The transfer deadline day capture of Mesut Ozil was important to Arsenal for various reasons. Forget for a minute about the arguments over whether Arsene Wenger should have signed more players in different areas, that one transfer has lifted a lot of the tension from the club.
Wenger’s own position is now more secure, and the Arsenal fans are fully back on side and feeling optimistic, which will transfer itself on to the players on match days. The transfer of the Germany international has also given the whole squad a big lift, and we know just how important good morale and confidence are to the performance of a team. .......Read the full article here
When it comes to Arsenal and you think of British players, I’m sure you won’t have any trouble in remembering the likes of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey. However in past years you may have had that issue and I’m even pretty sure that at one point Theo Walcott was our only English first team player that actually got into the starting XI on a regular basis. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is well aware of the importance of this weekends game against Manchester United, not only because it will put the Gunners in the driving seat for the Champions League places, but also because it will give Arsene Wenger’s squad a great boost of confidence to launch a challenge for the Premiership title next season.
The Ox likens this game to the Champions League match against Bayern Munich in Germany, and the incredible 2-0 win at the Allianz Arena set the Gunners on a run of six games unbeaten, and he believes a win this weekend would have the same effect. He said: “The win over Bayern Munich last month wasn’t enough to get us to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals, but it was still a massive boost for us as a side,” .......Read the full article here
Arsenal’s young superstar Jack Wilshere has had ongoing problems with his ankle ever since he had an operation a couple of seasons ago, and although Arsene Wenger recently reinstated Jack back to the first team, there have been numerous rumours that the England midfielder may have to have yet another operation this summer.
It appears that one of the pins in his ankle has become loose and is giving the 22 year-old further pain and it will need to be reset as soon as the season is over to give him a chance to recover before the beginning of the 2013/14 season. .......Read the full article here
The England manager Roy Hodgson has been speaking about the English International side being at a disadvantage because there are so many top-class foreigners playing in the Premiership reducing the pool of players that Hodgson has got to choose from.
Wenger understands his problem and thinks that the England team are a victim of the success of the Premier League. “I can understand Roy Hodgson because when you go to games and there are no English players you can complain,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com. .......Read the full article here
Perry Groves was hardly a superstar when he played for Arsenal and he now makes a living trying to tell Arsene Wenger how to do his job from the studio of Radio Five but it seems that he doesn’t know too much about Arsenal or our young superstar Jack Wilshere.
He made this ridiculous assumption yesterday: “Arsenal have probably got another season of Jack Wilshere.”
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. .......Read the full article here
There is still the small matter of one more round of games to get through in this international break, but hopefully Arsenal will not lose any more players to injury. Next Saturday sees the visit of Reading to the Emirates stadium in the Premier League, and it looks like Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott will definitely miss the game.
Fortunately, midfield is a very strong area for the Gunners and Reading are struggling and have sacked their manager Brian McDermott, so we should not miss Wilshere too much. There is Diaby, Ramsey or Coquelin to play alongside Arteta, and Cazorla or Rosicky to play behind the strikers. .......Read the full article here
The young Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is very happy that the Gunners took three points from Swansea yesterday, but he is well aware that they simply have to go on winning and not worry what their rivals for the Champions League are doing in their own matches.
“Everyone in the Premier League feels pressure to get results,” he said. “It is part of being a footballer. We have to take that in our stride because we know we have the characters to deal with it. .......Read the full article here
Jack Wilshere put in a storming performance for England against Brazil yesterday, which was no surprise to any Arsenal fan. His ability may be set to give Arsene Wenger a headache this summer, however, because he is still eligible to play for the England under 21 team. Stuart Pearce will try everything in his power to persuade Roy Hodgson to release Wilshere, and another Arsenal player Oxlade-Chamberlain, to appear in the European championships in Israel instead of another friendly in June. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger only used Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sparingly last season as he was obviously worried about causing the same burn-out that affected Jack Wilshere the year before, and it looks like Arsenal are still being cautious with The Ox this season as well and he has only started 15 games so far.
But Alex is more than happy to wait for his chances and hopes to grab them when he can. “I’m only 19 years of age and I’m at Arsenal Football Club,” he said. “I know I’ve got to bide my time, and maybe this is one of those times. Just to get a start was really important to me, and I know that when I get the opportunity, I’ve got to make sure I try and take it. .......Read the full article here
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been speaking about the importance of Theo Walcott to the Arsenal team, and firmly believes that he will keep getting better. He is also an important figure in the dressing room and was a huge help to the Ox after he joined from Southampton last summer.
The Ox was still 17-years old and was playing in league one, two divisions below Arsenal, when he was signed by Arsene Wenger. It was Theo Walcott, another former Southampton player who helped the young player to settle quickly at the Emirates. Walcott had gone through a similar process when he arrived at the club, training and playing with football legends like Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry. .......Read the full article here