The heroics of Aaron Ramsey's 2013-14 season need little repeating. Quite aside from the winning goal in the FA Cup final, he grew into one of the finest box-to-box midfielders in Europe. A team which contains high energy players who can score and create, maintain high levels of defensive awareness, impressive physical power, and who possess understated finesse will probably achieve most of its desires.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned he cannot offer guarantees of a place in the starting XI to any of his strikers. For the first time in years, Wenger has quality attacking options with Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez all in contention for a starting spot.
That competition has caused Germany international Lukas Podolski to reassess his future at the Emirates as he is getting frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities, but Wenger insists that is all part and parcel of competition at a leading club.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger spoke to the media on Tuesday about possible talks with Theo Walcott over a contract extension. The French manager stated, "We are starting to sit down with him. I think he has one and a half years to go on his contract in December and it is never an easy job with him, you know.
Wenger give mixed news on Arsenal injury front - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Ahead of the North London derby this weekend, Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger has given an injury update and team news with the latest on Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Flamini.
The Gunners boss confirmed that Mathieu Flamini is likely to be ready to return to the squad after missing their last two games with a dead leg picked up just before last weekend's victory at Aston Villa.
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.
Can Sterling & Co bring back the glory days for England? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The case of the English National Football Team over the last couple of decades has been a curious one. Every major tournament is preceded by a fantastic qualifying campaign, where everything comes together perfectly well.
Theo Walcott is no slouch, as we know, but he is no longer the fastest player at Arsenal. He is not even the second fastest anymore, after Chuba Akpom joined Hector Bellerin by taking one of Walcott's Arsenal speed records off him during a training session. Theo must be desperate to get back into action [.
According to reports, Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is targeting his return from injury for the September 27th North London derby against rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The speedy winger/striker last played for the Gunners during a 2-0 third round FA Cup victory over Spurs in January. Walcott injured knee ligaments during the January victory, and famously used his fingers to show the winning score line to the visiting Spurs crowd while being carried off of the pitch.
How could Walcott's return to action impact Arsenal's setup? They always say, "Great things take time", which, in Theo Walcott's case could prove to be true. Arsene Wenger had proclaimed on Thursday that the Englishman would return to training, after the international break culminates but, would be rushed into action.
Five reasons why Arsenal could win Premier League title this Season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
I have never really been able to take a man of fifty two that still wears an earring seriously, but Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas' recent prediction that Arsenal will win the title this season is certainly not one that should be sniffed at.
Roy Hodgson has just blurted out his England squad for both the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and the following friendly against Scotland later this month, and the good news is that Saido Berahino has finally been given the nod.
The West Brom striker has scored seven Premier League goals so far this season more than any other Englishman and as such, has ferreted his way into the senior squad having scored 10 goals in 13 appearances for the U21s.
It seems like an age since our last match so it's good to have football back today. We've had to endure the post-Stamford Bridge gloom, a rake of injuries, an Interlull and a rather contentious AGM, so hopefully we can add a bit of silver lining to that collective cloud with a performance and a result today against Hull.
Morning all, it's a brand new week, with Champions League action to come tomorrow night, and on the back of another weekend win and another clean sheet we can be a little more encouraged about where we are.
Of course a clean sheet against a newly promoted, likely to be relegated, bottom side (not to mention the one the previous week against a Sunderland side that had just been hammered), isn't any kind of landmark achievement, but nonetheless it will have done some good in terms of confidence and belief which were in short supply.
It feels slightly weird not to be going into the new season wondering at what point Arsenal might actually spend some money and strengthen the playing squad. For the first time in years, the Arsenal squad looks at least somewhat better than when the season ended.
What's more, positive feeling in the stands tends to help on-pitch performances and there's no doubt that Gooners are buoyant, with many even talking of winning the League.
To coincidewith the club launching their brand new training facility, Southampton have approached Saints both past and present to share their memories of spending their formative yearson the south coast.
The likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Rickie Lambert and Matt Le Tissier all showed up for a good gush, as well as current players like old-timer Kelvin Davis, emergent youngster Matt Targett and Morgan Schneiderlin- who famously threw a tantrum and accusedSouthampton of "destroying his career" when they refused to let him leave for Tottenham this July justgone.
During the summer months, the transfer window is the predominant focus of supporter attention. In fact, in this day and age, the window has become a kind of monolithic essence, its popularity seems to have outstripped the actual game of football itself. Whilst transfers are obviously an important feature of a club's activity during pre-season, there are plenty of other issues to occupy a manager's mind.