I think most Arsenal fans will agree that Lukas Podolski did not have a good game against Cardiff yesterday, but does that mean that the German should not get another chance to play in the central striker role?
With Giroud, Bendtner and Sanogo all injured, the Gunners may not have a lot of options. There is always Theo Walcott, of course, but just like the German, he has not the physical presence needed to trouble the strong defenders in the Premier League. .......Read the full article here
How Arsenal should rotate for the next 4 games by KJ
Anyone who’s checked our fixture list will know that we have a very difficult run coming up with four games in the space of only 9 days. We have two tricky away games against West Ham and Newcastle before playing Cardiff at home and finally Tottenham at the Emirates in the FA Cup. As a result, we’ll need to rotate accordingly.
About this time last year, the Arsenal fans were about as close to having had enough of Arsene Wenger as they ever have been since the Frenchman took the reins nearly 20 years ago. Not everyone was in it, but the numbers of the `Wenger out` brigade were growing all the time.
Despite not joining the calls for Wenger’s head, I could easily understand the anger and frustration as it looked like nothing was changing for the better and the Gunners seemed to be slipping further from the top every year. As we now know, Arsenal had a storming end to the season, beating Bayern in Munich and overhauling Tottenham, again, to secure Champions League football. .......Read the full article here
If Arsenal were hoping for a bit of help ahead of the big Premier League clash with title rivals Chelsea next Monday, it is unlikely to come from the man with the whistle. Because the man appointed to take control of the highly charged clash is none other than your friend and mine, Mike Dean.
This is the same man who once appeared to celebrate a Tottenham goal against us while he was refereeing, so Arsenal fans could be forgiven for being less than pleased with the news. We have had a terrible record in games that Mister Dean has officiated, but maybe that was just a strange coincidence or maybe it has been pointed out to him, because the Gunners have won the last two games with him in the middle. .......Read the full article here
It is not something that Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal players need to worry about for while, with the games in the knockout phase not taking place until February, but we now know the identity of the team that will stand in the way of a place in the quarter-finals.
And the Gunners’ shocking bad luck shows no sign of getting any better, because we have been drawn against last year’s winners and the favourites to win it again this time, Bayern Munich. Oh well, it could be worse I suppose, there could be a giant asteroid heading on a collision course with planet Earth. .......Read the full article here
There is a school of thought that says that anything worth winning is better when you earn it. Well Arsenal will certainly have earned any trophy they win this season, because if it wasn’t for bad luck, we wouldn’t have any luck at all. I am talking, of course, about the draw for the third round of the FA cup.
While Chelsea gor Derby County and Man City got Blackburn Rovers, the Gunners were handed the hardest draw yet again. At least we are at home, and with our north London rivals Tottenham as our opponents, the home advantage could be crucial. I am sure that Arsene Wenger was hoping for a championship side, so he could give some of the overworked Gunners a well deserved rest, but there is no chance of us taking it easy now. .......Read the full article here
There have been a few stories in the media this week about Arsenal being interested in a January transfer move for the Fulham and Bulgaria international striker Dimitar Berbatov. The news, or rumour, was met with relative indifference by a lot of Arsenal fans, who are keen to see the Gunners get a real top quality front man when the transfer window opens.
However, I think we could do a lot worse than signing the talented but often criticised 32-year old, and his performance against Aston Villa earlier certainly added weight to that belief. Berbatov was excellent and did some things effortlessly that most players would not dream of attempting. He assisted Fulham’s first goal and played a sublime pass that led to the penalty which he converted for the second. .......Read the full article here
It was a good day in the Premier League for Arsenal today and they didn’t even have to play. Maybe the pressure that the Gunners had put on by winning again at Cardiff yesterday, but all of the rivals that were in action today, except for Man City, struggled.
Unfortunately Chelsea recovered from going behind against Southampton to win the game, but they made hard work of it and they might even have lost Oscar for a bit, as the Brazilian was substituted after picking up a knock. They are now clear in second place, four points behind Arsenal, but they have to come to the Emirates and play host to Liverpool before the new year. .......Read the full article here
As Arsenal go from strength to strength in the Premier League and Champions League campaigns, most of our rivals are struggling to keep pace. Arsenal fans will be on a high today after another win, with great goals and a clean sheet, and there is even more reason to smile when you hear Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen talking up his struggling side’s chances.
Spurs’ early season promise has faded away as the nights have drawn in, so after a humiliating drubbing by Man City last weekend, they now lie a massive 11 points behind the Gunners. And it’s not getting any easier for them, with Man United the opponents today. Another defeat will surely put paid to any realistic hopes they had and will make their chances of even a top four finish look unlikely. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
There are benefits to Arsenal being known as a club that has a firm philosophy about it’s youth policy. It might not have helped the Gunners win any silverware in recent years, but that is another argument, and you could argue that the board’s decision not to invest and to sell off players like Nasri and van Persie is the real reason.
There is a general consensus among Arsenal fans that the most important thing for Arsene Wenger to do in the January transfer window is to bring in another striker, whether to push Olivier Giroud for his place or to support him and offer Arsenal something different.
And whatever Jose Mourinho says about letting us have one of Chelsea’s dozens of strikers on loan, just wait until the last day, Wenger needs to move quickly and make sure that Arsenal do not end up with just one centre forward again. I am not counting Nicklas Bendtner, once bitten twice shy and all that. .......Read the full article here