Saturday's 4-2 win away to Aston Villa was a chance for the squad to prove their mettle in the
absence of their captain. Players such as Rosicky, Nasri, and Wilshere were given more
responsibility in the centre of the park. Yet, what was most comforting was the apparent return to
form of dynamic Russian Andrei Arshavin.
For most, Fantasy Football is a study in the methods used to reap the biggest points return for
ample use of funds allotted. Supporting a particular club sees a conflict of interest arise as most
fans subconsciously pick players from their clubs as the building blocks of their fantasy
Social networking site Twitter has becomeÂ exceedingly popularÂ with Arsenal's footballers in
the past few weeks. Skipper Cesc Fabregas was the first notable player to sign up, before fellow
midfielder Jack Wilshere and others followed just days later.
Almost 10 first team players are 'tweeting' currently, with some Gooners suggesting that Arsenal
should follow Manchester United's stance on Twitter by banning their players from
Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are not unfamiliar with some of the best youth players in the
And although they are typically heavily criticised for such a paradigm of thought when it comes
to player selection, their youthful exuberance, creativity and entertainment-value is a bench-mark
that most clubs can only dream of achieving.
A terrible mistake by ex-Arsenal defender William Gallas saw Spurs squander a 1-0 lead against
Sunderland and continue their run of no wins in their last four
Premier League games.
Neither Gallas norÂ centre backÂ partner Younes Kaboul had the defensiveÂ nouse to intercept the
ball, pushing forward and allowing Asamoah Gyan to follow up his brace against Stoke by slotting
home his fifth goal already since his club-record capture.
Superb goals in either half from Bacary Sagna and Cesc Fabregas helped Arsenal climb up to
second following an impressive 2-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park
French full-back Sagna had only one Gunners goal on his CV going into the game but he doubled
his tally after 36 minutes, drilling a powerful shot into the roof of Tim Howard's net after Samir
Nasri's drive had been parried.
The Emirates, a stadium that holds 60,355 seated football fans. The second highest in the league
behind Old Trafford. Probably the most modernistic stadium in the league, construction of the
stadium began in February 2004 and was officially opened in October 2006.
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has been included in today's squad to face Newcastle, according
to Mirror Football.
Vice-captain van Persie took part in his first full training session yesterday since injuring
his ankle against Blackburn Rovers in August and is a surprise inclusion for the Premier League
clash at Emirates Stadium later this afternoon.
A lacklustre performance from Arsenal saw Newcastle come away from the Emirates Stadium with all
three points on Sunday afternoon.
Magpies 'keeper Tim Krul pulled off a couple of top drawer saves, the best of which was a full
length dive to stop a Samir Nasri drive. Lukasz Fabianski at the other end dropped another clanger
as he came for a ball he was never going to win and saw Andy Carroll barge his way in for the