Arsenal face West Ham United this evening in a game that could get us to the semi-final of the competition, but he is obviously worried about playing any of his tired first team players, who have played three games in the space of a week and the boss wants them fresh for Friday night’s crucial clash against Liverpool.
Bt not only are our reserves fresher, they also proved they could score lots of goals in our race to the top of our Europa League Group, so perhaps they could even perform better than our first team, who only managed a 0-0 draw in our League game against the Hammers last week. Wenger said in yesterday’s pre-game press conference: “Some players are a little bit on the edge.” ...........Read more
Arsene Wenger has always made a point of giving at least one youngster from the Arsenal Academy a chance to join the Gunners first team, and it looks like this season’s graduate is Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who has played 8 games for our second string side in the Europa League and the League Cup. Now he has been promoted to the real first-team and has played in our last two games against West Ham and Newcastle, and Wenger has been rightly impressed by his performances. “I believe he is the future.” Le Prof said. ...........Read more
This might not be the most thrilling of Arsenal transfer rumours, but it does at least have the benefit of coming straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, so we do not have to ask the usual question of whether it is just a made up piece of fake news from the always inventive football media.
With this one, though, the player in question, who is a 19-year old midfield star called Berkay Ozcan who is currently playing in second tier of the German Bundesliga with Stuttgart, has declared that he does expect to be signing for Arsenal, although it may not be as soon as the next transfer window in January. ...........Read more
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We’re barely into November and any remaining hopes of Arsenal jostling for the Premier League title are fading fast. The 3-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City was hardly surprising, especially with Guardiola’s side ploughing through every rival they face, but the critics are still keen to dissect every decision that Arsene Wenger makes and every team performance that accompanies those decisions. ...........Read more
As well as Arsenal needing to win our own games in the Premier League in order to get back among the title challengers after making a pretty pathetic start to the new season with just a single point from the first three games, we also need those sides above us to drop points to give the Gunners any chance of success.
So far the pace setters from Manchester have not looked in danger of that, but although both Man City and United have not yet lost, they were not on maximum points going into the latest round of games. Stoke had held United to a draw and hopefully can do at least well today against Pep Guardiola’s high flyers. ...........Read more
The injury problems that have beset the playing career of the midfield star Jack Wilshere, for both Arsenal and his international career with England, have been well documented and they are almost too numerous and various to go into. But if he could put them behind him there is still plenty of time for the talented 25-year old to have a stellar career for club and country.
However, there is a much held belief that Wilshere is one of those players who is simply injury prone and will be in and out of the treatment room all the time, and if that is the case it will be almost as frustrating for us Arsenal fans as for the player himself, because we all know what he is capable of. ...........Read more
A quick look at the recent results, as well as the fact that Arsenal are one of the big boys in the Premier League while our Carabao Cup opponents tonight, Doncaster, are struggling in League One after being promoted last season, tells you that the Gunners are huge favourites to go through to the next round.
We do not even have to play in the unfamiliar surroundings of the Keepmoat stadium but will have the advantage of the perfect playing surface of the Emirates, but stranger things have happened and despite a morale boosing draw away to Chelsea after two wins against Bournemouth and Cologne, Arsenal are not exactly full of confidence or in top form, so I think Wenger will have to field a decent Arsenal team tonight. ...........Read more
It will have been a difficult decision for Arsene Wenger to make as he got the Arsenal squad ready for this Premier League away game against Chelsea, because after a slow start to the season we really cannot afford to take nothing back with us from Stamford Bridge today, but at the same time our best player Alexis Sanchez was not match fit. ...........Read more
Even if Arsenal had started the new Premier League season well and were in good form going into an away game against Chelsea, you would make the home side favourites, and despite winning our two home games against Leicester and Bournemouth you would hardly say the Gunners were going well.
So any advantage to take with us to Stamford Bridge would surely be seized upon, which is why I was a bit surprised to hear some of the comments from Arsene Wenger, reported by Metro, in the build up to tomorrow’s game. ...........Read more
It was looking pretty bad for Arsenal fans and our hopes of a successful season for our club in the early stages of the new Premier League season, but after the latest round of games which have been played after the first international break I think we are all a little bit happier.
And one reason for this is because the early form of Manchester United was looking pretty ominous after they took maximum points by winning the first three games and did not even concede a goal. So with Jose Mourinho’s record of being a strong front rummer we really needed something to knock them off their stride and we got it in the shape of Stoke City who scored twice and then frustrated United to claim a draw. ...........Read more