This Arsenal team started off fantastically after a draw at the Britannia. Games were won at Anfield against Liverpool as well as demolition of newly promoted Southampton at the Emirates. However, they weren't really a test of what this side could do.
The young Argentinian keeper Damien Martinez was given his chance to impress Arsene Wenger in the 6-1 drubbing of Coventry in the Capital One Cup, and due to the ongoing injuries to both Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Fabianski he has been promoted to the bench for the Arsenal first-team games.
Mannone has been okay so far and kept a couple of clean sheets, but looked a little out of his depth against Chelsea yesterday, and Martinez has taken the opportunity to stake his claim for a chance to show his skills on the biggest stage.
Arsenal lost their unbeaten record yesterday when they were beaten by the League leaders Chelsea, but Arsene Wenger believes that the Gunners were the better team and were only undone by two soft goals from set-pieces.
"I feel we played against a good team, but we gave the game away." Wenger said.
Arsenal's excellent start to the season came to a halt against neighbours Chelsea yesterday, but there are very few Gooners that would not have noticed the newly found confidence and brilliant attacking play of our two novice full-backs, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson.
Both of them seem to have improved drastically over the summer and Bacary Sagna looks like he is going to trouble getting back into the team when he returns to the squad in the next few weeks, as Jenkinson seems to be involved in nearly every Arsenal attack nowadays.
I am extremely happy about the players AW has put together to prosecute Arsenal's quest for on-field glory this season and our loss yesterday didn't affect my enthusiasm one bit. Arsenal endured a rather undeserved but IMO avoidable loss yesterday to a very disciplined Chelsea side, and my conclusion was that the game was won and lost on the bench.
Arsenal may have lost their first game of the season yesterday but (just for once) Arsene Wenger cannot blame an extensive injury list as has been the case in many other seasons. Bacary Sagna had returned to training with the first team training before this weekend's game but there is no need for Wenger to rush his return to the first team thanks to the fantastic form of his young replacement Carl Jenkinson.
Arsenal may have lost their first game of the season yesterday but they won't have too much time to dwell on it as there is the small matter of a Champions League game coming up on Wednesday, which could be perfect to lift the team ahead of the coming league matches.
Arsenal need another win to cement their expected progress through to the Group stages, and rsene Wenger will want qualification tied up as quickly as possible.
The Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has been injured for nearly the whole of his Arsenal career, but since his return at the beginning of the season he has been a revelation for the team and we were all looking forward to another Man-Of-The-Match performance against Chelsea yesterday.
But the Frenchman only lasted 17 minutes of the match before being taken off and replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea are unbeaen and todays game between the two will give the victor a great advantage in confidence and points in the race for the Premiership title, and Arsene Wenger believes the midfield battle will be a big factor in deciding who gets the points.
Alex Song was nominally Arsenal's 'defensive midfielder' last season, but with his departure Wenger believes that he has no-one in the team that be given that title any more.
Arsene Wenger (and most Arsenal fans I guess) have been pleasantly surprised with the way Vito Mannone has stepped up to the plate after the unexpected injuries to Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski, but he has admitted that if a suitable offer had come in for the Italian keeper this summer then he would have let him leave the Emirates.
I have not been a great fan of Paul Merson over the years and he has not shied back from criticizing Arsene Wenger recently, but he certainly seems to be talking sense now and believes that Arsenal can destroy Chelsea if both teams play attacking football.
Merson said in his column in the Star: "If Chelsea lose this game, questions will be asked.
The new Arsenal winger Lukas Podolski has been extremely impressive in the opening games of this season as the Gunners have remained unbeaten in all competitions, but the German international has declared that it is far too early for him to be declared a star for the Gunners after just a few games into his first season.
The Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson is well aware that Chelsea are currently top of the League, but fully believes that the Gunners can take anything that their London rivals can throw at them in todays lunch-time KickOff.
He especially knows that he will have to be on top of his game to cope with Chelsea's extremely talented attacking force.
The second biggest Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has made an interview which seems to be a peace offering to Stan Kroenke in which he declares that he has never petitioned for a place on the Arsenal Board, but just wants the club to stop selling their best players and so increase their chances of winning a trophy.
Arsenal vs Chelsea preview, line-up and score prediction. by KJ
It's strange going into a game against Chelsea with optimism abundant amongst the Arsenal fans. Whether this optimism comes from knowing that Drogba won't be playing tomorrow, I don't know. All I know is that the Ivorian has been a thorn in our side for many years.
Arsenal have surprised everyone this season with their form and all the new players have all settled in well. The defence is well organised and miserly. The midfield is fantastic, outpassing everyone and controlling every game they play. The strikers have all chipped in and are causing serious problems to opposition defences.
Newly appointed Colchester boss, Joe Dunne, has made short work in shaping the U's squad with the speedy signatures of a Gunner duo. Arsenal's Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt have both signed on for Colchester on a three-month loan deal. Dunne has spared no time in securing the loan deals having been appointed as manager on Thursday morning.
Arsenal are often slated for their lack of spending in the transfer windows and although we bought fantastic players in Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, we sold Robin Van Persie and Alex Song, totalling up the money exchanges to about a loss of around Â£15 million.
This Saturday Arsenal welcomes Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal are unbeaten so far this season, whilst the European Champions are also impressing during their games, as Chelsea lead the Premier League table.
Arsenal VS Chelsea is usually a thrilling encounter with end to end action.
Ian Wright has come out stating that Walcott should be given his chance as a striker at Arsenal. The ex Arsenal legend has also pleaded with the club to resolve the winger's contract dispute before the player is forced to move on.
Walcott scored twice against Coventry but Wenger still insists that the player will 'have to be patient' before given the chance to play upfront.
Carl Jenkinson is having his break out season. News that Roy Hodgson is planning an England call-up for the young defender has come as a shock to some but when you look at his overall performances this year, its not shocking at all.
Arsenal will take on Chelsea in this weekend's premier league clash and Wenger is not unaware of the threat the Blue's will pose but is confident that Arsenal will see them off. The Gunners have started their season long campaign well and their achievements thus far have not gone unnoticed, earning the club praise from Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who as we all know was not always Wenger's closest ally during the 'Special One's' time as Chelsea manager.
French international striker seems like a different man since registering his first goal since moving to Arsenal in the summer. Confidence is flowing through Giroud and he is feeling confident about his and the whole team's season.
"It's done, I have my first goal, but it has to be the start of a beautiful adventure.
Olivier Giroud opened his Arsenal account last night in Arsenal's 6-1 victory over league one side Coventry City in the Capital One Cup. I took Giroud 5 games to find the back off the net and although some people will say, 'it's only Coventry' yes it is 'only' Coventry but all strikers have to start somewhere and for Giroud, this goal will boost his confidence and spur him on to score many more for Arsenal this season.
Martinez 7 A solid debut for the Argentinian. Not much he could do about the goal and he was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet. His handling and kicking was good and he looks like a very promising keeper.
Angha 7 â€“ Looked nervous at times but who wouldn't be when making your Arsenal debut.
Arsenal have posted a Â£36.6m profit on last season's figures which have seen the club's turnover increase by Â£10m to a record Â£235.3million. As revealed on JustArsenal earlier this week the cash reserves have been posted as Â£153.6m, with the debt at a very reasonable Â£98m which is mostly serviced by a long-term mortgage on the stadium.
No matter how well a manager and his team prepares for a season and even with a squad full of quality, a significant injury list can wreck a campaign. Arsenal would not have felt the loss of Crsc Fabregas and Samir Nasri (spit) nearly as badly if they had been able to call on Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby.
The little Russian meastro Andrey Arshavin has had a miserable couple of seasons stuck out on the wings, while every single Arsenal blog in the world has insisted that he should be played in a central role behind the striker(s) which is where his talent is used to his best potential.
Now, finally, Arsene Wenger has realised this fact and Arshavin was imperious in last night's Capital One Cup game against Coventry.
Theo Walcott's contract negotiations have been going on for ever and he finally came out and announced that the simple reason that he hasn't signed Arsenal's new contract extension is because he wants to be moved into the centre to be used as a centre-forward. Wenger (perhaps because he doesn't like being told what to do by his players) responded by moving Gervinho into the central position and leaving Walcott on the bench.
Arsenal reserves easily swept Coventry aside in last night's Capital One Cup, but the ties will start getting steadily more difficut from now on. Man United did everyone a favour by taking Newcastle out last night, and Man City were eliminated by Aston Villa on Tuesday.
While Arsenal face a slightly difficult away tie at Reading, at least one more of our main rivals for the trophy will be eliminated as Chelsea will host Manchester United at the end of October.
Fulham's big defender brede Hangeland has been linked with Arsenal for many years, but since then Arsene Wenger has brought in Thomas Vermaelen (now captain), Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, leaving the Swiss Johan Djourou as the odd man out in a brilliant foursome, with many Arsenal fans begging Wenger to sell him this summer.
Last season Theo Walcott formed a great partnership with Robin Van Persie as the Dutchman won the Golden Boot and won the Award for Player-of-the-season, but Arsenal and England winger is desperate to take Van Persie's position as centre-forward for the Gunners, something that Arsene Wenger doesn't seem very keen to accept just yet.
Although there is a very long way to the next transfer window, you can be sure that the Arsenal scouts are not sitting around twiddling their thumbs! According to reports today they are very impressed with a young American-born striker that is currently in record-breaking form for the Danish SuperLeague side AGF.
Now that he has scored his first goal in an Arsenal shirt, Olivier Giroud will have a massive weight lifted from his shoulders. The French striker had admitted that he felt under pressure to get off the mark, even though the fans were not on his back and Arsene Wenger assured him that he was doing his job assisting the team.
Its not something new that Johan Djourou has found himself relegated to fourth choice centreback at Arsenal. With the likes of Koscielny, Mertesacker and Vermaelen showing exceptional form, it seems as if Djourou's only chance of football this season will be in the League Cup or if players are dropped through injury.
Arsenal have been linked with Argentine winger Ricardo Alvarez. This rumor is dusted as Alvarez has been linked with the Gunners numerous times with Wenger reportedly keeping track of the wingers career. Of course, the speculation surrounding the departure of Walcott has also heightened the suspicion that Arsene Wenger will be keeping a watchful eye on the current market should Walcott not choose to sign an extension on his current contract.
Arsene Wenger has named his 18-man squad fro the third round of the Capital One cup against Coventry City tonight. The main surprise, for me, is that Laurent Koscielny is not included. The French international central defender has been unable to get his place back to due to the excellent form of Per Mertesacker.
