Emmanuel Petit played over 100 Premier League games in his spells with Arsenal and Chelsea and he was a key member of the Gunners team that won the league and cup double in 1998, so he knows about English football and what it takes to win the tile.
The former France international believes that tomorrow night’s game between his former clubs will have a big say in who lifts the Premier League crown this time, although he believes that Man City will be right up there as well. The 43-year old is clearly one of those who feel that Arsenal have got to start beating the big sides to really set down a marker and Chelsea tomorrow is the time to start doing that. .......Read the full article here
I was reflecting on a recent comment by Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan, in which he’s quoted as saying that he thought Arsenal were “a wonderful club to play”. He was probably referring to the overall experience at the Emirates, rather than just the actual match, but it had me wondering how other teams might consider the experience of playing against the modern day Gunners.
There can’t have been many players, other than, perhaps, Roy Keane, who relished the prospect of facing Patrick Vieira or Emmanuel Petit in their physical prime. And ex Gunners such as Sol Campbell, Tony Adams and Steve Bould wouldn’t have provided many pleasant memories for opposing forwards. .......Read the full article here
The former Arsenal and England striker Alan `smudger` Smith has been writing about his memories of the Gunners and his thoughts on the current Arsenal team. Smith left Arsenal shortly before Arsene Wenger took over in 1996, but he has always followed the Gunners and has suggested that the Frenchman is at a pivotal period in his Arsenal reign and could maybe do with being a little more flexible in his methods. .......Read the full article here
The big debate now is the problems with our defence, after a demoralising performance in Europe, in this portion of our team.
Vermailen does not suddenly become a bad player, and you do not play for Germany over 40 times and remain first choice, as Mertesacker has by being a poor player. Koscielny has also played well for us in the past, and has great speed of foot and mind. The whole problem is the protection of the back four and confidence in the whole defensive regime. .......Read the full article here
The former Arsenal manager George Graham is backing Arsene Wenger to prove his critics wrong and get the Gunners back to playing the exciting, flowing and attacking football that he made famous when he joined the club. Graham believes that Wenger needs to use another of his skills to do it, though. Le Prof has unearthed some real gems in the past, and he will need to do it again in the January transfer window to appease the increasingly frustrated and belligerent fans. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal had a fantastic result against Man Utd today, but it should have been the game that won them the title. f they hadn’t thrown away so many points in the last two months the title would have been sewn up long before this, but the usual collapse at the end of the season put paid to Arsenal’s chances to win anything.
Arsenal were without their captain Cesc Fabregas today, and the Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit thinks that even with Cesc in the team, Arsenal are lacking that final piece of the jigsaw, a leader and a winner. .......Read the full article here