Wenger defends them but Arsenal players let him down AGAIN

Blame Arsenal players not Wenger by Sam P

I know that a lot of Arsenal fans will be furious with Arsene Wenger tonight, after an awful first half performance and then allowing Liverpool to score an extra time equaliser to deny us a valuable away win against a big team and a vital three points.

But I don’t think it was the tactics of the manager that made us so bad today, it was the poor play of almost every Gunner on the pitch. I suppose you could say that the manager’s failure to sign another defender and a defensive midfielder in the summer left us short of options, but you would still expect better from players like Flamini, Mertesacker, Welbeck, Gibbs, Chamberlain and of course Alexis Sanchez.

Liverpool v Arsenal review – Garbage Gunners somehow grab a draw

I can understand why Arsene Wenger wanted to make sure that Arsenal did not have a similar sort of disastrous start that killed the game for us at Anfield last season, and was evident again in the first half at Stoke recently. But it also meant that we handed the initiative to the home side to some extent and did not put much early pressure on Liverpool’s wobbly defence.

Official team news and preview of Liverpool v Arsenal

It did not take a lot of thought to work out what the Arsenal starting line-up for the Premier League away clash with Liverpool would be. As soon as we heard that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had passed a late fitness test yesterday, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal team almost picked itself.

Because of all the injury problems which have left the boss with little option in central midfield or the back four, Wenger has at least got two first choice full backs in Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Debuchy, with Calum Chambers set yto partner Mertesacker in the centre of our defence.

Why the OX is key man for Arsenal at Liverpool today

Arsene Wenger was handed a massive boost as he prepared to head north with his Arsenal squad to face Liverpool at Anfield. Not only do the Gunners need to banish the painful memories of last season, we badly need the three points in order to close to within just a game of our top four rivals Man United and to keep the gap to the top no bigger than 10 points.

Just like last season, however, the Arsenal boss is struggling to cope with injury problem on top of injury problem, so the news reported by The Mirror that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott passed late fitness tests and have travelled to Liverpool with the squad is a huge boost.

Liverpool v Arsenal Preview, Line up and Score Prediction

Liverpool vs Arsenal Preview, Predicted line up and score by KJ

Last season, Arsenal were in a strong position when going into this fixture but got completely blown away in the first 20 minutes. I don’t expect a similar start as Liverpool lack Suarez and Sturridge who were at the heart of all the problems caused last season. Even then, I still expect this to be a very tough game for us.

Both teams haven’t really performed this season and you can attribute that down to injuries, transfers and poor tactics. This has allowed United a firm position in the top 4 and this makes the game at Anfield fairly important for who goes on and claims the remaining top 4 place.

Why Arsenal need to move fast on Schneiderlin transfer

Arsenal need to win away to Liverpool later today in order to go level on points with Southampton after Ronald Koeman’s team cruised to a 3-0 win over Everton yesterday. THat ended a dreadful run for the Saints but hopefully Arsenal will still be able to overtake them before we meet at St. Mary’s on New Years Day.

And once we have beaten them on their own ground (hopefully) then I think that Arsene Wenger needs to bang in an offer for their France international midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. And I think it is important to try to get the transfer done early if possible for a couple of very good reasons.

An Arsenal Fans Analysis – Who Does What in the Defensive roles?

“Who Does What” An overview of the Defensive roles by JA

Hey Arsenal fans. Hope y’all fine as we get ready for payback time against Liverpool. So “Who does what” will be a series explaining the roles of players on the field. I wrote this because I noticed that some people tend to fail to appreciate or understand a lot of good players, due to highly inaccurate ideas in their heads. So today we’re starting with the defence. A proper defence can be broken into three broad sections: Goalkeeping, Fullbacks and Centre-Backs. so let’s start with the goalkeeper role.

Arsenal handed the same Ref and it’s NOT good news!

There has been a lot of talk and comparisons made ahead of the return trip of Arsenal to Anfield where Liverpool produced one of the performances of last season when they simply blew a naive Gunners team away. And although there are likely to be a fair few changes in both teams starting line-ups, the man in charge wil be the same.

And that 5-1 defeat is not the only time that the Gunners have suffered when Michael Oliver has been the referee. Arsene Wenger has been less than impresseed with the young ref’s officiating on a few occasions, most recently with his failure to add on much extra time despite Tottenham’s time wasting at the Emirates.

Should Arsenal stick or twist on Liverpool return?

If it was not for the size and the manner of the defeat Arsenal suffered the last time we traveled north to face Liverpool in the Premier League, this would probably not even be an issue. That is why Arsene Wenger, as reported by Arsenal.com, has told the Arsenal players that they should not be thinking about that horrible day in February but should be looking on tomorrow’s game as a completely new and different occasion.

Wenger said, “Yes, there might be a few nerves but our job is not about history, it’s about today.”

Wenger shows CLASS! But should Arsenal boss REALLY feel sorry for Rodgers?

Arsene Wenger has had plenty of little disagreements with managers of other clubs during his 18 years in charge of Arsenal Football Club. Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sam Allardyce, Alan Pardew and Tony Pulis are just five names on a long list, but the Frenchman does not normally carry on the rows for long and he always has plenty of respect and support for the people in the same job as himself.

So maybe I should not be all that surprised to see an ESPN report that reveals Wenger has come out with words of support for Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager that Wenger will be trying to outwit in our Premier League clash at Anfield tomorrow.

Arsenal can use Saints struggles to seal Schneiderlin transfer!

It was back at the start of December and Arsenal seemed to be heading for another disappointing draw at the Emirates stadium. You could say that our opponents that day were unlucky, as Southampton had to play the last 10 minutes with 10 men after picking up an injury having used all their subs. But we should have had a penalty for handball seconds before Alexis grabbed the last minute winner.

Man City win puts pressure on Arsenal but MORE on Liverpool

If Arsenal fans think that the gap between us and the teams at the top of the Premier League table is too large, spare a thought for the poor scousers. In fact, scrap that, let’s laugh at them and make sure the gap does not get any better looking for them after tomorrow’s game at Anfield.

Chelsea do not play until Monday and hopefully they will find the trip to Stoke as unhappy as the Gunners did recently, but Man City have just gone into a 3-0 lead at home against Crystal Palace and that puts the reigning EPL champs level with Jose Mourinho and his players and a hefty 13 points ahead of Arsenal and a massive 18 points ahead of Liverpool.