There was uproar in the ranks of the Arsenal fans when the dreaded news of Robin van Persie's transfer to hated Premier league rivals was compounded by the shock sale of Alex Song to the Spanish giants Barcelona. Song had over two years left on his contract and Gooners could not understand why Arsene Wenger would allow him to leave, especially when many thought that the midfield already needed strengthening.
The Capital One cup always gives Arsene Wenger the chance to allow some squad players experience in the first team, and this year is no exception. Up and coming young players get their first taste of action, while others recovering from injury or struggling for a starting place due to form can use this competition as a springboard and two Gunners hoping to do that tonight against Coventry City are Andrey Arshavin and Emmanuel Frimpong.
It seems ridiculous when you consider that Arsenal have the stingiest defence in the Premier league so far this season, but the so-called experts have been critical of the zonal marking system that Arsenal are using for set pieces. We can hold up our hands and say that Joleon Lescott should not have been allowed such an easy header from a corner on Sunday that produced the opening goal for Manchester City, but is that a good reason to condemn the system?
Coventry City have had a dreadful start to the season, with five league defeats in a row. Their new manager Mark Robins is desperate to avoid another dent to his sides fragile confidence and may have hoped for a young and inexperienced Arsenal side in tonight's Capital One cup clash. He is going to be out of luck, however, as Arsene Wenger has vowed to field a strong and competitive side at the Emirates.
Andrey Arshavin is set to add to his one substitute appearance this season as Arsenal take on Coventry in tonight's League cup match. The 31 year old winger has found life hard at the Emirates since returning from a loan spell at his former club, Zenit. The Russian has had to make due with limited playing time but Wenger insists that he respects Arshavin and that the player is keen to still make an impression at the Emirates.
One of the revelations of the season so far, and there have been a few for Arsenal fans, has been the return to form of the 21-year old midfielder Aaron Ramsey. We have probably all been a little guilty of impatience when it comes to the Welsh captain, but maybe he is the victim of his own previous success.
Inter Milan are hoping thatthe rumours of discontent concerning Bacary Sagna and Arsenal are true, as they are keen to bolster their squad in order to stop Juventus defending the Italian title this season. They have apparently targeted the French international right back as one of the men they want to sign in January.
Just imagine what the transfer savvy Arsene Wenger could do with Â£50 million in January. Hopefully we will get the chance to find out, after last season's financial results are expected to reveal a profit for the Gunners of around that much. He could go completely mad and spend it all on one world class player, and if so who would it be?
The wonderful Capital One Cup tie against Coventryis coming up tomorrow and Arsene Wenger will have the chance to give a run-out to some of Arsenal's reserves and youngsters, but we don't want him to put out a team that may be beaten as it is still a possible trophy at the end of the day.
I am certain that Andrei Arshavin will figure in this game, because if he doesn't then we will know for sure his career at Arsenal is over completely.
Manchester City 1 â€“ 1 Arsenal. A very positive result for the Gunners. by KJ
The game finished with a great result for the Gunners. I wasn't too optimistic about the fixture as City at the Etihad are a formidable force. However, Arsenal brought the game to Man City and were very unlucky to not have won it.
Arteta is happy with his new role and is up for it! by KJ
Mikel Arteta was signed by Arsenal last summer just minutes before the transfer window closed. It was after that shocking defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford and many deemed it a panic buy. However, the mass opinion couldn't be further from the truth.
ARSENAL GRADUALLY DRIFTING INTO A 4-4-2 LIKE FORMATION by GO
I always remember that particular interview where Arsene Wenger compared Theo Walcott to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Comparing Walcott to fellow Southampton academy graduate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Arsenal boss told the club's official website: "They are a different style.
On Sunday, Arsenal faced Manchester City at the Etihad which was arguably going to be the toughest league game of the season for Arsenal. The Gunners dominated in possession for a lot of the time and the statics show, that although we almost came away with nothing, we deserve much more.
If Arsenal had to recall all their young players back from their loaned clubs, the Gunners would be able to compile a very strong team. Probably one that could compete in the top half of the table. So, if its one thing Arsenal don't lack, it's talented youths. One such player who is currently out on loan and is an exciting prospect for the very near future is Ryo Miyaichi.
Arsenal's odds to win the league this year are shortening all the time, and If you needed any more evidence for thinking that this could be our year then just look at their record so far. The Gunners have played Stoke, Liverpool and Man City away from home in their first five games and come away without a defeat.
Nigerian youngster wants to play for Arsenal by AM
CSKA Moscow attacker Ahmed Musa has said that he wants to play for Arsenal sometime in his future. The Nigerian international is highly rated and was brought by the Russian side this summer from VVV-Venlo. The Dutch side does have a considerable reputation in producing young talents.
Despite Koscielny powering home the equalizer for the Gunners'; let's not forget the magic that was Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard made some darting runs into space and troubled the City defence the entire match. It was his brilliant dipping shot, which was saved magnificently by Joe Hart, that resulted in the corner which allowed Koscielny his chance to blast the ball into the back of the net.
Arsene Wenger recently moved Gervinho into the centre-forward position against Southampton and was rewarded with two goals from the Ivorian in Arsenal's 6-1 win, but yesterday Gervinho contrived to return to his lackadaisical finishing which prevented the Gunners getting a historic win at the Etihad Stadium.
Laurent Koscielny only started his first game of this season for Arsenal yesterday, but he didn't look the slightest bit rusty, in fact he was imperious as he scored Arsenal's equaliser as well as stopping Sergio Aguero from scoring the winner a little later on.
The Frenchman only got his place in the side as captain Thomas Vermaelen was out with a cold, and Koscielny's defensive partner Per Mertesacker was named Man-Of-The-Match yesterday, so who is going to miss out on next weeks game against Chelsea?
Arsenal are set to reveal their final figures for the end of last season, with reports saying that the profits from the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri means that the club yet again made a very healthy profit in the season 2010/11.
It has been leaked that that the figures in the bank in June came to over Â£100 m in cash, not including the Â£25m windfall from the property deal for the Queensland Road development.
There are numerous Arsenal rumours in the papers this weekend, and mostly they are confirming that the out-of-favour Theo Walcott is going to be allowed to leave the Emirates in January after the Gunners management have refused to come back to the winger with an improved offer since the talks failed earlier this month.
The Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has just returned to training with the Arsenal first team after seven months out injured but he is still hoping that he can get enough quality game time with the Gunners to earn a place in the Ghana team before the African Nations Cup in January.
But for some reason FIFA are dragging their heels in giving permission.
Arsenal yesterday became only the third team in a year to get a point at the Etihad Stadium, which has pushed Manchester City out to second favourites for the League at 15/8, while Manchester United are the new favourites at 7/4.
Chelsea remain top at the moment after beating Stoke 1-0, but they are still only third favourites for the title at 4/1, and although Arsenal are looking better and better every week they are still rated at 12/1 to win the Premiership.
Arsenal's Per Mertesacker has come out paying tribute to his defensive partner Laurent Koscielny as the Gunners fought back from a goal down to salvage a deserved draw away from home. The French international equalized eight minutes from time to snatch a point for the North London club and Mertesacker was full of praise for his French team-mate who was making his first league start of the season.
Arsenal fans got what they wanted with Koscielny starting, but it was instead of Vermaelen, who has the flu, rather than Mertesacker. Wenger also started with Giroud on the bench and Aaron Ramsey in midfield. With Podolski and Gervinho able to play deeper, on the wing, or as strikers, the plan was to be compact and control the game from midfield.
Arsenal Injury Update Ahead Of Man City Clash by AH
Today Arsenal take on the Champions of England â€“ Manchester City. It will be a very tough game, arguably the toughest we will face this season, but if we play to our full potential, like we have in recent weeks then I think we can cause some problems to City.
Injured Players Should Expect a Battle for Their Places on Their Return â€“ by mking'
The news on Jack Wilshere's imminent return to first team training has been received with joy by everyone at Arsenal, and rightly so. However, I feel that some of us are going over the top in what to expect from the boy once he makes his comeback.
Arsenal's Ivorian striker and winger Gervinho has had a blistering start to this season after flattering to deceive since his arrival from Lille. Arsene Wenger has used him in more of a striking role and that could be the reason for his upturn in form. Former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg has spoken about the 25-year old and Arsenal's start to the season after his decision to retire from playing football.
Going in to a crunch game against last year's champion's will give us a good idea of how much better Arsenal are this season than last, and may finally stop the constant talk about how the departure of Alex Song and Robin van Persie has left the Gunners bereft of talent. Arsene Wenger has spoken about this season and has said that he does not think there is an obvious choice of team who look like title winners.
If he was trying to wind up his opposite number in the build up to today's match between Man City and Arsenal, then Arsene Wenger seems to have succeeded. Roberto Mancini has complained about the way other managers discuss the massive spending of City and mentions Arsenal in particular.
"All the managers talk about the money we have all the time, but we have 11 players just like all the other teams.
Arsene Wenger wants his players to strike a blow at the heart of last season's champions, Manchester City, tomorrow. The French tactician is well aware that tomorrow's result will not decide the title race, but an Arsenal win could have a massive psychological effect on the Citizens.
City are at home and the pressure is on them to perform after a slightly shaky start and a demoralising defeat by Real Madrid in the champion's league.
Arsene Wenger is one of the most fervent supporters of the new Financial Fair Play rules that are supposed to stop Clubs such as Man City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain from gaining an unfair advantage over clubs that do not have billionaire sugar daddies. Wenger and Arsenal do stand to benefit from these rules as the Gunners are one of the best run clubs in the world, financially.
Arsenal have been linked with the Spanish midfielder Isco before but nothing has come of it. Reports this week are suggesting that the midfielder, real name Francisco Roman Alarcon is due to be the subject of bids from the Gunners, Man United and the Italian club Juventus when the transfer window opens in January.
Arsenal Are Title Contenders According To Mancini by AH
Arsenal face Manchester City this Sunday at the Etihad stadium.
According to Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, Arsenal are title contenders despite the loss of last season's key men â€“ Robin Van Persie to City rivals Manchester United and Alex Song to Barcelona.
The Arsenal contract rebel Theo Walcott has not started a game for the Gunners since the beginning of this season with his contract negotiations at a stalemate, and Arsene Wenger has admitted that if the situation is not solved in the next two months then he will have to consider selling him on before his contract runs out.
