We have already heard Jurgen Klopp say that Arsenal are contenders to win the Champions League, after the Gunners outplayed his Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates before grabbing a hard fought win in Germany. Klopp is a good person to ask as well, having steered his team to last tear’s final and been unlucky to lose to Bayern Munich.
It is arguably the hardest competition to win, although it is not as relentlessly testing as the Premier League, because of the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG and more to have to get past. But I think that Arsenal could really do it this season. .......Read the full article here
Like most Arsenal fans, I would love to be able to play for the Gunners. But, to be perfectly honest, I’m not very good, and I would not want to look stupid or cost Arsenal a game. So it looks like I will have to settle for a stint at Real Madrid or Barcelona in La Liga instead.
You don’t need to be any good to play for them do you? I assume not, because that is where the hugely disappointing Nicklas Bendtner claims he is going when he is finally released from the torture of collecting over £50,000 a week from Arsenal for doing a bit of training and looking stupid. .......Read the full article here
After speculation over the summer continues into the autumn one of the most talked about stories is the long lasting saga of Cesc Fabregas and a potential return to the Premier League. Fabregas joined ArsenAL when he was just 16, coming from amongst the Barcelona youth ranks and soon enough he became a fan favourite and Arsenal legend by the time he left back In 2011.
Under the circumstances many people thought he would be one of many traitors to leave the club in the difficult times, however unlike your Nasri’s and Van Persie’s, Fabregas’ decision was respected and the majority of the fans realised he wasn’t leaving the club with spite, he was leaving to rejoin his boyhood club. .......Read the full article here
Unlike some of the players who have walked out on Arsenal in recent years, the reason for Cesc Fabregas’ departure was not about money or the failure of the Gunners to win a trophy since the 2005 FA cup final. The plain truth is that Cesc would never have left his hometown club Barcelona in the first place if he was not concerned about the progress of his career. .......Read the full article here
Many people will not agree with this title because of the trophies that Alex Ferguson has won compared to Arsene Wenger. But is it just the trophies won that matter? Fergie is definitely an amazing manager, but after he retired, we find something that Fergie couldn’t achieve during his 26 years in charge of Manchester United.
First, when we think about the Holland national team, what comes to our mind? Yes total football. It was invented by Rinus Michels, a famous Dutch football trainer/coach (who was the coach of both Ajax and the Netherlands national team at the time). Until today, the Dutch still play under his tactical approach but so do many other teams including Man United. .......Read the full article here
Having played over 450 games for Arsenal between 1992 and 2004 at the heart of midfield, Ray Parlour is as qualified as anyone to assess the current crop of Gunners. And `the Romford Pele` likes what he is seeing, and feels that there is plenty of strength in depth as well as talent to fire the Gunners to a strong season.
Parlour won three league titles, four FA cups and one league cup with Arsenal, so it must be as painful for him as it is for us to see eight long years of trophy drought. Now, however, with the signings of Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini, as well as the resurgence of Aaron Ramsey, the former Gunner is even comparing us to Barcelona. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has either changed his tactics intentionally this season, or his players are somehow failing to keep hold of the ball as they did last season. The fact that the Gunners are sitting in top spot in the Premier League strongly suggests that the former is the case.
Last season, a huge part of Arsenal’s game plan was to keep possession of the ball, a la Barcelona, and pucsh and probe and wear the opposition down. It worked as well, to certain extent. With over 58 percent average possession over the season, not one team kept the ball better than Arsenal, but obviously it didn’t work that well, because we can fourth in the league. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal rarely get linked to their former players when it comes to transfer news and if there is a report, it’s usually an Arsenal legend like Thierry Henry or Cesc Fabregas, however the rumour circulating now is that another current FC Barcelona man Alex Song is hinting at a possible return to the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
There have been plenty of reports about what Mesut Ozil would bring to Arsenal, and he is already proving to be a massive influence, even though it usually takes time for players from other leagues in Europe to get used to the fast and frenetic English form of the beautiful game.
After just 18 months in sunny Spain, former Arsenal player Alex Song is reportedly considering his future at Barcelona, with severe concerns over a lack of playing time for the defensive midfielder. Alex Song only joined Barcelona in the summer transfer window of 2012, and although his move wasn’t as controversial compared to the likes of Van Persie, Fabregas and Nasri, it was still a massive shock to see the Cameroonian leave the club that had made him the player he is today. .......Read the full article here
There is a lot of talk and speculation flying around at the minute about how to improve the England national side, and the latest proposal could be fantastic news for Arsenal Football Club. The idea being discussed is to bring English football more into line with Europe by allowing and encouraging the bigger clubs to have a formal arrangement with lower clubs in a `feeder` capacity. .......Read the full article here
Has Ozil closed the Arsenal door on Fabregas return? by Twig
When Cazorla arrived at Arsenal in the 2012/2013 season many Gunners thought that Wenger had finally found a replacement for their departed captain, Cesc Fabregas. It wasn’t surprising as both players are Spanish and are technically very sound. However, it didn’t take long before fans realized that Cazorla is quite a different player to Fabregas. Cazorla is quicker, likes to run with the ball, and plays almost as a second striker. Meanwhile, Fabregas thrives by sitting deep in midfield and orchestrating play with his excellent passing. .......Read the full article here