If the Arsenal team does carry on with the improved effort and effective football that we have seen from them in the draw with Man City and the win over West Ham, we still stand a good chance of finishing in the top four and continuing the remarkable record of qualifying for the Champions League in every full season under Arsene Wenger.
That is the very least that Arsenal need to do, though, and even that will not take away too much of the pain that we Gooners will feel at the end of the season, because this is the year when the shift of power in north London that Spud fans have been vainly banging on about for years is finally going to happen. ...........Read more
It all depends on Arsenal, of course, and whether we can win our games in hand, but the Premier League table right now is looking a lot better from an Arsenal point of view, with our chances of getting another top four finish under Arsene Wenger having gone from stone cold to cool to lukewarm in the space of a week.
And now that we have Sky Sports reporting that Jurgen Klopp will be without his Senegal international striker Sadio Mane for the rest of the season with surgery need to fix his knee injury, I reckon those chances have heated up even more and made the scousers the team for us to hunt down rather than Man City. ...........Read more
You would normally expect and team with a record of 20 Premier League games without defeat to be fighting for the EPl title, if not sitting right on top of the table already, but the fact is that Arsenal only need to win at home against West Ham tonight to go back above Manchester United who do have that record.
The reason for that is that Jose Mourinho and his players cannot seem to turn their usual dominance of games, especially at Old Trafford, into goals and wins. Just as well for Arsenal really, because after dropping below them into sixth before the recent international break, United have had a great chance to leave us behind. ...........Read more
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. ...........Read more
For much of the current season the Arsenal defence was looking strong and had one of the best records in the Premier League, with the pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi at centre back appearing to have strengthened what in recent years was viewed as one of the weak spots of the Arsenal team.
Recently, however, that strength has once again looked like a weakness. 10 goals shipped in two games against Bayern Munich was a horror story, although we can point to the fact that the Gunners were doing much better in both games until we lost Koscielny. ...........Read more
The frustration of the Arsenal fans, or at least a section of them, has been part of football life in England for almost 10 years now. Ever since the Gunners moved to the Emirates Stadium from Highbury the success and silverware that we enjoyed in the first 10 years under Arsene Wenger dried up and the only thing keeping most of us from joining the Wenger Out Brigade was the realisation that the Prof was doing very well on what resources the club could give him. ...........Read more
Arsenal fans usually spend any international break in dread of losing more of our players to what is almost always a lengthy injury list, but for once Arsene Wenger has seen all of the Arsenal stars involved for their respective national sides return to north London without any problems.
On top of that the Gunners currently have a smaller injury list than most of our Premier League rivals, even though two of those on it, Petr Cech and Santi Cazorla, are two very key players for us. However, we have to see the manager’s latest injury update on the Arsenal website as a positive one. ...........Read more
If Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal team are going to carry on the admittedly amazing record we have of qualifying for the Champions League every year, then there is a lo0t of work to be done and I truly believe it has to start this weekend.
You can look ahead to our weekend game in the Premier League and say that against a big club and a side in good form like Man City then a draw would be a decent result, but I cannot accept that. Arsenal have already used up our margin for error and although there are still plenty of games to play and the Gunners have games in hand on all our rivals bar Man United, another slip on Sunday would be terminal in my opinion. ...........Read more
At least after tonight the Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger will no longer have to wait and wonder with trepidation about the fitness of the Arsenal players on international duty, as the latest round of friendly games and World Cup qualifying fixtures will be over.
So far this international break has been good to the Gunners, with Mesut Ozil getting a run out for germany to boost his fitness for the home clash with Man City on Sunday. In fact every Gunner joining up with their national teams have come through in one piece and we even got the bonus of Alexis Sanchez proving that the knock to his ankle was no problem as he played the full 90 minutes for Chile in Argentina. ...........Read more
It was looking for some time today as if everything would go against Arsenal and our chances of getting back into the top four of the Premier League. First of all Manchester United, with a healthy slice of luck, won at Middlesborough to take them above us in the table for the first time in a long time.
Then our north London rivals Tottenham rode their own luck, with the referee awarding them a dubious penalty and denying Southampton a good shout for their own to let Spurs win 2-1. And in the final game of the EPL weekend, Liverpool took the lead away to Man City and were looking good to win for quite a while. ...........Read more