Two years ago Jack Wilshere took the Premiership by storm and Arsenal fans are obviously worried that the England youngster won't return from his 14 month absence as strong and as hungry as he was in his debut season, but Arsene Wenger is convinced that he will improve even further as time goes on.
Seen as a defensively minded person, following his career in the defence position, many doubted his approach to Arsenal's attacking style of football, however he has integrated his defensive work into an Arsenal team that now work hard to defend and attack as a team and not just individuals.
Paris Saint-Germain's President, Nasser al-Khelaifi, has revealed that he tried to get Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal in favor of the French club which has already spent Â£212m as they hope to make it as one of the top sides in Europe.
Whilst speaking to the Guardian, Al-Khelaifi said that PSG tried to persuade Wenger to leave the North London club last summer but the Frenchman remained loyal to Arsenal despite a five year lucrative offer.
Arteta has been one of the Gunners most telling signings in years. Often seen doing all the work behind the scenes the player has emerged as this season's surprise package, playing exceptionally well as a defensive midfielder. The Gunners have had an impressive start to their campaign this season and Mikel Arteta believes the game against City will prove to be an important one as an indication of whether Arsenal can go on and win the league this year.
It's weird talking about transfers when the window has just closed, but it seems there is some solid news coming that Arsenal are going to step up their interest for the Spaniard. Now, I would usually dismiss this, but I've read from a few reliable sources that Arsenal are definitely interested in him.
Aaron Ramsey seems to have an old head on his young shoulders sometimes. The 21-year old captain of Wales has had plenty of ups and downs already in his career, but is determined not to let things affect him too much, concentrating instead on doing his job, playing football.
Ramsey has spoken about the fact that Arsenal were pretty much written off as potential title winners before the season even started and, once Robin van Persie was sold to Manchester United, we were being talked about as a mid table side.
A keeper's place is often the hardest to replace. Once a goalkeeper starts a match and performs well, chances are that he could retain that position until he proves otherwise. You could argue that all positions in football are like that, and you would be right, but in my opinion, none are as extreme as the man between the sticks.
Former Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann believes the German duo can shine for Arsenal.by AM
Lukas Podolski joined Per Mertesacker at Arsenal this season after signing from German side Koln. Both the German internationals have had massive impacts at Arsenal so far this season. Mertesacker initially got into the team after Koscielny was injured but has not looked back since.
I am sure we all got a great feeling seeing the pictures of Emmanuel Frimpong and especially Jack Wilshere back training with the squad. An already strong looking and confident Arsenal squad is starting to look awesome and they will soon be boosted further by Tomas Rosicky and Bacary Sagna.
Gooners are now asking how much training Jack needs and when we will see him play again.
Arsenal remain unbeaten after five games this season but now face their toughest test yet against the reigning Premiership champions on Sunday. It has been over a year since Man City lost a home game and both Lukas Podolski and Arsene Wenger are under no illusions as to the size of the task, but both believe a result is possible at the Etihad, although they insist it is too early to talk about a title challenge.
Arsenal started well in Montpellier on Tuesday night but in the end they had to struggle to defend their lead right up until the last minute of the match, but their 2-1 away win was a brilliant start to this seasons Champions League campaign.
For Wenger it is very important to get those first few points on the board, especially away from home.
It is being reported in Scotland that Arsenal are amongst the top teams watching the prolific 16 year-old striker Noel Makombo who has made a massive impression at Alloa this season after helping the Cldesbank BFC win the U16â€²s title last season.
Makombo, who came through the youth system at Sochaux in France, has been tipped to become the youngest ever first team debutant in Scotland this weekend when Alloa take on Stranraer, as his goalscoring exploits could not be ignored after firing a massive six-goal haul on his debut for the Alloa U19 side.
With the biggest game of the season so far for Arsenal looming on the horizon, Arsene Wenger is edging closer to having a totally fit squad to choose from in the near future as just about all of Arsenal's long term injuries are close to resuming training with the first team squad.
Obviously everyone is excited to see Jack Wilshere back in full training (hopefully with a new extended contract) although Wenger is certain to ease him back into the first team gently in the coming months.
The talented young Arsenal midfielder Chuks Aneke was sent out on loan at Crewe Alexander to give him some much-needed first team action, but his debut against Stevenage last week went horribly wrong after a moment of madness from Gunners starlet.
Crewe were 2-1 up in the 73rd minute of the game when Aneke shocked everyone with a crazy two-footed challenge on Stevenage's Anthony Grant which resulted in straight red card for the Arsenal starlet.
The Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has been fantastic since his arrival from Everton last summer and is generally one of the first names on the teamsheet this season, especially as he has become the natural defensive midfielder that Arsenal desperately needed. But competition for the midfield positions is about to het even stronger with the news that both Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong are returning to the squad, but Arteta thinks this can only be good for the team as a whole.
Due to Man City's excellent home record including two wins out of two this season, it is no surprise that Arsenal are outsiders to win this Sunday's match at the Etihad, but there are some pointers that would suggest that the Gunners have a good chance of ending that record.
First of all, Roberto Mancini's side may be a little despondent after their dramatic loss on Tuesday, although Wenger is expecting different tactics from City this weekend.
Arsenal's German international striker Lukas Podolski has settled in to life as a Gunner in astonishing fashion. At 27-years old, Podolski has a good few years of football at the peak of his powers and, from what he says, Arsenal will get the benefit of all of those years.
His transfer to Arsenal is the second time in his career that he has moved from the club where he began his career, Cologne, to further his career.
Manchester City are preparing for their biggest test of the season in the league so far against Arsenal on Sunday. I wouldn't say that they are running scared but they are showing signs of concern about Arsenal's excellent form compared to their average start to the season.
England midfielder Gareth Barry has just returned to the City line up following injury and admits that the City defense needs to improve drastically after failing to keep a clean sheet since pre-season.
OG is the joint top scorer for Arsenal in the league this season and if he gets one on Sunday against Manchester City, then the chances are we will win. Hold on a minute, I hear you cry, have I gone mad or lost the plot? Neither, I am not talking about the Gunners' new French forward Olivier Giroud and I am not talking about Ice T Original Gangster.
Olivier Giroud is satisfied with his performance by AM
The French international made an emotional return to his former club Montpellier, as Arsenal took on the French champions this Tuesday. The Gunners managed to win the game 2-1 in the end, in a match where Montpellier had quite a lot chances to pull level, especially in the 2nd half.
Per Mertesackeris confident of beating Manchester City by AM
Arsenal travel to the Etihad stadium this weekend to take on the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. In their last six meeting (including a friendly this season) the Gunners have managed to defeat City only twice.
So, that's three points on the board for the Arsenal then. Not the cleanest of wins by any means but a win is a win nonetheless. There were ample positives and negatives to be taken from the game, but I'll start with the former.
Some of our play in the first half was truly superb.
He is seen as one of the best young forward prospects around but has got a dilemna on his hands. The 21-year old Sanchez Watt and Arsene Wenger need to decide whether a loan move would be the best thing for his development, or whether he should stay at Arsenal and hope for some first team action.
Watt is currently featuring for the Arsenal under-21 team and has scored four goals already.
Spare a thought for our French International who has done nothing wrong this season except catch a pre-season injury. Last season was arguably Koscielny's break out year. He formed a formidable partnership with Vermaelen and was probably the most improved defender in the League yet can't seem to break into the starting squad this season despite his recovery.
Vito Mannone is ready to grab the No.1 jersey, permanently! by AM
Before this season started, Mannone was perhaps the number three goal-keeper in the Arsenal squad, behind Szczesny and Fabianski. But injuries to the Polish pair during the start of the campaign meant Mannone was suddenly Arsenal's No.
There have been some Arsenal rumours lately saying that Arsene Wenger is considering signing Demba Ba from Newcastle this January. Although Arsenal have signed Olivier Giroud this summer, there is still very little backup for the centre-forward position if the new Frenchman gets injured, pretty much the same problem we had last year if RIP had returned to the treatment table.
The Englishman's contract situation has been well documented this summer. He's only got one year left and is holding out for a contract worth Â£100k a week â€“ something Arsenal simply won't pay. It is looking ever more likely that Theo Walcott will leave the Gunners and I want to analyse the two options:
Let him run down his contract: This is an option which I thought would be impossible for a team like Arsenal.
He cost Arsenal a reported Â£13m to bring in from Zenit. Wenger couldn't have been happier signing the player in the last hour of the transfer window and beating off the likes of Barcelona for his signature. When he arrived, the first couple of games he played for the Gunners, everyone loved him.
One of the best stats that Arsenal possess at the minute in the English Premier League is the goals conceded, and if Vito Mannone plays on Sunday then we will have a keeper who has not conceded any league goals. Szczesny blundered to allow Southampton a consolation but the good form of Mannone should help the Polish international to sharpen up.
Arsenal kicked off their opening Champions League game of the season against French Champions Montpellier. Arsenal took all 3 points as we fought to the death with a 2-1 win. The French champions were no easy goers as they took the lead through a very debatable penalty decision as Arsenal summer target Younas Belhanda coolly finished from the penalty spot.
Arsene Wenger's new assistant Steve Bould took charge of his first Arsenal game last night with Wenger banished to the stands, and after an excellent first half the Gunners had to dig deeply in defence to keep Montpellier from equalising as they pressed strongly while Arsenal tired.
Overall Bould was more than happy with the performance.
Arsenal could consider themselves lucky to come away from Montpellier with all three points last night after the French side launched a second hlaf onslaught on Vito Mannone's goal, especially when Younes Belhanda, who had early scored a cool penalty, froze with the ball at his feet just two yards from the goal-line.
Montpellier 1 â€“ 2 Arsenal, A undeserved win is the best of them all! by KJ
Our first Champions League game was never going to be an easy fixture. Even with a bad run, Montpellier are always going to cause any team a problem. They have players like Belhanda and Cabella who can make a difference.
Tony Adams MBE, or Mister Arsenal as he is known to many Gooners who remember his incredible 22 years at the club, has been criticizing Wenger's recent record of selling Arsenal's best players every year, but despite that he is still very keen to return to "his club" as manager one day, and couldn't even consider any other club in England in the meantime.
I know the theory that you should not change a winning team unless you have to, but in the modern game there are much more games than there used to be and a certain amount of rotation is normal and necessary. Arsenal travel to the Etihad stadium on Sunday still unbeaten this season and with a great team spirit, but there are signs of fatigue creeping in to some of the players' performances and I wonder if it would be better to rest them against Manchester City.
