Olivier Giroud has been a beast for Arsenal this season, and the French international is one of the main reasons why the Gunners are sitting on top of the Premier League. As well as showing himself to be a much better finisher than we thought he looked in his debut season, Giroud’s two assists against Norwich put him at the top of the table for league assists.
Flamini suffers concussion! by Ash
Arsenal already had a talented midfield before the start of this season and so to think that we would then add a good player like Flamini to the tussle as well as a world class superstar in Mesut Ozil, anyone would think you were joking, however that is reality and it’s all worked out perfectly for the Club.
Wenger always expected Szczesny’s success! by Ash
Arsene Wenger is well known for being able to spot talent at a young age and has done so with several Arsenal players that have gone on to be world class professionals like Cesc Fabregas and Thierry Henry. He has also recognised talent already within the Arsenal set up such as Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere, who have already made it into the top class category. But now Wojciech Szczesny is also proving his worth after a sticky spell over the last two years or so and Wenger has insisted that he always knew the Polish international would become a top class goalkeeper.
Decisive times for Arsenal ahead. by KM
Well the international break or bore me later is now over and we can focus on Arsenal, with a Norwich side coming to the Emirates. I was pretty disappointed with our display against WBA. Even though they beat Man Utd away, if you want to be a champion you still need to beat West Brom. We looked tired in that game and we lacked options from the bench.
Arsenal need home consistency! by Ash
Arsenal may have broken records recently with their away form, having not lost away from home since the early months of the year, and winning the last 10; however it’s been a different case in games at the Emirates! Although not as drastic as it sounds with just one loss against Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, we seem to also lack a level of enthusiasm at home, which too often comes as a great surprise.
An away trip to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light is not the scariest of prospects for an in form Arsenal team. The Wearsiders form is not exactly awe inspiring either, with defeats to fellow strugglers Fulham and Crystal Palce and a draw at Southampton so far in the league. They do have a home win, but that was against MK Dons in the Capital One cup.
All in all, you would think that Arsene Wenger does not have too much cause for concern, unless he reads the article in today’s Mirror about what happened at the same stage last season. The Gunners went into the international break in fine form, having lost just one game, somewhat unluckily against high flying Chelsea.
Thomas Vermaelen has played just once for Arsenal since the devastating derby defeat at Tottenham, and that was only because Per Mertesacker was suspended for the Norwich game. At least the Belgian international has not fallen so far in Arsene Wenger’s estimation that Sebastien `the squid` Squillachi was preferred to him, but there is a growing belief in the football media that Vermaelen could be sold during this summer’s transfer window.
Jack Wilshere made his latest comeback game against Norwich this weekend, and he admits that he wasn’t quite up to his usual best form but he is glad to have got the 90 minutes under his belt. Arsenal made the fans suffer but finally nailed the points in final five minutes and Jack wants a repeat performance in tonights game against Everton.
Podolski as Striker, Yes, But… By Twig
Until his substitute appearance against Norwich, Wenger has hardly used Podolski at all in past 2 months or so. That has fueled rumours that Podolski could be on his way out with clubs like Juventus and Galatasaray as possible destinations.
Probably to put to bed those rumours, and obviously with Arsenal in dire need of a goal against Norwich, Wenger brought on Podolski, who responded in kind by hitting the post and scoring a long range effort. One cannot deny that Podolski is clinical when it matters, but when played either on the wing or as centre forward he doesn’t really fit in.
After Lukas Podolski was left on the Arsenal bench after scoring against Bayern Munich there have been many rumours saying that there was some sort of rift with Arsene Wenger. Some people were saying that Podolski was injured but that was scuppered when he played 70 minutes for Germany a few weeks ago.
But Wenger finally took Podolski off the bench yesterday in place of the disappointing Gervinho, and he was instrumental in Arsenal’s last-gasp comeback against Norwich, and after the game Wenger made it clear that there was no problem between himself and the prolific German, who scored yet again in the dying seconds.
The Gunners once again made the fans suffer at the Emirates yesterday as they were still 1-0 down to lowly Norwich with just 7 minutes to go. But a hotly disputed penalty gave Arsenal their big chance to level the match and go on to win the game.
Wenger didn’t reveal how worried he was but instead praised the team for their “spirit and nerve”. He said: “We left it a bit late, it was unexpected of course to be 1-0 down at that stage of the game because we were on top and we missed chances.
Arsene Wenger made a couple of forced changes to last weeks side. Per Mertesacker was banned so the captain Thomas Vermaelen was given a chance to redeem himself, and young Jack Wilshere was on from the start, despite a long break from the first time.
The first half was mostly uneventful with neither side seeming to be willing to take control, with Wilshere looking to be short of a pace or two, and there was a little late flurry of corners for Arsenal just before the whistle.