There may have been a few international games recently, but I am sure that most of us Arsenal fans cannot wait for the Gunners to get back into action. Even with the Copa America, the Women’s World Cup and the Euro under 21 tournament, life for a football fan is a bit of a sad place right now.
Arsenal’s pre-season games used to be very low key trips around Europe to prepare for the Emirates Cup each year, but since Silent Stan took over the club they have been more about increasing our fan base around the world. This summer the Gunners will be going to Singapore for the first time in 24 years to compete in the Barclays Asia Trophy, where we will face stiff opposition from Everton, Stoke and a Singapore Select XI.
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.
The Man City game was a one off! by ThirdManJW
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.
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.
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.
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.