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BANG! Arsenal rocked by double World Cup injury KO!

Injuries eh, Arsenal fans? How sick have we become of hearing about Arsenal players picking up knocks, whether it be while playing for club and country, it would be easy to think that lady luck had it in for the Gunners, or that they are made of glass.

Recent years reveal a catalogue of long term and recurring problems for the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and the most unlucky footballer in the world, Abou Diaby. And today we can add two more names to the list, or simply not cross them off, because both Thomas Vermaelen and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have spent long parts of the year in the treatment room already.

At least 3 Arsenal stars won’t pick up World Cup injuries!

It is always a bit of a balancing act being an Arsenal fan when there is a big internatyional football tournament on during the summer. On the one hand, you are proud of the Arsenal players when they are selected to play for their country and you want them to do well, while on the other hand you want them back in great shape for the start of the next season.

Arsenal star set for World Cup start with England

It is great news for England and, obviously, great news for the Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. After picking up a knee ligament injury which threatened to wreck the dynamic 20-year old’s summer in Brazil, Chamberlain has been hard at work in training, trying desperately to get himself fit and ready to help his country progress out of what looks like the hardest group in the tournament.

Arsenal and England fans’ Infographic guide to Brazil World Cup

I know that not all Arsenal fans are also England fans, despite the fact that the Gunners actually play in the English Premier League. Football is a global enterprise these days, which is clearly highlighted in the comments section of this website and from the amazing pre-season tours that Arsenal go on.

There is no more global football event that the World Cup though, so we thought we would share this very useful infographic guide, at the bottom of this artixcle, made by Hertz, the car rental people. For any of you readers lucky enough to be heading out to Brazil at any point, the travelling is likely to be as much of a test as England face getting out of their tight group (I hesitate to call it the group of death but it is pretty tricky).

Full Arsenal injury update shows Wenger still on bare bones

The good news for Arsene Wenger is that he is not going to find it difficult to pick the Arsenal starting line-up to face Pepe Mel’s West Brom at the Emirates on Sunday. The bad news is that the reason the Frenchman will find it so easy is because he has not got a lot of choice.

The prof has given Arsenal.com an injury update ahead of the weekend’s action in the Premier League, and it is not particularly good news. At least there are no new players with injuries, so Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey have not suffered any adverse reaction after their recent returns to action, but there are no more players coming back either.

How badly will Flamini ban affect Arsenal?

We always knew that Mathieu Flamini’s return to Arsenal would come with a few disciplinary problems along the way. The French midfielder even managed to get on the wrong side of Arsene Wenger after he decided to circumvent club tradition and take a blunt pair of scissors to his Arsenal kit because the long sleeves were not to hi liking.

But his last indiscretion, picking up his 10th yellow card of the season, means that Arsenal have to do without him for the next two games. And with the Gunners going through a well publicised injury crisis, especially in midfield, what will the absence of Flamini mean to us?

What’s killing Arsenal is poor defence and lack of options!!

ARSENAL & ARSENE NEED TO CREATE OPTIONS by A.D.

It has not been good viewing for those who, like me, crossed over to Arsenal’s side among PL teams owing to their free–flowing, uninhibited attacking game. At least not for last couple of months. The Gunners had their way for most of the year against modest to good opponents because they were playing at their peak. Unfortunately, their peak was not good enough against similar or better opponents (which is a sad state of affairs in itself), where it all starting going downhill. Arsenal were derailed when put under pressure, which could only happen when they had no more to offer than what they already put out on the field (another damning thought). I am not here to say that Wenger does not care or that he is incompetent. I do not know what happens behind the scenes and thus cannot make judgment calls on that aspect. One can only assume that Wenger is trying his best – whether that best at the moment is good enough is another matter altogether.

Arsenal really need double red card appeal boost

Amidst all the awful performances by the Arsenal players and the terrible 6-0 defeat to the worst possible manager on the worst possible day, referee Andre Marriner took some of the heat off Arsenal by making a lughably poor decision to send Kieran Gibbs off for handball when it should have been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

So it is no surprise to hear that Arsenal are appealing the one match ban handed down to Gibbs, but it is more of a surprise to hear that they are appealing against the sending off anyway. I didn’t realise this, but the FA have given Chamberlain the ban he would have received. I didn’t think they could do that after the game if the ref had made a mistake, but they have done.

Is it really time for Arsenal and Wenger to part ways?

This could be goodbye by JMT

Unfortunately I think this recent match has exposed why Arsenal must finally attempt to part ways with Arsene Wenger. To say I’m embarrassed as a fan does not come close to expressing how I feel after this defeat. First I’d like to address the notion that the players are equally as responsible for this defeat as the manager. When you lose 6-3, 5-1 and 6-0 against the teams you are supposed to be contending with it is illogical to assume then that the manager’s tactics and team selection are not mostly to blame.

Spurs vs. Arsenal review – Rosicky stunner and Gunners grit just enough

Arsenal went in to this crucial north London derby knowing that they needed to win to stay level on points with Liverpool, who had easily beaten a very poor Man United earlier in the day. With injuries ravaging his squad, Arsene wenger started Podolski, Cazorla and Rosicky behind Giroud.

The Czech midfielder showed straight away why Paul Merson had said before the game that he should play every week, smashing a brilliant opening goal just a minute and 12 seconds after the kick off, the quickest ever against the spuds in the Premier League. Rosicky started and finished it after linking up with Chamberlain. Howitzer, Piledriver and rocket were the words that came to mind and the Gunners were off to the perfect start.

Official teams and preview of Tottenham vs. Arsenal

Derby day is here Arsenal fans, and this one could be the most important in many years. A win for Arsenal today against our fierce local rivals will all but guarantee a top four finish for the Gunners. Arsenal would then be nine points ahead of fifth placed spuds with a game in hand to boot.

If we don’t win, then Liverpool’s victory over Manchester United will give them the edge over us in the Premier League title race and with a trip to Chelsea and a home game against Man City coming up, you would have to say that we were out of the race unless a miracle occurred.

Arsenal bowed out with heads high! Now push on!!

Arsenal exit with heads high by Uche

Wow! Don’t you just wonder what could have been if only Arsenal had a fair chance in the first leg of our game against Bayern? If only….. I am sitting in my living room all alone, with no distractions but the game before me and what was unfolding before my eyes couldn’t be clearer. We are playing the best team in the world and we look like their equal. Yes they had more possession and created the most chances but generally speaking, we were their equal none the less. What a shame we lost this game weeks ago in the first leg.