Manchester City’s manager Roberto Mancini agrees that Arsenal won’t be an easy club to defeat on Sunday, but thinks that his team can bounce back from the defeat they were handed by Chelsea.
‘I think Micah will be OK for Sunday,’ said Mancini. ‘Then we have Pablo, who can play on the left.’
‘After 15 games we are on the top, with two more points than United,’ he said. ‘The season is long. We have said that before.
‘We are strong enough to start winning again and one result doesn’t change anything. ...........Read more
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger should be expecting heat coming from Real Madrid and Manchester City in January for Dutch striker Robin Van Persie according to The Mirror.
The Dutchman proved himself to be the one who kept Arsenal alive this season and he is very close to breaking yet another record for the club becoming the best scorer in one year in the history of the English Premier League. Robin is only 4 goals away from breaking Shearer’s record of 36 goals, and still has 4 games at hand to do that. ...........Read more
Former Arsenal glory Jens Lehmann offered a shocking statement in which he declared that the current English Premier League leaders Manchester City are nothing but an amateur team and that they didn’t deserve to go through to the Champions League knockout stage.
“Napoli have heart and passion and I liked them. It is good that they have gone through.
“We don’t want to see Manchester City in the Champions League.”
“They just make their opponents fall asleep with lots of possession. But to be honest, that is not tactically very demanding.” ...........Read more
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger offered an interview before the Manchester City match in remembrance of the last summer when he found out that Samir Nasri was going to leave Arsenal. The Frenchman was faced with the problem of replacing both him and Fabregas which would have been no easy task.
“You want to keep your young players but when we didn’t reach an agreement over a new contract I prepared myself to face it [the prospect of Nasri leaving],” Wenger told Arsenal.com ...........Read more
Arsenal’s left-back Andre Santos is delighted about getting the chance to play every match for Arsenal and he thinks that as long as Arsenal don’t lose any game the streak they’re on will continue to be a positive one even though they only got a draw out of the Fulham game.
“It wasn’t an easy game, Fulham have a quality team,” he told Arsenal.com. “We tried hard even harder in the second half but unfortunately the second goal didn’t come.
“We faced a very good opponent and maybe we didn’t have our best performance but we still have the chance to keep up this good run we’re having. ...........Read more
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger is going to put his Cup policy of playing young players to rest in this week’s match against Manchester City. The Frenchman declared that he wants to win the match so he will still use some of the team’s important players even though he usually used only young inexperienced players.
“We are reliant on Robin, of course, because he scores many goals. That’s what you want from your strikers.
“Against City, I will certainly play some players who have played less. But still we will try to have a good mixture between young players and experience so we have a good chance to win the game. ...........Read more
Arsene Wenger is proud about being the manager of the first English team to go through the Champions League group stage. He managed to qualify in front of City and United despite the very bad start of the season, and now he confirmed once again that Arsenal are back on the right tracks.
“Yes – I have to be very cautious what I say.
“I think yes as Manchester United could have qualified [on Tuesday] night, and of course everyone expects Manchester City to qualify.
“It is difficult at that level. I have never played an easy game in the Champions League. ...........Read more
Arsenal’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis thinks that the financial fair play law that UEFA is going to impose in football will be a great rule because it will attract more potential owners towards the Premier League. Gazidis fears that powerful owners like those of PSG, Manchester City or Malaga are chasing away other potential owners.
“We are at a point now where we are seeing transfer fees and players’ salaries continue to go up and we’re seeing fewer and fewer potential owners able to own a Premier League team. The pool is so small you’re looking around the world for a handful of individuals to be a benefactor for these clubs.” ...........Read more