Wenger’s future – D-day approaches
Arsenal’s familiar end-of-season capitulation means the focus has switched from a possible title challenge to boss Arsene Wenger’s future, with the Frenchman yet to sign a new contract.
Wenger intimated just last month that he would be prepared to commit himself to a fresh deal at the Emirates but it seems he is now refusing to make his mind up until the summer, when he will review his position.
There is certainly plenty for the Gunners boss, fans and the board to ponder amid renewed speculation Wenger is ready to walk away from the club he has graced for nearly two decades. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal capitulation raises questions by Dan Smith
There is a common saying that “It’s amazing how much more you can learn by making mistakes than you can by making perfect decisions.”
Yet in a week where the football world rightly reflected on everything wonderful about Arsene Wenger, his players saved the day of his 1000th Arsenal game to highlight perhaps his biggest flaw, the ability to learn from his mistakes. .......Read the full article here
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.
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It may be a crucial game for Arsenal tomorrow in terms of reaching the Champions League, but for Wigan it is even more important as they are fighting for their Premiership lives. Roberto Martinez has performed miracles to keep them in the top flight over the last few years, and he is fully expecting to do the same thing this time around.
He said: “We’ve been having a very good season in terms of performances. That wasn’t an accident against City,”
“It didn’t happen by mistake, it happens because the players have been playing like that for 10 months. .......Read the full article here
What should Arsenal expect to achieve next season? by FD
Like any Arsenal fan, I’m all too aware of how many seasons we’ve gone without adding to our silverware collection. That minor detail hasn’t prevented me from approaching each new campaign with a feeling of optimism – well, OK, perhaps last year’s RVP defection dampened those sunny spirits a little.
But I believe the success we’ve enjoyed, especially in the first flush of the Wenger Era, has instilled an expectation in the minds of most Arsenal fans. It’s not arrogance that leads us to associate our club with the giants of Europe – we’ve consistently held a place in the Top 6 EUFA rankings – it’s the belief that a standard has been set. Arsenal belong in that category. .......Read the full article here
Wojciech Szczesny is intent on beating Blackburn this weekend and is clearly wanting to open his trophy account by going on to win the competition. The Polish international said: “As you know, we’re desperate for a trophy – so we hope we can give our fans something to cheer in the FA Cup.
“It’s massive for us. We’re three wins away from a final at Wembley now so we’ll give it everything.”
“I really don’t care about goals conceded as long as we win the game – I’d rather win 3-2 than draw 0-0, for example. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger is struggling to get his Arsenal team to produce some consistency in the race for a Top Four spot in the Premiership, but he insists he will not sacrifice the chance to win the FA Cup by resting his key players against Swansea this weekend.
A trip to Wales is by no means an easy way to start the competition and Wenger insists he will be taking it seriously. “We play at Swansea; it’s a difficult tie, but of course we want to come out on top,” he maintains. “The FA Cup is something special because it is exciting, it is watched all over the world. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger always plays his cards close to his chest, but he has revealed that he expects to be involved in a lot of transfer activity once the window opens on New Years day. Arsenal fans are expecting some quality additions as well as the departure of some unwanted or unused players such as Santos, Djourou, Arshavin and Chamakh, and it will be interesting just how much the Arsenal board have really allotted Le Prof to give the team a boost in this crucial season.
“Yes, I will be busy. I don’t feel under pressure to name names, because you (the media) find them on your own.” .......Read the full article here
Arsenal will not play again until December 29th, because the tube strike has meant that the home game against West Ham on Boxing day has been called off. All the other Premier league teams will, therefore, play an extra game over the busy festive period.
This could be good or bad for the Gunners, but which will it turn out to be? I think it could actually play into our hands, as we have just had two away games and the extra time on a hard pitch at Bradford. We also have Podolski and Cazorla who are not used to such a frenetic series of matches. They are used to a winter break and have been struggling to cope with the pace of the English game anyway. .......Read the full article here
It is being reported this morning that Arsene Wenger is intending to kick off the Jnuary transfer window in style by announcing the signing of Thierry Henry for the THIRD time in his career.
The Mail says that Arsenal already have the agreement of Henry’s bosses at the New York Red Bulls, and the ongoing talks are only about the length of the loan, with Wenger asking to keep Henry for longer than last years stay, maybe even until the end of the season…. .......Read the full article here
You couldn’t make it up. Arsenal have been drawn against Swansea for our first round in this season’s FA cup competition. We will travel to the Liberty Stadium in the first week of January and will have some demons to face when we get there.
There are a number of reasons why yesterday’s defeat by Swansea was so galling to the Gunners. It meant that Swansea went above us in the league. It also let West Ham and Stoke past us while Tottenham stretched their lead over us. It was meant to be our chance to begin a good run of home games after two battling away draws, but it was the exact opposite. .......Read the full article here
Yesterday Arsenal had just two possible trophies they could win this season, but today that is down to one, and they now need to pick themselves up and prepare to go all out to beat Sunderland in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Wenger said last night: “We will focus on our next games, the season is not finished. We have a big game on Saturday, which is a good opportunity to show we have character and mental strength and that we can respond after such a shocking defeat.” .......Read the full article here