Tag Archives: Wenger

Arsenal boss to play Walcott to avoid Alexis burn out?

Two things that Arsene Wenger has said this week in the build up to Arsenal facing Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday could well give us a little clue about the Frenchman’s plans for the festive period.

The manager has already given our star man Alexis Sanchez a little rest by leaving him in London while the Gunners travelled to Turkey to hammer Galatasaray in the final Champions League group game last week. But the Chile international star had played almost every minute for us before that and his break was much needed and well deserved.

Former Gunner issues DIRE warning over Arsenal defence!

I really hope that the former Arsenal, Celtic and Scotland star Charlie Nicholas is proved wrong about the current state of the Arsenal defence, but he is certainly not alone in bringing it up. The 52-year old TV pundit has warned that Arsene Wenger’s failure to strengthen the Gunners options at the back sufficiently has left the team teetering on the brink of disaster.

Arsenal fans everywhere are hoping that the January transfer window and the easing of our crippling injury problems sort out the weakness at the back that has cost us dear already this season, but Champagne Charlie is worried that it might be too late by then.

Arsenal set for SHOCK transfer swoop on Man City?

The way things have gone for both clubs in the last 10 years or so, any transfer business between Arsenal and moneybags Man City would only have been one way. In fact the Gunners fans have had to see some of our best players heading north to pick up a nice fat pay packet and put on the sky blue shirt.

But according to one of the latest Arsenal transfer rumours, we could be about to see one of their players heading in the other direction and the fact that is is being reported by The Independent means that there could well be some truth in the rumour.

Where do YOU think Chambers should play for Arsenal?

It seems as though the Arsenal and England international player Calum Chambers is a bit confused. I sat `player` rather than `right back` or even defender because the `9-year old has already taken up two roles in his fledgling Arsenal career and there has also been talk that he might get a chance to show what he can do as a defensive midfielder.

Why Arsenal MUST make use of LIverpool fatigue!

It would have been a lot better for Arsenal if the Championship side Bournemouth had given Liverpool a rougher ride in the Capital One cup quarter-final last night. Extra time and penalties were what we really wanted, but the Gunners can still make use of that game to our advantage.

The fact that Bournemouth got a goal back and pushed hard for the last half hour was certainly a bonus. Not only did it mean that the Liverpool players could not relax and had to put in a real shift right until the end of the game, it also meant that Rodgers could not afford to replace so9me key players like Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson.

PHEW! Ox and Walcott give worried Arsenal BIG injury boost!

Arsene Wenger has today given us the latest update on the Arsenal injury situation. And while we are still as threadbare as a 10 year old tea towel, there are a couple of very positive bits of news for the Gunners ahead of our first return to Anfield since that horrible 5-1 capitulation last season that sparked the beginning of the end to our hopes of winning the EPL title once again.

Why Ozil’s burning desire is GREAT news for Arsenal

The Arsenal and Germany international star Mesut Ozil has been out of action now for 10 weeks, ever since he heard that crack while the Gunners were playing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and it turned out to be a much bigger problem than anyone first thought (surprise, surprise).

But the club record signing is now back in training and no matter what you think of how well Ozil has performed since signing from Real Madrid last summer, we could really have done with him in the last couple of months. The German had not really started the season well and seemed to be suffering from a World Cup hangover like Per Mertesacker, but he was starting to find his form again and an in form Ozil is a massive boost to any team.

Why Alexis could be as vital to Arsenal as Henry!

The retirement of Thierry Henry from playing professional football has obviously got the Arsenal fans and the football media looking back on his fantastic career and discussing just how good he was. And whatever people think about his career as a whole or his status among Premier League and international greats, there is little doubt that he is right up there with the best Arsenal players ever.

OX on why Arsenal are set for STUNNING 2nd half of season!!

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has already had a pretty good season for Arsenal, on a personal level at least. The 21-year old has already played more Premier League games than last season and has missed just one of the Champions League games, also scoring in both competitions.

He may have had to move around the pitch, playing in central midfield as well as both flanks and in the forward line, but Chamberlain has done well in them all. He may not have had the chances, however, if it was not for the terrible run of injury problems that have forced Arsene Wenger to keep shuffling his Arsenal pack to somehow find a Gunners starting XI.

Should Arsenal pair BFG with Chambers, Debuchy or Monreal?

While the Arsenal injury problems continue to bite and give Arsene Wenger a real selection headache every time the manager prepares for a game, the problem may not be so extreme this time. At least the Gunners have a week off to rest, recuperate and recharge the batteries before heading to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday.

As well as Arsenal having the rare situation of being fresher than our opponents, with Liverpool going to Bournemouth tomorrow in the League cup, the Frenchman does actually have some decent options in his defence, although the France international centre back Laurent Koscielny is unfortunately not one of them.

Why it is TOO SOON for Arsenal and Wenger to relax

Calm Down! Arsenal are still in trouble! by DN

It does seem as though Arsenal have finally found the right balance and have learned some painful lessons about starting games slowly (a la Stoke) us focusing too much on the attacking side of the game when we should be solid and compact (a la Anderlecht).

And with Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal ready to return, Mesut Ozil back in training, Mikel Arteta, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey very close, it looks as though our terrible luck with injuries might be turning. The Gunners definitely had a change in luck this week when we were handed the best possible draw against Monaco in the Champions League.

Has `Old School` Giroud nailed down Arsenal central role?

Ever since he signed for Arsenal over two years ago, the France international striker Olivier Giroud has divided opinion, both in the football media and among the Arsenal fans. While the big man has had plenty of praise for his hard work and contribution, many of us believed he would never be a good enough finisher to lead the Gunners to real success.

But after beating Aaron Ramsey to be the top scorer for Arsenal last season, Giroud has pushed on again in this campaign, starting with a great goal and a Man of the Match award in the Community Shield. And despite the arrival of Danny Welbeck and the former Man United man settling quickly, Giroud still seems to have his manager’s backing for the centre forward role.