Arsenal star on how Wenger has helped him develop

It was only the other day that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stated that he believed that the Youth system at Arsenal is one of the club’s greatest values at this present time. Wenger has always been one for development and after the latest report, it seems that a player who has had to experience what it feels like to get the support of Wenger himself, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, has jumped on the bandwagon of explaining just what is needed for a young player to develop.

Chamberlain told Arsenal.com: “The massive thing is confidence and belief in yourself to then take yourself to the next level. Confidence is a massive, massive part of it and when you’re a young lad coming into the team and maybe you’re in and out of the team, learning your trade, and when you do start to become more established, you can almost relax a bit more and just enjoy playing the game. And you’re not so worried about what the older professionals are thinking about you.”

If it had not been for the confidence Arsene Wenger had put in Alex Oxlade Chamberlain than not only would he have been given a chance in the Arsenal first team but he probably would not even be at the club at all. Arsene Wenger had confidence that Chamberlain could do an effective job if he came to Arsenal and that’s why he signed him from Southampton as a teenager. Although it was for big money for a player of his age, Wenger knew the talent that was on offer and as Chamberlain says in order to develop a player must be given confidence.

It is not only just the youngsters that need a vote of confidence however. Everyone associated with Arsenal needs to show that there is confidence and belief in the entire team and that we believe that they can still achieve some form of success this season. So whether that is young Carl Jenkinson, all the way up to Olivier Giroud, the players need to know that in order to develop their game and push for success, that we are right behind them with confidence that they can achieve both as a team and on a personal level.

Team news and Preview of Spurs v Arsenal

This is it Gooners! It’s derby day and Arsenal should be in high confidence going into today’s game against the great North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur!

Arsenal may have endured a midweek misery at being knocked out by Bayern Munich in the Champions League but we did manage to hold the holders to a 1-1 draw away from home. Arsenal will be hoping to take things one step further today though by exploiting a Spurs side that have recently been demolished both 4-0 against Chelsea and 3-1 against Benfica in the Europa League. With Arsenal hoping to revitalise their Premier League hopes, a victory at White Hart Lane is almost a must.

Arsenal have not won at the home of Tottenhma Hotspur in the league since 2007 and so it’s no mean feat but with Spurs on a particularly bad run of form (dare I say much worse than Arsenal’s), hopefully the Gunners can take advantage of this and take all three points back to the Emirates.

In terms of injury news of course, Arsenal have a fair few worries. Ozil, Wilshere and Ramsey all remain out whilst Monreal returns therefore I expect the Gunners to line up as follows:

Szczseny
Sagna Mertesacker Koscienly Monreal
Flamini Ox
Cazorla Rosicky Podolski
Giroud

As with all the games its not going to be easy and I’m sure we will see another fantastic London derby today but with Chelsea’s slip up and Manchester City’s win there will be pressure on the league leaders and considering we have two games in hand on Chelsea, a win in both will put us one point behind them. That’s why it’s so important that we win today because not only would it be a great end to the sunny weekend but also it could potentially be the boost onto pushing ourselves back into the title race.

FA cup preview and team news for Arsenal vs. Everton

Arsenal’s tough test of games returns after having two games against sides that were considered to be easy opponents, even though it didn’t quite work out that way. The Gunners were expected to attain wins against Sunderland and Stoke however a slip up at Stoke meant that Arsenal continue to fall away from top spot in the league.

It doesn’t seem too long ago that the horrors of February were amongst us. A disastrous defeat to Bayern Munich and a thrashing by Liverpool condemned a poor couple of games for the Gunners which also saw us draw with Manchester United 0-0 at home.

But now Arsenal will be hoping to get their season back underway once more with victory in the FA Cup quarter-final draw against Everton. A win will take Arsenal to Wembley for a semi-final tie and Arsenal will be hopeful that Everton will not be as tough as we have already witnessed this season.

Everton have been one of the best sides in the Premier league this season and were persistently in the top four for the opening months of the season, however like Arsenal, results haven’t quite gone as expected and they too will be hoping progression is looming for them in the FA Cup.

