First of all, for a player who will always be remembered as an Arsenal flop, after his move from Premier League rivals back in 2008, Mikael Silvestre has got a real cheek to talk about someone else being the wrong choice for the Gunners.
But that is just what the French defender, currently without a club after being released by the mighty Portland Timbers of the MLS, has said about out star signing of the summer, Alexis Sanchez. As reported by the Evening Standard, Silvestre thinks that the Chile international is too similar to the players already in the Arsenal team. .......Read the full article here
One of the low points of the last season for Arsenal, in my opinion, was having to listen to the former England and Manchester United star Paul Scholes tearing into the Gunners and especially Jack Wilshere. But it seems that the pundit may have had a surprising change of heart.
Scholes claimed at the time that Arsenal had no leaders in the team and accused Wilshere’s career of stagnating. I thought it was harsh at the time, even though we had just scored a late own goal to hand a point to Swansea, the week after being badly beaten at Chelsea. But Scholes ignored the fact that the Gunners had been hugely depleted by injuries during the season. .......Read the full article here
After Arsenal had looked like we could become champions of England again for much of last season, the misery of seeing the title challenge fall away was almost completed by Everton. At one point, the Toffees of Roberto Martinez were in pole position to beat Arsenal to the final Champions League spot.
As we know, they fell away while the Gunners finished strongly, and we are all hoping and expecting Arsenal to provide an even stronger push in the Premier League this time, but if we do end up in another fight for fourth, I would not be surprised to see Everton threaten us again. .......Read the full article here
Jack Wilshere knows all about what it takes to break into the Arsenal first team as a young player from the academy, having become the youngest player to ever play in the Premier League for the Gunners when he was just 16 years and 256 days old back in September 2008.
The latest player to really catch the eye at a similar age is Gedion Zelalem, the 17-year old born in Berlin but able to play for with Germany or USA at international level. Wilshere is clearly impressed with the young midfielder, who has started both of the pre-season games so far and is sure to feature in the Emirates Cup tournament this weekend. .......Read the full article here
No pressure, Olivier, but I think the big Frenchman could soon find himself sitting on the Arsenal bench more often than he is on the pitch. Because unless Arsene Wenger has a complete change of mind, then the Gunners will be playing in our usual system of 4-3-3 and that means just one central striker.
And now that Arsenal have signed the pacy and powerful Chile international Alexis Sanchez, Giroud is going to have some serious competition for the position, for pretty much the first time since he signed for Arsenal two years ago. That means that the next month or so is going to be very important for the Frenchman, in my opinion. .......Read the full article here
One of the most important things for Arsenal last season, in my opinion, was the fact that we got our home fortress back and started making teams seriously worried about facing us. Of course there were those bad beatings away from home at Anfield and Stamford Bridge, but they were rare exceptions to the rule.
This season, no one will look forward to coming to the Emirates to face the Gunners. With the excellent business already done by Arsene Wenger in the transfer window, and the likelihood of a bit more before the window shuts, Arsenal have built on the very strong foundations of last year. There is no doubt that the other Premier League sides are looking to north London with a bit of envy and plenty or worry, and we can use that to our advantage. .......Read the full article here
Injuries and Arsenal are two words that been synonymous with each other in recent years. And last season reached a whole new level, with the Gunners losing more player days to injury than any other Premier League team. About twice as many as our big rivals, and there is no doubt that it affected Arsenal’s challenge for the Premier League title.
So Arsene Wenger will be desperate to avoid those problems this season. Arsenal have appointed a new fitness coach and a new medical expert, which hopefully will help us to keep our stars fit and ready for the fight. But we already have Theo Walcott out for the first month or so, and there were concerns when the youngsters Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Yaya Sanogo were left out of the tour to America last week. .......Read the full article here
Where should Jenkinson go on loan to? by KJ
Sky Sports reported yesterday that Carl Jenkinson is to go on loan, with Arsenal’s imminent acquisition of Calum Chambers. The four teams supposedly interested are West Ham, Hull City, Sunderland and Swansea. Which team provides the best opportunity for Jenkinson to grow? .......Read the full article here
The fact that Jack Wilshere returned to pre-season training with Arsenal a few days early was a good start. But the England international is well aware that he must do more than that. The 22-year old was caught on camera smoking a cigarette for the second time recently and although I do not think it is really as bad as all that, he has vowed never to do it again.
Wilshere has accepted his mistake and apologised, as reported by The Guardian, but he said a similar thing last time. But as he says, he is a young man and people do make mistakes. I think he is finally realising that being a famous figure and a professional footballer brings responsibilities and pressure as well as great rewards. .......Read the full article here
First of all, I am really looking forward to this season. Arsenal have already done some good business in the transfer window and, hopefully, Arsene Wenger will be adding a few more names to go with the completed transfers of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina.
With a few less injury problems, I am optimistic that the Gunners will have a really good crack at the Premier League title. I believe we can win it and if not, then another cup success is certainly possible. But at the same time, I think that staying in the top four will be a significant achievement for Arsenal. It will not be easy. .......Read the full article here
The pressure had been building on Arsenal for nine years, with a defeat in one Champions League final and two League Cup finals along the way. So it should not have been a surprise to see the Arsenal players struggle to cope with the pressure and expectation last season.
But that pressure so nearly made the Gunners slip up in the semi-final against Wigan, when we needed an 82nd minute leveller from Mertesacker and some cool heads in the penalty shootout to make the final. And I’m sure that no one has forgotten about how we nearly threw it all away with a shocking start against Hull City at Wembley. .......Read the full article here
Wenger is building this squad with versatility in mind by KJ
David Ornstein reported that Calum Chambers had a medical with Arsenal yesterday and it seems like the young English defender will be an Arsenal player for a fee of around £10 million. But the reason we’ve brought him in is not because he can play as right back, but because he can also play as a CB and as a DM. Along with Sanchez, there is a clear theme amongst our new signings so far – versatility. .......Read the full article here