First of all, apart from slight concerns about Laurent Koscielny and Jack Wilshere, Arsenal have not lost any players to long-term injuries picked up on international duty. So with Aaron Ramsey due back very soon, Arsene Wenger will hopefully have an almost full squad for the rest of the season.
There may be a few of the Gunners returning a little disappointed because they did not get to play much, or at all. Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Bacary Sagna and Olivier Giroud all got less than 10 minutes at the end of their respective games, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t get much more. I am a little concerned about Giroud because he seems to need confidence to play well. The others should not be too worried but take it as a sign they need to play really well from now until the summer. .......Read the full article here
It seems that the Gunners have been working hard behind the scenes to sort out the future of some of the Arsenal squad who are coming to the end of their current contracts. And it appears that the club has been fairly successful as well. However, it is not all good news.
According to the Daily Mail, our long serving French international Bacary Sagna has not been given the deal that he wanted and is set to move on when his contract expires this summer. I am gutted about this, to be honest and think that Arsenal are making a big mistake. .......Read the full article here
Why Wenger has to take some of the blame for the result against Stoke by KJ
This weekend has been terrible if you’re an Arsenal fan. All of our rivals won their Premier league matches and we have now slipped down to 3rd (effectively 4th as Man City will most likely win their games in hand). The loss at Stoke has probably sealed our fate in the Premier league and the best we can hope for now is to beat Liverpool to third (which is inherently more difficult with their easier fixtures and lack of other competitions to play in) and try and win the FA cup. .......Read the full article here
Why Arsenal fans shouldn’t underestimate the value of experience by KJ
Recently, there has numerous reports about certain players getting or not getting a new contract and fans have naturally been reacting. Some believe we must pay whatever is required to keep valuable players at the club whilst others think that we shouldn’t be held ransom and should look to sell certain players and bring in younger ones for the future.
I’m more inclined to side with the people that are happy to pay what is required to keep experienced veteran Arsenal players with us until they require or until it becomes financially impossible. .......Read the full article here
Just how important is Rosicky to Arsenal? by Ash
As I am sure you will be aware by now, Arsenal have decided to offer experienced player Tomas Rosicky a new contract, which he has decided to accept. The news has been welcomed by Arsenal fans everywhere because, although his importance can be undervalued by some, it is certain that he has true quality.
The details of Rosicky’s new deal have not been publicly disclosed yet and from the majority of sources, the deal only seems to have received a verbal agreement from both parties as of this moment. However because of Rosicky’s age and passion for the club, it is unlikely he will turn around and reject the club now for pastures new. .......Read the full article here
The news broke in the last few days that Arsenal were on the verge of announcing a new deal for our little Mozart, Tomas Rosicky. His current contract runs out this summer and there have been rumours linking him to various clubs including a move to America and the MLS, but it looks like the 33-year old could be a Gunner until the end of his career.
And Rosicky is determined to finish that career with more medals to his name. He won the title at both of his previous clubs, Sparta Prague and Borussia Dortmund and he feels confident of doing the same with Arsenal. It would certainly be the wrong time for him to leave, with the financial restraints imposed by the building of a new stadium finally over. .......Read the full article here
If anyone involved with Arsenal Football Club was unsure of the wisdom of offering a new contract to a 33-year old midfielder, the performance of Tomas Rosicky against Sunderland on Saturday should have convinced them. Arsene Wenger and the Gunners hierarchy certainly have no doubts, because the new deal for Rosicky is set to be signed anytime now.
The Czech international was brilliant as he interchanged positions with Santi Cazorla and ran the Black Cat’s ragged. And his goal was a thing of beauty, with Rosicky involved in the mesmerising build up as well as providing the deft finish. So nobody was surprised when Wenger revealed, as reported by The Mirror, the agreement to extend his Arsenal career. .......Read the full article here
When Mikel Arteta decided to join Arsenal from Everton in August 2011, it was probably with the hope that he would add to the medals he won in Scotland as part of the Rangers team. Unfortunatley for the Spaniard, that has not happened yet, although he is closer this season than ever.
But there were other reasons as well, which have worked out for him. Champions League football, for instance, has been a regular for Arsenal’s vice-captain. Those big nights are what footballers dream of, but those dreams can soon turn to nightmare’s if you get heavily beaten every time. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 4 – 1 Sunderland Player Ratings by KJ .......Read the full article here
Arsenal were denied the chance to go back to the top of the Premier League by a late Chelsea goal which came from Ramires, who seems to get away with everything, conning a free kick out of the referee. But that did not mean beating Sunderland at home was any less important and the Gunners started well.
Unlike on Wednesday, Arsenal got the early reward they deserved with a brilliant flowing move seeing Wilshire burst into the box and set up Giroud for the Frenchman to calmly slot the ball past Mannone. We controlled the game after that and worked hard to stop Sunderland getting into the game. .......Read the full article here
Sanogo has earned a start and Ozil needs a rest By Uche
Hello Gunners. For the first time this season, Arsenal had a really good opportunity to measure our dearly beloved team against the best in the world and they did not disappoint. Many predicted an Arsenal demolition but eleven against eleven, we went toe to toe with the mighty Bayern Munich and made them look ordinary… until we got the red card. What a difference a small crimson card can make. .......Read the full article here
Oxlade Chamberlain is the star of the show! by Ash
Arsenal normally has at least one young Gun to light up the league with their performances over the course of the season and this year it is no different. Originally we thought it was Aaron Ramsey, almost a reborn player coming back from a long injury lay off and it’s after effect. But after Ramsey was injured again this season, it paved the way for another long term returnee, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, to make his way back into the team and start grabbing the headlines. But there is talk in the papers that Arsene Wenger is thinking of replacing him with Rosicky for the Bayern game. .......Read the full article here