Wenger warns Arsenal to beware of Villa firepower

On the face of it, Arsenal should have no problem recording a home win over our Premier League opponents Aston Villa on Sunday. While Arsene Wenger and the players seem to have put our early season wobbles behind us and tapped into a rich vein of form, Paul Lambert and his team have been having a nightmare.

Despite a great start which saw then take 10 points from the first four EPL games, including a win over Liverpool, they are now languishing just three points above the drop zone. And the reason is not hard to see, because they have only scored 14 goals in all competitions, four fewer than Alexis Sanchez has managed on his own.

Have Arsenal REALLY got enough numbers and quality?

There are still a few days of the January transfer window left for Arsene Wenger to add another player or two to his Arsenal squad, but he strongly suggested in his press conference today, available on Arsenal Player, that it would not be happening.

The Frenchman said, “It looks very unlikely.”

Making a joke about only making another signing if a top quality player turned up on his doorstep, Wenger declared that he was happy with his team options, claiming that all of the positions on the pitch were well covered by the Gunners, both in terms of having the players to cover and having players of sufficient quality.

Wenger explains why Gabriel will NOT start for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger did not come right out and say that our new Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista, signed from the Spanish club Villarreal for an undisclosed fee this week, would not be in the Arsenal starting line-up that runs out on to the Emirates pitch to face Aston Villa on Sunday.

But when you look at what the Frenchman did say about the versatile 24-year old in his pre-match press conference, reported by Arsenal.com, it seems clear that Wenger is not ready to throw the young player in at the deep end, straight from La Liga into the Premier League with no time to catch his breath.

Were Arsenal RIGHT to turn down Tiote transfer?

There will be a lot of pressure on the young shoulders of Francis Coquelin between now and the rest of the season, especially if Arsenal do not sign the top class central midfielder that many were expecting from Arsene Wenger in the January transfer window.

It does look increasingly like the Gunners have wrapped up the shopping early this time, sparing the Arsenal fans the annual torture of transfer deadline day, although many of us will still be hoping for the manager to pull some sort of rabbit out of his transfer hat.

FULL Arsenal injury update – Bad now but looking GOOD soon

Arsene Wenger has given the Arsenal fans all the latest on the injured Gunners during the press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Aston Villa at the Emirates on Sunday. You can see the whole thing on Arsenal Player but I am just looking at what the manager revealed about the injury situation of some of our key players.

Coquelin signing gives Arsenal HUGE boost for Aston Villa!

Although it has not been confirmed yet ob the official Arsenal website, it appears that our young French midfield warrior Francis Coquelin has now removed any lingering doubts about his commitment to the club by signing a four year contract extension to his current deal which was due to expire at the end of this season, as revealed by a report in The Sun.

There were rumours flying about that the 23-year old was holding off on signing the new contract offered by Arsene Wenger, with suggestions that he wanted some sort of assurances from the boss about playing regularly and not going back onto the bench or into the reserves, especially if Arsenal end up signing one of the many central midfielders we have been linked with.

Arsenal legend Keown backs Paulista to replace Mertesacker (I don’t!)

The arrival of the Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista will be an immediate boost to the Arsenal team, as the players he could replace will all have to up their game – to try and hang on to their starting places. Wenger put them on the alert straight away when he suggested that Paulista could even be in the squad for the Aston Villa game on Sunday. Wenger said: ” The only difference is that Gabriel is available and we’ll check him how he is physically but he should be alright to be available.”

Arsenal MUST beat Aston Villa to keep Spurs at bay

Arsenal face a home tie against lowly Aston Villa on Sunday, and this is he sort of game that the Gunners cannot afford to drop points in as the race for the Top Four hots up. Man United, who currently hold the coveted Fourth place are nearly guaranteed three points on Saturday in their match against bottom club Leicester, while our local rivals Tottenham have a harder game away at West Brom, but if both of them win we will be back down to sixth ahead of our game on Sunday afternoon.

How Campbell saga highlights Wenger’s worth to Arsenal

Arsenal fans should appreciate Arsene more by Sam P

The section of the Arsenal fans that are fed up with Arsene Wenger and keep asking for the club to move on and get a new manager have gone a little bit quiet at the minute. They do make some good points and it will not take too much for the questions to come flying in again, but for now the manager appears to have a bit of leeway, even with the team still sitting outside the top four of the Premier League.

Should Arsenal play Ozil or Akpom if Alexis is out?

All Arsenal fans should be crossing their fingers and toes and anything else that might be crossable in the hope that Alexis Sanchez is available to play on Sunday. The Chile international is currently a doubt for the home Premier League game with Aston Villa and so Arsene Wenger will now be thinking about how to set up his team in the absence of our star man.

With Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also apparently out of action, although thankfully not for long, it leaves the Frenchman with very few options if he is going to play our usual 4-3-3 formation. Olivier Giroud is surely nailed on to be the centre forward and we can only hope that Theo Walcott can complete 90 minutes for us on the right.

Should Arsenal have given Mikel Arteta a contract extension?

It was widely thought that Mikel Arteta would fall foul or Arsenal’s ‘Curse of the captain’s armband’ when Arsene Wenger picked him as Club Captain on the departure of Thomas Vermaelen, especially as he is 32 years old and his contract was reported to be up at the end of this season.

When Arteta then got injured after playing just seven games and is now out until the end of the season. After going through an ankle operation it was thought unlikely that he would be given a new contract until he was fully recovered.

TYPICAL Arsenal may lose Alexis after loaning THREE strikers!

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal are sweating on the fitness os our star of the season so far Alexis Sanchez. A blow does not quite cover this news for Arsenal fans, it is more like a hurricane.

The manager’s latest injury update, revealed on the official Arsenal website, explains that the Chile international forward, who has scored a third of our Premier League goals, is a real doubt for Sunday’s home clash with Aston Villa. It is his hamstring that is the problem and Wengers says they will not know if he can play until the day before the game.