The opening day of this season's champion's league group stages was good for Arsenal in a number of ways. The obvious ones are that we took all three points away from home, we didn't pick up any injuries, we showed that we can win when not playing our best and we got a warning about being complacent without actually getting punished.
Arsenal's German striker Lukas Podolski must be planning for a career in management as he did the old management trick of refusing to talk about Arsenal winning the league title. Arsenal fans and football reporters are starting to talk about Arsenal having a realistic chance of winning the title after a trophyless seven years.
I am not saying that Arsene Wenger is going to play either Aaron Ramsey or Francis Coquelin against Manchester City this Sunday but, following my earlier post, I am asking who should come in if Abou Diaby is rested at the Etihad stadium.
Arsenal this season have been more flexible and have employed different tactics depending on who they have played.
So much for playing it cool away from home in Europe. It was an all action first half, and Arsenal kept themselves together after going behind in the 9th minute. Vermaelen gave away the penalty and Arsenal target Younes Belhanda put it away but Arsenal didn't go to pieces.
The Gunners came back brilliantly and stunned Montpellier with a quickfire double.
On Saturday, newly promoted side Southampton faced a new look Arsenal side who were looking to continue on their win at Anfield two weeks ago. The game kicked off at 3 o'clock and 90 game minutes later we had won 6-1. A terrific performance from Arsenal, as well as some outstanding individual performances.
Montpellier have had a terrible start to their defence of the first French title in the club's history, losing three of the first five. This has caused mass optimism in the Arsenal ranks but we should be wary of the French champions on their home soil tonight.
Many in the football press are attributing Montpellier's poor league form to the fact that they are concentrating on tonight's game.
Olivier Giroud and Gervinho are obviously very different types of players, aith Gervinho's game based around speed and fancy footwork. Even when he plays as a striker, he tends to cover a lot of ground and picks up the ball in wide positions to come running at the defence. Giroud is more of a traditional central striker with good upper body strength who takes up good positions in and around the box.
The young Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been left in London this week as he has "not been passed fit" to travel to Montpellier for tonights Champions League match, and Arsene Wenger is more than happy to give Vito Mannone another chance after keeping two clean sheets in his two games so far this season.
Arsene Wenger revealed his genius yet again at the weekend as he converted Gervinho from a winger into a centre-forward, and was repaid with two goals from the Frenchman as Arsenal beat Southampton 6-1.
Gervinho enjoyed playing down the middle but he admitted that he is happy to play wherever Wenger wants him to, as long as he is in the team.
Theo Walcott came off the bench in the 75th minute against Southampton replacing star of the match Gervinho. But he was not well received, infact Walcott was jeered onto the pitch. Although the game was already beyond doubt, the England international added the 6th goal of the match for Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger will have to watch his team taking on French champions Montpellier from the stands as a result of his suspension from UEFA. Wenger was handed this ban and a fine of 40,000 euros after his altercation with referee Damir Skomina last season during 2nd leg of the tie against AC Milan.
Arsene Wenger is not worried that his new striker Olivier Giroud will not be able to cut it, but he knows that the pressure can do funny things to a player. That is why he is playing down the importance of the French international getting off the mark tonight against Montpellier, his former club.
Lots of people are saying that tonight is the perfect opportunity for Giroud to open his Arsenal account because he knows the opposition inside out, having played and trained with them for two seasons and topping the French goal scoring charts last season.
Who gets Cazorla's position if he picks up an injury? by TS
Given how well Cazorla is playing these days, you would be hard pressed to find a reason for him not to start for Arsenal. The Spaniard is a gifted footballer and at Â£15m, he may just be the buy of the season.
Cazorla is quick on attack, moves into space well, finds holes, passes accurately and is not shy to have a go at goal.
Arsene Wenger only promoted Steve Bould to be his assistant this summer, but the defensive coaching certainly seems to have rubbed off on the Arsenal team so far with three clean sheets out of four games, and perhaps Wenger has greater things in mind for his new protegee?
Wenger is (as usual) banned from the touchline for Arsenal's opening Group games in the Champions League, so Steve Bould will take charge of the team on the pitch, and Wenger seems pretty confident that Bouldy will be able to deal with the situation easily.
â€˜Moneyball'- Wenger's latest forays into the tranfer market By Max T
For those unfamiliar with the premise of â€˜Moneyball'; the film is based on the real life events of the Oakland Athletics baseball team, who despite having limited finances, manage to compete at the highest level against teams who have much deeper pockets.
A large number of Arsenal fans have already got this game won after the Gunners impressive start to the season combined with the French champions struggling in Ligue 1 with four points from five games. Arsene Wenger will not be taking it lightly, however, and he will not allow the Arsenal players to do so either.
Teamwork is the key to Arsenal success this season by TS
How great is it being an Arsenal supporter these days? Yes we are not first on the log but there's something in the air, isn't there? Early days still but we can all feel it and I think it has something to do with one of the fundamentals of sport- being a team.
According to reports from ESPN, Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny will miss tomorrow's game following an ankle injury. The Polish international has not traveled with the squad for the Champions League clash against Montpellier.
Francis Coquelin knew that he had to grab his chance to impress Arsene Wenger yesterday or he might have been restricted to appearances in the Capital One cup or even looking for another club, whether permanently or on a loan deal. Well he certainly did that, slotting in to the midfield as if he had just popped out for a pint of milk.
Is Gervinho through the middle genius or a fluke? by KJ
Yesterday, Wenger deployed our only Ivorian, Gervinho through the middle. It puzzled many including me but it looks like the genius of Wenger has shone through again on this occasion. The African managed to score two goals against Southampton in our 6-1 rout.
After a fantastic win against Southampton on Saturday, Arsenal fans have got more good news today as the long awaited Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong will be back in training this week. It will probably take Wilshere a little longer than Frimpong to be ready for action as he has had a longer time out with injury.
Reports suggesting that former Gunner Cesc Fabregas could make a shock return to the Emirates stadium, whether permanently or on loan, started to surface in the last few weeks. The cause of these rumours was the fact that Barcelona were not playing the midfielder and he was getting frustrated with his lack of opportunities under the new Barcelona boss, Tito Vilanova.
Thomas Vermaelen was promoted to the Arsenal captaincy this summer following Robin van Persie's decision to abandon Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, despite being supported through his injury blighted eight years at the club. Whether it was really in search of trophies or just looking for a bumper pay deal does not matter anymore, Wenger has given TV5 the job as he is an inspiration to the team.
Former Arsenal defender Frank McLintock has spoken about his impressions of the Arsenal team this season and his optimism about their chances of ending the seven year wait for some silverware. The Scottish international tempered his comments by saying that it was a little early to tell and that a few more games will give us a better idea of how things will progress this season.
There is no doubt that Fernando Llorente would be a significant asset to most teams, and that Arsenal are not overloaded in the striker department. There is doubt, however, about whether Arsene Wenger will be attempting to bring another front man in to the Emirates in January. If he does want to boost the striking options in the squad, then he will be encouraged by what the Spanish international striker has said about his future.
We have heard a lot about the contract wrangles between Theo Walcott and Arsenal. Some reports suggest that the stumbling block is the winger's demand for Â£100,000 per week in wages. Arsene Wenger has stated that the problem is not money and that he expects Walcott to sign a new contract because he loves being at the club.
Montpellier may have won the French Ligue 1 last season, but they have started this one in terrible fashion after losing Olivier Giroud to Arsenal. After five games this season Montpellier have just four points and lie in 16th place in the League. The 3-1 defeat to newly-promoted Reims this weekend has destroyed whatever confidence they had remaining and they are now scared to death of facing an in-form Arsenal side.
Arsenal 6 â€“ 1 Southampton. The Gunners run rampant. by KJ
What a way to kick off the Premier League for the Gunners once again. It was an exhilarating win for Arsenal that has taken them up to third. To put this into context, we were 11th last season with two losses already.
I'm extremely optimistic about this new Arsenal squad and the qualities will be more evident when we play City and Chelsea. Having said that i have a few notes about yesterday's game against Southampton.
Coquelin made a few mistakes, which can be pinned on match rustiness, but they were not obvious because the rest of the team were there to cover for him.
Arsenal have never ever kept four clean sheets in a row at the beginning of any season, so yesterday's game against relegation-favourites Southampton was a perfect opportunity to put this new Arsenal team into the record books. Vito Mannone was between the sticks for the first three games, but Wenger re-instated a fit-again Wojciech Szczesny to face the Saints.
Arsene Wenger tried a wholely experimental formation yesterday after leaving Olivier Giroud on the bench. Arsenal instead had Lukas Podolski playing as centre-forward and the in-form Gervinho sitting behind him with Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain out on the wings.
Wenger spoke about the new roles yesterday, starting with his thoughts on having Gervinho in a central position: "You know we transform all wingers into central strikers and all the strikers into wingers!
The new Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has had a torrid time since his arrival at Arsenal and is still waiting to score his first goal for the club. The pressure is on, but with the Gunners next match being againsts Giroud's old club Montpellier on Tuesday, the Frenchman is desperate to score but admitted that he would not celebrate if he does finally get the ball in the net in that game.
THE TEAM NEED TO PLAY TO OLIVIER GIROUD's STRENGTH by GO
I will insist that the team needs to play to Giroud's strength and, whether we like it or not, himself and Podolski are going to be our most lethal threat upfront. Arsenal played to Van Persie's strength last season, the team came to understand his movements and all knew the right places to put the ball for him to score.
Obviously the Premiership title race will not be decided in the next few weeks, but the next two games against Man City and Chelsea will certainly be a bigger test than anything this new Arsenal side have had to face so far. Tuesday's game against Montpellier is of course important but as far as I am concerned that game will just be a gentle warm-up for the daunting task ahead.
Arsenal begin their Champion's League Campaign Against Montpellier on Tuesday, having been paired in Group B with Schalke, Olympiakos and the Ligue One Champions Montpellier. The team will be going into the game on a high after smashing newly promoted side Southampton on Saturday by 6 goals to 1 at the Emirates.
Well, we didn't manage to get the clean sheet record but we didn't get the five games without a win at home record either and we know which was most important. I bet Nigel Adkins wishes he had parked the bus after Arsenal completely dominated. Two own goals flattered the scoreline a little but once [.
