What Arsenal can expect and hope for after internationals

Although it would have been a whole lot better for Arsenal if we had gone into the current two week international break on a high instead of on the back of two disappointing results, it still comes at a good time for the Gunners, giving Arsene Wenger and his players a valuable bit of breathing time to recover and refocus for the rest of the season ahead.

One thing that we desperately need from this break is to get some of the injured players back or at least closer to a return, the most important of those being our France international centre back Laurent Koscielny. The defe3nder is still suffering from tendon trouble in his ankles and it is hard to predict exactly when he will be okay to play, but the boss has said that he could be available again after the break. With Man United and then Borussia Dortmund coming up, Arsenal could really do with the Frenchman back.

Debuchy and Ozil will not be fit right away but neither will be far away from a comeback either and with those three players back, along with Giroud, Walcott and Gnabry, the boss suddenly has a strong squad with plenty of options again. That is assuming and hoping that we get no more injuries from the players on international duty.

A few Gunners, like Walcott, Podolski, Campbell and Rosicky should get some valuable time on the pitch and will hopefully come back to north London in better physical and mental condition to help Arsenal climb the Premier League table and qualify for the Champions League.

Realistically, however, we will be hoping for a kind draw for the knockout phase in Europe and are going to be fighting for second in the EPL, unless the wheels fall off in a big way for Chelsea. So the best chance of a trophy for the Gunners might be to defend the FA cup we won at Wembley in May, with the first game for us coming just after the new year. But if we are not playing a lot better by then, it is going to be a painful season for us all. I’m sure we will be though. How about you?

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54 Comments

  1. KickAssFan says:

    Yeah, we can expect the hairstylist having his contract renewed for another 2yrs.

    1. muffdiver says:

      short back an sides please

      1. 61 never again says:

        Of topic it was good to see a few positive articles today keep the faith there’s only 1 cannon COYG we love you ARSENAL

        1. KickAssFan says:

          @61-never-again, we have that man to thank… #InWengerweDrunk

          1. Brada b says:

            Haahaa

  2. Hafiz Rahman says:

    theres no hope when wenger is in charge…he has the players he does not play them..

    he lacks the players he does not sign them

  3. Young Gun_AFC says:

    Southamptom, who had all their star players are better than us. Let that sink in.

    I actually feel worried Sanchez might leave. He puts in so much effort and just when all his hard work looks like it paid off our defence banter him off and leave the tap running.

    Also when will szczesny actually start making vital saves? Want Ospina in goa…. Oh no wait he’s INJURED.

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      It sink in. Arsenal will still finish above them.

    2. Young Gun_AFC says:

      Had their players taken*. That typo was Wengers fault.

      1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

        More like Brendan Rodgers but nice try

  4. ronniec says:

    I hope Wenger will resign, after doing meditation from the international break.

    1. muffdiver says:

      your hopes will be crushed like a pepsi can

  5. Young Gun_AFC says:

    Legendary hold up play legend Zigic doesnt seem like a bad idea now does he? Could use him as a CB.

    I’m also hearing that wenger has made plans to use Reus as a back up LB and 4th choice CB even before he has signed him.

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      I heard Young Gun_AFC tried to be funny.

      Tumbleweed flew past.

      1. KickAssFan says:

        No one can beat Wenger at being funny.

        1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

          He does have charisma and wit

          1. muffdiver says:

            an a 5 bed in the cayman islands- arsene doin it big since biggie died

            1. KickAssFan says:

              Lol! @Muff

  6. LoCkAy says:

    Arteta just agreed a contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2016…!!!

    According to the Die Zeit (German Newspaper) and France Football, Arsenl has given up on the capture of Hummels… Reasons? Too expensive (Not the wages, the asking price).

    I will assume that since we cannot usually compete with bigger clubs, Hummels might go to Man United or else…
    As for Arteta (who is clearly finished and just a number in the squad… Would you believe is Arsenal captain… We have gone down to mediocrity as an art form), it seems that Wenger has definitely change his views about signing over 30’s players… The hypocrite arrogant c*nt !!

    This club, under the current management, is a f*cking joke and the laughing stoke of descent football…!!

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Until 2016 is a one year extension considering his contract expires in 2015 (the end of this season)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Hardly a big deal. He gave Rosicky an extension too and look at that!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. G-Force says:

      @ Lockay

      The best contract extension ever in the premier league has to be Abou Diaby.

      Manager Arsène Wenger said: “We are all delighted that Abou has signed a new long-term contract with the Club. Abou is a great player with huge presence on the football pitch and he has the potential to be an extremely influential part of Arsenal Football Club for many years to come.”

      Abou Diaby said: “I’m very happy to sign a new contract with the Club. It shows my long-term commitment to Arsenal and I’m very happy here which is why I’m so pleased to extend my contract. It’s a great thing for me and hopefully there will be some good years ahead for me here.”

      The false shepherd aka Ar$ene Wenger.

  7. Twig says:

    Podolski and Rosicky are both upset they’re not getting enough games. And rightly so. Many times, we’ve looked like we could do with some substitution, or need to substitute earlier than 70 minutes, but we simply do nothing. Was surprised to see Sanogo coming on, instead of Podolski against Swansea, when what we desperately needed was that last minute goal.

  8. SoOpa AeoN says:

    yea! And we will have slow out of form oLdies (30-36yrs) bossing our midfield …… Great!…… Just great!

