I can hardly believe the situation that Arsenal are in having led the Premier League for most of the season, but the awful truth is that the Gunners are now in serious danger of turning our most promising season in years into the one when we finally drop out of the Champions League places.
With a six point gap to Everton at this point in the season, and Tottenham having blown it, you would normally bet your house on us getting the Wenger trophy again. However, the players are obviously damaged from their third good hiding of the season and that last minute equaliser from Swansea will have done nothing to help. .......Read the full article here
I think that we could learn a great deal about Arsenal and the future of Arsene Wenger tonight. The Frenchman was clearly hurt, more by the manner of the defeat at Chelsea than the actual result. On his big landmark day, his players completely failed him.
We all know that Wenger does not like to criticise his players in public, but I hope he has done so in private. A Sky Sports report reveals that the Arsenal boss is still backing his team to respond well, just as they have done to the season’s other disappointments, but I wonder if this latest wound will take longer to heal. .......Read the full article here
The two oldest players in the current Arsenal squad, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta, with all their talent and experience are natural leaders in a fairly young team in general. So it is quite right that they have taken a lot of responsibility for the game that must be mentioned no more.
Both of them completed the full 90 minutes against Chelsea and have been hurting badly ever since. But they have at least had the courage to face up to it and try to explain what happened. And both of them have promised to make sure that the hangover does not continue against Swansea at the Emirates tonight. .......Read the full article here
I am really surprised but hugely relieved at the same time. Arsenal have been handed a double boost ahead of what now looks like a crucial Premier League game against Swansea City. The FA have upheld the Gunners’ appeal for both Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, which will be a huge relief to Arsene Wenger and his injury ravaged team.
The Welsh club come to the Emirates on a terrible run of form, having not won since early February, but after Saturday’s disaster against Chelsea, they were probably fancying their chances, especially as we looked like having no real box-to box midfielder available. So they are probably as surprised as me, and a lot less happy, to see the FA’s decision, as reported by The Express. .......Read the full article here
Not only did Arsene Wenger refuse to take his usual post match interview after Arsenal got their arses handed to them by Chelsea on Saturday, the Frenchman also cancelled the press conference scheduled for today. Wenger was due to give his usual pre-match press conference ahead of the Premier League home game against Swansea tomorrow but has instead simply released a statement on the club’s official website Arsenal.com.
It is not that unusual for a manager to decide not to talk to the media for one reason or another. It has happened many times before at many clubs, but it is not something that the Arsenal boss is known for, so what message does it send out to the players and is it the right move by Wenger? .......Read the full article here
In looking for explanations of these freak Arsenal results and especially the big ‘must win’ games like this weekend, I have the following observations:
i) The opening moments of the game when tension is high are critical and determining.
ii) Once an early goal is conceded the pressure goes up and the propensity to make errors increases.
iii) If an early second goal goes in then the pressure rockets up and we get the start of a collective emotional freefall….a downward spiral of emotional paralysis and pain. .......Read the full article here
Amidst all the awful performances by the Arsenal players and the terrible 6-0 defeat to the worst possible manager on the worst possible day, referee Andre Marriner took some of the heat off Arsenal by making a lughably poor decision to send Kieran Gibbs off for handball when it should have been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
So it is no surprise to hear that Arsenal are appealing the one match ban handed down to Gibbs, but it is more of a surprise to hear that they are appealing against the sending off anyway. I didn’t realise this, but the FA have given Chamberlain the ban he would have received. I didn’t think they could do that after the game if the ref had made a mistake, but they have done. .......Read the full article here
Although Arsene Wenger did not come out of the Arsenal dressing room for the usual post-match interview after the 6-0 mauling by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and who can blame him, he did later give his reaction to the game and took all of the blame for what was one of the worst of all the 1000 games he has had as manager of the Gunners.
Wenger is reported by Arsenal.com as saying, “It was a nightmare and I take full responsibility for it. What is important is to give a response on Tuesday night and that is it. .......Read the full article here
The Spanish striker Michu has had his rapid rise to stardom underlined with an international call-up to Spain, and there transfer rumours linking him with a possible move to Arsenal in January, but I nearly choked on my cornflakes when I saw the price tag being talked about as being around the £30 million mark.
Having cost just £2 million when Michael Laudrup signed him for Swansea City last summer, that fee would surely represent one of the biggest and fastest increases in value for a footballer ever. 1500 percent in a year!! Having said that, we already know that prices are crazy, especially for strikers and especially, it seems, if a big club is interested. According to The Express, Arsenal might have to fight Liverpool for his signature if we were to go for him in January. .......Read the full article here
The weekend game that put Arsenal clear at the top of the table also marked a special day for Arsene Wenger. It was 17 years to the day since he began his long and successful association with the Gunners, and you would think that it was something that our north London rivals Tottenham would not even want to think about, as Le Prof has never finished below them, but famous spuds fan and former chairman Alan Sugar has proclaimed Wenger as the best in the league.
Arsenal certainly have a new talent on the block and his name is Serge Gnabry! The German under 21 player is a winger at Arsenal and despite spending a few seasons in the reserves, Gnabry is very much ahead of his progress rate at Arsenal and has already found himself to be a regular amongst the Arsenal first team follow on from Theo Walcott’s injury last week. .......Read the full article here
After seeing the results of all the top teams, I was happy because they had all drop points but I was extremely pessimistic of the possibility of us capitalising on such a rare occasion. Champions are teams that will ruthlessly take any chance to capitalise when presented to them. It’s a bit early to be calling us title contenders but today’s win is something you’d associate with a title contender.
The first half was pretty dull with Swansea being slightly better. Neither team could keep possession efficiently mainly due to the opposition’s pressing as well as some silly errors. .......Read the full article here