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Arsenal can regret but REALLY the Refs cost top spot

I know that I am a one for banging on about the referees and the way their bad decisions often seem to go against Arsenal. With all our injury problems and the way we always seem to get a tough draw in cup competitions, it just seems to add to the the struggle that Arsene Wenger and the Gunners have to go through.

Of course I am biased towards Arsenal, it comes with the territory, but I do try to see things from all points of view and I know that i have a tendency to ignore the things that go in our favour, like the terrible offsuide decision against Berahino when we played against West Brom the other day.

Arsenal get crushing blow to Reus transfer hopes

The race to sign Marco Reus is hotting up and Arsenal fans are definitely hoping that the Gunners are one of the clubs in with a decent chance of completing the transfer for the talented German international forward. Whether that is to be in the up and coming January transfer window or when his £20 million release clause becomes active in the summer remains to be seen.

But the latest development with the Borussia Dortmund star has dealt a devastating blow to the Gunners’ hopes of signing the 25-year old. Because according to a Daily Express report the news from Germany is that Reus has taken up a new hobby, learning the Spanish language.

A study of Arsenal’s Champions League chances

I have already written about the chances of Arsenal pulling off the incredible and finishing on top of our Champions League qualifying group. I don’t see us beating Galatasaray as the difficult part as they have been woeful, but we need Borussia Dortmund to lose at home to Anderlecht and that is pretty unlikely.

And as Arsene Wenger rightly said in a report on Arsenal.com, the Gunners could do with a bit more luck when the draw is made for the next round. With Bayern Munich twice and Barcelona iin three of the last four draws, you would hope that Arsenal get a slightly easier ride this season and there are some decent options out there for us, although the groups are not all decided yet.

Why Arsenal are still hoping to top Champions League group

Arsene Wenger is not getting carried away with the fact that Arsenal beat the Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates last night. The Frenchman admitted in his post match interview, reported by Arsenal.com, that it was very unlikely that the Gunners could pip Jurgen Klopp’s side to top the group, but he did accept that it was a possibility and he is right to do so.

He also said that he was not sure how Arsenal would approach the final group game against Galatasaray in two weeks and that it could depend on what happens in the few games there are before that final game in Istanbul.

Arsenal boss dismayed as Arteta and Sanogo pile on injury woe!!

Arsene Wenger was clearly delighted by the strong performance of his Arsenal players last night, but he was just as clearly devastated and almost at a loss for words that the victory over Borussia Dortmund exacted the heavy price of two more Gunners joining the ever growing and continued injury list that is in danger of destroying a second season in a row for Arsenal.

Will FULLY fit Ramsey REALLY mean Arsenal do NOT miss Wilshere?

Although it has seemed at times this season that Arsenal just cannot catch a break, especially with the injury situation, sometimes things have gone right for the Gunners. And I think you can put the return to full match sharpness of Aaron Ramsey in that category.

The news about Jack Wilshere damaging his ankle ligaments and perhaps facing surgery and a three month lay off is a real blow for Arsenal, but it would have been much worse if we did not have the young Wales international to step in. But we really need the Ramsey of last season back again, not just for his goals but for his all round game.

Arsenal to go 4-4-2 with Podolski and Welbeck?

I am not sure if Arsene Wenger is ready to take too many risks when he sets his Arsenal team up to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, but as usual the Frenchman’s tactical options are a little restricted because of the injury situation.

With the Gunners needing just a point, the manager may well decide to play it safe. Jurgen Klopp is probably thinking along the same lines with his own injury problems and with Dortmund sitting two places off the bottom of the Bundesliga and facing a tough trip to Hamburg at the weekend. So now could be a perfect time to surprise the Germans and go on the attack.

Why Jurgen Klopp would be perfect for Arsenal

Why Jurgen Klopp would be perfect for Arsenal by RP.

Wenger has helped to install an exemplary youth development institution at Arsenal and although a large selection of the current ‘homegrown’ players may have been bought in, let’s be honest with each other, they was kids when bought. Arsenal are known for buying ‘kids’ and as such have some very exciting prospects developing in the likes of Dan Crawley and Gedion Zelalem, the future is not in question when you look at Arsenal.

Wenger has done good work with the youth and I will come back to this point a bit later on.

Arsenal keeper right to be positive ahead of Dortmund clash?

Wojciech Szczesny was one of the many Arsenal players that did not exactly cover themselves in glory at the Emirates stadium on Saturday. It looked like he was at least partly responsible for the lack of understanding that led to hos collision with Kieran Gibbs and the left back’s own goal that that changed the course of the game.

But I am not going to be too harsh on the Poland international, because that was his first real mistake in the Premier League this season and he has not been at fault for the rest of the Gunners’ defensive problems this season. It has not helped him having 19-year old Calum Chambers and now the Spanish left back Nacho Monreal in front of him either.

Arsenal’s Season is in Danger of Ending Soon….Very worried?

After last season when Arsenal spent much longer at the top of the Premier League table than any of our big rivals, only faltering in the second half of the season as the injury list ground us down, expectations were naturally high going into this campaign.

Arsene Wenger still had quite a few of his players injured or otherwise out as usual and that list grew in the first few games, but having carried on from the record breaking transfer of Mesut Ozil with the signing of Debuchy, Chambers, Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez, we all felt that Arsenal were in a much better position to challenge.

Klopp makes BIG step towards replacing Wenger at Arsenal

Unless he has been on the moon or simply does not read the papers or use the internet, Jurgen Klopp must have heard the Arsenal transfer rumours that have proclaimed him as one of the main front runners to take over from our current manager Arsene Wenger, whenever that might be. And after the loss against Man United, it could be sooner rather than later.

It seems as though the German is not against the idea at all. In fact, Klopp has almost encouraged the Gunners to make a move to prise him away from his current club Borussia Dortmund, in a statement reported by the Daily Mail. And the 47-year old could be ready to take the reins at Arsenal sooner rather than later.

Why Arsenal MUST play Podolski this week!!

Why This Forgotten Arsenal Star Deserves More Chances! by AT

As a result of Arsenal’s rather mediocre start to the new season, there have been a handful of players who have been subject to criticism as a result of their poor performances. However, there are also established first-team players who have been more or less left in the wilderness as the Gunners continue to struggle for form. One of those players is Lukas Podolski, who chose to speak out about his situation following Germany’s 1-0 win over Spain.