Joel Campbell will celebrate his 22nd birthday next month, and a couple of months after that, it will be three years since he signed for Arsenal Football Club. He may even have played for the Gunners by then as well, in a pre-season friendly, as he is set to end his loan spell with the Greek champions Olympiacos at the end of this season.
The question is, though, whether the young striker is ready to make the big step up to the Premier League with Arsenal. If Arsene Wenger is not entirely convinced when Campbell comes to the Emirates to join his Arsenal team mates, the Frenchman will have a good option, as long as Pepe Mel keeps his job at West Brom. .......Read the full article here
Just like with Arsenal, the media and most football pundits are writing off the chances of Liverpool, but the fact is that Arsenal are top and Liverpool are second in the Premier League table. So just as it seems disrespectful for everyone to just assume that Arsenal will fall away, I think we have to take Liverpool seriously.
And their demolition of Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday cheered us all up after a disappointing week for the Gunners. However, their lofty position does make it almost certain that they will not be selling Luis Suarez in January. And they might even stop Arsenal from getting one of the other strikers linked with a possible move to the Emirates. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal fans will be hoping that the France international striker Olivier Giroud returns from the international break with his scoring boots on. The Gunners centre forward has been getting a bit of criticism lately and there is a feeling that he had lost his edge a bit because of having to carry the strike duties of the club on his own.
Nicklas Bendtner has been as useful as a chocolate teapot, while new summer signing Yaya Sanogo has joined Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski in the treatment room. Thankfully Aaron Ramsey has been in fantastic form in front of goal, but most people agree that Arsenal really need to add to their strike options when the transfer window arrives in January. .......Read the full article here
It makes a nice change for Arsenal not to be drawn against the Greek side Olympiacos in Europe, and the way their star striker is finding the back of the net this season, it could be a good thing, although Arsenal’s Champions League group is quite hard enough thanks very much.
Konstantinos Mitroglou was a bit of a thorn in the Gunners’ side last season, scoring in both of the ties against us. His winner in Athens also meant that we finished second in the group to Schalke and that meant we were drawn against the eventual winners Bayern Munich, while Schalke got Galatasaray. .......Read the full article here
At the same tonight as Arsenal kick off in Athens against Olympiacos, Carlo Ancelotti’s Paris Saint-Germain face Porto in a game that could decide whether he keeps his job at the French club. The French newspaper, Le Parisien, has reported that the owners of PSG have identified Arsene Wenger as the man, or one of the men, they want to take over from Ancelotti. The report states that Wenger met with people from the oil rich club last week to discuss a possible contract. The Arsenal boss has flatly denied the rumours, but in the world of football that does not mean too much. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has taken a much changed group of players to Athens for Arsenal’s final group game against Olympiakos. The manager has declared that he has not done this because he has given up on top spot in the Champions league group, but because he feels that the fresher players will have a better chance of success tonight. Bizarrely, he also seems to think that Schalke will fail to beat Montpellier in France tonight. .......Read the full article here
The Walcott contract situation is dragging on now and even though I remain optimistic, we need to prepare ourselves for the worst. Walcott could potentially be sold in the January window, forcing Wenger to promote German wunderkind, Serge Gnabry.
He was bought from Stuttgart for about £100,000 in 2010. He was able to play during the 2011-2012 season for the club with the U-18s. Eventually, he was fast-tracked into the reserve side after massively impressing the staff at Arsenal football club. His ability was far beyond most at his age and deserved the dramatic step up after only a year at the club. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger’s new assistant Steve Bould has received nothing but praise recently. He has been given most of the credit for the new solidity in the Arsenal defence that saw us let in just two goals in the first five league games. Both of those cvould be attributed to goalkeeper error so the defence was looking irresistible. The last two games, however, have given Arsenal fans a reason for concern again.
Bould is willing to take responsibility for those performances, just as he was given credit for the improvement. The former Arsenal defender believes that the players were deflated by the Chelsea defeat last weekend, and this contributed to the nervousness on view against Olympiacos on Wednesday. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 3 – 1 Olympiacos. Back to winning ways for the Gunners by KJ
A great win for the Gunners propels them to the top of their Champions League group with 6 points. However, it wasn’t anywhere near as comfortable as the score line suggests.
The game started out pretty well for the Gunners as they remained organised and held most of the possession. But, there wasn’t really any clear cut chances to boast about. Eventually, the Greek champions grew into the game and were restricting any space available. They started to press higher up and started to retain the possession. However, like Arsenal, there wasn’t really any clear cut chances to talk about. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger thinks that the Olympiakos team that Arsenal will face tonight is pretty much exactly the same team that came to the Emirates last season (which Arsenal won 2-1) and are not expected to be pushovers after losing their first Group game, but he is calling on his players to bounce back strongly after unluckily losing to Chelsea at the weeked.
Wenger said last night: “The players are focused and disappointed when we lost the game. They are still down of course, but we have a Champions League game in front of us at home and we want to put things right. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal may have lost their first game of the season yesterday but they won’t have too much time to dwell on it as there is the small matter of a Champions League game coming up on Wednesday, which could be perfect to lift the team ahead of the coming league matches.
Arsenal need another win to cement their expected progress through to the Group stages, and Arsene Wenger will want qualification tied up as quickly as possible. Although Olympiakos lost their opening Group game against Schalke, they are certainly no pushovers having won their first five games in the Greek League planting them firmly on top of the pile. .......Read the full article here