It may have been many years in coming, but the Arsenal and England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seems to be finally living up to the great expectations that we all had of him when he burst on to the scene as a teenager from the Southampton academy before being snapped up for the Gunners by Arsene Wenger.
A steady run in the starting line-up as well as his new role as a wing back in the manager’s new three at the back formation has done wonders for the Ox in terms of his form and confidence, culminating in that great display which helped Arsenal to beat Man City in the semi-final to book a place in the FA cup final at Wembley next month. ...........Read more
Arsenal have got back on track in some respects, but as Arsene Wenger said a few times recently it takes a long time to build confidence and find top form while it can be lost very quickly indeed, so this week’s Premier League game at home to reigning EPL champions Leicester City is another huge one for the Gunners. ...........Read more
It was always going to be a big result one way of the other for Arsenal, with the awful results in 2017 in both Premier League and Champions League meaning that the FA cup was the only chance of a trophy still open to Arsenal. A defeat in yesterday’s semi-final clash with Man City would surely have seen all the Wenger Out banners back in force, but does the win really mean they will stop, or that we should now be confident about the Frenchman staying in charge? ...........Read more
With Arsenal stuck right in the middle of one of the worst periods we have seen for some considerable time and right up against it in terms of managing to keep up our yearly feat of qualifying for the Champions League, Arsene Wenger will be looking for any little thing that could help to get the Gunners going in the right direction again.
A game against Premier League strugglers Middlesborough would normally be just what the doctor ordered for Arsenal, but the way things are going at the minute I don’t think we can take a win over any team for granted, even one like Boro who have not won a Premier League game in 2017 and have lost eight and drawn six of their matches since then. ...........Read more
If the Arsenal team does carry on with the improved effort and effective football that we have seen from them in the draw with Man City and the win over West Ham, we still stand a good chance of finishing in the top four and continuing the remarkable record of qualifying for the Champions League in every full season under Arsene Wenger.
That is the very least that Arsenal need to do, though, and even that will not take away too much of the pain that we Gooners will feel at the end of the season, because this is the year when the shift of power in north London that Spud fans have been vainly banging on about for years is finally going to happen. ...........Read more
It all depends on Arsenal, of course, and whether we can win our games in hand, but the Premier League table right now is looking a lot better from an Arsenal point of view, with our chances of getting another top four finish under Arsene Wenger having gone from stone cold to cool to lukewarm in the space of a week.
And now that we have Sky Sports reporting that Jurgen Klopp will be without his Senegal international striker Sadio Mane for the rest of the season with surgery need to fix his knee injury, I reckon those chances have heated up even more and made the scousers the team for us to hunt down rather than Man City. ...........Read more
You would normally expect and team with a record of 20 Premier League games without defeat to be fighting for the EPl title, if not sitting right on top of the table already, but the fact is that Arsenal only need to win at home against West Ham tonight to go back above Manchester United who do have that record.
The reason for that is that Jose Mourinho and his players cannot seem to turn their usual dominance of games, especially at Old Trafford, into goals and wins. Just as well for Arsenal really, because after dropping below them into sixth before the recent international break, United have had a great chance to leave us behind. ...........Read more
The fact that Arsenal, and many other big clubs in the Premier League and around Europe, have a good standard international keeper as the second choice in our squad, shows just how important the man behind the sticks is. It used to be that any goalie as good as the Colombia national side´s number 1 would not be happy playing second fiddle, but that is what David Ospina has to accept with Petr Cech our first choice. ...........Read more
For much of the current season the Arsenal defence was looking strong and had one of the best records in the Premier League, with the pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi at centre back appearing to have strengthened what in recent years was viewed as one of the weak spots of the Arsenal team.
Recently, however, that strength has once again looked like a weakness. 10 goals shipped in two games against Bayern Munich was a horror story, although we can point to the fact that the Gunners were doing much better in both games until we lost Koscielny. ...........Read more
The frustration of the Arsenal fans, or at least a section of them, has been part of football life in England for almost 10 years now. Ever since the Gunners moved to the Emirates Stadium from Highbury the success and silverware that we enjoyed in the first 10 years under Arsene Wenger dried up and the only thing keeping most of us from joining the Wenger Out Brigade was the realisation that the Prof was doing very well on what resources the club could give him. ...........Read more