Having already met twice this season, Arsenal are well aware of the threat that will be posed by our Premier League opponents Everton this weekend. The game could be crucial in deciding whether the Gunners make it into the Champions League for the umpteenth year running or whether Roberto Martinez can finally get the Toffees in amongst the cream of Europe.
One of the key men for the Gunners could be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who should provide the pace needed to stop Everton from pushing too far forward and pressing Arsenal as they did to such great effect in the league game at the Emirates back in December, when Arsene Wenger had to play Jack Wilshere on the right because of our injury problems. .......Read the full article here
Kieran Gibbs has quietly become one of Arsenal’s most important and reliable players in recent seasons, a fact that was made painfully apparent after Nacho Monreal’s dodgy performances against Liverpool and Bayern Munich. Blessed with great pace that has terrorized many Premier League defenses going forward and a work ethic that has seen his defensive game improve immeasurably, Gibbs has matured into a genuine all-round full back. And, at just 24 years old, he looks set to be a permanent fixture in the Arsenal back line for some years to come.
But Gibbs has had a hard time convincing the England selectors of his many talents, having won just three caps since making his debut against Hungary in 2010. The Arsenal man will be desperate to impress Roy Hodgson and earn a spot in England’s World Cup squad, but the fact that he did not feature at all during England’s qualifying campaign does not bode well. In fact if you bet online you can get a massive 16/1 for Gibbs to make the squad at the moment. So why has Arsenal’s first choice left back been so frequently overlooked by the national team? Essentially, it boils down to two issues: injuries and competition. .......Read the full article here
This is a massive game for Arsenal against Everton, especially when you consider that the next two Premier League games are away to Man City and at home to Chelsea. A win today would give the Gunners the breathing space to lose both those games and still be on top of the table.
But Everton are coming fresh from an away win at Old Trafford and so will be full of belief. Roberto Martinez has named an unchanged side from that win over United, but the good news for us is that, with Sagna missing from the Arsenal team, one of their most dangerous players, Leighton Baines, is injured and so Carl Jenkinson will not come under as much pressure as he might have done. .......Read the full article here
While one former Arsenal left back anxiously awaits a medical report on a damaged rib, the current holder of the position at the Emirates, Kieran Gibbs, is doing the same thing but for different reasons. Arsenal fans’ favourite (NOT) former defender Ashley Cole had to be substituted in Chelsea’s win over Norwich yesterday, and he left the field grimacing and clutching his side.
His manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that this is an ongoing problem, so it seems as if Cole will probably miss the two England games coming up against Montenegro and Poland, although we are still waiting for confirmation from Chelsea’s medical staff. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger seems to have a magic touch at producing left backs for Arsenal, with Kieran Gibbs well on his way to reaching the heights, and even surpassing, the previous two of Gael Clichy and Ashley Cole. Hey, you never know, we might even hang on to this one.
The 24-year old seems to have got over the injury problems that were disrupting his progress in the last few years, and he is really making the most of it, keeping Spanish international Nacho Monreal out of the first team in all but two of the Gunners’ 11 games this season, and Wenger has been talking, as reported by Arsenal.com, about just why Gibbs is doing so well. .......Read the full article here
It was not very long ago that the Arsenal and England full back Kieran Gibbs was getting himself a reputation as an injury prone player, having missed significant periods ever since he first broke his foot at the end of 2009. However, apart from a small thigh problem last season, he has quietly become a very reliable first team player for the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
Big things are expected of Mesut Ozil at Arsenal. Not only does the German midfielder come with a big reputation, but his transfer fee has nearly trebled the previous transfer record of the Gunners. So just what can we expect from Ozil and, perhaps more importantly, will he be better than the creative players of Arsenal’s Premier league rivals.
A question that Arsene Wenger must have been asking himself over the summer is who should be the squad’s first choice left back? We have two first team left backs as everybody will know. We have English and Arsenal born and bred Kieran Gibbs who is one of the Gunners who has come all the way through the club’s youth system to earn a place in the team. .......Read the full article here
If the stories in the media today are true, it is fantastic news for Arsenal fans, and it would show that Arsene Wenger and the board are really serious about pushing the team forward and winning silverware again. According to reports, the Gunners have activated the release clause in the contract of Marouane Fellaini, which is £22 million, as long as the club bidding is in the Champions League. .......Read the full article here
There may be quite a few managers glancing nervously at their phones today, wondering if they are going to get a call from Arsenal. The injury to Kieran Gibbs is going to keep him out for about three weeks apparently, but his last period on the sidelines dragged on longer than expected, and Abou Diaby’s three weeks turned into three months.
With the youngster Meade also injured, Arsenal are left with just Andre Santos as a specialist left back. That is why the French club Valenciennes were on the phone to Arsene Wenger this morning offering to sell Gaetan Bong, according to the Daily Mail. The 24-year old Cameroon international has been a regular fixture in the Valenciennes side this season, sometimes playing as a left sided centre back when needed. .......Read the full article here
I have said recently that I feel we need up to five more players to enable this Arsenal team to compete strongly with Manchester United and City, so what should we looking for? Players with a realistic chance that we could sign, so forgetting Messi and Ronaldo these are the players I would like. .......Read the full article here
Reports this week have suggested that Arsene Wenger has identified the player he wants to add to the Arsenal midfield as James McCarthy from Wigan Athletic. The transfer might not be as easy as Wenger first hoped, however, as Everton may also soon be chasing the 22-year old Irish international as a replacement for Marouane Fellaini, according to the Daily Star.
David Moyes does not want to sell his Belgian midfielder, but the Toffees’ financial situation means that they cannot afford to turn down big money for their players. Plus, there is a release clause of over £25 million in Fellaini’s contract and if a club offers that to Everton, then Moyes would be helpless. .......Read the full article here