Whatever you think about Arsenal drawing with Man City at the weekend, I don’t think many would argue that the players put in a performance full of guts and fight, especially after a week that cannot be forgotten too soon. It may not have been the result the Gunners needed to get themselves back into the race for the Premier League title, but it should have been enough to stop the rot and ensure that the season does not end up a complete disaster.
Hold on, wait a minute, Arsenal can still win title!
For the first time in god knows how long, Arsenal are only 6 points off the top of the Premier League with a handful of games left! This opportunity may not come around again if we do not spend whilst the others are spending big around us! Yes we are dependent on the other teams f***ing up, but that does not mean we are doomed, so let’s cut all this negativity and get behind our team!
Arsenal cannot rely on their excellent home form to help in the FA cup, with the semi-final and final to be played at Wembley, but it is safe to say that it has helped the Gunners get there. The draws have not been easy, with Premier League sides in every round but one, but they have all been at the Emirates and it has really become a fortress for Arsenal this season.
The Emirates is truly awesome By AondoaverK
Hi Arsenal fans. Saturday was not a very good day was it? I missed watching the Stoke game on Television, holed up at, of all places, Stamford bridge. If I say I wasn’t feeling dejected, I would be lying. There was this feeling of something slipping away. And the taunting of other rival fans was loudly heard before they said anything. Surely, the words came…….trophyless season, no world class strikers bla….bla….bla
Per Mertesacker feeling on edge about Bayern? by Ash
Arsenal and Germany international defender Per Mertesacker has shown the first signs of worrying ahead of Arsenal’s first leg, last 16 Champions League tie against current holders Bayern Munich. Mertesacker has recognised the difficulty of the tie and has affectively warned the Gunners that unless two ‘perfect displays’ are performed within the two legs, then Arsenal should wave goodbye to progression.
If the Arsenal manager and players have been watching Bayern Munich games recently hoping to spot some kind of weakness in the German juggernaut, I hope they have had more luck than me. The holders of the Champions League have been in relentless form, but their captain has revealed that they see Arsenal as a serious danger in their quest to retain the European cup.
Philip Lahm, in an interesting interview with the Guardian, was not exactly quaking in his boots, as he and his teammates are understandably full of confidence, but he admits to having watched Arsenal a lot this season and to being very impressed. Also, the memory of last season’s game between the clubs in Munich is a painful memory.
Between now and next Saturday at 5 o’clock, Arsenal have three massive games that could decide the course of the season. Next Saturday’s Premier League game against a rejuvenated Sunderland side is a must win if the Gunners are going to stay in the title race.
Before that comes the small matter of German powerhouses Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and to kick it all off a crucial FA cup clash with recent tormentors Liverpool. But Arsenal have home advantage in all three games, so if there was ever a time to make it count it is now.
Even before Arsenal moved to their new state of the art Emirates stadium, the home ground was not exactly renowned for being the sort of place that opposing teams and fans feared to come to. Highbury and Library may have gone together because they rhymed, but it was sometimes true that the players could have done with a bit more of the Stoke/Britannia feel about it.
Arsenal have played 10 Premier League games at the Emirates and 10 on the road and it shows just how good the away form is that the Gunners’ points haul is just one better from the home games. That away form is obviously very important for us, but Jack Wilshere feels the key to Arsenal staying at the top of the table and becoming champions could be the Emirates.
When Arsenal take on Bayern Munich at the Emirates in February, the young Arsenal and England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could have been back in the Gunners squad for around a month. Hopefully the Gunners will have the powerful and pacy young player getting back to his best by then, because he could play a big part if Arsenal are to upset the odds.
Chamberlain has been talking about getting the Bundesliga giants for the second year running, as reported by Arsenal.com, and it is clear that he would love to be playing on the night. Still only 20-years old, he has already experienced a few big European nights. And just as he took to the international stage, Chamberlain seems intent on making the most of the big game atmosphere.
When Arsene Wenger spoke about the Arsenal home fans a few weeks ago, it was not the first time that the subject of a big club’s home games being a bit flat. Manchester United and Tottenham have been in the news this season among others and there have been calls for safe standing areas, singing areas and other ideas intended to get some of the passion and atmosphere back.
When you see the fans of clubs like Borussia Dortmund or places like Cardiff, Crystal palace and others it is frustrating when you see the Emirates looking quiet. Even worse, in recent years while the Gunners were struggling, the home fans could actually be more of a hindrance than a help, wrecking the confidence of players like Gervinho and Chamakh.
Arsene Wenger is not asking the Arsenal fans to bring laser pens to the game to blind the opponents, or to sneak some dodgy Lasagne into their catering supplies, but the Frenchman does think that Gooners have a big part to play in helping Arsenal to success this season.
He is talking about the support, especially at the Emirates. There was plenty of negativity around the place last season, and it is not hard to see why after another year of scraping into the top four and winning no trophies. It is hard sometimes to follow your heart and feel positive when your head is screaming at you otherwise. After the opening day defeat, it got even worse, and I think it was a blessing to the players to have the next two games, against Fulham and Fenerbahce, away from home.