Why Ramsey should take free kicks for Arsenal by Sumo
What struck me as odd during the Germany World Cup campaign was the Arsenal midfield maestro Mesut Özil playing second fiddle to Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos in the set pieces. Kroos is a box to box midfielder who has a very good shot on him. He shoots well. But him taking the free kicks for Germany was a bit beyond me (I don’t watch Bayern play). .......Read the full article here
What next for Ramsey? by TJ
After a remarkable season for Aaron Ramsey which saw him score 16 goals and providing 9 assists, many will start to ask how Ramsey should progress from here, The world has seen what he can do. He was without a doubt the star in Arsenal’s trophy winning season, often being the cutting edge for Arsenal in many games.
One very explicit example would be how he came on against Norwich City and flashed his ability, scoring one and providing another for Ozil. More importantly, he did with the sort style and finesse that Arsenal has been lacking since the days of Fabregas. .......Read the full article here
It might sound a bit daft to be talking about Jack Wilshere running out of time to get his Arsenal career back on track, as the lad is only 22-years old and has missed so much time due to a string of injuries, but he certainly cannot afford to stand still for too long, or else he could be overtaken by some of the new young Gunners coming through.
And that is to say nothing of the fact that Arsene Wenger is now able to spend the money and attract some top class players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to the club. With Aaron Ramsey becoming the Gunners’ star player in the centre of midfield, Wilshere must know that this season could be make or break for him. .......Read the full article here
This should be another reminder to any of the current or future Arsenal players, that criticism can be constructive, as long as you react in the right way to it. And our flying forward, Theo Walcott has done just that since Alean Hansen said four years ago that the young Gunner just did not have a football brain.
To be fair, I do not know if Hansen’s harsh words had any effect on Walcott, but he has certainly proved the former Liverpool and Scotland defender dead wrong, as Hansen admits in his final column for The Telegraph as he retires from that and his Match of the Day duties. .......Read the full article here
It is not too often in recent years that we have seen the Arsenal manager grinning like the Chesire cat from Alice in Wonderland, but that is how the Frenchman looks in some of the photos from today’s training session at London Colney.
I don’t blame him either, because this time of year is usually fraught with stress and pressure from the fans, as Arsene Wenger would normally be struggling to keep hold of his best players while also scratching his head about how to get his annual trophy on the budget of a struggling mid-table team. .......Read the full article here
Hey Arsenal fans, do not get me wrong! I love the fact that Arsene Wenger no longer seems to be like the Gunners’ own Ebeneezer Scrooge, carefully counting the pennies and looking for the cheapest possible way to make ends meet. But I am also a little concerned that we might be making a mistake with Sami Khedira.
I was seriously impressed with the transfer of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, by the way, and think that the Chilean could well turn out to be the best signing that any of the Premier League clubs make this summer. And I know that Arsenal really need a top class central midfielder who will add steel to the spine of our team. I just don’t think that Khedira is the man to do it. .......Read the full article here
Why this is Jack Wilshere’s season by AT
It’s been three seasons now since Wilshere suffered an injury that would rule him out of an entire year of football and would lead him to have surgery that could’ve potentially ended his footballing career. Now he’s played for the majority of the last two seasons but has failed to capture the form that made him renowned as one of the best talents in Europe during the 10/11 season. .......Read the full article here
A tactical analysis and the importance of Giroud. by JC .......Read the full article here
There have been plenty of Arsenal transfer rumours already this summer and quite a large portion of those have centred around our search, if Arsene Wenger is actually searching this time, for the player to bolster the midfield and give us more defensive strength.
Today there is a report in the Daily Mail that claims that one of our targets for this troublesome role, Sami Khedira, is available from Real Madrid in La Liga, but he will not come cheap. The paper claims that the Germany international’s transfer fee will be around £24 million, which is not too bad and is not much more than the price of our other targets, Lars Bender and Morgan Schneiderlin. .......Read the full article here
There is no doubt that the Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere has had his fair share of bad luck and trouble in his short football career. And last season was no different, with more niggling injuries preventing him from having a big impact on the Arsenal season.
Then the Arsenal man was savaged on live TV by the pundit and former Man United star Paul Scholes, who claimed that Wilshere had not progresses at all in the last four years. Harsh? I thought so, especially with the amount of time on the pitch that the 22-year old has missed through injury. .......Read the full article here
Despite quite a few pundits and sections of the media, and the Arsenal fans, grabbing the nearest stick to beat Mesut Ozil with because of his perceived flop in his debut season as a Gunner, there is no doubt that Arsene Wenger sees him as a key member of the Arsenal team.
Hopefully that will not mean that the Frenchman intends to play the Germany international until his legs fall off, as we saw how his excellent early form tailed off due to fatigue. It does mean, however, that it is vital for Arsenal to get the best out of Ozil if we are to enjoy more trophy success next season and in the years to come, so how does Wenger do that? .......Read the full article here
In the last few years, Arsenal have gone through captains faster than Jose Mourinho has gone through people who like him. Arsene Wenger looks like he is going to have to pick someone for the armband again this summer, even if the Frenchman decides to make Thomas Vermaelen see out his contract.
A player who is pushing to leave the club is far from the ideal man to lead the rest of the Gunners in their chase for silverware. The verminator did well to keep his chin up last season, but Arsenal need a new captain this year, but who should it be? .......Read the full article here