It is an ever growing concern that this season is slowly turning out to be ever so similar to those that have passed before. We have been in the running and likely contenders for at least three competitions out of the four before slowing progressing into a period of decline that eventually leaves us trophy-less for another successive season.
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Arsenal’s tough test of games returns after having two games against sides that were considered to be easy opponents, even though it didn’t quite work out that way. The Gunners were expected to attain wins against Sunderland and Stoke however a slip up at Stoke meant that Arsenal continue to fall away from top spot in the league.
It doesn’t seem too long ago that the horrors of February were amongst us. A disastrous defeat to Bayern Munich and a thrashing by Liverpool condemned a poor couple of games for the Gunners which also saw us draw with Manchester United 0-0 at home.
Many Arsenal fans would like Arsene Wenger to go all out to win this season’s FA Cup, as they would really like to win one trophy (Please! Pretty please!) in the very near future, and the Cup would be the one we have most chance of winning.
But Wenger clearly thinks that it is more of a hindrance than a target, and would prefer the later stages (like this weeks game) to be relegated to a midweek game so as not to interfere with the title race.
The famous Danish international Nicklas Bendtner has watched Arsenal fans celebrate the new contracts awarded to Thomas Rosicky and Per Mertesacker, and the clamour of opinion wanting Bacary Sagna to extend his current deal, but no-one seems to care that his own contract is set to expire this summer!
On the contrary, most Gooners can’t wait to see the back of the big-headed immature pain in the ARSEnal! It is not so much his lack of committment to the Arsenal cause when he actually got a few games, it was the way he conducted himself outside the club. We can all remember the first time he was caught with his trousers down on his way out of a nightclub….
To be honest I’m not too sure how Arsenal fans are expected to react to the lastest utterings of our 42million man Mesut Ozil. He was brought in as a talisman that gave us the confidence to fight at the top of the League table a few weeks ago, but the Gunners have dropped away in direct relation to Ozil’s drop in form figures. Could there be a definite link there?
I guess the German is used to a winter break from his time in La Liga and the Bundesliga, but surely he knew there was no such thing in the monster that is the Premier League. Anyway, the superstar himself is not bothered by either his drop in form or the critic’s reaction to it.
Arsenal fans could do with a bit of good news after last weeks defeat to Stoke City, and we have been given a fillip before this weekend’s FA Cup match with the news that Thomas Rosicky and (the future Arsenal captain) Per Mertesacker have both signed new contracts with the club.
Rosicky is getting on a bit now but his performances make him look ten years younger, and he still has the enthusiasm of his younger days and says he won’t leave Arsenal until we win the Premiership title!
He said simply: “I want to win the league with Arsenal”.
Jack Wilshere is renowned for showing passion for Arsenal Football Club on and off the pitch but this time around I think a few fans may start to question whether he is wise in everything he says.
Arsenal endured defeat to Stoke City at the weekend whilst Chelsea won, making the gap for first now four points away. The Gunners will slip further if Liverpool keep up their winning ways and Manchester City win their two games in hand, which is unfortunately a likely occurrence.
Since the news broke from Liverpool owner John W Henry yesterday morning that Arsenal’s bid of £40 million plus one pound did meet and in fact exceed the buy out clause, I’ve seen numerous questions raised. Would Arsenal be in a better position had we signed Suarez? Why didn’t we go for another striker after Suarez failed?
I’ve even seen, `could Arsenal take legal action against Liverpool for their refusal to let Suarez go?` And although I cannot be certain in an answer with any of those questions, despite having a very strong opinion on some of them, I think the main thing Arsenal need to do is forgot about this for now.
Arsene Wenger may have spent a fortune bringing Mesut Ozil to Arsenal this summer, but it seemed that a backup striker to Olivier Giroud was the main target for the Frenchman, hence the 40 million (+1) on the table for Luis Suarez.
But it practically went un-noticed that Arsenal brought in the young Frenchman Yaya Sanogo for next to nothing! Now Wenger has revealed that Sanogo is more than capable of moving up to the first team, and compares him with another certain young Frenchman that Wenger got on the cheap some years ago.
Arsenal have quality players in all areas on the pitch however when it comes to considering where the majority of our talent lies, there is no doubt that the club’s main strength is in midfield.
Arsenal have three good goalkeepers within the squad, with Szczesny being the best by some distance, whilst in defence we have majorly improved with both Mertesacker and Koscielny working incredibly hard on their game. Not forgetting we have Sagna and Gibbs on the defensive flanks, Arsenal’s defence is looking strong, however not as a strong as the midfield which is absolutely overflowing with talent.