We didn't have long without football this summer did we? Perhaps that's why it's caught us cold this season and we are only all back on the BackPageBanter sofa now, the first time since that glorious day at Wembley last season. But back we are. Nodeparturesyou'll be pleased to hear, just a few wage increases that have tied our handsin the transfer market.
Arsenal's Formation in 4-4-2 Diamond– The Liverpool and England Way By Supertuur In the 2013/14 season two teams really stood out with their goal scoring capabilities, Liverpool with Suarez and Sturridge and City with Augero, Negredo, Dzeko and Jovetic. Besides the quality of their strikers what was the other reason they scored so much?
Why Walcott starts for Arsenal when he's fit again by KJ Slowly but surely, Theo Walcott will finally be fit to start for Arsenal again and this is as exciting as a new signing for me. It looks like the beginning of October is our best bet but either way, it is refreshing to know [...]
Despite Olivier Giroud's broken ankle, it seems that Arsenal are in the process of offering the Frenchman a new contract to keep him at the club until 2018. Wenger has brought in Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck this summer to increase the Gunners attacking options but it seems that Arsene Wenger still considers Giroud to [.
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 [...]
From an initial reaction that was less than enthusiastic from Arsenal fans on transfer deadline day, the signing of Danny Welbeck has been taken in an increasingly positive and hopeful way by Gooners and the media alike. Many pundits have spoken about how well they think the club and player are a good match and [.
Upcoming international break is ‘gold dust' for Arsenal's squad by SE There is something about injuries and Arsenal that keeps them together, always. One season after another, Arsenal seem to lose their most important players through injuries, and long term ones at that. But one staunch reason behind such ‘misfortune' has to be the number [.
Arsenal – genuine title contenders? by SE It would not be an anomaly to call Arsenal as one of this season's genuine contenders for the Premier League title, in addition to Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool. And, one of the reasons for that has to be the kind of squad Wenger possesses; Yes, Arsenal could [.
As expected from the initial scan, Arsenal will have to face a long time without our first choice centre forward Olivier Giroud. Arsene Wenger revealed the news after the Gunners narrowly made it into the group stage of the Champions League. The boss revealed that his fellow Frenchman has already had surgery on his fratured [.
Wenger must look beyond Sanogo and Giroud for striking options by SE It's absolutely ludicrous on the part of Jamie Carragher to question Arsenal's striking and goal-keeping options, ahead of the new season. In his interview to Daily Mail, in which he talks about the chances of various Premier League title contenders, the former Liverpool [.
Many Arsenal fans have been hoping that the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona was not the only addition made to the Arsenal front line this summer, because a lot of Gooners are seriously down on Olivier Giroud and believe that the Gunners will not be able to compete for major honours with the big [.
The Changing Face of the Arsenal Team by Uche Hello guys. So we are all very pissed off with the final result of the Emirates Cup. From the lethargic performance of Olivier Giroud to the shocking penalty denial by the referee; our game against Monaco was unsettling in many ways. But being a pre-season game [.
A word of caution for Arsenal fans not to get too excited by the 5-1 thumping of the Portuguese champions yesterday, just as there was no need to panic when we failed to score and lost 1-0 to Thierry Henry and his New York Red Bulls last week. But to score five without the three [...]
Why it will be easy to get Walcott to renew his deal at Arsenal by KJ With us signing Sanchez, Walcott's impact on the team has gone slightly under the radar. Many of us would agree that his injury ultimately prevented us from winning the title last season. He would've easily won us another 7 [...]
No pressure, Olivier, but I think the big Frenchman could soon find himself sitting on the Arsenal bench more often than he is on the pitch. Because unless Arsene Wenger has a complete change of mind, then the Gunners will be playing in our usual system of 4-3-3 and that means just one central striker.
Arsenal's best front three? by TJ Alexis Sanchez is a huge signing for the gunners. It is one that will not only be amazing on the pitch. Off the pitch, it gives both the Arsenal and the Arsenal faithful hope and belief. Belief that Arsenal are still one of the biggest clubs in the world, [...]
Injuries and Arsenal are two words that been synonymous with each other in recent years. And last season reached a whole new level, with the Gunners losing more player days to injury than any other Premier League team. About twice as many as our big rivals, and there is no doubt that it affected Arsenal's [.
There is an Arsenal transfer rumour doing the rounds that suggests that Arsene Wenger is set to offer the Portuguese winger Luis Nani a way out of his Old Trafford nightmare. But while I am not saying that the 27-year old is a rubbish player or that he is past it, I just do not [...]
How do we utilise Campbell this season? by KJ Joel Campbell has just tweeted that he's on his way back to England. It is too early to expect him to be ready for the game against the New York Red Bulls but I expect him to join up with the team next Thursday (as will [...]
Is the Ox's place in the team safe? by TJ When Alex Oxlade Chamberlain was taken off against Manchester United at the Emirates in 2012, many Arsenal fans moaned regarding the substitution decision. However, there was also a tinge of joy amongst many in the stadium that day. This is so as many Arsenal fans [.
