Is Silverware On The Horizon For Arsenal? By Simon Fitzpatrick
And still the long-threatened Arsenal collapse fails to materialise. Granted, Fulham at home was never going to be the most dangerous of fixtures, but to be grinding out wins – and clean sheets – at this point of the season is precisely what needs to happen if Arsenal are to get within sniffing distance of a trophy by the spring.
All the Arsenal transfer news in the papers this morning are reporting that Arsene Wenger is in negotiations with Everton for the crazy Belgian Marouane Fellaini, but is so far refusing to match the £23m release clause which would allow him to move to a Champions League club.
Some people have been erroneously reporting that Fellaini has already agreed a four-year deal with the Gunners, but any personal agreement will come to nothing if a price cannot be agreed with the Toffees. .......Read the full article here
The young Lyon playmaker Clement Grenier only has one year left on his contract at the French giants, but his boss, club president Jean-Michel Aulas, has yesterday revealed that he is yet to receive any offer for the 22 year-old and is still hoping to persuade him to sign an extension to his current deal, especially as the club held on to the Third Champions League place. .......Read the full article here
The avalanche of Arsenal transfer rumours over the last month has been led by the news that the arrival of Stevan Jovetic is expected to be named as an Arsenal player as soon as the season finishes, and we are all waiting expectantly despite rumoured interest from Juventus as well.
But yesterday the Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade has told the Italian press that a decision on his future will not announced until after Jovetic has had a meeting with the Viola owner Diego Della Valle. .......Read the full article here
Jack Wilshere is heading for a small operation in the summer to remove a pin from his ankle, but is still expected to play some part in today’s game against Newcastle due to the injury to Mikel Arteta.
He admits that this game is so crucial that there may be a few nerves amongst the Arsenal players, but says they just have to calm and professional to make sure of the three points, no matter what happens in the Tottenham game. .......Read the full article here
It is absolutely brilliant that Arsenal are being linked with some top, top, top players for a change, and if this report in the Spanish media is true then it means that Arsene Wenger really is buying players that will improve the team!
Sport.es confidently report that the Gunners have signed a pre-contract with the Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain and will pay 22 million euros to the Spanish giants, and we apparently nabbed him from under the noses of our arch-rivals Tottenham. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal have a big run of games ahead as the chase for the Champions League places hots up. We face QPR today, Wigan on Tuesday week, and then the nail-biting away game at Newcastle on the last day of the season. All of these are very winnable games, with Wigan having only won two of their last six games, Newcastle have won just once and today’s opponents QPR are winless in their last six. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal soon to be a non-top 4 team? Don’t count on it by Matt
Today Arsenal faces their biggest challenge for the remainder of the season in a game that could decide their Champions League fate. For years now pundits have predicted that Arsenal were soon to be a non-top 4 team. That their decline was inevitable and that they would have to make way for one of the up and comers like Manchester City.
I remember predictions from as long ago as 2008 that Arsenal’s best days were behind them and that they would be the first of the Grand Slam “top 4 teams” to drop out and start regularly landing outside the top 4. .......Read the full article here
The internet was buzzing yesterday, with lots of Arsenal websites and blogs running the story suggesting that the deal to bring Stevan Jovetic to Arsenal had been agreed between Fiorentina and the Gunners, while personal terms with the Montenegrin striker had also been sorted out. The only thing holding back the announcement, according to the rumours, was the wishes of the Serie A club and it’s manager. Apparently, Vincenzo Montella was worried about the news unsettling his players and the fans as they push hard for a finish that will see them qualify for the Champions League next season. .......Read the full article here
Only Thirty Eight games will prove who’s best between Arsenal and Tottenham by GP
Dear Gooners, Although I have been very critical of our manager and team this season, I would like to offer you all words of encouragement.
The only thing that makes this defeat worse is the opposition.
Arsenal have lost to better and worse teams than them this season. No need to name them all but the one consistent factor is that our defence or lack of it has cost us every time. It only takes one player in a defence to switch off to concede and we do this consistently as a unit. .......Read the full article here
Lukas Podolski knows how big the North London derby is for the Arsenal fans on Sunday, but he doesn’t think that the result will finally decide which teams go into the Champions League next season. He knows that playing away at a Top Four team is never going to be easy, but, as he points out, there is still a long way to go in this League campaign….
“They are a very good team, very strong and they are third in the Premier League,” Poldi said on Arsenal.com. “I like derbies, it will be a tough match but we want the three points and we have the quality to win there. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has been charged with getting Arsenal into the Champions League places every season, and the position has now been renamed as “The Wenger Cup”. Last season the Gunners just scraped into the Champions League, but now for the first time in 16 years it looks like this position could be in serious danger of slipping away from him.
The facile defeats to both Bradford and Blackburn in the two domestic Cups has left Arsenal fans bewildered by what is going on behind the seasons. In past years, even though Wenger regularly sold his best players, he still managed to motivate the remaining squad to excel during the season, but this motivating force seems to have deserted him and it could be that the once-great manager may resign at the end of eight trophyless seasons. .......Read the full article here