Last weekend was just about typical of the way that bad luck can work against Arsenal. Arsene Wenger spoke about the unlucky sequence of events away to West Brom that saw Francis Coquelin pick up a long term injury and his replacement Mikel Arteta have everything that could go wrong for him go wrong before he himself had to go off with an injury.
But at least that bad luck was out of the way and the Gunners could expect to not have it happen again right? Wrong because that first half against Norwich was almost a carbon copy of our last Premier League game. This time it was Laurent Koscielny that had to go off in the first 15 minutes. ...........Read more
If things had really gone against Arsenal this weekend we could have found ourselves slipping out of the Champions League places and unable to catch Manchester United before we had even kicked a ball against Norwich City today. And although that would not have been a comfortable situation for the Gunners, I think we would have responded well.
It appears to me that Arsenal produce our best football when we are under pressure and have our backs to the wall. I cannot be unhappy that Manchester United and Tottenham could only manage a point each in their respective games against Leicester City and Chelsea but I am a little concerned that the Arsenal players will feel that the pressure is off. ...........Read more
I am sure that the Arsenal and Wales international midfield star Aaron Ramsey will get on to the Carrow Road pitch at some point today during the Premier League match between Norwich City and the Gunners but, just like in our midweek Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb, I think it will be from the subs bench.
Arsene Wenger has already spoken this week about his plans for Ramsey and admitted that the Welshman is not really an option to fill the boots of Francis Coquelin as the holding midfielder for Arsenal. The boss pretty much said that he would continue to use Ramsey mainly on the right flank and if he does start against Norwich then it is almost certain to be in that position. ...........Read more
There is a feeling going around Arsenal Football Club at the minute that we are one Wembley cup final away from completing a good season. Although the Gunners have finished in the same fourth place as last time, a win at Norwich on the final day will give us 79 points, which would have seen us finish second last year. And an FA cup to end the trophy drought will put a smile on every Gooner’s face.
But the Arsenal keeper is not content with this. Wojciech Szczesny was reported by Arsenal.com talking about this season and the regrets he has that Arsenal could not keep up the form that saw us in with the first realistic title challenge in years. ...........Read more
As Arsenal continue to stride through the Premier League despite not picking up all three points against West Brom this weekend just gone, all the talk remains of Arsenal sitting on top of the league and whether or not it will last.
Many have suggested that talk of the title for Arsenal already is plain ridiculous, with the likes of Wenger and Arteta already coming out to say that’s certainly a statement they agree with. And although I agree that many fans may be being a tad premature with claims, the expectation is certainly rising and I’m certainly beginning to believe that we will definitely be challenging this year. ...........Read more
Arsenal’s stance at the top of the table remained for yet another week, meaning we have now been on top of the table for the longest period since the 2004/05 season and things are looking very promising for the Gunners this year. The season may be only two months underway, but take into account that we have had an international break, as well as another one this weekend, and then a cup game in-between, so the Premier League season is still relatively early on for this campaign. ...........Read more
The Arsenal end of season juggernaut is rolling on, while Tottenham are stumbling again. The Gunners now have a game in hand on Spurs and can go above them in the Premier League table with a home win over relegation battling Norwich City next Saturday. Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players have done it before and are showing the confidence from that to suggest it will happen again. ...........Read more
Arsenal have a proud record in the champions league and Arsene Wenger expects his team to continue it tonight when the German side Schalke visit the Emirates. Wenger is confident that the Gunners will have no repeat of the hugely disappointing performance against Norwich.
“I expect us to respond in a strong way because this team is very ambitious.”
The last time Arsenal lost at home to a non-English club was 2003. They have only lost twice in 48 home games in the champions league, only once at the Emirates and not at all in the last 16 matches. A win for the Germans is as likely as winning the lottery jackpot! ...........Read more
Arsenal fans have been waiting 16 months to see Jack Wilshere return to some semblance of his former genius, and there were rumours that he could be returning to the bench against Norwich tomorrow after coming through the full 90 minutes against Chelsea reserves in midweek.
But Arsene Wenger has poured water on that idea and wants the England youngster to play some more time with the reserves before being risked in a proper competitive match. He said in todays press conference: “There are two aspects to the recovery,” ...........Read more
Arsene Wenger was scathing in his attack on Arsenal’s defenders after conceding three goals against newly-promoted Norwich on Saturday. Although Arsenal had Thomas Vermaelen return this season after a year out through injury, and also the acquired Per Mertesacker in the summer, the defence has conceded a record 47 goals so far this season (a record during Wenger’s tenure).
It seems that Wenger has still not realised that you can’t always score more than your opponent if you don’t have a solid back line, or perhaps he seriously believed that our former frailties had been strengthened. ...........Read more