The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has finally reached his target of 20 goals this season, and feels that the club has finally achieved some consistency after having trouble finding their form earlier in the season.
Although he has reached a personal milestone he is more worried about the club’s position right now. “Twenty goals was my target for the season. I said a few weeks back that I was short on goals but I wanted the team to be where we should be rather than reaching my personal goals. ...........Read more
Yet again Robin Van Persie has led from the front scoring two goals to put Arsenal back into a winning position against Norwich, and yet again the defence has let him down.
There rarely looked like there was any cohesion between Wojciech Szczesny and his defence, which was only compounded when Francis Coquelin replaced Bacary Sagna after half an hour.
I know attack is the best form of defence, especially when playing Sky Poker no deposit online, but when you are 3-2 up in a football match against a lowly team like Norwich with so much at stake, why didn’t Wenger put ten men behind the ball and crowd out the Arsenal defence and midfield. ...........Read more
Chelsea have a massive game against Barcelona in tonight’s Champions League semi-final and then have to face Arsenal at the Emirates this coming weekend, but Johann Djourou says that the Gunners can’t just assume that Chelsea will be tired and take it easy against Arsenal.
He said: “They still want to have Champions League football next season as well so we know it is going to be a tough game,”
“Obviously they have a lot of fixtures, the two Barcelona games are [either side of Saturday’s derby] but we don’t really concentrate on that. We have to be focused on our game and be focused on what we do best. ...........Read more
Wojciech Szczesny is in confident form after seeing Arsenal have a fantastic treble of wins against Tottenham, Liverpool and AC Milan, who are all quality sides, and he now believes that the Gunners can now go on and easily qualify for the Champions League.
Szczesny said on Arsenal.com: “I think we have sent a message to all the other teams that when we play at our best we can beat anyone in Europe,”
“I think teams will struggle against us if we keep playing like that. Hopefully next season in the Champions League we can achieve a little bit more than we did this time. ...........Read more
Arsene Wenger has responded to the strange comments by Peter Hill-Wood this week that it would not be a problem if Arsenal missed out on a Champions League place, despite the Gunners qualifying every year for the last 15 seasons.
Hill-Wood said: “We have been planning for not qualifying every year, so it is not a disaster, but it would be nice if we could.”
But Arsene Wenger disagrees and said on Arsenal.com that it indeed WOULD be a disaster if the club fails to make it 16 years in a row. ...........Read more
Arsenal’s chairman Peter Hill-Wood has admitted that there’s a possibility for the Gunners not to catch a Champions League spot at the end of the season and that the board is preparing financially for that exact possibility.
“We are hanging on in there, no more,” he told the Daily Star of the club’s current position.
“From a financial point of view, not qualifying for the Champions League is quite a blow.
“We have been planning for not qualifying every year, so it’s not a disaster, but it would be nice if we could.” ...........Read more
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger praises the team which got the Gunners out of the bad spot in the first half of the season, Swansea. The first leg against Swansea from the beginning of the league was seen like a true turning point for Arsenal who managed to come back from a string of losses and very bad games and build on the win they got against Swansea.
Frenchman Wenger also declared that Arsenal will battle for all the titles available and that they will have to do their best to fight for the Premiership, Champions League and FA Cup. ...........Read more
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger seems to think that having the January transfer window opening should be out of the question for the Premiership because it makes things very difficult.
According to the Frenchman it’s hard for both players and managers to keep a hold of their players and have them motivated throughout the first half of the season knowing that January will eventually come and get the players out of trouble if they’re not playing.
“I am for scrapping the January transfer window.
“Either you leave it completely open or you close it completely, but now it’s in-between where everybody becomes nervous in November until the end of January. ...........Read more
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger wants to go all out on Thierry Henry and make the most of the two months the French striker has to spend on the Emirates Stadium before returning to MLS side NY Red Bulls.
The French manager is going to use Henry in the Champions League as well and has already made plans to add him to the Champions League squad.
“Yes, he will be [in the squad],” said the Frenchman. “I have given Vito Mannone out on loan to Hull and Thierry will take his place. ...........Read more
Just about every Arsenal fan in the world is aware that Robin Van Persie has refused to discuss a contract extension at the club until next summer, but the England winger Theo Walcott is in exactly the same situation and Arsene Wenger is hoping that he can secure his signature before the end of the season.
The Telegraph reports this morning that Arsenal and Walcott’s representatives have begun preliminary talks although they stress that there has been no initial demands from Theo or any solid offer put on the table by Arsenal yet either. This is contrary to some reports that appeared in the tabloids stating that Walcott had demanded a rise to 85,000 a week for a four-year contract. ...........Read more