There is little doubt that Arsenal are not really expected to beat Manchester City tomorrow, with Arsenal around 3/1 to take the points and City around even money. For a home game at the Emirates, that just shows you how far we ghave fallen since heading the Premier League for most of the season.
And failure to win the game, as Arsene Wenger well knows, will be the final nail in the coffin of our fading title hopes. So it is hardly surprising to see that some bookies are offering as much as 150/1 for the Gunners to win the league. So maybe Wenger is clutching at straws when he says, in an Arsenal.com report, that Arsenal still hyave a chance. .......Read the full article here
The widespread belief in the football media is that Arsenal would have had Julian Draxler in the squad now if Arsene Wenger had agreed to pay something close to his release clause value of £37 million, and that the failure to sign the 20-year old sensation in January had left the door open for Bayern Munich to hijack the transfer in the summer.
But Arsenal fans can breathe a little easier after Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, according to The Mirror, insisted that Draxler is not one of their transfer targets this summer. That should hopefully leave the way clear foe Arsenal to sign one of the most exciting young players in the world. .......Read the full article here
Julian Draxler was widely expected to be the main focus of transfer interest for Arsenal in the summer. Having failed to do a deal with Schalke in the January transfer window after trying to persuade the Bundesliga club to accept less than the massive buy out fee for their starlet, the transfer was far from over.
The terms of his release clause only kick in at the end of the season and Arsene Wenger is reportedly going to have around £100 million to splash out to strengthen the Arsenal squad. But, according to a report in The Express, it will not be the fee that stops the Gunners getting their man, it will be the team that has put paid to our Champions League hopes for the last two years. .......Read the full article here
If the stories in this weekend’s papers are true and the Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been given an ultimatum to return to France with his wife in order to save his marriage, Arsene Wenger wiull have one more player to sign in the summer.
Assuming that Wenger wants to keeep the same general system of football that the Gunners operate with now, the Frenchman will need another player like Giroud who is big and strong enough to hold up the ball and bring the more tricky midfielders and wide players into the game. .......Read the full article here
Podolski’s looking forward to the North London derby, are you? by Ash
Lukas Podolski is the first Arsenal player to speak out ahead of another critical game for the Gunners this season, this one being the North London derby at Tottenham. Having already beaten the opposition once at the Emirates in the league already this season, and another win in the FA Cup, Arsenal will now attempt to take all three points away from White Hart Lane for the first time since 2007. .......Read the full article here
The thing about momentum is, like confidence and a good reputation, it takes some time to build up but can vanish in a split second. Arsenal have all three of these things at the minute and, if used correctly, they could mean that the Gunners’ title challenge is far from over, despite the seven point gap to Jose Mourinho and Chelsea.
What is absolutely vital now for Arsenal is a derby win at White Hart Lane on Sunday. We always want to win there, but it doesn’t happen that often. In fact, the last time we did the double over them in a season was 2007-08. Before that it was the year we last won a trophy. We need to do it again this year, or else we can kiss the Premier League crown goodbye. .......Read the full article here
A task too tough for the Gunners? by Ash
Arsenal came away from Munich having drawn 1-1 with German league and cup and Champions League holders, Bayern Munich. The final aggregate score was 3-1 to Bayern Munich and it closed off another European adventure for an Arsenal side that really missed their opportunity of progression this year. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal did not go out of the Champions League to Bayern because of the game in Munich, but if it wasn’t for a brilliant penalty save from Lukasz Fabianski, they would have lost both legs of the last 16 tie. And both would have been directly attributable to, let’s say debatable, decisions by the officials.
I know people have been saying that Laurent Koscielny should have been more careful because it was Arjen Robben and everyone knows he will go down if touched. Hold on a minute, don’t the referees know this as well? And should that not mean that they are less likely to give a penalty or free kick to the diving Dutchman? And why was he not booked for his outrageous dive in the first half? .......Read the full article here
The question of whether the Arsenal manager has got some sort of problem with the German striker Lukas Podolski has been raised on more than one occasion and has never been successfully answered. It seemed pretty odd that Podolski was hardly used after coming back from a long injury lay-off, especially when Wenger had been full of praise for his finishing.
That finishing power was on show again in Munich last night, smashing an equaliser past Manuel Neuer that not many players in the world could replicate. I think we can accept that it is not Podolkski’s finishing that keeps him from being a more regular starter, but his all-round play. . .......Read the full article here
By not winning their Champions League group, Arsenal brought yet another Champions League last 16 exit on themselves. But just like last season, it does not feel like a disaster. INstead, the Arsenal players and fans can feel great pride in standing toe-to-toe with Bayern Munich in their own backyard.
Don’t forget what they did to Barcelona last year and what they have been doing to every team in the German Bundesliga all season. And this season they are better, which makes it even more of a boost for Arsenal, especially as it was the decision to send off Szczesny that really decided the tie, not poor play at home like last season. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal exit with heads high by Uche
Wow! Don’t you just wonder what could have been if only Arsenal had a fair chance in the first leg of our game against Bayern? If only….. I am sitting in my living room all alone, with no distractions but the game before me and what was unfolding before my eyes couldn’t be clearer. We are playing the best team in the world and we look like their equal. Yes they had more possession and created the most chances but generally speaking, we were their equal none the less. What a shame we lost this game weeks ago in the first leg. .......Read the full article here
There is no doubt whatsoever that Arsenal’s chances in the home leg against Bayern Munich were destroyed by the referee. Whether he was right or wrong to send off Wojciech Szczesny, when Robben seemed to have tipped the ball quite far away from goal, is not the dicussion here. The fact is that it ruined the rest of the game for the neutrals and completely turned the tide against the Gunners. .......Read the full article here