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
Seriously now, stop it! Leave Arsenal alone and go and pick on someone else for a change. The Gunners have been hit by yet another injury, this time to our young England international Jack Wilshere. It is nothing like the cruciate ligament damage that will keep Theo Walcott out of action for the rest of the season at least.
According to the Mirror, Wilshere picked up a knock to his ankle during the FA cup win over Coventry and so is set to miss tomorrow’s Premier League away trip to face Southampton. The question now is who will Arsene Wenger pick to replace him? .......Read the full article here
Arsenal were not messing about in the FA cup tonight, going with a really strong side at home to Coventry City. So it was just down to the players to perform.
It did not take the Gunners long to get into their stride, passing the ball with fluency and intent. We were using the flanks well, with Podolski and Gibbs on the left and Gnabry and Jenkinson on the right working well, spreading the play and getting balls in to the box. .......Read the full article here
Lukas Podolski came to Arsenal a year and a half ago, along with Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud. It was often emphasised how well the duo of Cazorla and Podolski were playing together last season. They even spoke of each other highly off the pitch as well. Giroud was not praised by as many, but now Giroud is respected for being a striker with great hold up play and is the key to unlocking our midfield talent, whilst Podolski sits on the sidelines, wasting his incredible talent. .......Read the full article here
It is fair to say that Santi Cazorla has not had nearly the same influence for Arsenal this season as he did last time around. Early injuries meant it took the Spaniard a long time to really get going this season, along with the fact that Mesut Ozil came in and nailed down the central attacking midfield position that Cazorla played in for much of last year.
After his sparkling performance and two goals against Fulham, however, it looks like he is getting right back to his best. That has also led to suggestions that it might be a good idea to move him back into the middle, with Ozil suffering a little dip in form, but Cazorla does not really agree with this. .......Read the full article here
Normally Arsenal tries to promote at least one player a year from first team reserves to the starting eleven with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson having that experience in the past, and although the latter may not be fully integrated into the side and doing well, one player that has done exactly that is our younger German talent Serge Gnabry. .......Read the full article here
How Arsenal midfield trio can win us the title by KJ
It’s no secret that Arsenal’s main threat when attacking is the midfield. We have a plethora of talented midfielders all with different strengths. You have the more experienced midfielders in Rosicky, Arteta, Flamini and Cazorla. Then you have our ready-made superstar who will only get better in Mesut Özil. Finally, we have our younger midfielders who are only just starting to fulfil their enormous potential with Ramsey, Wilshere and Chamberlain. Now we have three that have the potential to step up for the remainder of the season and bring home the silverware. Those three are Ramsey, Özil & Cazorla. .......Read the full article here
With Arsenal having so many talented midfield players it’s difficult to see them as individual talents rather than a collective item. They all hold the same qualities that make them almost the perfect midfielder and together it makes the team almost unstoppable in the middle of the park.
Arsenal are rarely outplayed in midfield, often dominating both the ball and possession. It makes the Gunners difficult to break down, something we have struggled with in the past, whilst our fancy footwork on the ball makes tackling from the opposition a very tricky task. The club is privileged to have such creative players such as Cazorla, Ozil, Wilshere and Rosicky, whilst Ramsey, Arteta and Flamini control the more defensive side of the park. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 2 v 0 Fulham Match Report Infographic by allarsenal.com
The Gunners returned to the top of the Premier League thanks to two well taken goals from Santi Cazorla against Fulham, with another sublime defensive performance from all involved.
It took Arsene Wenger’s men a while to break the deadlock after some lack of fluency in the final third, however the Spaniard’s contributions were well deserved after plenty of trickery from the winger.
Arsenal’s result makes it their fifth consecutive victory in the Premier League (home and away), they’ve managed this feat for the second time this season and long may it continue! .......Read the full article here
Following yet another victory, this time against Fulham, Arsenal continue to soar high at the summit of the Barclays Premier League. The situation at the Emirates right now is in stark contrast to how it was at this point last season, underlining the staggering improvement that has been made by Arsene Wenger’s men since the start of the current campaign. .......Read the full article here