Arsenal vs Swansea preview, predicted match line-up and score line by KJ
It's been a very disappointing couple of games with draws against both Villa and Everton away. We've fallen behind Tottenham by 2 points and still remain 5 points off third place. It's still very achievable to get a top 3 finish but it's safe to say we are out of the league running this early.
Arsenal fans have been left disappointed by two away draws in a row, but Aaron Ramsey feels that we may have lost at least one of those games last season. The team as a whole, not just the defenders, have been working on getting harder to beat, and the young Welshman thinks it has started to pay off.
The worldwide trade union for professional footballers, Fifpro, has highlighted an alarming trend in the way clubs deal with players who are nearing the end of their contract, one example is the Arsenal transfer target Fernando Llorente who plays, or rather doesn't, for Athletic Bilbao.
Fifpro have also highlighted the case of the Dutch international midfielder, Wesley Sneijder, who is under contract with the Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan.
There is probably a very simple answer to the above question, and it is not yes. It would be nice to think that the Arsenal fans and their feelings and opinions were important to Stan Kroenke, Ivan Gazidis and Peter Hill-Wood, but I just doubt it somehow. If the Arsenal fans were to become a corporate entity that paid for advertising, then we would be treated like royalty, but we are all individuals (I'm not).
We were hoping that Arsenal were going to go on a good run following the moraleboosting victories over Tottenham and Montpellier, but two draws, albeit in away games, has caused that run to slow to a crawl. Arsene Wenger has told us not to worry, though, as he is confident that Arsenal will be ebtter from now on and will be in a better position by the end of the year.
Spain has been a happy hunting ground for the Arsenal boss recently, or at least Spanish players have. His best bys in the last two seasons have been Santi Cazorla from Malaga and Mikel Arteta from Everton. It looks like Arsene Wenger is going to try to keep the run going in January with a bid to bring Adrian Lopez from Athletico Madrid.
Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal fans a little teaser by saying that the Gunners could be bringing in a couple of new players in the January transfer window, but (in time-honoured fashion) he is leaving it up to us to guess who they could possibly be.
Wenger said yesterday: "This winter we will work very hard because we have some funds available,"
"It could happen that we buy two players, but I cannot reveal the names.
There has been much furore over the last 18 hours about a report which says that Arsenal are making moves to reduce the players wages if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League, as if all the current contracts in place make no differential whether they qualify or not.
Now that MAY be true, but I for one DOUBT it very much!
The Swansea striker Leon Britton saw his side beat Arsenal in Wales last season and only lost narrowly 1-0 at the Emirates, and after yet another fantastic start to this season he believes that the Swans have every right to believe they can take all three points from Arsenal this weekend.
"If we win on Saturday we go above Arsenal," Britton said.
The Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has been a Gunner for his whole career, apart from a loan spell at Birmingham City, but it looks like that could be coming to an end. There was talk of the Swiss international defender moving on this summer, with a few Serie A clubs interested, but Arsene Wenger assured the 25-year old that there was still a role for him at the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger was speaking about potential signings in January to strengthen the Arsenal squad, but his words about the former striker Thierry Henry make it abundantly clear that he would jump at the chance of getting the star striker back on loan as we did last season. The only problem Wenger has is to persuade a reluctant New York Red Bulls to allow their best player to spend his rest time playing for the Gunners.
Swansea City have had a remarkable few years, and Arsene Wenger knows that Arsenal will need to put in a good performance to stop the Gunners becoming another positive in their recent results. Wenger is aware that Swansea will be in a buoyant and confident move after midweek victory over one of the Premier leagues other surprise packages, West Brom.
Many Arsenal fans would agree that the Gunners are in need of another striker, a defensive midfielder and a quality keeper to push Wojcicech Szczesny for the number one shirt. I am not sure that many would agree that Pepe Reina from Liverpool, Alessandrod Matri from Juventus and Zdravko Kuzmanovic from Stuttgart would be the first names that spring to mind.
Wenger's insistence on playing Ramsey as a winger in a 4-3-3 along with Giroud and Walcott up front has angered a lot of Arsenal fans, especially when he leaves out the likes of Podolski, Gervinho or the Ox and has resulted in Ramsey being harshly criticised (sometimes fairly, other times not, but I don't want to get into that debate now).
Why Giroud will not become a world class striker by KJ
I've been analysing yesterday's game (Arsenal vs Everton) and have paid special attention to Giroud. He has been very inconsistent this season and although some may feel he's finally coming good, I have my doubts.
He came to Arsenal on the back of winning the French title with Montpellier.
Arsene Wenger has rubbed Ian Holloway, manager of Crystal Palace and Gollum lookalike, up the wrong way by admitting his interest in making Wilfried Zaha an Arsenal player. Asked years ago on Soccer Saturday who would play him in a film, the eccentric Holloway suggested the Lord of the Rings character, and he is continuing the analogy with his obsession about his precious, the Â£20 million rated winger.
Theo Walcott has spoken about his great goal scoring form for Arsenal this season, and is confident he will keep getting better. Another goal last night has surely proved that he can do the job of a striker for the Gunners, while his general play makes the team much more dangerous and provides Giroud with the service he needs.
Arsene Wenger watched his Arsenal team draw 1-1 at Goodison Park last night despite Theo Walcott giving the Gunners a lead in the very first minute of the game,, but the Frenchman atill thinks that was a fair result against a strong Everton team that haven't lost at home since April.
"Overall, if I look back at the game, it was one of big physical intensity.
David Moyes saw his Everton team fight back bravely after going 1-0 behind in the first minute of last night's game, and he thinks that Everton deserved all three points and would have got them if the ref hadn't have been so lenient on Arsenal.
After Walcott's brilliant opening goal, Everton made a concerted assault on the Arsenal goal, and Szczesny had to pull off some excellent saves before and after Fellaini's deserved equaliser, but perhaps the most telling moment was when Arteta pulled down Steven Pienaar in the second half.
Oh the wins keep coming, coming and coming! by Adam Kemp
Arsenal's league form is almost an illustration of the age and impotence of the once great Wenger. As this man ages without grace his methods seem to be dissipating from under his grasp! The lack of creativity and clinical finishing has seen Arsenal fire blanks with a sense of utter embarrassment.
Everton 1 -1 Arsenal, a disappointing result considering last Saturday by KJ
A draw at Goodison is a point gained in most cases but today, it's two points lost. That draw against Villa has skewed today's result because we've only managed to get half (2) of the points I expected (4) from the two games.
Arsenal fans are like bears with sore heads this morning after seeing a promising start and early goal against Everton cancelled out which led to the Gunners hanging on a bit for a point. The result meant that Tottenham went up to fifth, while Arsenal lie in seventh, a massive 12 points off the league leaders, Manchester United.
There were positives and negatives to take from Arsenal's away draw at Everton last night, and the main one, for the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen, was the attitude and mentality of the team. I hope he is right, because nothing less than a win at home to Swansea at the weekend will do to keep the fans happy and keep the team headed in the right direction.
You couldn't make it up. Arsenal have been struggling with injuries since the start of the season and it never seems to get any better. The absence of Kieran Gibbs who was injured against West Ham, had a very detrimental effect on the Arsenal defence, just as the Gunners were putting a good run together, and the nervousness spread throughout the team.
Arsene Wenger surprised everybody with his Arsenal line up which did not have Podolski, even on the bench, but Rosicky was on the bench. Sagna and Wilshere returned as did Vermaelen at left back with Gibbs dropping to the bench. Arsenal fan favourite Aaron Ramsey also started.
Arsenal got off to a fantastic start, with a goal from Walcott with good play from Ramsey and Wilshere.
Everton vs Arsenal preview, predicted line up and score line
It's very rare that we have a mid-week Premier League tie but I'm excited nonetheless. We've been in some very iffy form with no real understanding of what team performance we will see tomorrow. We could see the extremely flat Arsenal side that lacks any creative spark or we could see an Arsenal side that will run rampant and everything will go right.
Arsene Wenger is a big fan of Mario Gotze, and has tried to sign him for Arsenal before, apparently. The 20-year old who signed a new contract with the German champions Borussia Dortmund earlier this year which will keep him at the club until 2016, but there is a release clause in the contract with the value of Â£30 million.
Arsene Wenger cannot wait to get the Czech international midfielder Tomas Rosicky back into the Arsenal first team. The 32-year old is back in full training after recovering from an operation for the injury he picked up during Euro 2012. Wenger believes that his influence will have a great effect on the Gunners and will provide valuable assistance and cover to the little Spanish playmaker, Santi Cazorla.
Although Arsenal will need to watch out for the goal threat of Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic who are the top scorers for Everton this season, with six and five goals respectively, it is the left back Leighton Baines who really makes them dangerous. The 27-year old has developed into one of the best left backs in the Premier league, in fact stats released this week show him to be the best in Europe.
Arsene Wenger has been speaking about the Everton player, Marouane Fellaini, ahead of Arsenal's trip north to play David Moyes' team tonight. Le Prof expressed his admiration for the Belgian international who might prove to be a thorn in the side as he returns from suspension to face the Gunners at Goodison Park.
Arsene Wenger was famously abused by Arsenal's away fans at Aston Villa this weekend, as they chanted "You don't know what you're doing" at the end of the 0-0 draw. But the Frenchman has been in this position many times before and he knows he is responsible for his decisions and is happy to take the criticism when the fans think he has got it wrong.
Arsenal fans may have a feeling of deja vu about Arsene Wenger's statement this morning, as I seem to remember him saying exactly the same thing a couple of days before the last transfer window closed without any more purchases being made.
But (in case you haven't heard it before), this is his words: ""We have a good squad, I believe that these players have a fantastic attitude," he said.
The massive Arsenal fan Carl Jenkinson has recently become the fifth member of the present Arsenal team to play for England, and Arsene Wenger has admitted that it is part of his planning to get as many talented local players to come through the Academy at Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger had to listen to the Arsenal fans at Aston Villa chanting "You don't know what you're doing" at this weekend's game against Aston Villa, and (rather like Rafael Benitez's reaction to the Chelsea fans) is pretty sure that it is only a minority of verbose Arsenal fans that really want him to leave the club, and these are the views promoted by the media.
It seems that some Arsenal fans are determined to think the worst of Aaron Ramsey and would be perfectly happy if he never played for the Gunners again. I agree that he has not rediscovered the form that had people predicting a glittering career for the Welshman before his progress was halted by a horrific double fracture of his right leg, which kept him out for nearly a year.
Horst Heldt is the general manager of the German club Schalke, who look like beating Arsenal to top spot in the Champions league group. As group rivals, it is strange that Heldt should know all the ins and outs of the financial situation, but that is what he is suggesting, after claiming that the Arsenal transfer target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will not be joining the Gunners because we have no money.
What does the Captain's armband mean nowadays? by AH
With the news that Jack Wilshere is set to be offered a new long term contract, it's also been reported that the club will look to implement Wilshere as Club Captain in the next two and a half years. Jack Wilshere is known to be Arsenal at heart, having come through the academy ranks, and the young Englishman has even said he doesn't need an agent because he will never want to leave Arsenal.
Fernando Llorente told his bosses at Athletic Bilbao that he would not be signing a new contract in the summer, which immediately put a number of clubs, including Arsenal, on alert. With his contract due to end in less than a year, the Spanish international striker thought the club would listen to offers for him but they refused point blank, while selling his team mate Javi Martinez to Bayern Munich.
When Mikel Arteta moved to Arsenal from Everton in the summer of 2011, he had signed a five year contract extension with the Toffees the previous year. Maybe because he had been overlooked by the Spanish national teams made him want to play for as big a club as possible, but he apparently took a pay cut to move to the Emirates, and boy are we glad he did.
