The Enigma Called Lucas Podolski by Uche
Lucas Podolski is one of the most efficient and lethal finishers in the Premier League, never mind at Arsenal. Just look at his conversion rate and variety of goals and you will agree to this without a doubt. So why oh why do we bemoan the absence of strikers in Arsenal? .......Read the full article here
We all know that youth development at Arsenal is one of the things that Arsene Wenger has focused most of his time on since taking over at the club back in 1996. You wouldn’t have known it on Tuesday, though, as the Prof picked a starting line-up for a huge game against West Ham that had an average age of 29 years and 188 days.
The last time Arsenal fielded an older side than that was 11 years ago, so is this the shape of things to come? Has Wenger finally had to accept that his insistence on youth needs to be tempered down more with experience and wisdom? It is probably a bit of both. .......Read the full article here
Hull City games will be decisive for our season by Konstantin Mitov
The way the season shaped out it looks like Hull City stand in Arsenal’s way of the Top Four and the FA cup. We have an away game at the KC stadium on Sunday and i think a win would put us in a comfortable position for the last champions league spot. Looking at the run-in we and Everton have. Beating Hull leaves us with 2 home games against WBA and an awful Newcastle side waiting for Pardew’s sack. .......Read the full article here
After the first game of the season was turned around into a great start for Arsenal, people kept saying that the Gunners would not be able to handle the pressure. But Arsenal kept going and kept proving them wrong. When the season finishes, we will have spent the most weeks at the top.
Scant consolation, I know, but it was not pressure that caused our downfall, it was the lack of players, mainly due to the desperately unlucky string of injuries and partly due to Wenger’s failings in the transfer market. Pressure, Arsenal can deal with, so for Roberto Martinez to suggest that he would rather be chasing than leading is daft, as alluded to by Arsene Wenger in a Sky Sports report. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal fans have become used to disappointing transfer windows in the last few years and, let’s face it, some bizarre decisions and signings from Arsene Wenger along the way. Park Chu-Young, Andre Santos and Sebastien `the squid` Squillachi are three prime examples, but I for one have not been too hard on the Frenchman because he has found us some hidden gems as well. .......Read the full article here
There is quite a bit of concern among Arsenal fans today, taking the edge off the pleasure and relief of the Gunners getting into the FA cup final. The main reason for this is that our depleted squad means that quite a few players who went through that energy sapping extra time and penalties against Wigan might struggle to last the pace against a much fresher West Ham tonight.
However, and Arsenal,com report reveals that Olivier Giroud does not think it will be a problem. The big French striker has pointed out that Arsenal have not been overloaded with games in recent weeks and the players have, therefore, had a chance to recover from the earlier punishing schedule when we were playing two or three games a week. .......Read the full article here
The high of Arsenal reaching the FA cup final and having a great chance to put all the media talk of a trophy drought behind us, could be seriously diluted tomorrow unless the Gunners see off a West Ham side that has been in decent form recently.
A win over the Hammers will put all the pressure back on to Roberto Martinez and Everton, who are now pushing us hard for that fourth place finish and our German striker Lukas Podoldski is well aware that failing to secure that final Champions League place would be nothing short of a nightmare, as a Sky Sports report reveals. .......Read the full article here
I don’t know how much you Arsenal fans out there take notice of things going on with other clubs, but this particular rumour involves Tottenham so you may have heard. Their managerial issues are ongoing, with Tim Sherwood reportedly being told he is out no matter how well he does. And the man widely believed to be going to take over if the Dutchman Louis Van Gaal, or is he? .......Read the full article here
I don’t mean to spoil the mood of celebration around Arsenal Football Club, but we all know that there are serious concerns about our recent performances. For so muck of this season, and the last, Arsenal overcame the odds and confounded their critics, but 2014 has seen the cracks open and I think it could be because of the pressure on Arsene Wenger.
To say that the players have been letting him down is missing the point. That horror show at Stamford Bridge was thge epitome of what I mean; the Prof’s special day linked with the pressure in the Premier League led to the Arsenal players freezing up. I think they were all so desperate not to let the boss down, they ended up doing just that. .......Read the full article here
Many people were quick to jump down the Arsenal manager’s throat and accuse him of sour grapes and looking for excuses after his recent comments on the strange loan system and it’s inherent unfairness. But Arsene Wenger has, in a roundabout way, been giving the backing of the highest power in European football, UEFA, in his quest to make the current system more fair.
If you didn’t know, Wenger basically re-stated his stance that players on loan should not be stopped from playing against their parent club because it gives those clubs an unsporting advantage. It was brought into stark light last weekend when Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku did their clubs a huge favour by helping to beat Arsenal and was highlighted again this week when Atletico Madrid were drawn against Chelsea. .......Read the full article here
So today is FA Cup semi-final day at Wembley and Arsenal will take on Wigan Athletic, who despite being winners last year, are massive underdogs to the Gunners. Arsenal have all the odds in their favour and on paper you would expect Arsenal to win. However as Wigan have shown, they have defied odds more than once against the big teams in the last couple of years, but hopefully Arsenal won’t be the next. .......Read the full article here
It looks like Arsenal may have already missed out on one of the summer transfer targets, but I don’t think it is one of the key ones. Borussia Dortmund, who have apparently beaten the Gunners to the signing of the talented young centre back Matthias Ginter, are also hoping to hijack the transfer of the prolific Swiss international striker Josip Drmic, but Arsenal are certainly not going to let that happen. .......Read the full article here