With the Premier League due to kick off in less than a month, Arsenal and all of our rivals are currently in pre-season, with plenty of training sessions, some friendly games and tours of far flung lands, as well as the odd tournament like the Emirates Cup.
There are commercial reasons for some of this stuff, of course, but the main thing is to get the players fit and ready for the serious business of leagues and cup competitions. It is not just about fitness, however, as it also gives Arsene Wenger the chance to introduce some of the young Arsenal players into the team and to see how they react to playing with the big boys. .......Read the full article here
First of all Arsenal fans, do not ever make the mistake of thinking that anything Jose Mourinho says about Arsene Wenger and Arsenal is not calculated to get under the skin. We know that the Portuguese manager has had a personal issue with our Frenchman, going back to when he first arrived in the Premier League.
Wenger and Mourinho tried to say it was behind them last season, right before it all flared up again. The Chelsea boss will do anything to win, with all his talk of doing things the right way. This is the man who would stoop to sticking his finger in the eye of someone from the opposing side and make up stories about referees going into the opposing manager’s room at halftime. .......Read the full article here
It might sound a bit daft to be talking about Jack Wilshere running out of time to get his Arsenal career back on track, as the lad is only 22-years old and has missed so much time due to a string of injuries, but he certainly cannot afford to stand still for too long, or else he could be overtaken by some of the new young Gunners coming through.
And that is to say nothing of the fact that Arsene Wenger is now able to spend the money and attract some top class players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to the club. With Aaron Ramsey becoming the Gunners’ star player in the centre of midfield, Wilshere must know that this season could be make or break for him. .......Read the full article here
This should be another reminder to any of the current or future Arsenal players, that criticism can be constructive, as long as you react in the right way to it. And our flying forward, Theo Walcott has done just that since Alean Hansen said four years ago that the young Gunner just did not have a football brain.
To be fair, I do not know if Hansen’s harsh words had any effect on Walcott, but he has certainly proved the former Liverpool and Scotland defender dead wrong, as Hansen admits in his final column for The Telegraph as he retires from that and his Match of the Day duties. .......Read the full article here
Matthieu Flamini is in a confident mood ahead of the new Arsenal season, and reckons that if the Gunners can get over our injury problems there is no reason why we cannot win more trophies in the coming season. In the transfer window all Arsenal fans are hoping for new arrivals, but surely if we had a fully fit squad all through last season we would have been much closer to the top of the table in the end.
It is very interesting that Flamini chose Abou Diaby for a special first mention. “It’s very positive for the club and the team to have Abou back [in training], because he’s a very talented player,” he told Goal.com. .......Read the full article here
Why this is Jack Wilshere’s season by AT
It’s been three seasons now since Wilshere suffered an injury that would rule him out of an entire year of football and would lead him to have surgery that could’ve potentially ended his footballing career. Now he’s played for the majority of the last two seasons but has failed to capture the form that made him renowned as one of the best talents in Europe during the 10/11 season. .......Read the full article here
Yes Arsenal fans, we have finally completed the first signing of the summer, but it is not one of the ones you were hoping to hear about. So while we wait for more positive Arsenal transfer news on the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Sami Khedira and Angel Di Maria, let us see who we have signed.
His name is Ben Sheaf and the Gunners have snapped him up from the West Ham academy, where he built a reputation as one of the most promising young English midfielders of his age group. The 16-year old has already played for the England under 16 team, last year at the USA NIKE international tournament. .......Read the full article here
In the last few years, Arsenal have gone through captains faster than Jose Mourinho has gone through people who like him. Arsene Wenger looks like he is going to have to pick someone for the armband again this summer, even if the Frenchman decides to make Thomas Vermaelen see out his contract.
A player who is pushing to leave the club is far from the ideal man to lead the rest of the Gunners in their chase for silverware. The verminator did well to keep his chin up last season, but Arsenal need a new captain this year, but who should it be? .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has had a torrid season since his injury with the England team earlier this year, and he was only used sparingly by Roy Hodgson in Brazil. His career has been blighted with injuries ever since he exploded onto the scene as a precocious 16 year-old.
Now he realises that he can’t be called a promising youngster any longer and its time for him to mature. He told the Guardian: “It’s easy for me to stand here and say: ‘We’re young, we can go forward,’” .......Read the full article here
It is always a bit of a balancing act being an Arsenal fan when there is a big internatyional football tournament on during the summer. On the one hand, you are proud of the Arsenal players when they are selected to play for their country and you want them to do well, while on the other hand you want them back in great shape for the start of the next season. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has got a great and well deserved reputation in the world of football for his commitment to bringing young players through. And of course it is a big part of the game, because the stars of the future have to come from somewhere, but the shine has come off a bit recently and the recent retirement of David Bentley has brought the Arsenal academy under the microscope once again. .......Read the full article here
I know that not all Arsenal fans are also England fans, despite the fact that the Gunners actually play in the English Premier League. Football is a global enterprise these days, which is clearly highlighted in the comments section of this website and from the amazing pre-season tours that Arsenal go on.
There is no more global football event that the World Cup though, so we thought we would share this very useful infographic guide, at the bottom of this artixcle, made by Hertz, the car rental people. For any of you readers lucky enough to be heading out to Brazil at any point, the travelling is likely to be as much of a test as England face getting out of their tight group (I hesitate to call it the group of death but it is pretty tricky). .......Read the full article here