Arsene Wenger has left his Arsenal players in absolutely no doubt that he will be expecting them to put their bodies on the line in the FA cup clash against Tottenham. And this is not just because it is a local derby between north London’s great rivals as he explained in a report on Sky Sports.
The Frenchman is still smarting from the Gunners’ fifth round exit at home to Blackburn Rovers last season. That game saw a slightly lacklustre display and a late goalkeeping error from Wojciech Szczesny which effectively ended our hopes of ending the trophy drought last year. Maybe Wenger is trying to make sure the players realise that another such display could have serious repercussions for the fans and for team spirit and confidence. .......Read the full article here
Despite being just 24-years old, Theo Walcott is now one of Arsenal’s senior players at the club as he looks to enter his 9th successive campaign with Arsenal following his arrival from Southampton in the 2005/2006 season.
It may not seem that long but as a player with that much experience at the club he is now seen as one of the most influential off the pitch.
Walcott has stated that Arsenal’s main ambition is always to compete for the Premier League title however he admits that they do struggle a lot because they don’t realise what they are truly capable of. .......Read the full article here
After a rousing finish to the Premier League season, Arsenal have managed to avoid the storm of protest that was seemed to be heading their way since August. By avoiding defeat in the last 10 Premier League games, Arsene Wenger and his players grabbed the final Champions League place and broke the hearts of Tottenham. It was a remarkable run of form, but the fact that the Gunners were in such a precarious position cannot be ignored. .......Read the full article here
It has been a testing time for everybody concerned with Arsenal Football Club this season, but the players made sure that it finished with a bang by beating Newcastle United at St. James’ Park yesterday. You could see the elation and relief on the faces of the Gunners and the Gooners who had traveled to see the game, but we really must do better next season. .......Read the full article here
Mikel Arteta has been a mainstay of Arsenal’s midfield for the last two seasons, but is angry that the team keeps losing easy games and now have a fight on their hands to try and end up in the Champions League next year, which Arteta thinks is “unacceptable” for a club of Arsenal’s stature.
He thinks that, especially if Arsenal fail to make the Top Four, the Board simply must use some of their massive profits to improve the Gunners squad for an assault on the title next season. .......Read the full article here
You can say what you like about Arsene Wenger, and he has certainly come under a lot more criticism this season than ever before, but there is no doubt that he inspires the respect, admiration and gratitude of his Arsenal players. Just last week we saw Jack Wilshere give an emotional post match interview in which you could tell that he was hurt by how much the pressure that Wenger was under and insisted that it was the players that should bear the responsibility for the bad performances and results. .......Read the full article here
Mikel Arteta was sitting next to his boss when Arsene Wenger reacted angrily to questions from reporters in the press conference before Arsenal took on Bayern Munich last week. It is safe to say that the media have milked that outburst for all it is worth, and their main line of questioning to Wenger or any of the Arsenal players now seems to be, whose fault is the current situation. .......Read the full article here
When the Arsenal fans saw that Aaron Ramsey was in the starting 11 to face Bayern Munich on Tuesday, I am sure there was a lot of groaning, tutting and shaking of heads, but the young Welshman was actually one of the better players for the Gunners. After some shaky performances earlier in the season, the 22-year old has improved and is no longer the scapegoat for every bad result that Arsenal suffer.
Ramsey has admitted that the problem was mainly about confidence, and the manager’s continued faith in him has helped him to regain his form. That and the fact that he is playing more in his preferred position in the middle of the pitch. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has already acknowledged that Arsenal did not play well enough on Saturday. He has not taken refuge in bemoaning his luck, despite the fact that the Gunners dominated the game throughout and fell victim to a flukey goal that was one of only two attempts on target by Blackburn Rovers.
One thing that Wenger will not accept, though, is that the defeat was due to a lack of quality in the starting line up. Despite resting Wilshere, Walcott and Cazorla, the manager is adamant that there was more than enough talent in the team to secure the win. He was seriously unimpressed by the line of questioning from the reporters at today’s press conference, and did not hold back with his own criticism. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen, and the man the fans believe is the captain-in-waiting Jack Wilshere have been talking about the possibilities of the Gunners in the Champions league. With tomorrow’s opponents Bayern Munich looking imperious in the German Bundesliga, not many journalists give Arsenal much hope of progressing to the next stage of the competition nevermind winning it, but Vermaelen and Wilshere are daring to dream. .......Read the full article here
I wrote an article before the Arsenal defeat by Blackburn yesterday, calling for the inclusion of the Ivorian forward Gervinho in the team. My argument was that it was the ideal time for him to get his floundering Arsenal career back on track, and I still think it was. His confidence had been boosted by good performances and goals at the African Cup of Nations, and a home game against lower league opposition should have given him a great chance to show off his skills. .......Read the full article here
I know you all might be in shock after losing to the championship side Blackburn Rovers. I don’t want to add to your grief but please do read this article. We can’t completely blame Mr. Wenger. He was the one who brought up so many talented players to the world, whether it be Van Persie, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song and so on. But I assure you that there are hardly a handful of names you will remember if I ask you to name some players who retired at Arsenal (as a gooner). .......Read the full article here