You can say what you like about Arsene Wenger, and he has certainly come under a lot more criticism this season than ever before, but there is no doubt that he inspires the respect, admiration and gratitude of his Arsenal players. Just last week we saw Jack Wilshere give an emotional post match interview in which you could tell that he was hurt by how much the pressure that Wenger was under and insisted that it was the players that should bear the responsibility for the bad performances and results.
Today id a difficult day in a disappointing week for everybody concerned with Arsenal Football Club. It has been hard work, but I have put together a few reasons for Gooners to be cheerful before we all succumb to despair.
Firstly, let’s remember that Bayern Munich were just behind Barcelona with the bookies as favourites to lift th Champions league trophy this season. The runaway leaders of the German Bundesliga have been in scintillating form and they showed just why last night. Having said that, Arsenal did show a lot of heart and a fair amount of quality to come back at them in the second half.
5 things Gunners don’t want to hear next season by Twig
If the Arsenal board do decide to still suffer with Wenger for next season, then there are a certain number of statements fans definitely don’t want to hear Wenger make. Arsene has made these statements over and over again and gunners are weary of hearing them. If things go wrong next season, we could do with a different set of excuses than we have been getting these barren years.
1. 4th Place is a Trophy: No Arsene. Even though it is desirable to finish within the top four, mentioning it is defeatist and gives players the impression that fourth place is acceptable. It shows the club lacks ambition. You will never hear Man Utd, Bayern, Barca or Madrid singing the 4th place song.
The Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey still believes that Arsene Wenger’s team is not only good enough to beat Bayern Munich, but can still win the trophy. Before the Gunner’s (weakened) team lost to Blackburn this weekend they had gone five games without a loss, including four wins, and Ramsey thinks this shows that they can beat anyone.
He said: “On our day we’re capable of producing good results against anybody and we’ve proven that over the last few seasons, but consistency has been the issue with us.
“Whether it will take us to win something before we actually believe that we can go on and be a threat in everything, I don’t know. On our day we’re more than capable of producing great performances and great results.
The vice-captain of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, knows that it is vital for Arsenal to start strongly in tomorrow’s game against Bayern Munich. Against the runaway leaders of the German Bundesliga, the Gunners cannot afford to give away anything easy, but we should also remember that there is more pressure on Bayern to succeed than there is on Arsenal.
The Spanish midfielder insists he is relishing the game, and is confident that Arsenal have the ability to upset the odds and thinks that his team mates can use that extra motivation to show what they can do.
“This is one of those games that everybody is ready to play. It is a pleasure to play for this club at this level.
Wenger to stay (Calm down) by KSM
So we got knocked out of the FA Cup and the League Cup (does anyone really care about that League Cup?). We are still in the Champions League. Also everyone is saying we are gonna get flogged by Bayern? Really? Is football sooo predictable? Sometime earlier this year everyone thought Man City were gonna win the Premier League…hmmmm how did that work out for them?.
Arsene Wenger is well aware that Arsenal have a tough task on their hands in the Champions league. Bayern Munich were last year’s finalists and probably should have won the trophy, but Chelsea held on with some last ditch defending and won the penalty shoot out. Bayern are storming along in the German Bundesliga, so it is no real surprise that they are favourites to progress to the next round at the expense of the Gunners.
Sometimes, especially in cup competitions, underdogs can thrive on that status, and use the arrogance and high expectations of the opponents against them. After Bayern’s Dutch winger Arjen Robben made some disparaging comments about Arsenal, Wenger should use his words to get the players well and truly fired up and determined to make him eat his words.
Wojciech Szczesny is intent on beating Blackburn this weekend and is clearly wanting to open his trophy account by going on to win the competition. The Polish international said: “As you know, we’re desperate for a trophy – so we hope we can give our fans something to cheer in the FA Cup.
“It’s massive for us. We’re three wins away from a final at Wembley now so we’ll give it everything.”
“I really don’t care about goals conceded as long as we win the game – I’d rather win 3-2 than draw 0-0, for example.
“I’m going to make saves and make mistakes, too.
When the new Arsenal left back Nacho Monreal began his professional football career with Osasuna in 2005, nobody really expected it to be the last year that the Gunners would lift a trophy until now. Although we nearly won the Champions league the following year and reached the final of the league cup in 2011, Arsenal are still waiting to add to their trophy haul.
Arsene Wenger gave football fans and journalists plenty of ammunition to attack Arsenal with when he said that qualifying for the Champions league was like winning a trophy. Oh, how they laughed. Well, you ask the manager of Tottenham, Liverpool or Everton which they would prefer, and if you get an honest answer they will say Champions league.
Arsenal fans are so used to getting into the Champions league that maybe we have forgotten what a big deal it really is. The thing we haven’t done is win a trophy, for nearly eight years now. We are desperate to get our hands on some silverware, and Arsene Wenger has joined us in that wish now, as he proved by playing his strongest team against Bradford City.
Latest Team News – Arsenal VS Swansea Match Preview by AH
Arsenal will face Swansea City at the Emirates tomorrow for a FA Cup reply game after neither team managed to progress to the next round after 90 minutes at the Liberty Stadium 2 weeks ago.
Arsenal will once again find the Welsh opponents tough and this will be our 3rd meeting of the season, with Swansea beating us 2-0 in December before the 2-2 draw in this FA Cup competition 2 weeks back. I’d expect for both teams to put out strong starting lineups for this game, however Arsenal more so because realistically this is our last chance of winning a trophy this season. Wenger said we can still contend for the title this year but I think we all know we can write our chances off now, whilst the Champions League is never easy, so in reality this is our final chance of gaining a trophy this season.
Jack Wilshere is Arsenal through and through. If you cut him he bleeds red, oh hang on so does everyone. Anyway, Jack was one of the five young players who recently committed their long term future to the Gunners, and he wants that future to be a successful one, laden with silverware. This is not a pipe dream for Wilshere, he believes that Arsenal are close to challenging regularly for trophies. The hardest part, though, is getting that first one. If Arsenal can do that soon, then there will be no stopping us.
“When you finish a career, you look back and see how many trophies you have won, so we all want them, and we know how much the fans do too.