Tag Archives: Wenger

Arsenal to miss out on Klopp as new manager?

I am not one of the many Arsenal fans that cannot wait for the club to replace Arsene Wenger as the man in charge. I have had my moans about the Frenchman but also feel that he has done a remarkable job in difficult circumstances for the last 10 years.

But even the fans that think Wenger fully deserved his new Arsenal contract after a good title challenge for most of last season and an FA cup trophy for us to celebrate, are already looking to the future knowing that it will be sooner rather than later that the club has to find the man to replace the Prof at the top.

Can Cazorla smile help him on the pitch for Arsenal?

I am not too sure what the Arsenal and Spain international midfielder Santi Cazorla has to smile about at the minute. The 29-year old ballooned a couple of great chances to get his scoring off the mark against Sunderland miles over the bar.

The Spaniard has so far failed to take his chance to shine in the number 10 role in the absence of our German play maker Mesut Ozil. Cazorla did get Arsenal off to a great start this season, scoring the first of three goals as the Gunners comfortably beat the Premier League champions Man City in the Community shield. But just as that result was followed by a disappointing run of results for Arsenal, Cazorla has yet to score again and has been largely disappointing.

Arsenal to start `proud` Wilshere against Burnley?

I am fairly sure that I was not the only Arsenal fan to be a little bit surprised to see the Gunners starting XI for the trip to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. My main surprise was to see both Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini on the team sheet, but then Jack Wilshere was suspended for that game after picking up five Premier League red cards.

But I expected Aaron Ramsey to come in for the England international midfielder and the fact that the young Welshman only came on for the last few minutes suggests to me that Arsene Wenger is being very cautious in bring Ramsey back into full action after his latest injury problem.

Arsenal Tactics: 4-4-2 is Boring but Effective!

There are very few Arsenal fans that were impressed with the 2-0 away win at Sunderland this weekend, but the fact that we came away with all three points should alert us to the fact that we kept a clean sheet and capitalised on Sunderland’s defensive errors.

Mikel Arteta worked alongside Matthieu Flamini in central midfield to protect the defence and he thinks it was good for the team. He told Arsenal.com: “We wanted to give a bit more freedom to Alexis, playing a bit behind Danny [Welbeck], more like a 4-4-2, which we haven’t played for a while. It worked – I think Alexis did very well today so we’re happy for him.”

Arsene Wenger is “Very Happy” – Why aren’t Arsenal fans?

With all the criticism of Arsene Wenger on JustArsenal over the last week, an outsider looking in would think it was safe to assume that Arsenal had lost their last two games and are way behind the leaders in the Premiership. But the reality is that we have WON our last two games and are currently fifth in the table, just two points behind the reigning Champions Man City in third place.

After the 2-0 win at Sunderland, Wenger said on Arsenal.com: “It was very pleasing. The team was very focused, very united, very concentrated not to make mistakes.

Hummels transfer to leave BFG out of Arsenal line-up?

There is another development in the Arsenal transfer rumour linking us with a possible swoop for the Borussia Dortmund star defender Mats Hummels in the January transfer window. According to a report in the Daily Star, one of our main rivals for the signature of Hummels has dropped out of the race.

The paper claims that news from Russia suggests that the Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is now looking at Ezequiel Garay, the Argentina international centre back currently playing for Zenit St. Petersburg, as his top transfer target in January. This apparently leaves Arsenal in pole position to sign the Germany international.

Is Reid transfer really the answer for Arsenal?

There is one big thing that bothers me about one of the recent Arsenal transfer rumours, the one that suggests that Arsene Wenger is preparing a move for the West Ham and New Zealand international defender Winston Reid in the January transfer window.

My concern is why, if Wenger wants the player and the player does not seem keen to sign an extension to the current deal with the Hammers that is due to run out in the summer, did the Gunners not try to sign the centre back during the summer transfer window?

Let’s look at Arsenal’s REAL problems…

The problems at Arsenal lie deeper than the surface by KM

At the end of the past week, Arsenal managed to get two wins from two away games. On the surface that looks like a deal you would take at any time. The problem with AFC is that there is always a “but”. We took the points, but the performances were awful once again.

Lets start with the positives. The points. Sanchez. Why is Sanchez the only player pressing so high? He was taught to do so at Barcelona. If we want to be a mini version of that famous Barca side, we need to implement the most crucial aspect of their game that brought them success. You guessed it’s not the passing, but the pressing.

Market Forces – And why Arsenal SHOULD NOT sack Wenger

Should Arsene Wenger be sacked? by TB

I guess it is a sign of the times that ‘football’ is likened to ‘trading’ as a fellow ‘results business’. The Casino Economy meets The Premier League – even at the Arsenal!

It’s all about winners and losers after the Market paradigm, Murdoch’s Sky TV and Global Capital marched into town. Whilst there are clear benefits generated by all this – after all, how else would we have Arsene Wenger and his unique contribution to football with Thierry Henri, Pires, Vieira et al right up to today with stars in waiting Alexis, Ozil, Ramsey and all our talented youngsters – I believe there is also something very unsavoury about it. Something fundamental to the soul of football is lost in this ugly process.

Luck is WITH Arsenal but MUST not be wasted!!

I don’t know about the rest of you Arsenal fans, but I think we should be feeling pretty lucky right now. Arsenal have had plenty of bad luck, but to find ourselves just off the top four and ahead of our big rivals Liverpool and Man United and just three points behind Man City after the way we have started the reason is a huge bonus.

So how DO Arsenal hit boiling point?

Arsene Wenger made an illusion about the temperature that water boils at and compared it to the almost very good performances that Arsenal had been putting in at the start of the season, suggesting that the Gunners just needed a few extra degrees of temperature before we hit our own boiling point.

Now I know that many Arsenal fans will argue about how close the team really is to 100 degrees, but it is also clear that if the players could just click properly on the pitch then we would be very formidable opponents indeed. A little bit more composure in front of goal, a little bit more understanding and organisation at the back and a bit more incision from our creative midfielders and we would be scoring goals for fun and keeping clean sheets.

Arsenal to sign another Barca striker in January?

For three seasons between the summer of 2011 and the summer of this year, the current Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez was playing alongside and competing with the Spain international Pedro Rodriguez at La Liga club Barcelona. And according to one of the latest Arsenal transfer rumours, the same could soon be happening in north London.

Because according to a Metro report, the 27-year old Barca star has had enough and is ready to rejoin his former colleauge in the English Premier League with the Gunners. Maybe he has been encouraged to see just how well Alexis has settled into life at Arsenal and started to take the EPL by storm.