Wojciech Szczesny is still in possession of the number one shirt at Arsenal, but that is not likely to make the Poland international feel much better about life right now, as he has lost the honour in everything but name. Shezzer may look set to make up for last year´s FA cup disappointment by starting in a Wembley semi-final and hopefully a final in May, but that could be his last act as a Gunner.
I must admit to being one of the many Arsenal fans who thought Arsene Wenger was being stubborn and missing a trick in not playing our German international striker Lukas Podolski more this season. But his awful performances and subsequent lack of game time since moving to Inter Milan on loan has perhaps proved the Frenchman right.
Podolski could still be very useful for Arsenal though, as a Metro report explains. The World Cup winner will still have a year left on his contract this summer and it is unlikely that Inter will want him, but he is still highly regarded in Germany.
There have been plenty of Arsenal transfer rumours linking us ever more strongly with the young Argentinean striker Paulo Dybala, with some reports claiming that the president of his current club Palermo has already been in London for talks with Arsenal representatives about a possible transfer to the Premier League this summer.
But there have also been other reports suggesting that the talented 21-year old who is highly sought after around Europe, would actually prefer a move to La Liga leaders Barcelona or staying in Serie A with the Italian champions Juventus.
Not only do I feel that Arsenal were very lucky to leave the north east with all three points yesterday, but I do feel sorry for Newcastle who will play a lot worse than that and win games. They were clearly stung by the `flip flop´ jibes from their defeat last weekend and we nearly paid the price.
I have rarely seen such hunger and determination than we did from the Magpies in the second half but thankfully Giroud had taken his shooting boots with him and we defended well and rode our luck.
Olivier Giroud was on target for Arsenal as the Gunners came away with a narrow 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park. After a dominating first-half performance which included a brace from Giroud, Arsene Wenger’s men resisted a Newcastle onslaught in the second half to claim the victory and go back to within a point of Manchester City in second place. Here are the player ratings:
Ospina – 8.5 – It was another impressive performance from the Colombian. He was commanding in the air and looked assured throughout. The highlights were his brilliant reflex saves from Sissoko and Perez.
It will have been pretty easy for Arsene Wenger to prepare his Arsenal team for today’s Premier League away game against Newcastle United, as their manager John Carver admitted this week that he only had 13 fit outfield players to choose from.
So the Arsenal boss does not have to worry too much about which players or system his Gunners will have to contend with today ,and he should be able to set his own team up accordingly in order to exploit the home team´s problems. This game is the last before the international break but I still think the Boss will use it to rest a few key players, like Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and perhaps Mertesacker, Monreal and Bellerin.
Our newest star Francis Coquelin has been doing a Twitter Q&A responding to queries from Arsenal fans. Watch and Larn!
This is surprisingly funny and interesting look at how Arsenal stars like Olivier Giroud, Wojciech Szczesny and Per Mertesacker can perform when put up against three Saracens rugby stars. We are used to the Gunners facing rugby teams like Stoke City, but how would they play if they actually had to use a rugby ball
Watch and learn!
Following a very impressive display against Monaco in the Champions League, Arsenal will travel to St. James’ Park to face Newcastle United as the Gunners shift their attention back to the Premier League. Considering the rich vein of form that Arsene Wenger’s side are currently in, there cannot be any debate over the fact that Arsenal are most certainly overwhelming favourites in the fixture.
According to latest reports, the Newcastle manager John Carver has confirmed via the club’s official twitter account that he’s got just 13 fit outfield players to choose from when high-flying Arsenal come to visit and also added that he will not be using youth team players just to fill up the gaps in the squad.
Depending on which side of the fence you sit on when it comes to the performances of the Arsenal and Germany star Mesut Ozil since he came to the Premier League from Real Madrid a year and a half a go, this could be seen as great or terrible news for the Gunners. I can guess what the midfielder´s constant critic Paul Scholes would say.
However, a lot of us have seen a big improvement in the German´s form for Arsenal this season, especially since he used his spell on the sidelines to get in the gym and increase his upper body strength. So Ozil´s statement, reported by Metro, declaring that he is happy at Arsenal and is in way considering leaving this summer, is good news.