Only one Arsenal midfielder, Santi Cazorla, has started and played in more games than club record signing Mesut Ozil this season. That gives a clear indication of how much Arsene Wenger has relied on the German international this season but also suggests a reason why his form has tailed off so much after a great start.
That has not stopped the fans and the media from laying into Ozil, though. Maybe the price tag of £42 million is to blame as well, because we expect so much from him, but former Gunner Robert Pires thinks the fans have no need to worry about Ozil. As reported by The Mirror, Pires has likened himself to the German and stated that he understands exactly how hard it has been for him, because he went through exactly the same thing himself. .......Read the full article here
So it looks like it is time for the Arsenal fans to start guessing as to who Wenger is going to buy in the summer (if he is still the manager of course!)
According to the Telegraph, Wenger will have £100 million pounds to play with as the Gunners make more and more money from their off-pitch activities, like sponsorship and property deals, and not to mention the £140m surplus carried over from last year…. .......Read the full article here
It is quite hard for most Arsenal fans to keep our feet on the ground at the minute. It seems to be asking for trouble to get too optimistic about the chances of winning the Premier League title for the first time since the amazing feats of the Invincibles led to the Gunners being champions of England in 2004. One of the players instrumental to that great season, Robert Pires, has no such qualms though. .......Read the full article here
Robert Pires is one of the many former players who have kept close ties with Arsenal Football Club. He is also the latest former Gunner to return to the Club to train and keep himself match fit, so he has been able to see at first hand what effect the record signing Mesut Ozil has had behind the scenes as well as the obvious skills we see on the pitch. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal now have their own Zidane in their side! by Ash
Arsenal have always been known for having quite a strong midfield, especially over the course of Arsene Wenger’s 17 year reign with the club. However, aside from the glory days of the early 2000’s, it’s hard to argue that we have never had a better midfield than we currently do.
Ozil, Cazorla, Wilshere, Ramsey, Arteta, Rosicky, Flamini and a few other fringe players all competing for just three spaces in midfield, is proving to be a tough task for Arsene Wenger now that all are available, and it’s all largely down to the fact that we managed to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. .......Read the full article here
As you probably know already, the former Arsenal star Robert Pires is back at the Club. Arsene Wenger has not re-signed the 39-year old midfielder, but after the summer saga with Mathieu Flamini earning himself a new contract by impressing the manager, you never know. Maybe Pires was encouraged by that situation to try his luck, who knows? .......Read the full article here
Thomas Eisfeld has often been a player that has been left on the fringes of the Arsenal set up ever since he joined the club back on the final day of the January 2012 transfer window in a deal of less than half a million from German super club Borussia Dortmund. .......Read the full article here
It’s well known that Arsenal have a plethora of injuries at the moment, especially to the left wing position with Cazorla, Podolski and Oxlade-Chamberlain. As a result, we’ve been forced to play Wilshere as a LW. What’s interesting is that rather than opting for someone like Gnabry or Akpom to play as a LW when Wilshere is subbed off, Wenger opts to play Nacho Monreal. .......Read the full article here
Is this the greatest Arsenal team in years? by Ash
There has been a lot talk over the last few years about how Arsenal have done nothing but decline into the mix of a failing team, a team of past glories and a team that will take its time for a return to success. And this is largely down to the factor that so many top class talents have left our club in the past few seasons. .......Read the full article here
How you guys feeling during this chaotic transfer window? Optimistic? Sad? Angry? Depressed? This has been a crazy one I tell you, so I want to take our minds of us getting Suarez for 40 million or Gustavo or anyone for that matter.
I was just thinking about the good old days when Arsenal dominated the EPL, got to Champions League Finals and collected FA cup Medals every couple years. Yes, we have sold quality players to rival clubs, and we haven’t bought anyone world-class in the last 5 years other than Cazorla. I do however believe that this is not the only reason why we are always fighting for 4th place every year. I think tactically Wenger might be losing it! .......Read the full article here
With the appointment, just announced, of Arsenal old boy Freddie Ljungberg into a backroom “ambassadorial” role, Gooners are reminded of the team of “Invincibles” of which Freddie was an integral part. Even though the Swede has been critical of Arsenal recently, calling for the club to sign “very good players” (that’s Swedish for “top, top”) if they wanted to challenge for trophies, and was less than enthusiastic about the players’ celebrations after the Newcastle match, it seems the Arsenal hierarchy are happy to welcome him back into the fold. .......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