Tag Archives: Wenger

Clean sheet is Key to success for Arsenal in Champions League

Arsene Wenger is still hopeful and confident that his Arsenal team can have a good run in the Champions League this season, but he also knows that we need to get going as soon as possible, starting this evening with the visit of Galatasaray.

The game marks the 18th anniversary of the Frenchman taking over as Arsenal manager, a very successful spell with one notable exception. Despite a UEFA cup final in 2000 and a Champions League final in 2006, Wenger only has domestic titles to his name and he thinks that the way modern football has progressed makes it even harder for that to change, as an ESPN report reveals.

No Diaby! Arsenal saving him for Chelsea clash?

With a sudden injury crisis hitting Arsenal in the central midfield area like an unexpected punch in the stomach, I was hoping that Arsene Wenger would be able to call on our France international Abou Diaby, as the long legged Frenchman continues on the road to resurrecting his Arsenal career.

But in the latest team news and injury update reported by Arsenal.com, the boss poured cold water on that, at least for the Champions League clash with Galatasaray this evening anyway. It is not such a disaster, I suppose, as Jack Wilshere has passed a fitness test and is available to start alongside Mathieu Flamini in the centre.

Arsenal’s errors highlight Wenger’s failures!

When will Arsenal stop shooting themselves in the foot?‏ by KM

We managed to blew the 3 points once again. Now I know Arsenal will not win all their games but it’s not the first time we make life difficult for ourselves. We conceded a goal because we lost the ball in our own half after it was in the hands of the keeper. Mertesacker’s pass wasn’t the best but Flamini certainly didn’t do much with the ball either. And this highlights the need of a good solid defensive midfielder.

Arsenal will NOT change approach for Chelsea! Oh Dear!

When Arsenal travelled to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the Premier League in late March, we ended up with our biggest defeat of the season. And after that 6-0 humbling, made even worse by the fact that it was a landmark day for Arsene Wenger and was completely ruined by his arch enemy Jose Mourinho, it was clear that our tactics had been wrong.

The Gunners had already done it before at Anfield, but we did not learn from that thrashing by Liverpool and just repeated the mistake against Chelsea. An early goal saw us throw players forward on the attack and that just opened us up to more goals at the wrong end.

Welbeck pushing himself TOO hard to improve for Arsenal?

Danny Welbeck has only been an Arsenal player for a month and some of that was taken up by his time with the England national team during the last international break. And most Arsenal fans and pundits have been reasonably impressed with his contribution to the cause so far.

Welbeck may have missed a few chances but he has scored a good goal and provided an assist, which for a player not used to his team mates and with not many proper training sessions to get used to them, that is not bad. But the former Man United forward is harder on himself and was a bit disappointed with his latest showing, against Tottenham in the north London derby, as he explained to Arsenal Player.

Has Schneiderlin proved that Arsenal SHOULD have signed him?

I am not just writing this article because Arsenal have a central midfield crisis on our hands, with injuries and fitness issues making it appear that we could have no Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Abou Diaby or Mikel Arteta available for the next two very important games against Galatasaray.

But it does highlight the fact that signing the France international Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton this summer would have been a very useful piece of transfer business indeed. The 24-year old capped off a great season for the Saints by breaking into the France team and appearing at the World Cup finals and he has started this campaign in even better form.

Should Arsenal allow Ozil to join Bayern Munich?

There is an interesting Arsenal rumour in todays Express saying that the Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is looking to poach Mesut Ozil next summer if the World Cup winner continues to be played out of position and fails to impress when forced to play as a winger.

Ozil had a fantastic game against Aston Villa last weekend when Wenger finally allowed him to play in his free-roaming Number 10 role, but after the game, the manager made it clear that Ozil will not be given that role permanently. Wenger said: “He played very well and had a good understanding with Danny Welbeck.

Spurs plan aggressive tactics! Arsenal MUST be ready!!

Arsene Wenger is coming up to 18 years in charge of Arsenal, making him the longest serving Premier League manager by a country mile. And our three north London derby victories last season helped the Frenchman to see off two more of his counterparts from White Hart Lane, Tim Sherwood and AVB.

So we have the next challenger, Mauricio Pochettino, who is well aware of the importance of the fixture and of how much of a boost to his team and his relationship with the fans it would be if they went away with any sort of result.

Arsenal starlet ready and willing for NLD pressure

You will not find many people any more who question the wisdom of Arsene Wenger in making Calum Chambers an Arsenal player during the summer transfer window. Not signing another quality defender or defrensive midfielder might be another matter but the teenager has already shown great attitude, ability and versatility.

Chambers has already played well in two positions, has experienced his first taste of the Champions League and faced his old club Southampton in the Capital One Cup. And through it all, the 19-year old Englishman has taken it all in his stride, so the boss has no hesitation in throwing him into the maelstrom that is the north London derby, as an Arsenal.com report explains, even with the added factor of the new Tottenham manager being the same man he played under at St. Mary’s, Mauricio Pochettino.

Could Arsenal REALLY not find a defender with £50m?

Naturally and as usual, Arsenal have lost quite a few players to injury. We have been losing players at a regular rate ever since the season started, with Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, Flamini and others picking up little knocks, while Nathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud have had to have surgery and will not be available until some time around the new year.

Arsenal boss to move Ozil wide again? Is he mad?

We all know that Arsene Wenger likes to keep his plans for Arsenal close to his chest, be it transfer business, tactics or even which players are really fit enough to play. In that he is no different to most Premier League managers, but usually we have a good idea of the tactics and system the Gunners will employ.

If you asked every manager in the Premier League, Arsenal fans and people in the media what you ecpect Wenger to do with Mesut Ozil this week, I think you would get a unanimous answer; play him from the start in the number 10 role. But in his pre-match press conference, reported by Arsenal.com, the Frenchman has suggested that he could move the German playmaker out wide again.

Relax Arsenal – Podolski WILL improve like Ozil

The two Arsenal players that came in for the most criticism from the Capital One Cup defeat by Southampton on Tuesday were Tomas Rosicky and Lukas Podolski. Both players were below par but I think we were more disappointed by them because we expect much better from them, especially as they were the old guard and should have led the way for the youngsters.

But let’s not condemn them just yet Gooners and I am going to focus on the German striker. After all, Podolski has seen very little action yet this season, just two sub appearances totalling 27 minutes in the Premier League. Don’t forget that Podolski was a World Cup winner with Germany this summer, even though he did not play all that much.