Arsenal vs Manchester City Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ
Arsenal’s season has somewhat fallen apart, in the Premier league especially. We are 5 points off Liverpool and 6 points off Chelsea. Even if we manage to beat Manchester City, providing they win their games in hand, they will also be 6 points ahead of us. It is a truly grim situation considering we led the league for at least 4 months. Now we have to win this game to ensure that Everton don’t somehow pip us to 4th. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal players past and present, as well as fellow managers and all sorts of people connected with football, have been talking about Arsene Wenger and his achievements as the Frenchman’s 1000th game in charge of the Gunners approaches.
Some, like Jose Mourinho and Harry Redknapp sound like they have had to have their arms twisted up their backs and could not resist diluting their comments with criticism or little digs at Wenger, while others like Sir Alex Ferguson have been surprisingly warm and generous in their appreciation of the Arsenal boss. The Mirror has a page dedicated to Wenger where you can read the different tributes nad analysis of his Arsenal career. .......Read the full article here
It’s still a couple of days away but there’s a massive game coming up on Saturday and Arsenal will need to start a winning run against some of the bigger teams for the next 6 weeks if we are to stay in the title race. But the same was being said back in November and Liverpool were flying high then and could have taken top spot had they beaten us. .......Read the full article here
I suppose that you could call Patrick Vieira and Arsenal man just as much as you could label him a Man City man, but he does work for the mega millions Manchester club these days, where he is in charge of the underage team known somewhat grandly as the `Elite Development Squad`.
But even though Vieira is still good friends with Arsene Wenger and spent the largest and most important part of his career in the red and white of the Gunners, you would not really expect him to praise the current Arsenal players over those of his current employers, but that is just what he has done in his assessment of Aaron Ramsey, as reported by the Independent. .......Read the full article here
Aaron Ramsey has been a revelation for Arsenal since the latter part of last season, and the young Welshman was a huge part of the Gunners late surge which saw them overhaul north London rivals Tottenham for the final Champions League spot. Ramsey’s performances then were not getting a huge amount of attention, but by adding goals to his game, the midfielder has become the talk of the town, so just how good is he? .......Read the full article here
Arsenal are apparently closing in on the signing of young Manchester City midfielder Abdi Ibrahim who has been on loan for the last few seasons away from his parent club. This would seem like a strange move for Arsenal to make but the Norwegian has been on a host of Premier League club’s radars for many years and it appears that City have resigned themselves to selling him because of a lack of room in his favoured defensive midfield role. .......Read the full article here
Could Arsenal make a shock move for 33 year old Wigan defender Emerson Boyce? by SS
Arsene Wenger would hope to get Boyce cheap and use him as cover in a variety of defensive positions and to act as an experienced leader within the defence. Bacary Sagna looks set to leave the club this summer with Russian giants Anzhi and newly crowned French champions PSG interested.
Wenger is expected to bring in Sebastian Corchia or Lukasz Piszczeck to work with Carl Jenkinson to fill the right back position in the team. Despite Boyce being 33 years old, Wenger has always been very impressed with his stamina that he displays for Wigan by bombing up and down the side of the field week in, week out. .......Read the full article here
Could Kolo Toure be on his way back to Arsenal on a one year deal? by SS
He is going to be out of contract this summer and he and Manchester City have confirmed that there will be no new deal. He has said he would like to stay in England because his family is based here and he could be available on low wages compared to his Man City pay packet. .......Read the full article here
In short, the answer is no. Nowadays there is something bigger than the allure of Champions League football; money. Arsenal can’t claim that getting in the top four will allow us the chance to sign amazing players when we’ve been doing it for years yet still lost the likes of Nasri, Adebayor and most recently Van Persie, with no thought of a like for like replacement. .......Read the full article here
Luca Toni has told Stevan Jovetic to join a real ‘top club’ rather than Arsenal. Well, that hurt, Luca.
The first half of Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal raised our expectations to such an extent that the past eight years can be described as somewhat of a failure. Coincidentally, Wenger’s trophy-laden years at Arsenal occurred with the presence of another man running the show on the field, our midfield general – Patrick Vieira! .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger still speaks about Gervinho as a key member of the Arsenal team. He explained his decision not to scout the African Cup of Nations in January by saying that the Ivorian striker was the best player in the tournament, and we already have him so there was no point. When the 25-year old forward returned after Ivory Coast were knocked out by Nigeria, Wenger decided to give him some time off before rejoining the Arsenal squad, but he will be available from now on. .......Read the full article here
Daniel Le Roux – South Africa, 1957-1958, 5 games, 0 goals
Dan Roux, or Daniel Leow Le Roux, to use his full name, might not be as familiar to Just Arsenal readers as some of the other African stars covered in this series, but the South African will go down in history as the first star from the continent to wear the red strip of the Gunners. Potentially to be considered a trailblazer for the other African stars to take to the field for Arsenal, Roux remains the only South African to turn out for the side. .......Read the full article here