According to almost any pundit who you care to listen to, Arsenal have as much chance of winning the Premier League title this season as Sam Allardyce does of being given the Real Madrid job. They have been saying this all season, however, and their reasons have all come and gone, with Arsenal stubbornly remaining on top.
Arsene Wenger has brought a new meaning to the old song “Boring, Boring, Arsenal” as we had to sit and watch 11 Gunners passing the ball from one end of the pitch to the other and then back again over and over and over! Wenger thinks that it was a mental problem. He said: “I put it down to psychological reasons and to the fact that we didn’t want to be stupid.
Arsenal kept up the great Premier League form with a hard fought win away to West Brom, making it six wins from the last seven and ratcheting up the pressure on Chelsea and Tottenham in the race for the Champions League positions. Arsene Wenger was understandably pleased with many aspects of the performance today, but he had special praise for the performance of Rosicky and the fighting spirit shown by the whole team.
“Fantastic,” said Le Prof. “He’s an important player for us. Unfortunately he was injured for a long time but every year he gives us a little push at the end of the season. That is very important.
Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal team saved once again by his Spanish midfielder scoring the winning goal in the 85th minute against Aston Villa yesterday, and again raising spirits in the Gunners dressing room once again after two disastrous defeats. He has now scored 9 goals from midfield and usually crucial ones as well!
After the game Wenger had nothing but praise for the “bargain of the season”. “Santi played very well and delivered in a game that was very important.” Arsene said. “He is a great player, which you have noticed since the start of the season. I am happy and grateful he delivered two important goals today.
TEAM JACK by AS
All of us have been watching yet another year of our Arsenal team cleaning their dressing rooms and going back home, not just empty handed, but begging for a 4th place in the league with the likes of Tottenham , Everton and lately Liverpool all trying to knock us off our pedestal.
And it’s a shame to say really that any of those teams are better than us – Tottenham ( and yes it hurts ) have got a better squad then ours and a star player (Bale), but most of all a team willing to fight.
Thomas Vermaelen was understandably disappointed with the way Arsenal played against Southampton at St. Mary’s yesterday, and the Arsenal captain knows that the whole team need to improve in the next game. He is not too worried, however, because of the previous four league games, which we won should give the players plenty of belief that the Saints game was just a blip.
“We are disappointed with the result, with the way we played, but I think we have to stay confident and the spirit has to be good all the time.
Arsenal fans may have thought that things could not get any worse after Tuesday,s humiliating exit from the Capital One cup, but the captain of Bradford City, Gary Jones, has rubbed some salt vigorously into our wounds by stating that their last game, against 10 man Torquay United, was a tougher test of their resolve.
“I think Torquay gave us a tougher game.
“It was like a role reversal against them. Torquay defended well against us, and we defended really well against Arsenal.
“No disrespect to us and our lads, but they should be beating Bradford City. But team spirit means a lot and it can take a team a long way.
Vito Mannone has played almost every match in goal for Arsenal this season due to Szczesny’s injury, and he has been immensely impressed with the way we have played. So much so that he fully believes that the Gunners have what it takes to go all the way and lift the Premiership trophy for the first time since 2004.
“We have a good solid squad and I think we can go for it. I have no doubt that if we keep our focus and we keep our mentality, it’s not a doubt that we are going to challenge for the title.
Winning the League next season will NOT be easy! by SV
Before I start, I would like you all to know that I am fully aware that I am likely to get a fair bit of hate for the following article. I am ready for it and might deserve it, but I still think that this needs to be said…
Stan Kroenke has been confirmed as the new owner of Arsenal, but with Peter Hill-Wood continuing as chairman and Arsene Wenger as manager there are unlikely to be any noticeable changes in the way that the team is run.
Arsene Wenger seemed to confirm that in his statement which said: “I have worked with Stan Kroenke at board meetings over the past couple of years and I believe he has the best interests of Arsenal at heart. He understands the Club’s heritage and traditions and our ambition to run the Club in a way which protects our long term future.”
It was a great day for Arsenal yesterday, and they have finally taken advantage when all their rivals (especially Chelsea) all dropped points. The Gunners are now just two points behind the leaders after coming through brilliantly in a difficult game at Goodison Park.
Wenger believes that to take the points at Everton his team had to show a great “fighting spirit”. “The most important qualities we showed were discipline, commitment, togetherness, desire and a 100 per cent focus for 90 minutes.” he said.
The Stoke City manager Tony Pulis was extremely happy to see his team knock the League leaders Arsenal out of the FA Cup, and praised the Stoke team’s “spirit and togetherness” which saw them overcome a slightly weakened Gunners side.
“The spirit was absolutely fantastic once again,” he said. “In the time that I have been back at the Club, nobody could ever question the spirit and togetherness.
“We have shown that once again today, because make no mistake, these was a very difficult game for us, irrespective of the side that Arsenal fielded today. They have a lot of quality and strength in depth, which is why they are currently top of the Premier League.”