After getting a serious dressing down on live TV by former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson last night, as the Gunners toiled against Champions League minnows Anderlecht in Belgium, Arsene Wenger and his players have come in for more criticism today. One of our unlucky opponents from last night, who must still be wondering just how [.
Anderlecht 1 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ Martinez – 5 He didn't have much to do but when he was tested, he looked shaky. Chambers – 4 He was sloppy all night and just looks very rigid with the way he plays at RB. He doesn't take his man on and was defensively [...]
Former Gunners star Paul Merson could not keep his Arsenal fan persona down as he worked as a pundit for the Champions League game against Anderlecht tonight. And even the fact that Arsenal produced a stirring last few minutes to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat was not enought to pacify him.
Arsenal needed to get off to a good start, with our Belgian opponents Anderlecht having their own problems with injuries, form and recent results. This game offered the Gunners a great chance to claim a morale boosting win and keep the hopes of winning the group alive. But we started porly, giving the ball away [.
Bellerin and Campbell look good for Gunners by Sam P Well how frustrating was that Arsenal fans? After the way we started against Hull today it looked like we were going to blow Steve Bruce and his team away, just as we had in both of the Premier League games last season. And once we [...]
With Arsenal having to cope with the usual injury crisis, especially in defence, Arsene Wenger had to go with the relatively untried young Spaniard Hector Bellerin at right back and the left back Nacho Monreal in an unfamiliar central role. But a game against Hull City at the Emirates gave the Gunners the chance to [.
If the terrible news about the Arsenal and Germany international midfielder Mesut Ozil is true and he is going to miss a few months because of a knee problem, then one of our other recent signings from La Liga may get his wish. Because the former Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez has revealed, in an Arsenal.
Arsenal needed to get off to a fast start against Galatasaray, especially as Arsene Wenger had picked a pretty attacking line-up with Cazorla, Chamberlain, Ozil and Alexis backing up Danny Welbeck. And we certainly did that. The Gunners quickly exposed the Turkish side and dominated possession but with a real purpose.
Arsenal will want to get their Champions League campaign back on trach this evening and we have a great chance at home against Galatasaray. And not only will a win put us back in a good position to at least qualify, a good performance will go a long way to banishing the memory of the [...]
Gary Neville was not specifically talking about Arsenal and the situation that Arsene Wenger and the players find themselves in this season, but the former England and Man United defender was talking about things that could just as easily be applied to the Gunners, as he did his punditry for Sky Sports Monday Night Football [.
Arsenal have huffed and puffed so far this season without getting the results that we have deserved. But apart from that terrible and lacklustre performance in the Champions League at Borussia Dortmund, the Gunners have looked better as the season has progressed and we look like we are very close to hitting our straps.
One of the big talking points at the start of the season for Arsenal fans and football pundits was the form, or lack of it, of the club record signing Mesut Ozil. According to some of his critics, the World Cup winner just did not care and his easy manner on the pitch was just [...]
It may have been a disappointing night for Arsenal in the League Cup, but the fact that a largely second string team was narrowly defeated by a stunning strike from a strong Southampton side should not have knocked our confidence. In fact I think that the Gunners should go into the north London derby in [.
Southampton loss no disaster by Sam P Don't get me wrong, Arsenal wanted to win this game and stay in the Capital One, or League cup. Arsene Wenger has a pretty strong squad to pick from so even though he made a lot of changes, he would have hoped the players that came in would [...]
It was always going to be a tough night for Arsenal against a strong Saints line-up that was not much changed. Arsene Wenger made plenty, as expected, but it still looked a pretty strong midfield and attack, with the likes of Wilshere, Rosicky, Podolski and Alexis in there. And it was all going so well [.
First of all Arsenal fans, I am not here to have a go at Aaron Ramsey. I was one of the minority who kept backing our young Welshman when all that ridiculous talk of him being a jinx was doing the rounds. Some fans seemed to think that his name on the team sheet meant [...]
Arsene Wenger made a few changes to the Arsenal starting line-up for the trip to Aston Villa and it could hardly have gone better for the Frenchman. The Gunners looked sharp, solid, full of energy and well balanced. So has the boss found the winning formula for the Gunners? To a certain extent I would [.
One of the most noticeable things about the way Arsenal struggled against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night, and there were plenty of them, was that we looked like we had much less energy than the Germans. They seemed faster and fitter all over the pitch. Arsene Wenger could not really explain why that was and [.
Back in 2003, Arsenal were not to know that almost a decade of trophies and dominance under the managerial reign of Arsene Wenger were coming to an end. We had just finished second to Man United the previous season and were about to go and record the amazing achievement of not losing a single Premier [.
With Olivier Giroud being out of action for Arsenal for the next few months, the new boy Danny Welbeck should get plenty of chances and lots of time to settle in with his new club and team mates, and his new role playing down the middle. But whereas some signings, especially strikers, are under pressure [.
A 2-2 draw with City, Pellegrini making excuses for his team, Arsenal conceding stupid goals but scoring some great ones. Football came back after a fortnight and it was as enjoyable a game as could be hoped for, even though the result wasn't.
