Because he has been the manager of Arsenal for 17 years now, Arsene Wenger knows most of the former players who are still working in football in one capacity or another. The Frenchman has always seemed to be keen on the old bootroom philosophy, in which former Gunners have stayed at the club or returned to it to work as coaches, academy directors or managers.
Return of the non-flying Dutchman by Big Gun
Dear fellow gooners, It comes to no surprise that the signing of Ozil and Arsenal’s current brilliant form at top of the league has turned many a head in the football industry, including an Arsenal hero and legend, Dennis Bergkamp. In an interview with Telegraph Sport, he spoke about the positive transformation Arsenal has begun to undertake and how he wishes to be a part of that. Currently he is the assistant coach at Ajax, but in the interview he states that he always had plans to return to Arsenal one day and continue his legacy with us.
Arsene Wenger is clearly delighted as well as relieved to have his club captain Thomas Vermaelen back from his injury lay-off. The Belgium international centre back came on for the last 10 minutes or so at Sunderland on Saturday, and Wenger now has a decision to make about his starting line-up from now on.
The Frenchman has been talking about his defensive options, and he has compared the situation to the one he faced very early in his Arsenal career, when Steve Bould, Tony Adams and Martin Keown were all battling for a starting place. It was difficult to leave any of them out, but that is part of a manager’s job and is obviously better than having no cover.
There are various theories about why Arsenal have had a much improved defensive record in the last year or so. Last season, the Gunners conceded just 37 Premier League goals, 12 less than the previous year. That is almost a 30 percent reduction. The statistics look even better when you look at just the last 10 games of the season, when Arsenal conceded just five goals, while we were the only team all season who stopped the treble winning Bayern Munich from scoring.
When Arsene Wenger praised the current Arsenal squad recently, lots of Arsenal fans were furious because they took it to mean that he would not be signing any big name players again.If that really is the case, I will be as furious as anyone, but I an still fairly hopeful that Wenger is just as aware as us that the Gunners needs to add some quality in order to compete with the best clubs again.
It never rains but it pours, it seems, especially for Arsenal. Just like buses, injuries seem to come along in bursts. The Gunners are facing a real crisis, though, after Laurent Koscielny joined the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen on the injury list, leaving just Per Mertesacker as our only first choice centre back.
The injury might not be really serious, according to The Mirror, but we don’t know that for sure, and these things seem to have a habit of dragging on at Arsenal. The French international twisted his right ankle and had to limp out of training earlier today. The lack of covering defenders was highlighted by the fact that the assistant manager Steve Bould had to step in so the players could complete the training session.
The Five Steps to Winning Trophies by Uche
Arsenal has not won a trophy in eight years. If you hate any article, blog or tweet that starts with this annoying statement, chances are that you are a Gunner. In that case, you are welcome. I hate that statement too. So I am not going negative or paranoid today. It is not my style. I am writing in relation to all the Arsenal related transfer rumours that have been doing the rounds.
Campbell to manage Arsenal? by Stefan
These reports of Sol Campbell possibly managing Arsenal one day sound good to me, so long as Thierry Henry has no intention of getting into management. I always thought it should be one of Arsene Wenger’s former players who should replace him as the manager of the club. If you have a manager who has been in charge for as long as Wenger has I believe the appointment of the next manager is more important than at a club where they throw managers out faster than rotten eggs.
Should Arsenal continue with zonal marking on corners? by Nitesh
Last year saw Steve Bould take over from Pat Rice as Arsene’s right hand man. A hard tackling defender in his own time, he was widely expected to take charge of the Arsenal defence, to bring down the number of goals conceded, which was an appalling 43 goals during the 2011-12 Premier League season.
And he did bring it down. Arsenal conceded 37 goals last season, an average of less than a goal a game. We scored 72 in the process, which made for a pretty healthy goal difference of 35. Only Manchester City conceded less goals, also scoring less goals. We had the third best goal difference in the league.
Tony Adams may sometimes split the opinions of the Arsenal fans with some of his statements, but we all agree that he was a fantastic player for us and a strong contender for being the best centre back and captain in the club’s illustrious history. So when he talks about the current Arsenal defence, we should all take note.
Adams won four league titles with Arsenal, two of them coming as part of FA cup doubles, and forged long and successful partnerships with Steve Bould, the current assistant to Arsene Wenger, and Martin Keown, so he knows what it takes to be successful, and it does not make for good reading if you are the current captain Thomas Vermaelen.
The former Arsenal and England striker Alan `smudger` Smith has been writing about his memories of the Gunners and his thoughts on the current Arsenal team. Smith left Arsenal shortly before Arsene Wenger took over in 1996, but he has always followed the Gunners and has suggested that the Frenchman is at a pivotal period in his Arsenal reign and could maybe do with being a little more flexible in his methods.
It is an often used adage in the world of football that goalkeepers have to be a little bit crazy, and the Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny can certainly tick that box on his c.v. You have to love him, though, because he often comes out with things that most other players would not dream of saying, whether they think it or not.
Another reason we Gooners like the Polish international is because he really feels for the club. He joined the club as a boy and has been a Gunner for seven years now, often declaring that he would like to stay at Arsenal for the whole of his career. He backed Arsene Wenger and the club ahead of his own father recently, after Szczesny senior cticised them when the keeper was dropped.