Wenger Believes In Mannone Due to the established Arsenal Number One Wojiech Szczesny being ruled out with a rib injury for these past two weeks, and the lack of match fitness from Lukas Fabianksi after his injury, It has led to Italian keeper Vito Mannone taking his place between the sticks, keeping clean sheets in [.
The Ox speaks out about today's match V Southampton by AH Morning Gooners! Today is match day and as Arsenal prepare to take on Southampton, so too will Alex Oxlad-Chamberlain be preparing to face the team where he spent his youth after joining the Saints at just age seven. The Ox has always come across [.
How close is Walcott to becoming a striker? by TS Yes yes, Arsenal supporters all realize what's been happening with Walcott behind closed doors at the Emirates and there's constant doubt over his future with Arsenal in January, but let's leave all that and concentrate on something else for a second, shall we?
Today's game marks the two year anniversary for the Southampton boss Nigel Adkins. That game was in League one against MK Dons and there was a young kid in the side called Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Southampton's rise to the Premier league since then has been astounding, but no more remarkable than the meteoric rise of the [.
On paper, today's game should be a formality for the Gunners, but football is not played on paper. Southampton have played three, lost three and let in eight goals so far. On the other hand, they have scored twice against Manchester United and Manchester City, earning praise for their football in both games.
The word on the streets is that Arsene Wenger is going to give Francis Coquelin his first appearance of the season and start him today against Southampton. Coquelin has been crying out for his opportunity and has spoken in the media about thinking of moving on if he was not getting any playing time at [.
There are two records up for grabs at the Emirates today for the Gunners, but only one of them would be welcome. If the Arsenal defence continues it's good form under the tutelage of former legend Steve Bould, and stop Southampton from scoring, it will be the first time ever that the Gunners have begun [.
Arsenal vs Southampton match preview, Line up and score prediction by KJ It's been a very long two weeks for football fans everywhere but the international break is finally over. Arsenal will be hosting new comers Southampton at the Emirates stadium. Contrary to what would've been popular belief over the summer, this will not be [.
Koscielny calls for focus by AH Laurent Koscienly has called for the team to continue their defensive stride and keep another clean sheet vs Southampton. Arsenal are now the only English league side that haven't had a goal scored against them and tomorrow they face a Southampton side, who have just returned to the top [.
It is remarkable really just how quickly and well Santi Cazorla took to the Premier league after his summer move from the Spanish La Liga and Mallorca. His new manager, Arsene Wenger, has spoken about why he believes the 27-year old midfielder has made such an impact, even being named the EA Sports player of [.
ARSENE WENGER IS NOT CHUFFING ABOUT THIS SEASON by Nashy "I believe any player or any employee has to defend the company he works for and if he's not completely happy with it he has to go somewhere else." Arsene Wenger BOOM. Arsene Wenger is clearly not chuffing about this season and if the quick [..
There is much talk (started by Ivan Gazidis) about Arsene Wenger being offered to extend his tenure at Arsenal yet again, and although most Arsenal fans can't imagine life without Wenger in charge the Frenchman himself has indicated that he first wants to see if he can stay successful this season. Realistically that usually means [.
There was a lot of hullaballo last week when Bacary Sagna was reported as saying that he was unhappy that Alex Song was sold to Barcelona, and that he was annoyed that no-one from Arsenal had spoken to him about a contract extension despite entering his final two years. But Wenger now has revealed that [.
Arsenal are preparing to face the newly-promoted Southampton this weekend, and despite the South Coast club still being without a point, they have given a scare to both Man United and Man City having scored twice against each of the Top Two last season with Van Persie only rescuing Man United in the dying minutes [.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger held his pre-match press conference yesterday ahead of Saturday's game against Southampton. On a whole, the team news is good with only Walcott and Diaby facing issues. Walcott has a virus of some sort whilst Diaby is still in 'muscular discomfort'. Is that a the right phrasing?
Wenger dismisses Drogba reports-or does he? by TS We all know Arsene Wenger keeps his cards close to his chest and even when he doesn't you can never tell what he's up to. However, I want to think what he had to say about Drogba being linked with Arsenal is true. Wenger insisted that Arsenal [...]
Wenger likes Barca Bond Arsene Wenger believes it's a compliment that Barcelona goes after our Arsenal players, despite the fact that the Gunners are becoming known as a feeder club for the "best team in the world". The Frenchman has lost several stars to the Spanish club in recent times. Barcelona have bought Arsenal midfielders, [.
Montpellier coach set to spy on Arsenal clash against Southampton by TS The Montpellier coach, Rene Girard will be making a journey to England this weekend as he intends to pick out any potential flaws in the Gunner's play when Arsenal clash against Southampton on Saturday. He is coming as the French champions look to [.
Bendtner still not catching a break at Juventus by TS Do Italians have something against the Danes? Maybe they just have something against Nicklas Bendtner. Either way, it looks like the Arsenal loanee is still catching some flak after his arrival in Turin. The striker who was loaned out to Juventus for the season hasn't [.
The French international striker Olivier Giroud has been honest about feeling the pressure in an Arsenal shirt this season. He is fully aware that he has made a big step up from Ligue 1 to the Premier league. He also knows that he has got some pretty big boots to fill, not just Robin van [...]
During the summer, Arsenal were being linked with every defensive midfielder going, from Yann M'Vila to Lucas Biglia. One of the men who was top of most Gooners wish lists was the 24-year old French international Etienne Capoue. Now it is being reported that the Gunners are lining up a Â£12 million swoop for Capoue [.
Signing Wenger would be Arsenal's biggest business this decade. by KJ There's been a lot of talk that Ivan Gazidis is ready to offer Wenger a new contract. Wenger was quick to diffuse such talk in his match conference today. However, Wenger has been known in the past to "stretch" the truth and it is [.
Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal's chief executive for the last four years, has given a statement about the club's ambition and vision for the future. He told the press that the building of the Emirates stadium, commercial deals tied to the stadium and other expanding markets will catapult the Gunners in to the very highest echelon of [.
Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with a January swoop for the Spain and Athletico Madrid front man Adrian Lopez Alvarez, commonly known as Adrian. The club and manager, Diego Simeone, managed to hold on to their prize asset Radamel Falcao in the summer, despite interest from a host of top European clubs.
Chamakh holds CL record by TS So here's something all Arsenal fans can get excited about. It's not everyday that one of Arsenals 'second choice' strikers holds a record in the Champions League and double that with, its not everyday, Chamakh is in the headlines for Arsenal in a positive way. I think the Moroccan [.
You just have to love the attitude of the young Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi, who is currently on loan at Wigan Athletic to hone his skills before returning to the Gunners next summer. The little Japanese star was not picked for his international games this week, but is instead using the break to show Roberto [.
Fox tries to Fox Arsenal Fans by TS Anyone else a little perturbed by the statements made by Arsenal's chief commercial officer, Tom Fox? For those that don't know, Tom Fox is responsible for increasing Arsenal's commercial income and has stood behind the Financial Fair Play policy. Arsenal are without a trophy, having sold key [.
The Arsenal Chief Exec Ivan Gazidis is preparing to discuss a new contract with Arsene Wenger, and clearly describes that Wenger is leading Arsenal in the right direction and thinks that he can keep running the club for many years into the future. "It's not a sense of sentimentalism, not a reward for services, it's [.
Arsene's first choice midfield three by TS Arsenal have a midfield dilemma on their hands. Come the end of the month, Wenger will have to pick a midfield of three from Wilshere, Frimpong, Rosicky, Coquelin, Cazorla, Arteta, Diaby and Ramsey. An impressive array of talent that should make for interesting selections come match time.
Olympiacos v Arsenal NextGen Series by TS Olympiacos scored two late goals to sink Arsenal in Group Six of the NextGen series at Karaiskakis Stadium last night. The two sides both looked impressive moving forward and were eager to attack. However, Olympiacos broke the deadlock in the 83nd minute when Rafail Soukias fired in the [.
Let's start at the back. Wojciech Szczesney and Lukasz Fabianski are available, apparently so Vito Mannone will probably drop back to the bench, despite hid good performances. There is a school of thought that you should keep playing a keeper until he makes a mistake, so you never know. He has definitely given both Polish [.
Bacary Sagna gave an interview last week where he voiced his unhappiness at Arsenal's best players leaving the Emirates every summer, and he was especially surprised that Alex Song was sold to Barcelona, seemingly against his will. He also told the world that he himself only had two years left on his contract and was [.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has given Arsene Wenger effusive praise and told the media that he would soon be offering the Frenchman a new contract. He should maybe have spoken to Wenger first before making such a public statement, as Wenger has responded by gently dribbling ice cold water on to the suggestion that [.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo claims that three more Arsenal players were on Barcelona's hit-list this summer. by AM After the much discussed and scrutinized transfer of Alex Song to Barcelona during this transfer window, Spanish newspaper EMD has claimed that Barcelona considered a raid on Arsenal for Abou Diaby, Thomas Vermaelen and Jack Wilshere [.
Arsenal defender Johan Djourou is being scouted by Roma according to reports in Insidefutbol. by AM Switzerland played their world cup qualification group match against Albania, which they 2-0. Arsenal defender Johan Djourou featured in the match and according to reports Roma's scouts were present in that match to watch Djourou and his team mate [.
Santi Cazorla is enjoying the freedom given to him by Wenger by AM Santi Cazorla has been Arsenal's signing of the season and one of the best piece of business Wenger has done in recent past. The former Malaga star has adapted very quickly to the life in the Premier League and has been one [...]
The many Arsenal players that were named in their country's sides last night managed to come through their respective games unscathed, and Arsene wenger will be relieved to find out that both Ã‘ukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker are both going to be left out of the starting line-up for Germany this evening.
I know that Abou Diaby and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been two of Arsenal's best players so far this season, but that is one of the reasons why they should possibly be left out of the starting eleven on Saturday. Arsene Wenger has said that Diaby is still feeling the pain in his Sartorius muscle around [.
Arsenal to take on Olympiacos in the NextGen series tonight by AM Arsenal's youngsters have travelled to Greece to take on Olympiacos in their next group game of the NextGen series. This the second group match this season for the Gunners after they Marseille in the opening round. The Gunners cruised to a 3-0 victory [.
When news broke that Abou Diaby picked up an injury whilst away on international duty, the entire Arsenal media team broke down into a frenzy. One thing everyone failed to notice was that the word 'injured' was never used and for good reason too-he's not. The player was left out of the French side for [.