It was a tough match at the Emirates yesterday :)
But Arsenal showed that they are tough too, albeit prone to moments of weakness.
I know that some of us are naturally `glass half empty` people and others are `glass half full` types. And I also know that unless Arsenal win a football match, it is hard to look on the bright side, but I am still fairly surprised to see so many Gooners knocking the team, the manager [...]
This was the first time that the new lok Arsenal had a chance to put to bed the questions about their big game mentality, with the visit of the reigning Premier League champions Man City to the Emirates stadium. Arsene Wenger, with his new pacy front line including Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez, had vowed [.
He has only had two brief senior appearances for Arsenal as a sub since Arsene Wenger was sufficiently impressed by his performances for Costa Rica at the World Cup finals, and you just know that Joel Campbell is straining to be let off the leash properly. Well the signs suggest that this weekend could be [.
I started to write this post after Alexis started up top against Everton, before we decided to bring Welbeck into the fold, and before we knew the extent of Giroud's injury.
This is probably Arsene's biggest weakness as a coach, I am not sure if it is due to pressure from above, the players or maybe even the fans but I feel that he is guilty on occasion of playing players because of their status rather than because they are best suited to the position, I'm not sure this was the case at Everton definitely more to do with a well holidayed Olivier Giroud, but far too often we see square pegs in round holes to get the best 11 names available on to the pitch rather than the best team on the pitch.
Arsenal have had to do without the flying England forward for about nine months now and there is no doubt that we have really missed him. Losing his pace was particularly damaging in the latter half of last season, because with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also missing the Gunners were bereft of any pace on the flanks [.
When Arsenal had to do without the England international speed merchant for most of last season, especially with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in the treatment room, it meant that the Gunners were missing a huge ingredient in modern football, pace. So the news that the flying forward is due back in action for Arsenal soon after [.
Despite a somewhat slow start to the season for Arsenal, we are still not really too far off the top of the Premier League, while Arsene Wenger has also achieved his annual place in the group stages of the Champions League. But you would have to be a fool to think that the way we [...]
With no Olivier Giroud and just over a day of the transfer window left, Arsenal's trip to Leicester was the last chance for Arsene Wenger to see whether Yaya Sanogo and the other striking options really could be enough for the Gunners. There was also the small matter of three Premier League points at stake.
After a slightly slow start to the season, Arsenal have a great chance to go into the international break just two points off the top of the Premier League with a win at newly promoted Leicester City. But Arsene Wenger still has a few injury concerns and a few selection issues to make. The big [...]
If he is fit, and his inclusion in the Arsenal squad for the Champions League second leg against Besiktas suggests that he is, I think our young French striker Yaya Sanogo should start as the Arsenal centre forward for the away game against Leicester City tomorrow. The way Sanchez plays up front is more suited [.
With Arsenal having to do without some big players like Aaron Ramsey, OLivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs and Mikel Arteta, thisd delicately poised second leg Champions League play-off was always likely to be a tricky encounter for us. And so it proved in the first half, with Slaven Bilic's Besiktas team being well organised [.
This is the biggest game of the season so far for Arsenal, with the winner taking a place at the top table of European club football and the loser getting their midweeks off for the next few months. A 0-0 draw with Besiktas in Turkey leaves the Gunners slight favourites with tonight's match at the [.
It is far from being an ideal situation for Arsenal in the Champions League play-off tonight. We simply need to beat Besiktas in the second leg at the Emirates tonight, but the injury to Olivier Giroud has left Arsene Wenger in a very tricky situation. Because of the World Cup and injuries disrupting our pre-season [.
Arsenal vs Besiktas Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ This has become a tricky game after the news that Giroud is potentially out for 3 months. We will be facing this Besiktas side with Giroud, Ramsey, Arteta, Walcott and Gibbs. They are all certified starters in my opinion and with no away goal [.
Arsenal fans have been waiting and hoping all summer for Arsene Wenger to go into the transfer market and come out with a top class striker, one that we feel will give us that extra edge up front to really challenge for major honours. Well there is not much time left and it looks like [...]
Arsenal have now played two Premier League games and the first leg of the Champions League play-off against Besiktas, but we are still looking rusty. There were some encouraging signs of improvement during the game at Everton yesterday, but are still trying to find some of the attacking fluency that was on show last season [.
Morning all and welcome to the day before the North London derby. It's a Friday too so that means another hard week of work is over (unless you have to work all weekend and that).
The early team news ahead of tomorrow's clash with Sp*rs is that Mathieu Flamini might be back after missing a couple of games with a dead leg (he probably exacerbated the injury by two-footed tackling his own leg for being such a yellow-belly), but apart from that we don't have any problems bar the long-termers.
The preparation for a game of this magnitude (pop pop) could, let's face it, have been better. We're facing Besiktas tonight without our best centre-forward, without our best, and goalscoringest midfielder, and our captain who also happens to be our best deep-lying midfielder.
While for the last two there are obvious replacements, who plays up front tonight is going to give Arsene Wenger something of a headache.