If Arsenal are going to win the Premier League title, or any trophy for that matter, a large part of the reason will be our excellent new defensive strength. The whole back four, keeper Wojciech Szczesny and even the players in front of the defenders, Flamini, Arteta, Ramsey and Wilshere, sdeem to be much better organised and have really become hard to break down.
Arsene Wenger is obviously aware that there is a groundswell of disappointment and frustration among the Arsenal fans. Hardly surprising, really, when the manager managed to splash out a grand total of zero English pounds to strengthen the Gunners squad for the tough run-in that could see us either become champions of England or extend the trophy drought to a ninth year.
It didn’t help the manager’s cause that his one loan signing, already having Gooners scratching their heads, is not even available due to a back problem. But it is easy to get carried away and forget that Arsenal have only just been knocked off the top of the table after months and it took a poor performance from us and a avery good one from Southampton to do it.
Southampton 2 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ
Per Mertesacker has become one of the most important players in the Arsenal team, something that seemed extremely unlikely at times in his first season with the Gunners. The big German international looked slow and clumsy at times, but Arsene Wenger certainly did not sign him for his agility and speed anyway. Le Prof knew what he was getting and it has really paid off for Arsenal in the last couple of years.
Why have Arsenal done so well this season? by KJ
Last season was mainly full of frustration for Arsenal fans as we struggled to overcome teams, especially the smaller ones as they defended deep and caused us so many problems. This led to us losing against Bradford and Blackburn in the domestic cups as well as poor results against the smaller teams away from home. However, the win against Bayern Munich at the Allianz sparked a revival and the Gunners have been a different team ever since. What have been the most important improvements?
Wenger keen on Vermaelen extension! by Ash
In what would be a rather surprising turn of events, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated in his latest press conference that he is seriously considering offering club captain Thomas Vermaelen a new contract to extend his stay with the Gunners, despite not being a regular feature on the pitch this season.
According to almost any pundit who you care to listen to, Arsenal have as much chance of winning the Premier League title this season as Sam Allardyce does of being given the Real Madrid job. They have been saying this all season, however, and their reasons have all come and gone, with Arsenal stubbornly remaining on top.
Strange as it may seem, Arsenal are only third favourites with the bookies to win the Premier League title this season, despite currently occupying the top spot. And a part from a few days here and there due to fixture scheduling, the Gunners have been top for months. But, of course, it is the team that is top at the end of the season that wins it, and the bookies and pundits still do not believe that Arsenal can do it.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Fulham Player Ratings by KJ
Winning this title would be Wenger’s greatest achievement. by NS
Going a full league season unbeaten was an incredible feat for Arsenal back in the 2003/2004 season. Like many, I doubted that Arsenal, or any club for that matter, could surpass it.
Since then, the football landscape has changed. Chelsea, a club that had offered little in title challenges since the 1950′s were taken over by a Russian Oligarch. A few years later, Manchester City turned themselves from a club that was regularly yo-yoing between the top flight and the second tier into a powerful force with the help of an oil baron.
Arsenal vs Fulham Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ
With Fulham in terrible form and being the victims of a 6-0 thrashing to Hull City of all teams, it would seem that the result of this game is all but a formality and the real question is, how many? As long as the Arsenal players don’t take it for granted that is.
Fulham are a poor team all over and with one of the highest average ages amongst the teams in the Premier league, they are stagnating and lack the energy needed to compete in this league. Berbatov doesn’t press from the front, Sidwell is average at best and their defence is calamitous with the likes of Senderos being a regular starter.
There is an incredible Arsenal stat that has been brought to light recently, which you may well have heard already. In the last two years, the Gunners have not lost a single Premier League game in which Per Mertesacker and Laureny Koscielny started and finished. That is 27 games, 19 wins and eight draws, with 16 clean sheets and an average of just one goal conceded every other game.