Arsenal have a chance to go above Everton into fifth place and make sure that Tottenham and West Ham remain below us in the Premier league table, but we must beat Everton at Goodison Park tomorrow to do it. Arsene Wenger will make sure all of the Gunners know that it will be far from easy, but it is imperative that we do it, as Everton will be pushing for a Champions league place at the end of the season.
One player who is highly regarded at Arsenal and has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates or Old Trafford in the summer is Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund. As his contract with the German champions ends in the summer of 2014 and he has declined to extend his deal, it was widely believed that Dortmund would sell the striker in the summer rather than lose him for nothing the following year.
Arsenal are proud of the youth system and rightly so, as it has produced some key players for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger is keen for that to continue, and has revealed that he would prefer it if the players coming through were local, ot at least British, as he feels that they would then be more likely to stay at the club.
The Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has only just returned from injury and himself and the fans were very happy to see his name back on the teamsheet against Aston Villa, but although the Gunners defence managed a clean sheet, the tired Arsenal strikers coldn't manage to put the ball in the back of the net.
The Arsenal Chief Exec Ivan Gazidis has been happily announcing new sponsorship deals which (he says) will put the Gunners amongst the "top five clubs in the world" in terms of revenue, but with Arsenal fans clamouring for all that cash to be spent on building a trophy-winning side, Gazidis has made it clear that any transfer decisions are made entirely by Arsene Wenger and not the board.
Arsenal's Arsene Wenger saw his team qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 14th time in a row, but both the holders Chelsea and the upstarts Man City are both unlikely to qualify. He thinks it is becoming less easy to assume that English teams are certain to achieve qualification for the knockout stages nowadays as other Leagues improve a little every year as well, rather than the quality in England going down.
As the winter transfer window is now just four weeks away (and Ivan Gazidis has yet again announced that Arsene Wenger has a big warchest available), there is no surprise that there are lots of Arsenal transfer rumours appearing in the media.
To start with, the Daily Star is saying that giant young Reading defender Sean Morrison impressed Arsene Wenger in the extra-time Capital One Cup win at the Emirates.
Arsenal seem to have learnt their lesson from previous mistakes with Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Theo Walcott when it comes to renewing contracts. The Gunners are preparing to tie down one of our best players, Jack Wilshere, with a new and improved long term deal. The young midfielder still has over two years left on his current contract but Arsenal want to make sure there is absolutely no chance of losing the star and will tempt him further by promising him the captaincy.
Emmanuel Frimpong joined Arsenal when he was nine years old, at around the same time as Jack Wilshere, but his progress into the first team for the Gunners has not been as easy as Wilshere's. Arsene Wenger rates the 20-year old very highly, though, and believes he will star for us in the future.
Wenger and Frimpong decided that he needs to play regularly, that is why the midfielder has gone on loan to Championship side Charlton until the end of the year.
Arsene Wenger has no new injuries to worry about when Arsenal travel to Everton for a crucial Premier league game tomorrow. He is also boosted by the recovery of Theo Walcott, while Arsenal fans will be delighted to hear that Tomas Rosicky is back in full training after his long injury lay off.
Wenger has stated that Rosicky will need a couple of games for the reserves before returning to the first team, but his imminent return will boost our midfield options.
There are certain similarities in the career of the current Arsenal striker and the man who may be on the verge of his third spell as a Gunner, Thierry Henry, and they may be about to coincide. We do not know yet whether the owners of the New York Red Bulls will sanction another loan spell at the Emirates for the French striker, or whether, at 35-years old, Arsene Wenger will decide to give him an opportunity, but if he does, Olivier Giroud will be delighted.
After a disappointing draw at Aston Villa, the need for Arsenal to take all three points at Everton this week is even greater. Wojciech Szczesnt and Carl Jenkinson have both spoken about the importance of the game on Wednesday to the rest of Arsenal's season. Wenger spoke about consistency before the weekend's game, but his inability to field a consistent side had very negative consequences for the Gunners.
The best striker in the world was an unused substitute again yesterday, even though his current club Juventus were desperate for a goal as they were losing to AC Milan. The Arsenal loanee has failed to impress at the Serie A club, and his year long loan spell could soon be cut short, meaning that lucky old Arsenal will get the great Dane back.
Arsene Wenger suggested that Arsenal were jaded against Aston Villa on Saturday, after the North London derby against Tottenham and a crucial Champions league game against Montpellier. Many Arsenal fans may have seen that as just an excuse and there have been angry reactions to the draw, with lots of blame levelled at the French manager, but if you look around Europe, there is some evidence to back up Wenger's claim.
Arsene Wenger may have guided Arsenal into the Champions League for 16 seasons in a row, but his achievements still fall a long way short of his great rival Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. With Fergie approaching his 71st birthday very soon, the speculation about who could replace him at Old Trafford when he (eventually!
Arsene Wenger has been bombarded with criticism this week after Arsenal only managed a 0-0 draw away at Aston Villa, but Wojciech Szczesny thinks that is quite a good result considering it was their third game in ten days, and it could have been worse if Szczesny hadn't pulled off an excellent save to deny Brett Holman's long-range effort towards the end of the game.
After Wenger pulled Giroud out for Coquelin in the game against Aston-Villa yesterday, the Arsenal Fans began chanting, "You don't know what you're doing!" When asked about it, Wenger replied that he doesn't have to explain every substitution he makes.
We hear alot about the wage structure at Arsenal and how it stops Arsene Wenger from competing with clubs like Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United when it comes to signing players. The Gunners apparently offered around Â£150,000 per week to Robin van Persie to get him to stay at the Emirates, but the two Manchester clubs were able to beat that easily.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that the reason he did not play Jack Wilshere when Arsenal travelled to Aston Villa on Saturday was that the young midfielder had a small problem with his ankle. It is nothing to worry about, apparently, and the rest should have given him time to recover.
With a massive away trip to Everton this week, the Gunners need all their best players, so hopefully Jack will be raring to go at Goodison Park.
Arsenal are keeping a close eye on the South Korean striker Son Heung-Min who plays for the German Bundesliga side Hamburg. The 20-year old is a goal poacher whose skills have led to him being nicknamed `Korean Muller` by his team mates after the legendary German striker Gerd Muller, whose long standing record of 85 goals in a calendar year is currently under threat by Lionel Messi.
First of all, I have to say that Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert got his tactics right against Arsenal and his players performed their tasks perfectly. At the same time, Arsene Wenger was caught out a bit and Arsenal paid the price.
With Theo Walcott injured, the decision to rest Bacary Sagna meant that the supply to our front man Olivier Giroud was significantly reduced from the right.
Arsene Wenger is well known for keeping a cool head, even when Arsenal have had a bad result and he is under pressure from the media, so his angry reaction yesterday to questions from reporters was quite surprising. It shows, to me, that the Arsenal manager was as upset as any of the fans with the disappointing draw with Aston Villa.
I really hope that the story that Arsene Wenger will try to add Liverpool's Stewart Downing to the Arsenal squad in January is as far wide of the target than most of Downing's attempts on goal. I cannot believe that Wenger thinks that the player who is not good enough for Liverpool or Enghland is the man to make the Gunners tick.
If Arsene Wenger had been determined for Arsenal to win yesterday against Aston Villa, he would not have taken Olivier Giroud off before the end, and he would have either started with Jack Wilshere or brought him on for the second half. Wenger had an eye on the Everton game on Wednesday, because David Moyes' side are direct rivals for the precious Champions League spot.
The two top Dutch strikers of this era has been Robin Van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, but although the ex-Arsenal hitman has made more appearances for his country, it is Huntelaar that is by far the most consistent goalscorer both for his country and in domestic football.
For this reason many Arsenal fans think that Huntelaar could be an even better replacement for the traitor Van Persie, and as he will be available for just a measly Â£6million in January it would seem sheer stupidity not to snap him up for the last few years of his career.
Arsene Wenger has without doubt been Arsenal's most successful manager of all time, but the Gunners decline over the last 8 years into a team that has to fight for 4th place in the League every year has seemingly alienated the fans that have always put the Frenchman on a pedestal.
This was highlighted yet again when the Arsenal fans started chanting "You don't know what you're doing!
After the midweek game against Montepellier, I had said that I was far from impressed. The team was static, lacked pace and had no penetration. The two goals we scored in the second half only masked what was otherwise a very mid-table performance. This is one of the slowest, most cumbersome Arsenal sides I've ever seen.
Adam Kemp â€“ At least I'm consistent unlike the Arsenal!
Many of you love to ask me â€˜why do you never write anything when we win?' Well if we won on a consistent basis and actually played the old Arsenal way I may just do that! After the apparent 5 â€“ 2 demolition of Spurs last weekend and the midweek win over Montpellier I bet you were all really excited.
Not for the first time has the professor got it wrong this season, but now the fans are getting agitated, the football is clearly suffering, what is the best way going forward for Arsenal Football Club.
Footballs all about winning, whoever told you otherwise may have never had the privilege of picking up a trophy, if you don't think so, ask the owner of our neighbors.
This is a small analysis of the tactics employed by the two longest serving managers in the EPL history during their team's matches yesterday.
ARSENE WENGER vs ALEX FERGUSON by JJ
Considering the hectic schedule ahead, both managers decided to test the suad depth. Wenger was so confident in the depth of his Arsenal squad such that he rested Wilshere, Sagna and Vermaelan and unleashed his blue eyed boy Ramsey to take the charge along with Jenkinson and Gibbs.
Well it was not the Arsenal team sheet that many expected, with Wilshere, Vermaelen and Sagna on the bench. Wenger said it was a precaution, so Jenkinson came back into defence, as did Gibbs. Ramsey came in alongside Arteta and Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced the injured Walcott on the right side of the front three.
Andrey Arshavin was the record transfer for Arsenal until Arsene Wenger signed Santi Cazorla from Malaga this summer. He is also thought to be one of the highest paid players at the club. Despite some flashes of the brilliance we all know he is capable of, it is safe to say that his time at Arsenal has been considerably less successful than hoped.
Arsenal cannot afford to take their foot off the pedal after two important wins have made evryone connected with the Gunners feel a lot better about life. Arsenal have beaten our local rivals, qualified for the last 16 of the Champions league for the 13th consecutive year and have announced a great financial deal with Emirates airlines.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal preview, line up prediction and score line. by KJ
It's been a hectic 7 days so far at Arsenal. We first beat Tottenham on the weekend before comfortably beating Montpellier on Wednesday. Yesterday Arsenal unveiled a game changing Â£150m deal with the Emirates and now cap off the week with an away game at Villa Park.
Jack Wilshere got his first goal of the season for Arsenal last weekend, and would like to score more, obviously, but it is not something that the youngster is overly concerned about. His game is mainly focused in the middle of the park, linking the play left and right and helping the defence as well as the attack.
Football manager sackings are like buses in the Premier league this season, with two coming along at the same time this week. Arsenal could benefit, if the so called new manager syndrome kicks in for Chelsea and QPR this weekend. The bookies must have made a killing on Chelsea being the first club to sack their manager, as the early season favoutites were Liverpool, Southampton and Reading.
Arsene Wenger obviously thought that Olivier Giroud could make it in the Premier league, or he wouldn'y have signed him for Arsenal in the summer, but you get the impression that Le Prof has been surprised at just how well and how quickly the French international has adapted.
The Arsenal team have also adapted to Giroud, and that is because they trust him and have accepted him as a valuable team mate.
