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.
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!
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,”
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.
I know, I know, we all love a central defender who goes forward from time to time and aids the attack, and we love it when defenders like Chelsea’s David Luiz, or our own Thomas Vermaelen scores a goal from action or offers an assist, but look where that took Arsenal!
Yet again Robin Van Persie has led from the front scoring two goals to put Arsenal back into a winning position against Norwich, and yet again the defence has let him down.
There rarely looked like there was any cohesion between Wojciech Szczesny and his defence, which was only compounded when Francis Coquelin replaced Bacary Sagna after half an hour.
I know attack is the best form of defence, especially when playing Sky Poker no deposit online, but when you are 3-2 up in a football match against a lowly team like Norwich with so much at stake, why didn’t Wenger put ten men behind the ball and crowd out the Arsenal defence and midfield.
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger was vehement about the late racism problems around English football and declared that there should be a zero tolerance policy regarding this. The statement comes after the racism accusations and Sepp Blatter’s reaction to them.
“Once you go that way you accept everything, or you go to zero tolerance,” said Wenger.
“The players will always adapt. They know that when they are punished, when they do it, they will shut up. If you say at the start of the season you cannot talk to the referee but once a player abuses a referee and it is not punished, it is finished.