Patrick Vieira was one of the first players to be brought to Arsenal after Arsene Wenger took charge of the club back in 1996. When he left the club for Juventus nine years later, he took three Premier league winner’s medals and four FA cup medals with him. He was also part of the invincibles side that went the whole of the 2003-2004 league season without losing a game. It is surprising, therefore, to hear him say that the Arsenal of today is better in some ways than the teams he played in.
The problem with the attacking midfield in my opinion is not the Arteta-Wilshere axis but the other forward midfield players. When Diaby was having his little surge, hopefully soon to return in reduced games, it was not just his defensive qualities but the fact he went beyond the main strikers on surging runs that made Arsenal so dangerous.
None of our midfield players go beyond the main strikers, to stretch the opponents defence. We play little balls in between defenders for the forwards, especially Walcott, to run on to. In the past we had Pires and Freddy bursting through from midfield and the full backs raiding in their wide positions, sometimes with Thierry Henry wide as well.
The former Arsenal manager George Graham is backing Arsene Wenger to prove his critics wrong and get the Gunners back to playing the exciting, flowing and attacking football that he made famous when he joined the club. Graham believes that Wenger needs to use another of his skills to do it, though. Le Prof has unearthed some real gems in the past, and he will need to do it again in the January transfer window to appease the increasingly frustrated and belligerent fans.
It is no secret that Arsene Wenger intends to add to his Arsenal squad in January, and a combative midfielder is one of the most important roles for him to fill. Two new names seem to have found themselves on the list of possible signings according to newspaper reports.
20-year old Ghanaian Afriye Acquah is currently playing for the Serie A side Parma, and is being called the new Michael Essien. According to the Sun, Arsenal are preparing a bid of around £8 million for the player, but that seems a bit steep, especially considering that his owner club, Palermo, loaned him out to Italian league rivals this summer. I would expect Wenger to go for a player who has much more experience.
For me, it’s not about the trophies by BN
There has been a lot of talk and criticism about the BSM march on Saturday, with some Arsenal fans saying that we are fickle supporters and don’t remember the bad days, and to be careful what we wish for as Arsene Wenger has been more successful than anyone else, blah bah blah.
But I think that people are maybe getting supporters’ feelings all wrong. Yes, we all know what Arsene has achieved, but from such a strong position, and possibly the best ever Premier league side, between 2001 and 2005, players have been sold and poorer players have replaced them each time, and so on and on to the quality of players we have now.
Arsenal were thought to be on the verge of signing a big, strong, tough tackling defensive midfielder in the summer, with Yann M’Vila and Etienne Capoue two of the favourites. The window opened and closed and Arsenal, despite having money to spend did not sign an enforcer.
Arsene Wenger had said that he would only buy a player who would improve the squad, so does that mean he thought there were no defensive midfielders good enough? Or did he think that Arsenal do not need such a player?
Wenger has spoken about the changing nature of the game of football in England and in Europe and he seems to be suggesting that the make up, playing style and physical attributes of midfielders is evolving.
Gael Clichy spent eight seasons at Arsenal under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger before moving to Manchester City last July. He does not occupy the same pantomime villain role as Samir Nasri or Ashley Cole, however, because he is not gloating and disrespectful like those two. He seems to appreciate what Arsenal and Wenger did for him and his career.
Two weeks ago at the Etihad stadium, the tunnel camera showed Wenger going past Clichy without acknowledging him and much was made of it in the press. Clichy denies that there is any rift or bad feeling however, stating that his response of ” it’s only been
nine years,” was just a joke to his friend Joleon Lescott.
Montpellier have had a terrible start to their defence of the first French title in the club’s history, losing three of the first five. This has caused mass optimism in the Arsenal ranks but we should be wary of the French champions on their home soil tonight.
Many in the football press are attributing Montpellier’s poor league form to the fact that they are concentrating on tonight’s game. Not only is it their first ever match in the champion’s league, but Arsenal are the biggest name they have ever faced. Along with the history of the Gunners is the French connection with Arsene Wenger and a host of players such as Thierry Henry, Pires, Viera, Petit et al.
Giroud praises the Gooners and Diaby by AM
Olivier Giroud, in an interview to FIFA’s official website, has praised his French team mate Abou Diaby and has also shown his delight at playing for the ‘Knowledgeable’ Arsenal fans.
The French international forward, who is yet to score his first goal for the Gunners, has said that he is proud to follow in the ‘footsteps’ of French legends like Henry, Viera and Pires at the club.
Chamberlain and Diaby receives national team call ups where as Miyaichi is ignored by AM
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will receive his a call up for the senior team after being left out of Stuart Pearce’s U-21 squad. Roy Hodgson will very soon announce his squad for the upcoming world cup qualifier matches against Moldova and Ukraine. Oxlade-Chamberlain made his debut for England back in May, when he came on as a substitute for Ashley Young in a warm-up match (for Euro) against Norway. The Arsenal youngster was also a part of the squad that travelled to Poland and Ukraine for the Euro 2012.
Koscielny reveals by AH
Laurent Koscielny has revealed to L’Equipe that he turned down other clubs to sign a new contract with Arsenal this summer.
The French defender said;
“I am so happy to have signed a new contract until 2017, it means a lot, notably that the club has a lot of trust in me”,
“In 2017, I will be almost old.”
Koscielny has arguably become Arsenal’s best defender and rumours persisted that both Inter Milan and Barcelona were interested in buying the Frenchman, however his commitment and passion for Arsenal put the rumours to bed.
Arsène Wenger’s men don’t have any excuses left for their performance on Saturday. Even when down to 10 men they should never have let a 4 goal lead slip. Any other team would have parked the bus and spent the second half booting the ball out of their own half. And there is no shame in doing that.
Unlikely comebacks aren’t that unlikely, especially this season and especially with Arsenal. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a side score early on, only to become complacent and lose grip on the game. Or a side go down to ten men and work themselves into the ground in order to win. This is football and it only takes seconds to score a goal, games can change just like that.