It remains to be seen, of course, but you get the feeling that Arsenal have put their recent troubles and dip if form behind them. They certainly need to, as we reach the business end of the season still in with varying chances of success in three competitions and that has not been true for many a year.
Olivier Giroud was understandably upbeat after scoring twice from the bench and the French international is not alone in feeling that an upset could well be on the cards in Munich tomorrow. They might as well believe, because nobody else does. That confidence could be vital in what is going to be a very tough game. .......Read the full article here
No one at Arsenal was under any illusion that pulling off a repeat of last season’s Champions League win in Munich would be easy. In fact it would be close to a miracle, even though the Gunners did it before. We have to realise that Bayern took their eye off the ball a bit last time and we took advantage well.
Another blistering performance from the Germans at the weekend, in which they beat a pretty good Wolfsburg 6-1 away from home, shows that Pep Guardiola has made Bayern even stronger. They also seem relentless in their quest to be the first team to defend the European cup in it’s new format. .......Read the full article here
I wonder if Michael Owen has anything to say about Arsenal and Mesut Ozil today. Probably bot, because yesterday’s game did not fit his biased and narrow-minded view of the football world. Especially as the man he has the temerity to criticise for inconsistency (pots, kettles and black come to mind), was back with a really good performance.
Arsene Wenger was suitably impressed with his record signing, although to be fair to the Frenchman he never seemed to have any doubt. What was clear from yesterday was that Ozil has benefited from a break. He looked fresh and worked really hard, even doing the so-called dirty work of tracking back and defending. If he hadn’t, then Everton could have made it really sticky for the Gunners. .......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
I am sure that I am not the only Arsenal fan who wants Arsene Wenger to alter his priorities a bit in the next six days. He would normally prioritise the Champions League over the FA cup with games in each coming within three days of each other, but has already hinted that he will field his strongest side against Everton on Saturday.
That does not mean, of course, that the Gunners will give up on Europe and I think that two of our German players could be the key to pulling off a real shock. Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil really have something to prove against Bayern Munich and are both likely to start. .......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
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
If you asked every Arsenal fan in the world to write down the top five players they are hoping and expecting Arsene Wenger to sign in the summer transfer window, I bet there would not be many who did not have Diego Costa and Julian Draxler on the list.
But there are stories about both of these potential signings in the media today and it is not good news for Arsenal fans. 25-year old Costa has drawn attention from many clubs, with Liverpool reportedly meeting his release clause last summer. But he seems committed to his current side Atletico Madrid and their manager Diego Simeone. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal have often been compared to Barcelona, although many of the Gunners’ fans are not too keen on the comparison. There are some similarities, that is for sure, but there are plenty of differences as well. But the Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere would like us to take at least one more leaf out of their book. .......Read the full article here
How much of a boost will Ramsey’s return to Arsenal be? by Ash
Prior to Aaron Ramsey’s boxing day injury against West Ham, the Arsenal and Wales international midfielder was having the season of his career so far, becoming the ultimately player in midfield. As you can expect, his injury consequently set the team back and, although we haven’t done too badly without the 23 year old, I’m sure everyone cannot wait to have him back. .......Read the full article here
I know that all of Arsenal’s Premier League title rivals all scraped narrow wins this weekend, but I have the feeling that things could just be starting to go our way. If I am right, it is about bleeding time, because no team has suffered worse luck than the Gunners this season.
Amazingly enough, Arsenal have come out of a period of poor performances and disappointing results in decent shape. We are still in three competitions and seem to have found a new lease of life on the pitch. The emergence of Yaya Sanogo, the form of Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud and the imminent return of Aaron Ramsey are big boosts for Arsenal and there is a growing belief, even amongst the media doubters, that Arsenal are not going to crumble this time. .......Read the full article here
European football is conditioning for Arsenal by Big Gun
Hi Gooners, The Champions League is no doubt where a club’s true strength and abilities are conveyed. Many people around the globe continually claim the BPL to be the toughest league in the world, therefore sporting the biggest number of quality teams. (This statement is probably true since Chelsea, Man City and now most recently Liverpool became a force.) Even still, I think that CL results throws that theory toward the window a bit as in the last two decades, it has been predominantly Spanish and Italian clubs winning the tournament. A debate for a rainy day. .......Read the full article here