Arsenal return to Premier League action once again this weekend for the first time since Wednesday 12th February, in the Gunners 0-0 home draw against Manchester United. It may seem like a long time ago considering we have since invited both Liverpool and Bayern Munich to the Emirates in the FA Cup and Champions League respectively. In fact it is little over a week and a half ago that Van Persie and his red devils came to the Emirates but in that time he was the only Robin to cause trouble for the Gunners. Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben caused concern for Arsenal on Wednesday, and it is a result that will need to be overturned, but for now it’s important that the club and the players focus on the next fixture.
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Arsenal returned to winning ways in the Premier League last weekend by beating fellow Londoners Crystal Palace 2-0 at the Emirates. The win came after what had been a disappointing transfer window as well as an infuriating previous match, which saw the Gunners draw 2-2 with Southampton and drop temporarily into 2nd place.
Now Arsenal will be looking to make it two wins on the trot so our Premier League title push remains intact. Currently the Gunners sit two points ahead of Man City and Chelsea, but we probably have a harder run in to the end of the season than them and so anything could happen. Furthermore with Manchester City likely to continue the trend of running riot against lower opposition, it’s vital that we stick to grabbing all three points at every opportunity.
Arsenal came close to the title on two occasions whilst Cesc Fabregas was still with the club. Once in the 2008 season and the other in 2010. Both times Arsenal challenged for the league for the majority of the season until falling virtually at the final stages of the domestic season.
It seems that the big transfer target for Arsenal today is Kim Kallstrom on loan. He’s currently at Spartak Moscow but appears to be on his way to Arsenal on loan for the remainder of the season. It’s been confirmed by most media outlets and the BBC’s Ornstein himself. Why are we trying to sign him?
He is 31 years old and had to be sold to Spartak because he was no longer good enough for Lyon in Ligue 1. He is even struggling to start for Spartak and yet he is somehow good enough to play for a team fighting for the title and playing in the Champions league. I’m not sure if he would even be available to play in Europe as Spartak qualified for the Europa League but were knocked out in the play-offs.
After a comfortable 4-0 win over Coventry City at the Emirates last Friday, Arsenal now return to Premier League action with a visit to Southampton. The Gunners will travel to the St Mary’s stadium for Tuesday night’s game, which again will be a vital game for the club.
Our Arsenal Guns will be challenged by the Badgers at the Emirates later today. This Fulham side is sitting just 1 point from the relegation zone and has conceded ridiculous goals in every single match ever since Rene Meulensteen was appointed as Manager, giving us the higher edge with Arsenal’s newly found character in winning such fixtures and staying top of the league with 48 points after four league wins in succession.
Luckily for Arsenal they are going through a generous period of the fixture list and could probably afford to rotate a little bit, which is just as well as they have EIGHT players on the injury list ahead of this weekends fixture against Fulham.
Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, Nicklas Bendtner, Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal, Abou Diaby and Thomas Vermaelen are all extremely doubtful for the game as Wenger explained: “Monreal looks a doubt for Saturday, a big doubt, because he twisted his foot on the kick. It is not the bruise, he turned and twisted the ligament. Rosicky had surgery with a general anaesthetic for a broken nose in two places. With a mask he may be available, but we have to monitor it closely,”
Whilst many may believe that things aren’t quite going Arsenal’s way on the injury front at the moment, after the recent news regarding Theo Walcott and jokingly a certain Julian Draxler, there are some positives coming from the treatment table and it is that Aaron Ramsey could return for the Gunners this weekend.
As mentioned, it’s not too long ago since Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott was ruled out for a sorry six months, in an injury that has caused a lot of concern and sympathy to be put towards the player. Injuries to Bendtner, Ramsey, Gibbs, Monreal and Arteta just to name a few have also forced the Gunners into massive starting line-up changes, however the good news is that many of those are near a return to match fitness.
When it comes to Arsenal, it’s not often that the Gunners are aided by the help of an experienced player, with in fact very few players over the age of 30 playing considerably under the reign of Arsene Wenger. However, slowly things seem to be changing from Arsene Wenger’s inexperienced bunch of schoolboys to the correct balance in youth and experience that has also seen raw talent mix with world class quality.
Serge Gnabry seems to be the latest teenager sensation hot off the production line at Arsenal as he heads for the first team opportunities. Gnabry, despite only recently turning 18 years old has already featured lots for the Gunners, in what has been a special season so far and he looks to continue to rack up the appearances in the near future at least.
Mainly because of injuries to the majority of Arsenal’s main wide men, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski, this season has allowed the young teenage German to progress from the reserves to the first team in a matter of weeks. Gnabry played two consecutive games in a row against Spurs and then Villa and he impressed equally on both occasions, with the media pundits especially pleased with his performances.