Amidst all the fuss being created over Arsenal’s failure to hang on to the top spot in Group F of the Champions League, Gunners midfielder Mathieu Flamini has claimed that the fact that the North London side made it to the last 16 of Europe’s premier competition is an achievement in itself and believes that the team is due a lot more credit.
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After Arsenal endured yet another tough fixture this season, this time against strong top four contenders Everton, the result seemed to split Arsenal fans straight down the middle in opinion. Half seem to think that the result was a fair one and so therefore are optimistic about adding another point to the gap, whilst the other half are being pessimistic in saying that its two points dropped considering we lost the lead.
What an eventful Saturday it has been for Arsenal fans. Manchester United have lost at home to Newcastle, Chelsea have lost away to Stoke whilst Manchester City were holding on for the draw at Southampton. All these results mean a win against Everton would take us 7 points clear at the top. We can’t afford to pass up such an opportunity. The pressure put on City and Chelsea to win against us will be absolutely huge and that will mean they’ll be more open and susceptible to losing. It’s only December but circumstances could mean we are heavy favourites for the title come January.
As Arsenal look forward to the first tough test of December, with many more to come, The Gunners will line up against fellow top 4 contenders Everton at the Emirates this Sunday. In the day’s late kick off Arsenal will battle with Everton for the win, with both clubs drastically needing all three points for different respective reasons. Arsenal have the chance to maintain or extend their lead on top of the Premier League whilst the Merseyside club will be looking to close the gap on the Gunners, who have extended a fair way.
If Arsene Wenger can turn around the Arsenal career of Nicklas Bendtner, it would be an absolute miracle, but if anyone can do it, then Le Professeur is certainly the man. After all, Wenger has done this sort of thing before, most recently with the man of the moment Aaron Ramsey.
It is strange that every Arsenal fan seems to think that they were really on the young Welsh internationals side and always believed he would come good, because I seem to remember a time when his inclusion on the team sheet would have the average Gooner reaching for the panic button.
With Arsenal at the top of the table and looking to stay there in their current form, Arsene Wenger has responded to the TV Pundits by saying that they are at last looking at the Gunners as serious title contenders.
He said yesterday: “When I arrived here people explained I couldn’t win the title as I am foreign. Everybody has their own logic. I just think you win the title through your quality.
“If we didn’t win for eight years it is because we weren’t good enough in the important moments of the season. We have a good opportunity to show we are good enough [now] so let’s take it.
Hull City may have got a fantastic result in the 3-1 win over Liverpool at the weekend, but he understands that a visit to the Emirates is a different kettle of fish. The Gunners are clear at the top of the table and have brushed aside everyone on their home turf since the shock opening day defeat to Aston Villa.
Hull’s manager Steve Bruce made it clear that he was not holding much hope of coming away with anything tonight when he said: “We’ve shown when we’ve been to the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle, Everton and Tottenham that we’ve made a fist of it,”
After yesterday’s mistaken report in the Express that Arsenal had signed Alvaro Morata on loan from Real Madrid for the next six months, they are today asserting that the Gunners could get Pedro from Barcelona instead…
This is what they say in the article:
The Spanish international is not happy with his playing time at the Camp Nou and is open to the idea of a move in the upcoming transfer window.
And reports in Spain suggest that the Premier League is the 26-year-old’s preferred destination.
According to AS that has put Arsenal and Liverpool on alert with both seeking attacking reinforcements.
Arsenal fans are well used to Arsene Wenger revealing as little as he possibly can about any Arsenal transfer business. You can’t blame him really, because as well as trying to avoid any complications with other clubs going for the same players, the Arsenal boss likes to do things the right way, not make bold statements intended to unsettle players.
So take Wenger’s denials, as reported by Arsenal.com, of recent speculation about possible strikers who could join Arsenal in January, with a large pinch of salt if you like. If it is true though, then it seems that Arsenal fans can forget about Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid or Alexandre Pato of Corinthians in Brazil.
As we enter the early days of December it’s not surprise to hear that the transfer speculation surrounding the big event next month is already underway, especially for Premier League leaders Arsenal, who as always are being linked with about 5 different players a day, and that’s without exaggerating.
Now the sheer number of rumours surrounding Arsenal goes to show that we shouldn’t really interpret everything the media say as the truth because in the majority of cases it’s fairly certain that their stories are a simple paper seller. However today in the approach to the New Year and therefore January transfer window, Arsenal are once again being linked with Youssouf Mulumbu.