After a slow start to his Arsenal career, the France international Olivier Giroud got going and ended up having a decent, if not spectacular first season in the Premier League. The striker showed flashes of brilliance, like his goal against Brighton and some of his clever flicks in link up play, but he was guilty of some poor finishing at times.
So far this season, his finishing has been vastly better, while his link up play, touches on the ball and movement off it have been even better than last time. That is why nobody found it strange when the Mirror reported that Giroud is targeting the Premier League Golden Boot this season. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 1 -2 Galatasaray, cheating and Drogba got in the way of an Emirates cup trophy by KJ
Arsenal started the game well and an odd Walcott set piece somehow gave us the lead, but the all too familiar diving of Drogba and his knack of always dominating our defenders prevented us winning our 4th Emirates cup. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal began this game knowing that any win would be enough to win the Emirates cup, but it was still a pre-season friendly and Arsene Wenger is more concerned about preparation for the real business to come, as was clear from the starting line up. Koscielny was replaced by Sagna at the back, while Sanogo started as the centre forward with Walcott on the right and Cazorla on the left.
Snogo nearly got off to a dream start after a mistake, but the defenders got back and the young striker’s shot was smothered by the keeper. The Gunners showed plenty of early intent and also had a penalty claim in the first 10 minutes, while Arteta gave a more solid feeling in front of the defence. .......Read the full article here
The jury has been in deliberation all season about Olivier Giroud at Arsenal. Of course, the French international has been given some leeway by us Gooners, although not much by some, as it is his first season with the Gunners and we have seen players take time to get used to the English Premier League before. .......Read the full article here
If you were drinking a cup of tea when you saw this headline, I apologise. Wipe your screen down and read on, because Arsenal’s French international striker has suggested that he has been better that the Gunners scoring legend Thierry Henry and the `beast` Didier Drogba.
Now, I am one of Giroud’s fans. I supported him earlier in the season when the Arsenal fans were getting on his back and calling him every name under the sun in the comments section, but I think the big forward may have gone a bit too far with that statement. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal’s very own attacking enigma Gervinho, who can be brilliant on one day and an abject failure the next, has been talking about his childhood in the Ivory Coast and how football has changed his life.
Arsene Wenger has explained how importance confidence is to the Ivorian’s game and Gervinho himself has now showed his emotional side. He said on Arsenal.com: “I didn’t grow up in a good environment, I didn’t get everything I wished for – but I was fortunate enough to have certain things, parents who fought for me,” .......Read the full article here
I had to do a double take when I saw this story in the newspaper this morning, then I checked the date to see if it was April Fool’s Day, although that does not necessarily the story true. Apparently, the Turkish champions Galatasaray want to sign the Arsenal and Ivory Coast forward Gervinho in the summer, and they are willing to pay £12 million for the privilege.
Arsenal paid under £11 million to the French Ligue 1 club Lille for him in July 2011. Gervinho had just scored 18 goals that season as Lille won the French title, but it is fair to say that he has not really replicated his form since coming to the Emirates. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger still speaks about Gervinho as a key member of the Arsenal team. He explained his decision not to scout the African Cup of Nations in January by saying that the Ivorian striker was the best player in the tournament, and we already have him so there was no point. When the 25-year old forward returned after Ivory Coast were knocked out by Nigeria, Wenger decided to give him some time off before rejoining the Arsenal squad, but he will be available from now on. .......Read the full article here
There is very little doubt that the ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba must be favourite to win this years African-Player-Of-The-Year award after his brilliant contribution in winning the Champions League for his club, as well as helping the Ivory Coast to second place in the African Cup of Nations, but his Ivorian team-mate, Yaya Toure and Gervinho are also touted as possible winners.
The ex-Arsenal Alex Song, who recently moved to Barcelona is also there, as well as Demba Ba and John Obi Mikel from the Premiership who have contributed half of the nominated Top Ten. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal striker Gervinho was one of a host of Premiership players that had to be protected by a ring of security guards with riot shields in Senegal when rioting home fans forced the referee to abandon the game with Gervinho’s Ivory Coast team leading the home team by two goals to nil.
Didier Drogba had put the away team 1-0 up direct from a free-kick, but when the Ivory Coast were awarded a controversial penalty, which Drogba also converted, the Senegal supporters started fires in the stands and started raining missiles, including chairs, stones, cans and bottles down on the players. .......Read the full article here
We all know Arsene Wenger keeps his cards close to his chest and even when he doesn’t you can never tell what he’s up to. However, I want to think what he had to say about Drogba being linked with Arsenal is true. Wenger insisted that Arsenal are not about to offer Didier Drogba a route back to the Premier League. Happy days. .......Read the full article here
There have been various reports this morning that the ex-Chelsea star Didier Drogba could be on his way to Arsenal after problems amongst the owners of Shanghai Shenhua who are not reportedly able to pay his wages which are rumoured to be 300,000 GBP per WEEK!
Ray Wilkins, who spent many many years working alongside Drogba at Chelsea, doubts very much that the Ivorian international would ever move to the Emirates, simply because of the great rivalry between London’s two top clubs.
How can he go to Arsenal after spending eight years at Chelsea?” Wilkins said. “Didier, in his heart of hearts, would think that’s a step too far.” .......Read the full article here