After a couple of slightly below par performances for Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey was back with a bang against Liverpool yesterday, proving that his scoring skills are here to stay. The Welshman has not been poor, but we have come to expect so much from him, that when his standards dropped back to that of a mere mortal, people started wondering whether his great start to the season was just a temporary purple patch.
The young Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere probably wishes that the English media and the world of Twitter would find something else to talk about at the minuted, because for the last week or so he has been embroiled in controversy, partly due to his own actions and partly due to misunderstanding and over-reaction.
Wilshere and Arsenal on the up by Stefan
This coming season will be a very exciting one in English football, and should be a good one for Arsenal. Manchester United have a new manager for the first time in nearly three decades, Manchester City have a new manager and are expected to spend big to retake the crown from their rivals and Chelsea have seen the return of “The Special One” with money and ambition to match his name.
Theo Walcott has been a bit of a frustration for Arsenal fans since he joined the club from Southampton as a fresh faced 17-year old back in 2006. For a long time it seemed as if he would never fully realise his potential and that went for his international career too.
It is easy to forget that Theo has just turned 24-years old, because he has been around for so long. I think that too much pressure was heaped on him as a teenager, especially the Sven Goran Eriksson 2006 world cup debacle. That probably set him back for a good few years, especially with England where he seemed to feel the pressure more.
Race for 4th: Experience Is Key by DS
This time last year Arsenal had an almost identical February and March, within days knocked out of two cup competitions and sweating over a top 4 finish. Arsene Wenger responded by taking the pressure off his younger players and fielding as many experienced heads as possible. While no Gunner was distraught to see Benayoun return to his parent club Chelsea, the likes of the Israeli and Rosicky gave the side a certain assurance and calmness to proceedings. The result… Arsenal finished 3rd with the Czech one or our most inspirational players.
The young Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has been continually over-hyped since his return to fitness this season, and has been hailed as the saviour of the England team and perhaps the catalyst that could finally win the World Cup for England for the first time in 48 years.
But the talented midfielder has tried to play down the expectations and says that Roy Hodgson’s side needs a whole team of stars to win a trophy and he simply can’t do it on his own. Wilshere said: “I don’t think one player can ever win a World Cup for a nation.
Both teams were desperate to take an early advantage, so the first few minutes were fast and furious. Walcott played a beautiful ball through to Giroud who fired just wide. A minute later and Chelsea ere ahead through Mata. Arsene Wenger was furious because Ramires fouled Coquelin in the build up. It was a studs up challenge that should have earned Ramires a booking, but we didn’t even get the foul and Chelsea scored. The only way it could have been worse was if Coquelin was injured.
Jack Wilshere got his first goal of the season for Arsenal last weekend, and would like to score more, obviously, but it is not something that the youngster is overly concerned about. His game is mainly focused in the middle of the park, linking the play left and right and helping the defence as well as the attack.
The Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was roundly applauded for his performance in England’s 5-0 win over Moldova on Friday, but Roy Hodgson was at pains to point out that although he ran his socks off in the first half, he didn’t contribute much in the second before being taken off.
Hodgson made it clear that he would be having words with the 18 year-old about the drop in pace after the break. The England boss said: “Alex was very good in the first half but we made it clear we were going to take him off after 60 minutes, so I think he forgot to play in the second,”
The Ox gets big praise from Hodgson and Lampard by TS
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made a start for England as they thundered past Moldova 5-0 in their first World Cup qualifier. The Arsenal winger was praised by England manager, Roy Hodgson and Frank Lampard after his performance last night.
Roy Hodgson released a statement saying, “I was really pleased with Tom (Cleverley) and Alex. It’s nice to see these young players taking their chances and showing they merit a place in the squad. Alex was excellent and also for the first 15 minutes of the second half.
The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was accomodated by Fabio Capello today by playing a 4-3-3 system against Wales, and it worked as England flew into a 2-0 lead with ease. Wilshere was more than happy with his performance alongside Frank Lampard and Scott Parker, and he is hoping that they can all play together with this formation in the future.
“It was a good game to come into. A big game, a derby game, and we won, so we are happy and the 4-3-3 system worked well today.
Just last week it was assumed that Chelsea’s injury list meant that Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard would not be fit enough to face Arsenal in Sunday’s crunch match at the Emirates, but the news today is that all three of them, plus Michael Ballack, will all now be able to play.
Didier Drogba broke a rib against Man Utd and was expected to be out for another fortnight, but he was fit enough to play against Porto last night.
Michael Ballack was injured while on international duty with Germany but yesterday managed to play over an hour as well, and will be fully fit for Sunday.