We still don’t really know all the details of the injury that has kept Mesut Ozil out of the Arsenal squad for the last six weeks, other than it being something to do with his hamstring, or leg, or some part of his body. But it cannot have been too debilitating because the German is only just back in training but is already fit enough to be included in the Arsenal squad for the trip to Hull tomorrow, according to the Daily Mail.
Is this going to be one of the best season we have had in a while? by Fordo
I know most of the Arsenal fans might not be very happy with our season so far, and I will admit that I have also been heartbroken, especially in this last couple of weeks when we saw our great team going from a title contender to a top four fighting team. But has it really been that bad?
The Enigma Called Lucas Podolski by Uche
Lucas Podolski is one of the most efficient and lethal finishers in the Premier League, never mind at Arsenal. Just look at his conversion rate and variety of goals and you will agree to this without a doubt. So why oh why do we bemoan the absence of strikers in Arsenal?
It is about time that Arsenal started to have some good news on the injury front and it is very timely as well. After a punishing two hours of football and penalties at Wembley, the Gunners had to dig deep against a physical and hard working West Ham side, so Arsene Wenger will be glad of the opportunity to rest a few tired legs.
The Frenchman has given a very positive injury update on Arsenal.com in which he reveals that the Gunners could start with a completely different midfield trio when we travel north to face our FA cup final opponents Hull City on Sunday. Instead of Kim Kallstrom, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla, Wenger might be able to start with Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini.
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.
Podolski is not happy about being the bit on the side at Arsenal. by Ash
In a desperate cry to be heard, Lukas Podolski has released his frustration at Arsenal by revealing his disappointment in Arsene Wenger, which has led to the German’s unhappiness. Some may call it a cry for attention, others hope to be considered, but whatever the reason it’s undeniable that Podolski surely doesn’t get as much playing time as a player of his calibre would expect to get.
Last week, Santi Cazorla caused a bit of a stir and upset quite a few of the Arsenal fans by suggesting that he would be looking to move on from the Emirates if the Gunners did not start to win things. Well, according to one former Arsenal star, the boot should be on the other foot.
Sky Sports presenter Charlie Nicholas, who scored both goals for Arsenal as we won the league cup final in 1987, has layed into our diminutive Spanish midfielder, as a report in The Express reveals, and accused him of failing to live up to his talent and also going missing during big games for Arsenal. He certainly has not been nearly as influential as he was in his debut season last time.
Santi Cazorla has made a statement that I am sure will rock a few Arsenal hearts and test the minds of others. In a recent interview with an independent reviewer, reporting for Sport360.com, the Spaniard suggested that he would consider moving to another club if Arsenal continue to fail. As he approaches 30. the midfield maestro is running out of time to add to his single intertoto cup winner’s medal and that is weighing on his mind.
One of the best things about Arsenal’s draw with Man City last weekend, apart from stopping the rot and giving the team some confidence back, was seeing Santi Cazorla back to what we know he can do. This season the little Spaniard has been hampered with injuries and getting used to a new role in the team, but he put all that behind him to lead Arsenal to a performance that deserved more than a draw against the champions elect.
It’s all in the mind Arsenal by T.B.
Sometimes you have to take your hat off and say well done everybody! Ok, Arsenal didn’t discover a cure for cancer or create a better world or scale Everest but we played our guts out to get a point against the most expensively gathered side in the land (the champions elect?) who all the critics gave us no chance against.
Arsenal fans love Santiago Cazorla, with good reason, but not many would disagree that the tricky Spaniard has not had nearly as good a second season as he did last year. An early injury did not help and the arrival of Mesut Ozil meant that he has not played in the same central role as he occupied to such great effect last season.
But now, just when Arsenal need some players to step up and cover for the damaging injury losses of Ozil, Wilshere, Ramsey and Walcott, Cazorla seems to have risen to the occasion and found his form. If Arsenal are to come out of this season with a long awaited trophy and hold on to their annual Champions League place, Santi could be the man who makes the difference.
Arsenal 1 – 1 Manchester City Player Ratings by KJ