As Arsenal look forward to the first tough test of December, with many more to come, The Gunners will line up against fellow top 4 contenders Everton at the Emirates this Sunday. In the day’s late kick off Arsenal will battle with Everton for the win, with both clubs drastically needing all three points for different respective reasons. Arsenal have the chance to maintain or extend their lead on top of the Premier League whilst the Merseyside club will be looking to close the gap on the Gunners, who have extended a fair way.
An away game against an in form Cardiff after a midweek Champions league game is far from ideal but it is something Arsenal clearly will need to deal with. Being one of the first teams to play out of the potential title contenders, the Gunners have a real opportunity to put pressure on the rest of the pack by going seven points clear.
Cardiff have taken more points from the top 10 of the Premier league than the bottom 10. It’s not a great stat for them but it does mean they are a very formidable force against the big teams especially at what is becoming a fortress of a stadium.
Arsene Wenger has spoken about rotating his Arsenal players and I am sure he would like to do it today, but it is always a bit of a gamble and a judgment call between risk and reward. To really be able to do it successfully, of course, you need to have full confidence that the players coming in are up to the job.
Following a rather comfortable win over Southampton in the Premier League, Arsenal welcome Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille to the Emirates in the fifth round of the Champions League group stage. A victory for Arsene Wenger’s side can all but guarantee a place in the knockout stages of the competition and the Gunners will be looking to finish their business early as travelling to Naples in need of points is not a very ideal situation.
The Premier League returns tomorrow after what was a long and rather humiliating international break if you’re an England fan. But back to club football and Arsenal take on Southampton in what is sure to be a fantastic match between two highly placed teams.
Arsenal, who still sit in first place, top of the Premier league, will invite Southampton to the Emirates stadium on Saturday. As well as Arsenal may be doing, and perhaps we are the surprise of the Premier League season so far, we cannot forget Southampton, who in their own respects are doing extremely well.
The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has today dismissed rumours created by the English media over his apparent displeasure with the FA in regards to over-playing Gunners star Jack Wilshere in the friendlies against Chile and Germany, claiming that the dynamic midfielder has suffered no injury whatsoever during the latest international break.
Reports from both the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail had claimed earlier on that the 21-year-old had suffered an ankle injury after being on the receiving end of a challenge from Germany’s Sidney Sam shortly after coming on as a substitute, with both papers also reporting that Arsene Wenger was furious with England boss Roy Hodgson over the issue. However, the French manager stepped up to dismiss both rumours and set the records straight.
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.
Aside from Tottenham, Arsenal haven’t had a really tough game in the Premier League this season. But with a home game against Liverpool and an away game at Old Trafford next weekend, we’ll finally see if we have what it takes to be champions this season.
Liverpool are in some really good form at the moment thanks to the brilliance of the Sturridge and Suarez partnership. But we are also in some pretty good form and being the home team, we have to be favourites to take all three points.
If media reports are to be believed, Arsenal might well be on the verge of a move for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado, who has attracted attention from all over Europe following impressive displays for the Italian side so far this season. Cuadrado also plays at right back and his arrival could spell big trouble for young Jenkinson, although last night’s performance suggests that we do need to sign somebody.
After the recent acquisitions of Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini, Arsenal’s midfield has turned from great to extraordinary; in a side that surely has the best midfield in the league now. But there are too many players for the positions needed, making competition fierce and allowing Arsene Wenger to change and rotate his midfield.
The likes of Ozil, Wilshere and Cazorla run riot with their passing skills and tricky footwork, whilst not forgetting the form of much improved Aaron Ramsey. Rosicky and Arteta are still battling away in the squad for a place, whilst Flamini has impressed many despite the initial bad response he got from the fans upon signing.