Things seem to be on the up for Arsenal. Now the sting of seeing the Premier League title challenge falter after a fantastic start has eased off a bit, we are looking ahead to a Wembley final with a great chance to put the silverware stress to one side and lead to some great years of success for Arsenal Football Club.
That is the opinion of the captain Thomas Vermaelen, although it seems like he might not be around to share it if he does move in this summer. The Belgian international believes that the team is in great shape for the future, and the amount of time we spent at the top of the table surely backs this up. We have got to sort the medical side out, buy a few stars and go for it. .......Read the full article here
There could be a number of long serving Arsenal players leaving the club this summer, as there have been almost every summer in recent years. This time could be different, though, as the likes of Bacary Sagna, Lukasz Fabianski and Thomas Veremaelen could have a nice shiny FA cup winners medal to show for their years of service to the Gunners.
It will be strange then to think that these players will have won exactly the same amount of trophies as the player who has made just one start and three substitute appearances in his Arsenal career, but that is the situation that Kim Kallstrom might find himself in after the Wembley final om Saturday. .......Read the full article here
I know that some Arsenal fans would like Arsene Wenger to start Yaya Sanogo instead of Olivier Giroud on Saturday, but unless he picks up an injury in training this week or eats a dodgy Lasagne, it will be Giroud leading the line against Hull City at Wembley.
And although the big striker is well aware of the expectation and desperation of the Arsenal fans, and all the pressure that brings, he is confident of his ability to deal with that aspect of the FA cup final. In fact, he has declared himself more excited than anything, as reported by Arsenal.com, and ready to perform. The 27-year old feels that big games bring out the best in him. .......Read the full article here
There have been a lot of rumours and speculation about the Arsenal captain this season, with many suggesting that Thomas Vermaelen could be leaving the Emirates during the summer transfer window. And if that is true, it means that the FA cup final on Saturday could be his last game for the club, so the last thing he wanted was an injury to rule him out. But that may well have happened. .......Read the full article here
The subject of Arsenal, the trophy drought and the shock defeat by Birmingham City in our last major final was bound to come up, and will do many times before Arsenal run out on to the Wembley turf on Saturday. And it is no surprise that Arsene Wenger is not all that keen on focusing on the 2011 League Cup final either. .......Read the full article here
Looking at the number of clubs that Dean Windass has played for, it seems as if Arsenal are in the minority by never having had the powerful striker on their books. He is most linked to our FA cup final opponents Hull City, having spent the first five years of his professional career with them and then returning to help them back into the Premier League five years ago. .......Read the full article here
There is bound to be a lot said in the media and on telly this week in the build up to the FA cup final at Wembley on Saturday. The Arsenal players would be better off not watching or reading any of it, because it is all going to be about pressure, and it is all going to be about Arsenal.
I wish I had a copyright on the phrase `trophy drought` because it is going to get some serious usage this week. There is no doubt that this final is massive for the club, the fans, the players and the manager. And we are quite rightly expected to win it, which brings it’s own pressure, but Per Mertesacker feels that he and his team mates are ready. .......Read the full article here
The German international striker Lukas Podolski has played a big part in getting Arsenal over the line and into the Champions League for next season. His spurt of goals came just at the right time, when our confidence was rock bottom and our Wenger trophy was under serious threat from Everton, but the 28-year old is not particularly happy about it. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has managed to keep the Arsenal players focused, despite Everton’s defeats by Southampton and Man City handing fourth spot to us. And if they can keep their heads down and win the final game, away to Norwich on Sunday, it will mean that the Gunners have really hit form at the right time, winning our final five Premier League games after beating Wigan on penalties in the semi-final.
Things could hardly be different for our FA cup final opponents Hull City, who lost again last night against Man United. If they lose to Everton at the weekend, it will be four losses and a draw with Fulham since their semi-final, not the sort of form you want to take into a cup final. .......Read the full article here
When Wojciech Szczesny tokk the now infamous selfie alongside his Arsenal team mates Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski, the Polish keeper came in for a lot of criticism, but it was a big moment for him to celebrate. He had just recorded his 13th clean sheet in the Premier League, as the Gunners beat local rivals Tottenhan for the 3rd time this season to keep us in the hunt for the Premier League title. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal and Germany international Per Mertesacker has become one of the club’s most important players, both on and off the pitch. The giant 29-year old has played more games than any of his Gunners team mates, but he has also become a leader, as was shown when he laid into Mesut Ozil for not thanking the fans after a disappointing game.
And our defender, affectionately known as the Big F*ckin’ German, has been at it again, urging and cajoling the rest of the Arsenal players to keep up the intensity for the weekend’s trip to face Norwich City. Despite there being nothing on this final Premier League game, Arsenal have reason to take it seriously, Per explains in an Arsenal.com report. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger could easily have rung the changes in the Arsenal team yesterday. Because Everton had lost to Man City, the Gunners were assured of the Wenger trophy and there was no realistic chance of us leapfrogging Chelsea for third place.
So with all the problems we have had with injuries this season, the boss may well have decided to rest the likes of Ozil, Cazorla and Giroud with one eye on the FA cup final. However, by keeping the core group together, the Prof is giving Arsenal the best chance of winning that cup final and giving the fans the trophy we have desired for so long. .......Read the full article here