Arsene Wenger has a few selection issues for his Arsenal team facing what could be one of the most important games of the season. Surely the biggest headache the Frenchman has is what to do now Jack Wilshere became the latest Gunner to be sidelined through injury.
I may be wrong, but I am assuming that neither Kim Kallstrom or Aaron Ramsey will be ready. That means that unless Wenger changes his tried and trusted system, Arsenal will play a more defensive midfielder alongside a more forward thinking or box-to-box player. I am making another assumption here, that Mathieu Flamini will be the defensive one. If he isn’t, I want to know why. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
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 .......Read the full article here
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
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
First of all, apart from slight concerns about Laurent Koscielny and Jack Wilshere, Arsenal have not lost any players to long-term injuries picked up on international duty. So with Aaron Ramsey due back very soon, Arsene Wenger will hopefully have an almost full squad for the rest of the season.
There may be a few of the Gunners returning a little disappointed because they did not get to play much, or at all. Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Bacary Sagna and Olivier Giroud all got less than 10 minutes at the end of their respective games, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t get much more. I am a little concerned about Giroud because he seems to need confidence to play well. The others should not be too worried but take it as a sign they need to play really well from now until the 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 could be set to find out whether the signing of Swedish international Kim Kallstrom at the end of the January transfer window was a complete nonsense or just a P.R. disaster. The 31-year old midfielder is back in full training and might even feature in Saturday’s FA cup 6th round game against Everton, according to The Mirror.
I do not know much about the guy, to be honest. In fact even if he had been fit when we signed him, instead of having a micro-fracture in his back which has kept him out until now and given internet trolls another bullet to fire at Arsenal and Wenger, Kim Kallstrom was not the name any of us were hoping for. .......Read the full article here
Why Wenger needs to accept our limitations and prioritise the FA cup by KJ
After the disappointing loss to Stoke, Arsenal are now hoping to get a win against Everton at the weekend to ensure we don’t let this slide of 2 wins in 6 games continue. To do this, we will need to put out our best team against Everton and, unfortunately, I fear Wenger may opt to favour the midweek tie against Bayern Munich over the possibility of going to Wembley in the FA Cup. .......Read the full article here
What happened Arsenal? I have two days off and everything goes pear-shaped. Stoke, really? Actually, to be honest I am not that surprised. They are always a tough team to play at the Britannia Stadium and they are always up for a game against Arsenal more than any other.
The upshot of it all, however, is that Arsenal’s season is looking dangerously close to being another trophy-free one. Let’s be realistic, Gooners, we won’t be happy with another fourth placed finish, but iut still gets us into the Champions League, unless Manchester United win it of course, hahahahaha. .......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
How can Arsenal build from the Liverpool result? by Ash
Without trying to go on about it too much, Arsenal managed to resurrect their ambition for silverware this season with a vengeful victory against Liverpool. The 2-1 result in Arsenal’s favour didn’t see a vital 3 points go to the Gunners but it did see progression to the next round of the FA Cup, a competition Arsenal must take seriously this year. And it was a big step towards putting the Anfield game behind us. .......Read the full article here