Some Arsenal fans and football pundits were left a little confused in midweek after Arsene Wenger chose to hand a rare start to Olivier Giroud. Not because the French international forward is no good but because he finally got a start in a match that was probably the least suited to the big man´s talents as a player.
After starting him against PSG though, we all expected him to be in the line up for the game against Bournemouth in the Premier League today, as it looks to be the ideal sort of encounter for Giroud, against a deep lying and determined defence, but Wenger has surprised everyone again and left Olivier on the bench. ...........Read more
It’s been reported today that Arsene Wenger fully intends on offering Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere a new deal this season, despite the player seeming out of favour at the club. ...........Read more
While Arsenal are not exactly in a bad place right now, as we sit just three points off the top of the Premier League and are already guaranteed a place in the next round of the Champions League, you could argue that we have not really pushed on as we would have hoped after comfortably beating our bogey team Chelsea. ...........Read more
I may be in the minority of Arsenal fans here, but I still believe that our French centre forward Olivier Giroud is a very good player and is a very realistic option for Arsene Wenger to use in the centre forward role. So even if the Chile international star Alexis Sanchez has been passed fully fit and the Frenchman has no qualms about using him then I would not be surprised to see Giroud in the starting line up against Manchester United today. ...........Read more
There is no doubt that the big game of the Premier League weekend is the trip of Arsenal to face our old rivals Manchester United, and with all of the other main players in the EPL title race playing games after us that we really expect them to win it is a hugely important away game for Arsene Wenger and his players.
As usual, however, the month of November has thrown a number of problems at the Gunners and the manager has revealed in the press conference which you can see in full on the Arsenal website that our brilliant young defender Hector Bellerin will miss the trip to Old Trafford and around the next four weeks of action as the Spanish international has an ankle problem. ...........Read more
England are set to face Spain at Wembley, in which could be Gareth Southgate’s hardest game since becoming interim boss of the national side, despite it only being a friendly between two second string sides.
To appease the Premier League club managers, Southgate has rightly refused to risk any big stars in which is basically a meaningless affair, but it is an opportunity to have a look at some of the fringe players who will be trying to impress the manager in the hope of becoming a first-teamer in future. ...........Read more
In some ways I think that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players will be pleasantly surprised to see the Tottenham team sheet for today’s north London derby at the Emirates stadium. On the other hand, the negative and defensive team that Mauricio Pochettino has selected could end up being very hard to break down and is aimed at frustrating us, like the famous bus parking tactics of Jose Mourinho. ...........Read more
It is just about typical of Arsenal´s bad luck with injury problems that Arsene Wenger is having to do without a number of big players as he prepares the team for the north London derby clash with Tottenham tomorrow, with the likes of Lucas Perez, Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker not due back for some time.
At least Kieran Gibbs and Santi Cazorla are set to be back in action for Arsenal soon, but they are out of this crucial local grudge match. Just to rub salt into the wound it seems that our rivals Spurs will have their own key man back from injury just in time. ...........Read more
It is not a 100 percent accurate way of telling which Arsenal players will be in the starting line-up, but almost every time Arsene Wenger chooses one of the Gunners to do a press conference with him then that player will be in the team.
Yesterday the Arsenal boss spoke to the football media as Arsenal prepare for the Champions League away tie with Ludogorets and it was the two goal hero from Saturday’s win at Sunderland, Olivier Giroud, who fielded questions alongside Wenger, as the match preview in The Mirror shows. ...........Read more
We saw last week in the draw against Boro how much Arsenal can miss the creative spark of Sanri Cazorla in the middle of the pitch, making the harsh red card shown to our summer signing Granit Xhaka even more annoying. The Spaniard is still not fit to play after picking up an injury and the Swisss international is serving the final game of his ban so once again Arsene Wenger is forced to go with Elneny and Coquelin in midfield. ...........Read more