When a lot of last week's Arsenal transfer rumours made it increasingly clear that Arsene Wenger had cooled his transfer interest in the France and QPR striker Loic Remy, I thought it must be because the Arsenal boss had his eye on someone else. Apparently not, though, as a report in the Evening Standard reveals [.
Sanchez's versatility will do Arsenal a world of good by SE There is this prevalent conundrum of what Arsene Wenger is trying to achieve, with the acquisition of Sanchez, when he already has players like Cazorla, Podolski and Rosicky – who can all play the role of Sanchez's, effectively. And, Sanchez's versatility, to play in [.
Giroud the Scapegoat? OG Compared (statistically) with Sanchez and Remy by Vince Good day, all! Good times they are to be a Gooner! I should be preparing for my finals, but this is definitely more pressing haha! Giroud has been heavily criticized and and dubbed as not being "good enough" to lead the Arsenal [.
If any other Arsenal players is going to beat the young Welshman Aaron Ramsey to a second Player of the Year award next May, they are going to have to have a stunning season. Because unless the 23-year old misses a major part of it through injury (please not again) then Rambo is going to [...]
It might sound a bit daft to be talking about Jack Wilshere running out of time to get his Arsenal career back on track, as the lad is only 22-years old and has missed so much time due to a string of injuries, but he certainly cannot afford to stand still for too long, or [...]
Does the acquisition of Sanchez signal a change in the way Arsenal might lineup next season? by SE With the capturing of Alexis Sanchez from the Catalan giants Barcelona, Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have sent out a raucous warning to their Premier League opponents ahead of the new season. Sanchez played a pivotal role in [.
Matthieu Flamini is in a confident mood ahead of the new Arsenal season, and reckons that if the Gunners can get over our injury problems there is no reason why we cannot win more trophies in the coming season. In the transfer window all Arsenal fans are hoping for new arrivals, but surely if we [...
I don't know about the rest pf you Arsenal fans, but I have been loving the World Cup finals in Brazil. No Arsenal players getting injured helps, of course, but right from the start the games have been exciting, unpredictable and full of goals. And the semi-final between the host nation Brazil and Germany was [.
Arsenal should try Theo out on the left by AT Theo Walcott is an integral member of this Arsenal squad and it has become apparent in his absence. We struggled to deal damage to the opposition on the counter and they were able to press us without any pace in our front three to punish [...]
Despite quite a few pundits and sections of the media, and the Arsenal fans, grabbing the nearest stick to beat Mesut Ozil with because of his perceived flop in his debut season as a Gunner, there is no doubt that Arsene Wenger sees him as a key member of the Arsenal team. Hopefully that will [...]
I am sure that I am not the only Arsenal fan that is already sick to the back teeth of all the Arsenal transfer rumours that are in the papers day after day. The fact that none of them ever come to anything concrete does not help, but I have come to the conclusion that [...]
Do Arsenal Really Need Juan Cuadrado? by A.T. As Arsenal's search for attacking reinforcements continues, there have been several reports lately in regards to the North London club's interest in signing Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado, who is really making a name for himself with his exquisite performances in World Cup so far.
It was after all the injuries to various players had finally seen Arsenal lose their place at the top of the Premier League table, that Arsene Wenger admitted there was a problem. And with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain possibly having to miss the World Cup and the start of next season, the subject is fresh in out [.
Every time I wrote an article during the season just gone, bemoaning Arsenal's terrible luck with injuries, and other things like referees and cup draws, I was accused of being biased, blinkered and a bad loser. Well here is the proof that although I may be a bad loser and biased, I am not blinkered.
Last season Arsene Wenger made a big deal of Arsenal signing up his young British talents on long-term contracts, saying that they were going to be the çore'of the side that were going to go on to great things. Wenger said last December: "We are delighted that these five young players have all signed new [.
It was great to have Aaron Ramsey back in the Arsenal team yesterday and no one was surprised to see the young Welshman sign off this Premier League season with another goal. The quality of it was stunning, with Ramsey's superb technique highlighted as he produced a thunderous volley from Giroud's excellent set-up.
Arsenal had a great chance to win the Premier League this season, there is no doubt about it. But we were not the favourites back in August. That was Man City, who last night took advantage of their rivals' slips to get one hand on the trophy. In fact, many football experts suggested that this [...]
Arsene Wenger has given his open and honest opinion about why Arsenal, who were looking great and had stormed to the top of the table, allowed their best Premier League title challenge in years, to fall away so dramatically. The Prof does not shirk from taking a large slice of the blame cake either. Wenger [.
I am not making any claims to special mental powers, ESP or clairvoyancy, and I don't even possess a crystal ball or a set of tarot cards, but I can predict the future. I see... lots of Arsenal fans slating me for this article and calling Olivier Giroud everything from a donkey to a Donut, [...]
Remember what a boost the signing of Mesut Ozil gave the whole of Arsenal Football Club last August? Well it seems to be happening again with the capture of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. There is maybe not quite such a big reaction to this one from the media and from Arsenal fans, but the last [...]