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Chelsea problems open the door for Arsenal BPL push!

After Arsenal put in a truly awful performance for Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of the Gunners, allowing Chelsea an easy 6-0 win, the thought of catching Jose Mourinho’s team in the Premier League was laughable at best. And, to be honest, it is still very unlikely, but it is looking a lot more possible.

The reason being, Chelsea are having a bit of a nightmare at the minute. Two damaging losses in a row, to Crystal Palace in the Premier league and PSG in the Champions League, have made them look vulnerable and eroded their confidence. And all of a sudden, Mourinho’s man management skills of blaming his players and heaping pressure on them, do not look likely to help them.

An Arsenal fan blown away and inspired by trip to the Emirates

The Emirates is truly awesome By AondoaverK

Hi Arsenal fans. Saturday was not a very good day was it? I missed watching the Stoke game on Television, holed up at, of all places, Stamford bridge. If I say I wasn’t feeling dejected, I would be lying. There was this feeling of something slipping away. And the taunting of other rival fans was loudly heard before they said anything. Surely, the words came…….trophyless season, no world class strikers bla….bla….bla

Arsenal need to stop talking and start playing

I don’t mind the Arsenal players talking up a good game, by any means. However, it really winds up the fans when they have been saying all the right things before a game, only to fail to produce on the pitch.

One of the worst occasions recently was before the trip to Anfield. The week leading up to that awful performance and the worst defeat of the season saw lots of stories in the media from the likes of Olivier Giroud and Mikel Arteta talking about what an important game it was and how the whole team were determined and focused, so it all sounded a bit daft in hindsight.

Wenger slams talk of Arsenal being bottlers

It is hardly surprising that Arsene Wenger was not in the best of moods after his Arsenal side lost a crucial game in the race for the Premier League. And the fact that the Frenchman was not very pleased with the tough tactics of Stoke and the leniency of the referee will not come as a shock to anyone.

The manager had another reason to complain, though, as he refuted the idea that has been going around all season that the Gunners are on the verge of a crumbling slide down the table. Wenger feels this reputation is completely undeserved and pointed to last season as proof, as reported by The Mirror.

Wenger – The referee cost Arsenal the game

We are still all in shock after Arsenal’s defeat to Stoke yesterday, and Arsene Wenger thinks that his strike force was ineffectual, but the defeat was simply down to a bad decision by the referee who awarded Stoke a penalty.

Wenger said on Arsenal.com: “I felt we had a good defensive performance and overall we are unlucky to lose this game. Offensively we didn’t create enough and our offensive game was poor considering our standards. At the end of the day we didn’t score because of that. We conceded a goal that was a nice gift from the referee but it can happen.

Arsenal v Stoke Player ratings – Sagna MOM?

Stoke 1 – 0 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 7
Made a couple of decent saves but couldn’t do much for the penalty.

Sagna – 7.5
He was decent today defensively but struggled offensively as he was often left on his own whilst Cazorla was all over the place.

Mertesacker – 6.5
Crouch won the aerial battle with him and bullied him throughout the game. Not the best game from Mertesacker.

Koscielny – 6.5
Wasn’t great today and gave away the penalty. It was definitely harsh but he shouldn’t have given the ref an opportunity to penalise us.

Predict the Arsenal score at Stoke to win a JustArsenal T-Shirt

So we have yet another crucial game in the ever-tighter race for the Premiership title and the winner will get an exclusive JustArsenal T-Shirt. Not to be sniffed at!

I am going to start a Gallery of JustArsenal readers very shortly so any previous winners should send me a picture of themselves in the magic T-Shirt, but we will accept any pics of readers in Arsenal shirts or taken at Arsenal games.

So as you all know by now, to have a chance of winning, simply tell us, in the comments section below, what you think the following three things will be:

Stoke vs Arsenal – We must believe we can slaughter them!

Stoke City vs Arsenal match preview by Ash

The Premier League is back after a week that saw the players get a rest because of a previous very busy period, Mesut Ozil come under fire once again and transfer rumours galore regarding Arsenal’s supposed target Alavro Morata. The Gunners haven’t been in action in midweek after playing their Champions League tie and the next round of the FA Cup isn’t for two more weeks. Therefore Arsenal have had a nice little break away from the game but they will need to have complete focus yet again if they are going to come away from our next opponents with all three points.

Stoke City v Arsenal Preview, plus line-up and score prediction

Stoke vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and predicted score by KJ

It’s a rarity to have a week’s rest before a game but Arsenal have been afforded such luxury before this crucial game against Stoke. Stoke away has been a terrible game for us. We’ve failed to win there far too many times and it is home to the player that broke Ramsey’s leg and pushed back his development by at least 2 years.

Wenger admits that Stoke will be a tough fixture

With the title race hotting up, Arsenal are still hanging on Chelsea’s shirt tails, and with the leaders contesting a relatively easy game against relegation fodder Fulham, Arsenal really need to take all three points from this weekends visit to the Brittania Stadium.

Wenger is fully aware that Stoke can be hard to beat at home, but he is hoping that the two-day break he awarded his players will allow them to arrive fully refreshed. Wenger said: “Stoke is a big game for us. We have to focus on our results because we are in a period where we have to push on.

Ozil says he’s ready but should Arsenal start him at Stoke?

The record signing of Arsenal Football Club has been the subject of great speculation in the media and among fans recently. His performances have been studied from all sorts of angles to analyse why his performances had dropped off recently and nobody was surprised when Arsene Wenger left him out of the matchday squad for last weekend’s home game against Sunderland.

But Wenger claimed it was due to an injury picked up in the match against Bayern Munich, which did raise a few eyebrows and cause a few beards to be stroked. Stats have been produced to show that Ozil’s sprints per game have been falling away dramatically since the new year and so it was assumed that he needed a rest and the dead leg suggestion was just an excuse.

Arsenal team spirit is best Podolski has ever seen

A lot of Arsenal fans have been left scratching their heads this season as to why Lukas Podolski has not been used more. Of course, the German forward was out for months with a terrible hamstring injury picked up in just the fourth game of the season against Fenerbahce, which was hugely frustrating for him and the club because he had smashed a double in the previous game and was looking sharp.