I am sure that most, if not all, Arsenal fans and the manager as well, would prefer the Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema to either of the players mentioned in the title, and there are rumours that Arsenal may be back in with a chance, but for the purposes of argument, I am going to assume that Benzema is not coming to north London.
WHY WENGER SAID WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER STRIKER…AND HE HAS A POINT by Uche
Hello everybody. I hope you are all doing great. I want to start by saying that if I had my way, Arsenal will have four first choice central strikers. But that is not realistic and there is the small matter of the British Football Association’s twenty five man squad rule.
We the fans want a lot of things but we don’t always think about the logistics behind making it all work. Wenger on the other hand is the man saddled with the responsibility of making it all work and I believe that is why he let Liverpool have Remy.
With over a month still to go in the summer transfer window, Arsenal have already done some very good business, with David Ospina soon to be confirmed and with Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez already done and dusted. Plus, Arsene Wenger and Theo Gazidis have promised us more, so the Gunners will certainly have a stronger squad than last season.
But of course, all of the other Premier League teams will be trying to improve as well, so will Arsenal be able to improve on our fourth place finish? Not according to Michael Owen, but who listens to that biased midget anyway. Arsenal fans will certainly be hoping and believing that we can win the title this time, but who will provide the biggest threat?
With the Premier League due to kick off in less than a month, Arsenal and all of our rivals are currently in pre-season, with plenty of training sessions, some friendly games and tours of far flung lands, as well as the odd tournament like the Emirates Cup.
There are commercial reasons for some of this stuff, of course, but the main thing is to get the players fit and ready for the serious business of leagues and cup competitions. It is not just about fitness, however, as it also gives Arsene Wenger the chance to introduce some of the young Arsenal players into the team and to see how they react to playing with the big boys.
There is little doubt that Wojciech Szczesny, the Poland international who seriously tests your spelling skills, had his best year in an Arsenal shirt last season. He was unlucky not feature in the FA cup triumph at Wembley, after Arsene Wenger had handed the domestic cup duties to Lukasz Fabianski, but there was no doubt that the 24-year old was the undisputed number one for Arsenal.
Blessed with great talent, agility and confidence, Szczesny was made the first choice keeper at just 20 years of age, after a short loan spell at Brentford, but despite putting in some brilliant performances for the Gunners, there was always that chance of a mistake or a loss of concentration, most notably the mix-up with Koscielny which cost us another Wembley final.
Why Arsenal shouldn’t fear Liverpool next season by KJ
Liverpool last season were the best attacking team in the league and became lethal at around February. Unfortunately, Arsenal were the first club to experience their wrath at Anfield and succumbed to a heavy loss. Even the players didn’t understand how that had happened. We expected to control the game at Anfield and Liverpool punished us heavily. They’ve already spent £60million this summer and look to confirm the deals of a few more players this week. But even after all that, I don’t particularly fear them anymore and here’s why.
Why Ramsey should take free kicks for Arsenal by Sumo
What struck me as odd during the Germany World Cup campaign was the Arsenal midfield maestro Mesut Özil playing second fiddle to Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos in the set pieces. Kroos is a box to box midfielder who has a very good shot on him. He shoots well. But him taking the free kicks for Germany was a bit beyond me (I don’t watch Bayern play).
Although having three Arsenal players still involved in the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro will slightly hamper their pre-season preparations, the manager Arsene Wenger feels that the club will actually benefit from Germany winning the famous trophy.
In an interview on Arsenal.com, the Frenchman revealed that the German trio of Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil would not be joining the rest of their Arsenal team mates for pre-season training until the beginning of August, so they will miss this weekend’s game against the New York Red Bulls and quite possibly the two Emirates Cup games, against Benfica and Monaco, the following weekend.
The Myth that Giroud has good stats by Gameruk
Okay, Arsenal fans, thing I hear a lot from those pro-Giroud fans is that if you compare his stats to other strikers in the league then it shows him to be a very good striker. Well I’m hear to put that myth to bed.
If you’re a number 1 striker for a massive club like Arsenal than I will look at how you perform in those important games, not games against teams like Norwich City. so let’s see how our main striker has been in the games against our biggest rivals.
It is not just Arsenal who will struggle with their pre-season preparations, of course, because all of our Premier League rivals have had some of their players involved in the World Cup finals this summer, but not many will be having it any worse than the Gunners.
As revealed by an Arsenal.com report, Arsene Wenger has admitted that the fact that the players who were out in Brazil will be coming back in dribs and drabs is far from ideal, as he tries to get his Arsenal team ready for the start of the Premier League and a double header play-off to get into the Champions League group stage.
Is Arsenal FC the most hated club? by Yuen
I wonder why the media and our rivals are threatened by Arsenal’s new found financial power and our ability to attract top players. They are yet to get used to the fact that we can compete for any top player Prof. Wenger sets his eyes on.
Earlier this week it was Micheal Owen predicting we would fall out of the top four even with all our signings. Every year he and his bandwagon of insane analysts have always predicted the same thing, and every year we have proven them wrong, this year would be no different!
First of all Arsenal fans, do not ever make the mistake of thinking that anything Jose Mourinho says about Arsene Wenger and Arsenal is not calculated to get under the skin. We know that the Portuguese manager has had a personal issue with our Frenchman, going back to when he first arrived in the Premier League.
Wenger and Mourinho tried to say it was behind them last season, right before it all flared up again. The Chelsea boss will do anything to win, with all his talk of doing things the right way. This is the man who would stoop to sticking his finger in the eye of someone from the opposing side and make up stories about referees going into the opposing manager’s room at halftime.