No one at Arsenal was under any illusion that pulling off a repeat of last season’s Champions League win in Munich would be easy. In fact it would be close to a miracle, even though the Gunners did it before. We have to realise that Bayern took their eye off the ball a bit last time and we took advantage well.
Another blistering performance from the Germans at the weekend, in which they beat a pretty good Wolfsburg 6-1 away from home, shows that Pep Guardiola has made Bayern even stronger. They also seem relentless in their quest to be the first team to defend the European cup in it’s new format. .......Read the full article here
For some reason that is yet to be explained, Arsene Wenger has chosen to leave Lukas Podolski out in the cold this season, despite the Arsenal Number 9 scoring six goals in just 8 starts for the club this season, and it looks like the 28 year-old will be leaving the Emirates this summer.
Well according to the Mirror, Wenger has already lined up the Frenchman Loic Remy to replace him at a cut-price of just £8million, which they report as his buy-out clause from Queens Park Rangers. .......Read the full article here
This is it Arsenal fans. This game could very well be the one that decides whether the Gunners look back on this season as a success and possibly the start of great things to come, or one more on the pile labelled disappointing. The simple fact is that Arsenal must beat Everton in the FA cup today or, at the very least, not lose.
Arsene Wenger has had some difficult choices to make sine the injuries to Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny. In a rare piece of good luck, club captain Thomas Vermaelen has returned to fitness just in time to start alongside the BFG. Hopefully we will see more of his desire to prove himself than his rustiness. .......Read the full article here
How should Arsenal approach the game against Everton? by KJ
Arsenal have another massive game coming up on Saturday and this is arguably the biggest of the season considering what it means. We are in the midst of a dip at the moment and that has seen us drop to 3rd in the Premier League. Usually, we’d go out to Everton here, lose to Bayern before fighting for our lives to stay in the top 4. But, I’m still optimistic this season can be different and that starts with a good win against Everton on Saturday. .......Read the full article here
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
Arsenal fans could be set to find out whether the signing of Swedish international Kim Kallstrom at the end of the January transfer window was a complete nonsense or just a P.R. disaster. The 31-year old midfielder is back in full training and might even feature in Saturday’s FA cup 6th round game against Everton, according to The Mirror.
I do not know much about the guy, to be honest. In fact even if he had been fit when we signed him, instead of having a micro-fracture in his back which has kept him out until now and given internet trolls another bullet to fire at Arsenal and Wenger, Kim Kallstrom was not the name any of us were hoping for. .......Read the full article here
When Arsene Wenger picked his Arsenal starting XI to face the rough tactics of Stoke City in the cauldron of the Britannia stadium on Saturday, the Frenchman made just one change and that was to bring Kieran Gibbs in for Nacho Monreal.
The Spaniard may have been replaced anyway, but it meant that Wenger stuck with his team. In hindsight it looks like a mistake, but the Gunners had not played for a week and easily beat Sunderland in the previous match, so you cdan understand him doing it. .......Read the full article here
Time to give a chance to others? by Gunnerjack
Well I woke up hoping I would feel better but no luck – the performance against Stoke was truly abysmal. So after my first article stating that Chambo should start every match I’m writing this second one as a kind of therapy in the hopes of getting the despair out of my system. .......Read the full article here
Every Arsenal fan and their dogs expected Arsene Wenger to buy a new striker last summer to complement (if not replace) Olivier Giroud, and that seemed to be confirmed by the Gunners interest in Luis Suarez, but nothing came of it and we got Mesut Ozil instead to calm the fans frustration.
But the fact is that Arsenal DID buy a striker last summer by the name of Yaya Sanogo, and after his impressive display for the Gunners against Liverpool in the FA Cup win (which earned him a place against Bayern Munich), it seems that Wenger is now preparing to make him a regular first-teamer. .......Read the full article here
I know that there are some Arsenal fans who are still far from convinced that Olivier Giroud has got what it takes to be a Gunner. They took his recent dip in form as proof of this, while dismissing his comeback performance and two goals against Sunderland. Unfortunately for them, Arsene Wenger picks the team and he seems determined to stick with the former Montpellier man.
But with sackfuls of cash to spend and Nicklas Bendtner surely set to leave the club, Wenger is believed to be in the market for a striker or two in the transfer market. Maybe not though Gooners. Because there are a couple of players already signed up with the Gunners who could provide great competition, cover and support for Giroud. .......Read the full article here
It seems that everyone, including the Arsenal fans, had pretty much forgotten about Yaya Sanogo. When the Gunners signed him on a free transfer from a second division French club in the summer, it is fair to say that he did not exactly set our pulses racing and there were plenty of jokes going around about Wenger’s tendency for tightness, which just increased when he was then sidelined for months with injury.
So when he was brought back into the side and thrown straight into the deep end against Liverpool and Bayern Munich, eyebrows were raised as high as Penfold’s. But, for Arsenal fans at least, the lanky young French striker has been a pleasant surprise with two very decent performances. .......Read the full article here
Is Sanogo ready for the top? by Ash
Many wouldn’t have predicted seeing young Yaya Sanogo leading the Arsenal front line in two massive crunch games against Liverpool in the FA Cup and Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Olivier Giroud, Nicklas Bendtner or even Lukas Podolski were expected to lead the line against two of the world’s best football clubs at the moment, but instead Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger put his faith in young Frenchman Yaya Sanogo .......Read the full article here