Arsenal are finally getting money in from the big sponsorship deals but will they spend it? by KJ
Arsenal have announced today that they have agreed a deal with Emirates to a 5 year sponsorship that is worth Â£150 million. To those not very good at Math, that's Â£30 million a year until 2019 â€“ the biggest shirt sponsorship deal currently in world football.
Nine goals and seven assists in his 15 games this season would suggest that Arsenal will miss Theo Walcott quite a bit tomorrow when we travel to Birmingham to face Premier League strugglers Aston Villa. When you consider that Walcott did not actually start many of those 15 games, his influence looks even more dramatic.
Reports today suggest that Roberto Mancini will start the bidding in January with a Â£15 million offer for The Arsenal transfer target, Wilfried Zaha. If this is true, then we will have to wait and see whether Arsene Wenger will be given the money to compete with Manchester City, and whether Crystal Palace will stick to their word and rebuff any offers.
Arsene Wenger wants his Arsenal players to be confident and ambitious, but the Polish keeper Wozciech Szczesny has outstripped even the ambitions of the most ardent Gooner by proclaiming his belief that Arsenal can lift the most prestigious trophy in club football this season. Arsenal have already qualified for the next stage of the Champions league, by beating Montpellier on Wednesday, and have stated their ambition to give their all in Athens to try to top the group above the German side Schalke.
Arsene Wenger achieved a great thing this week when he led Arsenal to the second stage of the Champions league for the 13th season in a row. Le Prof still gets plenty of grief from Arsenal fans and the media for going seven years without a trophy. That should soon be thing of the past, as we look at the rest of the teams still in the Capital One cup, and see nothing to stand in our way.
In the last few days there have been reports that Arsenal are looking to purchase Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina. However media rumours suggest that the club will only part with the Spaniard, if Theo Walcott is included in the deal.
At the moment Walcott is showing what he is capable of, giving very impressive displays on the pitch every time he plays now, as he pushes on for that central striking role.
Rumours are starting to pick up in regards to Arsenal buying a striker in the January transfer window. We have been linked to the likes of Fernando Llorente, Adrian Lopez and now Huntelaar. This news comes from Raphael Honigstein (one of the first to reveal the Podolski deal) who believes Huntelaar is off in January and Arsenal are firm favourites.
Arsene Wenger saw his team beat Montpellier in midweek to secure qualification to the knockout stages, but Arsenal are still in second place behind the Bundesliga side Schalke 04. Wenger is seemingly confident that that will change after the final game as Montpellier host the Germans in their last match in the competition.
Arsenal fans should give a great big thankyou to Roman Abramovich. Nothing that happens this year will do the Gunners as many favours as the crazy billionaire Russian has done us this week. It is common knowledge that Abramovich was desperate to get his hands on the Champions league trophy, and the man who finally did what a host of other very well paid and expensive managers failed to do has been rewarded with the sack.
The talented and sought after Borussia Dortmund striker, Robert Lewandowski, has revealed that his hero and role model when he was younger was the Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. As a striker, you could not pick a better player to follow and it seems to have rubbed off on the Polish international, as he scored twice to guarantee that his club finished top of the group of death in the Champions League.
The Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny has only just returned to the team after injury but it has coincided with a couple of good wins for the Gunners at last. Also the great Jack Wilshere has returned to the fold, Bacary Sagna has also fully recovered and Kieran Gibbs is also expected to return this week.
I am sure we have all thought about what we would do if we won the lottery or the football pools, and that is the sort of situation that Arsenal football club find themselves in after signing one of the best sponsorship deals in football. The Gunners will continue to have the Emirates airline on the front of the strip for five more years, and will receive Â£30 million a year for it.
Alright, he has only had one good game so far this season, but is itn't it about time we gave Aaron Ramsey a break? It is understandable that Arsenal fans have got frustrated with the Welshman but us Gooners are usually more understanding. We say `in Arsene We Trust` but slaughter him when he picks Ramsey, whether to start or as a sub.
Arsene Wenger couldn't hope for a better night yesterday as both Arsenal and Schalke both won, meaning that these two sides definitely progress to the knockout stages, in Arsenal's case for the 13th time in a row.
But Wenger admitted that the French Champions were far from easy to beat, especially in the first half, and Arsenal had to bide their time before making the breakthrough.
The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made it clear that there is every chance that Thierry Henry could come back to play for Arsenal on a short-term loan in January, when the Ivorian striker Gervinho will be away at the African Cup of Nations again.
Wenger also made it clear that Marouane Chamakh is fully expected to find another club during the transfer window which means he will be missing two strikers at the same time and could use someone with Henry's charisma.
The Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has only recently returned from injury and Arsene Wenger thinks that he now needs some regular first team football to get himself back into shape. With the midfielders currently at Arsenal's disposal, Frimpong is unlikely to get much playing time at the moment so Wenger has arranged for the Ghana international to go on loan to Charlton until January.
Arsene Wenger may have changed his mind about trying to sign Ajax keeper Kenneth Vermeer for Arsenal after seeing the 26-year old ship four goals at home to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions league. Vermeer should have done much better with at least two of the goals, and his display could cost the Dutch champions as they now have no chance of qualifying for the next stages and are in danger of losing the Europa league place to Manchester City.
In my last article, in the comments section there was a lot of controversy about Aaron Ramsey's place in this Arsenal squad. There were many people being negative about the Welshman and saying he should be sold. There were also some people defending the midfielder saying that he still has quality in him.
Arsene Wenger has realised that he is wasting his time with Andre Santos. He is just not good enough to be an Arsenal player, and his shirt swapping farce with Robin van Persie showed how little he thinks about Arsenal fans and that his attitude is all wrong for the English game. His only merit seems to be that he is happy and likeable, so he will be great at the Arsenal christmas party, just nowhere near a football pitch.
Arsene Wenger made just one change to the Arsenal side that beat Tottenham, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replace Theo Walcott on the right. Kieran Gibbs was on the bench and Vermaelen continued at left back. Arsenal started with a few sloppy passes which encouraged Montpellier forward, which put mote pressure on the defence than Arsenal wanted.
Arsenal vs Montpellier match preview, line-up prediction and score line by KJ
After the heroics in the North London Derby last weekend, the team should be ready mentally to get the result against Montpellier tomorrow. This, on paper, is the easiest game we'll face in this year's group stage.
Thomas Vermaelen was made captain of Arsenal in the summer following the decision of Robin van Persie to abandon the Gunners and Gooners after eight years of support (I'm not bitter at all). It is the Belgian international's job to lead his Arsenal team mates to success and he has declared that he knows just how to do that tonight against Montpellier.
One man who knows Olivier Giroud well but will not be pleased at the striker hitting form at Arsenal is Rene Girard, the manager of Montpellier. Girard is well aware of what Giroud can do, as he helped make him the player he is. Girard is hoping that his extensive knowledge of Giroud will help him to prepare Montpellier to stop the Arsenal front man from scoring, but he doesn't sound overly optimistic.
Arsene Wengerb is well aware of what goes on in and around the world of football, so I am sure that reports of David Villa's frustration have reached his office at Arsenal. The Spanish international is unhappy at his lack of playing opportunities since he recovered from a horrendous injury and is showing all the signs of wanting a move away from Catalonia.
Arsene Wenger has praised the attitude, professionalism and work ethic of the German players at Arsenal, both in the first team and the youth system. One of the most improved and consistent performers this season has been our central defender Per Mertesacker, and the German international has called on his Arsenal team mates to show those kinds of attributes tonight in order to seal progress to the next round of the Champions League.
Arsenal will face Montpellier in our 5th Champions League game of the season. Arsenal won 2-1 when we visited the French champions back in September.
Montpellier won't be an easy opponent at the Emirates, they have showed this season that they still have quality in their ranks despite the loss of Olivier Giroud, and last season as well as they won the Ligue 1 title.
The French international Abou Diaby has often been compares to the Former Gunner, Patrick Vieira, because of their similar stature and positions they occupy in midfield, but Vieira believes that Diaby has the attributes to be better than he was, if only he was not continually stopped in his progress by injuries.
There is absolutely no doubt that Arsenal and Thierry Henry have a thing for each other. We love the former player and he cannot seem to stay away from the Emirates, he was in the stands on Saturday with Sol Campbell to watch Arsenal demolish Tottenham, and he is now training with the Arsenal squad during the break in football in the American MLS.
Tomas Rosicky has returned to training with his Arsenal team mates, but there is no wotd of when he will be ready to play again. If the Italian side Roma have their way, he may never play again in an Arsenal shirt as they are hoping that the Gunners accept an offer of around Â£5 million for the Czech international in January.
Arsene Wenger is keeping his Arsenal players' feet on the ground before the crucial Champions League game against Montpellier. He will not allow them to think about scoring heavily or looking at the possibilities of finishing top of the group, he just wants them to focus on doing a job at the Emirates stadium.
Per Mertesacker will be the first to agree that his first season as an Arsenal player did not go nearly as well as he hoped, but Arsene Wenger believes that the criticism levelled at the German was over the top. He reminded us that the defenders preparations were far from ideal and that it can be hard to adapt to the rigours of the English Premier League.
Reports last week that Arsene Wenger was ready to smash the Arsenal transfer record to bring the Uruguayan super striker from Napoli to the Emirates may have been true, but even if they were, it looks like Wenger will have to find somebody else to splurge his money on.
25-year old Cavani smashed 33 goals for the Italian club in each of the last wos seasons, and he has got 14 already this season.
Arsene Wenger held a press conference today, and the Arsenal boss was full of praise for his new front man, Olivier Giroud. Wenger stated that Giroud is unlike the previous strikers that the Gunners have had but since adapting to the Premier league he has proved that he can be as effective as anyone.
Lewis Holtby is a German international with an English father who is one of Arsene Wenger's top transfer targets for Arsenal. The 22-year old midfielder is out of contract with his German club Schalke at the end of the season, and so will be in a position to negotiate with other clubs about his free transfer in the summer.
Wow, what a relief, Kieran Gibbs is in the squad for Arsenal vs. Montpellier in the Champions League tomorrow. Theo Walcott will miss out due to a knock picked up against Tottenham, but Gervinho has also recovered from injury to make the squad.
We should probably expect Gibbs to take a game or two to get back to 100 percent, but it means Arsenal have their first choice back four in place, and no Andre Santos in the squad.
The Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner found himself firmly behind Robin Van Persie in the pecking order during his time at Arsenal, and decided to force Arsene Wenger to farm him out on loan after famously saying he would never play for the Gunners again.
Now he is on loan at Juventus, who he considers to be much more ambitious than Arsenal, but he seems to have softened his opposition to returning to the Emirates in the future and thinks that he could still compete for a starting place in Wenger's team.
Arsenal are in a spot of bother at the moment in regards to the left back position. Our main left back who was playing brilliantly is once again injured and is potentially proving the point that he'll need someone of equal or better quality to fill in/compete with him in the future.
Today it was announced that Emmanuel Frimpong will be joining the Championship side Charlton Athletic. Frimpong has been in and around the Arsenal first team squad for a few years now, with injures hampering his progress at the club.
Olivier Giroud was one of the main reasons for Montpellier's success, before he signed for Arsenal this summer. The big striker has warned his team mates at the Emirates that there is plenty of talent left in the French side, despite their struggles so far this season. Like a wounded animal, the French champions could be dangerous and could put a spanner in to the works of Arsenal's European campaign.
Arsenal have seen the light, apparently. Behind the scenes at the Emirates, it has been decided that the stubborn refusal to move from the original contract offer of Â£75,000 per week may not be in the best interests of the club. Perhaps the board thought that Walcott would blink first and agree to accept what was on offer, perhaps realising at the same time that Arsene Wenger would know best how suited to a striking role Walcott really was.
