If anyone involved with Arsenal Football Club was unsure of the wisdom of offering a new contract to a 33-year old midfielder, the performance of Tomas Rosicky against Sunderland on Saturday should have convinced them. Arsene Wenger and the Gunners hierarchy certainly have no doubts, because the new deal for Rosicky is set to be signed anytime now.
The Czech international was brilliant as he interchanged positions with Santi Cazorla and ran the Black Cat’s ragged. And his goal was a thing of beauty, with Rosicky involved in the mesmerising build up as well as providing the deft finish. So nobody was surprised when Wenger revealed, as reported by The Mirror, the agreement to extend his Arsenal career. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal are under no illusions about the sixe of the task ahead of them if they are to progress to the next round of the Champions League. Going to the home of the strongest team in Europe, if not the world, needing to score two goals and not concede just to earn an extra 30 minutes is a mountain of Everest proportions.
And the fact that the return leg in Munich comes just three days after the Gunners host Everton in the quarter-final of the FA cup, and face three huge Premier League games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City after Bayern, has convinced former Arsenal boss George Graham that the best thing to do would be to forget about Europe. .......Read the full article here
Sanogo has earned a start and Ozil needs a rest By Uche
Hello Gunners. For the first time this season, Arsenal had a really good opportunity to measure our dearly beloved team against the best in the world and they did not disappoint. Many predicted an Arsenal demolition but eleven against eleven, we went toe to toe with the mighty Bayern Munich and made them look ordinary… until we got the red card. What a difference a small crimson card can make. .......Read the full article here
There have been no direct quotes from Arsene Wenger or any of the Arsenal players, yet all the football journalists have been reporting for the last few days that the manager is set to field a weakened Arsenal team today. Apparently Wenger wants to rest a few key players who have been looking a bit tired, because of the big Champions League game against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
I have seen papers with suggested line-ups without Giroud, Ozil, Sagna, Szczesny and Wilshere and looking more like the sort of side the Gunners went for in the Capital One Cup’s early stages, rather than to face Liverpool for a place in the last eight of the FA cup. .......Read the full article here
The revolving door in the Arsenal dressing room continues to spin round as it has done all season. Just when you think that the Gunners team is going to be boosted with the return of a player, they get injured again or someone else drops out.
True to form, Arsene Wenger has been hit with the loss of our Spanish international midfielder Santi Cazorla, just when his options had been boosted by the availability of steely French midfielder Mathieu Flamini after a three match suspension. So what will that mean to the Arsenal team that will face Liverpool in a crucial FA cup clash at the Emirates on Sunday? .......Read the full article here
Does Ozil deserve to keep his place in the Arsenal side? by Ash
In Arsenal’s previous game against Liverpool, I’m pretty sure that what Mesut Ozil is most remembered for is tripping over the ball rather than any actual football ability and although it has been necessarily wiped, it’s not the only poor show from the Gunners and especially not for Ozil as he has been off form for the large majority of the past few months, with the footballing world only managing to see a few graceful glimpses of what the German has to offer. .......Read the full article here
I am one of the Arsenal fans that have been defending Mesut Ozil recently. The German’s influence on games may have dropped off since his brilliant start, but I still thought that his vision and passing ability was helping the players around him.
Yesterday at Anfield, however, Ozil was nothing short of a liability. He did pretty much nothing in attack and was directly at fault for two of Liverpool’s goals. Whether he is jaded or just out of form, can Arsene Wenger really afford to keep playing him and hope he improves? .......Read the full article here
Arsenal had a little bit of an injury crisis going into this home game against Tony Pulis’ Crystal Palace. With Ramsey, Wilshere and Flamini unavailable, Arsene Wenger gave Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the chance to show what he can do in the position that the bos thinks will end up being where he plays as his career progresses.
We knew that Palace would be organised and difficult to get through, which was evident as soon as the game started. They did’t even try to be attacking and were successful in stopping us. I was not as frustrated as I might have been because I thought we played well and never looked like conceding a breakaway goal that would have given us a mountain to climd and Palace something to hold on to. .......Read the full article here
Southampton 2 v 2 Arsenal: Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com
Arsenal missed their chance to go four points clear at the top of the table tonight, after their 2-2 draw with the Saints. With Southampton probably feeling like it’s two points dropped, Arsenal played the final fifteen minutes with only ten men.
Arteta made his return for the Gunners with Jack Wilshere out with an ankle injury, however our captain looked a little off the pace today. Not surprising having only just returned from injury, but his presence was enforced due to our worrying lack of central midfield cover at the moment. If only there was some kind of January transfer window in which we could buy players to bolster our squad! .......Read the full article here
Arsenal went into this away game at Southampton knowing that they had a great chance to put some serious pressure on Man City and Chelsea, both of whom play tomorrow. But they also knew that the Saints were a good side and it was not going to be easy.
So I could not believe how badly we started. Maybe it was the coach turning up late or the fact that there was no Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey or Tomas Rosicky available, but we were awful. We could not get our passing game going at all and were offering nothing going forward. Apart from a defensive header, I don’t think Giroud touched the ball in the first half hour. .......Read the full article here