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We’re barely into November and any remaining hopes of Arsenal jostling for the Premier League title are fading fast. The 3-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City was hardly surprising, especially with Guardiola’s side ploughing through every rival they face, but the critics are still keen to dissect every decision that Arsene Wenger makes and every team performance that accompanies those decisions. ...........Read more
As well as Arsenal needing to win our own games in the Premier League in order to get back among the title challengers after making a pretty pathetic start to the new season with just a single point from the first three games, we also need those sides above us to drop points to give the Gunners any chance of success.
So far the pace setters from Manchester have not looked in danger of that, but although both Man City and United have not yet lost, they were not on maximum points going into the latest round of games. Stoke had held United to a draw and hopefully can do at least well today against Pep Guardiola’s high flyers. ...........Read more
Even if Arsenal had started the new Premier League season well and were in good form going into an away game against Chelsea, you would make the home side favourites, and despite winning our two home games against Leicester and Bournemouth you would hardly say the Gunners were going well.
So any advantage to take with us to Stamford Bridge would surely be seized upon, which is why I was a bit surprised to hear some of the comments from Arsene Wenger, reported by Metro, in the build up to tomorrow’s game. ...........Read more
It was looking pretty bad for Arsenal fans and our hopes of a successful season for our club in the early stages of the new Premier League season, but after the latest round of games which have been played after the first international break I think we are all a little bit happier.
And one reason for this is because the early form of Manchester United was looking pretty ominous after they took maximum points by winning the first three games and did not even concede a goal. So with Jose Mourinho’s record of being a strong front rummer we really needed something to knock them off their stride and we got it in the shape of Stoke City who scored twice and then frustrated United to claim a draw. ...........Read more
There was me thinking that Arsene Wenger was planning to do some serious business in the transfer market this summer in order to avoid a repeat of last season’s awful showing that saw us drop out of the elite of Europe and the Arsenal fans agree that the Frenchman’s time was up.
The club and manager led us to believe that this summer would be different but once again we have spent much less than opur main rivals and you are not going to like the reason given by Wenger for it, as reported by Metro. He would, of course love to buy loads of players and spend lots of money, but the current squad is just too big and so his hands are tied. ...........Read more
When Arsenal beat Chelsea comfortably last season at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League, it was a happy day for us Gooners, but instead of being the springboard to our own race for the EPL trophy it was the start of a great run for the Blues, after Antonio Conte learned his lesson and changed their tactics to go on a run that would see them crowned champions. ...........Read more
The main story at Arsenal this summer surrounds the future of Alexis Sanchez, who has just one year left on his contract and is drawing admiring glances from Europe’s elite. The churning of the rumour mill is reaching a deafening crescendo and Arsenal fans are in for a nerve shredding few weeks. Arsene Wenger has vowed not to sell his star man, but the Arsenal faithful have heard that tune before and it ended with Wenger cashing in on the likes of Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri rather than risk losing them on a free transfer the following summer. Supporters would be devastated as Sanchez has been their best player in recent years and everyone is following the story with bated breath. ...........Read more
Arsenal fans are not generally well known for our calm and understated response to anything to do with our club, players or the newly contracted manager, so there were always going to be some Gooners taking the comprehensive defeat we got at the hands of Chelsea to heart, and perhaps too seriously.
As reported by Metro, Arsene Wenger said after the game that it had been a long a gruelling tour and that the Arsenal players looked jaded. I agree to be fair and the heat and humidity out in China has been tough to cope with. ...........Read more
It will be interesting to see how Arsene Wenger sets up the defensive side of his Arsenal team next season. With a lot of the summer transfer window still to go we are not even sure which players the Frenchman will have to call upon, as the current Arsenal transfer rumours being focused on the attacking side of things does not mean that Wenger is not looking to sign another defender as well. ...........Read more
Usually when there is a game going one between two of our big Premier League rivals, it means that Arsenal would prefer the game to end in a draw and that way both of our rivals drop points, but I do not think that is the case tonight as we await the Manchester derby.
The reason for that is that both Man City and United are currently above us in the table and points for both will just make it even harder for Arsenal to get that top four finish that we and other fans have been so dismissive about for years but now that it looks hard to reach we really want. ...........Read more