Arsenal Injury Update Ahead Of The Southampton Game by AH The international break ends tonight, with many Arsenal players involved with their respective countries. This is good news, as long as all of our players come back injury free and match fit for the game against Southampton, this coming Saturday at The Emirates.
International break is over and now it seems the media have switched their attention back to who may be moving where, come the January transfer window. In a shock report, The Sun are claiming that Arsenal have made an attempt to prise Didier Drogba away from Shanghai Shenua. Its no secret the Chinese club is [.
Juventus prepare to offer Â£10 million for Walcott by TS Arsenal are going to have a torrid time holding onto Theo Walcott, if reports are anything to go by. It seems that Juventus are plotting to snatch the Arsenal winger by submitting an offer for his services close to the Â£10 million mark. This comes [.
There have been various reports this morning that the ex-Chelsea star Didier Drogba could be on his way to Arsenal after problems amongst the owners of Shanghai Shenhua who are not reportedly able to pay his wages which are rumoured to be 300,000 GBP per WEEK! Ray Wilkins, who spent many many years working alongside [.
The Arsenal U19 team got off to a blistering start to their NextGen European campaign by destroying Marseilles 3-0 at home, and the captain for that game Nico Yennaris, is looking forward to carrying on the form in tonight's intimidating atmosphere at the home of Olympiacos in Greece. Yennaris was lucky enough to be on [.
It was not a great night for Arsenal players on international duty but the best news for Gooners is that there are no more injuries to worry about. The only two Gunners who played whole matches for their countries were Thomas Vermaelen and Johann Djourou. Arsene Wenger will be pleased that Djourou got some game [.
Giroud needs time to settle by TS Olivier Giroud hasn't had the easiest start to the season for either club or country. He's looked slightly rigid in front of goal and yesterday's international match against Belarus won't do anything to restore some confidence in the striker. The Arsenal striker was handed a start by French [.
The last time the Arsenal winger Gervinho played in the African Cup of Nations he left the field gutted after missing the penalty that left the Ivory Coast as runners up in the Final last summer, but he helped his team take their first step towards next years finals with a 4-2 win over Senegal [...]
The fourth-choice Arsenal centre-back Johan Djourou was given a contract extension by Arsene Wenger at the end of last season, but was still linked with a move away this summer in search of regular first-team football after the Switzerland coach threatened to drop him if didn't play often. It seems that Wenger persuaded him to [.
The Irish U21 team may not have qualified for next summers European Championships but they certainly gave themselves hope for the future with a brilliant win over the Group Winners Italy in Casarano last night. Ireland even had Derrick Williams and Anthony Forde sent off during the game, but still managed to beat Italy 4-2 [.
Theo Walcott v The Ox The two Arsenal wingers are making life very interesting at the moment, both for club and country. So far in the season, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has managed to get the better of Theo Walcott pegging him as a first choice starter for both Arsenal and England in two consecutive matches.
Arshavin has been criticized for his decision to stay at Arsenal this season by former Russian international by AM Viktor Bulatov has come out and said that it was the wrong decision on Arshavin's part to remain at the Emirates. The former Spartak Moscow midfielder has said that, if the Arsenal midfielder wanted to resurrect [.
Ramsey is the complete midfielder by TS Aaron Ramsey is Arsenal's dark horse- in a way, he always has been. Given the opportunity to excel, I see the young Gunner having the same potential as Lampard had 10 years ago. I see Ramsey slotting into the current squad as a multi positional midfielder. He's hard [.
Santi Cazorla praises Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Podolski by AM The former Malaga midfielder has praised the Arsenal trio of Walcott, Chamberlain and new signing Podolski. On Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla says that although he has a bright future, the England international shouldn't be burdened with too much expectation.
Jenkinson's dream by AH Carl Jenkinson, is currently filling in as Arsenal's Number one right-back as Bacary Sagna continues his recovery from his second leg break in a year. Jenkinson is a known Arsenal fan and he has mentioned many times before how he and his family couldn't believe it when he signed a contract [.
Giroud freezing up, or a slow starter? No worries we've got Wenger by PN Welcome to the EPL Olivier Giroud, you've heard about it, you've seen it on TV, now you are living it! AFC's new point man Oliver Giroud has said in an interview with FIFA's official website that "I've been freezing up a [...]
Arsenal's Ace in the pack... by PN No need to worry OG, AFC have Arsene Wenger, who is the best in the business at not only spotting talent, but also in developing that raw talent of exceptional players, just ask George Weah, Thierry Henry and Robin Van Persie... Wenger introduced Weah to Europe & the [.
Does Connor Henderson Have A Future At Arsenal by AH Connor Henderson is a player a lot of Arsenal fans may have forgotten about over the years. A few seasons back he was one of Arsenal's most promising Youth players but after a few years of injures, his progress has been hampered and it's yet [...]
Giroud is getting nervous (no reason he should be!) by KJ Giroud has had a decent start to the
season but has still managed not to score yet. Giroud did an interview for the official FIFA
website where he explained why he hasn't scored yet. Here is the full transcript: "I've been
freezing up a [...]
It is the news that all Gooners have been dreading. France manager Didier Deschamps today revealed
at a press conference that Abou Diaby will not feature in tomorrow night's international against
Belarus after he picked up an injury during Friday's match against Finland. "He took a bad knock
and has muscular discomfort.
The problem with being a good reserve by TS Arsenal have always had a good face value on the types
of players they buy. What I mean is, while other clubs release 5 or 6 players on average during an
International break, Arsenal send a battalion. With 14 players out of the Gunner's current squad,
Giroud praises the Gooners and Diaby by AM Olivier Giroud, in an interview to FIFA's official
website, has praised his French team mate Abou Diaby and has also shown his delight at playing for
the â€˜Knowledgeable' Arsenal fans. The French international forward, who is yet to score his first
goal for the Gunners, has said [.
Rogue Agent involved in a fake Arsenal bid for Biglia by AM It has been revealed by Belgium
newspaper La Derniere Heure that Anderlecht received a fake bid for Lucas Biglia in the summer. The
Argentine midfielder made himself available in the summer transfer market after publicly expressing
his desire to leave Anderlecht.
Do Arsenal need Djourou? by TS Johan Djourou, the most under or over rated player in the Arsenal
squad-depending on who you ask, of course,- reportedly still has a part to play at Arsenal despite
being linked with a move away from the club in the summer. Napoli were interested in the player and
Don't get too excited, it's not Falcao. However, all the media attention devoted to the Colombian
striker, Radamel Falcao, could be a blessing. Madrid's other striker, Adrian Lopez Alvarez, has
passed under the radar, despite hitting 11 goals in 18 European matches for the Spanish side.
Commonly known as Adrian, the striker has declined to [.
Arsenal are lining up a bid for Everton full-back Leighton Baines this January by AM According to
reports in various English media, Arsene Wenger is looking to sign Leighton Baines in the January
transfer window. The Everton left back was previously linked with a move to Manchester United.
Baines was supposedly earmarked as the perfect [.
The Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain received accollades for his polished performance (in
the first half) of England's 5-0 demolition of Moldova on Friday, but he doesn't in the slightest
think that he is the finished product just yet and still has a lot to learn from the more
experienced members of the England team.
In a move that is certain to upset Arsene Wenger who is totally against his Arsenal players
dropping back down to the U21â€²s after becoming part of the senior England set-up, Stuart Pearce
has revealed that he has asked Roy Hodgson to release Tottenham's Kyle Walker and Arsenal's
Oxlade-Chamberlain to play in the play-offs for [.
Does Wenger get Henry on loan this winter? Last January, Wenger did something extraordinary for
Arsenal by bringing back one of his finest pieces of work in Thierry Henry. It was a mesmeric
return for the Frenchman who netted in his first appearance of his loan spell against Leeds in
The Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was roundly applauded for his performance in
England's 5-0 win over Moldova on Friday, but Roy Hodgson was at pains to point out that although
he ran his socks off in the first half, he didn't contribute much in the second before being taken
off. Hodgson made it clear that [.
It seems that Belgian players have taken the Premiership by storm this season, and although Eden
Hazard and Thomas Vermaelen have been extremely impressive in the first few games, neither were
quite as imperious as Marouane Fellaini when Everton beat Man United in the first game of this
campaign. The Belgium international has been steadily [.
M'Biwa rejected Arsenal bid by TS A report has been released today stating that Arsenal target,
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, would rather play in Serie A than for the Gunners. The Montpellier defender and
captain claims he turned down an "important offer" from Arsenal in the summer for the chance to
play for AC Milan.
Before the next international break comes around in the second week of October, Arsenal face four
league games that could have a massive impact on the whole season. With a bit of luck and no
disasters, Arsene Wenger could have a full strength squad to choose from after those
internationals, and if the Gunners are [.
Abou Diaby continues to stride for the French National Team by AH Abou Diaby had yet another man of
the match performance for France in their 1-0 victory over Finland, following his world class
performance for Arsenal against Liverpool last Sunday. The midfielder scored the only goal of the
game and manager Dider Deschamps praised [.
Arsene Wenger wants to keep Theo Walcott at the Emirates and Walcott wants to remain a Gunner
apparently. There is no sign of them reaching an agreement over a new contract, however, and time
is running out. Reports are suggesting that Paris Saint-Germain and Spartak Moscow are preparing
bids to sign the England international winger [.
Fabregas Dismisses Arsenal Rumours by AH Cesc Fabregas has ended speculation on his future by
saying that he wants to stay at Barcelona for the rest of his career. The Spanish midfielder who
re-joinedÂ Barcelona from Arsenal at the start of the 2011 / 2012 season for Â£35m, was reported
by the press as saying [.
We all know that there is not a lot of news about during the extremely annoying international
break, but some of the headlines have certainly made me laugh. The best one in my eyes was the one
that said: "Chamakh Not Suffering From Malaria" and I couldn't help having a giggle. Why stop
there? What [.
AFC INJURY UPDATE: by AH Return dates for Giroud (muscle) and Vermaelen (knock) are unknown but the
pair are expected to be fit in the coming days.Â Giroud and Vermaelen both picked up the injures
on international duty in training. Giroud was forced to miss France's game vs Finland, but his is
expected back in [.
The newest young Arsenal starlet to break into the England team, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, is really
looking forward to making his official Wembley debut in this weeks World Cup Qualifier against the
Ukraine after playing 45 minutes against Moldova on Friday. Bt he is still keeping his feet on the
ground and admits he still has [.
