Ryo Miyaichi – Next time I will score for Bolton

The Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi made his debut for Bolton last weekend, coming on at half-time in the 2-1 defeat to Wigan, and he nearly scored the equaliser except for a brilliant save from Al-Habsi.

He seemed pleased with his performance (if not the result) but the Arsenal loanee is now looking forward to doing even better next time he is given the opportunity. “I was happy to be playing and I found out more about the Premier League, but we lost the game so I can’t enjoy it too much,” Miyaichi said.

“The manager told me to go and play my football and be confident. He wanted me to run at the defenders and take them on, so that was what I tried to do.

“I could have got a goal but the goalkeeper made a good save. If I had scored then everything would be more positive. Next time I’m sure I can score.

“As a team, we passed and moved the ball better after half-time but the result wasn’t good.”

“I have to keep doing what I did against Wigan and hopefully I can get into the team from the start of matches.

“It’s not going to be easy. I’m learning every day.”

Although that was his first Premiership game after two Cup appearances for Arsenal. He has had the experience of 12 games in Holland with Feyenoord last season. He certainly seems to be a fast learner and supremely confident. It looks like Wenger has unearthed yet another diamond!

Chamakh States “Possibility” Of Scoring. Is He For Real?

Arsenal’s striker Marouane Chamakh has dismissed all the rumours which were linking him to a possible move away from the Emirates Stadium during the January transfer window opening, and according to the Moroccan he’s set to stay at the club at least until the summer.

“I am relaxed about my future. I’ve spoken with the coach [Wenger] and I’m staying with Arsenal after the Africa Cup of Nations,”

“I think Wenger has confidence in me. It was that reason that I left Bordeaux to join Arsenal.

“I had some good performances in my first season and it’s possible that I can repeat those.

“My agents have had calls from other clubs, but I want to show what I can do in the next few months.

“I’m tired of the rumours, because I only want to be focused on my work for Morocco. Personally, I have a lot more in my game and I want to demonstrate my level.

“Of course I want to play more, but it’s very difficult for a forward at Arsenal. The level is very high, but that’s the challenge that I was looking for.”

Now, did he just say that “it’s possible to repeat those”? Possible? Is that what the club is paying this fellow for the “possibility” of scoring and putting in good performances? Now if this doesn’t make Arsenal’s fans man nothing will. He’s supposed to put in top performances game in game out not wonder about the possibility of playing good now isn’t he…?

Captain Arteta rues Arsenal’s missed chances

The Spaniard Mikel Arteta was made captain of Arsenal, in the absence of Robin Van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen, against Leeds this week, and although Arsenal won the game in the end, he believes that the Gunners need to take their early chances to kill teams off.

Not just against Leeds, but recent games against Wolves and especially Fulham, Arsenal failed to build on an early lead to make sure of victory.

Arteta was very pleased to be made captain for the Leeds game but pointed out that it would have been much easier if the Gunners had pulled away early in the match.

“It was really pleasing for me to be captain for a club like Arsenal, it’s unbelievable,” Arteta said. “I just want to thank my team-mates for the effort, my manager for the support and hopefully we can build on this and win against Swansea.

“We had many chances to finish it off much earlier but it seems to be like it a lot this year at the Emirates. At least we won, we are through and it was a good result after the disappointment of the Fulham game.

“It is frustrating because if you score two goals in the first half it makes it much easier. It becomes harder to control a game when it remains 0-0, everybody is getting a bit anxious to score and it makes it harder.”

Arsenal don’t seem to be qyuite as prolific as in previous seasons. I reckon we are all waiting for someone else to score instead of Van Persie. Come on Thierry!

How many Goals will Thierry Henry score for Arsenal in the League?

The Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is back with the Gunners for a six week loan. Arsene Wenger has already said that he will be involved against Leeds in the FA Cup match tonight, then he will be available for the upcoming League games against Swansea, Manchester United, Bolton, Blackburn and Sunderland.

That is five possible games that he could score in, but how many do you think he will actually get?

I’m asking because I have just found an interesting bet available from Victor Chandler, who are offering odds on the outcome.

The odds on Henry scoring no goals at all is 9/4. To score exactly one goal is 21/20, and to score two or more is Even Money, which looks like a very generous bet to me if Wenger plays him in most of those games.

But if he scores against Swansea in the first game then the bookies could be sweating on losing lots of money!

How many do you think he’ll score?

Wenger Found The Best Way To Score Against Milan

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger wants to go all out on Thierry Henry and make the most of the two months the French striker has to spend on the Emirates Stadium before returning to MLS side NY Red Bulls.

The French manager is going to use Henry in the Champions League as well and has already made plans to add him to the Champions League squad.

“Yes, he will be [in the squad],” said the Frenchman. “I have given Vito Mannone out on loan to Hull and Thierry will take his place.

“He has good memories of playing in Milan, where he scored three goals against Inter Milan. It is logical [to include him].”

Henry has two months to prove his worth once again to the Gunners, and if he still has anything to prove he’s expected to do so starting with the match against Leeds United from the FA Cup when Arsene Wenger will want to rest some of the most important players in the squad and use those who haven’t been playing too much lately.

Henry is the first transfer of the winter for Arsenal but might not be the last as Wenger plans to bring another striker who might stay for a more lengthy period with the Gunners.

Van Persie within reaching distance of Shearer’s record

Arsenal’s Dutch striker Robin Van Persie is managed to score again today against Wigan Athletic taking his grand total of the year to 32 goals.

The Dutchman scored after an excellent action by fellow forward Theo Walcott who managed to break one on one with the goalkeeper and then saw Robin with an excellent ball into space and Premiership’s top scorer only had to push the ball into the net.

Thierry Henry also got within touching distance of the record in 2004 with a total of 34 goals, but fell short of becoming the most prolific striker in Premiership’s history.

Van Persie would now need an extra 5 goals in the 5 remaining matches of the year and given that Arsenal will meet a couple of weaker teams he is likely to break yet another record.

Do you think Robin will be able to score the 5 goals he now needs before the end of the year?