Why Arsenal should worry after Wigan cup win

The current football season has been excruciating at times for Arsenal fans and it is showing no signs of getting easier. Despite the excellent run of form recently, with six wins from the last eight Premier League games, the Gunners still have the threat of finishing outside the top four looming large.

With ten man Chelsea coming from behind to win yesterday at Aston Villa, it is now down to Tottenham and Arsenal to fight it out over the remaining Champions League place. There is plenty to worry about for Arsenal fans, as a Spurs win at Stoke City today will leave us needing to beat Wigan at the Emirates on Tuesday and they will be flying high after their shock victory over Manchester City yesterday.

You have to hand it to Roberto Martinez and his players, though. Everybody expected them to take it easy because of their crucial fight against relegation, but they went for it and produced a great performance to beat City. It was a big risk for Martinez, because if it had not worked, he would have had a team of knackered and dispirited players. Instead, they will be walking on air and the euphoria will give them the energy and belief to make things very difficult for Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger knows that his players should have the quality to beat Wigan, but they have upset the odds so many times that nothing is certain. We could really do with a favour from Stoke today, but it will probably not happen, leaving us Gooners with a nail biting finale to the season. Worried? You should be.

Jovetic agrees to join Arsenal!

Stevan Jovetic is a player we all know well and has reportedly been a long term transfer target for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal for a number of seasons now. He is a Montenegrin international striker and has been at Seria A side Fiorentina for a number of years. Over recent years Jovetic has stated his wish to remain in Italy, however in recent weeks he has become more open on the transfer speculation surrounding his future.

Earlier this month Jovetic said: “I’ve heard about Arsenal’s interest. It’s a pleasure for me to be on the radar of such a big club. I’ve always had an affinity with Arsenal. It’s a major club with a big tradition, one of the biggest in Europe. Maybe one day I will play there but I have a contract with Fiorentina.”

According to a story in Metro, FIFA agent Guido Di Domenico claims Stevan Jovetic is set to join Arsenal in the summer.
Di Domenico, who’s one of the most connected agents in Italy, said: “Jovetic was among the possible options for Juventus, but my information is that he’s already given the go ahead to move to Arsenal. He seems fascinated by their project.”

I think these comments may have been taken slightly out of proportion and that the report has certainly been influenced by Jovetic’s earlier comments but still it’ll be a massive coup for Arsenal if there is any truth of a pre-agreement.

There’s no doubting he’s a quality player and a much needed striker, so should fit nicely into the team and although he isn’t what I would call world class, he is still a top player that any team would want to have. The interest from Man City and Juventus confirms this and if the story is true, I for one am definitely surprised we’ve managed to beat off the likes of their status and financial benefits, however there is also another reason to not get too excited.

Stories like this come out every single year and last year it was with Lukas Podolski and so as we can see, there was some truth in it, but it’s not always the case. There’s also transfer rules and regulations that we must abide by which I’m sure you’re all be aware of and so this is another reason why we shouldn’t get too excited. Still I’m happy to be linked with such a quality player and the consistent reports every week, almost suggest confirmation that Arsenal is interested.

Vertonghen – Tottenham is not the only interested Premier League club

The Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen has made it clear that he is moving from Holland to the Premier League this summer and has not been reluctant to make it clear that Arsenal is his preferred destination, although it is uncertain that Wenger is willing to buy yet another defender.

Recently it has seemed that Tottenham are the new favourites to sign the Belgian international, and although Vertonghen is happy to admit that he is talks with Harry Redknapp, he is at pains to announce that White Hart Lane is not his only possible destination.

“I have a choice. There’s something happening with Tottenham, but there are other clubs interested,” he said. “For me, it is important to get regular playing time. I also need a stable club.”

“In England, there is a growing realisation that you can go far with good football. Arsenal started it and now you also see clubs like Newcastle United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur playing good football.”

So is he likely to get “regular playing time” at Manchester City or Arsenal, with so many other options at these clubs, but which of these “stable clubs” is he likely to choose? Perhaps he is waiting to see who exactly will be playing in the Champions League next season?

City Are Now In On Arsenal’s Hazard Deal

Arsenal can expect even further competition in their attempt to sign star attacking midfielder Eden Hazard as Manchester City is now highly interested in his services as well.

According to a French newspaper, Mancini thinks highly of the player and was quoted saying:

“Hazard has an enormous level of talent and is able to play at the maximum level.

“But we know there is interest from the big European clubs and any deal will not be easy.”

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger has been tracking the Belgian star from last summer and he’s likely to go in with a good bid if hazard will be available to join. According to rumours, the youngster declared that he’d much rather join a club like Arsenal or Liverpool than Chelsea due to their amazing history.

If the rumour is right than City won’t be so appealing to Hazard despite their incredible form and the big players they currently have.

Wenger is going to try his luck with Eisfeld, but even if the young German proves his talent in the Gunners squad a player like Hazard could still be very important for Arsenal.

Kompany Couldn’t Stop RVP But Stopped Arsenal

Manchester City’s central defender admits that the win was incredible for them and that it was of great importance. Even though the Citizens defeated Arsenal 1-0, Kompany was unable to stop Robin Van Persie from scoring like he stated before the match, but the striker was signalled offside after he scored.

“It was massive for us, we didn’t underestimate the importance of this game and we’re happy with the result and to keep a clean sheet.

“We’ve been going for a lot of goals and could have scored many, but we didn’t finish the chances we had today, although individually we won most of our challenges.”

“We put pressure on ourselves. Manchester United are brilliant, but we knew we had a job to do this afternoon and that if we won we’re back where we want to be.”

