Can the Koscielny – Vermaelen partnership ever work? by KJ
Whenever you see Mertesacker down, potentially with an injury, or you think about the possibility of rotating the Arsenal centre backs for the Capytal One Cup, you think about the Koscielny – Vermaelen partnership. You remember that both of them individually are pretty good players (but with Koscielny, for me, being significantly better) but as it always does, it dawns upon you that as a partnership, they don’t seem to work together well at all. .......Read the full article here
Chance for Arsenal to increase their lead at the top. by KM
Arsenal are sitting two pretty points in front of Chelsea and Liverpool and with the moneybags of Stamford Bridge and Manchester City playing each other on Sunday, the Gunners will get a nice chance to put some distance between us and them, as long as we keep our eye on the ball and don’t take the win for granted. If West Brom can take some points off Liverpool as well, that would be fantastic. .......Read the full article here
I have pinched myself so many times this morning that my arm is starting to look like a footballer’s sleeve tattoo. Arsenal fans are not used to this, but things really are going as well as they have for many a long year. The fact that Arsenal are sitting proudly at the top of the Premier League table is good, but being there with the most injury problems in the league is pretty remarkable. .......Read the full article here
A lot of arsenal fans were actually fine with Arsenal dropping out of the league cup in the first round against W.B.A. I believe that’s mainly because we really looked tired against Stoke and some players needed a rest, but there’s more to this win than just good experience for the youngsters. First of all, some players needed a game and they got one. Monreal, Arteta, Vermaelen and even Bendtner added some good game time to their names. A lot of youngsters got some nice game time too and the finishing from Eisfeld was pretty neat! .......Read the full article here
Nicklas Bendtner’s pass to Eisfeld was delightful; almost Cesc-like. Had the pass come from Arsenal new signing, Mesut Ozil, I’m sure we would all have been glowing about the assist all day long – even if he didn’t do much else after that. But since it was Nicklas Bendtner, the reception has been a little bit muted. .......Read the full article here
West Bromwich Albion 1 – 1 Arsenal, (3 – 4 on penalties) player ratings by KJ
The Arsenal team in comparison to West Brom’s was a lot more inexperienced and I did fear the worst when I saw both line ups. However, the first half proved that neither team was at it, as it was a rarity to see a team keep the ball for more than a minute.
The second half is where it livened up a little bit. We managed to score thanks to some good work by Bendtner and Eisfeld (both of whom were arguably our worst players in the first half). Bendtner played a well weighted through ball and Eisfeld coolly finessed it past the keeper. 0 – 1. .......Read the full article here
It was not easy, but Arsenal made it through to the 4th round of the Capital One Cup by beating West Brom away on penalties. Due to the inclusion of so many young and fringe players, this was an excellent result which was rewarded with a home tie against Chelsea next. As ever, our friends at allarsenal.com have prepared an informative match infographic for you to enjoy, and if you have any suggestions about how to improve it or add to it, they will be taken on board. Enjoy….
Arsenal travelled to West Bromwich to face the Baggies in what was expected to be a highly contested League Cup tie. The game certainly did disappoint however as it was overall quite a flat game, however in the end thankfully the Gunners managed to come away with a win after both extra time and penalties.
It wasn’t a good game, nor was it easy to watch, however the final result is all the matters and after having to go through both 90 minutes and the extra 30 minutes of football, it all came down to a classic, nerve biting penalty shootout. .......Read the full article here
Whilst Arsenal were focusing on the Capital One Cup game against West Brom, also in the back of their minds was the Premier League title chase. Arsenal currently sit in first place in the Barclay’s Premier League after getting 12 points out of a possible 15.
But although this is all well and good for now to state that we are in fine form, these performances alone don’t guarantee success and a lot of people seem to forget that. We are just 5 Premier league games into the season and still have 33 games left to play, not to mention the Champions League and FA cup. .......Read the full article here
Ahead of Arsenal’s 3rd round Capital One Cup game vs West Brom at the Hawthorns, Arsenal announced the official travelling squad on their website. There were a few surprise absences as well as a few surprise inclusions however ultimately the majority of the team is nothing more than expected. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal travelled to the Hawthorns to face West Brom in the Capital One cup, but most people would not have recognised them, because Arsene Wenger made nine changes, with lots of young players and back up players coming in. The big news was the return of Nicklas Bendtner, who has been given a chance to redeem himself.
The Arsenal defence was the most recognisable part of the team, with Fabianski in goal behind a back four of Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen and Monreal. Arteta returned, but in a more advanced position than usual, with young Isaac Hayden as the main defensive midfielder. Eisfeld, Gnabry and Miyaichi made up the midfield with Bendtner up top. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger was always going to have to make some changes for Arsenal’s visit to West Brom in the Capital One cup, and the Frenchman has decided to go the whole hog. Only two of the starting eleven from the victory over Stoke remains, and that is Per Mertesacker and Serge Gnabry.
Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen can hardly be called fringe players, but neither of them has played much football recently. Lukasz Fabianski gets the nod over the new man Viviano, while Nicklas Bendtner makes his return from the Arsenal wilderness, so hopefully he has got a point to prove. .......Read the full article here