Two fixtures that will test Arsenal’s Premier league ambitions early on in the season: Everton away, Man City home by SE
The aura emanating from the Emirates and Arsene Wenger, during this pre-season, gives food for thought to other Premier League clubs. It also says an awful lot about Arsenal’s Premier League ambitions this upcoming season. The acquisitions of Sanchez and Debuchy have put to bed any diverting speculation and accusation on Wenger, who has been immensely lambasted in the past, for his dealings in the transfer market. And, with Wenger stating that Arsenal are not yet done with incoming transfers, it should be a highly optimistic start to the 2014/15 season, given that Arsenal ended their 9-year drought, without a piece of silverware, by winning the FA Cup against Hull City this past May. .......Read the full article here
There is little doubt that Arsenal were on the wrong end of some terrible luck last season. I am not blaming our bad luck for everything, of course, as there seems to have been a definite underlying problem for the Gunners to have had so many injury problems throughout the season.
And I am not going to go on about the referees again, suffice it to say that I did not feel that we had the rub of the green from the men in black. Arsenal’s bad luck extended to the the cup draws and the TV scheduling as well, which always seemed to pit the Gunners against the toughest possible opponents at the worst possible times. .......Read the full article here
When the Premier League fixtures were released a couple of days ago, Arsenal fans looked like we had not done too badly for a change, with no horrible blocks of tough fixtures to worry about. But those fixtures, which you can peruse at leisure on Arsenal.com do not tell the whole story.
They do not include the cup games yet, and the Gunners have been handed a horrendous run of games following our Champions League games. As usual Arsenal finished fourth, so that already means that we face two extra games in the play-offs before the Champions League proper. The first leg is followed by a very testing away game at Everton and the second with a trip to Leicester City. .......Read the full article here
Unlike last year, Arsenal will not be able to comfort themselves with the fact that we were knocked out of the Champions League by the eventual winners. Bayern Munich were comprehensively beaten by Real Madrid in the semi-final second leg last night, and they should have lost a lot more heavily in the second leg as well, but why?
Earlier in the season, right up until they clinched the Bundesliga title in record time in fact, the Germans were looking just as good, if not better, than last season. Now while it was obviously not a plan to take their foot off the gas, that is what has happened, and Arsenal must take note of this, learn from it, and make sure it does not happen to us as well. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal Wenger has hailed the spirit of his Arsenal team after emerging 3-0 winners against Newcastle on Monday night. The Gunners’ bid for Champions League football seemed to have been derailed following defeat at Goodison Park earlier in the month but the London club has responded with three wins in the three games. Arsenal now hold a four-point advantage over Everton with two games to play.
‘We have gone through a difficult period, and Goodison Park was one of them,’ Wenger said, ‘I believe that the spirit is healthy, strong, determined and you can see that when the team is capable of bouncing back after a big disappointment.’ .......Read the full article here
Hello Arsenal fans, it is good to feel positive again isn’t it?They say that a week is a long time in politics, and the same can certainly be said of football. Arsenal have had some terrible weeks for sure, but if you think back to the nerves and frustration we were all feeling a week ago, this one has been brilliant.
Two wins and an Everton loss have got us all dreaming of an FA cup trophy and feeling confident of being at the top table in Europe for the 17th consecutive season. Failure to do that, as Lukas Podolski said before the game against West Ham, would be a disaster, but have we really avoided that disaster or are we just getting ahead of ourselves a little? .......Read the full article here
Mathematically speaking, Arsenal should not really be the favourites to finish above Everton and qualify for the Champions League for the 17th season in a row. The Toffees are thge form team and if they win all their games they will finish above us.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have been in terrible form and cannot afford a single slip, but that seems to have been forgotten by the bookies and football pundits. Gary Neville, never the biggest fan of the Gunners, even admitted in a Sky Sports report that he thinks we now have the edge over Roberto Martinez and his players. What a difference a couple of games make, eh? .......Read the full article here
The high of Arsenal reaching the FA cup final and having a great chance to put all the media talk of a trophy drought behind us, could be seriously diluted tomorrow unless the Gunners see off a West Ham side that has been in decent form recently.
A win over the Hammers will put all the pressure back on to Roberto Martinez and Everton, who are now pushing us hard for that fourth place finish and our German striker Lukas Podoldski is well aware that failing to secure that final Champions League place would be nothing short of a nightmare, as a Sky Sports report reveals. .......Read the full article here
Owen on Arsenal by Ash
Michael Owen is known to be quite a controversial figure amongst the Arsenal fans, whether it be on the pitch or more recently off it with his media outbursts and regular columns. However this time I think he has said something very worthy that the Gunners should take note of.
In a Daily Star report he is recorded stating, “If Arsenal win the FA Cup and get fourth in the league, from my point of view it would be a good season. I said at the start of season they’re a step away from the title. I don’t think their players are of the level of City, Chelsea and Liverpool’s. .......Read the full article here
It will not surprise many of you Arsenal fans out there to hear that Arsene Wenger was one very relieved Frenchman after Lukasz Fabianski had become the hero for the Gunners in the penalty shootout victors over plucky Championship side Wigan Athletic.
It might not be overdoing it to suggest that the Polish keeper’s two saves will be the difference between Arsenal having a new manager next season or not. I think most of us and the football world believes that Wenger would have punched his clock at the Emirates if we had failed to win the cup and secure fourth place. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal deserve to be in this FA Cup semi-final! by Ash
There have been a couple of comments on a few Arsenal articles of recent weeks, as well as reports in the mainstream media that Arsenal fans should not be entirely proud of their achievements to get to this stage at the FA Cup, where the other big clubs have prevailed, because Arsenal have had an element of luck in the competition. However I in fact think the exact opposite is true and, although it would be right to suggest that The Gunners have achieved some arguable ‘luck’ at this stage, considering we are the only real major top flight club left in the competition from the Premier League, Arsenal certainly have not had it easy getting here. In fact, no team has had a harder set of draws. .......Read the full article here
There are certainly doubts about whether Arsenal have the players, mental strength and whatever else is needed to finish the season strongly. But it appears that most of those doubts are in the minds of Arsenal fans themselves. Of course, we are a lot more reason to be nervous than the neutral, but a look at the odds tells you that the bookies, who do not tend to make many mistakes, have more belief in the Gunners than most of us do at the moment. .......Read the full article here