Michel Vorm has said that it is Arsenal, not Swansea, who will be afraid when the teams meet in the Premier League on Saturday. He must not have seen the Gunners beat one of the best teams in Europe last night, in their own stadium. He has also conveniently forgotten that his club were knocked out of the FA cup by the very team who are apparently quivering in fear.
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Arsenal are in a downward spiral and will struggle to get out of it claims the croaky voiced manager of Tottemham. The defeat at White Hart Lane on Sunday has broken the spirit of the Gunners while Tottenham are sitting on top of the world, apparently. I’m sure that Villas-Boas would love that to be true, but I very much doubt he really believes it. What he is trying to do is boost his players’ confidence more in an attempt to avoid a repeat of last season’s choke by the Spuds.
“We are on an upward spiral in terms of confidence and they are on a negative spiral in terms of results. To get out of that negative spiral is extremely difficult.”
You can say what you like about Arsene Wenger, and he has certainly come under a lot more criticism this season than ever before, but there is no doubt that he inspires the respect, admiration and gratitude of his Arsenal players. Just last week we saw Jack Wilshere give an emotional post match interview in which you could tell that he was hurt by how much the pressure that Wenger was under and insisted that it was the players that should bear the responsibility for the bad performances and results.
I wrote an article before the Arsenal defeat by Blackburn yesterday, calling for the inclusion of the Ivorian forward Gervinho in the team. My argument was that it was the ideal time for him to get his floundering Arsenal career back on track, and I still think it was. His confidence had been boosted by good performances and goals at the African Cup of Nations, and a home game against lower league opposition should have given him a great chance to show off his skills.
After watching his Arsenal side crash out of another cup competition at the hands of a team from the lower leagues, Arsene Wenger surprised nobody by saying that the Gunners had not been good enough. In other news, Ice is cold and fire is hot, but what the Arsenal fans want to know is, what is Wenger going to do about it?
It was Wenger who decided that there were no players available in January who could have made the Arsenal squad any better, just as he said that there was no point scouting the African Cup of Nations because the best player there was Gervinho who was already a Gunner.
Wenger to stay (Calm down) by KSM
So we got knocked out of the FA Cup and the League Cup (does anyone really care about that League Cup?). We are still in the Champions League. Also everyone is saying we are gonna get flogged by Bayern? Really? Is football sooo predictable? Sometime earlier this year everyone thought Man City were gonna win the Premier League…hmmmm how did that work out for them?.
What do we want from this season? by KJ
This season has been a travesty after the start we had. We were on course to actually give a real go for the title challenge this season after impressive wins against Liverpool and Southampton before a vital away draw against champions, Man City. However, today we sit 18 points behind league leaders Man Utd and it would be utterly delusional to expect us to turn it around.
So now that the league was over, I was looking forward to getting some silverware by winning the Capital One Cup. But we managed to mess this up by losing to Bradford of all teams. 2 down now and only 2 left.
Arsene Wenger expects a few hard questions every now and then, especially when his Arsenal team are in a poor run of form or have suffered a bad result. The calm and collected Frenchman is finding it harder and harder to stay relaxed, however, in the face of increased pressure and what he sees as impertinence and bad journalism.
Yesterday he gave a press conference and was asked by one reporter whether the defeat by Bradford would affect Theo Walcott’s decision about staying at Arsenal and signing a new deal or moving on. If looks could kill, the journalist would be lying in an oak box right now.
I bet the Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis was cursing his luck after scheduling a meeting with Arsenal supporters for the day after the worst result in Arsene Wenger’s time at the Gunners. He probably thought that Wednesday night would be perfect because the fans would be happy to be in a semi-final with a good chance of some silverware after seven lean years, but it proved to be just the opposite.
“I would like to apologise to all of you, especially the fans who travelled up there. I t was unbelievable support as ever, and you deserved better.
Arsenal fans may have thought that things could not get any worse after Tuesday,s humiliating exit from the Capital One cup, but the captain of Bradford City, Gary Jones, has rubbed some salt vigorously into our wounds by stating that their last game, against 10 man Torquay United, was a tougher test of their resolve.
“I think Torquay gave us a tougher game.
“It was like a role reversal against them. Torquay defended well against us, and we defended really well against Arsenal.
“No disrespect to us and our lads, but they should be beating Bradford City. But team spirit means a lot and it can take a team a long way.
Former Arsenal player and goal scorer extraordinaire, Ian Wright, has claimed that another Gunners legend, Dennis Bergkamp, wanted to come to the Emirates as a coach but was turned down by Arsene Wenger. Wright also called for the resignation of some board members and a move to bring David Dein back to the club.
Wright was as shocked as the rest of us by the defeat, and the manner of it, by Bradford last night, and he believes that enough is enough and some drastic changes should be made. The former striker also seems to have joined the growing ranks of Gooners who have lost faith in Wenger and his ability to turn the poor current form around.
Arsene Wenger was obviously fuming after Arsenal were knocked out of the Capital One cup at Bradford last night. The reason he was angry, however, was because the reporter at the post match interview dared to suggest that the defeat was humiliating and the Arsenal players had not been good enough. Wenger barely managed a reply before storming off.
I hate to break it to you, Arsene, but it WAS humiliating and the Arsenal players were not good enough, ask any Arsenal fan, go on anybody. To be fair to Wenger, he selected a very strong side, much stronger than anybody expected, but that makes the abject performance even harder to take.