Category Archives: Arsenal previews

Official teams and preview of Galatasaray v Arsenal

Arsene Wenger had already let it be known that a number ofArsenal first team players like Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny, Danny Welbeck and Kieran Gibbs would be left in London to recover and recharge their batteries for the Premier League games to come.

And with six young players from the academy system going in their place and the game against Galatasaray unlikely to make any difference to the Champions League standings, I wondered if Wenger might take even more risks and start with a couple of the young Guns.

Is Arsenal boss wasting his time playing down Stoke rivalry?

While Ryan Shawcross has been trying to get the intense rivalry between Arsenal and Stoke City into the forefront of all our minds and get the home fans whipped up into a frenzy before the Gunners arrive at the Britannia stadium tomorrow, Arsene Wenger has been doing the opposite.

In his pre-match press conference reported by Arsenal.com, the manager had his diplomatic head on and tried his best to play down the situation. Wenger has been a big part of the rivalry as well, being regularly targeted and taunted by the Potters fans, but he seems to want to ignore the provocation and draw a line under it. And with the Ramsey situation being the start of it all, Arsenal do have more reason to hold a grudge.

Wenger to risk Arsenal star DESPITE injury fears!

Although Arsene Wenger dismissed the idea that Arsenal are completely reliant on our summer signing Alexis Sanchez, the manager did accept that the Chile international is a massive player for us. As reported by ESPN, the manager spoke in glowing terms about his striker and all thge things he brings to the Arsenal team, including 14 goals already from just 22 games.

Wenger said, “He has a huge desire, no complex and a fighting attitude. Even when he misses something, it doesn’t affect him. I believe as well he is very mobile, very determined and he has the sense to be in the right place in the box.

Why Anthony Taylor is the key man for Arsenal at Stoke

The Arsenal boss has played down the comments by Ryan Shawcross ahead of Arsenal heading to the cauldron of the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City in the Premier League tomorrow. The bug Stoke defender does not seem too keen on trying to forget his spat with Arsenal fans and players that began with his horror tackle which nearly ended the career of Aaron Ramsey.

Instead, Shawcross tried to up the ante by warning the Gunners that we face what he calls a `tasty` encounter, according to a report in The Mirror. A thinly veiled threat that we can expect more rough treatment from the Stoke players, just as their midfield enforcer Steven N’Zonzi made no secret of what their tactics against Arsenal will be.

Arsenal v Southampton Preview, line up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Southampton Preview, Predicted line up and predicted score by KJ

This has been a rocky season and the usual pattern would mean that we’d drop points against Southampton. However, there is hope that we are finally going to push on now and win against the Saints would send a message that we are finally hitting some consistency.

The last time Southampton visited the Emirates, Mr Admin was lucky enough to get some free Arsenal Tickets but was disappointed to see a makeshift Gunners team get beaten 2-1 after Alexis gave us the lead with a sublime freekick. Hopefully we can score first again and hold on to our lead.

Arsenal now HUGE favourites to beat Southampton

Why Arsenal are Overwhelming Favourites against Southampton! by AT

Ahead of a very crucial Premier League game against Southampton at the Emirates, Arsenal have been handed a massive injury boost. Firstly, the French duo of Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny both successfully returned to the Gunners’ starting eleven against West Bromwich Albion over the weekend and fit in perfectly into the Arsenal system.

Official teams and preview of West Brom v Arsenal

Arsenal will go into this away game with West Brom on a real high after beating Borussia Dortmund and qualifying for the next round of the Champions League. The manner of the victory could be just as important as well, because it will have proved to the players that Arsenal can defend and keep a clean sheet against a very good side as well as creating chances and scoring goals.

But there have also been a lot of injury worries for Arsene Wenger to deal with and this may have affected the Gunners preparations for this early kick off. There is some good news for the Arsenal squad, though, as Danny Welbeck has recovered from his knee and hamstring problems and is fine to start.

West Brom v Arsenal Preview, Line-Up and Score Prediction

West Brom vs Arsenal Preview, Predicted line up and predicted score by KJ

We finally have a win under our belt against one of the bigger teams in midweek and I expect that to propel us onto better things starting with the game at the Hawthorns.

West Brom are always a bit of a difficult team to beat, especially away from home. They generally have a few good players and they always manage to upset a few of the top teams every season. Hopefully it won’t be us this time round.

How Arsenal CAN beat early kick-off hoodoo!

It became a bit of an issue for Arsenal last year and I think it got into the players heads that an early kick off in the Premier League on Saturday following a midweek game in the Champions League would give the Gunners all sorts of problems.

Arsene Wenger was even asked about it in his pre-match press conference reported by Arsenal.com. The boss was quite dismissive about the issue, as he should be because the last thing the players need is it being built up into a big thing in their minds. We have enough problems winning games in the league without any mental stumbling blocks.

Official teams and preview for Arsenal v Man United

Arsene Wenger must have been mightily relieved when the in form England striker Danny Welbeck passed his late fitness test and as expected, the Frenchman has stuck with the pacy and hard working front man instead of bringing back Olivier Giroud who has made an early return to fitness and is on the bench to face Manchester United today.

Louis van Gaal has had some good news of his own, with De Gea, Shaw and Di Maria all in the starting line up after their own injury concerns, but their back four still looks weak, and the Gunners will hope that it is the visitor’s defence rather than our own which is the most busy.

Arsenal v Man United Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Manchester United Preview, predicted line up and score by KJ

This international break was probably the least annoying of all the ones we’ve had so far. Most fans were pretty annoyed at our last result and this has given us ample time to distance ourselves from the result and the performance and this has no doubt rejuvenated our hope that we can actually start playing good football again.

Will Arsenal v Man United turn into Welbeck v RVP?

It looks like the fears that Arsenal may have to do without Danny Welbeck as well as Theo Walcott for the crunch clash with Manchester United later will prove to be unfounded, The England international was due to face a fitness test yesterday and was then pictured training normally, so hopefully that means he will fine to start.

Welbeck will be delighted as it is his first chance to face his former club and perhaps to prove once and for all that their new manager Louis van Gaal made a bit of a blunder when he allowed the 23-year old to join the Gunners. Van Gaal has restated his reasons for allowing the transfer, insisting that his striker options would all be in front of Welbeck, as reported by The Mirror.