The end of the season is unusually tense at Arsenal as we are sitting two points behind Tottenham in the race for the last Champions League spot and we have to play Wigan and Newcastle. The club gets a lot of criticism these days but the club always manages to finish in a safe position, however, this season things could be different.
When I think about the squad and how well they do considering how many players we have lost in recent years I begin to think that there is a lot to do before we can compete for titles again but the first thing is that we need a defensive midfielder who can be relied upon to protect the defence at all times. .......Read the full article here
There is no room for error for either team tonight as only a win will do for Arsenal and Wigan Athletic at the Emirates stadium. Although the Gunners would still have a mathematical chance of overtaking Tottenham on the final day of the Premier League season if we drew or lost tonight, realistically it would mean that Arsenal would be consigned to the Europa League next season.
Arsene Wenger has made just one change to the side that beat QPR 10 days ago, while Roberto Martinez starts with exactly the same side that started at Wembley on Saturday. The Spanish manager will be hoping their confidence and adrenaline from that trophy win gets them through. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal must beat Wigan – but a win would help our rivals by FD
It does your head in. You’ve got twenty clubs each playing 38 matches over the course of a long Premier League season, and yet we always seem to arrive at the final stages of the campaign with the remaining fixtures contriving to throw up a set of possible permutations only an evil and twisted mastermind could have devised. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal vice-captain is not expecting an easy game against Wigan tonight, in fact he thinks the FA cup winners will give it everything they’ve got. He is, however, confident that Arsenal can get the win and the three points we need, as long as they don’t let the occasion get to them.
“They will play for their lives,” said the Spaniard. “For them it’s massive to stay in the Premier League. I’m sure they will give everything they’ve got. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal fans are used to seeing a long list of injuries for most of the Premiership season, but going into our final two games, we are down to just one person left on the treatment table, and no prizes for guessing who that is!
Last week, there was Kieran Gibbs, Lukasz Fabianski and Abou Diaby on the list, but Wenger revealed yesterday: “The news is quite good, we have everyone available. Kieran Gibbs should be back too, he has a test today.
Arsenal have only one man to fear tonight, and he doesn’t play for Wigan by DG
We Arsenal fans have almost every reason to be buoyant at our remaining fixtures over the next week. A home tie against a Wigan team that has underperformed all year and who will most likely be suffering from a cup final hangover, followed by an away game against a Newcastle side who simply don’t care anymore. Two teams in the bottom 6, and all we have to do is get the 6 points to secure our top 4 spot. The fixtures couldn’t have been much kinder, regardless of Wigan’s recent good form. So what could possibly go wrong? Oh, by the way…did I mention who’s refereeing the Wigan game? .......Read the full article here
Tottenham nabbed a last minute winner against Stoke yesterday to keep themselves in with a chance of nicking the last Champions League position from Arsenal, and believe that Wigan are in the perfect frame of mind to cause an upset at the Emirates tomorrow evening.
Wigan may have won the FA Cup, but now they are fighting for their Premiership survival, and the Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas thinks that they are primed and ready for tomorrow. AVB said: “Obviously there is great emotion and motivation going through the Wigan players’ heads at the moment, and we saw the message from Dave Whelan saying they are absolutely focused.” .......Read the full article here
Yes, Arsenal SHOULD Give Wigan a Guard of Honour by FD
So the newly crowned FA Cup winners arrive at the Emirates tomorrow in a last-ditch bid to maintain their Premiership status for another season. Nobody can doubt they deserved to win that match at Wembley against a disappointing Man City side. But expecting players who’ve just won a major trophy for the first time in their lives to raise their game for an even more important clash just a few days later, is underestimating the emotional impact, let alone the physical one, that famous victory would have had on the team. .......Read the full article here
There was great deal of excitement and expectation amongst Arsenal fans around this time last year, because we heard that Arsene Wenger had secured the transfer of the German international Lukas Podolski from Cologne. The 27-year old has enjoyed a pretty good first season with the Gunners, but there have been concerns over his fitness and rumours of a problem between him and Wenger.
This has mainly been because he is almost always substituted when he starts a game, or only brought in later when Arsenal are struggling. Wenger has been speaking about Podolski, who is likely to be the centre forward against Wigan in the absence of our other summer striker signing Olivier Giroud. .......Read the full article here
It may be a crucial game for Arsenal tomorrow in terms of reaching the Champions League, but for Wigan it is even more important as they are fighting for their Premiership lives. Roberto Martinez has performed miracles to keep them in the top flight over the last few years, and he is fully expecting to do the same thing this time around.
He said: “We’ve been having a very good season in terms of performances. That wasn’t an accident against City,”
Arsenal’s home game against Wigan has now taken on even more importance after the Spuds late winner over Stoke yesterday. The Gunners have dropped below Spurs with just two games to go, so we simply MUST beat Wigan at the Emirates to regain our ascendance to the Champions League.
Once those three points are secured, we will have a free run up at Newcastle on the last day of the season after the Toon beat QPR to ensure their safety from relegation. The Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said yesterday: “I’m very pleased. It was a very important game for this football club. .......Read the full article here
These last two games of the season are so massively important, we can’t afford to inject the typical poor support for the team that those who usually attend home games emit. This is the time to get behind the team 120%! None of these awkward silences and conspiring whispers and jeers. For these last two games, our fans need to be so vocal, that it draws attention from the commentators, distracts the opposition, and energizes our beloved gunners. .......Read the full article here