Mikel Arteta is a great Arsenal vice-captain. His cool head is a huge asset both on a and off the pitch. He is also a great role model for the other players in the squad, so they will listen to him when he says things, and amidst the growing excitement and confidence, his voice or reason could be useful in keeping everybody’s feet on the ground.
Your favourite player and why by Big Gun
Dear Gooners, It is really good to see a more unified Arsenal fan base these days. It was getting to a point where either Arsene would have to spend, or the fans were eventually going to take matters into their own hands. I am relieved it was not the latter. Let us just hope that Arsene continues in this vein in the years to come – keeping our best players whilst buying top quality where necessary.
Dear Gooners, yesterday Michael wrote an excellent article about how he came about to love the Arsenal. It is great to see that it is not just the club’s successful history and prestige still attracting fans during these trophyless years, but more so the impeccable and timeless ethic our club has displayed on and off the pitch since its establishment. Arsenal just have that something that other clubs do not have. Call it swagger if you will, the way which Arsenal have conducted itself on many different fronts is something we can all be proud of.
How so much has changed in 14 years! by Ash
The title may seem a bit random to many, and I’m sure a lot of people will be rummaging through their minds and history books to think about what happened on this day, 14 years ago. Well on the 3rd of August 1999, Arsenal officially signed arguably the greatest player to ever play for the club – Thierry Henry.
Arsenal need to add to the management team! by Ash
You may or may not be aware of the news that Manchester United will have the former Red Devil’s player Phil Neville on their coaching staff for next season and it made an idea that I firmly believe in spring to mind once again.
Bergkamp’s return to Arsenal set in stone! by PM
There is no doubt that Dennis Bergkamp is seen by Arsenal supporters as one of our greatest ever heroes along with other legends like Thierry Henry and Tony Adams, and it is great news that the Dutchman is going to be rewarded with a statue of his own at the Emirates this summer.
Olivier Giroud was talking about the necessity of Arsenal holding on to their best players, as well as investing in new ones. The striker also revealed that there was a possibility of him going to the German giants Bayern Munich before he agreed to come to the Emirates. Despite not being very highly regarded by many Arsenal fans, I think that Giroud has shown enough in his debut season to be able to count himself as one of those players that the Gunners must hold on to.
When Dennis Bergkamp ended his playing career in 2006, he had scored 122 goals for Arsenal at a rate of more than one every two games. He had picked up 10 winners medals with the the club, and been a key part of the invincibles who went an entire league season unbeaten.
The first match at the new Emirates Stadium was a testimonial for the non-flying Dutchman, and he will soon grace the stadium again, in statue form. Pictures of the statue were leaked on Twitter, and although it has not been officially announced by the club, Bergkamp seems set to be joining other legends Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Herbert Chapman by being immortalised in Bronze.
Why I personally don’t rate Giroud by KJ
Arsenal under the Wenger era has been blessed with some of the best strikers the world will ever see. The likes of Ian Wright, Theirry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and even the traitor Robin Van Persie. As a result of this, whenever I watch Olivier Giroud on the pitch, I can’t help but feel disappointed with how far we’ve dropped in quality in that position.
I have been an Arsenal fan since childhood and I have been lucky to have watched the like of Bergkamp, Henry, Overmars, Kanu, Adams and Seaman playing for my team. However, the new Arsenal generation are far…very far from achieving a tenth of what the Arsenal of 1998-2005 was capable. Who is to be blamed? Wenger? The board? The players?
For me, Arsene Wenger is the second best manager in history behind Sir Alex Ferguson. It makes me sad to see that the man who brought Arsenal to international recognition is now despised by most Arsenal fans.
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY FOR ARSENAL by NU
The dwindling fortunes of Arsenal date back beyond the past eight years. I saw it coming when, even during the times of the “Invincibles”, and by deliberate club policy quality and experience were eased off the squad or encouraged to leave on approaching the age of 30.
These quality players took their skills and experience to other clubs where they helped these other clubs to win trophies or at least assisted them to improve their positions on the table. I can mention Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Barcelona and even Portsmouth .
Arsene Wenger is well aware that Arsenal have a tough task on their hands in the Champions league. Bayern Munich were last year’s finalists and probably should have won the trophy, but Chelsea held on with some last ditch defending and won the penalty shoot out. Bayern are storming along in the German Bundesliga, so it is no real surprise that they are favourites to progress to the next round at the expense of the Gunners.