With this win Manchester City are now clear favourites to win the title and will be remaining in the same strong position if not for a miracle. What do you think will happen?

Kompany – RVP Is No Match For Me

Manchester City’s central defender Vincent Kompany doesn’t worry about the fact that he’s going to go against league top scorer Robin Van Persie, saying that he has been encountering very string opponents throughout the last few weeks and that he’ll manage to stop the Dutchman like he did with others.

“It is not like it has been any different in the previous weeks,” said the Belgium defender.

“I have gone from Mario Gomez to Wayne Rooney to Edinson Cavani to Didier Drogba and now Robin van Persie. The list of names doesn’t stop.

“It is a tough world for defenders sometimes but I enjoy it all the more when I play against strong opponents.”

“We have played Chelsea, Tottenham, United and Liverpool, all away from home,” he said. “It doesn’t come any harder than that in the Premier League.

“We still have Arsenal away but after that we will be the favourites in most of the games we are going to play.

“That is where we might have an advantage.”

Chelsea’s top defenders couldn’t stop RVP from scoring a hat-trick against them so why should Manchester City’s defenders be able to stop him from scoring at all? Kompany doesn’t really see the extent of Robin’s form and might have a shock today in the match.

Wenger Attacks Manchester City’s Transfer Policy

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger has attacked the clubs who choose to have a transfer policy which destroy football for all the other clubs according to the Frenchman. Clubs like City, Real Madrid or PSG transfer anything they set their eyes on and this seems unfair for Wenger.

“The financial difference between us and teams like City has become too big for us to keep the players for eight, nine, 10 years,” Wenger told The Sun.

“We lost Thierry Henry we lost Patrick Vieira. We lost other players before but they had played here for eight, nine years.

“But this is the first time we have lost players at an age where they start to produce, like Fabregas and Nasri, who were both 24 years old. That’s the time you start to become a football player. It was a blow, to me and to the club.

“You need to be brave to put a player in at 18-years-old and you need to make room for them, which means you not only need to stand up for the players you put in, but you also have to kick somebody out.

“Yet at the end of the day, when you sell a player, you cannot complain after because at some stage you say ‘Yes, we let him go’ as it is a decision where you have to do the right thing for the club. But it is always painful to lose players at 23 or 24.

“Gervinho has come in and we could have played him with Nasri in the middle but we were lucky to find Mikel Arteta.”

In all fairness the Frenchman is right and UEFA should hurry along with the Financial Fair Play rule because clubs like City are starting to destroy the beauty of football. Don’t you think so?

Wenger – We Shouldn’t Expect City To Be Weak

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger doesn’t seem to think that Manchester City’s loss to Chelsea will affect the form of the Citizens and that the Gunners shouldn’t anticipate any weaknesses.

“They had two disappointments but they will want to respond,” said the Frenchman.

“Defeats always take a bit of confidence away from you but let’s not speculate on any weakness from their part and make sure on our side we are at our best level.

“It’s the second big test away from home for us. It’s a massive test and we know that you want to be at our best.

“We are ready for it physically and mentally. We are prepared and will give absolutely everything to win the game because we are in a position where we want to win the game.

“The one turning point in our season was the away test at Chelsea because we had not won away before that game.”

Arsenal can surely expect a tough battle on Sunday, but the great thing about the match is that if City loses the Gunners will be able to fight for the title once again, but if they don’t win the match Wenger will have to kiss the title goodbye for this season.

Wenger Speaks About Missing Out On Yaya Toure

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger admitted that he’s sad about missing out on Kolo Toure’s brother Yaya after the star defensive midfielder was a step away from joining Arsenal.

“I have known him since he was 15,” said the Frenchman. “We had an agreement with him to come here but the problem was that he was at Beveren and we had to wait long enough for a European passport. Therefore he was impatient and went, at the time, to Metalurg Donetsk.

“It was quite interesting because his generation played for two or three years at Beveren – Yaya Toure, Eboue, Gervinho for example played there as well. They didn’t have one offer for all of these players and they played in the Belgian championship in the top league.

“All of the players have made big careers, for example, [Siaka] Tiene plays left-back for Paris Saint-Germain. But in two years there was not one offer for one player, basically because they were young and it is always difficult to make these kinds of decisions.

“At the time Yaya went to Metalurg Donetsk and now he is a top-class player. We knew that at the time he would be a top-class player but the only problem with Yaya was to fix him into a position because he can play everywhere.

“He can play centre-back, as a second striker, as a midfielder and for a long time we didn’t know where to play him. Incidentally he played in a pre-season game at Barnet [on July 19, 2003] as a second striker – and he was completely average on the day!”

Yaya may have been the biggest loss for Arsenal, but players like Coquelin or Frimpong still have the chance to prove that Yaya was not the only talented midfielder who wanted to join Arsenal at a young age and turned into a world class player.

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Milner – We Will Release Our Fury On Arsenal

Manchester City’s winger James Milner declared that City are out to get Arsenal and that despite the loss they suffered against Chelsea last week the Citizens will be ready to defeat the gunners.

“We are pretty devastated but it adds even more incentive for us to bounce back from this disappointment and put it into a performance at the weekend. “

“We will learn what we can from this game and move forward. We have the hunger to go and win again at the weekend.”

“We’re the leaders with an advantage in the table and that’s important. The concerns are for our rivals. “

Arsenal had managed to bounce back from the very poor form they were in at the beginning of the season and after a positive streak they find themselves 9 points behind Manchester City. A win for Arsenal could set City back and launch the title fight all over again.