Arsenal return to Premier League action once again this weekend for the first time since Wednesday 12th February, in the Gunners 0-0 home draw against Manchester United. It may seem like a long time ago considering we have since invited both Liverpool and Bayern Munich to the Emirates in the FA Cup and Champions League respectively. In fact it is little over a week and a half ago that Van Persie and his red devils came to the Emirates but in that time he was the only Robin to cause trouble for the Gunners. Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben caused concern for Arsenal on Wednesday, and it is a result that will need to be overturned, but for now it’s important that the club and the players focus on the next fixture.
Arsenal returned to winning ways in the Premier League last weekend by beating fellow Londoners Crystal Palace 2-0 at the Emirates. The win came after what had been a disappointing transfer window as well as an infuriating previous match, which saw the Gunners draw 2-2 with Southampton and drop temporarily into 2nd place.
Now Arsenal will be looking to make it two wins on the trot so our Premier League title push remains intact. Currently the Gunners sit two points ahead of Man City and Chelsea, but we probably have a harder run in to the end of the season than them and so anything could happen. Furthermore with Manchester City likely to continue the trend of running riot against lower opposition, it’s vital that we stick to grabbing all three points at every opportunity.
Reports coming out of the transfer gossip columns suggests a new turn in the tables for Arsenal’s interest in young German international Julian Draxler. Draxler has been linked with the Gunners for a substantial amount of the January transfer window and before, but as of yet nothing on the subject seems to have changed. But with less than 10 days now remaining in the window, Arsenal fans will be desperately hoping Arsene Wenger can pull off another big money deal, even if it follows the fashion of the summer 2013 deadline day.
In a few hours Arsenal will host fellow London team Fulham at the Emirates. Teams find themselves in a different positions, while Arsenal is first and have been for a while now (with a few one day interchanges that is), Fulham is basically just above the drop zone. It’s safe to say both teams need points very much, so there will be no stepping down.
The big majority of my fellow Gooners believe it will be an easy win, so do most of the pundits on the web with their predictions. I on the other hand, am not so optimistic. Don’t get me wrong, we can, we should and we will win, but it will not be the routine job almost everyone thinks. I have several reasons to believe that.
We all love a North London Derby and we have been blessed with another one at the Emirates this season. I say blessing because it’s one of the games you live for as an Arsenal fan. However, we could’ve done with a game against a league one or league two side giving us the opportunity to rest key players as well as playing youngsters like Gnabry and Zelalem.
It hasn’t been the best of weeks for Arsenal during this early Christmas period, and after a draw with Everton and a defeat to Napoli that almost saw us fall out of the Champions League campaign, Arsenal will now try to fix the issue and raise the christmas spirit in our next game.
This Saturday, Arsenal will travel to Manchester once again, this time to face Manchester City, in what is sure to be the toughest test of the season so far. Arsenal may have played the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Dortmund already, however I don’t think any of these sides pose the same sort of threat Manchester City does, especially when they are at home.
Ahead of the highly anticipated Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal have been given a huge boost on the injury front as winger Theo Walcott is on the brink of fitness. While the trip to Germany might be a bit too early for the Englishman, he seems to be more than likely to take to the pitch against reigning Premier League champions Manchester United on Saturday.
After a relatively disappointing two games sandwiched either side of a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, the Gunners once again return to Premier League action at the Emirates in which we will see the highly anticipated match up between 1st and 3rd places, separated by just 2 points.
Arsenal will welcome Liverpool to London this weekend, and will be hoping to obtain a five point lead in the league over the opposition by coming away with all 3 points. The Gunners currently sit on 22 points, whilst both Chelsea and Liverpool have 20 points in the league, with the Blues only on top because of goal difference.
It has been a great weekend for Arsenal, and if Arsene Wenger and his transfer team can pull off a couple of clever signings today, I think that Arsenal could be back in the business of winning trophies.
All the talk ahead of the game between the Gunners and Tottenham yesterday was the now ritual talk about power shifting in North London, especially because of the vastly different transfer business the two clubs have had. Now I know it was only a 1-0 win, but they had Lloris to thank for that. Their keeper was on top form and Arsenal were a bit unlucky not to score more.
Do you want the bad news or the good news, Arsenal fans? OK, the bad news is that Lukas Podolski has damaged his hamstring much more than the club originally believed. Arsene Wenger has announced that our German international forward will be out of action for about 8-10 weeks, and after his double against Fulham last weekend that is, like his shot, a hammer blow for the Gunners.
Wenger said, “We have paid a very heavy price for that win(Fenerbahce). We have to be patient now.”