arsenal T-shirt. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has already suggested, in his pre-match press conference for Arsenal vs. Sunderland, that some of the players are getting tired after a punishing schedule of games and that he intends to rotate his squad today. So just who needs a rest and who can Wenger afford to leave out for this must-win Premier League game?
The manager’s decision to rest quite a few first team players for the FA cup clash with Liverpool last week is now looking like a masterstroke, because as well as progressing to the next round, players like Giroud, Wilshere and Sagna got a rest that should allow them to play today without any problems. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal vs Sunderland preview, line up and predicted score by KJ
It was an extremely tiring game for Arsenal midweek against Bayern and this could arguably be one of our worst performances at home this season because of the work we had to put in on Wednesday to keep the score reasonable.
That said, we have numerous players who can fill in and are definitely of the quality required to win the game against a somewhat resurgent Sunderland side. We will have to rotate as certain players will be tired as well as needing a mental rest to refresh themselves. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal have come through a horrible period of games a little bumped and bruised but in miraculously good shape, mentally and physically. The Gunners have a tough job to do in Munich but it could have been much worse. They have got a home tie in the FA cup quarters and are somehow still just one point off the top of the Premier League. .......Read the full article here
One of the many things that the Arsenal fans have learnt this week is that Arsene Wenger knew what he was doing when he signed Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer last summer. There was wholesale scoffing in the media and among rival fans. Cheap and French was about the size of it, a typical Wenger signing. And then we added injury prone to that checklist and the Arsenal fans pretty much forgot about him.
Liverpool found out to their cost that his inclusion in the team was more than just a wild gamble and he continued that impressive early form against Bayern Munich last night. But I still think he will drop back to the bench for the visit of Sunderland on Saturday. .......Read the full article here
I don’t know about you lot but I am really nervous about this one. Maybe I am being way too optimistic but for some reason I have a feeling that Arsenal can upset the odds and get a win over the Champions League holders Bayern Munich tonight. To be honest, I would be quite happy with a boring 0-0 draw which would be a great result to take to Germany.
Bayern have a couple of injury problems and for some reason have chosen not to start with Muller. Mandzukic comes in, which our BFG should be pleased about because it gives him someone to mark. Their midfield looks strong, though, with Martinez, Thiago, Kroos, Gotze and Robben. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has identified one of the major reasons why Arsenal were knocked out of last season’s Champions League by tonight’s opponents Bayern Munich. Apart from the obvious things like them being a brilliant team that is. The Frenchman is known for worrying more about his own team’s preparations than planning specifically for the opponents and it is at home where he saw the problems last year.
Wenger feels that the key to avoiding a repeat of last year’s 3-1 home defeat is in the mental approach of his players. He feels we panicked a bit after losing an early goal and, by chasing the game, left ourselves exposed to a counter attack, which is one of Bayern’s many strengths. .......Read the full article here
Let’s not kid ourselves Arsenal fans, Bayern Munich are strong favourites to retain their Champions League crown this season for good reason. They may be without Franck Ribery, Shaqiri and Badstuber but they have an awesome array of talent and the Gunners, as Per Mertesacker declared, will need to perform brilliantly and for things to go our way if Arsenal are to make the quarter-finals.
A good performance and result at the Emirates tonight will go a long way to achieving that and there are three key elements that I feel could swing the game in our favour. Firstly, the referee. I am not going on about bias or English teams being picked on. My name is not Manuel. What I mean is the style of refereeing we get tonight. .......Read the full article here
Get your thinking caps on and your crystal balls and tarot cards out Arsenal fans, because it is competition time again. Bayern Munich are the visitors to the Emirates tonight in what could well be the most difficult game of the season for the Gunners.
Our road to progression in the Champions League is blocked by a giant German ogre who are odds on to sweep Arsenal aside as they did with Barcelona last season, but Arsene Wenger will be hoping that his team can repeat the heroics of Munich from last season and cause a huge upset. Of course, our home performance against Bayern was far from heroic and if we play like that again, it promises to be a long and painful night for Gooners everywhere. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal vs Bayern Munich Preview, line up and predicted score by KJ
Arsenal couldn’t have asked for a tougher Champions League draw but I guess we put ourselves in this predicament when we failed to get a result against Napoli. But, we have beaten Bayern before and with a better team than last season, hopefully we can give Bayern a good game and maybe nick a result.
I say nick a result as that’s what it’s going to be. We will be defending resolutely for the majority of the game and will need to counter quickly and effectively without over-committing. It’s a lot easier to say than to execute but those are the guidelines we’ll need to follow if we are to get a positive result. .......Read the full article here
When Arsenal were drawn against Bayern Munich for the first knockout stage of the Champions League, it was no surprise to most of us. The Gunners have had the worst result in almost every draw we have been in so far this season, but these things happen and you just have to make the best of it. .......Read the full article here