I am used to seeing stupid and misinformed stuff about Arsenal in the media, but today seemed to hit a new low. A spectacularly blinkered and idiotic article in the Metro lays the blame for the injury Jack Wilshere suffered in the England game against Denmark, not at the feet of Daniel Agger who made the tackle, not at the England physios for failing to discover the injury or bring the midfielder off, but at the feet of the Arsenal player himself.
Well Arsenal fans, we are into the last 10 Premier League games of the season. The Gunners had a fantastic first half of the campaign but have dropped off a bit in recent weeks. We are sitting in third place, four behind current leaders Chelsea and behind second placed Liverpool on goal difference. Man City are behind us but will leapfrog Arsenal if they win their games in hand.
So we are looking up obviously, having a strong finish and putting pressure on our rivals, but at the same time, we are just six points ahead of Tottenham who are our next opponents. Arsenal.com have compiled stats to show how the Gunners tend to do in the last 10 games and it is pretty encouraging.
When we hear about a tough run of games in the media, it always seems to be Arsenal that they are talking about. But that just does not make sense. Apart from the cup competitions, we all have to play the same teams, home and away, so just how much worse is our impending fixture list than our rivals?
Well we do have another tough period coming up, that’s for sure. Four Premier League games in a row against teams currently in the top seven is no picnic, but that is about it and the last five games are the sort we have been winning all season.
Whereas all the football pundits and so-called experts were predicting another frightful February for Arsenal, the Gunners have got to the end of a testing month still bang in the title race. One point behind lucky league leaders Chelsea, and Man City if they win their game in hand, gives Arsenal a real shout of lifting the Premier League trophy in May.
We haven’t been exactly brilliant this month, but neither have our rivals, so Arsene Wenger is predicting that the champions might not be known until the final day. According to an Arsenal.com report, the Frenchman feels that consistency is the key to becoming champions of England this season. Many people think that the games between the big teams could be decisive and, as Wenger says, all of us have some tough games to come.
Arsenal are still slap bang in the middle of the most tightly fought and exciting Premier League season for a long time, possibly ever. Now Liverpool have joined in the fun, there are still four really good contenders for the title and even the football pundits and bookies are starting to hedge their bets.
Of course, if Arsenal end up finishing in our usual fourth spot, that will not be a great deal of consolation. But after the Gunners had a little wobble recently, I think that Arsenal have as good a chance as anyone for a few reasons. There is a long way to go and I’m sure a bit of luck will come into it, but the Gunners have good reasons to feel that this could be our year.
How can Arsenal build from the Liverpool result? by Ash
Without trying to go on about it too much, Arsenal managed to resurrect their ambition for silverware this season with a vengeful victory against Liverpool. The 2-1 result in Arsenal’s favour didn’t see a vital 3 points go to the Gunners but it did see progression to the next round of the FA Cup, a competition Arsenal must take seriously this year. And it was a big step towards putting the Anfield game behind us.
Flamini sees a resemblance within this Arsenal side! by Ash
Arsenal may have gone almost 9 years without a trophy, and 10 since a Premier League title, but according to Mathieu Flamini, although the players may have changed, the mind-set is still the same as it was when he first joined the club at the end of the invincibles season.
There seems to be a tendency in the English media to ignore Arsenal’s credentials and find all sorts of reasons to suggest that doom and despair is just around the corner. In a way I think it has helped the players and given them an extra incentive to prove people wrong, but it is nice to hear someone actually appreciate what the team is doing, especially when the praise comes from the likes of Barcelona star Andres Iniesta and England captain Steven Gerrard..
It is competition time again Arsenal fans. As Arsene Wenger tries to get his Gunners into the quarter-finals of the FA cup, you lot can try to get yourself attired in an exclusive designed Just Arsenal T-shirt by making a few predictions about today’s game against Liverpool.
All you need to do is post your entry (one per user) in the comments section below with predictions of the following three things:
A. The final score
B. The first scorer for Arsenal
C. The time of the first goal by either side
Between now and next Saturday at 5 o’clock, Arsenal have three massive games that could decide the course of the season. Next Saturday’s Premier League game against a rejuvenated Sunderland side is a must win if the Gunners are going to stay in the title race.
Before that comes the small matter of German powerhouses Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and to kick it all off a crucial FA cup clash with recent tormentors Liverpool. But Arsenal have home advantage in all three games, so if there was ever a time to make it count it is now.
First off I would like to say that I have been really impressed with what Arsene Wenger has managed to do with the Arsenal team this season, so far that is. But that early promise is in danger of being wiped out and the fans are fearing that another year will go by without anything to `celebrate` other than finishing above Spurs and qualifying for the Champions League.
So to choose this week to announce a rise in the season ticket prices, which are already the most expensive in the world, and to charge as much as £132 for one of those season ticket holders to go and see the Gunners play Bayern Munich on Wednesday, is either careless or shows an astonishing lack of respect for the fans.
There were so many disappointing things about the Arsenal performance against Liverpool at Anfield last week. The was we started, defended, passed, attacked, tackled and many more were so poor it was unbelievable and the Gunners got what they deserved.
That should have set alarm bells ringing, though, and we were much better against Man United on Wednesday, when it was the failure to finish chances that cost Arsenal the win which would have been such a morale booster. But at least we go into tomorrow’s FA cup game against Liverpool in a better frame of mind and with a warning that any lacklustre performances will be punished severely.