The fact that Arsenal, and many other big clubs in the Premier League and around Europe, have a good standard international keeper as the second choice in our squad, shows just how important the man behind the sticks is. It used to be that any goalie as good as the Colombia national side´s number 1 would not be happy playing second fiddle, but that is what David Ospina has to accept with Petr Cech our first choice.
The big team news for Arsenal as we prepare for the return leg of our Champions League tie with the German champions Bayern Munich is that Mesut Ozil will not be lining up to face his international teammates like Thomas Muller and Phillip Lahm, because Arsene Wenger has confirmed on the Arsenal website that our playmaker will not have recovered from his bout of illness in time.
The boss said, “He is not in the squad, he only had one session yesterday and he was sick – he was out the whole of last week and I don’t think he is ready physically to be in the squad. He should be okay for the weekend.”
Hello Gooners! It is another weekend of football and from the look of things; we are going to have a lovely weekend for all of us. A draw in the Bournemouth game versus Manchester United was just the perfect way to start the weekend. The result meant we stand a chance to increase the point difference between us and Man United, if we can beat Liverpool. Any type of pressure reliever is welcome at this moment in time.
Anything but a big defeat for Arsenal tonight at the Allianz Arena would keep the hopes of a Champions League quarter-final alive, but in reality the Gunners will be hoping to come away from Germany with nothing worse than a draw against the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Easier said than done, of course, even though Bayern have lost their midfield general Xabi Alonso to an injury. We have come up against the Germans a fair few times in recent years and despite a couple of good results we have never got the best of them in terms of winning a group or knocking them out. Some punters think they have more chance of winning a casino jackpot than beating the German giants!
We have all made mistakes and I am fairly sure that most of us will have done so in the new world of social media, whether that be writing things after having one too many or falling for a scam. It was pretty clear that the Arsenal and England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had made a mistake like that when he liked a post that included a call for Arsene Wenger to step down.
The Blues welcomes Arsenal in the top of the table clash at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea occupy the 1st spot in the League with 56 points to Arsenal’s third position with 47 points along with Tottenham Hotspur ( but with a better goal difference).
Chelsea are hot favourites, and my favourite tipping site www.footballbets.tips thinks Chelsea will win, but the Blues lost with a huge margin earlier this season to the Gunners (3-0) at the Emirates as goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil inspired Arsenal’s excellent win.
The host Gunners entertains the visiting side Burnley in the return fixture of the Barclays Premier League with so much to expect as the big guns minus the main rival (Chelsea at the top of the Premier League summit) like Liverpool, City and Tottenham Hotspur while United needed a late goal from their Veteran skipper Wayne Rooney to draw United back in the game which was cagey at Britannia Stadium (Stoke City).
The Gunners will be travelling to South Wales to lock horns with the relegation threatened Swansea City side who had already fired two managers notably Bob Bradley in just few games in charge in an attempt to crawl out of the danger zone following a run of poor performances in the Premier League this season.
The visitors also are not having the best of time as they picked up 7 points out of a possible 12, dropping 5 points all during the Christmas period as the London side found themselves out of the top four (fifth position on the league log) following a 3-3 comeback draw with Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth side at home.
Arsene Wenger is clearly a bit concerned about the focus and commitment of his Arsenal team ahead of the visit of Stoke City for today’s Premier League match, as he spoke about the need to stay focused and not allow complacency to affect us in the Arsenal.com preview.
The Frenchman was also full of praise for the way the Gunners have been applying themselves of late and while he feels that there is still room for improvement, Wenger has been impressed with the determination to win and the fact that we have not rested on our laurels so far.
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.