Arsenal NEED pressure of goals after EPL rivals slip up

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.

What Arsene Wenger needs to do is to give them a reason to really go for it at Carrow Road today and perhaps the chance of going to the top of the table could do the trick. It is a tough task for the Arsenal team as we need to win by four goals to have the same points and goal difference as the current leaders Man City but the way that Ozil, Alexis and all have been playing it is not out of the question.

Will the Gunners go for it?

Don’t Panic! Arsenal’s EPL rivals hit by injury as well

For any Arsenal fans that might be cursing our luck and worrying about the lengthy injury list that Arsene Wenger is faced with, I have a few crumbs of comfort for you.

For one thing, Arsenal have more than enough quality to cope with the current injury problems, especially against a West Brom team that is struggling to reproduce their form of last season and were easily beaten by a not very good Man United team in their last outing.

And for another, I would rather be in our position than that of either Manchester City or United, because both of them have big issues and they should find them harder to deal with. Louis van Gaal takes his side to Watford who had the best defence in the league until we beat them 3-0 and it took a long time for us to break the deadlock. United have to do it without Rooney, Martial and Fellaini and that leaves them a big hole in their attacking line up.

City host a Liverpool that is looking better and better under Jurgen Klopp and they have to do so without their best defender Kompany, their best creative player Silva and with an Aguero just back and nursing a hamstring problem. Which team would you back to win this weekend?

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Okay Arsenal fans, I know full well that stats do not tell the whole story and football is about more than the basic facts like possession, shots, attempts on target, clean sheets and all. But stats are used more and more by all the managers and coaches these days and they do give a good indication of individual and team performances.

So it is very encouraging to see the Premier League team stats on the how to tell if you are dating a narcissist.

Not only does the table show Arsenal on top with a total of 3,321, above Man City on 2,992, but with Man United back in third with just 2,107 it suggests the Gunners have been almost twice as good as Louis van Gaal´s team.

The stats are based on the three categories of Attack, defence and possession and these in turn are made of many factors like tackles won, shooting and passing accuracy, so they are pretty comprehensive. And you might just enjoy seeing the Chelsea shambles of Jose Mourinho are down in 12th place with a score of just 1,144 and that suggests that Arsenal are three times better than the reigning EPL champions.

How do you like that Gooners?

Arsenal face THREE way Premier League transfer battle!

Even though Arsenal are now giving Arsene Wenger the financial tools to bring in big players in the transfer windows, and the Frenchman has used it well over the last two years, we are still not able to stand toe-to-toe with the really big hitters like Chelsea, PSG and all.

So despite being one of the best run and most profitable clubs in the world there are still three Premier League clubs able to blow us out of the water when it comes to transfer spending. The bad news for Gooners today is that two of them are after the same transfer target us Arsenal according to the Daily Star.

The paper reports that Manchester City have contacted the French Ligue 1 club Monaco over the transfer of their midfield star Geoffrey Kondogbia and as their city rivals Manchester United are already linked with the young France international, it looks like Wenger is really going to have his work cut out to stand any chance of completing this deal.

Spurs loss gives Arsenal BIG trouble in Top Four fight

It was not just a bad day for the Arsenal fans who will now have to suffer the taunts of our rivals from down the Seven Sisters road. The away day defeat by Tottenham in the north London derby has left Arsenal in real danger of missing out on a top four finish this season.

Any lingering Premier League title hopes were extinguished as Chelsea beat Aston Villa and now it is all about the top four for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners. But with Southampton grabbing an extra time winner away to QPR and with Man United still to play tomorrow, that is now looking like a tall order.

Even a draw for United at West Ham will give them a two point gap over us and leaves us languishing in 6th place. We still have to travel to OLd Trafford and play host to Chelsea and Liverpool. Lose those three games and there will be a very real chance that Arsenal woul;d have to win the Champions League this season in order to be in it next season.

Could this really be the year that Arsenal lose the Wenger trophy?

Man City win proves the need for Arsenal to BEAT Liverpool

Last season and even early on this season, the Arsenal fans would have been more than happy to come away from an away game with a big Premier League rival without a defeat to chew on. And after last season’s humiliating 5-1 drubbing at Anfield, we would have been even happier not to lose to Liverpool.

But a draw is simply not good enough for the Gunners tomorrow and the fact that Man City have just beaten Crystal Palace to increase the gap between them and Arsenal to 13 points just highlights that fact. I expect Louis van Gaal and his Manchester United team to go home with all three points from his trip to a depleted Aston Villa as well, although Benteke and Agbonlahor will hopefully do us a big favour and get past De Gea in the United goal.

But Arsenal must close the gap to City and Chelsea to 10 points by beating Liverpool tomorrow and that could work in our favour, by making Wenger send his team out with the intention to take the game to what will be a nervous home side. And maybe a win for us will help to pit pressure on Chelsea ahead of their tough away game with Stoke as well.

