After Arsenal endured yet another tough fixture this season, this time against strong top four contenders Everton, the result seemed to split Arsenal fans straight down the middle in opinion. Half seem to think that the result was a fair one and so therefore are optimistic about adding another point to the gap, whilst the other half are being pessimistic in saying that its two points dropped considering we lost the lead.
What an eventful Saturday it has been for Arsenal fans. Manchester United have lost at home to Newcastle, Chelsea have lost away to Stoke whilst Manchester City were holding on for the draw at Southampton. All these results mean a win against Everton would take us 7 points clear at the top. We can’t afford to pass up such an opportunity. The pressure put on City and Chelsea to win against us will be absolutely huge and that will mean they’ll be more open and susceptible to losing. It’s only December but circumstances could mean we are heavy favourites for the title come January.
If Arsene Wenger can turn around the Arsenal career of Nicklas Bendtner, it would be an absolute miracle, but if anyone can do it, then Le Professeur is certainly the man. After all, Wenger has done this sort of thing before, most recently with the man of the moment Aaron Ramsey.
It is strange that every Arsenal fan seems to think that they were really on the young Welsh internationals side and always believed he would come good, because I seem to remember a time when his inclusion on the team sheet would have the average Gooner reaching for the panic button.
Arsenal fans are well used to Arsene Wenger revealing as little as he possibly can about any Arsenal transfer business. You can’t blame him really, because as well as trying to avoid any complications with other clubs going for the same players, the Arsenal boss likes to do things the right way, not make bold statements intended to unsettle players.
So take Wenger’s denials, as reported by Arsenal.com, of recent speculation about possible strikers who could join Arsenal in January, with a large pinch of salt if you like. If it is true though, then it seems that Arsenal fans can forget about Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid or Alexandre Pato of Corinthians in Brazil.
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.
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.
Andrey Arshavin was once hailed as being the star player that could possibly bring success back to Arsenal and to the Emirates for the first time. But despite a fruitful start in which we saw his excellent Euro 2008 performances transpire over to English football with the Gunners, his time at the club came to a much quicker end than may have first been perceived.
On the back of Arsenal’s disappointing defeat at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford, club captain Thomas Vermaelen has insisted that the Gunners are still very optimistic about the future and that the loss to David Moyes’ team was only a minor setback to a very impressive start to the campaign. The Belgian international, who started his first Premier League game of the season in the absence of Per Mertesacker, acknowledged that Arsenal did not create enough chances to win the game but remained positive ahead of a potential title-challenge.
After a famous win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has called on his side to repeat the same performance when his high-flying Gunners side travel to Old Trafford to face reigning Premier League champions Manchester United on Sunday.
The North London side pulled off an unlikely victory at the Signal Iduna Park and became the first team to breach Dortmund’s perfect home record this season, producing a seemingly faultless performance. Ahead of the trip to Manchester, Arsene Wenger has called for a similar display from his team as the Gunners try to extend their lead over the Red Devils to 11 points.
Arsenal fans are in a pretty good mood at the moment thanks to our brilliant league form but the same can’t be said for the Champions league. Losing to Dortmund at home has put us in a very tricky situation and personally, I think we’ll need a draw if we are to survive the group.
Dortmund were really effective against Arsenal at the Emirates because they were able to stifle our creativity whilst always being prepared to hit us on the counter attack. I think it won’t be such a problem at the Signal Iduna Park. We’ll have less possession and will look to move the ball quickly when we do to cause Dortmund some problems.