Thomas Eisfeld is vying with his German compatriot Serge Gnabry to be the next player to make the transition from the Arsenal under 21 team up to the first team. Eisfeld stated his case emphatically last night with a brilliant performance capped by two good goals as the Gunners beat Norwich 4-2 at Carrow Road.
Celtic are understandably keen to hold on to their Kenyan midfield star Victor Wanyama, but they face a tough task fighting off interest from Arsenal and Manchester United. The 21-year old, whose best position is as a central defensive midfielder, was catapulted on to the world stage with two outstanding performances against Barcelona in the Champions league.
Wojciech Szczesny will make his debut in this season's Champions league on Wednesday when Arsenal host the French champions Montpellier on matchday five. The Polish international keeper is in bullish mood after Arsenal saw off Tottenham in the North London derby.
Arsene Wenger has been getting alot of stick recently, with an increasing amount of Arsenal fans becoming disillusioned with Le Prof and suggesting that his time is up. It is understandable, I suppose, when Arsenal lose to Norwich and throw away two goal leads in consecutive games. He has been criticised for his summer signings as well, but that is one thing I cannot agree on.
I am sure I was not the only Arsenal fan to be disappointed when it was reported that Emmanuel Frimpong was going to give up on his Arsenal career and move on to get regular playing time. The story was quickly disproved and it was revealed that the combative midfielder was just looking for a loan deal to gain experience and get match fit.
Arsene Wenger knows that Arsenal have not been at their best recently, but he also knows that we have a squad of players with the talent to beat anyone. Wenger and Arsenal have gone on long unbeaten runs and closed big gaps on teams before, and we now need to do it again. Le Prof believes that the Gunners are about to do that and it is all down to confidence.
The hype surrounding the young Crystal Palace player, Wilfried Zaha, is reaching epic proportions. Arsenal fans out there should just sit back, relax and watch the circus, because there is more chance of Nicklas Benctner beating Ronaldo and Messi to the Ballon D'Or than there is of Arsenal signing Zaha in January.
Arsenal are trying to mpersuade Theo Walcott to sign a new deal, and Arsene Wenger has continually denied that the Gunners are ready to let him leave, insisting that Walcott wants to stay and the club want to keep him. There is obviously some failure to agree terms, whether it is his demands to play as a striker or a salary issue.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw Theo Walcott play another excellent game against Tottenham at the weekend and has made it clear that the Gunners will NOT be selling Walcott in January, even if the England winger still refuses to agree a new long term deal at the Emirates.
This means that Walcott can then begin open talks with foreign clubs and will be able to see the wages on offer if he decides to move away from Arsenal on a Bosman in the summer, but Wenger still believes a deal will be possible before the end of the year.
The Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny happily returned to the Arsenal first team this weekend and his return culminated in a great win over our arch-rivals Tottenham, who the young Pole has often villified as being inferior to the Gunners.
This weeks game only fortified his belief, and he reckons Arsenal are a "different class" to our North London enemies!
There has been much talk about Arsenal's weird pay structure over the last few years, and despite Arsene Wenger's statements that there need to be changes, the Gunners are still finding it difficult to sell the (overpaid) deadwood that were given inflated wages on arrival at the Emirates and even harder to hang on to our (underpaid) top stars!
What are Arsenal's chances of silverware at the current moment? by KJ
After this weekend's results, there is quite a bit of renewed hope for this season's chance of silverware. We now sit 9 points off the top which is a lot more manageable than the previous 11 points. It's weird but you have to look at the multiples and all the permutations.
Jack Wilshere has only just returned to the Arsenal first-team recently after 16 months on the sidelines, and has found himself playing with nearly a totally different team since he first landed on the treatment table.
The England midfielder recently announced that he was very happy with the players that Arsene Wenger has brought in, but today he has singled out Santi Cazorla as the the player that motivates him the most when he is on the pitch.
The French champions, Montpellier, are having a tough time in the French Ligue 1, and cannot progress to the next round of the Champions league, so Arsenal will expect to beat them at the Emirates on Wednesday. Aaron Ramsey has issued a warning to his Arsenal team mates not to take the victory for granted, however, as they are still a potentially dangerous opponent and Arsenal cannot afford any slip ups.
There have been numerous rumours lately that the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is intending to use Liverpool's interest in buying Theo Walcott to persuade the Reds to do a swap involving Raheem Sterling, who is also currently in contract negotiations at Anfield ahead of his 18th birthday next month.
There have been rumblings that Sterling has so far been unimpressed with the terms of his new contract (a la Walcott) and would consider a move to Arsenal, but when asked about a possible swap deal the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers denied any chance of Sterling refusing the contract and moving away from Liverpool who he says are on of the biggest clubs in the world!
If Arsene Wenger really believes that Arsenal are still in with a chance for the Premier league title this season, he will be looking at the fixtures facing the Gunners between now and January and thinking of maximium points.
It is certainly possible, as long as Arsenal can cut out the defensive errors and keep scoring as we have been doing, starting with Aston Villa away next weekend.
The Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has always been rated highly in the Premiership, but he has never been picked for his country and he is still desperate to be given just one chance to show his ability on the highest stage.
Due to Arteta being at Everton for most of his career in an era where Spain has had an amazing array of midfield talent to choose from, has meant the artful playmaker has been totally overlooked and he has had to watch his country win every tournament they have entered for the last six years, but he refuses to give up hope.
The Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud took some time to find his feet in the Premiership this season, but now he seems to score every week, and usually it is because of crosses sent into the box by Theo Walcott.
The Frenchman thinks that his patnership with the contract rebel, who wants to replace Giroud as centre-forward, is a match made in heaven if Walcott sticks to his wing play and keeps supplying him with goalscoring chances.
Arsene Wenger has had two great opportunities to watch Arsenal transfer target Lewis Holtby recently. The versatile Schalke midfielder can also play on the flanks or as a support to the striker, and he impressed Wenger during the recent Champions league matches enough to earn himself a move to the Emirates, apparently.
Everyone concerned with Arsenal will be on a high today after demolishing Tottenham in the North London derby. We certainly needed the boost, and the Gunners could have another big reason to celebrate on Wednesday night. A win against Montpellier at the Emirates stadium could ensure that Arsenal progress to the next round of the Champions League.
The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is still refusing to sign a new contract with the Gunners, and is still telling the world that he wants to be given a run as centre-forward in Arsene Wenger's team.
He was allowed five minutes in in his favoured position in yesterday's game against Spurs and yet again scored another goal, but although time is running out for him to sign da ting, he said that he is more than willing to be patient as he waits for his chance.
Arsene Wenger knew that his team had to end a disastrous run of bad performances in yesterday's North London derby, but nothing went according to plan early on when the ex-Arsenal Emmanuel Adebayor put Tottenham 1-0 up after just ten minutes.
Spurs were seemingly still in control of the game until a vey rash challenge by Adebayor on Santi Cazorla ten minutes later resulted in a straight red card for the Togo striker.
Arsenal are scoring goals for fun at the minute, and they are coming from all over the team, butwe cannot rely on outscoring the opposition all the time. The defence has been worryingly porous for some time, and if the Gunners do not sort it out soon then it will cost us dearly.
Arsenal have only failed to score once since the end of August, against Schalke in the Champions league but we have not taken enough points because of defensive lapses.
Arsenal 5 â€“ 2 Tottenham. Yes, it's happened again! by KJ
What a brilliant day of football. A convincing win over North London rivals as well as a few other results going our way. The game started off extremely sloppy from the Arsenal players. The passing wasn't crisp and hence, we were unable to really maintain any meaningful possession.
Sorry to break this to you, Arsenal fans, but we were totally outplayed by Tottenham yesterday, according to the Spurs boss Andres Villas-Boas. He must be allergic to points, then, because his Spurs side controlled their way out of winning any.
"We were in control from the first minute to the last.
The Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is currently on being used very sparingly on loan at Juventus right now, but he is still trying hard to organize a permanent move away from the Gunners. Bendtner has even admitted that he would be willing to join Arsenal's hated rivals Tottenham if they were willing to take him on.
Theo Walcott had a great game for Arsenal and he was not alone. Theo stated after the game that the Gunners have confidence flowing through them and are ready to push on and climb the table. We are now only five points behind Chelsea who were the early season pace setters, so it shows what is possible.
I think Raheem Sterling has done very well this season and seems to have a bright future ahead of him, but Arsenal have somebody better, Theo Walcott. When I saw reports today suggesting that Arsene Wenger was going to offer Walcott and Â£8 million to Liverpool for their 17-year old winger, I nearly spat lager all over my laptop.
Arsene Wenger made no surprise selections for Arsenal. Walcott and Podolski on either side of Giroud, with Cazorla, Wilshere and Arteta behind them. Vermaelen was again favoured at left back. AVB went for both Adebayor and Defoe up front.
Arsenal began confidently and Tottenham were intent on breaking up play, Wilshere getting clattered by sandro in the opening five minutes.
Given the state of the Premiership table after the first eleven games, Arsene Wenger has yet again stated that it is Arsenal's ambition to finish in the Top Four, and that a home win against Tottenham today is imperative if we are going to get this year's Wenger Trophy.
He said: "Our main target is not to finish above Tottenham.
The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been talking ahead of the massive North London derby with Tottenham today, and he has revealed that there is no progress in the contract talks with the England winger Theo Walcott, and he is not worried as he knows there is a replacement around the corner either from outside or the reserves (probably the reserves let's be honest!
Not many Arsenal fans know this, but Emmanuel Adebayor can see into the future! Either that, or he is talking out of a part of the body that rarely sees any sunshine. Adebayor left Arsenal for Manchester City in 2009, but didn't make it there and they finally manged to offload him to Tottenham this summer after a long loan spell.
Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal may have to get used to playing without Abou Diaby. The French international has been out of the Gunners team more than in it ever since Dan Smith of Sunderland fractured his ankle with a horrendous tackle in 2006. The latest injury was muscular and he should have been back weeks ago, but Wenger has revealed that the problems are ongoing and may end up finishing the talented midfielder's career.
Arsenal vs Tottenham preview, predicted line up and score line. by KJ
This is the match we wait for every season Tottenham at home. It's a brilliant game for the neutral but is even more special to the fans. The atmosphere is rocking, all the failures during the season are put behind us and we are treated to one of the most exciting games this season will bring us.
Arsenal fans heard again this week from the chief executive Ivan Gazidis about what a good financial model Arsenal have and how we are going to be able to challenge the big spending clubs any minute now. A couple of recent stories have made me question the wisdom of this approach and wonder whether Arsenal are in danger of falling too far behind clubs like Chelsea, Man City and Man United.
Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, Wojciech Szczesny and Jack Wilshere have all been at Arsenal long enough to fully appreciate the significance of a game against Tottenham, whether they are rivals for league position or not. They are making sure that the rest of the Arsenal squad are ready for battle and know that the fans will not tolerate anything less than 100 percent tomorrow.
It is understandable that fans of Arsenal and England are delighted to see the so-year old midfielder, Jack Wilshere, back on a football pitch after over a year struggling to come back from injury. Jack has looked lively already, but has declared that he is not even close to being back at his best yet, and that it may be some time before he is.
Arsene Wenger was as impressed as eveybody else by the Swedish striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovich, as he single handedly dismantled England, scoring one of the best goals ever into the bargain. It must have given Wenger some regrets after he revealed that he nearly signed the player for Arsenal when Ibrahimovic was a 16-year old at Malmo.
