So here it is Arsenal, I don’t think so many fans have been so excited for a game in such a long time. Today, Arsenal return to Wembley for the first time since the horror show against Birmingham in the Capital One Cup a few years back. A defensive error in the closing minutes saw Arsenal plummet into disappointment, a feeling that Arsenal fans have become accustomed to far too often in the past decade. However hopefully all that changes today, with a victory and something to smile about in the FA Cup semi-final.
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Arsene Wenger has given a fitness update ahead of Arsenal’s semi final clash against Wigan Atheltic. The game which is set to kick off on Saturday at the iconic Wembley Stadium, will be Arsenal’s first visit to the stadium since the disastrous day that we threw away the cup at the hands of Birmingham City. Wenger however insists that the majority of our Wembley memories are good and goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny was quick to point our the improved maturity within the Gunners. However the main focus will be the performance on the pitch rather than the talk on the sidelines and to achieve the best you have to show the best, starting with the team line up.
The first fixture between the Arsenal and Everton was a close fought draw with two goals coming in the last 10 minutes. That day Mesut Ozil opened the scoring, and he did the exact same a few months later with the 4-1 win in the FA Cup. Arteta and another two Giroud goals secured victory for Arsenal that day and the Gunners will be hoping to keep their unbeaten string of games against Everton going with a win at Goodison Park.
Arsenal fans have witnessed their team fall from the promising heights of the top of the Premier League to borderline Champions League qualification, and whilst many, like Man United and England man Paul Scholes are quick to blame the club, manager and individuals, former Liverpool and internationally recognised manager Gerard Houllier thinks otherwise.
Houllier has instead taken the approach that Arsenal’s biggest problem has once again come down to injuries and that our title bid has suffered dramatically as a result. Ever since the start of the season, as you know, Arsenal have suffered major injuries at crucial times, with those of Ozil, Walcott, Chamberlain, Wilshere, Ramsey and even Podolski being out in times of need.
Hooray!! Not only did Arsenal beat Spurs for the 3rd time in a season, they didn’t pick up any more injuries for a change. Arsenal should be used to being on the end of bad news when it comes to injuries because for some many years now we have suffered injury crises for what seemed to be nothing apart from a lack of luck. Nobody can quite put their finger on it why Arsenal get the most injuries, and lengthy time periods of unsustainable injuries too for that matter. But of course there must be an underlying problem and one that Wenger seems keen on addressing soon.
In Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in the second leg of the last 16 Champions League competition, Mesut Ozil was ‘forced’ to come off at half time with a suspected tight hamstring. I put the word forced in inverted commas because at the time I didn’t believe the news. I felt that Wenger wanted to make the move for tactical reasons rather than an injury concern however Arsene Wenger later told Sky Germany in his post-match press conference:
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.
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.