  9. Andrew AFC says:

    Well thats one captain that wont be leaving soon. SH-T that backfired.

    1. mr lean says:

      That it make Wenger captain ! Lol

  10. Andrew AFC says:

    Thats probable one more season Hayden wont be used. 🙁

  11. Thando says:

    Chambers to be played cb

  12. Thando says:

    OT:guys how come some of our players when playing for their national teams they seem to do well but when playing for arsenal they are off.something is wrong on our camp

  13. john0711 says:

    Arteta signs a 12 month extension ? WTF you guys can smooth it over but it shows the managers intention he wouldn’t give past players an extension at 30 years, but he’s failing to see his faults
    Forget a top DM and I think he will sign a young CB so that he doesn’t have to drop mert, he’s got no balls

    Out with Wenger and more importantly out with the board
    Ustanov in he won’t suffer failure and will spend money

    1. Twig says:

      I don’t mind Arteta staying to be honest, so far we invest in a CDM in the summer. He’s an important figure to have in the dressing room and is our captain. He doesn’t have to play all the games of course – and he himself knows that – but he could be useful coming off the bench to see off a game. He’s much better at possession and passing than either Ramsey or Wilshere in my opinion.

      1. john0711 says:

        Twig I understand that and it’s a fair point, but the worry is wenger has a history of letting us down in the transfer window after promising so much, if he signs a top CB and a DM then I’m all for it and will give Wenger more time, if not and he signs just a CB it’s time to go for him

        1. ryanh27 says:

          Also, having Arteta and other spanish players like santi and monreal will help keep sanchez happy, cuz Sanchez’s english is still not there so if keeping arteta means that Sanchez feels more comfortable in the team, then by all means sign arteta until 2018 lol

  14. john0711 says:

    And all you wengerites if Sanchez leaves and I pray to God he doesn’t it will be on your head

  15. davidnz says:

    To be fair apart from Chelsea
    and Southampton (so far)
    every one in the league is battling.
    What can we expect?
    Another 27 rounds full of intrigue
    where every game is a dog fight to the end.
    Fans to remain madly passionate.
    Arsenal class will see the team make top 4.
    The club really only needs a DM and a CB
    otherwise wait till the summer and release/sell
    Ryo Rosicky Flamini Diaby Mertesacker Podolski Coquelin.

    1. Thando says:

      @davidnz how come you forget arteta?

      1. davidnz says:

        @Thando. Arteta will be a useful
        back up DM and usefull back up AM.
        He will replace Rosicky as Senior mentor.
        He is also intensly loyal to Arsenal
        and Wenger. Also his low salary keeps
        the overall wage expectations down.

        1. Thando says:

          @davidnz but it clear for all to see arteta is finished,we need to start rebuilding and i think we could use some young blood

  16. john0711 says:

    Podolski is def leaving so is Campbell
    That’s almost 20 m let’s see what the club ACTUALLY spend

    1. Andrew AFC says:

      Let me have a guess 20 million.

      1. Andrew AFC says:

        PS I don’t know if it’s the board or Wenger thats running our great club into the ground.

  17. royalman says:

    I just read a post in Arsenal facebook page, all fans r typing is “wenger out” let’s start a thread like dat here, everythin ther should b “wenger out”

  18. Andrew AFC says:

    Just for a laugh I have come up with an anagram for arsenal wenger. Renewal Angers

    1. Thando says:

      @andrew it good that the wenger out movement is starting to pick up

      1. Andrew AFC says:

        @Thando
        Reading most of the posts today I think 3/4 of the Arsenal fans on this site want him out.

        1. Thando says:

          @andrew i AKB to know that we dont hate wenger it just that the is finished

          1. Thando says:

            The guy is finished

            1. Andrew AFC says:

              I think people are still upset about selling our best player and not replacing them. That is not the way to go if you are serious about winning trophies.

  19. Ronny331 says:

    What can we expect? Not a lot on the pitch I suspect! Off the pitch us fans will continue to argue, more of our players will start to show their desire to leave us and piers morgan will continue tweeting. Back on rhe pitch we can expect more defensive howlers, a leaderless team, players who should be performing, (cazorla and ramsey) under performing and wenger sat looking confused and sesperatey on the bench. More of the same I’d guess! On transfers keep going as we are and no one will want to come to us unless we splash the cash, we all know how wenger likes to do thay, Not! I still leave in hope that we’ll be shocked by a surprise signing of either hummels or kondogbia or even both, what else can we do but hope and dream?

    1. Thando says:

      We can only dream @ronny331 since we are the ones(fans) who see arsenal as a big club

  20. Ronny331 says:

    Must admit though the sooner we get giroud, ozil, kos and debuchy back the better we need shake up and some changes. Also cant wait to see ospina back healthy so as to push/bench schez. Also looking forward to having a fully fit walcott abd gnabry to call upon.

  21. Thando says:

    The potentail is there but we also got some wholes.i think wenger is no longer motivated to win that why our players are doing so bad

  22. Ronny331 says:

    @rhando. Exactly nothing wrong with aiming high and striving for perfection, anything less what’s the point? 🙂 we used to big a huge clubwith huge players, oh hhow things can change. Only thing keeping me sane at the moment is the up and down form of man city at the moment, puts this season’s pl campaign so far into perspective, (chelsea permitting).

  23. Thando says:

    @ronny331 but against swansea we messed up a chance to mancity plus moving closer to that second spot

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