It has been a good few weeks for Arsenal and their fans. And after Roberto Martinez and his Everton players lost their second game in three, a lot of Gooners have already got the team safely into next season’s Champions League, but that is a dangerous attitude.
Arsene Wenger is confident that his players can handle the pressure, but he has been impressing on them the importance of treating the next few games will full focus. First up is Newcastle tonight and, as reported by Arsenal.com, Wenger is well aware that they could trip us up. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal are left to round up the Premier League weekend with a match against Newcastle United at the Emirates. And following on from a couple of vital wins for the Gunners, combined with a couple of cock-ups from our main rivals for the last Champions League spot, Everton, a win would pretty much guarantee us a 17th season among the European elite. But does that just mean that Arsene Wenger will pick this same starting XI that won at Hull last weekend?
Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski
Giroud .......Read the full article here
A large proportion of Arsenal fans have been hoping for Arsene Wenger to sign the sort of player that comes under the description of defensive midfielder for some time. And we don’t mean an all-rounder, or a creative player that will adapt his game, we mean a tough tackling midfield general.
When the Frenchman allowed Alex Song to leave the Emirates to sign for Barcelona, that would surely herald the signing of a Vieira type player, wouldn’t it? It seems like we only got Mathieu Flamini in this season, because the feisty Frenchman gave Wenger very little option, and the price was right. .......Read the full article here
Everton vs Arsenal preview, line up and predicted score by KJ
After falling off from the top of the pack, Arsenal are now in a fight for 4th and this game is vital to achieving it. Win against Everton and we are guaranteed at least 4th considering our remaining fixtures, lose however and we’ll be on a tightrope until the end of the season.
Everton have improved considerably under Martinez and are difficult to beat at Goodison Park. They pass the ball quickly and press extremely well in numbers. This means that there is very little time to rest and get your breathe back before they bombard you again. .......Read the full article here
After all the stick that has been given out to Mikel Arteta recently, the Arsenal vice-captain rose to the occasion for the tough test against Man City and proved, alongside the excellent Mathieu Flamini, that Arsenal can use the double pivot tactic in midfield.
The first few times that Arsene Wenger tried playing the Spaniard and the Frenchman together in central midfield, it did not look good and seemed to slow the Gunners up and deprive them of some cut and thrust going forward. But whether the players have just got more used to it or it just works at certain times against the stronger teams, I don’t know. What I do know, however, is that we need to use it again next weekend. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 1 – 1 Manchester City Player Ratings by KJ .......Read the full article here
People have questioned whether Arsenal are lacking in character, leadership and mental strength. You can’t really blame them, I suppose, after Chelsea inflicted a third heavy Premier League defeat on the Gunners. But Paul Scholes’ ill-informed attack was shown to be as bad as his punditry skills by the fight that Arsenal showed today.
I was expecting nerves galore and a shaky show from an Arsenal team who had every reason to be low on confidence, but as they have done many times this season, they proved people wrong. I was so proud of how the players took the game to the strongest team in the league and fully believe that, with a bit of luck, we could have taken the lead early on. .......Read the full article here
Is the City game already lost? by Twig
There is probably not a worse time for Arsenal to be facing Manchester City than this weekend. Unlike last season where our exploits against Bayern Munich were to be the catalyst for our strong finish to the season, this season the reverse has been the case and the team seems to be on a free fall right now.
The optimistic fan believes the most we can hope for is a draw against Man City, while the majority are resigned to another 6-0 mauling, or something along that line. Without Walcott, our chances in the big games are seriously diminished. But can Wenger pull something off with this battered and bruised set of players? What must Wenger do? .......Read the full article here
I don’t know about the rest of you Arsenal fans, but I am not exactly looking forward to the game this weekend. Man City are looking in worryingly good form since they went out of the Champions League to Barcelona a couple of weeks ago, while the opposite could easily be said of the Gunners.
Bad luck and nerves against Swansea have left Arsenal’s title hopes and confidence in the gutter and there is a real danger of us suffering a fourth calamitous drubbing against our main title rivals. There are some reasons for Arsenal to hope, however. The fact that the kick-off time is not the same early one in which the heavy defeats against Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea occurred and the fact this game is at the Emirates while the others were away from home. .......Read the full article here
Amidst all the disappointment of Arsenal conceding a last minute own goal against Swansea that saw a hugely promising season finally turn back into the usual struggle to get into the Champions League, there was a glaring positive which did not get the attention it deserved, namely the debut of Kim Kallstrom.
Let’s not mince words here, Arsenal fans, the January transfer window was embarrassing. As if the fans of our rivals did not have enough ammunition, we go and sign an injured player who few people have heard of and who cost us nothing. But Arsene Wenger has not lost his mind(completely) and so I knew that the Prof had gone for the aging Swede for a good reason. .......Read the full article here
This has all of a sudden become a massive game for Arsenal. The visit of struggling Swansea City should have been an easy three points for the Gunners, but after the disaster at the Bridge, it could be a very nervous affair. Arsene Wenger would have liked to rest a few of his big players but the importance of putting the Chelsea game behind us means he has had to go with the strongest starting XI available. .......Read the full article here
Mikel Arteta, time to go. by Rory
When Mikel Arteta was signed by Arsenal in 2011, he was supposed to fill the boots of Cesc Fabregas. Obviously he would never be that good but he was a decent last minute replacement. Now he is 31 and realistically is not up to the central defensive midfield role that is a huge necessity for Arsenal.
Credit to Arteta, he has done well to adapt his game to a central defensive mid since the departure of Song, and that has helped us, however his natural attributes do not fit what are required (A tough defensive mid who attackers fear and struggle to get past). .......Read the full article here