Would you be happy with Wenger promoting Coquelin or do you want another Central midfielder? by KJ
It's a very slow news day for Arsenal at the moment (mainly because of the lack of games to talk
about). As a result, I want to refer back to our controversial ending to the transfer window (I
The Ox gets big praise from Hodgson and Lampard by TS Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made a start for
England as they thundered past Moldova 5-0 in their first World Cup qualifier. The Arsenal winger
was praised by England manager, Roy Hodgson and Frank Lampard after his performance last night. Roy
Hodgson released a statement saying, "I [.
Arsene Wenger criticizes Juventus in RVP transfer saga by AM In an interview to Corriere dello
Sport, Arsene Wenger has mocked Juventus' attempt to sign Robin van Persie this summer. The
Frenchman said that the Italian giant tried to get van Persie on the cheap before Arsenal sold the
Dutchman to Manchester United for 24million.
Arsenal international round up by KJ As we all know, it's the international break (as much as I
hate it) and an array of Arsenal players are getting their chance to shine in their respective
national teams. I watched the entire England match which featured both Chamberlain and Walcott for
the 1st and 2nd half [.
The long-suffering Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby was recalled to the French international team,
despite only playing two full games for Arsenal in the last year, and he rewarded Didier Deschamps
by scoring the only goal of the game as France kicked off their World Cup Qualifying campaign with
a 1-0 win over Finland.
Arsene Wenger made no changes to Arsenal's defensive line-up during the summer transfer window, but
it is beginning to emerge that they had made approaches to certain players in that position that
didn't come off. Yesterday the Montpellier captain, Mapou Yanga M'Biwa, told the world that he had
been approached by Arsenal, and now today [.
Are Arsenal's medical team that bad? by KJ I learnt something interesting yesterday after watching
an interview with Diaby's personal trainer. Here are the main points that were addressed in the
interview (found from a forum): - Diaby had massive muscular imbalance issues and the rehab at
Arsenal was not done well (implied on second [.
Wenger defends financial fair play Yesterday a meeting was held, where all the 20 Premier League
clubs where various methods of implementing the upcoming financial fair play were suggested.
Although no final decision has been taken, most of the clubs are in favour of these rules. Arsene
Wenger, who is known to be a long [.
Cesc Fabregas, to be pushed out by Barca?? by PN Cesc Fabregas reportedly told Spanish radio
station â€˜Catalunya Radio' that "the whole situation is exaggerated". The situation he refers to,
spells from his interview with Madrid newspaper â€˜Marca' where he briefly spoke about his
contribution, or lack there-of, as a player for the season so [.
Arsene Wenger Says Bendtner will play again for Arsenal by AM It seems that Nicolas Bendtner's
career at the Emirates is not over. Arsene Wenger is adamant that the striker still has a lot to
offer and that he has been sent on loan to Juventus to improve and return a better player. "It is
Arsenal legend blames the club's contract negotiation policy by AM Another Arsenal legend has come
out and slammed the club's transfer negotiation policy. Former Arsenal left back Nigel Winterburn,
who made 440 appearances for the Gunners, has blamed the club of leaving it too late (for
No Mapou Yanga M'Biwa for Arsenal There was heavy interest by Arsenal for the Montpellier defender,
Mapou Yanga M'Biwa as the window drew to a close. His versatility and youth was probably one of the
most attractive factors to Wenger. However, it looks extremely unlikely that Wenger will get his
man with M'Biwa's latest quotes: [.
Mo Farah, Great British Olympian, double winning gold medallist at the 2012 London Olympics and
lifelong Arsenal fan has told reporters that the club should sign him up, as a fitness coach for
Arsenal, once he retires from his very successful Olympic career. The 29-year-old, made the nation
proud by claiming gold in the 5000m [.
So it looks like Arsenal are now stuck with paying Andrei Arshavin Â£80,000 a week until the end of
his contract as the final day of the Russian transfer window passed yesterday with Arshavin turning
down the chance to play first-team football at Dinamo Moscow and possibly his old club Zenit as
Yesterday we had the young Arsenal midfielder Conor Henderson threaten to leave next summer if he
is not given some regular games in Arsene Wenger's first-team, and now today we have Francis
Coquelin saying something similar. Arsenal have extensive depth in the midfield postions, which
will only increase when Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong return [.
Summer signing Oliver Giroud has had a bit of a rough time in the English Premier League so far, by
both the fans and the pundits. His performances have deserved some criticism as he hasn't performed
to his maximum, but every player takes time to adapt, its different for individual players. There's
no doubt that [.
Arsenal Injury Update by AH Two players have already felt the pain of an international injury this
week, with both striker Olivier Giroud and club captain Thomas Vermaelen gaining injuries during
the dreaded International week. The international break is a time that every club fears, which club
managers often find unacceptable during the season.
A formidable attack set to be unleashed Lukas Podolski told reporters about how he believes he can
form a successful partnership with fellow Arsenal summer signing Santi Cazorla. The pair cost a
reported Â£27 million in total, whilst the club also bought French International Oliver Giroud for
Â£10 million, a bargain for a player of [.
Jack Wilshere (The new Paul Gascoigne) by JC (This is a Guest Post from our Arsenal Fans Blog Hello
fellow gooners. Today I would like to talk about one of the finest talents to come out of England
in a long time. But first to people that will come on here and say don't put [...]
The Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has given a frank interview where he has expressed his
unhappiness at Arsenal selling their best players year after year, and it makes it worse when he
sees those same players collecting trophies at their new clubs. He said: "I am the last player from
the 2007 starting XI remaining.
Arsene Wenger gets subjected to massive amounts of abuse from opposing fans, notably in recent
times there has been a hullaballoo about the chants from Manchester United fans, Tottenhams fans,
and most recently up at Stoke where he was continually lambasted all the way through the game. The
Arsenal boss admits that it can get [.
Conor Henderson has been dubbed as one of Ireland's most promising football stars, yet the young
playmaker has spoken out about his future stating that it may not be with Arsenal after enduring a
frustrating start to the campaign. The player, who is a vital part of Noel King's team which must
beat Hungary this [.
Wilshere is close to making his dramatic return from injury! by KJ Who knew that an injury
sustained in a pre-season friendly in 2011 would've changed the immediate future of one of
England's hottest prospects in Jack Wilshere. We all expected his recovery to take weeks, not an
entire year. It has been an agonising [.
There were not many surprises when Arsenal confirmed their official squads for this season's
Premier League campaign, except for the inclusion of the midfielder Craig Eastmond, who featured in
Arsenal's 3-0 defeat of Everton in the U21 League on Monday. The other surprises for me are
Sebastien Squillaci and Andrei Arshavin, who everyone thought would [.
I fully expect Andrei Arshavin to make a decision on his future today and it is expected that he
will be returning to Russia with either Dynamo Moscow or CSKA Moscow being his expected
destination. Just like the January transfer window when Arshavin went to Zenit at the last-minute,
today is the deadline day for [.
Vermaelen speaks about Bouldy by TS I love it, I absolutely love it! Rewind a couple of weeks ago
and you had everyone, from the fans to the media, saying that Arsenal are looking in bad shape for
the season. With no suitable replacement for Sagna and the transfer window closed I'll admit it, I
Arsenal Players On International Duty by AH Well Arsenal fans, the time has come again. This week
our players go away on international duty, just when our season was getting kick-started. Sunday's
win was impressive for many players individually with the entire team joining together as a force
to get a result at Anfield.
Sagna says he could start training in 3-4 weeks Bacary Sagna in an interview to a French television
channel said â€“ "Everything is going fine. I started training lightly under supervision from the
physios for a month and half now and even started training with the ball for a week now. My aim is
Mannone says he has improved a lot during his loan spell at Hull City by AM Mannone has said that
his loan spell at Hull City has improved him as a keeper. He also says that with lots of new faces
coming into the squad he, even at the age of 24, feels like an [...]
Peter Hill-Wood rubs salt on Tottenham's wound by AM Arsenal chairman has come out and said that
Spurs are unlikely to pose any threat to Arsenal this season. Hill-Wood said â€“ 'I do not see
Spurs posing a problem for us this season. 'Their new manager may be a great success but they have
The young Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has taken another big step by being included in
the England sauad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers (ahead of Theo Walcott no less), and there
has been talk of Arsenal offering him a new improved and extended contract to make sure he remains
at the club for as [.
Arshavin to be sold for free while a Belgium kid has a trial by AM Reportedly Arsenal are looking
to sell Andrei Arshavin for free before the Russian transfer window closes. Earlier Arsenal were
looking to sell the Russian captain Â£5m, but it seems that they haven't been able to find a buyer.
Zenit, where [.
There have been many rumours lately that the ex-Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas was having trouble
fitting into Tito Vilanova's plans since he took over from Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, but since
they first appeared in Marca I was a little dubious (to say the least) as to whether it was true.
Guardiola made it his [.
Mertesacker- New and improved! by TS So our defensive line is looking good you say? Not conceded a
goal in the EPL yet, you announce? Well, Ill have you know, that you're RIGHT! That's right,
Arsenal have got the best defensive record! Early days, sure, but who cares? If it was any other
team, they'd [.
Arsenal midfield now has a beautiful structure to it by AM After three consecutive clean sheets,
Arsenal's new found defensive resolve has come under the spot light and so has Steve Bould and his
contribution, and deservedly so, one has to look back the backline of the â€˜Invincibles' to come
across a more organized Arsenal [.
Peter Hill-Wood says Arsenal can spend, but it has its â€˜limit' Arsenal chairman has come out and
said that although Arsene Wenger has the money to spend, but it can't compete with Chelsea or
Manchester City in the transfer market. Furthermore he said that Scottish club Ranger's financial
turmoil should serve as a warning for [.
Arsenal chasing young Leicester defender by AM Arsenal have joined the race to sign talented young
defender Liam Moore from Leicester City according to Metro. Tottenham, Everton, Aston Villa and
Manchester United have already been tracking the youngster's progress for some time now. But now
United and Arsenal are considered to be favorites to land [.
Arsenal to offer Oxlade-Chamberlain new contract by AM It looks like Arsenal have finally learnt
from their mistakes of waiting for the last year in a player's contract to open negotiations over
an extension. Arsene Wenger is reportedly set to offer his prized asset Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a
new improved contract.
The night before Arsenal faced Liverpool at Anfield this weekend, it seems that a London scaffolder
called Stuart Smith was in Liverpool City Centre with a local girl when he was brutally attacked by
a bunch of Arsenal supporters outside the Chameleon club in Back Colquitt Street. The victim was
taken to the Royal Hospital [.
