Arsenal were top of the Premier League for most of the season and saw little movement between clubs in top spot between late October until early February, however since then our tough testing period of games has come and gone and its left the Gunners in a tricky situation. Considering that both Chelsea and Manchester City are major title rivals this season, it may worry you to know that although we are just one point behind Chelsea and two ahead of City, City do have a game in hand, which on current form they are more than likely to win. This means they would go top of the league on their extraordinary goal difference, with Chelsea in second and Arsenal in third.
With the title race hotting up, Arsenal are still hanging on Chelsea’s shirt tails, and with the leaders contesting a relatively easy game against relegation fodder Fulham, Arsenal really need to take all three points from this weekends visit to the Brittania Stadium.
Wenger is fully aware that Stoke can be hard to beat at home, but he is hoping that the two-day break he awarded his players will allow them to arrive fully refreshed. Wenger said: “Stoke is a big game for us. We have to focus on our results because we are in a period where we have to push on.
Arsene Wenger defends his decision to give the players some time off! by Ash
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been criticised for allowing the Arsenal players to take two days off this week following the end to their hectic schedule. The Gunners played five times in just over two weeks and a half, four of which games featured playing some of the best teams in Europe. In the two week period Arsenal played in three competitions and faced Liverpool twice, Manchester United and Bayern Munich, all before a more settling 4-1 win against Sunderland last weekend in the Premier League.
The famous Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson, who has been involved with the club since 1963 and was a Double Winner in 1971 has no doubt that Arsene Wenger has performed miracles at Arsenal, despite not winning a trophy for the last 8 years.
Wilson said in the Independent: “I look not only Arsene’s great achievements when he first came,”
“It is about what has happened since then, with (Arsenal) building a new ground and all the debt that incurred, but still getting in the Champions League.
Every Arsenal fan and their dogs expected Arsene Wenger to buy a new striker last summer to complement (if not replace) Olivier Giroud, and that seemed to be confirmed by the Gunners interest in Luis Suarez, but nothing came of it and we got Mesut Ozil instead to calm the fans frustration.
But the fact is that Arsenal DID buy a striker last summer by the name of Yaya Sanogo, and after his impressive display for the Gunners against Liverpool in the FA Cup win (which earned him a place against Bayern Munich), it seems that Wenger is now preparing to make him a regular first-teamer.
At times last season, it really seemed as if Arsene Wenger’s days in charge of Arsenal Football Club were numbered. The fantastic finish to the season, which saw the Gunners catch up with and overtake north London rivals Tottenham, brought the fans back on side, as did the promise from Ivan Gazidis that the club would now be able to compete with the big boys in the transfer market.
The same anger and subsequent happiness occurred again in the summer transfer market and start of this season, when the signing of Ozil brought the fans back from the brink again. But the January window and Arsenal’s dip in form brought it all back again, and the negative, anti-Wenger comments have been increasing steadily over the last few weeks.
Arsene Wenger may well be the happiest and most pleased with himself person in London right now. The Arsenal fans who had me in stitches chanting behind the BT Sports commentary stand ran him a close second, but it is safe to say that today was a good day to be a Gunner.
Wenger and his Arsenal players answered a lot of their critics and must surely have put to bed the label of `bottlers` today with a stirring and passionate performance. The fact that it was against the same team that inflicted our worst defeat since the infamous 8-2 at Old Trafford makes it even more special.
The real reasons Mourinho is so angry By AondoaverK
Jose Mourinho’s media statements in response to the Arsenal manager’s opinions on why the top coaches do not want to be considered title favourites did not come as a surprise. What is surprising is the sheer anger and outright disrespect that they contained. I have been thinking about the whole issue and here are my thoughts on it.
Calm down and keep the Faith by Sam P
I really cannot believe what I read from some Arsenal fans on this site sometimes. One bad game and all of a sudden it is, `Wenger out`, `Arsenal are rubbish`, `Ozil is a donkey` and much, much more. Some of the invective leveled at our long serving manager was shocking and made me ashamed to be a Gooner.
Arsene Wenger will sign a new contract with the club! by Ash
Yesterdy Arsenal announced that they have secured a deal with sports brand Puma, who will supply the Gunners’ kit for the next five seasons under their sponsorship rights. The deal, which is a record breaker for both sides of the party will see a massive £150 million transfer from Puma to Arsenal over the course of 5 seasons from kit sponsorship alone, making it one of the biggest deals in footballing history.
Arsenal in a serious situation by Amris
The feeling that Arsenal fans from all round the world are experiencing at this junction contains a sort of duality. On one hand we sense that the quality and situation of the team has been unprecedented in the past decade, and on the other hand we are agonisingly watching (or suffering) the same indecision, confusion, not-knowing-what-you-really-want attitude from the board and Le Prof.
He may not have played a single minute for Arsenal this season, but Emmanuel Frimpong has still made the news a few times. The Ghanaian’s previous forays into the news via social media have sometimes been embarrassing or not really helpful to the Gunners cause, but his latest move will surely endear him to Gooners everywhere.
Frimpong posted a picture taunting Manchester United and their under-fire manager David Moyes after they lost, yet again, this time to a struggling Sunderland team. The only thing that could have made this pic funnier was if it had Robin van Persie next to him with a board saying Emirates on it. Get on it Frimmy!