Despite being four points clear at the top of the table, Arsenal are still not favourites to become the Premier League champions this season, although the odds are getting shorter with every victory and every test the Gunners come through. Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger are well used to being written off by the media and the bookmakers, but they don’t normally do the same thing with Manchester United, and Wenger feels they have got it wrong.
It was a good day in the Premier League for Arsenal today and they didn’t even have to play. Maybe the pressure that the Gunners had put on by winning again at Cardiff yesterday, but all of the rivals that were in action today, except for Man City, struggled.
Unfortunately Chelsea recovered from going behind against Southampton to win the game, but they made hard work of it and they might even have lost Oscar for a bit, as the Brazilian was substituted after picking up a knock. They are now clear in second place, four points behind Arsenal, but they have to come to the Emirates and play host to Liverpool before the new year.
Well, Arsenal fans, we are about halfway through the interlull and I don’t know about you lot, but I am suffering without my regular fix from the Gunners. Having said that though, I do think the players needed this time to rest and reflect on the season so far.
It is pretty much all good stuff as well, so the squad should get back together next week full of confidence and enthusiasm for the next stint. The next two games are Southampton and Marseille at home. Win those two and Arsenal will be clear at the top of the Premier League and favourites to come first in the Champions League group of death.
The Premier League is now more than a fifth of the way through, and Arsenal are showing no signs of taking their foot off the accelerator. In fact, by winning on Saturday, the Gunners went two points clear at the top of the table, thanks to Liverpool only getting a draw at Newcastle. And they got a penalty and played against 10 men for more than half of the game.
When I talk about a fast start for Arsenal, I am not talking about the individual games, but about the season as a whole. Before the Premier League even kicked off in August, I wrote about how we would need to really make the most of the opening ten games, and so far it is going great.
Arsenal haven’t seen anything yet! by Ash
Arsenal have had a fantastic season so far that has seen the North London club sustain their place at the top of the Premier League table for the second successive week. And although this may not be any mean feat for many clubs, to see Arsenal looking so impressive is nothing but promising for what we all hope will finally be a successful season for the Gunners.
The possibility of Cesc Fabregas coming back to Arsenal is one that almost all Gooners would relish, but how realistic is it? First of all it is almost certain that Manchester United have launched an opening offer of around 30 million euros for the Spain and Barcelona midfielder, but after that, the waters begin to get muddy.
There is certainly some confusion about the clauses put into the 26-year old’s contract when the Gunners sold him to Arsenal. One of those clauses involves us getting first refusal on him, but it is not clear exactly how this works. A report on ESPN, from one of their sources, has attempted to clarify the situation.
It is only pre-season! by Ash
After Arsenal kicked off their 2013/14 season, with a 7-0 thrashing of the Indonesian All Star’s team on the clubs pre-season tour of Asia, I read a lot of people stating that this result shows that we are in for a fantastic season and that we will win the league. I have one thing to say to you, “Are You Serious?”
Everybody concerned with Arsenal Football Club wants to see some top class signings coming to the Emirates this summer, but we should be careful what we wish for. Arsene Wenger has issued a timely reminder that the Gunners finished last season extremely well, right at the top of the form table, and that team should not be messed about with too much.
“We must rely on the quality of our work, on the style of our play and the fact we develop our own players,” said Le Prof. “We will only use financial resources to bring in one or two players who will give us something more.
It may be that Wayne Rooney stays where he is this summer, but if he was to leave then Arsenal were rumoured to near the front of the queue of clubs hoping to sign him. There are only a few clubs that could meet the conditions of the England striker, including transfer fee, wage demands and being in the Champions League. The fact that Rooney would not have to adjust to a new country and new league should also be an advantage for the Gunners.
Wilshere excited by transfer talk! by AH
Jack Wilshere may be an integral part of the Gunners team on the pitch, often being the player that Arsenal’s style, creation and work focuses around, however he is also important off the pitch and today he spoke about the club’s business this summer and what the future could hold for us.
One of the questions he was faced with is the possibility of several big name players joining Arsenal and the England International was keen to voice his opinion on two of Arsenal’s main targets according to speculation.
A recent poll of members by the Arsenal Supporters Trust showed that Arsene Wenger’s popularity with the fans had rallied from an all-time low during last season. It was a particularly tough season for the Frenchman and his position actually looked in danger for the first time since he took control of the Gunners way back in 1996.
His popularity with the current Arsenal board, however, has never diminished and another recent survey gives a clear indication of why that is, as well as showing any doubting fans just how important his leadership of the club really is.