In what was another largely disappointing result in a series of poor days for the Gunners, one positive came out of the Everton game. Arsenal endured yet another defeat in the league which has means that we are now completely out of the running for the Premier League title, but a fourth place finish is also growing in doubt. Fellow challengers Everton managed to beat us 3-0 with an outstanding performance that exploited the Gunners away at Goodison Park and it means that Everton are now just one point behind the Gunners in fourth place, but Everton do have a game in hand.
According to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, a game against Wigan is apparently just what the Gunners need in their recent poor run of form that has taken the club from bad to worse. Arsenal may have managed a 1-1 draw against potential League champions Manchester City in late March, but that does not take away the memories from the horrible 6-0 defeat to Chelsea and more recently a 3-0 disaster away to four place rivals Everton.
There is one interesting subtext to Arsene Wenger’s latest pronouncement on the reasons behind Arsenal’s poor record with players recovering from injuries. Gooners have long been aware that if Wenger says that an injured player will be out for a fortnight, then we may not see him for two months, etc. Either the Frenchman is not very good at forecasting, or the medical team is not doing their job properly.
After a thorough investigation by the club, they have suggested that players may be taking legal drugs in their private lives that may be affecting their form, with The Express claiming he is talking about “slimming aids, hair restorers or sex pills.”
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.
This week a report emerged that Arsenal and Poland international goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had made a personal plea submitting his desire for manager Arsene Wenger to stay at the club for next season. Now club captain and fan favourite Thomas Vermaelen has jumped on the bandwagon to show his support to Le Prof in his time of need.
There are always just a few players Arsenal seem to be linked with every single season. In previous years it was Ibrahim Affelay, in others Yann M’Vila but I think that one player that has stuck around more than most is Salomon Kalou. And it is that time again Gooners.
Arsenal’s title bid dies as newspapers look to another ‘summer spending spree’
Every year around this time talk concerning Arsenal in the newspapers and online changes from ‘will they win the title?’ to ‘who will they buy this summer?’
Almost exclusively since the failed title bid of 2007/08, Arsenal has become embroiled in late-spring transfer rumours as one season dies and hope of better in the next begins.
Today, it was revealed in the Telegraph that Arsene Wenger will be given the ‘largest transfer budget in the clubs history’ this summer – well, that’s this season finished with then.
There have been a fair few suggestions over the past couple of days that French international striker Olivier Giroud has been transfer listed by Arsenal Football Club in the last week. A string of bad performances over the course of this season has meant the club has apparently lost faith in him. There were also rumours that the move was because of his indiscretions in a hotel and his wife wanting to return to France.
There is not much you can say after the agonising 6-0 defeat to Chelsea, especially as it was Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game as manager.
The Frenchman didn’t come out for the post-match press conference, but he finally spoke to the BBC before leaving Stamford Bridge. Here is his statement, and he is obviously not very happy.
“This defeat is my fault, I take full responsibility for it.” Wenger said. “I don’t think there’s too much need to talk about the mistakes we made. We got a good hiding today.
Szczesny so thankful to Wenger ahead of special game!