How do we utilise Campbell this season? by KJ
Joel Campbell has just tweeted that he’s on his way back to England. It is too early to expect him to be ready for the game against the New York Red Bulls but I expect him to join up with the team next Thursday (as will Sanchez, Koscielny, Giroud and Debuchy). Now he’s had a good season for Olympiakos and had an even more impressive World Cup for Costa Rica – how does he factor into the Arsenal squad for next season? .......Read the full article here
As the Arsenal boss said the other day in his interview with Arsenal.com after the first pre-season game, having a summer tournament like the World Cup can make the club’s preparations for the new season that bit more difficult. And with Arsenal having so many players like the French and German Gunners reaching the latter stages of the tournament, Arsene Wenger has as many problems as anyone. .......Read the full article here
With over a month still to go in the summer transfer window, Arsenal have already done some very good business, with David Ospina soon to be confirmed and with Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez already done and dusted. Plus, Arsene Wenger and Theo Gazidis have promised us more, so the Gunners will certainly have a stronger squad than last season.
But of course, all of the other Premier League teams will be trying to improve as well, so will Arsenal be able to improve on our fourth place finish? Not according to Michael Owen, but who listens to that biased midget anyway. Arsenal fans will certainly be hoping and believing that we can win the title this time, but who will provide the biggest threat? .......Read the full article here
With the Premier League due to kick off in less than a month, Arsenal and all of our rivals are currently in pre-season, with plenty of training sessions, some friendly games and tours of far flung lands, as well as the odd tournament like the Emirates Cup.
There are commercial reasons for some of this stuff, of course, but the main thing is to get the players fit and ready for the serious business of leagues and cup competitions. It is not just about fitness, however, as it also gives Arsene Wenger the chance to introduce some of the young Arsenal players into the team and to see how they react to playing with the big boys. .......Read the full article here
There is little doubt that Wojciech Szczesny, the Poland international who seriously tests your spelling skills, had his best year in an Arsenal shirt last season. He was unlucky not feature in the FA cup triumph at Wembley, after Arsene Wenger had handed the domestic cup duties to Lukasz Fabianski, but there was no doubt that the 24-year old was the undisputed number one for Arsenal.
Blessed with great talent, agility and confidence, Szczesny was made the first choice keeper at just 20 years of age, after a short loan spell at Brentford, but despite putting in some brilliant performances for the Gunners, there was always that chance of a mistake or a loss of concentration, most notably the mix-up with Koscielny which cost us another Wembley final. .......Read the full article here
Why Ramsey should take free kicks for Arsenal by Sumo
What struck me as odd during the Germany World Cup campaign was the Arsenal midfield maestro Mesut Özil playing second fiddle to Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos in the set pieces. Kroos is a box to box midfielder who has a very good shot on him. He shoots well. But him taking the free kicks for Germany was a bit beyond me (I don’t watch Bayern play). .......Read the full article here
Two fixtures that will test Arsenal’s Premier league ambitions early on in the season: Everton away, Man City home by SE
The aura emanating from the Emirates and Arsene Wenger, during this pre-season, gives food for thought to other Premier League clubs. It also says an awful lot about Arsenal’s Premier League ambitions this upcoming season. The acquisitions of Sanchez and Debuchy have put to bed any diverting speculation and accusation on Wenger, who has been immensely lambasted in the past, for his dealings in the transfer market. And, with Wenger stating that Arsenal are not yet done with incoming transfers, it should be a highly optimistic start to the 2014/15 season, given that Arsenal ended their 9-year drought, without a piece of silverware, by winning the FA Cup against Hull City this past May. .......Read the full article here
When a lot of last week’s Arsenal transfer rumours made it increasingly clear that Arsene Wenger had cooled his transfer interest in the France and QPR striker Loic Remy, I thought it must be because the Arsenal boss had his eye on someone else.
Apparently not, though, as a report in the Evening Standard reveals that the Prof is happy with his strike force, claiming that the club do not need to do any more to strengthen up front in the summer transfer window.
Wenger said, “Up front we don’t need any more. It’s not especially for numbers. .......Read the full article here
Although having three Arsenal players still involved in the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro will slightly hamper their pre-season preparations, the manager Arsene Wenger feels that the club will actually benefit from Germany winning the famous trophy.
In an interview on Arsenal.com, the Frenchman revealed that the German trio of Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil would not be joining the rest of their Arsenal team mates for pre-season training until the beginning of August, so they will miss this weekend’s game against the New York Red Bulls and quite possibly the two Emirates Cup games, against Benfica and Monaco, the following weekend. .......Read the full article here
The Myth that Giroud has good stats by Gameruk
Okay, Arsenal fans, thing I hear a lot from those pro-Giroud fans is that if you compare his stats to other strikers in the league then it shows him to be a very good striker. Well I’m hear to put that myth to bed.
If you’re a number 1 striker for a massive club like Arsenal than I will look at how you perform in those important games, not games against teams like Norwich City. so let’s see how our main striker has been in the games against our biggest rivals. .......Read the full article here
It is not just Arsenal who will struggle with their pre-season preparations, of course, because all of our Premier League rivals have had some of their players involved in the World Cup finals this summer, but not many will be having it any worse than the Gunners.
As revealed by an Arsenal.com report, Arsene Wenger has admitted that the fact that the players who were out in Brazil will be coming back in dribs and drabs is far from ideal, as he tries to get his Arsenal team ready for the start of the Premier League and a double header play-off to get into the Champions League group stage. .......Read the full article here
First of all Arsenal fans, do not ever make the mistake of thinking that anything Jose Mourinho says about Arsene Wenger and Arsenal is not calculated to get under the skin. We know that the Portuguese manager has had a personal issue with our Frenchman, going back to when he first arrived in the Premier League.
Wenger and Mourinho tried to say it was behind them last season, right before it all flared up again. The Chelsea boss will do anything to win, with all his talk of doing things the right way. This is the man who would stoop to sticking his finger in the eye of someone from the opposing side and make up stories about referees going into the opposing manager’s room at halftime. .......Read the full article here