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How did Arsenal become so VINCIBLE?

Arsenal could hardly have played a worse game right before Sky Sports showed the recently released video celebrating the amazing achievements of our best team ever; ‘the invincibles’ side that won the 2003-04 season without a single defeat. I watched it again anyway to cheer myself up.

But in a way it was the perfect time because it highlighted a failing that the Gunners have had for some time now, our vincibility (and that is a word you can look it up). In some ways the current side are great and we can play brilliantly but every now and then, like last night against Monaco, we go missing and make it so easy for our opponents to beat us.

Coquelin to complete turnaround and become Arsenal captain?

I know that Arsenal already have a captain in Mikel Arteta and I hope to see the Spanish midfielder back on the pitch as soon as possible. And after recent reports suggest that Arsene Wenger had already signed him up to a contract extension, the 32-year old is likely to keep the armband for a little longer.

The question of who will eventually take over the honour has been debated before and there are a number of candidates, but I think that there is definitely a new name on the list, that of Francis Coquelin. I am not trying to jump the gun or put pressure on our young Frenchman but as long as he continues to play as he has been doing this season, Coquelin has become a fantastic addition to the first team.

Did Coquelin become Arsenal’s Matic at Man City?

Coquelin could be a new Vieira or Arsenal’s own Matic by Sam P

If Francis Coquelin can continue in the way he has been doing recently for Arsenal, it will be a truly remarkable turnaround for the young Frenchman. And not only could it rescue an Arsenal career that was looking on very thin ice, it could also solve a problem that many say we have had since Patrick Vieira left in 2005.

Thoughts on Arsenal’s transfer window, no DM, and dream formation…

Arsenal of the Future by ElusiveArsenal..

The nerve wracking, nail biting, drama of a transfer window is finally over, and with it we are blessed with two extra weeks of half part-boredom, half part-anxiety. Boredom over the meaningless international friendlies and the ever present fear of one of our own inevitably getting injured. Luckily, our English core have made it through unscathed, and if my Google search is right, so have our German contingent. That leaves our French brothers (Koscielny a doubt). Barring any Shawcrosses, both Debuchy and Kos should return unharmed. This gives at least a week for new boy Danny to make nice with the majority of the team.

Bayer’s Bender set to be first Arsenal additon of the summer?

There are reports coming out of Germany that Arsene Wenger could be poised to make the Bayer Leverkusen and Germany international player, Lars Bender, his first Arsenal signing of the summer. If the rumours are true, then it could mean that the Gunners boss is finally taking that problem position of defensive midfield seriously.

Bender is very highly rated by his Bundesliga club, who reportedly rejected a bid from Arsenal last summer, somewhere in the region of £15 million, so I am not too sure how much it would take to get him. The Metro report which carries the news suggests that Wenger is hoping to get the 24-year old for around £17 million, but I doubt it, especially as he signed a contract extension with them in October.

Another Arsenal legend says we need three TOP players

Arsene Wenger has built himself a reputation at Arsenal for finding players that nobody has heard of before, or really considered as the sort who can win you things. But in recent years, those players have not been winning things and Sol Campbell says it is time for a change.

The former central defender had a very successful five seasons with Arsenal, winning three FA cups and two Premier League titles, including the invincible season. Before that historic season, Wenger spent hardly any money, but did acquire some famous names in Cesc Fabregas, van Persie and Clichy.

Wenger baffled by the collapse of his Arsenal defense!!

Arsenal fans can sit and argue all day, and often do, about the reasons why this season, which promised so much, has turned into yet another last gasp fight for fourth place in the Premier League. Olivier Giroud and whether he is or isn’t up to the standards of the Gunners, a crippling injury list, bad luck, Wenger’s stubborn refusal to use the January transfer window and many other factors have been touted as the root of our problems, but Wenger has suggested that it is the recent defensive problems that have done for us.

Why are Arsenal chasing yet another goal-shy midfielder

Ask any Arsenal fan and he will be able to give you a long and detailed list of positions that need strengthening in the Gunners team. They will also have a lot of ideas if which players they would like to see coming to the Emirates this summer.

But I seriously doubt whether those lists will contain the position of a midfielder who is technically good but not particularly strong of fast and who has not scored a goal in over 50 games. So you are unlikely to see the name of Marco Verratti on any of those lists either, although the Metro have reported that the young Italian is being targeted by the Gunners for a £17 million summer transfer from his current club Paris Saint-Germain.

Is Wenger saying it’s too soon for Vieira to manage Arsenal?

There has been increasing speculation about whether or not Arsene Wenger will sign a new contract with Arsenal at the end of the season. The Frenchman has hinted that he could call it a day if he feels it is the right time, and a poor finish to this season could make it seem so.

There have also been reports in various papers, including the Mirror, that Wenger could take over as manager of the French national side and, if he did, Arsenal could replace him with former Gunners legend and captain Patrick Vieira. The combative midfielder must have learnt a lot from Wenger in his nine years with us and he seems to be putting it to great use in charge of the Manchester City academy team.

Wenger must return to his old Arsenal blueprint

Wenger needs to return to his blueprint of success by Gameruk

Yet again we have seen that in the big games Arsenal do not turn up and we got smashed! Many different opinions have been said as to why this keeps happening but I strongly believe its time for Wenger to go back to how he played during his first 500 games at Arsenal.

If you look at the first group of Gunners he had which won the Premiership, we had the likes of Tony Adams, Keown and Bould with a midfield of Vieira, Parlour, Overmars and Petit and strikers like Bergkamp, Wright and a wonder kid at that time named Anelka. This team had a bit of everything’ skill, flair, pace backed up with a very important ingredient POWER.

Arsenal’s Ramsey is the BEST in England says Man City man

I suppose that you could call Patrick Vieira and Arsenal man just as much as you could label him a Man City man, but he does work for the mega millions Manchester club these days, where he is in charge of the underage team known somewhat grandly as the `Elite Development Squad`.

But even though Vieira is still good friends with Arsene Wenger and spent the largest and most important part of his career in the red and white of the Gunners, you would not really expect him to praise the current Arsenal players over those of his current employers, but that is just what he has done in his assessment of Aaron Ramsey, as reported by the Independent.

Is Mertesacker set to be new Arsenal captain?

Mertesacker showing why he deserves to be Arsenal Captain! by Ash

Arsenal haven’t had the best of luck with Captains of the club over the course of the last 10 years or so. Patrick Vieira was good, as was Kolo Toure in his time because both players were loyal and passionate about the club. However in more recent years there has been a bit more room for concern and our Captain’s haven’t really led the club forward like they are expected.