Arsenal have suddenly dropped from having a seven-point cushion at the top of the Premier League, to finding themselves in danger of being knocked of the top next weekend if they suffer another defeat to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.
To me it seems a bit un-Wenger-like to put pressure on his players ahead of such a big game, but it seems he is challenging them to bounce back by emphasisng just how important this game will be.
Arsene Wenger isn’t usually someone for optimism when it comes to being praised so early on in a season and it’s because he very well knows, with several years of experience, how the game of football can change in an instant, as can a club’s entire season. So Le Prof is always wary of what he says about Arsenal and any expectations with the club, however with the club well and truly flying high at the moment, it seems as if the Frenchman may have just relaxed his stance a little. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has actually been able to enjoy an AGM of Arsenal Football Club for the first time in years. In recent years, the manager has had to face anger and frustration from fans because of the lack of spending and subsequent lack of trophies at the Emirates. Last year was probably the worst, following the sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United, although a lot of the anger was directed at Ivan Gazidis and Stan Kroenke. .......Read the full article here
I’ve mentioned in a couple of previous articles that our form at the tail end of last season was incredibly impressive. However, it goes back a little further than that. On the 1st December last year, we welcomed high flyers Swansea to the Emirates. Up to this game, we had played 14 games and were sitting in 7th position on 21 points. The game was terrifying to watch, as Swansea and particularly the magnificent Michu picked us apart to win 2-0. The result left us with a record of W 5 D 6 L 4, and we were in 10th place. Some of clubs ahead of us at that time included the footballing behemoths Stoke and West Ham. .......Read the full article here
How Ramsey will be integral for Arsenal in years to come by KJ
Aaron Ramsey has always caused controversy amongst the Gunners fans. Some say he’s finished and needs to be sold as soon as possible, others feel he needs to be given a chance as he’s only young and the final faction think that he’s talented and has handled his first two proper seasons after his injury very well. I’m in the latter division and I am always baffled with the constant abuse hurled at the Welshman even now when he’s clearly playing very well by anyone’s standards. .......Read the full article here
I’m sure the only thing going through the mind of all Arsenal fans right now is the second leg of the Champion’s League game against Bayern on Wednesday. In the first leg Bayern completely outplayed us at our own home ground, so it is completely understandable why some fans are feeling pessimistic about our visit to Munich on Wednesday. However, we have to forget what happened in the past and look to the future.
Arsene Wenger has expressed his concern about how recent results may have affected his Arsenal players, and is using this lengthy break to try to get some confidence and positivity flowing again. Confidence and form are fragile and elusive, but they are absolutely vital for the last quarter of the season. The Frenchman is obviously having to prepare the team for the away leg against Bayern Munich next Wednesday, but suggests that game is not his main concern at the moment.
“I am not worried about us potentially coming back against Bayern. I am more worried about consequences that could manifest in the heads of our players. .......Read the full article here
It is believed that Arsenal are only willing to offer Bacary Sagna a one year extension to his current contract, which expires in the summer of 2014. The French international is not happy with this, apparently, which means that the Gunners will have to decide whether to keep hold of him and lose him for nothing in 17 months, or sell him this summer and bring in a replacement. .......Read the full article here
The seemingly never-ending saga of Theo Walcott’s contract extension would appear to have been a major factor in Arsenal’s inconsistent form in the first half of the season, but now that it has been settled in January the Gunners have shown a new resilience and confidence as a team.
Arsenal have now won four of their last five games, with the other being the hard-fought 2-2 draw against Liverpool, and they are closing in on the coveted Top Four place. These games have been far from easy victories (as shown by yesterday’s 10-man win against Sunderland) but they certainly seem to have regained their spirit to win whatever the circumstances. .......Read the full article here
There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of Bacary Sagna leaving Arsenal at the end of the season. Since he returned from his injury lay off in October, the 29-year old right back has not rediscovered the form that made Arsene Wenger describe him as the best right back in the Premier league.
After a few games, Gooners started to think that his heart was not in it. With talks about a new contract remaining unresolved, it seemed as if the French international had decided to move on, with PSG being linked with a move for him. The strange thing is, that Wenger would keep selecting him over Carl Jenkinson if he wasn’t giving his all. Sagna spoke yesterday about his form, and admitted his frustration at not playing well, but declared that he was trying his best. .......Read the full article here
The Wales and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey had a nightmare return from injury last season, and he has hardly improved in this one, despite being given endless opportunities by Arsene Wenger to regain his old form.
It seems that he fully aware that last season wasn’t good, but he puts that down to being his first full season in the Premiership, and now he is hoping that he can regain his former glory before the end of this present season, or perhaps the season after….
He said on Arsenal.com: “At the beginning, I was really excited to have an opportunity to have a full season and to be involved in everything,” .......Read the full article here
I wrote earlier today about some of the Arsenal-related transfer rumours which have been circulating recently. One of them concerned the possible sale of Aaron Ramsey, and I said that Wenger would be reluctant to sell him because of his potential. As I wrote it, I knew that there would be some disagreement over the statement. This article will hopefully explain why I made it anyway. .......Read the full article here