Forget Villa result – Arsenal are in good nick

Just a week after most Arsenal fans were fearing the worst, things are looking a whole lot better after two good wins against Fulham and Fenerbahce. The Gunners scored three goals in each, with both Giroud and Podolski looking sharp in front of goal and plenty of control and chances being created.

So, were we right to worry, or was Wenger’s insistence on the quality in the side right up there with the best in the Premier League? I think the we will be able to answer that question better after the north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday, but I think the team has shown real quality and spirit in the last two games and am feeling confident about roasting the spuds at the Emirates.

Fulham v Arsenal preview – Can we repeat Turkey roast?

Today Arsenal feature in their third match of what has already been a very up and down season, with one win and one loss on the books! Having been impressive in midweek against Fenerbahce in the Champions League qualification round, they return next Tuesday for the home leg at the Emirates. But before that we have to take all three points from a difficult away trip to Fulham.

Fulham away in the league is never easy and Craven Cottage can be a fantastic place to go! In previous years they may have struggled with talent, but a rejuvenated squad that features summer additions of Darren Bent, Adel Taarabt and Maarten Stekelenburg, suddenly the game got much harder.

A win at Fulham will have turned Arsenal despair into hope

In a matter of days, the problems that were threatening to to bog Arsenal down in a swamp of despair seem to be slowly drifting away. The weekend was a dark time and we all showed our discontent at the way things were going.

The opening Premier League game of the season brought a 3-1 defeat to lowly Aston Villa, half of our team was injured and there was no sight of any incoming transfers. We have not seen significant improvement yet but steps have been taken to do so, we hear.

3 goal cushion means Arsenal can fully focus on Fulham

Arsenal ran out 3-0 winners over Fenerbahce in Turkey last night, with our opposition set to return to the Emirates next Tuesday. Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud all scored goals in what turned out to be an enthralling win against the Turks.

The scoreline may make the game sound as if it was an easy win for the Gunners and a game we could sit back and relax as fans, however I felt slightly different about it. I felt the Arsenal performance was a bit strange last night. Although we played well and obviously had enough strength to beat Fenerbahce, we still struggled for large parts of the game to do anything with the ball. There was always a strong threat that we would concede and some very close misses and several good saves from Szczesny was the reason behind how we somehow managed to keep a clean sheet on the night.

FA Won’t Charge Wenger. What About The Referee?

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger is likely to avoid disciplinary penalties after he attacked the referee following the Fulham match which was influenced by a few decisions which went against Arsenal.

After being refused a penalty in the first half and having Djourou sent off a bit weary in the second half the game’s referee Lee Probert was accused by Wenger of influencing the match and changing the result of the game.

“The referee influenced the game in completely the wrong way, in my opinion,”

Wenger – Fulham’s aim was to get Djourou sent off, and it worked!

Arsene Wenger was not happy with the refereeing in yesterdays defeat to Fulham, and he believes that Fulham’s sole game plan consisted of getting Johann Djourou a second yellow card after the Arsenal defender was first booked.

“The referee influenced the game in completely the wrong way, in my opinion,” said Wenger.

“We cannot influence that. We had a good first half … in the second half we were more tired and in the last 10 minutes we lost the game because we were down to 10 men. The first yellow card was not a yellow card; the second yellow card was a foul for us. It was also 100% a penalty for us in the first half.

Do Arsenal only play when under pressure?

Arsene Wenger was a bit overconfident in his pre-Wigan statements saying that he feels like he already won. That’s not a bad thing but not entirely a good one either. The players need to be more focused and motivated than they were against Fulham last week, and judging by the last few years Arsenal seems to react better when they are under pressure.

“I believe we have won already at Wigan, and that is what we want to achieve again. We were a bit under pressure last time to win, but Charles N’Zogbia was always on fire against us.”, said Wenger

Wenger – We are still unbeaten

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger seemed content with the result his students got last night against Fulham. The Frenchman declared that Arsenal needed a touch of luck and some extra mental sharpness in order to win the game, but put the blame on the fatigue created against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League

“The positive again is that we have shown exceptional spirit, desire and refusal to lose the game. Many players were on the fringe today and we had not completely digested the Champions League game on Wednesday night. We needed to dig deep. “

Ramsey – We must not relax against Fulham

Arsenal’s centre midfielder Aaron Ramsey is certain that Arsenal will have to treat the Fulham game as serious as possible in order to get the maximum number of points out of it.

“It’s important to take this game as seriously as we take any other game,” he told Arsenal.com

“This is going to be a tough test for us but I’m confident that we can get all three points. Hopefully we can do that.”

“Fulham have proven themselves to be a good team over the seasons and they won’t make it easy for us. But I think with the form that we’re in at the moment and the quality we have, we can get all three points.”