The Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere has suggested that the first injury free pre-season he has managed for years is really paying off for him. The 21-year old also says that he is not the sort of player that will be straight back in form after an injury lay-off, and we know that he has had to endure plenty of those.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is a popular figure amongst the club mainly because of his raw talent but also because of his likeable, friendly and open character. He is a down to earth professional who doesn’t get hyped over the financial side of things and plays the game for the right reason. The Ox is a true professional and because of this Arsenal fans expect a lot of the youngster.
Oliver Giroud has stated he will be looking to improve on his goal scoring tally in what has arguably been a difficult first season with Arsenal for the Frenchman. Giroud scored a total of 17 goals last term which statistically is better than the likes of Thierry Henry and Dider Drogba’s respective first seasons in English football however I must point out they were much younger than 26 year old Giroud and so they really shouldn’t be compared in any way.
This season has been an excellent one for Theo Walcott. He has produced some of his best performances since joining Arsenal from Southampton in 2006. He was not even 17-years old when he became a Gunner, but it was only this season that he really became a true Gunner.
His extra confidence and maturity has been evident since the start of the season, and that in turn has led to his best ever statistics of 21 goals and 17 assists. Considering that he had a few injury problems, as well as the distraction of his contract negotiations, Theo has done amazingly well to produce the impact that he has.
The signing of Santi Cazorla from Malaga was surely one of Arsene Wenger’s most inspired transfer moves in the last few years, and he has been pleased to see the Spaniard be one of the most influential players for Arsenal this season, even contributing over ten goals from midfield as well.
But Wenger is extremely surprised that Santi was not named in the top Premiership XI of the year, and he believes this is definitely an error by the PFA. “I think he is a bit of an under-rated player in the Premier League,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com.
Now please don’t get me wrong. I love Theo Walcott. There are few finer sights than the young Arsenal forward surging majestically past an opposing defender leaving his desperate marker staring forlornly at a pair of disappearing soles. And who could argue with his best ever goal tally this season of 20 and counting? Theo has never looked as good or as confident in an Arsenal shirt as he has this season.
Arsenal may have lost their last two home games, but they are still very hot favourites at 4/11 (Stan James) to beat Aston Villa tomorrow, as their opponents are 20 points below them, and just one point away from relegation.
Despite their lowly position, Villa have managed to beat West Ham and draw with Everton in their last two games, so their price of 10/1 (from Bet365) could be extremely generous if Arsenal have totally lost their confidence. The draw is also highly priced by Bet365 at 9/2. Please remember that if you are going to open a bookies account you should check out BonusReferrerCode.com to find out which Sportsbooks give the best bonuses.
The Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie believes that this weekends game against Man City could be a very high-scoring affair, just like many games between the top teams this season.
“You feel with City at the moment they could either go out and score none or three or five, you just don’t know,” said Van Persie. “It makes it interesting as a fan because we can score five too, we’ve shown that already this season, against big teams. They can do it as well, so it might be 5-5 – you never know!”
Arsene Wenger has made a habit of “stating the bleeding obvious” in most of his press conferences ahead of Arsenal games, and with Sunderland coming up tomorrow he has taken the opportunity to point out that the only difference between the 0-0 draw against Bolton and the 7-1 win over Blackburn was simply the amount of times Arsenal took their goalscoring chances!
It seems that the seven goals came from 19 shots on goal by Arsenal, but they also had 16 chances against Bolton without any finished product. This led to Wenger declaring: “It is linked with confidence. As long as you have not scored the first goal you want to score it desperately and therefore you are a little bit less relaxed and it puts more pressure on the shot taker. You are less efficient,”
Arsenal’s Dutch striker Robin van Persie has went up to 34 goals so far in the 2011 year, and still has two matches to improve his standings. In 2004 the Gunner legend Thierry Henry scored the same number of goals becoming the second best goal scorer in only one season after Shearer.
Now Robin is enthusiastic about matched Henry’s performances saying that he’s really proud.
“It is a big honour to equal Thierry’s record because he is probably the best player Arsenal ever had.
“To achieve what he did in a year is really special. It makes me proud.