What can Arsenal learn from Chile’s performance against Spain? by Alex
At the time of writing this Spain have just lost to Chile 2-0, which has got me wondering. How has this little nation from South America managed to keep out a very talented Spain side for 90 minutes?
Some people will put it down to the climate, ‘Spain aren’t used to this heat and humidity’ I can accept that may have caused a problem, but with their squad Spain should’ve been a dead cert to gain the 3 points. But because of the work ethic of the Chile players and also the tactical set up of the team has given them a brilliant victory. .......Read the full article here
From first to fourth by Big Gun
Where did it all go wrong for Arsenal this season? We were top of the league over December and looked more than capable of going all the way. As many pundits said at the time, Arsenal’s title challenge should only be taken into account after facing the tougher opponents. In hindsight, they were correct because Arsenal folded like a giant clothes horse after getting thumped 6-3, 6-0 and 5-1 by City, Chelsea and Liverpool respectively. A massive humiliation to say the least. .......Read the full article here
I would hesitate to say that Arsenal’s star player and their French manager are on a collision course over the tactical side of the Gunners’ game, because Aaron Ramsey clearly has huge respect for and belief in Arsene Wenger. And the feeling is mutual, as the Prof proved by sticking with the Welshman early last season when he was struggling for form and being criticised from all angles. .......Read the full article here
Unlike last year, Arsenal will not be able to comfort themselves with the fact that we were knocked out of the Champions League by the eventual winners. Bayern Munich were comprehensively beaten by Real Madrid in the semi-final second leg last night, and they should have lost a lot more heavily in the second leg as well, but why?
Earlier in the season, right up until they clinched the Bundesliga title in record time in fact, the Germans were looking just as good, if not better, than last season. Now while it was obviously not a plan to take their foot off the gas, that is what has happened, and Arsenal must take note of this, learn from it, and make sure it does not happen to us as well. .......Read the full article here
It has been a good few weeks for Arsenal and their fans. And after Roberto Martinez and his Everton players lost their second game in three, a lot of Gooners have already got the team safely into next season’s Champions League, but that is a dangerous attitude.
Arsene Wenger is confident that his players can handle the pressure, but he has been impressing on them the importance of treating the next few games will full focus. First up is Newcastle tonight and, as reported by Arsenal.com, Wenger is well aware that they could trip us up. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal are left to round up the Premier League weekend with a match against Newcastle United at the Emirates. And following on from a couple of vital wins for the Gunners, combined with a couple of cock-ups from our main rivals for the last Champions League spot, Everton, a win would pretty much guarantee us a 17th season among the European elite. But does that just mean that Arsene Wenger will pick this same starting XI that won at Hull last weekend?
Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski
Giroud .......Read the full article here
Why this season has shown that talent isn’t everything unless you’re a striker by KJ
This season has been an odd one, Arsenal fans. We’ve got Liverpool who will most likely win the Premier League title this season and we’ve got Atletico Madrid who will most likely win La Liga this season as well as having a shot at the Champions League. This is obviously a surprise considering that neither of these two teams were expected to have been amongst the likes of Barca, Real Madrid, Man City and Chelsea and yet, they’re dominating in their respective leagues. .......Read the full article here
Normally, you would safely say that any team which had been beaten 6-0, 5-1 and 6-3, like Arsenal were, in the same season, had a serious problem with their defense. But that is not really the case with the Gunners. If you take way those 17 goals in three games, Arsenal have only conceded 24 in the other 32 Premier League games, so how can we reconcile these two wildly different records? .......Read the full article here
There have been plenty of rumours and lots of speculation among Arsenal fans about the future of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud this season. Many expect either one or both of the Arsenal front men to be moved on in the summer, but after seeing the two playing with great understanding and effectiveness last night, is this transfer talk all a bit premature.
Because Arsene Wenger does not really consider 4-4-2 as a feasible system for modern football, Arsenal fans do not even think about strike partnerships, but maybe it is time we did. Our big French striker proved again last night that he has got the capabilities to thrive with Arsenal, but he is not the sort of striker who can do it alone. .......Read the full article here
There is quite a bit of concern among Arsenal fans today, taking the edge off the pleasure and relief of the Gunners getting into the FA cup final. The main reason for this is that our depleted squad means that quite a few players who went through that energy sapping extra time and penalties against Wigan might struggle to last the pace against a much fresher West Ham tonight.
However, and Arsenal,com report reveals that Olivier Giroud does not think it will be a problem. The big French striker has pointed out that Arsenal have not been overloaded with games in recent weeks and the players have, therefore, had a chance to recover from the earlier punishing schedule when we were playing two or three games a week. .......Read the full article here
Unfortunately for Arsenal, it looks like they are going to have to wait a little longer for the return of the excellent French centre back Laurent Koscielny. And with their toughest tackling and most defensive midfielder, Mathieu Flamini, missing his second game with suspension, there will be a big onus on Per Mertesacker and club captain Thomas Vermaelen to keep Andy Carroll quiet tomorrow.
While the West Ham team do not really have anything to play for other than pride, the England international striker knows that a good showing in his remaining Premier League games will probably mean that he is on the plane to Brazil for the World Cup this summer. So Arsenal must be ready for the big striker to be pumped up and ready to cause us problems. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal fans can sit and argue all day, and often do, about the reasons why this season, which promised so much, has turned into yet another last gasp fight for fourth place in the Premier League. Olivier Giroud and whether he is or isn’t up to the standards of the Gunners, a crippling injury list, bad luck, Wenger’s stubborn refusal to use the January transfer window and many other factors have been touted as the root of our problems, but Wenger has suggested that it is the recent defensive problems that have done for us. .......Read the full article here