The Polish keeper Lukasz Fabianski was plunged back into the Arsenal side in the impossible-looking away game at Bayern Munich but managed to come back with a clean sheet and it looked like he had cemented his big chance to replace thev out-of-form Wojciech Szczesny for the rest of the season.
But as usual he got an injury and Wenger had to choice but to reinstate Szczesny in the first team, and he has also seemed to come into some good form when called upon. Now that Fabianski has returned to fitness he is fully expectingv Wenger to drop Chezzy back to the bench. He said today: “I’m hoping that it’s going to go my way,” .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey still believes that Arsene Wenger’s team is not only good enough to beat Bayern Munich, but can still win the trophy. Before the Gunner’s (weakened) team lost to Blackburn this weekend they had gone five games without a loss, including four wins, and Ramsey thinks this shows that they can beat anyone.
He said: “On our day we’re capable of producing good results against anybody and we’ve proven that over the last few seasons, but consistency has been the issue with us. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen, who rarely speaks out publicly nowadays, has been assessing Arsenal’s chances of getting through the first knockout stage of the Champions League against Bayern Munich, and the Belgian says that Arsenal only need a bit of luck and “a good day” to beat the Germans.
“It’s a tough one but we knew before that it doesn’t matter who we drew, it will always be a tough one, especially in the Champions League,” Vermaelen said. .......Read the full article here
There is a very strange interview on ESPN this morning with the Arsenal striker Gervinho, who despite playing in the 2-0 home defeat against Swansea yesterday still thinks that the Gunners can go on and win the Champions Leagure this season.
Arsenal’s last Group Game is at Olympiakos next week and they need Schalke to drop points just to finish top of the Group, but Gervinho doesn’t think finishing second will make much difference. He said: “Whether you finish first or second, there will always be some big teams in the next round. If a team has qualified for the last 16, it’s because there is a lot quality in it, so the further you go in the competition, the tougher it gets,” .......Read the full article here
As Arsenal prepare to face Norwich tomorrow there seems to be an air of confidence all over the squad, although some may say that it may be OVER confidence especially if we remember that we only just beat Norwich 2-1 in this fixture last season, and that was thanks to a second half winner from a certain Robin Van Persie, assisted by Alex Song!
Arsene Wenger though is certain that this new Arsenal team have got the missing RVP goals covered thanks to everybody chipping in with goals. He said: “We lost a massive player with Robin van Persie and we had to find a way to get around that,” .......Read the full article here
The big West Ham defender James Collins says that his side is feeling very confident going into this weekend’s game against Arsenal. The Hammers are currently two points ahead of Arsenal in 7th place and so far have won two and drawn one of their homes games this season and he believes they will carry on that record against Arsenal.
They also beat QPR away last time out so Collins thinks they are in good shape to face the Gunners: “Obviously we’re coming off the back of a good win on Monday and we’re full of confidence. Going into the game we’re pretty confident of beating anyone at home, especially with our fans behind us.” .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger’s new assistant Steve Bould took charge of his first Arsenal game last night with Wenger banished to the stands, and after an excellent first half the Gunners had to dig deeply in defence to keep Montpellier from equalising as they pressed strongly while Arsenal tired.
Overall Bould was more than happy with the performance. He said: “I am really pleased. It was difficult. I thought we were excellent in the first half – we kept the ball and kept the crowd really quiet. The second half was tough and we looked physically a little bit tired. The crowd got right behind them and it is quite an intimidating place to come and play, so we’re glad to get the result. .......Read the full article here
There are a lot of Arsenal fans that will have given up on Abou Diaby ever returning to his brilliant form from his younger days, but we could take heart from the fact that a certain Robin Van Persie was also injured for seven years in a row before he finally turned into a top-class goalscorer.
Admittedly Diaby has probably missed a lot more playing time than RVP and just 13 starts in the last two seasons isn’t going to give us much optimism for this year, but having come through the opening game unscathed (not to mention the pre-season) perhaps we could give the French international the benefit of the doubt. .......Read the full article here
Mertesacker Believes by AH
Per Mertesacker today told Arsenal.com about his confidence in the side. We saw summer signing Oliver Giroud also speak out earlier about the team and their confidence about winning trophies, and of course Wojciech Szczesny always has a ring of confidence around him.
“I think we have a better situation than last year,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. “The team is full of characters, good players and every position has competition. So I am looking forward to the season because I think we can show the potential we have in a better way than last year. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has been in scintillating form all season, and he is in confident mood ahead of Hollands opening game tonight against Nicklas Bendtner’s Denmark side. He is not just aiming to win this game, but he believes Holland have the quality to win the whole competition.
He said: “I’m confident about what we can do – as well as the names you know, we have some talented young players like Gini Wijnaldum, Jeremain Lens and Luuk De Jong, so the future looks bright for this tournament and beyond,” .......Read the full article here
Thomas Vermaelen is very happy with Arsenal’s current form, and believes that they can carry their more consistent run of wins into next season and make a real challenge for the Premiership title.
“In some games we have shown a lot of quality and that we can compete with everybody,” said Vermaelen. “But you have to be consistent in the league and sometimes that’s not been the case for us. But we will try to do that better next year. I’m confident we can do that. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger knows that Arsenal have a very tall order to come back from four goals down against AC Milan on Tuesday, but after beating two top-quality teams like Tottenham and Liverpool he is feelink much more confident that the Gunners can make up the difference.
Yesterday he was reminded that of Arsenals previous 19 European home games at the Emirates they have won nearly a THIRD of them by 4 goals or more. “I love these statistics!” Wenger said. “We can score, we can have a good edge in our game, so let’s just go for it. .......Read the full article here