Arsenal lifted the Community Shield for the third time in four years on Sunday after securing a deserved victory over a sluggish Chelsea side. It came seven weeks after they beat Antonio Conte’s men in the same stadium to win the FA Cup and provides a nice psychological boost going into the new Premiership season. Arsenal finished 18 points behind the Blues last campaign so there is a lot of ground to make up, but the signs are very encouraging. Here are five things we learned from the Arsenal’s Community Shield victory.
Sead Kolasinac could become a cult hero at The Emirates ...........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
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 is one thing for Arsenal to identify the perfect player to go and get in the transfer market this summer, but another thing entirely for the board and Arsene Wenger, assuming it is the Frenchman who is going to manage the Gunners again next season, to actually beat all the other interested clubs to complete the transfer.
Having said that, it is not always easy to identify the right player, so maybe the former arsenal and France international star Robert Pires has done Wenger a big favour this week, as he has claimed in an interview with BWIN that he has found the perfect player for the boss to sign at the end of the current season, and that player is another Frenchman Antoine Griezmann. ...........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
If Arsenal play anything like they did against Leicester City last night in our next game, it is going to be a very painful north London derby indeed for us Gooners and the chances of Arsene Wenger and the players coming away from White Hart Lane with anything other than a beating.
Against the Foxes the Gunners were firing blamks all night and even struggling to get into a position to shoot. Our passing was ponderous, predictable and often just plain poor. The tempo was slow and we lacked any sort of cutting edge. ...........Read more
It may have been many years in coming, but the Arsenal and England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seems to be finally living up to the great expectations that we all had of him when he burst on to the scene as a teenager from the Southampton academy before being snapped up for the Gunners by Arsene Wenger.
A steady run in the starting line-up as well as his new role as a wing back in the manager’s new three at the back formation has done wonders for the Ox in terms of his form and confidence, culminating in that great display which helped Arsenal to beat Man City in the semi-final to book a place in the FA cup final at Wembley next month. ...........Read more
Arsenal have got back on track in some respects, but as Arsene Wenger said a few times recently it takes a long time to build confidence and find top form while it can be lost very quickly indeed, so this week’s Premier League game at home to reigning EPL champions Leicester City is another huge one for the Gunners. ...........Read more
It was always going to be a big result one way of the other for Arsenal, with the awful results in 2017 in both Premier League and Champions League meaning that the FA cup was the only chance of a trophy still open to Arsenal. A defeat in yesterday’s semi-final clash with Man City would surely have seen all the Wenger Out banners back in force, but does the win really mean they will stop, or that we should now be confident about the Frenchman staying in charge? ...........Read more
With Arsenal stuck right in the middle of one of the worst periods we have seen for some considerable time and right up against it in terms of managing to keep up our yearly feat of qualifying for the Champions League, Arsene Wenger will be looking for any little thing that could help to get the Gunners going in the right direction again.
A game against Premier League strugglers Middlesborough would normally be just what the doctor ordered for Arsenal, but the way things are going at the minute I don’t think we can take a win over any team for granted, even one like Boro who have not won a Premier League game in 2017 and have lost eight and drawn six of their matches since then. ...........Read more