Arsenal fans and players are bound to be a bit nervous before the final Champions League group game in Italy tonight, but that is because of the importance of the game rather than any fear of our opponents Napoli, or a lack of confidence and belief.
Rafa Benitez, on the other hand, must be slightly wary of facing the might of Arsenal again, especially after the Gunners ripped his team to shreds in the game at the Emirates. The fact that the score was only 2-0 was down to us taking our foot off the gas and not because Napoli came back into the game, which Arsenal controlled throughout. .......Read the full article here
It is a real shame that Arsenal have not qualified for the knockout phase of the Champions League yet, despite being the best team in the so-called group of death and winning four out of our five games. But that is the way it is and we have to go to Italy in midweek and get some sort of result from Serie A side Napoli. And that task has been made easier with the news that their best player from the game at the Emirates will not be able to play. .......Read the full article here
During the summer transfer window, Arsenal fans were given good reason to start really disliking the Serie A side Napoli. The Italians were reported to be rivals for a number of Arsenal transfer targets, most notably the Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain who they did sign, while it looked for a while as if we would have just an unheard of young Frenchman on a free.
And despite may people still feeling that the Gunners need another quality striker, Giroud, Ramsey, Ozil and all have been working wonders, including the awesome demolition of Napoli at the Emirates. But despite Arsenal being much the better of the English sides in the competition, we could still go out, although it is highly unlikely. .......Read the full article here
Why Wenger got it tactically correct against Napoli by KJ
It’s been a couple of days since that impressive win against Benitez’s Napoli and everyone even now is still feeling high off that result. I wanted to dig a bit deeper into how Wenger tactically outwitted Benitez in the tie. The game was built up to be a very difficult tie for Arsenal and it was, however the way the game transpired, it was one of the most convincing wins Arsenal have had over a big club in quite some time. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal vs Napoli preview, line up and score line by KJ
It’s back to the Champions league now with one of the most difficult games Arsenal will play at the Emirates this season. Napoli under Benitez have proved to be a very strong side and their recruitment of Higuain, Callejon, Mertens etc. means they’ll be a massive attacking threat.
We being the home side can look to control the game a bit more than we have so far this season. We’ve had a lot of away games and have opted for the counter attack rather than controlling and probing the opposition. The game against Napoli will be different as Italian sides favour the counter attack built on a strong defence but with Napoli, they have a very mediocre defence. .......Read the full article here
Because of Arsenal’s injury list and the fact that the Gunners are in the strongest Champions League group by far, a win tomorrow against the Italian league leaders Napoli would be an absolutely fantastic result. It would also put Arsenal firmly in charge of the group, but it is not going to be easy.
Arsene Wenger and his players have already come up against Napoli this year, in the Emirates cup. We drew that one, of course, and although Arsenal have improved greatly since then, so have Napoli. Wenger believes he has learned som3e lessons from that game, as he explained to Arsenal.com, and he has warned his players about the counter attacking potential, especially from young Lorenzo Insigne. .......Read the full article here
The Champions League continues to be cruel to us. When we got Fenerbache in the qualifying I was worried, but that was nothing. We swept them aside like a non-league team, but picked up injuries and then Uefa threw them out anyway. Now we face three clubs in the group stage who could all beat us on a good day and leave us bottom of the group with no points. .......Read the full article here
There is some confusion over whether Arsenal have definitely missed out on another transfer target or not. We are all sick to death of the never ending transfer saga surrounding the Real Madrid and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, but we don’t want it to end with the 25-year old signing for another club.
There are two different versions of events doing the rounds today. A report in the Mail on Sunday today claims that our main rivals for his signature have refused to meet the asking price. Rafa Benitez and his bosses at the Serie A club Napoli have got lots of money to spend, but they are not willing to blow £35 million of it on Higuain, which is what the Madrid president Florentino Perez is demanding. .......Read the full article here
We were all hoping that Arsenal would have completed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain before now, and that the Argentinean international could have joined the Gunners on their tour of Asia. Instead, the striker had to turn up for his medical and pre-season training at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid today, and there are two stories in the Spanish media that suggest Arsenal’s pursuit of Higuain is not getting any easier. .......Read the full article here
I understand that transfers are not always easy, and I have faith that Arsene Wenger will add some quality players to the Arsenal squad this summer, but if the reports are true about Julio Cesar signing for Rafa Benitez at Napoli, then I think Wenger has made a mistake on that one.
The 33-year old Brazilian international seemed like the perfect choice for the Gunners. If you assume that Wojciech Szczesny is going to remain at the Emirates and be Arsenal’s main keeper for years to come, the age and experience of Cesar was the obvious choice, whereas bringing in a top young keeper would undermine the Polish international. .......Read the full article here
Could Walcott be heading for an Arsenal exit? by FD
Come on , Gooners. What’s a summer without the threat of an Arsenal big name exit? With all the excitement about the new, spend, spend, spend Arsenal and the feverish speculation over the quality of players being targeted for a move to the Emirates, it’s no surprise that any potential departures are getting little news coverage. Yes, TV5 is reportedly wanted by Barca, Gervinho by the Geordies and Bendtner by most of the top European sides, according to him anyway, but so far that’s small potatoes compared to what Arsenal fans have traditionally had to put up with at the end of each season. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger will be the longest serving manager in the Premier League next season, assuming that the Arsenal board and owner do not surprise everyone by sacking him. Alex Ferguson has been at Manchester United for over 26 years, while the man who will replace him at Old Trafford next season, David Moyes, is currently the third longest serving manager with over ten years at Everton. .......Read the full article here