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.
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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,”
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.
An away game against an in form Cardiff after a midweek Champions league game is far from ideal but it is something Arsenal clearly will need to deal with. Being one of the first teams to play out of the potential title contenders, the Gunners have a real opportunity to put pressure on the rest of the pack by going seven points clear.
Cardiff have taken more points from the top 10 of the Premier league than the bottom 10. It’s not a great stat for them but it does mean they are a very formidable force against the big teams especially at what is becoming a fortress of a stadium.
Arsenal got back into Premier League action with a bang, extending the lead at the top of the table to four points with a hard fought win over this season’s surprise package, Southampton. So how did each individual Gunner perform?
The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has today dismissed rumours created by the English media over his apparent displeasure with the FA in regards to over-playing Gunners star Jack Wilshere in the friendlies against Chile and Germany, claiming that the dynamic midfielder has suffered no injury whatsoever during the latest international break.
Reports from both the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail had claimed earlier on that the 21-year-old had suffered an ankle injury after being on the receiving end of a challenge from Germany’s Sidney Sam shortly after coming on as a substitute, with both papers also reporting that Arsene Wenger was furious with England boss Roy Hodgson over the issue. However, the French manager stepped up to dismiss both rumours and set the records straight.
Andrey Arshavin was once hailed as being the star player that could possibly bring success back to Arsenal and to the Emirates for the first time. But despite a fruitful start in which we saw his excellent Euro 2008 performances transpire over to English football with the Gunners, his time at the club came to a much quicker end than may have first been perceived.