Well Arsenal fans, we are into the last 10 Premier League games of the season. The Gunners had a fantastic first half of the campaign but have dropped off a bit in recent weeks. We are sitting in third place, four behind current leaders Chelsea and behind second placed Liverpool on goal difference. Man City are behind us but will leapfrog Arsenal if they win their games in hand.
So we are looking up obviously, having a strong finish and putting pressure on our rivals, but at the same time, we are just six points ahead of Tottenham who are our next opponents. Arsenal.com have compiled stats to show how the Gunners tend to do in the last 10 games and it is pretty encouraging. .......Read the full article here
What happened Arsenal? I have two days off and everything goes pear-shaped. Stoke, really? Actually, to be honest I am not that surprised. They are always a tough team to play at the Britannia Stadium and they are always up for a game against Arsenal more than any other.
The upshot of it all, however, is that Arsenal’s season is looking dangerously close to being another trophy-free one. Let’s be realistic, Gooners, we won’t be happy with another fourth placed finish, but iut still gets us into the Champions League, unless Manchester United win it of course, hahahahaha. .......Read the full article here
Stoke City vs Arsenal match preview by Ash
The Premier League is back after a week that saw the players get a rest because of a previous very busy period, Mesut Ozil come under fire once again and transfer rumours galore regarding Arsenal’s supposed target Alavro Morata. The Gunners haven’t been in action in midweek after playing their Champions League tie and the next round of the FA Cup isn’t for two more weeks. Therefore Arsenal have had a nice little break away from the game but they will need to have complete focus yet again if they are going to come away from our next opponents with all three points. .......Read the full article here
Wenger wants to take the Premier League chase right to the end! by Ash
You may be a little confused to hear that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants the Premier League title chase to last right until the end because surely if the Gunners could run away with it then that would be better, however we must take the more realistic assumption that perhaps Wenger now recognises we are no longer favourites.
“I hope it will be tight until the end, because then it will be interesting and if you are consistent then you have a chance to win. You need to be at your best to find the resources to win games, this is a big game for us and of course this weekend we just want to focus on the three points. We got the three points against Sunderland who are a tricky team, so we want to do it again. We have to look at our results, just focus on that and not speculate too much because we’re in a period where we have to move forward.”
Arsenal were top of the Premier League for most of the season and saw little movement between clubs in top spot between late October until early February, however since then our tough testing period of games has come and gone and its left the Gunners in a tricky situation. Considering that both Chelsea and Manchester City are major title rivals this season, it may worry you to know that although we are just one point behind Chelsea and two ahead of City, City do have a game in hand, which on current form they are more than likely to win. This means they would go top of the league on their extraordinary goal difference, with Chelsea in second and Arsenal in third. .......Read the full article here
When we hear about a tough run of games in the media, it always seems to be Arsenal that they are talking about. But that just does not make sense. Apart from the cup competitions, we all have to play the same teams, home and away, so just how much worse is our impending fixture list than our rivals?
Well we do have another tough period coming up, that’s for sure. Four Premier League games in a row against teams currently in the top seven is no picnic, but that is about it and the last five games are the sort we have been winning all season. .......Read the full article here
How much of a boost will Ramsey’s return to Arsenal be? by Ash
Prior to Aaron Ramsey’s boxing day injury against West Ham, the Arsenal and Wales international midfielder was having the season of his career so far, becoming the ultimately player in midfield. As you can expect, his injury consequently set the team back and, although we haven’t done too badly without the 23 year old, I’m sure everyone cannot wait to have him back. .......Read the full article here
Whereas all the football pundits and so-called experts were predicting another frightful February for Arsenal, the Gunners have got to the end of a testing month still bang in the title race. One point behind lucky league leaders Chelsea, and Man City if they win their game in hand, gives Arsenal a real shout of lifting the Premier League trophy in May.
We haven’t been exactly brilliant this month, but neither have our rivals, so Arsene Wenger is predicting that the champions might not be known until the final day. According to an Arsenal.com report, the Frenchman feels that consistency is the key to becoming champions of England this season. Many people think that the games between the big teams could be decisive and, as Wenger says, all of us have some tough games to come. .......Read the full article here
There are still plenty of people who want to shoot Arsenal down, but Arsene Wenger and his players did not give them much ammunition yesterday. The best that the doubters could muster was that Sunderland were not very good. Maybe not, but we did not give them a chance to be.
Right from the start, Arsenal were crisp and creative in possession and cool, calm and collected in defence. The first three goals were top quality and so was a lot of our play. So it is no surprise to read, in a Sky Sports report, the manager waxing lyrical about his team. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal are still slap bang in the middle of the most tightly fought and exciting Premier League season for a long time, possibly ever. Now Liverpool have joined in the fun, there are still four really good contenders for the title and even the football pundits and bookies are starting to hedge their bets.
Of course, if Arsenal end up finishing in our usual fourth spot, that will not be a great deal of consolation. But after the Gunners had a little wobble recently, I think that Arsenal have as good a chance as anyone for a few reasons. There is a long way to go and I’m sure a bit of luck will come into it, but the Gunners have good reasons to feel that this could be our year. .......Read the full article here
This is the news we have all been waiting for Arsenal fans, along with the news that Abramovich is pulling his money out of Chelsea and Mourinho is taking a vow of silence. The Gunners’ best player of the season so far, Aaron Ramsey, has been given good news on his thigh injury and should be back within the month.
Arsenal have already had the disappointment of one return being put back when the problem recurred after he returned to training towards the end of January, so the club was understandably worried. But, according to the Daily Mail, Ramsey has had the all-clear after a medical scan on his thigh and will soon resume training. .......Read the full article here
The real reasons Mourinho is so angry By AondoaverK
Jose Mourinho’s media statements in response to the Arsenal manager’s opinions on why the top coaches do not want to be considered title favourites did not come as a surprise. What is surprising is the sheer anger and outright disrespect that they contained. I have been thinking about the whole issue and here are my thoughts on it. .......Read the full article here
We all know that Jose Mourinho likes a mind game or three. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger really locked horns with the Portuguese coach the first time he was the Chelsea manager and he probably got under Wenger’s skin more than the other way then.
They have been reasonably civil with each other this time around, although maybe the last time was because Mourinho saw Arsenal as the team to fight, just as he has done with Man City and Manuel Pellegrini this season. The City boss has bitten back a little but tried not to get involved in a running argument, but it seems that Wenger fancies a pop. .......Read the full article here