There are lots of issues that Arsene Wenger prepares his Arsenal players for the visit of Tottenham to the Emirates tomorrow, with fitness concerns and team selection. Wenger knows, however, that the Gunners have more than enough talent to control the midfield, create chances and score goals. If we gift wrap goals for Spurs, as we have been doing recently, it will put too much pressure on the attacking players as well as sapping confidence from the whole team.
The ex-Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor famously annoyed all the Arsenal fans when he over-celebrated his goal for Manchester City after he left the Gunners, and the Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas is hoping that the taunts from the home crowd will propel Adebayor into another supreme performance against his former club.
Why we shouldn't criticise Wenger for our transfer window failings. by KJ
Due to our horrific start, many are starting to criticise Wenger for our terrible transfer window in the summer. This article is to dispel those rumours and actually put it straight with regards to who controls what happens during a transfer window.
Arsenal host Tottenham in the great North London derby tomorrow lunchtime and the Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas admits he is just learning about the great rivalry between the teams, but would rather concentrate on the fight for points on the table.
He does seem to have caught Arsene Wenger's idea that a Top Four place is a trophy, either that or he hasn't quite grasped the meaning of "recent"!
Every Arsenal fans favourite Chief Exec Ivan Gazidis has been extolling the virtues of the Gunners financial prudence again, and is keenly looking forward to Arsenal making even more money when the club's sponsorship deals come up for renewal.
Gazidis said: "We are at the stage where some of the commercial deals that were tied into the construction of the stadium, and enabled us to take that first big step, will be renegotiated,"
"When that happens, we will take the second big step forward and that will be comparable in magnitude to moving to the stadium itself.
I doubt that his manager and team mates at Aston Villa will appreciate the words of their new striker, Christian Benteke, after he spoke about his love for Arsenal football club. He also suggested that he would love to play for the Gunners and that Villa was just a temporary stop on his football journey.
Arsene Wenger has been speaking about the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham, and the Frenchman is looking at it as an opportunity to start hauling back the pace setters in the Premier league. Despite Arsenal being 11 points behind the leaders Manchester United, he has by no means given up the chase.
Just when Arsene Wenger thought he had got away with the international break, he is facing a potential injury crisis at Arsenal. The Spanish playmaker, Santi Cazorla, has been back in the country for less than 24 hours after a 10,000 mile round trip to Panama. Even though Cazorla did not play, he is bound to be suffering some ill affects from two plane journeys of 11 hours each.
Barcelona have been trying to get Cristian Tello to sign a new contract since last summer, apparently, but the 21-year old has still not signed. The situation has come to the attention of Arsenal and Liverpool who are now thinking about the January transfer window when Tello will be free to negotiate with other clubs before his current contract runs out next summer.
In one of the strangest transfer sagas of the summer, the French international keeper, Hugo Lloris, was priced out of a move to Arsenal by his French club Lyon. The demand was for Â£16 million which Arsenal refused to meet, even though they were keen on the keeper. He then joined Tottenham for around â‚¬10 million, which is about half what Arsenal were asked for, and it seems as if Tottenham don't really want him that much.
Arsene Wenger must surely add to the Arsenal squad when the transfer window opens in the new year. Even though Olivier Giroud is finding his feet, and the back of the net, in the English Premier league, another striker would not go amiss. Alot may depend on the outcome of the ongoing contract discussions between the Gunners and Theo Walcott, but an injury would leave Arsenal in serious peril, and so another quality striker should be coming to the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger has got a fantastic reputation in the world of football for bringing young players into or up through the Arsenal system and making great players of them. There are a few very encouraging prospects in the under-21s at the minute, and one in particular, Serge Gnabry, who is surprised at how fast he has come on since joining the Gunners from Stuttgart in Germany.
Tottenham come to Arsenal on Saturday just a single point above us, both teams having had an inconsistent start to the season. Most realistic Arsenal fans have already waved goodbye to the Premier league title this season, as we are 11 points off the pace, with three of the usual top four in 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
I fear that opposition players will start to target Jack Wilshere, niggling him with small fouls and winding up because they think he might retaliate. Wilshere can have a devastating effect for Arsenal, but he is no use if he gets sent off, leaving us with 10 men, as happened at Old Trafford when we were finally showing signs of getting in to the game.
The recent reports about Robert Lewandowski do not specifically mention him as an Arsenal transfer target, but we have been linked with the Polish international in the past, and if he is not a target for the Gunners, well he certainly should be.
The 24-year old striker has been in contract talks with his club, the German champions Borussia Dortmund, but those talks have hit a wall.
Jack Wilshere has been out of the Arsenal side for nearly one and a half years, and has returned to find a completely new set of team-mates that Wenger has brought in over the last two summers. Although Jack admits that we have lost a few exceptional players he also has been extremely impressed with the quality of the new arrivals as well.
There is very little doubt that the ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba must be favourite to win this years African-Player-Of-The-Year award after his brilliant contribution in winning the Champions League for his club, as well as helping the Ivory Coast to second place in the African Cup of Nations, but his Ivorian team-mate, Yaya Toure and Gervinho are also touted as possible winners.
There have been rumours lately that Arsenal are after Spain international, Pepe Reina. He used to be a brilliant player in a solid Liverpool side but has lost his way as the quality in front of him has dropped. Is he really the best keeper for Arsenal?
There are quite a few Arsenal transfer rumours this morning, and most of them are regarding Theo Walcott (or his possible replacements). It seems that despite Walcott being left out of the England side last night due to a "glute" injury, the Gunners did not take advantage of the break to try again to persuade Walcott to accept the Â£75,000 a week on offer at the Emirates, and it is now accepted that the winger will be sold to the highest bidder in January.
The Brazilian left-back Andre Santos only arrived at Arsenal just over a year ago, but other than a couple of interesting attacking performances last season, he has been decidedly unimpressive for the Gunners.
Since Kieran Gibbs got injured, Santos was given some chances to replace him, but he was so bad that Wenger has now decided to move Vermaelen out to the left rather than keep persevering with the error-prone Santos, and despite the 29 year-old pledging to stay and fight for his place there are rumours that he could be leaving in January.
Arsene Wenger can now forget about interruptions to his Arsenal preparations for a few months and focus on the small matter of beating Tottenham and getting the Gunners back up the league table where we belong. Fortunately, there have been no more players injured during this latest and most pointless group of international games.
The Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn was quite confident about the Gunners recovering from the loss of Robin van Persie and Alex Song in the summer, and felt that the new team started the season quite well.
But now things have fallen flat and Arsenal have only two unimpressive wins out of their last seven games, and Winterburn thinks that if Arsenal don't beat Tottenham this weekend they are definitely in a crisis position, if they aren't already in one!
I, personally, have been impressed with Vito Mannone this season for Arsenal. The Italian was third choice keeper before the season started, but has been thrown into first team action for almost all of the games so far due to lengthy injury problems for Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Fabianski. Maybe Arsene Wenger has not been so impressed, or the Frenchman just thinks that he is not quite ready, as he is considering a bid for the Liverpool and Spain keeper, Pepe Reina.
Bacary Sagna has had a long injury lay off after breaking his leg twice while playing for Arsenal last season, but he is back and happy to be back, just as us Gooners are delighted to have him back. There have been reports suggesting disagreements between the French international and the club over a new contract, but if Sagna's recent words are anything to go by, he will not be leaving the Emirates stadium anytime soon.
I know, it sounds ridiculous. Arsenal would not pay â‚¬70 million for anybody, nevermind a young striker who cannot get into the Real Madrid team, but the amount of the clause does not necessarily mean that Real Madrid would not accept any less for their 20-year old striker, Alvaro Morata.
The Mirror broke the story yesterday, and Spanish newspaper AS reports today about the clause in the contract.
The little Russian maestro Andrei Arshavin set the League on fire when he became Arsenal's record signing back in the day, and his four goal masterclass at Liverpool will never be forgotten by any of us, but his gradual decline has been easy to see ever since.
It seems that Arsene Wenger has been trying to find him a new home for the last year, but Arshavin has resisted all attempts to get him to move away from London as he (and his family) are very happy here and he is looking to gain UK citizenship.
Do Arsenal need some physicality in their midfield? by KJ
Yesterday, I talked about why I feel that teams have found out how to shut down Arsenal. As a result, Wenger will need to address this problem and I'm wondering whether the absence of a physical midfielder could be our problem.
Back in the mists of time, when Arsenal used to win things, the Arsenal back four was the stuff of legend. 1-0 to the Arsenal, the offside trap that was referenced in the Full Monty, Adams, Keown and all that. Arsene Wenger is so concerned with the defence this season that he is considering scrapping the old system.
Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger will spend today fretting about whether any of the Gunners will return to the Emirates with an injury, long term or not, after another round of pointless international games. The managers and governing bodies will say that they are vital for team building and for managers and players to get used to each other, but England do not play another competitive game until March 22nd next year.
Every time Arsenal face Tottenham, we have stories hitting the press from their players or back room staff, claiming that Arsenal's time is up and the Spuds are about to become a top three or four club. Yesterday it was the motormouth, William Gallas, and today the assistant manager Steffen Freund is putting his case forward.
Jack Wilshere has already surprised people with his performances for Arsenal since returning from his long and horrendous injury problems, but Jack promises that there is much more to come, and it will not be long before we see it.
Arsene Wenger has been ultra cautious with our midfield star, physically and mentally, but it seems to have worked so far.
Arsenal have been struggling with injury problems since the start of the season (where have I heard that before), and the Premier league game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday is potentially a season decider. If Arsenal lose to Spurs, confidence will drop further and we will be four points behind them and in mid table, needing a miracle to even qualify for the Champions league.
What are the key areas that need improving with Arsenal? by GN
Many of you people have recently being going crazy with the current situation of which Arsenal find themselves in; it is depressing us all! But what are the issues with this Arsenal squad that started the season in a good run of form?
Arsenal have been linked incessantly with a move for the young Crystal Palce player, Wilfried Zaha, in recent weeks. Palace chairman is making all the right noises but I think they are resigned to losing the youngster, they just want to make sure that they get the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Arsenal FC supporters need to celebrate their team right now
At the start of the millennium, Arsenal were competing with Manchester United for the title although Matthew Glazier of FootballTips.com now thinks the fans should be happy to be challenging for a Premier League top four place.
The Gunners right-back Bacary Sagna is hotly tipped to be the next experienced player to leave the Arsenal squad after Theo Walcott leaves in January, with rumours stating that Inter Milan are keen on taking Sagna to Serie A.
Now the Lancashire Telegraph has reported that Arsenal scouts were at Ipswich Town this weekend to watch the performance of the Burnley defender Kieran Trippier, who has been extremely impressive since arriving at Turf Moor from Manchester City in the summer of 2011.
What are the qualities that you should look for in a captain, and have Arsenal chosen the wrong man to replace Robin van Persie? I am not saying that Thomas Vermaelen is not a good player and a good example to the others, I just wonder if Arsene Wenger has missed a trick. When things are going well, a captain's job is pretty easy, you just have to play well and be likeable.
The Tottenham (and ex-Arsenal) defender William Gallas is convinced that Tottenham can win the race for fourth place in the Premiership this season and thinks that the brilliant away win at Manchester United has given Villas-Boas' side the belief that they can take all three points away from the Emirates next Saturday.
It is being reported today that Arsenal are chasing another highly-rated young Englishman in the form of Derby's Will Hughes. The 17 year-old is set to get his first call up for the England U21s this week and is hotly tipped as a star of the future.
