I’m sure all the Arsenal fans know that you should not read too much into the pre-season games, especially the first one back after the summer break, but they are useful for building stamina, working towards full match sharpness and giving the youngsters and fringe players a run out alongside some of the first team stars.
Arsenal won the game 2-0, but struggled to break the Conference South team down. They worked hard and defended doggedly and that is something the Gunners are going to have to cope with all season. It was our ability to break these stubborn smaller sides down that got us so close to the Premier League title, so creativity and fire power are key factors. .......Read the full article here
Players who could find themselves in the Arsenal fringes next season by SE
Alexis Sanchez moving from Nou Camp to the Emirates could bring about colossal changes in the way Arsenal setup this upcoming season. The Chilean can play as a right-winger, left-winger and even up top as the central striker. The problem is that the likes of Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott play in a similar position, with attributes akin to Sanchez’. And, with Mesut Ozil a certainty to play in his preferred role at No.10, Arsene Wenger might have a couple of very important team selections to make in every game Arsenal are involved in. .......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
Everyone at Arsenal will certainly have received a boost by getting into the FA cup final with a penalty shootout win over Wigan Athletic, but there is now a Premier League run-in to focus on and the Gunners could really do with another boost from some of our injured players.
And we may even get it for the visit of West Ham tomorrow night. As reported by Arsenal.com, the team could be boosted by the return of two key players in Tomas Rosicky and Laurent Koscielny, although Arsene Wenger admitted that both of them are not certain to be fit and will face late fitness tests to make sure. .......Read the full article here
Are you sitting down Arsenal fans? Because I have a shock for you; Arsenal have got big injury problems for this weekend’s crucial FA cup semi-final against Wigan. Surprised? No I didn’t think so. This is beyond deja vu, as every week we seem to be sweating on the fitness of a few players, not to mention the long term absentees that we have to without.
Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal.com an update on the latest injury news and it does not sound good. As well as still waiting for the return of Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil, the Gunners could be without key players Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs when we run out on to the famous Wembley turf to take on Wigna Athletic. .......Read the full article here
It’s all in the mind Arsenal by T.B.
Sometimes you have to take your hat off and say well done everybody! Ok, Arsenal didn’t discover a cure for cancer or create a better world or scale Everest but we played our guts out to get a point against the most expensively gathered side in the land (the champions elect?) who all the critics gave us no chance against. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 2 – 2 Swansea Player Ratings by KJ .......Read the full article here
The two oldest players in the current Arsenal squad, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta, with all their talent and experience are natural leaders in a fairly young team in general. So it is quite right that they have taken a lot of responsibility for the game that must be mentioned no more.
Both of them completed the full 90 minutes against Chelsea and have been hurting badly ever since. But they have at least had the courage to face up to it and try to explain what happened. And both of them have promised to make sure that the hangover does not continue against Swansea at the Emirates tonight. .......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
Chelsea 6 – 0 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ .......Read the full article here
Chelsea vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and Predicted Score by KJ
Another massive game is upon Arsenal and this one will definitely decide whether we are really in the title race. If we lose, we are definitely out of the race, being 4 points behind Chelsea and 7 behind Manchester City (effectively). Draw and we have a better chance at second as well as being able to cut the lead on Man City to only 3 points next weekend with a win. But if we manage to win, that will be massive for our chances (especially psychologically). .......Read the full article here
With all the problems that Arsenal have had to cope with this season, with lengthy spells on the sidelines for Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, the Ox and more, it is easy to forget that the Gunners also have the French international midfielder on the treatment table, but maybe not for much longer.
A Sky Sports report reveals that Diaby has been in France undergoing a steady but strenuous regime to get him back to fitness and the 27-year old has told the French media that he is hoping to be back in training with his Arsenal teammates soon. And that could mean that Diaby would be able to play for Arsenal for the first time since March of last year against Swansea. .......Read the full article here