Lukas Podolski was so happy after he scored his first goal (and secured his first official) with
Arsenal at the weekend, and he believes that if the Gunners can carry on playing like that they
they will certainly challenge for the Premiership title this season. "If we can play like we did at
Liverpool, then [.
Diaby says he is Arsenal's Yaya Toure not Alex Song by AM Abou Diaby has hogged the limelight with
his superlative performance against Liverpool. Following Alex Song's departure to Barcelona, there
were questions about who is going to take up the role vacated by him. Diaby says that Coquelin and
Arteta are the ones who [.
I have some good news for Gooners! by AH Now, please take note that the title is sarcastic, but I
thought that this recent piece of news would be good to share with the readers on justarsenal.com.
According to a few media outlets including the Daily Mail, Mikael Silvestre will soon return to
Arsenal to [.
Statistics from Liverpool 0 â€“ Arsenal 2 Arsenal won 2-0 against a Liverpool side that certainly
didn't live up to expectations as Brendan Rodgers' rebellion fell at the feet of the mighty
Arsenal. Arsenal struggled in the opening 20 minutes, with Liverpool gaining the majority of
possession; however we shut them out and then turned [.
Who should Arsenal use as their first choice centre backs? After yesterday's heroic performance
from both Thomas Vermaelan and Per Mertesacker, they've created a real dilemma for Le Professor.
With Laurent Koscielny fully recovered from injury, who does Wenger use as our first centre-back
The Arsenal career of Abou Diaby has been very frustrating for Arsenal fans everywhere, but imagine
what it was like for the man himself and his manager. Arsene Wenger has always had faith in the
French midfielder, and it is the support and belief that he has received from evryone at the club
that has [.
Reflecting on our transfer window after yesterday's win by KJ After what was an extremely
disappointing end to the transfer window, Wenger quickly dispelled any criticism with a solid 2-0
win against Liverpool at Anfield. So is everything as rosy as it seems? Yes and No. The negative at
the moment is probably Giroud.
Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are well aware that they could lose Theo Walcott for nothing next summer
due to the Bosman ruling. It has happened to the Gunners before and the club is taking steps to
ensue that it never happens again. Ivan Gazidis the chief executive and Dick Law the man in charge
One of the few negatives for Arsenal in yesterday's victory over Liverpool came from Olivier
Giroud. Despite getting in to good positions and working hard, the French international striker has
so far failed to open his goal scoring account at the Emirates. He has had a decent chance in all
three games so far and [.
Per Mertesacker has given Arsene Wenger a problem, but it is a problem that the Arsenal manager
will be happy to have. Just like last season, an injury to one of the established centre backs has
given the German international a starting place and he has grabbed it with both hands. Vermaelen's
injury last season [.
Lukas Podolski showed his class and his composure yesterday at Anfield, but he knows that success
in the Premier league will demand more than just these attributes. "The Premier league is hard,
it's not like in Spain where it is only Barcelona and Real Madrid who fight for the championship.
"We must fight-we have 35 [.
The Gunners midfielder Abou Diaby well and truly announced his comeback to the Arsenal team in
yesterdays brilliant win over Liverpool and he has proved that he is more than a match for the
departed Alex Song. But after missing most of the last two seasons with injury, Arsene Wenger
admits that he is still [.
Lukas Podolski and Abou Diaby were two of the biggest stars in yesterdays 2-0 win over Liverpool,
and both of them were very pleased with their exceptional performances but for very different
reasons! The German international winger was understandably pleased with getting his first goal and
first official win in an Arsenal shirt.
The BOULD effect at Arsenal by TS Three games, two draws, one victory, two goals but most
importantly, no goals conceded. Early in the season to be talking about defensive stats but being
the only team in all four divisions not to have conceded, it goes without say that something is
going right. The pessimists [.
Liverpool 0 â€“ 2 Arsenal: Arsene Wenger proves the doubters wrong after a subpar transfer window
by KJ What a game to start our new journey with "The Arsenal". Today was a great performance and
result from the lads and especially the new boys in our squad (including one special Frenchman).
The game kicked off [.
The Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey had a terrible last six months last season, but he
seems to have recovered a bit of form at last with his performances for Team GB at the Olympics and
in his three substitutes appearances this time around. But he is likely to find his first team
Arsene Wenger was unsurprisingly in a very good mood after Arsenal's brilliant 2-0 win at
Liverpool, and he was full of the joys of spring when asked about the progress of the young England
starlet Jack Wilshere. "He is looking very good in training," Wenger said. "Close? It depends what
you call close.
Liverpool v Arsenal â€“ Player Ratings by AM Mannone â€“ 6 He wasn't disturbed in the first half,
but didn't look quite confident handling crosses and aerial balls. Made one good save from Shelvey,
but spilled another from the same player and must be thankful to Vermaelen for being first to the
A great day for Arsene Wenger's new Arsenal team as they took all three points from a visit to
Anfield. Things were hardly all one way at the start as Liverpool tried to over-run the Gunners in
the first 15 minutes. But Arsenal slowly and patiently worked their way into the game and it was
Liverpool vs Arsenal Preview, line-up and score prediction After what was a disappointing end to
the transfer window, we face Liverpool tomorrow at Anfield. They themselves had a terrible ending
to the window when Tottenham of all teams hijacked their attempts to sign Clint Dempsey. Overall, I
think Arsenal have had a decent window, although [.
Wenger says FFP will help Arsenal get back to the top by AM Most of the fans were surprised by
Arsenal's lack of activity during the penultimate stages of the summer transfer window. Wenger said
earlier (after the departure of Song) that Arsenal were in the market for a midfielder, but nothing
materialized in the [.
Former legend says that Giroud will shine by AM Former Arsenal great Robert Pires has said that,
with time, Giroud will shine through. The Frenchman said that, even though Arsenal have lost some
important players, Wenger will replace them eventually. Pires said â€“ "It takes time to adapt, and
it is especially hard for attacking [.
Why can't we just accept the truth? by Vinay Hi All, Has the disappointment settled in? Has the
anger subsided? Has the ranting ended or are we still keeping some things in store waiting for
upcoming results? Yes its pretty obvious to make out an Arsenal fan in a crowd, see anyone sulking
and you [..
Arsene Wenger has been preparing for Arsenal's visit to Anfield today, where the Gunners have a
very good recent record of only losing once on their last six trips to Liverpool. Last season's win
there towards the end of the season gave Arsenal a great boost towards their race for a top four
spot at [.
Arsene Wenger has been preparing for Arsenal's visit to Anfield today, where the Gunners have a
very good recent record of only losing once on their last six trips to Liverpool. Last season's win
there towards the end of the season gave Arsenal a great boost towards their race for a top four
spot at [.
Former Spurs boss says Theo is the one to replace van Persie by AM Harry Redknapp has said that
Theo Walcott should settle his differences with the club and sign a news contract. He believes that
Walcott has it in him become a â€˜big fish' at Arsenal. Here is what the former Tottenham boss said
Liverpool v Arsenal Preview by AM Arsenal travel to Anfield in their next match to face Liverpool.
The Gunners have have already dropped four points from their opening two matches. Here is a preview
for the game they promises to be a exciting affair. Liverpool injurys and suspensions The only
injury concern for Liverpool at [.
Arsenal Squad Analysis by AH After the disappointment of yesterday, we now know our final squad. In
my opinion we are slightly better than last year providing that Giroud and Podolski can find their
shooting boots. Arsenal made three very good signings all who are proven in their respective
leagues, however we also let [.
What are our midfield options against Liverpool? by AH Well after yesterday's disappointment in the
lack of transfer movement, we now know our final squad. The Arsenal first XI looks reasonably
strong however we lack in squad depth which could be a problem. I mentioned in my earlier squad
analysis article that we had reasonably [.
Transfer Deadline Day Signing by AH Arsenal did make one signing yesterday 17 year old Macedonian
Goalkeeper DEJAN ILIEV. Why Wenger why? Its deadline day and you're signing some completely unknown
teenager. Yes he may have loads of potential but then so does Wojiech Szczesny aged 22 and Damien
Martinez aged 19.
What are our attacking options? by AH Well after yesterday's disappointment in the lack of transfer
movement, we now know our final squad. The first XI looks reasonably strong however we lack in
squad depth which could be a problem. I mentioned in my earlier squad analysis article that we had
reasonably good reinforcements in [.
Arsenal will certainly struggle to challenge for any silverware this season! by Adam Kemp In
February Arsenal's end of year report stated â€˜Arsenal holdings is now operating free of short
term debt' unaudited net debt stands at Â£137.05M whilst its cash reserves have risen to Â£115.2M.
Arsenal was in a very strong position financially [.
A Look At The Final Arsenal Team by AH What a disappointment yesterday was. Gooners waited all day
long for some news to be broken on Sky Sports News, but the news didn't come and instead we ended
up seeing our rivals down the lane, strengthen their team with Hugo Lloris and Clint Dempsey. Thank
Arsene Wenger managed to keep Arsenal fans on tenterhooks right up until the last minute of the
transfer window, but ultimately he didn't really have any intention at all of bringing in any new
players, despite the ongoing rumours. The massive TV Station ESPN have been talking to one of their
sources at the Emirates [.
Summer fading fast for Arsenal by TS Okay so not the big transfer spectacle that us Arsenal fans
were all hoping for last night. I suppose the positives are that we did get three new signings in
total, the negatives are that we lost two good players. The happy medium would have been if kept
Yet again Arsenal fans have been extremely disappointed at the end of a transfer window, and
despite buying three promising talented players the Gunners have ended up this morning with Â£10
million from their summer dealings. Arsene Wenger said yesterday that we just have to trust him and
the Board to do the right thing [.
There will not be many Arsenal fans that will be happy that a certain Sebastien Squillaci is still
in training with the club after the transfer window deadline has come and gone. Arsenal failed to
find buyers for Nicklas Bendtner or Chu-Young Park, but at least they have been sent out on loan to
The Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson is really looking forward to going to Anfield this weekend,
and believes that despite failing to score in the first two games of the season, Arsenal will be
able to take advantage of a more open game to grab all three points. "Anfield is always a great
place to play [.
On the face of it, Arsenal's Champions League Group of Montpellier, Olympiacos and Schalke may not
look very daunting, but the fact is that an away game at any of those grounds is going to be a
difficult encounter, and Arsenal will probably have to win all three home matches to ensure that
they top [.