It seems that Steve Rowley, Arsenal's Chief Scout, has highly recommended the youngster to Arsene Wenger and the Gunners are set to make a Â£4million in January to tempt Nigel Clough into releasing one of his most promising wonderkids.
The subject line shouldnt be dismissed as an over the top reaction after the last few results we have had, this is an heart felt pain dwelling upon from some time.
When in 1996, the premier league was just about getting broadcast in India and satellite tv was taking shape, me as a precocious teenager who lived in a cricket crazy country and played cricket as well, saw Arsenal play for the first time.
Emmanuel Frimpong signed on with Arsenal when he was nine-years old, and has made 20 first team appearances, but may have made his last, if the reports suggesting that the Gunners are ready to sell the 20-year old in the January transfer window.
Frimpong went on loan to Wolverhapton Wanderers in January, to help the youngster get playing experience and sharpen up his skills, but a cruciate ligament injury cut the spell short.
The ex-Gunners manager George Graham is upset that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board refuse to go that extra mile to actually win a real trophy rather than just aiming to qualify for the Champions League, and even then don't expect to get past the quarter-finals!
"The problem with Arsenal is their objective is to finish in the top four rather than aiming to win the Premier League title," he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.
Olivier Giroud has overcome his early season nerves at Arsenal, and is getting used to life in the Premier league. Despite a good run of scoring goals, however, The Frenchman is not happy because they have not been translated into wins. His three goals in the last two games have only helped Arsenal to a point in each of the Champions and Premier leagues.
The young Crystal Palace (and now England) striker Wilfried Zaha put in another excellent performance for his club in the 3-1 win over Peterborough yesterday, perhaps in celebration of his 20th birthday this weekend and his first call up by Roy Hodgson to the national side.
Zaha has reportedly already been the subject of two big money bids by Arsenal, despite recently signing a new contract with the Selhurst Park outfit, and he revealed after the game that he would have some decisions to make during the January transfer window.
There were many Arsenal rumours over the summer regarding possible backups to the Gunners Number One Wojciech Szczesny, but with both Lukas Fabianski and Vito Mannone both remaining at the club (not to mention Damien Martinez) it seemed unlikely that Arsene Wenger would be seriously looking at experienced shot-stoppers.
Arsenal have gone from being supremely confident when beating Liverpool at Anfield and drawing with Man City at the Etihad, to being worried about facing even relegation candidates at home, in the space of just a few weeks.
Arsene Wenger thinks that the reason for the exagerrated slump is due to a congested fixture list, but he still believes that Arsenal can still challenge for the Premiership title.
There is a worrying little story that has come out about Theo Walcott in this weekend's Arsenal game against Fulham, and it may have had a direct impact on the final result. It seems that Theo Walcott incurred his "glute" injury early on in the game, but Wenger didn't replace him with Andrei Arshavin until there were only six minutes of the game remaining!
The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger knows full well that he seriously needs to get his team back on track after seeing them play seven games in a row with only one outright win to show for it, and with the international games being played in midweek there could hardly be a worse time to play our great rivals Tottenham.
Its time for change we can't continue down this road any more. By Ozzy AFC
I have watched and waited and placed my faith in the club for yet another season and yet again I have been let down and disappointed. Firstly let me explain, I am an Arsenal fan of over 35 years I have watched the club through bad times and glorious times I have cried and screamed and laughed and sang I've seen the likes of King Henry and Dennis the menace Bergkamp grace our shirts and I've also seen the likes of Stepanovs and Cygan and Jeffers make a mockery of it, I originally started supporting the club at the age of five after discovering that the only (then first division player) whith the Name "Liam" was called Liam Brady who shares the same first name as me, I was brought up in a predominantly West Ham enclave and endured huge amounts of stick from the other kids for my devout support of The Arsenal and started visiting the hallowed Highbury ground at the tender age of 13 and more recently shared a season ticket with a friend of mine who has also been a gooner for the same amount of time as me.
The Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby, who is half-English, is in exactly the same position as Theo Walcott and is free to decide where he will be playing next season. His agent has already revealed that he has received a "very interesting proposal" from an English club, believed to be Arsenal or Liverpool, and he is free to sign a pre-contract in January.
Most Arsenal fans find it very difficult to believe that Arsene Wenger is about to almost double his record transfer fee with a Â£30 million bid for the Uruguayan striker, Edinson Cavani, from Napoli, especially when you hear that the player signed a new five year contract with the Italian club this summer, and the price is likely to be closer to Â£40 million.
Arsenal 3 -3 Fulham Once again we prove we don't have the bottle by KJ
What can I say? Terrible defensive performance by Arsenal today. As a big club, scoring 3 goals should be enough to seal a win. Our attacking was near on brilliant today but it is annoying that we rarely harmonise both defending and attacking to get the win.
\there was not alot to smile about during the match between Arsenal and Fulham yesterday, but with a better team performance, or even if Arteta had scored his penalty and we had won, we would be talking about the performances and partnership of Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.
The Frenchman had his most impressive game by far and Walcott was involved in almost all of Arsenal's dangerous attacking moments.
The England manager Roy Hodgson has defied Arsene Wenger's wishes by calling up Jack Wilshere for this weeks friendly with Sweden, but he has tried to assure the Arsenal manager that he will not be putting any undue pressure on the youngster, who has only just played one full game in the last 16 months.
Arsenal have sacrificed our football legacy for a financial one. by GP
Let me be very clear. Arsene Wenger is the best manager we have ever had. Because of the contribution he has made to not only the English but the world game, I have him up there with the very best. Not winning the champions League maybe be a blot on his Arsenal CV to some but his record as a coach developing players into great players cannot be equalled by anyone else.
I dont want to question the legacy of Arsene Wenger. He is an Arsenal legend. Under him, we have won everything except the champions league (which we came so close). By taking into account our recent results, is it time for the legend to step down.
If Arsene Wenger is successful in making the 25-year old Edinson Cavani an Arsenal player in January, he will have smashed the record transfer fee by some considerable margin. The transfer of Santi Cazorla from Malaga this summer is thought to have cost slightly more than the Â£16 million that we paid for Andrey Arshavin, but Cavani is likely to set the Gunners back around Â£30 million.
Although most Arsenal fans wouldn't have minded if Theo Walcott had left in the summer, his improvement this season (despite being sidelined by Arsene Wenger) has convinced us that letting him go may not be such a good idea after all....
The latest rumours, from the respected UK paper The Telegraph, are saying that Chelsea have also noticed his improvement and are going to make a bid to get him on a cut-price deal this January, with the England winger more likely to choose our London neighbours over Liverpool simply because he will be practically guaranteed Champions League football.
Carl Jenkinson is an Arsenal fan, you could see the genuine despair on his face yesterday when Mikel Arteta's penalty was saved by Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer, denying Arsenal all three points in a topsy turvy game. He comes from a family of Gooners, so they will be delighted when he signs a new deal with Arsenal in the next week or two.
As manager of Arsenal, it is Arsene Wenger's job to stay positive and keep the player's confidence up. He probably had to work hard to do that today, after seeing the Gunners throw away a two goal lead for the second game in a row. He definitely found no positives in the defending at the corner that let Fulham back into the game.
Adam Kemp â€“ Is this the worst Arsenal Team in Premier League history?
Today was a massive opportunity for Arsenal to go out and prove all the doubters wrong by annihilating an inferior Fulham side at home. After twenty minutes or so you would have possibly believed that we could actually deliver some kind of performance.
Arsenal made just one change from the Champions league game against Schalke, Coquelin replacing the suspended Wilshere. Diarra failed a late fitness test for Fulham. It was a nice through ball from Coquelin that led to a corner. Giroud showed what he can do with a good ball into the box, driving home a header from Cazorla's well taken corner.
Laurent Koscielny signed a new contract with Arsenal this summer which will keep him at the Emirates until 2017. So he was ready to start the season full of confidence and in good form, but an injury before it even started meant that he lost his place to Mertesacker and the German has grabbed his opportunity and cemented his place.
QPR manager Mark Hughes has obviously heard about the alleged interest from Arsenal in one of his star players, because the Welshman has issued an all points, hands off statement warning the Gunners and any other potential suitors off the Moroccan international Adel Taarabt.
"It wouldn't surprise me if clubs were looking at him, but I know for a fact that he is very happy here, and he sees his future here.
Over the time that Theo Walcott has been with the gunners, he has been one of the most frustrating players to watch. He has so much potential and the pace that can take apart any defense in the premier league, yet he's always blown hot and cold for Arsenal.
There is genuine competition for a starting place as an Arsenal striker at the minute, with Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud all wanting the role of central striker. Add to that the fact that Marouane Chamakh knows that he has maybe one more chance to breathe some life back into his Arsenal career following his two goals in the Capital One cup against Reading, and you have a hungry strike force who are starting to fire.
The Gunners right back Bacary Sagna knows that Arsenal have been going through a bad patch recently, but he reckons that they now need to bounce back at the Emirates if they are going to seriously challenge for any trophies this season.
"It's going to be a massive game against Fulham," Sagna said.
Jack Wilshere is just the kind of player that Arsenal needs. Not only is he one of the most talented players of his generation, but his attitude is fantastic and he is an inspiration to his team mates. The worry for Arsenal fans is that some oil rich billionaire will come along and poach him, but the England international has stated his intention of staying with Arsenal for a very long time.
Arsene Wenger has been talking about Arsenal's bad run and the need for the team to regain their confidence with a win against Fulham today. He has also tried to explain the problems especially regarding the new captain Thomas Vermaelen, who has maybe been feeling the pressure a little since taking over from Robin Van Persie.
The Arsenal right back Carl Jenkinson has pledged his international career to England, despite having appeared for Finland at under 19 and under 21 levels. He is waiting for FIFA clearance, but he could have a long wait if the case of Emmanuel Frimpong is anything to go by.
20-year old Frimpong played for England at under 16 and under 17 level, but decided to pledge his future to the Ghana national team.
Arsenal are finally starting to get some players back, after what seems like forever. Tomas Rosicky has not played for the Gunners all season, following a tendon injury he suffered while playing for the Czech Republic at Euro 2012. The 32-year old playmaker trained with his Arsenal team mates today at London Colney and his recovery will be a boost to everyone.
Kieran Gibbs is still not ready to play for Arsenal after picking up a thigh problem against West Ham at the start of October. It is a real worry for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners because his stand in, Andre Santos, has been simply dreadful. Gibbs has missed large chunks of his young career, and Wenger may now be considering a move for another left back when the transfer window opens in January.
Arsenal and their ability to score goals was always going to be a talking point this season after selling last season's top scorer in the Premier league, Robin van Persie, to Manchester United. There have been many reports recently concerning Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski playing as central strikers, and Olivier Giroud has taken criticism for his return of just one Premier league goal so far, so what does the Frenchman offer the Gunners?
Arsene Wenger has admitted that he has spoken to Roy Hodgson about including the young Arsenal midfielder, Jack Wilsher, in the England squad to face Sweden next week. He is hoping that Hodgson has just called him up to give him time at the England set-up again but won't actually have him playing on the pitch.
We are all very used to listening to Arsene Wenger complain about the "meaningless" friendlies by the national sides at crucial stages every season, and this weeks matches have brought out the usual complaints from the Arsenal manager, especially as they are swiftly followed by the big London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.
The usual round of negotiations between Arsenal players and the Board every year is beginning as the club as they try to persuade the existing squad members to extend their contracts at the Emirates, and it seems that the talks with Bacary Sagna have already stalled.
We all know that Arsenal refuse to break their wage structure for anyone (which is also instrumental in persuading top players to be sold) but a 29 year-old senior member of the squad usually expects a raise in recognition of their long service, which is unlikely to be forthcoming for the French international.
