It seems that Arsenal are going to face a fight to keep Laurent Koscielny at the club this summer, with the Telegraph reporting this morning that the likes of PSG, Monaco and the mighty Bayern Munich are set to try and persuade him to move onwards and upwards at the end of the season.
They report that Koscielny is the lowest paid centre-back at the Emirates earning a paltry £50,000 a week, and unless the Gunners can give him a massive wage rise then Europe’s elite clubs will be more than willing to pay him what he is obviously worth in today’s climate. .......Read the full article here
High spirits and high fives all round at Arsenal Football Club after coming within one game of ending the wait for a trophy to add to the cabinet. But the Gunners must continue that good feeling with a win over West Ham at the Emirates tonight.
I hardly need to tell you that fit and available Arsenal players are a little bit thin on the ground, while the ones who are available probably have a bit of fatigue in their legs. That should not matter if we start well and don’t have to chase the game, but it is definitely a boost to be able to welcome Laurent Koscielny and Tomas Rosicky back into the starting XI. .......Read the full article here
All this talk about nine years without a trophy is getting more tired and boring for Arsenal fans than the average TV schedule on Dave, but the fact is that, should the Gunners fail to win the FA cup at Wembley in May, that is how long it will have been since Patrick Vieira scored the winning penalty against Manchester United in 2005. .......Read the full article here
Vermaelen will get a chance to shine once again! by Ash
A couple of seasons ago, not many fans would have argued that Thomas Vermaelen was one of the best central defenders Arsenal had seen at the club for years and he was easily one of the best in the league. Then as injury problems occurred and he took on the role of the Arsenal club captain, things just didn’t seem to go right for him, and he quickly lost form. Then further injury problems occurred and he slipped down the preference ladder and for much of this season, his future at the club has been a hot topic of debate. But now in the final stages of this Premier League season, things seem to be picking up once again for the Belgian. .......Read the full article here
Unless the likes of Lothar Matthaus and Jan Aage Fjortoft have been the victim of an early April’s fool day prank, Arsenal have got themselves a new striker for next season already. The capture of 21-year old Josip Drmic was revealed on social media sites by the two former players who are working in Germany where Drmic plays for Bundesliga side FC Nurenberg.
I must confess to not knowing much about the young striker that Metro is reporting as coming to play for Arsenal, but he certainly looks pretty impressive on the youtube video below. I know that almost any player can be made to look good by selecting their best bits, but the clips show him to have a great touch, strength, pace, skills and tricks as well as an impressive finish with either foot. .......Read the full article here
This is the chance that the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has been waiting for since he lost his place at the back ahead of last season’s trip to face Bayern Munich. And it has come at just the right time for Vermelen to force his way into the starting XI for the Begium national team for the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Arsene Wenger, as reported by Arsenal.com, has backed his captain to grab this opportunity, given by the injury to Laurent Koscielny, with both hands. Arsenal certainly need him to, with a tense and difficult end to the Premier League season ahead of us, not to mention the small matter of an FA cup semi-final and, hopefully, final at Wembley. .......Read the full article here
Well Arsenal could certainly do with a bit of good news after an embarrassing mauling against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. And there is no time for Arsene Wenger and the players to lick their wounds, because we have Tottenham, Everton and Man United closing in on us for a fourth place finish and the final spot in the Champions League.
Arsenal really needed some good news on the injury front. But surprise, surprise, the news is anything but good. Not only is our best player of the season, Aaron Ramsey, still not back in training after picking up an injury on Boxing Day and having setbacks to his recovery ever since, but we have now lost arguably our best defender as well. .......Read the full article here
Everyone has been describing Arsenal’s north London derby win at Tottenham as being un-Arsenal like, because the Gunners did not play with their usual flair and defended deep for most of the second half. They conveniently forget to mention that we had some good chances to score that second goal and that we were never in much danger apart from Szczesny’s mistake. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal must get the tactics right for Saturday by Neil
I seem to be the only person that has noticed. Samuel Eto’o has been a great player. He only knows one way to play. He hangs on the shoulders of defenders and tries to get in behind. He does get caught offside a lot, and always has. Some may feel that he may not even start, but I’m pretty sure he will. I’m not a fan of Sammy Eto’o and I’ll explain why. .......Read the full article here
Hands up out there how many Arsenal fans are sick to the back teeth of Arsenal selling their best players to their direct Premier League rivals. That’s everyone then, yeah? So Arsene Wenger and the club must draw a line under it now and refuse to sanction the sale of Thomas Vermaelen to Man City.
The current Arsenal captain may not fall into that best player category, because the Belgian has found it impossible to break the pairing of Koscielny and Mertesacker, but he is still a top class defender and would certainly strengthen City’s slightly shaky defence. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 0 – 1 Spurs Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com
Arsenal regained ground on Premier League leaders Chelsea and simultaneously dealt a blow to rivals Tottenham Hotspur’s top four hopes with a battling 1-0 North London Derby win.
It took the Gunners just two minutes to take the lead in Arsene Wenger’s 999th match in charge, Tomas Rosicky rifling home an emphatic opener. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a clear chance to make it two, but failed and much of the game was spent weathering the storm that called for a resilient display from the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
I think it is safe to say that for Arsenal to win the Premier League title this season, we need the sort of defensive performance that Earned all three points against Tottenham week in, week out. Goals win games, of course, but when you only need to score one it is so much easier.
With players like Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott unavailable, Arsenal have lost a great deal of their attacking prowess, so I think that we could be seeing quite a few more 1-0 to the Arsenals before the end of the season. Mertesacker and Koscielny were simply immense today, and with Flamini marshalling the troops in front of them we are very hard to break down. Szczesny had a moment yesterday, but in general he has cut those out and has become very reliable. .......Read the full article here