There have been many stories in the media about Arsene Wenger and the possibility of the Frenchman signing a new Arsenal contract. With his current deal due to run out at the end of this season, the Club and the fans could be forgiven for getting a bit twitchy. Whereas there were calls for Wenger to go last season, as the Gunners endured another disappointing and trophy-less campaign, the form that saw Arsenal overtake Tottenham, grab the last Champions League spot, and shoot to the top of the Premier League, has convinced most people that it would be a disaster if Wenger was to walk away now.
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.
Walcott will have the fans off his back for now by Ash
After last night’s performance against Marseille, Arsenal have both some positives and negatives to take away from the game. Whilst in my opinion they are mainly negatives there are of course always some positive aspects, and one of which is that fact Theo Walcott managed to get on the score sheet during the game.
Theo Walcott has largely struggled so far this season and although I know I got a bit of stick last time for slating the English international’s performances against Sunderland especially, Theo Walcott again disappointed in my opinion despite his goal.
It seems as though Arsenal have the young Aaron Ramsey back who had the world at his feet and was destined for big things as recent performances show.
If you will think back to when he was a young man entering into the Arsenal squad, you will remember how he was being tipped for big things in football. He came from Cardiff as a young man and Arsene Wenger knew that he was a special talent and so did everybody else.
Santiago Cazorla could be forgiven for being very pleased with his first season as an Arsenal player. Being voted by the fans as the Player of the Year could make you think that you had arrived and were comfortable at your new club, but that’s not the way the Spanish international works.
He is understandably pleased with how the fans took to him straight away, and how well he settled into the Arsenal team. The Gunners way of playing under Wenger suits him perfectly, but he has also had to work hard to get used to the Premier League and he will continue to do so, promising that he will be even better next season.
The Arsenal vice-captain is not expecting an easy game against Wigan tonight, in fact he thinks the FA cup winners will give it everything they’ve got. He is, however, confident that Arsenal can get the win and the three points we need, as long as they don’t let the occasion get to them.
“They will play for their lives,” said the Spaniard. “For them it’s massive to stay in the Premier League. I’m sure they will give everything they’ve got.
ARSENAL’S FANS SHOULD STAND AND ASK FOR KROENKE EXIT by MA
I have been an Arsenal fan since the first time I saw the red and white jersey raising majestically high in the sky of Highbury. My family’s older generations have always been Liverpool supporters. But my heart beats for Arsenal and I am proud to be a Gunner.
There has been much discussion about anti-racism in football this season, especially after the John Terry and Luis Suarez affairs, but probably the most ridiculous (and most PC ‘Politically Correct”) was when the police tried to punish Tottenham fans for chanting the Y word, especially as the call themselves the Y*d Army!
Well now the police have asked Arsenal Football Club to warn the fans going to the match to be careful what they are singing under the threat of arrest. A statement on Arsenal.com said: “The Metropolitan Police have informed both clubs that they will be monitoring for offensive chanting and anti-social behaviour both inside and outside White Hart Lane stadium on Sunday, and any behaviour of this nature will result in arrest.
The facts about Arsenal’s decline since 2006 by William Patey
Well the debate goes on. Should Wenger go? should the board go?, should Arsenal buy more experienced players?, should we increase our wage restrictions?. Everyone has an opinion and as fans we all want what is best for our team and club. Me personally I am at a stage where I do not know anymore what can be done to turn this club around. Wenger is a great manager, he has proved that but in the last eight seasons he has been unable to present a team who can win trophies. Yes we have great individual players who can win trophies, but unfortunately not with us. So is it the players fault? We can all speculate and give our opinions which we always believe to be right, put forward what we believe should be done or should have been done on forums like this, but what I want to say is this……….
The only thing left for Arsenal to achieve, and avoid complete disaster, this season is a top four spot and Champions league qualification. Barring a miracle in Munich, the next 12 league games are absolutely crucial, but Thomas Vermaelen is concerned that Arsenal will not get that top four position unless everyone involved with the club, including the fans, stops apportioning blame and sticks together for the rest of the season.
“Of course we are not happy, we are disappointed.
“We have to look at ourselves and stick together in difficult times.
Wenger Knows……What? by BN
After yesterday’s dire performance, yet another one this season, for me it’s time for change, I want Arsene out.
You must question his motivational skills for the team to continually start games as slow as we do . We need to get into teams from the first whistle put them under pressure make them scared to come to the Emirates, but we tap the ball around from side to side with no threat or penetration and allow visiting teams to settle their nerves and enjoy their surroundings.
Who are we to say – ‘There needs to be change at Arsenal Football Club’ by JM
Arsenal Football Club and the clubs board do not know, well they certainly do not take us seriously. Are we as a fan base happy with the last seven years? Are we happy with inconsistency and our goal of finishing just top four which has now turned into a scrap to keep our heads afloat. Are we happy seeing some of the best footballers the world has to offer leave. Are we happy with replacing them with ‘Potential’ at best or more usually some of the biggest flops this club has ever seen. Are we happy at paying the highest ticket prices?