The enigmatic season continues. Stay tuned for more today or tomorrow. Share your thoughts on a
Morning. It's been a long week and I apologize for not getting something up after the win
against Kiev. It was a hard-fought match, and Arsenal was quite lucky to come away with a win. They
didn't play particularly well for long stretches of the game. The ball Cesc played to Bendtner for
the winner was great; but you can't help but admit the refs handed us a break.
Matchday 5 of the Champions League is upon us, and after a short respite, the nerves must be
high for Gunners fans around the world. With title aspirations waning, competitions like the
Champions League and the FA Cup seem to be the only likely sources for silverware this season. The
record has been woeful as of late, with just one win in the past six fixtures - EPL and CL
'Nuff said in this picture.
Gunnerblog gives a great read on the appointment of Cesc as captain. More tomorrow.
Kickoff is in t-minus 10 minutes so there isn't much time for a preview. Consider this a thread
to leave your thoughts before and after a must win game for the Gunners. Hard to see how this
season could get much worse, but if this squad has any character, they can bounce back and win this
game. Here's a look at the squad changes via the BBC Live Text
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger leaves skipper William Gallas out of the squad after the player made
derogatory comments about his team-mates this week - and Emmanuel Adebayor is also excluded.
An interview came out today with captain William Gallas and, if reports are accurate, it's far
from good news. This isn't the kind of bold leadership this young squad is in need of, but perhaps
it is. But how do you take it from a player who hasn't shown the consistent mettle you'd expect
from a captain?
This sucks. Walcott was injured in England training, getting ready for a pointless international
friendly. He's set for surgery soon, and if there was a player aside from Cesc who we couldn't
afford to lose, it was Theo.
Wenger, please sign someone in January. I feel like all we can do is hold on until
reinforcements can be brought in.
These recaps aren't fun to write after another loss. I feel like it's deja vu all over again -
another loss against a team that needed to be beaten, especially if this side claims to have title
aspirations. It's hard to think about what keeps going wrong, because the same problems are showing
up over and over again.
There's a fair amount of news heading into the weekend, with a big game against Aston Villa on
the schedule. A quick look at the standings shows that the Villains are just two points behind us
in the UEFA Cup slot - it'd be good to have a little breathing room between them and us, especially
as the season goes on.
I know that these titles are boring and lack any kind of originality, but forgive me, I've
already used the title of The Who song 'The Kids Are Alright.' However, like the previous Carling
Cup fixture, it applies once again, as a squad of 19 year olds saw off a decent Wigan side.
Household names like Jay Simpson and Fran Merida were pulling the strings for the Gunners, and
Simpson nabbed a brace while Vela scored a goal that was a thing of beauty.
Today's Carling Cup match up with Wigan kind of snuck up on me. I didn't know that this week was
another fixture. To nobody's surprise, Wenger has announced that it will be a similar squad to the
one that faced Sheffield United a month ago or so. Like every Arsenal Carling Cup match, it will be
an opportunity to get a glimpse at the future of the club and will give them valuable
Is a gem. Totally worth checking out. Make sure you watch the introduction - don't skip it. If
it's not the terrible rap music, the numerous translation errors, the awesome introduction of a
plain flying from Marseille to London, or the wacky cutout of Samir, it's gotta be the
"Welcome in London" that greets you at the end of the intro.
What a match. What a match. In a fixture that was about as important as they get in the early
part of November, yesterday's Manchester United match had just about everything. Countless chances.
Glorious build up. World class finishing. Dodgy referee decisions. What counts is the end result on
the scoreboard, and what that can do for the morale of every Arsenal fan, coach, and player for the
rest of this season.
It's Friday and tomorrow's match against Manchester is tomorrow. I mentioned a few things to
look for in my previous post, and a few more things have come up today. The first is the shocking
news of Wenger exit, something he denies. I know that people are rumbling and grumbling that his
philosophy and stubbornness is starting to cost Arsenal, but isn't it a bit too soon to really dive
Another calamity. Well, maybe not a calamity. But it's a continuing trend that seems to be
marking a significant decline on this season. And with Manchester United looming over the weekend,
it's not the right result. It never is.
Yesterday's match brought back recurring themes. Lots of ball control, slick passing, poor
finishing in the final third.
For today's match, I'm trying out the CoverItLive blogging software that other places sites. I
hope that it beats the constant refreshing that is required. Also, I'll probably be streaming this
game so it might be delayed? We'll see how it goes.
Greetings, and it's Matchday 4 today. A big one in London with the Turks coming to town, and
they'll be gunning for us. With a 5-2 win in Istanbul a few weeks ago, they'll no doubt be seeking
revenge. It's something of a must-win game with two poor results setting things back in the
A win tonight would be huge to ensure qualification to the next round, something that would be
encouraging for a struggling club.
Today is a day of rest for the Gunners, and with the injury list beginning to read more and more
like a first XI, it's a welcome sight for a team that is already looking weary. All you can do is
shake your head and wonder why the boss was so stubborn as to not bolster the squad. I'm not going
to squabble about Hleb, Flamini or Gilberto, but the likes of Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs
providing depth ahead of the latest CL fixture, it's a growing concern.
Um, ok. After a dreadful performance mid-week, this is not the response you look for from a team
with title aspirations. A dominating blowout? That would be something to take pleasure in. That
would be a sign of encouragement. Instead, it's another result where all you can do is sigh, make
your displeasure known in whatever manner you feel, and move on with it.