High spirits and high fives all round at Arsenal Football Club after coming within one game of ending the wait for a trophy to add to the cabinet. But the Gunners must continue that good feeling with a win over West Ham at the Emirates tonight.
I hardly need to tell you that fit and available Arsenal players are a little bit thin on the ground, while the ones who are available probably have a bit of fatigue in their legs. That should not matter if we start well and don’t have to chase the game, but it is definitely a boost to be able to welcome Laurent Koscielny and Tomas Rosicky back into the starting XI. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal vs West Ham Preview, Line up and predicted score by KJ
After a dramatic win on Saturday, Arsenal need to go back to the Premier league now and beat West Ham to maintain our top 4 aspirations. Going into this game, our team is going to be absolutely knackered throughout the squad. The majority had to play 120 minutes at a high intensity. The likes of Sagna, Mertesacker and Cazorla have barely been rested this season and that 120 minutes has probably tipped them over the edge. I’d be surprised if they were physically and mentally prepared for the game against West Ham. .......Read the full article here
Unfortunately for Arsenal, it looks like they are going to have to wait a little longer for the return of the excellent French centre back Laurent Koscielny. And with their toughest tackling and most defensive midfielder, Mathieu Flamini, missing his second game with suspension, there will be a big onus on Per Mertesacker and club captain Thomas Vermaelen to keep Andy Carroll quiet tomorrow.
While the West Ham team do not really have anything to play for other than pride, the England international striker knows that a good showing in his remaining Premier League games will probably mean that he is on the plane to Brazil for the World Cup this summer. So Arsenal must be ready for the big striker to be pumped up and ready to cause us problems. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal must take Joel Campbell back next year! by Ash
If you watched Manchester United’s game against Olympiakos last night, then I’m sure it probably had something to do with the fact an Arsenal player was on the pitch. Whilst one former Gunner Robin Van Persie led the line for Manchester United, Olympiakos had their own Arsenal striker up front, with Joel Campbell playing for the Greek side at Old Trafford, and it was the youngster that stole the show with an excellent goal as United were humbled. .......Read the full article here
I think that some football journalists have got too much time on their hands, while a favourite way of spending it often seems to be making up some story about Arsenal. The Gunners have been linked with hundreds of players this summer, from 14-year old West Brom academy starlets, to world names like Iker Casillas and Wayne Rooney.
I know they sat there is no smoke without fire, but London would be ablaze if all these stories had some truth to them. A couple of little gems caught my eye today as I was trawling through the newspapers and sport websites. I may be wrong of course, it has happened once before, but these two rumours strike me instantly as having sprung from the feverish imagination of a reporter who has had too much liquid for his lunch. .......Read the full article here
Why Arsenal DON’T need to sign world class players by ThirdManJW
Some of you may think I’m crazy, even delusional, but I honestly believe that Arsenal can win trophies again under Wenger…..and all without signing any world class players.
First of all, we need to look at Wenger’s reign, especially the first half of it. Arsenal were very successful during this period, trophies were won, players honoured for their individual brilliance, and the icing on the cake was going a season undefeated. We dominated games, scored goals for fun, and the football was scintillating! This was all done without signing world class players. .......Read the full article here
It is now January 8th 2013 and the transfer window has officially got underway. The gates to the overpriced and usually disruptive time of the season are open. An often overworked set of players in each team, reeling from the rigors of the Christmas and new year fixtures, are subjected to the media’s speculation of grandeur and the chance for them to apparently play for the potential top four teams, causing managers to squeeze their eyes shut in prayer that their star players show some loyalty over the stupidly high wages that are presented to them at the likes of Man City and Chelski. .......Read the full article here
With new financial regulations coming into play next season, quite a few clubs in the Premier league and around Europe will have a lot of work to do to change and get ready for the new rules, but Arsenal are already in the perfect position and are a role model to other clubs, according to our chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
“Arsenal were operating like this a long time before football looked at it and decided that it would be a good path for football to move in to.
Per Mertesacker has been a tower of strength at the heart of the Arsenal defence this season, displacing the very talented Arsenal fans favourite Laurent Koscielny, at least for the time being. Andy Carroll was expected to be raring to go and a real handful, which he was, but Mertesacker and Vermaelen were strong and composed under pressure and handled the big man better and better as the game wore on.
“What can you do about their goal? Sometimes that happens.
Arsene Wenger was pleased to see his Arsenal team take all three points from yesterday’s match against West Ham, but he admitted that the height of Andy Carroll certainly caused problems for the Arsenal defence, while Kevin Nolan also had two easy chances to score for the Hammers but failed with his final touch.
Wenger said: “You never can completely control Carroll for 90 minutes. You have to fight for him and be good on the second ball. The problem with West Ham is not only Carroll, but is also Nolan on the second ball in the box. We could have been punished once or twice but overall we gave it all to deal well with him. Carroll was really up for it I must say. He did fight from the first to the last minute.” .......Read the full article here
First of all, congratulations to Olivier Giroud. It seemed for most of the first half that his bad luck at Arsenal was going to continue and he was going to have another fruitless game. The big Frenchman was playing well but his shots, although on target, were hitting defenders and he was millimeters away from getting on to balls. When his goal finally came, there was no luck involved. Giroud started the move by holding the ball and feeding it to Podolski who whipped in a lovely ball. Giroud bust a gut and finished beautifully. It was a great moment for Giroud and for Gooners everywhere. .......Read the full article here
West Ham vs Arsenal preview, line-up and score prediction by KJ
The last month has been high octane with games against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea. However, starting today, Arsenal will finally have a run of games against lower opposition. This starts at Upton Park against newly promoted West Ham Utd.
Although WHU have just been promoted, they’ve made big name signings in Jarvis, Diame, Carroll etc. meaning that they will definitely not be a walk in the park. The boys will have to dig deep to get a result today. .......Read the full article here