Kieran Gibbs has quietly become one of Arsenal’s most important and reliable players in recent seasons, a fact that was made painfully apparent after Nacho Monreal’s dodgy performances against Liverpool and Bayern Munich. Blessed with great pace that has terrorized many Premier League defenses going forward and a work ethic that has seen his defensive game improve immeasurably, Gibbs has matured into a genuine all-round full back. And, at just 24 years old, he looks set to be a permanent fixture in the Arsenal back line for some years to come.
But Gibbs has had a hard time convincing the England selectors of his many talents, having won just three caps since making his debut against Hungary in 2010. The Arsenal man will be desperate to impress Roy Hodgson and earn a spot in England’s World Cup squad, but the fact that he did not feature at all during England’s qualifying campaign does not bode well. In fact if you bet online you can get a massive 16/1 for Gibbs to make the squad at the moment. So why has Arsenal’s first choice left back been so frequently overlooked by the national team? Essentially, it boils down to two issues: injuries and competition. .......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
Mesut Ozil shrugs off criticism with “I don’t care!” by Ash
Arsenal’s German international Mesut Ozil has sensationally swiped back at the media and fans’ criticism of him with a response that shows how he clearly isn’t affected by criticism. Ozil has come under a lot of pressure since Christmas, rightly or wrongly, because his performances have dropped after a great start.
3 assists and no goals in the last 14 games shows that something is wrong for a player that has been consistently labelled as one of the world’s best. His chances created have also dramatically dropped, however he is still statistically creating at least two goal scoring opportunities per game which is obviously good but not quite the Mesut we saw at the start of the season. .......Read the full article here
Why does it seem that whenever a large number of Arsenal players head off to international duty, it always Jack Wilshere who is one of the biggest worries. Maybe it is because I am an England fan as well, but I am always biting my nails when he goes into a tackle or is clipped running past someone.
He took another sore one tonight, early on in the England vs. Denmark game, from Liverpool’s Daniel Agger. It wasn’t malicious or anything, but the slow-motion replay showed Jack getting a right whack on the top of his foot. His ankle jarred and it looked like one of those typical pre-world cup metatarsal jobs. .......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
The announcement yesterday about the new kit sponsorship and commercial deal between Arsenal Football Club and sportswear company PUMA is great news for the Gunners’ future. It is a British record deal and along with the end of the financial shackles that Arsene Wenger has had to work with since Arsenal moved to the Emirates stadium, will hopefully herald a new era of success and silverware.
All good then, but perhaps of more immediate concern to the average Gooner is what the new strip is going to look like. After all, it is the fans who are going to spending good money to buy the new kit. There have been a few pictures released or `leaked` that may or may not be real designs proposed by the new sponsors. .......Read the full article here
Serge Gnabry has not yet had a chance to play with his Arsenal team mates Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski on the international stage. The 18-year old prodigy has played for Germany at under 16, under 17, under 18 and under 19 level, though, and if he continues with his great progress for the Gunners, it will not be long before he makes the step up to the full team. .......Read the full article here
As a European super club, Arsenal has no surprises when many of their players achieve call ups to their respective national team sides both within and outside of the footballing campaign. Usually international football in the middle of the club campaign does nothing but anger fans alike, however at the world cup, all the nations come together to witness what is a wonderful sight on the world stage. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger is understandably cautious about Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League at the end of the season, because there is a long way to go. A lot can happen in the second half of the season and the Gunners have some seriously strong competition in the likes of Man City and Chelsea.
We need a bit of luck with injuries and officials, but the team have already shown that they have great team spirit and quality. And having got to the halfway stage in the lead, despite missing two of our main attacking threats in Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott suggests that this could be our year. .......Read the full article here
It has been a frustrating season so far at Arsenal for Theo Walcott, on a personal level at least. The flying forward struggled for goals at the start of the campaign, and just when he started to find his form and the back of the net he suffered an unexpected abdominal problem that needed surgery and kept him on the sidelines for a couple of months.
But thankfully the Gunners have coped well in his absence and Walcott comes back into a side sitting on top of the Premier League table and poised to win their Champions League group. However, that means that Walcott will have to be on top form to force his way back into the starting XI on a regular basis. .......Read the full article here
There has been a lot of concern among Arsenal fans this season over the fitness, or lack of it, of Jack Wilshere. It has seemed at times, including last season, that he was at risk of going down the same disappointing road that Abou Diaby has been on since his ankle was smashed apart by the Sunderland player Dan Smith in 2006. .......Read the full article here
Well how wrong can you be? I thought that Arsenal had not only escaped the international break without picking up any injuries, but it seemed like all the Gunners had been able to rest and recover as none of them were overplayed by the national managers, but now it seems like we have got an injury after all. .......Read the full article here