So today brings us the big draw for the last 16 of the Champions League, which can be followed live on uefa.com at 12.00 CET. It is hard to choose which would be the best number out of the hat to face Arsenal, as all the possible opponents are certain to be tough nuts to crack.
Here is the list: Barcelona – This is the club I fully expect to get as usual! They are in their familiar position of being top of La Liga, and are always one of the favourites to go all the way to the Final. Even with Messi out injured Alexis Sanchez has helped out with 8 goals in 11 games…. .......Read the full article here
Why Arsenal Finishing Second Is Not Such A Bad Thing by AT
It really is a wonderful feeling to realise Arsenal made it to the knockout stages of the Champions League last night through a ‘Group of Death’ which most certainly lived up to it’s title. Heading into the last round of fixtures, Arsene Wenger’s side needed to avoid losing to Napoli by three or more goals to advance in the competition, something we just about managed to do. .......Read the full article here
I bet that Arsene Wenger is relieved that Arsenal Football Club signed up the core of young players on long term contracts last season. Because one of those five players was the Welsh wizard Aaron Ramsey, whose fantastic form has been the talk of the season. And that is not just with Arsenal fans either, or even the Premier League.
Arsenal’s transfer nemesis Barcelona have reportedly been keeping a keen eye on Ramsey, as reported by the Daily Mail, and have had the scouts at the last four Gunners’ games as well as the last two internationals he played in for Wales. However, unlike in the past, Wenger should not lose too much sleep over this revelation. Ramsey has not got the draw of his boyhood club like Fabregas had. .......Read the full article here
You won’t find too many Arsenal fans saying that they do not think Arsene Wenger should sign another striker in January. Some feel that Olivier Giroud is not quite of the quality needed for the Gunners to win titles and trophies, while even those who are big fans of the Frenchman feel the club needs more firepower.
So the news, as reported by various media outlets including Metro, that the Barcelona striker Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma is looking for a move away from the Nou Camp. Pedrito, Spanish for little Pedro, is a big favourite of the Barca fans and he has been with the La Liga champions for nearly 10 years, but at 26-years old he is concerned about his lack of game time and is thinking about his future and his international career with Spain. .......Read the full article here
It has been confirmed that the highly-rated Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin has joined Championship side Watford on a loan deal valid up to January next year with an option to extend. The young Spaniard has been in great form for Arsenal’s reserves this season and Watford boss Gianfranco Zola has been impressed enough to give him a chance at first team football over at Vicarage Road.
The youngster, who was brought in from Barcelona’s renowned La Masia academy in 2011, has developed rapidly under Arenal’s youth system and it is understood that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is hopeful that a loan move will further fast track his development as a player and bring him back to the Emirates as a possible contender for a first-team spot. .......Read the full article here
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