After reading the latest Arsenal transfer rumour this morning, I did have to check that it was April’s fools day yesterday, not today. The story, reported by Metro and others, is that the Tottenham central defender Younes Kaboul is ready to repeat the actions of Sol Campbell and swap his lilywhite shirt for the red and white of Arsenal. Assuming that Thomas Vermaelen is going to leave, the Gunners will need another centre back.
Do Arsenal really have a top four place confirmed? by Ash
After beating our great North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur in a 1-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday, there have been a few suggestions that Arsenal have confirmed a top four finish with 5th placed Spurs currently sitting 9 points behind. A win for Arsenal has placed us back into the top three, level on points with Liverpool, however I still think there is a little more left to be considered that what the media has given us.
Podolski’s looking forward to the North London derby, are you? by Ash
Lukas Podolski is the first Arsenal player to speak out ahead of another critical game for the Gunners this season, this one being the North London derby at Tottenham. Having already beaten the opposition once at the Emirates in the league already this season, and another win in the FA Cup, Arsenal will now attempt to take all three points away from White Hart Lane for the first time since 2007.
After this week’s Champions League exit, Arsenal have just two competitions left to worry about. But we are normally out of everything and struggling to get in the top four by this point in a season so it is great to be in this situation.
The Gunners vice-captain Mikel Arteta is certainly enjoying it, despite the disappointment of losing out to Bayern Munich. But the Spaniard is also aware that the pressure is firmly on Arsenal to win the FA cup and it would be a real downer if we fail. As reported by Arsenal.com, Arteta also feels that the club, players and fans really need that first bit of silverware to set us on the right path for the years to come.
In just three days time, Arsenal have a massive game against Tottenham in the FA cup. A few weeks ago this looked like a banker home win for the Gunners. Spurs were in turmoil and Arsenal were sweeping all before them, but things in football can change quicker than Clark Kent in a phone box.
The Gunners have come back well from a tough run of disappointing results, but the problem now is the injury list. With Giroud out, Podolski struggled and Bendtner, who did well and scored a crucial goal, also picked up an injury that ruled him out of the FA cup game.
As Arsenal got straight back into the groove with a win against Southampton at the weekend, the Premier League title race is really starting to take shape. And it is looking good for the Gunners, not just because of our own form, but because of the poor performances of two of our biggest rivals, Manchester United and Tottenham.
Tottenham were not just beaten by Manchester City, they were subjected to the kind of beating that could well damage their team morale and and put a giant spanner in the works of their season. It is extra special for Arsenal fans of course, because of the local rivalry, but in practical terms it should mean that we have one less team to worry about.
‘Tottenham aren’t Arsenal’s rivals’ suggests Gazids! by Ash
Arsenal spokesman and chief executive Ivan Gazids is often facing the rebellions of Arsenal fans when it comes to his position at the club and the action, or perhaps lack of action, and influence he seems to have in this club, but for once he has actually got the Arsenal faithful on his side by taunting local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Its North London derby day again and we have the biggest game of the season so far this afternoon at The Emirates. The winner (Arsenal of course!) gets the prize of stopping The Spuds being on the top of the league, and whoever correctly predicts the Score wins a JustArsenal.com T-Shirt!
So I have finally got in a delivery of new JustArsenal T-Shirts featuring our new logo, and they will presently go on general sale once I get around to designing a fancy ad to entice you to buy one!
We need change and action now! by AH
I firmly believe this is Arsenal’s make or break year. We are approaching 9 years without a trophy and although other clubs have had much bigger trophy droughts, none have been proclaimed like our one has and this needs to end. This is the season where we can go out and win a trophy and push high up to the very top spots of the Premier League, or this is the season, where we experience the last of Champion’s League football and fall down into the realms of Liverpool Football Club.
Will good fixture run come too late for title challenge? by DG
Looking at next season’s fixtures, it’s hard not to notice our rather appealing run of games at the tail end of the season. Our last 5 games of the season include home games against West Ham, Newcastle and West Brom, and two away games at Hull and Norwich. It’s a set of games we would expect to collect maximum points from, but unfortunately it could very well come too late to be meaningful in the final standings. The problem is the set of 4 games that immediately precede them – Spurs away, Chelsea away, Man City at home and Everton away.
It seems that whichever way you look at it, Arsenal are better than Tottenham. This will not come as a major surprise to the red and white part of North London or the Gooners all over the world, but it seems like the boys from the lane keep forgetting. It’s strange that we haven’t heard much bravado or claims of dominance since the Premier League finished. Hello, Emmanuel, Andres, William, anybody there?
Arsenal have been in a three way tussle with Chelsea and Tottenham for what seems like ages now. There has never been such a close run race for the final two Champions League places and it is all going down to the wire. Chelsea are definitely in the top four, although the Gunners could go above them into third. So really, it is down to us and Spurs again.
Arsene Wenger, however, is not interested in how the spuds get on against Sunderland, because he knows that Arsenal have worked very hard to make sure that our destiny is in our own hands and that the players must focus solely on beating Newcastle United on Sunday.