Assessing the Arsenal Official Squad for the 2014-2015 season by Alexthegooner
What can we as Arsenal fans take from the Official Squad List published yesterday?
Well lets be logical and start with the (singular) Goalkeeper. Wojciech Szczesny looks to be Arsenal’s first team ‘keeper for next season, probably because he is the only one there. This makes it look inevitable that another keeper will be coming into the club before the infamous Jim White Day as it is affectionately known as (Transfer Deadline Day for the pedants). .......Read the full article here
Whatever happens come the end of the season, Arsenal simply have to strengthen the squad. I think most of us would agree that the positions up for discussion are:
Today I wanted to talk about the Left-wing position, with the possibility of Adam Lallana filling it. In terms of experience and potential, he’ll be at that perfect age for a footballer (turning 26 years old just a few months before the new season.) His stats are pretty good for someone who doesn’t play for any of the top teams.
In all competitions this season: .......Read the full article here
It looks like Lukas Podolski is finally set to get a good run of games for Arsenal and a chance to stake his claim for more regular starts in the side. Arsene Wenger pretty much has to play the German striker because there is no one else left to fill the role.
21-year old Ryo Miyaichi was stretchered off the pitch yesterday during the Arsenal under 21 Premier League cup semi-final against Reading. The misery was then compounded by losing the game 3-1 in extra time. To be honest, the Japanese winger was not having a very good game and was not exactly giving Wenger a selection headache anyway. .......Read the full article here
While Arsenal are overwhelmed with midfield talents in good form, one man that is often forgotten and left behind is the Japanese youngster Ryo Miayichi, who despite his lack of game time is a very exciting prospect. Miyaichi joined the club as a January addition a few years back and made an instant impact in European football. Not with Arsenal, though, but instead Dutch side Feyenoord. .......Read the full article here
Mental Strength and Belief is just talk by Chunners
It seems like a lot of people are criticizing Arsenal after the defeats to Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund at home in the space of a week – and I can completely understand it. Naive as we have become over the past few years, we actually started believing all the hype – and trust me, it was all just hype – and not because we aren’t good enough – because as a team, we clearly are, even without the summer additions. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal players could probably have done without tonight’s Capital One Cup tie, although it is always a good opportunity for some of the up and coming young players, as well as those on the fringe, to get some game time under their belt and experience a proper crowd.
If it had been most other teams, and not Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, that were coming to the Emirates tonight, it would have been an easy decision to rest most of the first team, but Wenger will not want to let the Portuguese one get a chance to damage the morale of the Arsenal squad. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal’s Miyaichi wants to develop with the help of Ozil! by Ash
Ryo Miyaichi and Mesut Ozil may be on totally different ends of the footballing spectrum, with one being a world class superstar and the other being an upcoming talent, they actually aren’t too far apart because now that they share an Arsenal dressing room, Miyaichi is hoping to learn a lot from his German companion and maybe even be on a similar scale to Ozil one day! .......Read the full article here
One of the things most fans would be looking out for ahead of our game against Swansea on Saturday is who replaces Theo Walcott on the right for Arsenal. A number of candidates have emerged, foremost being the young German Serge Gnabry. Gnabry played impressively against Stoke last Saturday after Walcott unexpectedly pulled out due to a stomach niggle. He’s still only 18 years of age, but he showed good physical strength on several occasions to shrug off many of the robust challenges from the Stoke FC players. One criticism that was levelled against his display, is that unlike Theo Walcott, he doesn’t pull out wide which would enable creative players like Ozil and Ramsey to find him with through passes. For tomorrow, he seems to be the obvious choice, but having missed a penalty against West Brom, and played 2 games in a week already, Wenger might feel it’s time to give the youngster a breather. .......Read the full article here
Thomas Eisfeld has often been a player that has been left on the fringes of the Arsenal set up ever since he joined the club back on the final day of the January 2012 transfer window in a deal of less than half a million from German super club Borussia Dortmund. .......Read the full article here
Winning was not important because of progression in the cup but for the future of the club by KJ
As most of us would’ve seen on Wednesday night, we managed to eventually beat a West Bromwich Albion side that was very experienced and of Premier league quality with a team that was full of youngsters (most of them making their professional debut). I personally wasn’t expecting a winning result simply because West Brom have had the luxury of rotating for players that they’d happily start in the Premier league. On the other hand, Wenger would’ve never started Bendtner, Hayden, Ryo, Gnabry (only forced by Walcott’s injury) and Eisfeld in the games we’ve played so far in the league. There is definitely a gap in quality. .......Read the full article here
Let the kids play (under adult supervision that is) by Blaz
Arsenal are edging closer to the start of our third competition this year. On Wednesday we play WBA, who on Saturday made sure Di Canio will not see October as a premier league boss. I am looking forward to the match very much, but the only thing that would make me happier than watching the game would be if we didn’t have a game to play during the week. .......Read the full article here
Before the Arsenal first team took on and beat Marseille in the first Champions League group game last night, the under 19 version of the Gunners put their French equivalents to the sword with an emphatic 4 – 1 win. It was an excellent performance from the youngsters, and Serge Gnabry’s double may well have earned him a place in the squad for the Stoke game on Sunday. .......Read the full article here