A traditional 3pm kick-off today, and what I'd give for a traditional one nil to the Arsenal. Don't get me wrong, I'd take a 2-0, a 3-1, a 4-3 or any shape of win, but a clean sheet would be nice given how often we've conceded this season.
The team news is that Jack Wilshere misses out through suspension having picked up five yellow cards, and I think Mikel Arteta will come into the midfield for him.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger felt his side only had themselves to blame after having to battle back to secure a 2-2 draw against Hull with a stoppage-time equalizer from Danny Welbeck at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners, with a makeshift defense and missing Mesut Ozil because of a knee injury, had taken an early lead through a fine finish from Alexis Sanchez and looked on their way to victory.
In this somewhat tumultuous start to the season, few people associated with Arsenal can claim to have done much good for their reputations thus far. Of the players, only Jack Wilshere, new man Danny Welbeck, Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla have really pushed on to levels anything beyond where they were last season.
This Sunday will provide us with a rare phenomenon: A Premier League match in which the two biggest names will be on the sidelines, as Arsene Wenger and Arsenal prepare to make the trip to Stamford Bridge where Jose Mourinho and Chelsea await. Even if this was not simply a match featuring the two biggest managerial names in the Premier League, the slow-burning rivalry between Wenger, the stoic professor, and Mourinho, the antagonistic gadfly, continues to escalate.
It only took Danny Welbeck two Champions League appearances with Arsenal to become only the sixth Englishman to score a hat-trick in the European competition. The23-year-old forward, who signed from Manchester United on Deadline Day, became only the third Gunner to score a hat-trick in the Champions League, after Thierry Henry and Nicklas Bendtner.
Welbeck, Totti, Motta....Names of the Champions League, Matchday 2 is a post from: Just Football
Names of the Champions League is a feature on Just Footballin which we look at the key names after each round of the tournament. With the group stage already a third of the way done, let's have a look at who stood out in week 2:
Francesco Totti (Roma)
In an attic somewhere in Rome there is an especially horrific painting of Francesco Totti, who broke Ryan Giggs' record to become the oldest player ever to score in the Champions League at 38 years and three days.
Having spent 18 years in charge of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger is still incredibly reluctant to dwell on past successes. Yet, as an avid student of the game, he would have also been keenly aware of a few key statistics ahead of Galatasaray's visit to the Emirates in the UEFA Champions League.
Arsenal have never lost to a Turkish side in regular time and Galatasaray have yet to record a win on English soil.
It has been another great round of Champions League matches, where all teams but three have managed to get points after two matches. CSKA Moscow are the only bad team, while Ludogorets Razgrad have been unlucky to lose to Liverpool and Real Madrid. In the meantime, Benfica, with two losses, must be the biggest disappointment so far.
Injured Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud will soon be rewarded with a two-year contract extension with the Gunners. Manager Arsene Wenger announced during his Tuesday press conference that the deal will be ironed out and completed shortly. The new contract will keep the France international at The Emirates until 2018.
Arsenal 1-1 Spurs Game in 10 Tweets is a post from: Just Football
Two Premier League derbies, two 1-1 draws. First at Anfield where a late Phil Jagielka screamer rescued a point for Everton at local rivals Liverpool, and then in this, the evening kick-off between North London partners in enmity, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
I have done many shameful things in my life, many things I regret and others which today fill me with embarrassment. You have always been like a son to me which brings me to perhaps the most shameful act of my life, well actually it is more a non-act because sometimes doing nothing is worse than doing something negative .
Welbeck, Vardy, Jedinak.... Names of the Premier League, week 5 is a post from: Just Football
It was a wild weekend for thePremier League. And while this edition ofNames of thePremier League- a weekly column onJust Footballwhere we offer you the best performers of the week might not be quite as wild, we certainly do our best.
Wenger finds shades of Henry in Welbeck - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsene Wenger accepts that his new centre-forward Danny Welbeck has tremendous potentials to be a top quality striker, but at the same time he admits the comparison with club legend Thierry Henry is too premature.
Morning all, welcome to a brand new week after what turned out to be a quite excellent weekend for us, all things told.
Having done what we needed to do at Villa Park on Saturday, Sunday brought a bounty of riches. And by riches I mean hilarious things to point and laugh at. Firstly, Man Utd were 2-0 up, then 3-1 up against Leicester but ended up down to 10 men and losing 5-3.
Video GIF Danny Welbeck goal vs Aston Villa 2014 Welbeck's first Arsenal goal is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Video GIF Danny Welbeck goal vs Aston Villa 2014 Welbeck's first Arsenal goal is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter This Danny Welbeck goal vs Aston Villa (VIDEO GIF BELOW) saw the former Man Utd striker score his first league goal in Arsenal colours in their game against Aston Villa on [.
In response to Mike Phelan's claims that Manchester United had "lost their way" following the sale of Danny Welbeck, Jason Burt wrote for The Telegraph about United's history of youth team players. He claimed "it is a myth that United have always had a team overbrimming with local players and youth team products".
Team Strengths: Arsenal's team strengths are ironically their midfield and forward depth (something that the Gunners have had issues with in the past) and passing ability. When all of the Gunners are healthy, the team has Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell, and Yaya Sanogo as options up front.
Danny Welbeck came into this tie off the back of a wonderful Champions League hat-trick against Galatasaray but could easily have left Stamford Bridge with a three game ban following this outrageous two footed lunge on Cesc Fabregas in plain view of the officials aswell!
Well, that was much more like it. Not only a win but a convincing performance from which there were plenty of positives to be taken.
If there was little the manager could realistically do in terms of the personnel last night, there was still a bit of a surprise when Santi Cazorla was selected in the centre of midfield, just ahead of Mathieu Flamini.
We've got to put the Champions League well and truly behind us now and concentrate on Sunday's game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. We're not going to go into the details of it just yet, we've got Saturday and Sunday to deal with a fixture that looms large on the horizon like a large loomy thing.
Danny Welbeck scored his first ever hat-trick at senior level as Arsenal beat Galatasaray 4-1 at the Emirates tonight.
But him forgetting to actually get the match ball after the game was just hilarious and it show's just how down to earth the guy is anyone else would have ensured the ball was in his possession where as Welbeck was just delighted to grab his first hat-trick.