The first round of games in the current international break are now over and the Arsenal fans that have been nervously fearing some bad news over an injury to one of the Arsenal stars involved can now relax and enjoy their Easter Sunday and scoff some eggs.
The England win over Germany last night was the last of the first lot and saw two Arsenal players starting on either side. Mesut Ozil completed 90 minutes for Germany and claimed an assist for the opening goal scored by Toni Kroos. He must have thought it had set them on the path to victory when Gomez doubled the lead before halftime but England produced a spirited comeback to win it and Welbeck had a great game in the left forward position. ...........Read more
Because the Arsenal injury list has not really allowed Arsene Wenger to rotate his players much in recent weeks, another Premier League game less than 48 hours after a trip to Southampton was always going to be difficult. So when you add in the fact that we lost our last game heavily and need to bounce back quickly you can see that the Frenchman has a problem on his hands.
I think he has little choice but to make a few changes, to add some fresh legs as well as protecting certain players from injury. Unfortunately he cannot make too many because of the need for consistency as well as the limited options available. ...........Read more
Three months! Can you believe it Arsenal fans? The bad news just keeps coming in waves for us at the moment and I have a horrible feeling that this could be the final straw that breaks the camel’s back.
According to a report in The Guardian the Spaniard, who was thought to have picked up just a minor knock against Norwich, has actually damaged ligaments in his knee and that means a long spell in the treatment room. ...........Read more
It was one of the injury problems that Arsenal fans had most feared this season, along with other key players like Alexis Sanchez. But with Arsene Wenger having failed (or chosen not) to sign what we think of as a proper defensive midfielder for years, the role of Francis Coquelin in the Arsenal team was seen as perhaps the hardest to fill.
Now we have three months to get by without the French midfield warrior and there has been a lot of talk about who best to use to fill his boots as well whether the boss will need to sign a new DM in the January transfer window. For now at least Wenger must make do with with the options already in our squad. ...........Read more
Hopefully this will be the last match for which Arsenal will have to do without the first choice centre defensive pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. Judging from what Arsene Wenger said in his press conference on Thursday though, neither will be available for selection today, leaving Gabriel and Chambers to fill in again.
If that is the case then I see no reason why the manager will not go with the same starting line-up that managed a point at home to Liverpool on Monday night. There are changes that the Frenchman could make, such as bringing his fellow countryman Debuchy back in to face his former team mates, but I think that Wenger is looking for some consistency and rhythm and until he finds it I don’t think he will tinker. ...........Read more
We are all used to Arsene Wenger being very tight lipped and playing his Arsenal transfer cards close to his chest, so when you get a straight answer from the Frenchman it is a pretty good sign. Hopefully that means that the Gunners will soon have another defender in the squad, as Wenger admitted after the weekend win over Stoke City that he was in the market for a defensive transfer.
As reported by Arsenal.com, the boss revealed his intent to move for a defender in the transfer markey was strong before the match, so after losing Mathieu Debuchy to a shoulder injury that could keep the French right back out for a while, that need is even more urgent. ...........Read more
Arsenal had an awful first half against Stoke on Saturday but the second half told a different story as the Gunners scored twice to bring themselves back into the game. But then Calum Chambers got a second yellow card to leave us just ten players to try and get he equaliser.
“If you’re 3-2 up then you can’t get a better decision than one of the other team’s players getting sent off,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com. “It was a killer.
“Calum is an easy target because he’s not a dirty player at all. The second yellow card – compared to what happened on the pitch – was a bit farcical. ...........Read more
Arsenal have had their problems with certain referees before, with fans feeling that some like Mike Dean definitely do not treat the Gunners in the same way as other teams. And now the name of Anthony Taylor might be added to the list.
Arsene Wenger stopped short of blaming the referee for yesterday’s defeat away to Stoke City, as he accepted that we were at fault for allowing them to race into a 3-0 lead by the break. But the Frenchman could not help but blast Taylor for his decision to send our young defender Calum Chambers for a pretty soft second yellow card, as a report in The Mirror shows. ...........Read more
Arsenal were as bad as you are likely to see them all season, hopefully at least, as we completely failed to turn up and let the horrible Stoke City cruise into a 3-0 lead by the break. Fair play to the Gunners for improving in the second half, but wre were deservedly punished for the worst 45 minutes of the season.
And that is saying something after Arsenal have had plenty of games to choose from so far. The tone was set in the first minute, with Stoke easily winning the first few tackles and the Gunners fgailing to deal with their cross from the wing and then Chambers producing a schoolboy error in the middle to gift Peter Crouch a tap in. ...........Read more
Arsenal need to build on the fortunate Champions League win over Anderlecht in midweek. And we need to take advantage of the heavy beating that today’s opponents Sunderland got on their trip to Southampton last weekend. So with the Gunners not doing very well at the back anyway so far this season, Arsene Wenger must surely go on the attack.
So that means, in my opinion, that his team selection for this vital game needs to be fairly adventurous and attack minded. Mikel Arteta should start instead of Mathieu Flamini. Lukas Podolski should start ahead of Alex Oxclade-Chamberlain and our best fit attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla must play in the central, number 10 position. ...........Read more