It is hardly a new Arsenal transfer rumour that Arsene Wenger is expected to sell Theo Walcott in January, but the Frenchman has yet again reiterated that Walcott only has until December to make up his mind on the offered extension. Wenger said yesterday: "My desire is to keep Theo. We do what's needed to keep him and hopefully, as I told you many times, we can sort this situation out very soon.
Arsene Wenger is always on the lookout for a bargain, especially if he is English, and it is being reported today that he has sent the Arsenal scouts to run the rule over the 23 year-old Charlie Austin at Burnley.
It is little surprise that there are many top Premiership sides watching the Englishman, as Austin is currently breaking records with his goalscoring prowess, in fact this season he has already scored 20 goals for Burnley, two more than Messi at Barcelona and one more than Ronaldo has for Real Madrid!
The jury is still out on whether Vito Mannone is accomplished enough to be Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeper, and it seems that he is about to be usurped by the returning Wojciech Szczesny very shortly.
The young Pole has not played a competitive game for the Gunners since he was ruled out with an ankle injury during a game against Southampton two months ago, but Arsene Wenger has arranged for him to play for the U21s against West Ham reserves today and has hinted he could be back in the first team squad on Saturday if he comes through okay.
I may have jumped the gun a bit yesterday by having a go at Roy Hodgson for not including the young Arsenal right back, Carl Jenkinson, in his England squad to face Sweden in a friendly next week. His name was not included in the squad list released by the FA, but will be included, apparently, as long as he finally receives his clearance from FIFA, Hodgson explained.
With the January transfer window getting closer, the rumours about Arsenal transfer targets are getting more frequent and the fans are hoping and praying that the Gunners actually spend some cash this time around. In the summer, a good percentage of the rumours were about which defensive midfielder was coming to the Emirates, but Arsenal surprised everybody by not only failing to buy one, but selling Alex Song to Barcelona.
Arsene Wenger has received support from an unexpected source today. Former Tottenham and current Fulham manager Martin Jol has stated his belief that Wenger has worked wonders at Arsenal, and should not be criticised for failing to guide the Gunners to a trophy for seven years.
"I'm not an Arsenal fan, as you well know, but I always admired Wenger for what he did.
There is a general feeling among Arsenal fans that the squad is short of strikers. Assuming that Marouane Chamakh has had his chance and will soon be on his way out of the Emirates, we are left with Giroud, Podolski, Walcott and Gervinho. Walcott and Gervinho have yet to prove that they can make the transition to striker, while Podolski is not being used as a centre forward, for whatever reason.
Arsenal seem to be a lot more driven when they have the midfield dynamo Jack Wilshere in the team, and the player is obviously delighted to be back and determined to play as much as he can. He is understandably frustrated, therefore, that he is suspended for this weekend's home match against Fulham after his second yellow saw him sent off at Manchester United.
Arsenal are one of a number of Premier league teams who are looking at the Crystal Palace youngster Wilfried Zaha. The 19-year old is also attracting interest from Chelsea and Tottenham, but Palace are either trying to put off buyers or seeking alot more money than he is currently worth, stating that around Â£20 million is the price tag for a player untried in the top division.
I have in the past produced an article in which I spoke of the quality of our team so I'm not going to bore you all with a repeat squad analysis. In fact, I'm not even going to bore you all with an in depth article because the point I wish to get across in this article is a simple one.
After the disappointing loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford, the ever reliable @GeoffArsenal (he has the same connections as AFCAMDEN) stated that Arsenal are in for 3 strikers in January. These strikers are Edin Dzeko, Fernando Llorente and David Villa.
The young England midfielder Jack Wilshere wants his fellow countryman Theo Walcott to sort out his differences with Arsenal and sign his new contract extension with the club. Jack said in the Sun: "Theo has been great."
"His future is down to him and the boss to sort out.
Jack Wilshere completed his first full game in 14 months for Arsenal on Tuesday, and he has revealed that he is feeling fitter after every match and believes that, given time, he will return to the high level of peformance he achieved before his ankle injury first knocked him low.
"I don't think there was a point where I thought I'm not coming back," Wilshere said.
There are various reports around today saying that Lukas Podolski has told a journalist that he is not happy being stuck out on the wing by Arsene Wenger, and he thinks he would score far more goals for Arsenal if he was used in a more central role. "I'd rather play centrally up front," Podolski was quoted as saying.
Arsene Wenger had a chat with the England manager Roy Hodgson and thought that they had agreed to let Jack Wilshere work his way back to full fitness with Arsenal before he was reintroduced into the England set up. Either Wenger's grasp of the English language is worse than we thought, or Roy Hodgson just decided to completely disregard what the Frenchman said.
It was great to see Jack Wilshere playing for Arsenal in the Champions League again, and for Laurent Koscielny to get a rare start. Of course, Jack is suspended for the Premier league visit of Fulham, but Kos should play again, even if Gibbs is back, as Vermaelen has been a bit shaky recently.
Both players were obviously glad to be back, and believe that Arsenal will now keep getting better.
Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger will be delighted with the news that one of our long list of injury hit players is ready to return to action. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be in the Arsenal team that takes on Fulham at the Emirates on Saturday.
The 19-year old midfielder has been out of action with a hip peoblem picked up in his brief appearance in Arsenal's abysmal loss to Norwich a couple of weeks ago.
Maybe I am reading between the lines and seeing things that aren't there, but when Theo Walcott talks about the tough month facing Arsenal, and how important it is, I think he is talking about his own situation as well.
"It is going to be a tough month for us now. It is going to test us all, not just physically but mentally as well, and I think we are ready for it.
It was better than what I was expecting, is how to sum that match up. Given recent form, I wasn't the only worried gooner expecting to leave without a point, but the Arsenal team delivered a performance that was closer to what we expected.
Schalke 04 2-2 Arsenal, not a good result at all and leaves us in limbo by KJ
It was all going so well at 2-0 up. We had our Arsenal back and there was a glimmer of hope once again. However, we are used to bottling it when it counts the most and this game was no different with Schalke managing to get the two goals that gives them the point they needed.
Arsene Wenger saw his team throw away a two-goal lead against Schalke last night which would have made them favourites to top their Group, but more importantly would have given the Gunners a confidence boost after an abysmal run in the Premiership.
Arsenal have had only one outright win in their last six matches and now have an uphill struggle to make up the nine points gap at the top of the Premiership table, but Wenger is surprisingly pleased with the single point from last night's game.
Vito Mannone has revealed that the Arsenal players have mixed feelings about the Champions League point that was earned in Germany last night against Schalke. The same can probably be said about Arsenal fans, who will be relieved we did not lose, but still not particularly impressed.
This Tuesday Arsenal will kick off in Germany for their 4th champions league game of the season. Arsenal are currently in second place in the 4 team group, with the record of 2 wins and 1 loss, amounting 6 points out of a possible 9. Our opponents currently top the group with 7 points and will go into this game confident with already beating Arsenal this season, 2-0 at the Emirates stadium.
Marouane Chamakh thought that he could get his Arsenal career back on track this season, following the sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United, but the Moroccan international has only played in the two Capital One cup games so far. The striker has told French radio RMC that he will make a decision about his future in January, and that will be largely dependent on his playing opportunities between now and then.
Arsene Wenger is responsible for turning the hard working and defensive side of old into a free flowing and creative force, but the Frenchman is beginning to wonder what has happened to that creativity as pressure builds on him and his players. Wenger's Arsenal sides have often been criticised for being too porous at the back, but it is goals at the other end that are concerning the boss now.
Obviously when you are the main striker in a team, much of the responsibility for scoring goals rests on your shoulders, and Olivier Giroud is the first to admit that his Arsenal career has not got off to the fastest of starts, but he is not letting his head drop.
Arsenal are preparing to face Schalke in Germany tonight aiming to get revenge for the 2-0 reverse inflicted by the Bundesliga side at the Emirates a couple of weeks ago, and Arsene Wenger seems confident that Arsenal can regain their footing very quickly.
The ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright knows exactly what is needed to be a prolific goalscorer in the Premier League, and he is adamant that Theo Walcott has got all the neccessary tools to do exactly that for the Gunners, but thinks that Arsene Wenger is just being stubborn by leaving him out of the team.
Schalke 04 vs Arsenal Preview, predicted line up and predicted score-line by KJ
This has been a very poor few weeks from the Gunners and our last Champions league game ended in a humiliating loss against Schalke at home. It wasn't humiliating because of the score-line, it was humiliating because our own players didn't look bothered at home with 57,000 fans behind them.
Many years ago Arsene Wenger allowed a certain Mattheiu Flamini to run down his contract and had to allow him to leave for free. At the time he vowed that he would never again allow that situation to happen while he was managing Arsenal, but amazingly history is repeating itself.
There have been increasing calls from Arsenal fans and former players to make more use of Theo Walcott. Football pundits seem confused about why Walcott has had such limited opportunities this season, especially in his desired position of centre forward, when Arsenal have been struggling for goals.
It was bad enough for Arsenal fans to lose their captain and top scorer to their long standing rivals, then to have it compounded within three minutes of the first game between us. People say there has been an overreaction to Andre Santos beaming with pleasure at halftime after getting van Persie's shirt, but it was a real kick in the teeth for us Gooners.
Arsenal's lack of width is costing them more than anything by KJ
We've been on a really bad run at the moment and as a whole are struggling to have any impact whatsoever. It's very weird as this squad had so much promise at the beginning of the season. However, I believe that injuries have taken their toll once again and has forced Arsenal out of it's comfort zone.
There was a great response from Arsenal fans to the recent post about protests, with lots of ideas about boycotting merchandise, matches and making our frustration felt. Some fans want Wenger out while others think his hands are tied, but all seem to agree that the board are not looking after the interests of the fans.
The Arsenal fans were accused of having no class by Rio Ferdinand after the match against Manchester United on Saturday. In doing so, Ferdinand reinforced one of the reasons that Arsenal fans, along with most others, don't like United. Hypocrisy.
Ferdinand's ill chosen words were because of the away fans giving Robin van Persie some abuse.
Can things get any worse for Arsenal? I suppose Mertesacker could bang his head getting off the plane, or Cazorla could fall down an open manhole. Arsene Wenger will be sweating on the state of Theo Walcott tonight, and hoping that he can play at least some part in tomorrow's crucial Champions League game against Schalke.
Arsene Wenger has never been a massive fan of the January transfer window, but the increasingly desperate situation at Arsenal, combined with over Â£35 million burning a hole in his pocket means that he will probably splash out in the new year, and one of those looks like it will be Yoann Gourcuff.
I know there are probably quite a few Arsenal fans who will be relieved to hear that Aaron Ramsey has picked up a groin strain, and will therefore miss the trip to Germany to face Schalke in the Champions League tomorrow.
One person who will not be happy, however, is Arsene Wenger. With Oxlade-Chamberlain and Diaby still keeping Rosicky company in the treatment room, Arsenal do not need to lose any more midfielders.
Arsene Wenger has taken some of the blame for the red card shown to Jack Wilshere as Arsenal lost to Manchester United on Saturday. Reports pointed to the fact that Alex Ferguson substituted Tom Cleverley who was in a similar position to Wilshere, basically one foul away from being sent off.
Wenger has said that Evra made a meal of the tackle, and the reason why he had not removed Wilshere from the field was a lack of options.
The Man United defender Rio Ferdinand has told the press that his team were terribly disappointed that they didn't beat Arsenal by a very wide margin on Saturday after being totally in control of the game from start to finish.