For Everton, the FA cup is their only chance of silverware and I suppose you could slowly start to suggest the same thing for arsenal, despite the Gunners only being 4 points behind the leaders. I certainly think that a loss tomorrow will also damage our league hopes.

Arsenal must step their game up and I think the main threat from Everton will be their pace down the wings. Two speedy wingers, that also possess of a bit of skill, before being joined with Lukaku, is a frightening prospect. However it’s something Arsenal will have to control without any slip ups and also remember to have our own attacking possession at the same time.

For Arsenal, I’m sure you are well aware of the injury news surrounding Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny. Neither are expected to play a part with the former being ruled out for as many as 6 weeks. Therefore whilst playing a strong side, Arsene Wenger may go with:

Fabianksi
Sagna Mertesacker Vermaelen Gibbs
Arteta Flamini
Podolski Rosicky OX
Bendtner

I have a funny feeling Bendtner may start up front for the Gunners if available, otherwise we will once again be reliant on Olivier Giroud. I would say Sanogo cannot play in such an important game but bearing in mind he featured against Bayern, nothing is impossible at the moment. Fabianski should retain his place in goal for the FA Cup, whilst the contentious Ozil will probably feature at some point during the game.

It’s going to another tight game for Arsenal and their is certainly no denying that. However with the spirit and belief that Flamini has banged on about with pride all week, it’s very plausible for Arsenal to go through to the semis of the world’s oldest cup competitions.

WOW Arsenal get some good injury news for a change

I am not exactly doing cartwheels here, because Arsenal are still in a terrible situation at the minute, but we are ready to pounce on the smallest piece of good news at the minute, and worry it like a dog with a bone. Anyway, after being decimated with injuries at the worst possible time, Arsenal were handed some welcome news on the injury front today.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Bacary Sagna and Tomas Rosicky have all been passed fit to travel to Istanbul tomorrow for the Champions League play-off against Fenerbahce on Wednesday, and boy do we need them. Gibbs is the only fir left back at the club, while Sagna is the only player who can step into the breech and cover in the centre of defence. Rosicky was, for me, the best Arsenal player on the pitch against Villa and his talents and experience could prove to be crucial in ensuring us a place in the group stage this season.

Some fans have suggested that dropping out of the Champions League could be the jolt the club needs to make changes, but I feel it would have a devastating effect on the players, after working so hard and ce4lebrating when we snatched fourth place off Tottenham. It could have such a demoralising effect that the season would be ruined.

The latest injury news for Oxlade-Chamberlain is not so good, though. He will definitely miss the Fenerbahce game and it looks like he could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, with some reports suggesting it could be as long as six months. Let’s hope not.

Young Arsenal star set for another loan move?

According to the media, the Feyenoord manager Ronald Koeman is once again looking to lure the talented Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi to the De Kuip stadium.

After joining Arsenal back in 2011, the Japanese youngster has failed to make a senior league appearance for the London club and had been loaned out to Feyenoord, Bolton and Wigan, his spell in The Netherlands being the most successful.

The 20-year-old had earned great plaudits about his pace and technical ability during his spell with Feyenoord but has seemed to struggle to cope up with the physicality of English football during his time at Bolton and Wigan.

What is most interesting about this report, however, is that some sections of the English media claim that Koeman is actually looking to take the young winger to Holland on a permanent basis.

Speaking to NuSport, Koeman said: “It’s right we are also working on Ryo Miyaichi, but at the moment it is not clear what the situation is. After that, we can make a step. it’s not that far yet”.

Okay, maybe the English media are reading a little too much into this by claiming it’s a permanent move that the Dutchman is looking at, however the topic of whether Miyaichi has an immediate Arsenal future is a very debatable one.

The Japanese prodigy was nicknamed ‘Ryodinho’ (after Ronaldinho) by the Feyenoord faithful due to his immense technical ability and flair, but has shown only glimpses of that while playing in England.

With Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski all vying for a place on the wings, and the club looking to bring in another wideman, it is almost certain that Ryo will not be seeing any first-team action this season either.

In my opinion, with a little work on the physical aspect of the game, Ryo has the potential to be a world-class winger. It is very unlikely that Wenger would let him go any time soon, but let’s hope Arsenal fans can get a glimpse of ‘Ryodinho’ some time in the future.