The Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna admitted that Chelsea were far superior to Arsenal in all
departments in the 3-0 defeat on Sunday, but he bemoaned the bad luck of losing Robin Van Persie at
such a vital game. In the two games since Van Persie got injured, Arsenal have failed to score,
after scoring in every [.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger doesn't believe that the 3-0 loss to Chelsea was a fair
reflection of the result, and after his depressed ramblings after the match he has now issued a
statement explaining his thoughts on the game. But he started by giving the reasons Arsenal lost.
The first reason he gave was that [.
The Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie went to see the controversial "placenta cure" clinic run by
Marijana Kovacevic in Serbia soon after being told of the extent of his injuries, but now says that
with the new diagnosis there was no hope of it being successful.
But he doesn't regret the visit, despite it obviously being a waste of time.
The Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is aware that Arsenal are probably Chelsea's main challengers
for the Premiership, and thinks that tomorrows game could be a title decider.
He realises that a win for the Blues would create a massive gap against the Gunners, and could
be good enough to give Chelsea an unassailable lead, but he also knows that it is not going to be
in the slightest bit easy.
The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has returned to training with the first team, but Arsene Wenger
has issued a warning that he will not be risking the young England star until he is certain he is
100% fit and back to his best. So there is little chance that he will be playing against Chelsea
The Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh saw his team qualify for the knockout stages of the
Champions League, but still reiterated that he wanted to move to the Premiership next year, and if
it would help Bordeaux to get a transfer fee then he would even move in January.
It seems that the reported interest from Juventus has not stopped him wishing to move to
England, probably as he scored in a 2-0 win over the Italian team in the Champions League.
The Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Eboue thinks that it will be very difficult to beat Chelsea on
Sunday, with his Ivory Coast team-mate Didier Drogba in such fantastic form, but he "believes in
"I know this team, I know Chelsea, they have some really good players and I think that this game
will be very difficult for both teams," Eboue said.
The Arsenal and Russia midfielder Andrei Arshavin has admitted that he is depressed after Russia
failed to beat Slovenia in the World Cup Play-offs, and says that he is finding it hard to
concentrate on the domestic competitions.
In an interview with the Russian Sport Express newspaper Arshavin said: "People close to me tell
me that I need to forget what happened as soon as possible and turn my attention to club business,
to the Champions League,"
In a shock announcement this morning in the Mail, it seems that Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry
Redknapp has been given permission to speak to the Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, and reports from
Italy claim the Vieira is set to agree to a deal.
They say that Inter Milan have given their blessing to the move, and Harry is going to offer
Vieira a Â£35,000 a week pay-as-you-play deal, and a "source close to the player" says he will
accept if he is guaranteed regular first team action.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking at his lack of defenders before facing a Chelsea
team that is flying at the top of the Premiership, and it looks like he will have a couple of
rookies holding the fort.
Kieran Gibbs was diagnosed with a broken metatarsal yesterday to put him on the treatment table
alongside Gael Clichy and William Gallas.
The Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida was given a straight red card in last nights Reserve League
top-of-the-table clash with Aston Villa, and will now not be available for the Carling Cup clash
against Man City.
Arsenal were 1-0 up through Sanchez Watt just past the half-hour mark, when Merida gave him a
perfectly placed centre from a freekick 25 yards out, but within four minutes Arsenal were educed
to ten men.
Just last week it was assumed that Chelsea's injury list meant that Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole
and Frank Lampard would not be fit enough to face Arsenal in Sunday's crunch match at the Emirates,
but the news today is that all three of them, plus Michael Ballack, will all now be able to
Didier Drogba broke a rib against Man Utd and was expected to be out for another fortnight, but
he was fit enough to play against Porto last night.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw William Gallas and Andrei Arshavin injure each other when
jumping for a cross from Cesc Fabregas last night, and he feared the worst, but after analyzing the
injuries he has concluded they should both be okay to face Chelsea on Sunday.
But poor Kieran Gibbs is definitely out for at least three months after he suffered a broken
metatarsal last night.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was pleased with his teams performance in the 2-0 win over
Standard Liege last night, especially in the first half, and expressed that it was important to
bounce back after the loss against Sunderland, and renew the team's confidence before the meeting
with League leaders Chelsea.
The QPR youngster Raheem Sterling is considered one of the most promising young strikers in
English football a the moment, and today's Sun says that he is close to agreeing to sign for
Arsenal after talking to the Gunners youth supremo Liam Brady.
It seems that Liverpool and Man City have also made overtures to QPR, who could expect about
Â£750,000 in compensation, but Arsenal are now favourites to sign him, especially as he won't have
to move from his home in North London.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has lost two of his first choice strikers to injury, which has
revived speculation that he may consider a move for the Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh in the
January transfer window.
But Wenger is keen to see how his young Mexican star Carlos Vela performs in the next few weeks
before making a decision on the transfer situation.
The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas thinks that this week is very important to Arsenal's season.
They desperately need to beat the League leaders Chelsea next Sunday if they are going to seriously
challenge for the title this year.
"The Chelsea game is vital. We have to win, and we will be ready for it.
The controversy surrounding the "miracle cure" clinic that the Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie
visited last week, looks set to continue for a while.
The latest Premiership player to talk about his treatment in Serbia is the Liverpool midfielder
Yossi Benayoun, who insists that Marijana Kovacevic told him that he was using placenta from a
woman to massage his leg, not from a horse as has been reported previously.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw his team fail to score for the first time this season, and
lose for the first time in 13 games, and he was not very impressed!
He refused to pinpoint the cause as the lack of Van Persie in attack, and says the team should
be scoring goals even without the prolific Dutchman, and they now have the chance to prove it
against Standard Liege in the Champions League.
The Serbian FA have decided to join in the growing furore over the unlicensed "miracle cure"
practised by Marijana Kovacevic on footballers from around the world, despite numerous claims that
it has been proven to be successful.
The "placenta treatment" has been used by numerous Liverpool players, Arsenal's Robin Van Persie
and Chelsea's Frank Lampard, amongst others, and a respected agent, Zoran Stojadinovic, said that
Albert Riera has benefited from the treatment.
The latest young star to emerge from Arsene Wenger's awesome academy is the 18 year-old striker
Sanchez Watt. He made his first-team debut in the Carling Cup against West Brom earlier this
season, and marked the occasion with his first goal for the club too.
He followed that up with another good game against Liverpool, and it seems he has done enough
for Arsene Wenger to sign him up on a long-term deal, and it has been announced today that both he
and Alex Song have committed their futures to Arsenal.