Hooray!! Not only did Arsenal beat Spurs for the 3rd time in a season, they didn’t pick up any more injuries for a change. Arsenal should be used to being on the end of bad news when it comes to injuries because for some many years now we have suffered injury crises for what seemed to be nothing apart from a lack of luck. Nobody can quite put their finger on it why Arsenal get the most injuries, and lengthy time periods of unsustainable injuries too for that matter. But of course there must be an underlying problem and one that Wenger seems keen on addressing soon.
Jack Wilshere is renowned for showing passion for Arsenal Football Club on and off the pitch but this time around I think a few fans may start to question whether he is wise in everything he says.
Arsenal endured defeat to Stoke City at the weekend whilst Chelsea won, making the gap for first now four points away. The Gunners will slip further if Liverpool keep up their winning ways and Manchester City win their two games in hand, which is unfortunately a likely occurrence.
Arsenal’s Champions League dream returns tonight in a fixture that will hopefully rival Manchester City vs Barcelona for excitement but see the home side get a better result against one of the European giants. The Gunners will tonight welcome German super club and current holders of the Champions League trophy, Bayern Munich, to the Emirates for the first leg of the last 16 round.
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.
After a very hectic Christmas period, Arsenal are back to one game a week at the moment until we play Coventry at home in the FA Cup. This will have allowed all of our players to recuperate and they should be very fresh. It’s easy to forget that teams like Aston Villa, without CL football, are used to a week’s rest between almost all of their Premier league games whilst the Arsenal players aren’t. This should give us a slight advantage just from a fitness point of view.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Cardiff City Player Ratings
After wins for both Manchester City and Manchester United, the pressure is on Arsenal to win at St. James’ Park to reclaim their position on top of the table. However, Newcastle are in scintillating form at the moment and will be extremely difficult to overcome.
Only a couple of months ago, Pardew was wanted out by the Newcastle faithful and yet he’s turned their fortunes around and made them a formidable team, especially at home. They are playing quick expansive football which is allowing players like Gouffran and Remy to flourish.
Arsenal started the game very shakily, with City able to move the ball quickly and creating some chances. We got back into the game but we then proceeded to concede from a corner. It was played in and Koscielny unaware of Aguero’s movement let the Argentinian volley the ball into the net. 1 – 0.
We managed to get back into the game fairly quickly as Ramsey pressured Yaya Toure into a mistake and was able to quickly spread the play to Özil who passed the ball across the box to Theo who coolly finished the ball into the net. 1 – 1.
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.
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.