February 19, 2013 by
Arsene Wenger made two key changes to the Arsenal starting eleven. Vermaelen at left back was forced on him, and he decided to start with Walcott as the centre forward with Giroud on the bench. With the leggy Van Buyten in the Bayern defence, Wenger was hoping that Theo’s pace would be crucial.
Arsenal started well and were looking dangerous, but we were on the back foot after seven minutes when Munich broke down the right and the ball fell to Kroos who gave Szczesny no chance. That clearly shook Arsenal and settled Bayern down. It changed the dynamics of the game before we really got going. .......Read the full article here
February 12, 2013 by
The only member of the Arsenal team who has started more Premier league games this season than the captain Thomas Vermaelen is Santi Cazorla, The Belgian defender also started all six of the group games in the Champions league, outlining his experience and importance to Arsene Wenger. It could be a disaster for the Gunners if he misses the next European game, in a week’s time against the runaway leaders of the German Bundesliga, Bayern Munich.
For the second time this season, Vermaelen has been given an injection by the Arsenal medical team in order to bring down the swelling on his problematic ankle. The idea is for him to do some light training with the squad this week, but he will almost certainly be rested for the FA cup fifth round match against Blackburn Rovers. .......Read the full article here
February 06, 2013 by
Everything should be hunky-dory with Arsenal’s opponents in the Champions league knockout phase. Bayern Munich are 12 points clear at the top of the German Bundesliga, having lost just once in the league all season, scoring 51 goals and conceding just seven.
Tensions never seem to be far from the surface, however, and there are stories seeping out of Germany about unrest and different factions in the Bayern dressing room. Unsurprisingly, the Dutch international Arjen Robben is involved in the stories, and the club’s director of football, Matthias Sammer, has issued a statement to try and put a stop to the bickering. .......Read the full article here
January 31, 2013 by
Towards the end of the first half against Liverpool yesterday, most Arsenal fans will have experienced a sick feeling in their stomach, accompanied by a cold, clammy sensation that smells of pain and defeat. As Kieran Gibbs left the field to be replaced by Andre Santos, we all feared the worst. The only positive is that the injury gave Arsene Wenger 24 hours to find a replacement.
“He has a thigh strain that rules him out for the next three weeks. It’s a blow for us of course.
“He was an important player for us going forward and the game we wanted to play. It’s a shame he’s out for the next three weeks.” .......Read the full article here