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.
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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.
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,”
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.
Arsene Wenger has spoken about rotating his Arsenal players and I am sure he would like to do it today, but it is always a bit of a gamble and a judgment call between risk and reward. To really be able to do it successfully, of course, you need to have full confidence that the players coming in are up to the job.
Following a rather comfortable win over Southampton in the Premier League, Arsenal welcome Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille to the Emirates in the fifth round of the Champions League group stage. A victory for Arsene Wenger’s side can all but guarantee a place in the knockout stages of the competition and the Gunners will be looking to finish their business early as travelling to Naples in need of points is not a very ideal situation.
The Premier League returns tomorrow after what was a long and rather humiliating international break if you’re an England fan. But back to club football and Arsenal take on Southampton in what is sure to be a fantastic match between two highly placed teams.
Arsenal, who still sit in first place, top of the Premier league, will invite Southampton to the Emirates stadium on Saturday. As well as Arsenal may be doing, and perhaps we are the surprise of the Premier League season so far, we cannot forget Southampton, who in their own respects are doing extremely well.
Arsenal fans have never been this optimistic coming into a game at Old Trafford for a very long time. This not only stems from the fact that we are 8 points above Manchester United, but also the fact that Fergie is finally gone and Wenger has to tactically outsmart Moyes rather than him.
Although I’m more confident than I’ve ever been going into this fixture, I still feel Man Utd are an extremely strong team that could devastate us if we are not careful. They are extremely strong in attacking with Rooney in some good form at the moment. Van Persie will still be a massive threat especially when aiding their midfield and drawing our defenders away causing openings.
After back to back wins against both Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund in the Premier League and Champions League respectively, the memories of that sorry night against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup have long since faded. Arsenal have performed to the same impressive standard over the course of the tough three week period which we have had, enduring two defeats which both seem not to matter anymore.
An interesting transfer rumour has emerged today to suggest that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will consider a move for Manchester United and Mexico front man Javier Hernandez after he has hinted he could leave in January if he doesn’t begin to play regularly for United.
Ahead of the clash between the two clubs this weekend, the news suggesting that The Gunners may be looking at one of the United players will certainly spice up the atmosphere that little bit more, if it wasn’t already high enough regarding the presence of Robin Van Persie.