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Arsenal Debate – Dirty or picked on by referees?

I must admit that I was very surprised to see just how many yellow cards Arsenal players have been given this season. I know that we are not exactly saints but I would have said that Arsenal needed to get tougher if anything.

So the Daily Mail report about the amount of yellow cards for fouls issued to clubs in the Premier League was certainly not what I expected. It shows that Arsenal are second in the list of EPL clubs with 46 bookings, behind only Sunderland who have amassed a massive 55 cards. So Arsenal make more bad fouls than Stoke do we?

Arsenal’s terrible form against “tough opposition” revealed (5-year stats)

The Man City game was a one off! by ThirdManJW

Another HUGE FA cup obstacle gone as Wembley beckons Arsenal

Arsenal still have a very big hurdle of our own to jump in the FA cup tomorrow, with the visitors Middlesborough in really ominous form and having the same sort of strong defensive set-up and counter attacking style that has hurt Arsenal so often in recent years.

But after them beating Man City in the last round was just one of many cup upsets, at least there is little chance that the Gunners will be caught with our pants down. And as long as Arsene Wenger and the lads do avoid this banana skin and get through to the next round, the amount of big clubs that will be missing from the quarter-final draw gives us a really great chance of retaining the famous old trophy for just the second time in our history.

Arsenal boss admits he MIGHT start Szczesny at Man City

Despite dropping his number one keeper for the last two games, the Arsenal boss has offered some encouragement to Wojciech Szczesny and even suggested that the Poland international could be back between the sticks for the trip north to fave Man City in the crucial Premier League clash on Sunday, as an ESPN report reveals.

It might seem a little unfair on our replacement keeper David Ospina, as the Colombian international has not conceded a single goal in those games against Hull City and Stoke City and has only just been given his own chance after recovering from the injury he brought with him to Arsenal from the World Cup finals, but it sounds like Arsene Wenger is really trying to build a strong competitive spirit between his two main shot stoppers.

Debuchy injury spoils perfect day for Arsenal

You have to feel sorry for the Arsenal and France international star Mathieu Debuchy. The right back looks set for a second lengthy spell on the sidelines since his transfer to Arsenal from Newcastle United in the summer. And the Frenchman is the perfect epitome of the bad luck that the Gunners have been suffering on the injury front.

And as much as people like to blame Arsene Wenger and the medical staff at the Emirates for our terrible run of injury problems, Debuchy is proof that this is not true, at least not completely. His first ankle injury was bad enough, damaging his ankle ligaments while playing against Man City, but the one today just takes the biscuit.

Hughes – Stoke did NOT bully Arsenal, we were the better team!

The Stoke City manager Mark Hughes seemed to get a bit upset in his pre-match briefing ahead of tomorrows game at Arsenal. The last meeting between the two sides was very eventful, with Stoke going an incredible three goals in front before a spirited Arsenal comback brought it back to 3-2.

But Ramsey’s sending off seemed to finish Arsenal’s challenge to regain a point, and the gossips had a field day after the game when Wenger and the players were abused by ARSENAL fans at Stoke station while boarding the train back to London.

Ozil must NOT start for Arsenal but SHOULD feature

Arsene Wenger is a big fan of the Arsenal and Germany international star Mesut Ozil, clearly. The Frenchman would not have made the creative midfielder his record signing or kept putting him in the Arsenal starting line-up when all the TV pundits and many fans were on his back if he did not rate the player highly.

And that was evident again today as he spoke about the German star in his pre-match press conference reported by Arsenal.com. Not only did the manager wax lyrical about the qualities of Ozil and what he adds to the team, Wenger suggested that having players like Ozil, Giroud and Koscielny back from lengthy injury spells could benefit us as they will be much fresher than those who have played most of the games in the first half of the season.

Blame Arsenal players NOT Wenger blasts OX! Is he right?

There have been many debates about the various problems Arsenal have had already this season and no doubt there will be many more. The Arsene Out Brigade and the Arsene Knows Best faction may never see eye to eye but when the team are struggling on the pitch, the debates are always more strenuous and heated.

The AOBs have recently had the upper hand because of the way the Gunners have stuttered so far in the Premier League as well as failing to win the Champions League group and suffering an early exit from the league cup. But a few good performances and results have swung the pendulum back to the AKBs a bit and now the Arsenal star midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has added his own voice to those Gooners that are fully behind the Prof.

Wenger tells fans DON’T PANIC! as Arsenal head for 5 wins from 6!!!!

It was perfectly understandable for the Arsenal fans to be pretty far from okay last weekend after losing away to Stoke City yet again. It was not just the result that cheesed most Gooners off royally, it was the limp manner of our first half performance against the Potters. For me it evoked memories of those painful away days last season at Anfield, Stamford Bridge, Goodison Park and the Etihad.

But as unhappy as I was with Arsenal in that first 45 minutes, I was equally unhappy with the abuse that Arsene Wenger got at the train station afterwards. Whatever we think of how well he is doing at the club, Arsenal have always had more class than that and Wenger deserves so much more.

Wenger – Arsenal fans SHOULD NOT judge our defence harshly

There is no doubt that Arsene Wenger should have invested in one more defender and a defensive midfielder in the summer transfer window, because injuries (and suspensions – like now) have left the Arsenal squad with practically no defenders.

But Wenger feels that the Arsenal fans have been harsh in constantly criticizing the weak state of our defence and suggests that we should also consider the ames when we have defended well. “I think we defended well in Galatasaray,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com. “Before that game we had three clean sheets in a row but that is the modern game – it is always the last game that is judged definitively on the quality of the team.

Spurs legend SLAMS Arsenal fans over Wenger abuse

The anger and frustration of all Arsenal fans has been bubbling ever since the Gunners failed to build on the opening day win over Crystal Palace. It has been a bit of a rollercoaster that’s for sure, with a few wins in a row to get us believing – and then a dismal performance or bad result to knock us down again.

So with some Arsenal fans getting the `Wenger out` campaign going again just months after the Frenchman signed a new three year contract with the club, there was always going to be a strong reaction to Arsenal losing to Stoke City on Saturday, even though a strong second half performance might have earned us at least a point if not for the harsh sending off of Calum Chambers.

AKB v AOB – Arsenal fans need to STOP fighting each other!

The fighting has to stop by Sam P

The war between AOBs and AKBs reached new levels after Arsenal’s defeat at Stoke City. First of all we had supporters (???) booing Arsene Wenger as he boarded the train for the trip back to London, and then we have actual fist-fights amongst our own fans on the journey home.

The Sun took to twitter and found some interesting tweets from Gooners like: “Fist fights between Arsenal fans after the game, absolute joke. Disgusting to see our own fans punching each other.”