Tag Archives: Diaby

Awesome Akpom’s goals promise fantastic future for Arsenal

Despite being young enough, at 18-years old, to play for the Arsenal under 18 team, Chuba Akpom is firmly established in the under 21s and if he keeps on going the way he has been of late, it will not be too long before he is involved in the first team squads as well.

Who should replace Ramsey for Arsenal v Besiktas?

Because of the importance of the Champions League to Arsenal, Wenger and the players, the second leg of the play-offs against Besiktas on Wednesday is probably more important than the Premier League away trip to face Everton on Saturday.

However, the Gunners have a big problem after our star player was rather harshly sent off in the first leg. The Welshman would have been a nailed on bet to start, but who can replace him? If he was fit, I would suggest that the job should go to Abou Diaby, but he seems to have disappeared off the face of the planet.

Why Arteta injury is GOOD news for Arsenal

Arsenal Football Club have had much more than their fair share of injuries in recent years, with last season pushing the bounds of bad luck to something like a curse. And we are already seeing the same sort of thing again, with Arteta, Sanogo, Gnabry, Gibbs, Miyaichi, Walcott and Ospina in the treatment room.

Hopefully, Arsene Wenger is keeping Abou Diaby under wraps like a secret weapon, but somehow I doubt it. So the news today, reported by The Mirror, that our new club captain, Mikel Arteta, is going to miss at least two weeks, possibly more, after turning his ankle in Istanbul on Tuesday, gives the boss a bit of a headache.

Will Arteta injury force Arsenal boss to spend again?

I am sure that most Arsenal fans will be hoping that the answer to the above question is an emphatic yes, but we are also used to the fact that Arsene Wenger does not always do what we expect or want from him in the transfer market, so it is by no means certain that he will sign another player as cover or replacement for Mikel Arteta.

Does this really mean no DM for Arsenal yet again?!?

With just over a week to go before the start of the Premier League season, it is almost exactly a year since Arsene Wenger was at perhaps his lowest point since taking over as manager of Arsenal Football Club back in 1996. After losing to Aston Villa on the opening day at the Emirates, the Arsenal fans let their anger and frustration out.

It was not just that the Gunners lost from a winning position, though, the main problem was that Wenger had spent the gran total of diddly squat on new players. Even when he did, it was another creative midfielder, when most people thought the main things we needed were a striker and that annual talking point, a defensive midfielder.

Arsenal STILL have to sort out our midfield problems…

AS I SEE IT: PART 1‏ by WC

Arsenal’s new season is upon us. We are all excited mainly because of two factors. The first one is that all those who were crocked last season, except Walcott, are raring to go. The second one stems from the four acquisitions already in the bag.

But as I see it, Arsene Wenger is still to solve the issues that made us concede 20 goals in four matches. They will not go away simply because we choose to ignore them and talk about anything else. We have taken comfort by making misplaced assumptions..

Arsenal depleted and defeated in New York! Don’t Panic!

Look, Arsenal fans, I know it is never nice to lose a game, especially to a team that you are expected to beat, like New York Red Bulls from the American MLS. But they did have the greatest striker in Arsenal’s history, Thierry Henry, on their side and are in the middle of their proper season.

Not only are the Arsenal players just limbering up for their own serious business of the Premier League and Champions League exploits, but we had so many of our first team players missing because of the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Do Arsenal REALLY need a new Defensive Midfielder?

Do Arsenal really need new CDM? by Archangel

Before you start critisizing, I am certain Arsene Wenger will buy a new midfielder with defensive tasks in mind. Sami Khedira just sounds too nice to say no! Especially if he wants to join Arsenal and Real is willing to drop the price. I think we will buy Khedira or no-one. Khedira ticks the footballing brackets as well as personal ones – being friends with Özil and the rest of the Germans, being winner of basically everything in football and he’d continue the trend of Arsenal acquiring super-plus players from La Liga giants.

Borehamwood v Arsenal Player Ratings – Akpom MOTM!

Borehamwood 0 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

First half team

Szczesny – N/A
I don’t remember him even making a save in the first half.

Jenkinson – 6
He was decent on the right hand side but did really threaten offensively. Didn’t have to do anything defensively.

Hayden – 6
Defensively there wasn’t much to do. His distribution was good.

Ajayi – 6
Haven’t seen much of him at all but he looked solid on the ball.

Coquelin – 3
He looked really poor on the ball, his reactions and awareness was shocking. Seemed like he wasn’t bothered at all.

What to expect from Arsenal’s first pre-season game?

Well, Arsenal fans, we have not had too long to wait for our next fix of football after the World Cup came to close last weekend. Arsenal are back in action tomorrow, with the first of just four pre-season games, unless you count the Community Shield clash with Man City at Wembley a week before the Premier League kicks off.

What is making Wenger so happy at Arsenal training?

It is not too often in recent years that we have seen the Arsenal manager grinning like the Chesire cat from Alice in Wonderland, but that is how the Frenchman looks in some of the photos from today’s training session at London Colney.

wenger grinning

I don’t blame him either, because this time of year is usually fraught with stress and pressure from the fans, as Arsene Wenger would normally be struggling to keep hold of his best players while also scratching his head about how to get his annual trophy on the budget of a struggling mid-table team.

This time Diaby WILL be like a new Arsenal signing!

I am sure that a fair few Arsenal fans have been thinking that the name of Abou Diaby will always be linked with other players who have failed to live up to their potential, whether through injury problems like the Frenchman or because of things that they did or failed to do themselves.

But even the most pessimistic of us about the Arsenal future of the tall and talented midfielder must enjoy seeing the pictures on Arsenal.com of Diaby back in training with his Arsenal team mates. The French Gunner is 28-years old now and made exactly one appearance for us last season, as a sub in the final and unimportant Premier League game of the season at Norwich.