He said: "We should have finished that game off ages ago. That's the most disappointing thing, If you had been in our changing room you'd have thought we lost the game, the way the mood was.
Arsene Wenger had to face the frustration of seeing Jack Wilshere sent off against Manchester United on Saturday, even though he knew that the youngster was on a final warning from Mike Dean.
As expected Wilshere lunged in for another tackle on Patrice Evra in the 69th minute and was duly sent off, and Wenger admitted that he wanted to take Wilshere off before that, but had no other possibilities on the bench after already brnging on Walcott for Ramsey.
Arsenal's defeat at Old Trafford has left them nine points behind the new League leaders, and Arsene Wenger admits that they now have a mountain to climb if they are to compete with Man United, Chelsea and Man City in the race for the Premiership title.
He couldn't give any excuse for Arsenal's poor showing on Saturday and simply said that they came up against a much better team.
Arsene Wenger has already admitted that he knew that Jack Wilshere was on a last warning from Mike Dean on Saturday before he got sent off, but also angrily blamed Patrice Evra for diving to make the tackle look worse.
Wenger said: "The red card was very harsh,"
"I find the referees very naive because when you say to the players, 'Look for the next foul and you'll get a second yellow', that means a signal for everybody of the other team to dive.
There are many Arsenal rumours this morning (notably in the Telegraph) saying that Kieran Gibbs has returned to full training and is nearly ready to join the first-team, despite not even making the bench for Saturday's visit to Old Trafford.
The youngster last played for Arsenal in the away win against West Ham, and Gooners will not be surprised that Arsenal have only one outright win in the five fixtures since he was replaced by Andre Santos, and that was against winless QPR!
Andre Santos seems intent on driving the Arsenal fans up the wall. If his defensive lapses were not bad enough, he seemed overjoyed at half time on Saturday. Arsenal had just put in a terrible 45 minutes, but the Brazilian left back seemed happy and relaxed as he chatted with van Persie and strolled down the tunnel with the Dutchman's shirt over his shoulder.
Tony Adams spent his whole football career at Arsenal, and never4 dreamed of not signing a contract with the club, but he knows times have changed and fears that the Gunners have messed up by leaving it so long to persuade Theo Walcott to extend his deal.
Adams feels that the poor form that Arsenal are in this season will only make it less likely that Walcott will decide to stay at the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger has praised the Arsenal fans for their unflinching support recently, but knows that he owes them some better results. We nger and his vice-captain Mikel Arteta aim to start repaying the Gooners tomorrow against Schalke.
Arteta is demanding an improvement from the Arsenal team, knowing that the Champions league game in Germany will not be easy, but Arsenal have the ability to win.
My thoughts on the Manchester United vs Arsenal game by KJ
I'm sorry about not getting out a match report yesterday. I was at the hospital visiting a relative during the game. However, I was able to watch the match today and I'm afraid to say that our performance overall was atrocious.
Lots of Arsenal fans are venting their frustration about the latest failure of the team by calling for the end of the reign of Arsene Wenger. I think that the heirarchy at the Emirates can hardly believe their luck. All they have to do when the Arsenal fans finally lose all their patience is to appoint a new manager and they will be able to say that they have done what the fans want.
After seeing the Man United vs Arsenal game, i want to share some personal analysis of our team so far this season. All the good points and bad points... I believe my points on Vermaelen, Santos, Arteta and Giroud are few of the important ones
Let's start with our goalkeeper:
Mannone has been a quite useful back-up so far but we can still see that he makes errors sometimes.
The Arsenal Board and the Manager are taking the fans for granted. They forget the team is only there because of the fans. They continue to charge top dollar for replica shirts, memorabilia, gate charges, meals and drinks yet they are unwilling to change a philosophy which has failed time and time again (8 years now).
The Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin was given a rare run-out with the Arsenal first team in yesterdays abysmal defeat to Manchester United, but he is very unlikely to get an extended run when all Arsenal's injured players return to the squad.
Arsene Wenger was recently at pains to let everyone know that Arshavin was totally committed to his training and was trying his hardest to work hos way back into the Arsenal team, but without regular first team action Arshavin is unlikely to regain his place in the Russian national side.
Maybe it is an obvious statement to say that Arsenal are not the same as Barcelona, but the point I am trying to make is that Arsenal are trying to play football the same way that Barcelona do but are not getting it right. To be honest, it is a good blueprint to follow, but only if you do it right.
Right, straight to the point. We lost against United and deserved to. Robin van Pershit scored against us and the scoreline could very realistically have been worse than it was. Not a good day for Arsenal Football Club; put it that way.
When you lose and you have been denied a penalty or had one given against you, there will always be fans and pundits who make a point of talking about it. Arsenal today did not get many decisions going their way, but they didn't play well so the refereeing did not get analyzed too much, but there were some crucial important decisions to make today.
After a disappointing day at Old Trafford and an up and down start of the season, Arsenal face an absolutely crucial month of November. It is not a massive surprise that we lost away to Manchester United, but it does leave the Gunners nine points off the pace in the league at least.
I know that teams go through sticky patches, and we have been hurt by injuries again (will we ever have any luck) but Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players need to snap out of this quickly.
You know when an opponent's player comes on as a substitute and nobody's every heard of him and all the fans shout: Who?! Who?! Well, that's what it was like for most Arsenal fans when we announced the signing of 19 year old Thomas Eisfeld.
Arsene Wenger has spoken about the way his Arsenal team will approach the important trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United today, and suggested that the onus will be on going out to win the match rather than concentrating on keeping things tight.
Manchester United vs Arsenal Preview, predicted line-up and score line. by KJ
This is it. Judas will finally face the club he betrayed. He will meet his maker (Wenger) once more. This is definitely one of the defining matches of our season. We are currently six points behind Man Utd.
Okay, How many Arsenal fans got a sinking, nauseous feeling in their stomach when the teams were announced with Ramsey as a right winger and Santos continuing at left back? Walcott started on the bench, as did Chamakh after his double against Reading. Wilshere, Cazorla and Arteta were the men charged with controlling the midfield and supplying the wingers and Giroud up front.
There have been lots of rumours and opinions flying around concerning the case of the Arsenal striker and winger, Theo Walcott. Former Arsenal player Nigel Winterburn has added to the calls to keep Walcott at the Emirates and the Liverpool manager has denied that his club are preparing to make an offer when the transfer window opens in January.
Arsene Wenger unearthed a gem for Arsenal this summer in the shape of Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard has been the creative inspiration for the Gunners in midfield this season and will be crucial if we are to take all three points off Manchester United tomorrow.
Cazorla has spoken about how much he has enjoyed playing in the Premier league as the intensity and attacking nature of the football suits his game more than a tactical and more defensive strategy.
Earlier this week, Robin van Persie spoke in glowing termas about his former manager at Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger has returned the compliment by calling on Arsenal fans to go easy on the Dutchman when the Gunners face Manchester United tomorrow.
"I hope he gets a respectful reception.
"Saturday is not about van Persie, it is about us getting a result.
Arsenal have been linked with the 22-year old Cameroon international Nicolas N'Koulou before and are keeping an eye on the talented defender who signed for French Ligue 1 side Marseille last summer. He has continued to improve and is drawing the attention of quite a few big clubs, including Chelsea and AC Milan.
This weekend Arsenal face Manchester United at Old Trafford in what will surely be an enthralling game against arguably Arsenal's toughest opponents yet. Arsenal will be hoping that this weekend will go a lot better than last year's trip, with the memory of Man United's 8-2 thrashing still deep in Arsenal's wounds.
The French midfielder Abou Diaby was a relevation at the beginning of the season, especially as he hadn't hardly kicked a ball in anger for over a year, but his clumsy-looking lumbering runs from midfield inspired Arsenal and striked fear into our opponents as w remained unbeaten for the first six weeks of the season.
Arsene Wenger is preparing to visit Old Trafford for the first time in the League since the 8-2 mauling from Man United last season, but he doesn't think that freak result will have any affect on the players this time around.
Arsenal were severely depleted by injuries for that match, and many think that the loss prompted Wenger into a mass of panic buys as the transfer window closed shortly after that game, and it is in the record books as Wenger's worst defeat ever at Arsenal.
After a heroic performance against Reading on Tuesday, Arsenal will need to prepare for the behemoth that is Manchester United at Old Trafford. This fixture was going to be difficult enough with a fully fit team but Wenger has revealed that we will be far off that mark.
The talented young Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi is being fast-tracked to the Arsenal first team by being sent straight out on loan for a year at Wigan in the hope that he can make a great impact this season.
He has only made five appearances so far, but considering he is only 19 it is surely better to give him a staggered introduction to the rigours of the Premier League so as to lessen the risk of burnout, and the player himself is certain he is in the right place to learn his trade.
At the start of this season, the thing that most Arsenal fans were talking about, other than money grabbing Dutchmen, was the new and improved defence. The appointment of the former Arsenal defensive rock of Steve Bould was hailed as a move of genius and had reformed the usually somewhat shaky Gunners back line into an immovable object.
Arsene Wenger has been playing hardball with Theo Walcott over a new contract for the England international, but it seems as if the Frenchman is ready to do what it takes to ensure that the youngster with lightning in his boots is still a Gunner next season.
Walcott was a masive part of saving Wenger's blushes this wekk, with a fantastic hat-trick and Man of the Match performance against Reading.
Have you ever wished you could go back in time and stop yourself from saying something that made you look like a complete idiot? So has the Tottenham defender William Gallas. The Frenchman made a right tit of himself this week by denouncing Arsenal and Arsene Wenger for not bothering about the Capital One cup, while praising the winning mentality of his current team and manager at Tottenham.
What is it with Barcelona and Arsenal? The Spanish giants are supposed to have the best academy system in the world at La Masia, but they keep peering over the fence into Arsenal's garden and nicking our players.
Giancarlo Poveda is a teenage Colombian winger who had been training with Arsenal, and the club were planning to sign him up, but he has now moved to Barcelona and is ready to commit to them, according to the Daily Mail.
Two days ago Arsenal found themselves 4 goals down against newly promoted Reading within the first half of their Capital One Cup encounter at the Madejski stadium. As if that wasn't enough, as I live in Manchester, I was greeted with many messages heckling at Arsenal's embarrassing performance which, of course, didn't bode well for our crucial clash against Manchester United this Saturday.
Can Martinez become Arsenal's Number 1 in the future? by AH
Damien Martinez is currently Arsenal's 4th choice goalkeeper, with the Argentine behind polish internationals Lukas Fabianski and Wojiech Szczseny and Italian goalkeeper Vito Mannone. Arsenal doesn't currently have a number one with the position going to either Vito Mannone or Wojiech Szczsney.
Is is fair to say that most Arsenal fans were very happy to see Bradford City come out the hat as our opponents in the quarter-final of the Capital One Cup, but it seems that no-one in London is happier than the manager of Bradford, Phil Parkinson!
For the minnows of Bradford, a game against the Gunners is considered a financial windfall, and in fact Parkinson would rather the game was at the Emirates!
The new Arsenal striker only played half the game against Reading on Tuesday but was totally overcome by the excitement of the game. He said: "It's the first time I've been involved in a game like this,"
"It was an unbelievable night for us.
"To be losing 4-0, it was a very difficult position for us.
Why Arsenal are reportedly interested in Zaha by AH
Wilfried Zaha may be a name you may of heard of before, but it's also quite likely that you haven't. Zaha is a 19 year old striker who currently plays for Npower Championship side Crystal Palace. In recent years he has been touted as one of the biggest talents England has ever produced.