The question of whether the Arsenal manager has got some sort of problem with the German striker Lukas Podolski has been raised on more than one occasion and has never been successfully answered. It seemed pretty odd that Podolski was hardly used after coming back from a long injury lay-off, especially when Wenger had been full of praise for his finishing.
That finishing power was on show again in Munich last night, smashing an equaliser past Manuel Neuer that not many players in the world could replicate. I think we can accept that it is not Podolkski’s finishing that keeps him from being a more regular starter, but his all-round play. . .......Read the full article here
Apparently Arsene Wenger has seen enough. The on-loan Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has already done enough to convine Wenger that he deserves a chance to finally get a chance to show the club who own him what he can do.
A lot of the problems, especially early on, stemmed from FIFA and their refusal to authorise the young Costa Rican to play in England. Campbell, who joined the Gunners as a promising 17-year old, is now 21 and got his work permit last summer. But he had not been quite impressive enough in his other loan deals and was allowed to spend this season at Greek champions Olympiacos. .......Read the full article here
Whether he is really in Arsene Wenger’s plans for Arsenal or not, we will probably not know for sure until the last minute. The Frenchman and his transfer business are generally as hard to figure as the average theory of astrophysics.
But it does seem that Loic Remy would not exactly play hard to get. The French striker has been talking about how grateful he it to current club Newcastle for giving him his big chance to stay in the Premier League and prove that he can thrive here. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has gone for it. With Arsenal needing some soft of mini football miracle in Munich, I think he has done the right thing to name a very attacking line-up against Bayern Munich. The first goal could be crucial and so the boss is taking risks.
If it goes wrong and the Germans score first, I just hope that people don’t get on his back for his tactics. Arsenal bring Oxlade-Chamberlain in for Wilshere, while Arteta is preferred to Flamini alongside him. Both Cazorla and Podolski play, as do Ozil and Giroud. .......Read the full article here
There is no doubt whatsoever that Arsenal’s chances in the home leg against Bayern Munich were destroyed by the referee. Whether he was right or wrong to send off Wojciech Szczesny, when Robben seemed to have tipped the ball quite far away from goal, is not the dicussion here. The fact is that it ruined the rest of the game for the neutrals and completely turned the tide against the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
When Mesut Ozil scored a very well taken opening goal for Arsenal in the FA cup on Saturday, Arsene Wenger must have felt a heavy weight lift off his shoulders. Because the man he smashed the club transfer record for in ASugust was beginning to look like a very expensive passenger.
The manager is the one who ultimately takes the blame, even though there is little he can do if players do not perform to their abilities. And the critics were sharpening their knives for the Arsenal boss. What a difference a week makes, though, with everything looking good in the Gunners’ camp. .......Read the full article here
I have tried not to write too much about the off-field problems recently experience3d by the Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud. We don’t really know the details so it would just be speculation anyway. What we do know, however, is that the Frenchman apologised to his family, fans and team-mates and is keen to put things right on the pitch.
Giroud was certainly back with a bang on Saturday, coming off the bench with a super-sub performance and two goals that eased the Gunners’ passage to a Wembley semi-final with Wigan. A Mirror report has also revealed that Giroud is hugely grateful to Arsene Wenger for helping him through this difficult time. .......Read the full article here
It is fast becoming the Elephant in the room for Arsenal fans. Robin van Persie I mean. According to all the papers, the Dutchman is not happy at his new club Manchester United. He was happy when he picked up a Premier League medal last season, but the Moyes takeover and United’s struggle to obtain European football are the last things he thought would happen. .......Read the full article here
I wonder if Michael Owen has anything to say about Arsenal and Mesut Ozil today. Probably bot, because yesterday’s game did not fit his biased and narrow-minded view of the football world. Especially as the man he has the temerity to criticise for inconsistency (pots, kettles and black come to mind), was back with a really good performance.
Arsene Wenger was suitably impressed with his record signing, although to be fair to the Frenchman he never seemed to have any doubt. What was clear from yesterday was that Ozil has benefited from a break. He looked fresh and worked really hard, even doing the so-called dirty work of tracking back and defending. If he hadn’t, then Everton could have made it really sticky for the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
The speculation about Alvaro Morata coming to join Arsenal has not gone away, even though the proposed loan move in January didn’t come off. The young Spanish striker has apparently accepted that he needs to move away from his boyhood club Real Madrid in order to play regularly and further his career, something he really should have known a month ago, but the £25 million price tag that his La Liga club have slapped on him means his destination probably won’t be the Emirates. .......Read the full article here
Some interesting news this morning is being reported that the Tottenham director Daniel Levy has gazumped Arsenal’s deal with Ian Broomfield, despite a verbal agreement with the Gunners having been confirmed.
The ex-Spurs and QPR head scout even released a statement a week ago saying: “The opportunity to work for Arsene Wenger at one of Europe’s top clubs, like Arsenal, was too good to turn down.
“I appreciated my time at QPR with Harry, but this is an exciting challenge which I’m looking forward to.” .......Read the full article here
I may be getting carried away after a good result, but we are all guilty of doing the opposite, like last week after Stoke for example. But I have a feeling that this game will galvanise the Gunners to go on a similar run-in to last season.
The difference this time, however, is that we are not chasing the so-called Wenger trophy of 4th place. We are chasing, very seriously, in the two big English competitions and are still in with a shout of causing a major upset in Europe. .......Read the full article here