Spring is in the air, and with the promise of sunshine coming the Sunday papers are warming up towards the transfer window (commonly known as the Silly Season on Arsenal websites!).
Today’s offering comes from the ever-fanciful Sunday Sun, who are proposing the very unlikely story that Manchester United believe that they can get our very own captain Thomas Vermaelen to go to Old Trafford this summer.
I know Arsene Wenger has a habit of selling our captains, and even I could understand why Vermaelen may wish to leave after being sidelined for most of this season, but surely we won’t let him go to Man United? .......Read the full article here
This is it Arsenal fans. This game could very well be the one that decides whether the Gunners look back on this season as a success and possibly the start of great things to come, or one more on the pile labelled disappointing. The simple fact is that Arsenal must beat Everton in the FA cup today or, at the very least, not lose.
Arsene Wenger has had some difficult choices to make sine the injuries to Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny. In a rare piece of good luck, club captain Thomas Vermaelen has returned to fitness just in time to start alongside the BFG. Hopefully we will see more of his desire to prove himself than his rustiness. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal vs Everton FA Cup Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ
Every time Arsenal play a big match, it immediately becomes the biggest game of the season. That’s natural considering the closer we get to the end of the season, the more these games decide whether it will ultimately be successful or whether it will end in failure. This FA cup quarter final game is no different. .......Read the full article here
As you are probably already aware, Arsenal Football Club has agreed a new extension to the current contract of Per Mertesacker. The new three-and-a-half year deal will expire in 2017, meaning that our giant German international defender will have been with the Gunners for six years but will still only be 32-years old.
For a central defender in the modern world of football, especially one who does not rely on speed, that is nothing. And Per’s game is all about reading the game, taking control and organising the players around him. Obviously, his long legs and 6ft 6in frame are quite handy as well. What stands out for me is what a good captain he would make. .......Read the full article here
Is Vermaelen able to play at left back for the Gunners? by Ash
It may have been a while since we last saw Thomas Vermaelen ply his trade for Arsenal however he has been named fit enough to make the team squad that will play Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium this weekend.
Vermaelen’s Arsenal career has had doubts cast over it for the past year ever since he picked up a number of recurring injures that eventually led him to lose his place completely within the Arsenal set up. Despite being club captain, Vermaelen has already hinted at making a move away from Arsenal this summer, although a counterargument has also stated that he later confirmed that his statement was misinterpreted and manipulated to cause rumours. .......Read the full article here
I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that Arsenal have had one or two problems with players getting injured this season. So it was probably no surprise to see Kieran Gibbs have to be replaced early in the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, and then his replacement Nacho Monreal went off at halftime against Sunderland, closely followed by Laurent Koscielny. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal are back on top of the league. Not the Premier League, at least not yet, but the league of injuries updated regularly on physioroom.com. We have been there for most of the season as well, just like the Premier League but have been off the top for the last few weeks. Hopefully the trend will continue and Arsenal will finish the weekend on top of both. .......Read the full article here
It appears as though Thomas Vermaelen has had enough. The Arsenal captain has reportedly decided that ce can wait no longer and has told Arsene Wenger that he wants to leave the Emirates in the summer. It is a situation that has been on the cards, and in the papers, for some time now but, if it is true, who should the manager bring in to replace him?
The report in The Express comes from an interview that his agent Alex Kroes gave to the French newspaper Le 10 Sport so it is not just a randomly made up story, although we all know that football agents are not always the most reliable and trustworthy human beings on the planet. .......Read the full article here
Last year before Arsenal stunned everyone by winning the Bayern game, Wenger dropped Vermaelen and Szczesny which seemed to wake up the team and made them have a good run. This year there have been games which I just don’t understand what is happening. I feel the Southampton game should have been a sign that for some reason we have become very apathetic in these big games and teams that press us high and hard will step all over us. .......Read the full article here
Do Arsenal have the best central defence in the Premier League? by Ash
Arsenal have come under a lot of criticism in recent years about the team’s defensive qualities as well as the defence itself. It has arguably never been completely stable since the glory days almost 10 years ago, with the likes of Kolo Toure, Phillipe Senderos, William Gallas and Johan Djourou all having a shot in the side. .......Read the full article here
A lot is riding on the Arsenal defence keeping up their brilliant performances for the rest of the season, especially as we head into a particularly tricky and important few weeks. Crucial games in the Premier League, FA cup and Champions League are likely to put that defence to a big test, but there are plenty of reasons for the Arsenal fans to feel confidence. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger takes his Arsenal team to Anfield to face Liverpool in Saturday’s early kick-off. It is the first in a run of four games that could have a massive say on whether the Gunners have a successful season or another disappointing one.
So it is really important to get off to a decent start on Saturday. A win would obviously be great, keeping Arsenal on top and putting the pressure on Chelsea and Man City to keep up. But it is not going to be easy and a draw would not be a bad result. .......Read the full article here