Joel Campbell still hopes to make it at Arsenal! by Ash
After watching Olympiakos against Manchester United last night I realised two major things. Firstly, one that does not come across as something shocking at all, is that Manchester United are currently in a bigger crisis than Arsenal have ever recently been in, despite not coming under the same level of media attention. And secondly what a very good player Joel Campbell has the potential to be. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal must take Joel Campbell back next year! by Ash
If you watched Manchester United’s game against Olympiakos last night, then I’m sure it probably had something to do with the fact an Arsenal player was on the pitch. Whilst one former Gunner Robin Van Persie led the line for Manchester United, Olympiakos had their own Arsenal striker up front, with Joel Campbell playing for the Greek side at Old Trafford, and it was the youngster that stole the show with an excellent goal as United were humbled. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal boss will have to cross a couple of names of his transfer wish list for January, assuming that Arsene Wenger has such a thing, because two of the players that have been linked with a possible move to the Emirates stadium next month have just signed new extended contracts with their current clubs.
Konstantinos Mitroglou may not have been the front man most Arsenal fans were hoping the club would sign in the January transfer window, but I for one thought the Greek would be no tragedy. His recent form in front of goal is miraculous and he has performed in the Champions League to the same high standard that he has been setting in the not so well thought of Greek league for Olympiakos, while also firing his country to the World Cup. .......Read the full article here
Just days after claiming that he is very unlikely to bring in attacking reinforcements in the upcoming January transfer window, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed his admiration for the Olympiakos front man Konstantinos Mitroglou, who is also being targeted by fellow Premier League side Liverpool.
The 25-year old, who has scored 14 goals in 10 League matches so far this season, seems to have attracted Arsene Wenger’s attention during the Greek side’s Champions League encounters against Arsenal in the Group Stages last season and the Frenchman has reportedly kept a keen eye on him ever since. While the Gunners boss typically refused to talk about any potential move, he did reveal his admiration for the big Greek international. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger saw his cobbled together team of reserves and misfits give a spirited display against Olympiakos in the first half of last nights match, but you could see that the lack of match fitness took its toll on the unusual Arsenal side in the second half.
Arsenal led 1-0 at half-time but the goalscorer Thomas Rosicky was replaced at half-time and the home side started playing with a little more urgency, and were rewarded when the referee mistakenly gave them a corner, which was obviously pounced upon by Wenger as he thinks it cost the Gunners the game. “We need a good Christmas present now.” he said, referring to the Knockout draw in December. .......Read the full article here
Olympiacos 2 – 1 Arsenal report. A bad result but that’s not what this game was about. by KJ
After a few bad results, it’s refreshing to go into a game knowing that the result isn’t the most important thing. We’ve already qualified and it doesn’t really matter whether we get first or second. We were at a point going to win the group but some slack defending lost us the game at the end. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger held a press conference yesterday before Arsenal face Olympiakos in the final match in the group stages of the Champions league. Wenger could be quite upbeat because the Gunners have already qualified for the next round, although it looks like it will only be in second place if Schalke avoid a shock result against Montpellier.
Wenger inevitably ended up talking about the previous match against Swansea in the Premier league rathner than tonights fixture, and the Frenchman was on good form. One thing he said made me do a double take, however. He must be joking, I thought, or does he really believe that. .......Read the full article here
We all knew that Arsene Wenger, having blamed Saturdays defeat on fatigue, would obviously be resting a few players for the midweek game in Athens, but did we really think he would leave this many at home!
Let Arsene tell you which of the Arsenal first-teamers he has given a rest to….. “Some players needed a rest because they were a bit on the fringe of injury, and some players are injured,” explained Wenger before travelling to Greece.
“When I count the injured players I speak about Podolski and Walcott. We needed to rest Wilshere, 100 per cent, and Cazorla, Arteta and Mertesacker played many games recently. They have been rested. .......Read the full article here
What happens if Arsenal lose their next two games? by Twig
Arsenal are in a crisis. Last season was unbearable – but Arsenal have shocked fans by proving that they can even ‘better’ last season’s horror showing. Surprisingly, the rot seemed to have been kicked off by a seemingly impressive 5-2 thumping of Tottenham. However, recent matches have shown that that scoreline was probably a fluke, which is even more credible given that Spurs played much of the match with 10 men. .......Read the full article here
I am not suggesting that Arsenal forget about qualifying for the Champions league next season, although recent form and the fact that we are sitting 10th in the Premier league table night take that decision out of our hands. I am suggesting forgetting about the next round of the Champions league which does not happen until February.
On Tuesday night, Arsenal travel to Athens to play Olympiakos, while Schalke host Montpellier. There is still achance of Arsenal finishing top of the group, but we need to win while Schalke fail to beat the French champions. Olympiakos and Montpellier cannot alter their league position so will have little to play for other than pride and they both have more important things to think of in their domestic leagues. .......Read the full article here
There is a very strange interview on ESPN this morning with the Arsenal striker Gervinho, who despite playing in the 2-0 home defeat against Swansea yesterday still thinks that the Gunners can go on and win the Champions Leagure this season.
Arsenal’s last Group Game is at Olympiakos next week and they need Schalke to drop points just to finish top of the Group, but Gervinho doesn’t think finishing second will make much difference. He said: “Whether you finish first or second, there will always be some big teams in the next round. If a team has qualified for the last 16, it’s because there is a lot quality in it, so the further you go in the competition, the tougher it gets,” .......Read the full article here
There was no hiding from the fact that Arsenal were second best today and deserved to lose. Arsene Wenger stopped just short of blaming the players but accepted that the team was poor today. He was not surprised that the Arsenal fans at the Emirates booed at the end, but is confident that there is enough quality at Arsenal to turn things around.
With three more home games in the Premier league before January, the Gunners need to improve the shocking home form immediately. Winning just three out of seven matches and losing two is awful for a team like Arsenal. Wenger is happier with the away form, but we have still only won two of them. .......Read the full article here