The transfer rumour mill is picking up speed, with Arsenal featuring heavily as usual. With just two weeks to go before the World Cup finals kick off in Brazil, two days after the summer transfer window officially opens, there will be feverish activity going on behind the scenes of most clubs, no matter what Arsene Wenger says to the contrary.
Don’t be surprised if there is a fair bit of business done before the tournament starts, and it seems that one of the players on the move could be Angle Di Maria. It was reported a few days ago that Arsenal were one of three Premier League teams, along with Manchester United and City, that had placed a concrete bid for the Argentina international, but I dismissed it at the time as a load of old tosh. .......Read the full article here
The financial figures released today should not be confused with the figures that show how much a club like Arsenal are earning, or how profitable they are. And even though they are supposed to reflect the value of a club, it is more to do with the strength of the brand, calculated by various factors including heritage, squad value, UEFA ranking and stadium attendance figures, as reported by the Daily Mail.
And the Gunners are looking good. Just as in the Premier League, we have finished in the same position as last season, but have made significant strides, with our market value supposedly jumping from US$410 million to US$505 million. That means we overtook Chelsea, although we stayed in sixth because Man City have risen. .......Read the full article here
When Arsenal went behind tonight to West Ham, scant minutes before the halftime whistle, nobody would have been happier than Roberto Martinez and his Everton players. But that joy was not to last for long and, just as Podolski’s quickfire leveller knocked the stuffing out of the Hammers, I think it will do the same for the Toffees.
They are now in a position where they have something to lose, knowing that they cannot afford one slip-up and that they must win every game, because the Gunners now look like they will. We have renewed confidence and all four of our remaining matches look very winnable, whereas Everton host an in-form Crystal Palace, Man United and Man City as well as travelling to Southampton. .......Read the full article here
Ok, I officially think I might be going crazy but I still believe Arsenal can win the Premier league and here are the reasons why. Currently we are 4th on 64 points with 32 games played, City 3rd with 67 points, Chelsea 2nd with 69 points and 32 games played and Liverpool top with 71 points from 32 games. Out of City’s last 8 fixtures I believe that Southampton at home in a week’s time and Liverpool and Everton away are their key games. City seem to have gotten over the poor away form that followed them at the beginning of the season but these matches still pose a difficulty and any blips might see the race continue to be wide open. Add to this the fact they will also have to go to Palace who under Pulis look very organized I would hardly say they have the easiest fixture list. .......Read the full article here
Gibbs gives an insight ahead of Arsenal trip to Liverpool by Ash
Having returned to winning ways by achieving all three points against Crystal Palace last weekend, Arsenal now begin their tough run across three competitions that will see the Gunners face some of the best teams in Europe, one of those more than once, in little under three weeks. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal are in one of those situations again today when they can ratchet up the pressure on the main rivals to the Premier League crown. The Gunners face an away game against Southampton this evening, knowing that a win will open up a four point gap over Manchester City and five over Chelsea, with those two not playing until tomorrow.
Man City, especially, could be feeling serious pressure when they travel to White Hart Lane to face a resurgent Tottenham. The media seem to think that it is Arsenal who will wilt under the pressure as the season wears on, but our French international right back thinks it is exactly the opposite. The fact that the Gunners are being written off, according to Bacary Sagna, is actually keeping the pressure off Arsenal and putting it on our rivals. .......Read the full article here
Even though Arsenal have already proved the early season doubters in the media wrong and kept their place on top of the Premier League for most of the current campaign, bookies and pundits alike think that the Gunners will not be crowned champions of England in May.
It cheeses me off, to be honest, but that is not what I am talking about here. There is a good chance that things will not go Arsenal’s way in the next fe months and we could well miss out. What I am wondering is how that would affect us. This season seems to have given the Gunners a fantastic chance, which we have seized so far, but next year the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and United will probably all be better. .......Read the full article here
Strange as it may seem, Arsenal are only third favourites with the bookies to win the Premier League title this season, despite currently occupying the top spot. And a part from a few days here and there due to fixture scheduling, the Gunners have been top for months. But, of course, it is the team that is top at the end of the season that wins it, and the bookies and pundits still do not believe that Arsenal can do it. .......Read the full article here
Giroud needs to step up in light of Walcott’s injury by KJ
I’ve been busy recently and haven’t had the time to reflect on Theo Walcott’s terrible injury and what it will mean for Arsenal. It’s put a massive dent in our title hopes, obviously, but it’s also horrible that Theo will have missed his second world cup in a row, unfairly. As a result, we will need to see a massive effort from our current players to make up for the goals and assists that Theo would’ve undoubtedly got had he not been injured. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal have played 10 Premier League games at the Emirates and 10 on the road and it shows just how good the away form is that the Gunners’ points haul is just one better from the home games. That away form is obviously very important for us, but Jack Wilshere feels the key to Arsenal staying at the top of the table and becoming champions could be the Emirates. .......Read the full article here
You could tell from the post match interviews tonight that Arsenal were much more disappointed with a point than Chelsea were. Things might have been different for both sides, with Lampard hitting the bar and Walcott being fouled in the box without a penalty, but Arsenal will feel the more frustrated of the two.
Arsenal fans should not be too hard on the Gunners though. Because Chelsea under Mourinho are doing this now. When they went to Man United and played without a striker early in the season, I thought it was just a temporary move until the returning manager got settled, but it seems to be a definite tactic against all of the big teams. .......Read the full article here
I know a lot of Arsenal fans will say that we shouldn’t be hoping for or relying on problems for our Premier League rivals to help us in the bid to claim the Premier League title. But the fact is, the more the likes of Chelsea and Man City struggle, the better chance Arsenal have of winning.
Anyway, Arsene Wenger has had more than his fair share of problems to deal with since the start of the season. The Frenchman’s main problem has been an unbelievable injury list, with key players like Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla all missing for significant periods. .......Read the full article here