Arsenal rocked as Wilshere needs MORE ankle surgery

The Arsenal and England international midfielder Jack Wilshere has not quite joined his central midfield team mate Abou Diaby on the injury front yet, but our young star must be cursing his luck today. Arsene Wenger has revealed that the injury picked up by Wilshere after a late challenge by the Manchester United defender Paddy McNair is not just a minor one after all, forcing the Gunner to face another lengthy spell on the sidelines, as reported by The Guardian.

And not only is it another injury, but it is another ankle problem, and his ankles have been the main cause of all the playing time he has already had to miss. Wilshere has not broken any bones but it is ligament damage and it sounds as though he may be forced to have an operation, although further medical tests will need to be done.

Wenger said, “I don’t think it was a tackle with the desire to hurt, I think he went for the ball but it was a late tackle, a tackle which a young player can do. It was a bad foul.”

“The tackle caught him from the side, just when Jack had moved the ball forwards too much. When he dived to make the pass, McNair came in to make the tackle and took him from the back and the side. When you see the picture, it is very bad. There is no bone damage; we knew that straightaway after the game but there is ligament damage. It does not look good.”

This is bad news for the Gunners as we are not exactly packed with too many options in central midfield and Jack was arguably our best of them so far this season. It is even worse for him though, as he has only just started to prove his doubters wrong for both club and country and it looked like he would finally get to complete a full season after all his previous problems.

Is there any chance of Arsenal or our players getting some good luck for a change?

Arsenal hit with HANDS OFF warning over defender transfer target

As the Arsenal and England striker was scoring the two international goals that gave the Man United and England captain a win over Slovenia to celebrate on the occasion of his 100th cap, Wayne Rooney’s club fans may well have been wondering once more why Louis van Gaal allowed Arsenal and Arsene Wenger to snap up the England star for a bargain price during the summer transfer window.

And it seems that the Dutchman is determined not to let the same thing happen again in the January transfer window, according to a report in the Daily Star. Van Gaal has apparently decided that there is no way he will let the Gunners complete their expected transfer bid for the United and England defender Chris Smalling.

It is still expected that Man United will attempt to sign at least one big name defender when the winter window opens. But the report claims that all their injury problems have caused the under pressure manager to let no other defenders leave Old Trafford until the end of the season.

If this is true, then I hope that Wenger has other options on his transfer list. Mats Hummels maybe?

Agent confirms World Cup star ready for Arsenal transfer!!

Well then Arsenal fans, it looks like the Gunners will be going up against our long term Premier League rivals Manchester United at least three times this season; with the first game after the international break seeing Louis van Gaal bring his Red Devils to the Emirates. Arsenal travel to Old Trafford for the penultimate league game of the season, but before that, the two clubs are set to go head to head for the transfer of Ron Vlaar.

There has been a lot of speculation and about the 29-year old Holland international, as his current contract with Aston Villa runs out at the end of the season, so with no sign of Vlaar signing another, the midlands club may be forced to sell their captain in January in order to get anything for him.

And his agent Arnold Oosterveer has confirmed that the centre back is ready to move on to bigger and better things. He even mentions us and United specifically, as a report in The Mirror reveals.

The agent said, “It is obvious that for Ron, now is the moment to make a nice big move in his career. Ron is very ambitious.

“The situation is ideal for Ron right now. You can imagine that we are not in a hurry. I don’t want to react to the rumour that he will move to either Arsenal or Man United, but Ron is very ambitious.”

You might think that United have an advantage in that Van Gaal was his national team manager for a couple of years, but that does not necessarily follow. If it is all about ambition for Vlaar, maybe the two clubs’ relative positions in the EPL table in January will be more significant. So who will win the race for Vlaar?

Arsenal to lose TWO transfer targets to EPL rivals?

With results and performances starting to get better for Arsenal, the manager’s claim the other day that the Gunners should not be written out of the race for the English Premier League title just yet is not looking quite as blindly optimistic as before.

And with the Champions League and FA cup trophies to play for as well, Arsenal fans will still be hoping for another piece of silverware to celebrate at the end of the season. But Arsene Wenger will also know that a key signing or two in the January transfer window will go a long way to helping to achieve that goal.

So the news in The Mirror that Arsenal could be set to lose out on two top transfer targets is not what we want to see. And the claim that it could be two of our big EPL rivals that swoop for Pedro Rodriguez and Julian Draxler makes it even more of a concern.

Struggling Liverpool are said to be very keen on the Barcelona and Spain international forward and they are apparently willing to match his La Liga club’s £25 million valuation. And big spending Man United are willing to throw more big money at Schalke to beat the Gunners to Draxler, who is currently injured but is supposed to be fit again by January.