It is not as if the Arsenal and Chile international star Alexis Sanchez tends to take it easy in most games. Quite the opposite is true in fact anbd our brilliant summer signing has been leading by example and his desire to win and appetite for the game seem to be rubbing off on his Arsenal team mates.
The next two games for Arsenal in the Champions League, first away to the Belgian champions before Anderlecht come to the Emirates two weeks later, give the Gunners a fantastic opportunity to take back control of our qualifying group. And the chances of that happening have been given a massive double boost by Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott’s imminent return to the Arsenal team.
In his latest injury update on the Arsenal.com website, Arsene Wenger explains that neither player is quite ready to be included in the squad to face Hull City in the Premier League on Saturday. But the Gunners should have Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky available to alleviate the loss of Mesut Ozil and hopefully help us get back to winning ways and moving back up the EPL table.
As a follower of Arsenal Football Club and the England national team, I have long since got used to disappointment and a general feeling that things would not be going my way. And like most football fans, I have a tendency to bias and see the things that happen to my teams through spectacles of the rose tinted variety.
But sometimes things happen which seem so unfair that I feel it cannot be just coincidence, especially when they keep happening. And the news today, reported by The Independent, that Arsenal are being charged by UEFA for the throwing of flares onto the Emirates pitch by Galatasaray fans, has really got my back up.
I can’t believe that there are more Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting that Arsenal are ready to send our young Costa Rica international Joel Campbell back out on loan again. The poor lad has only just joined up with his Arsenal team mates and headed out to the pre-season training camp in Austria.
Surely Arsene Wenger cannot make such a big decision on the 22-year old’s future after just a few days in training, especially when you see the footage of his fancy footwork turning Arsenal’s Spanish left back Nacho Monreal up in knots in a Metro report.
Arsenal have advanced through to the Champions League group stages for another consecutive season under Arsene Wenger after two thrilling legs against Fenerbahce in the qualification round. A 3-0 win in Istanbul and then a 2-0 win at the Emirates saw the Gunners progress rather easily win a 5-0 win on aggregate. But now we come to the real competition, where Champions League nights begin and the atmosphere roars around the stadium! Who could we face in the Champions’ League group stages this year?
As I’m sure many of you are aware, Galatasaray remain an important part of Arsenal’s history. This history however is not of a positive kind and it is a very controversial matter which resulted in the violence and unfortunate deaths and injuries that left us saddened and angry.
The return of Galatasaray does nothing but bring back those thoughts and feelings to the club and I think it was an absolutely terrible idea to invite the Turkish Champions to our home. Firstly because what they did in Istanbul on our champions league visit was disgusting and ultimately the reason why, not just as fans but as people we must despise their actions against the innocent.
Today sees the second day of this year’s Emirates Cup tournament hosted by Arsenal in where else but the Emirates Stadium. Yesterday was the first day the club had played a pre-season friendly at home in London for this upcoming campaign, yet we weren’t to reach the same heights as we had out on in Asia where we scored a fantastic 19 goals and conceded just 3.
Well in yesterday’s game it ended 2-2 between Napoli and Arsenal and to be perfectly honest it was a very poor performance from all the players excluding Giroud, Koscielny and Rosicky, in my opinion anyway. But with that behind us, we now face Galatasaray today in another tough game.
This weekend Arsenal will take part as hosts of the Emirates Cup competition, which has always been a very welcome pre-season tournament, where you are actually playing for points in a league table, but of course it’s still all a bit of fun. The tournament marks the sponsored stadium club name – The Emirates stadium and this year it will feature Napoli, Galatasaray, Porto and of course Arsenal.
All the transfer action at Arsenal has been one way so far, and that has been out of the exit door. We have already heard this week the the Gunners have accepted offers from five clubs for the Danish international Nicklas Bendtner, who we could actually get a few million pounds for. He could soon be joined on his way out of Arsenal by Gervinho, apparently.