Arsenal’s German Connection by Big Gun
It has been a while since I last posted. I just want to start off by saying thanks to the Admin for keeping this site the NO1 place to be when you are not either watching the Gunners live or on the tele. Also, lots of respect to those who have had the time and courage to write articles during this mad transfer season, amidst a frantic World Cup 2014. Congrats to Germany and in particular our band of German Gunners who participated in the tournament, on and off the pitch. Ozil, Mertesacker and Podolski – WE SALUTE! .......Read the full article here
That’s it Arsenal fans! The World Cup is over and we have nearly a month to wait before our Gunners are back in serious action. Arsene Wenger will be heading back from Brazil where he has been on pundit duty for French TV, and we are all hoping that the Frenchman is going to get down to some transfer business in the coming weeks, but what has Wenger learned from the World Cup?
Hopefully, the performance of Javier Mascherano has convinced the Prof that having a top quality defensive midfielder is quite handy. Unfortunately the Gunners have no chance of getting him, but we surely need someone like him. At least we can feel better about not signing Higuain for a king’d ransom last summer. .......Read the full article here
I know that I am biased. It comes with the membership card when you become an Arsenal fan. But I scared the life out of my dog and the wife when I saw the board go up for a Germany substitution just before the end of the World Cup final at the Maracana stadium in Brazil.
But I had forgotten that Mesut Ozil only wears 11 for Arsenal, not Germany, and the Gunners midfielder was not the man coming off. I should bloody think not as well, because the Arsenal man was right on it tonight. .......Read the full article here
Wow, Arsenal fans, just wow! The Gunners are going to have to wait a little bit longer to get our players back, after Germany just dealt out the sort of beating that the Brazil team might not easily comer back from. What a shame that Chelsea have managed to offload the calamity that was David Luiz to PSG. Maybe there is still time for them to call that one off. .......Read the full article here
Maybe Paul Breitner is looking for a job in the English media, because they always seem to be on the lookout for criticism of Arsenal and their players. Or maybe I am just touchy, but it seems to have become a national pastime to knock the Gunners, Arsene Wenger and anyone who plays for him.
After England flopped like a fish on a riverbank at the World Cup, with the golden boys of Liverpool, Gerrard, Sturridge and Johnson, playing as if they had just met in the dressing room before the game, and Wayne Rooney doing his usual disappearing act, we had to read an article from Ian Holloway blaming Jack Wilshere and his attitude, despite the Arsenal midfielder hardly getting a chance to play. .......Read the full article here
There was great expectations when Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal last summer, but after being injured in the second half of the season his form seemed to be on the wane and he started to become anonymous in some games. There was talk that he may not even make Joachim Low’s World Cup squad but the German coach stuck by his talented midfielder despite Ozil being booed by his own fans in the warm up games. .......Read the full article here
There is no doubt that the Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere has had his fair share of bad luck and trouble in his short football career. And last season was no different, with more niggling injuries preventing him from having a big impact on the Arsenal season.
Then the Arsenal man was savaged on live TV by the pundit and former Man United star Paul Scholes, who claimed that Wilshere had not progresses at all in the last four years. Harsh? I thought so, especially with the amount of time on the pitch that the 22-year old has missed through injury. .......Read the full article here
I am sure that I was not the only Arsenal fan to be surprised when the starting line-ups were announced for last night’s World Cup quarter-final between France and Germany, because instead of five Gunners, only Mesut Ozil started the game.
The biggest surprise was the fact that Joachim Low had dropped Per Mertesacker to go for a defensive pairing of Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, because like at Arsenal, our Big Flaming German seemed to have nailed down a place in the national side. But it was a tactical switch by the German coach, as he was concerned about the pace in the French attack. Maybe something that Arsene Wenger might want to consider against certain teams next season… .......Read the full article here
It was a little odd to see the starting line-ups for this World Cup quarter-final, because I was expecting there to be a healthy Arsenal contingent between the two teams. Only Mesut Ozil started this crucial game between France and Germany, though, with all the others on the bench.
There was some good news for Arsenal fans there, though, because Lukas Podolski was among the German subs so his injury was obviously not too bad. At least the others had a rest and did not pick up knocks themselves, although Per Mertesacker will have been gutted to miss the first game of the tournament. Joachim Low brought Lahm back to right back and went for the extra pace of Boateng alongside Hummels. It remains to be seen if our BFG gets his place back for the semi-final. .......Read the full article here
It certainly seems as though one Arsenal target, Mathieu Debuchy, has edged ahead of the player he could be about to replace, Bacary Sagna, at least as far as their international careers go. And that could just prove to be the decisive factor in whether or not the Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Newcastle United man with a move to the Emirates come true or not. .......Read the full article here
Wow, how good does the Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil feel now? Not only did he score the goal that turned out to be the winner for Germany against an unbelievably stubborn and dangerous Algeria team, but he finished it like his Arsenal team mate Lukas Podolski.
Maybe the two German internationals have been working on the finishing of Ozil, because our club record signing nearly took the back of the net off when he lashed home Germany’s second. It seemed like the icing on the cake at the time as the clock ticked down and they were already one up, but Algeria then finally converted one of their many chances to make Ozil’s goal absolutely crucial. .......Read the full article here
There will be at least three Arsenal players involved in the World Cup quarter finals in Brazil, after FRance booked their place with a hard fought win against Nigeria. So Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud join our young Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell into the last eight of the competition.
Both of the Arsenal men started the game for Didier Deschamps’ France. Giroud in his usual centre forward role with potential Arsenal target Karim Benzema on the left of him. Although they linked up well with the rest of the French attack and created the better chances, it was not quite clicking for them. Giroud hardly had a sniff at goal although he was involved in most of their moves. .......Read the full article here