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.
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.
Arsenal got back into Premier League action with a bang, extending the lead at the top of the table to four points with a hard fought win over this season’s surprise package, Southampton. So how did each individual Gunner perform?
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.
If you watched the international friendly game of England vs Germany then you may not have seen much of Julian Draxler apart from when the youngster made his way onto the pitch. However let me reassure you that this young German international is well on his way to greatness and has been labelled as one of the game’s most upcoming gems for some time now.
Interestingly in regards to Draxler, he has been linked with a move to Arsenal several times already in his career and although it may seem natural considering every young player usually ends up being linked with the Gunners, there is something different about this case because Draxler continues to talk about Arsenal on every opportunity he gets.
Arsenal fans have never been this optimistic coming into a game at Old Trafford for a very long time. This not only stems from the fact that we are 8 points above Manchester United, but also the fact that Fergie is finally gone and Wenger has to tactically outsmart Moyes rather than him.
Although I’m more confident than I’ve ever been going into this fixture, I still feel Man Utd are an extremely strong team that could devastate us if we are not careful. They are extremely strong in attacking with Rooney in some good form at the moment. Van Persie will still be a massive threat especially when aiding their midfield and drawing our defenders away causing openings.
According to a report from Goal this morning, Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow ahead of the club’s vital Premier League clash against Liverpool as midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to miss the game due to injury. The Englishman seems to have had a minor re-occurence of his ankle problem and Wenger seems to be in no mood to risk him in the clash against the Reds.
The Englishman has reportedly had regular issues with his right ankle over the past few weeks after being on the receiving end of a painful kick during Arsenal’s Champions League defeat against Bundesliga side Borrusia Dortmund. Since then, Wilshere has gone down several times clutching his ankle and the issue is proving to be more difficult to overcome than initially expected.
Arsenal will welcome Premier League and local rivals Chelsea to the Emirates stadium tonight for the 4th round of the year’s Capital One Cup tournament. Having beaten West Bromwich Albion in the 3rd round, Arsenal were only expecting a tougher opponent from then on and we now seem to be ready to face up to that challenge with a visit from the Blues.
As Arsenal finally endured their first defeat in two months with a 2-1 loss against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions’ League group stages, the alarms suddenly went off in the media, who were quick to jump the gun and state that Arsenal’s high time could soon be coming to an end. However let it be assured that the game won’t be too troublesome for the Gunners and if anything it won’t be a downfall that lasts for the long term.