When the Arsenal players next kick off in the Premier League we could start the game six points off the league leaders, as Chelsea face Man City away in the early Saturday match. The best thing for the Gunners would be a draw but failing that I think it would be better for Man City in order to halt the recent momentum of Chelsea.
There is another reason for Arsenal fans and our players to want Chelsea to falter as well, because their Belgian international star Eden Hazard was reported by Metro this week dismissing Arsenal as a serious rival to his club for the EPL title this season. ...........Read more
The need for Arsene Wenger to get Alexis Sanchez tied down to the club with a new Arsenal contract was brought into sharp focus again today as the Chilean drove the Gunners on to win a vital game that could well have gone the other way.
The striker was back in the centre forward position against Bournemouth with Giroud back on the bench and even though the French forward did well and made a difference after coming on, especially with his great work to set up Sanchez for the late third which made the game safe, the manager’s decision was justified by a brilliant game from Alexis. ...........Read more
The main reason for Arsenal wanting to finish on top of the Champions League group, apart from ending the frustration of coming second for six years in a row, is to be in pot one when the draw for the knockout stage is made and hopefully get an easier route through to the latter stages.
The Gunners have already secured a place in the next round after Mesut Ozil hit that late winner away to Ludogorets Razgrad, but Arsene Wenger has called on his players to ensure that we do not mess it up at home to the French champions PSG, with any win enough to guarantee us top spot. ...........Read more
Betting odds on Arsenal to win the Premier League
Arsenal has had a promising start to the 2016/17 season of the Premier League. The league table has Manchester City on top along with Arsenal and Liverpool with each team standing on 20 points. Only due to goal difference Manchester City’s ahead of Arsenal.
The betting companies were way off last season when Leicester City clinched the title. William Hill listed Leicester City at 5000/1 before the start of last season. If you’re looking for an outsider to back this year William Hill has listed Hull, Burnley and Sunderland at 2000/1. ...........Read more
I don’t know about the rest of you Arsenal fans out there but I was certainly a bit worried when the news broke at the end of last season that Manchester United would be parting company with their Dutch manager Louis van Gaal and replacing him with the former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.
It looks like I need not have bothered though, because those United fans that were so happy a short time ago may well now be wishing that they had stuck with old LVG. At least he won them a trophy, with the FA cup success in his final game in charge. At the minute it looks like Mourinho and Man United would be hard put to win a coin toss. ...........Read more
I must admit that I was not convinced at all that the Arsenal experiment of playing Alexis Sanchez in the centre forward position would work and for the first couple of games this season it looked like I was right. I have to say, however, that the Chilean is certainly proving me and all the other doubters wrong.
It seemed that the role was not good for Alexis and when the Gunners had tried it in the past it never worked out, so I expected him to be back on the left side as soon as Arsene Wenger had another option, but the 27-year old striker has improved in each game and is really looking the part now. ...........Read more
Momentum is a great thing in football and there is no doubt that Arsenal have it at the moment. We may have a had a bit of luck along the way, with the poor finishing of Cavani giving us the chance to draw at PSG and a soft penalty decision from the ref helping us to beat Southampton, but the fact of the matter is that the Gunners are going strong after a slow start to the new season. ...........Read more
There has been a lot of speculation about how many changes to the Arsenal starting line up Arsene Wenger will make for the second Champions League group match against the Swiss champions Basel tonight, even more so with Francis Coquelin reminding the Gunners boss of how injury problems have plagued the club in recent years.
Apart from having to replace the defensive midfielder though, with Granit Xhaka the obvious choice, I think we will see just one other change from the 11 players that started and did so well against Chelsea in the Premier League at the weekend. Arsenal do have an EPL match on Sunday to consider but after that is the international break and the trip to Burnley is a game we expect to win anyway. ...........Read more
Granit Xhaka has had a good start to his Arsenal career having scored two magnificent goals in just a handful of games and has become a favourite amongst the fans. Calls to give Xhaka a starting position on the team against Chelsea were left unanswered by Arsene Wenger last weekend, however now that Francis Coquelin seems to be ruled out for the time being, Xhaka will finally get the chance to kickstart hopefully a long career with the club. ...........Read more
It is not like Arsene Wenger to go over the top when Arsenal have a good game, just as the Frenchman is usually the voice of calm and reason when the Gunners suffer the setback of a bad performance or result, so it was a bit different to hear the Arsenal boss waxing lyrical about the team after the demolition of Chelsea at the Emirates stadium yesterday.
Perhaps it was down to all the frustration we have had with the Blues in recent years, or ever since Jose Mourinho and the crazy spending of Roman Abramovic changed everything. This certainly was an overdue win but it was the nature of the match that had Wenger buzzing, as reported by Metro. ...........Read more