Tag Archives: first-team

Arsenal Debate – What to do with Aaron Ramsey?

What will become of Aaron Ramsey? by AH

In my last article, in the comments section there was a lot of controversy about Aaron Ramsey’s place in this Arsenal squad. There were many people being negative about the Welshman and saying he should be sold. There were also some people defending the midfielder saying that he still has quality in him.

Wenger is known to be a big fan of Ramsey, sometimes bringing him on just for the sake of it and it often frustrates the fans. Leading to the question; what is Aaron Ramsey’s place in this Arsenal team?

Serge Gnabry looking forward to more Arsenal first-team opportunities

The young German Serge Gnabry has been very impressive in a couple of recent appearances for the Arsenal first-team, and he is keen to start some games and is expected to get another chance in tonights game against Reading.

The 17 year-old is hoping that he can surprise opponents who won’t be familiar with his game. ‘Defenders and other teams do not know about my game or my style of play, and perhaps that may help, but it is up to me to play my game and take advantage of that,’ he said.

Coquelin ready to leave Arsenal if he doesn’t play this season

Yesterday we had the young Arsenal midfielder Conor Henderson threaten to leave next summer if he is not given some regular games in Arsene Wenger’s first-team, and now today we have Francis Coquelin saying something similar.

Arsenal have extensive depth in the midfield postions, which will only increase when Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong return from injury next month, so it is not looking good for either Henderson or Coquelin to make the final breakthrough and become a first-team starter, and Coquelin has now admitted that he can’t wait patiently for much longer.

Eastmond, Arshavin and Squillaci named in Arsenal’s official Premier League squad

There were not many surprises when Arsenal confirmed their official squads for this season’s Premier League campaign, except for the inclusion of the midfielder Craig Eastmond, who featured in Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat of Everton in the U21 League on Monday. The other surprises for me are Sebastien Squillaci and Andrei Arshavin, who everyone thought would be leaving the club this summer even if it was only a loan move.

Here is the full squad: Arshavin, Arteta, Cazorla, Chamakh, Santos, Diaby, Djourou, Eastmond, Fabianski, Gervinho, Gibbs, Giroud, Koscielny, Mannone, Mertesacker, Podolski, Ramsey, Rosicky, Sagna, Squillaci, Szczesny, Vermaelen, Walcott. (Obviously there are no players aged under 21 included in this list)

Jack close to dramatic return to the Arsenal first team – and I’m delighted!

Wilshere is close to making his dramatic return from injury! by KJ

Who knew that an injury sustained in a pre-season friendly in 2011 would’ve changed the immediate future of one of England’s hottest prospects in Jack Wilshere. We all expected his recovery to take weeks, not an entire year. It has been an agonising wait for the new Arsenal no.10 to return to the pitch. No one will be more relieved to be back than Jack himself.

Arsenal Debate: Should an improved Mannone keep his place in the first team?

Mannone says he has improved a lot during his loan spell at Hull City by AM

Mannone has said that his loan spell at Hull City has improved him as a keeper. He also says that with lots of new faces coming into the squad he, even at the age of 24, feels like an elder statesman in the squad. Vito said – “I think I have improved in every part of the goalkeeper position.

Per Mertesacker should keep his place in the Arsenal defence – He’s earned it!

Mertesacker- New and improved! by TS

So our defensive line is looking good you say? Not conceded a goal in the EPL yet, you announce? Well, Ill have you know, that you’re RIGHT! That’s right, Arsenal have got the best defensive record! Early days, sure, but who cares? If it was any other team, they’d be rubbing it every chance they get, so as Arsenal fans, we’ll do the same!

Gnabry to be given his chance in Arsenal’s first team

The German youth international Serge Gnabry came to Arsenal with a huge reputation when he arrived from Stuttgart last summer and he settled quickly, scoring six goals in eight games for the U18’s. He was quickly moved up to the reserves and made another six appearances which persuaded Arsene Wenger that he could rise just as rapidly to the Arsenal first team.

While other youngsters were left at home playing friendlies against local teams, Gnabry was pulled into the squad that went to Germany last week and made his first-team debut in the second half against Cologne.

Is Joel Campbell really ready to play for Arsenal?

Arsenal’s loaned-out player Joel Campbell has had it with time away from his “mother club” and wishes to leave the French Ligue 1 for good this summer and have a chance to show his worth at Arsenal.

The Costa Rican international didn’t play a single match for the Gunners after being brought in last summer. He was immediately shipped out to Lorient, where he managed to score four goals in 27 games. Now, Joel is certain that he can prove his worth in London playing for Arsenal, and doesn’t want to waste any more time in fighting for his dreams.

Is Henri Lansbury ready for the Arsenal first team? (plus video)

Why Not Henri Lansbury? By: JG

Progressing very well in the England youth squads (even captaining a few), Henri Lansbury grows in popularity. His recent performances for the U-21 national team have been tremendous, and he has always been touted as a very talented individual. Even former Arsenal striker Alan Smith acclaimed that Lansbury has “huge potential”. Arsene Wenger has said of Lansbury: “Henri Lansbury is a type of player who I rate because of his qualities, but as well his mental strength, the timing of his runs. He gives you qualities that are very difficult to find in the modern game. He goes always behind [the defence] and he has the timing to get in the box and scores goals from midfield. He is showing that again the other night when you see the cross coming in, who is on the move? It’s Henri. I like his attitude, his spirit, his mental strength and of course his qualities. He has not played for a while; he played with cramps until the last minute [against Spurs] and has a fantastic team attitude. I rate him and I like him.”

Nico Yennaris takes his first steps to the Arsenal first team

It’s well known that before giving his Young Guns a chance to show their skills for Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger usually sends the club’s young and talented out on loans. There are usually two loan periods which occur before the player gets to be a first-teamer, and it happened the same way with Wilshere and other young Guns.

First Arsene sends them to a lower league club (or a foreign one) where the youngsters can get a bit of playing time, and than sends them out to a Premiership side where they can get accustomed with the requirements of the English top league. It seems that young Gunner Nico Yennaris just took the first one of the two steps and has joined Notts County.

Yennaris – The step up to Arsenal’s first team has made me work even harder

The 18 year-old Arsenal midfielder Nico Yennaris is the latest youngster promoted by Arsene Wenger to the senior side, and he made his debut against Man Utd in January. Since then he has been training with Robin Van Persie and the rest of Arsenal’s first-choice squad and he believes that the promotion has made him work even harder to succeed in professional football.

“I’ve always believed that what you put in is what you get out,” said Yennaris.