ARSENAL NEWS April 2015
Do Arsenal fans still want WengerOut?
Let’s be honest for a second gooners, we can be quite the fickle bunch in regards to the future of our manager. Wenger can do no wrong so long as the side are winning matches, but the moment things don’t go so well he is the first person blamed.
While this may be the case at all big clubs, it seems Arsenal in particular over the past few seasons have been torn between support and disdain for the boss. The great divide amongst gooners between the #WengerOut brigade and the #InWengerweTrust faction is frankly one of the weirdest thing I’ve seen while supporting this club.
It is my understanding that the majority of those in favour of #WengerOut take this stance primarily because of the trophy drought. The boss’ seeming reluctance to spend big in the transfer market over the years has also rubbed many the wrong way I would imagine.
Both have come to end over the past few seasons, so it seems to me the #WengerOut movement may lose steam.
I myself am on the fence. I do not blame the boss entirely for the trophy drought, as I think he managed to assemble quite a few strong sides given the circumstances. The 2008 team in particular with the likes of Fabregas, Nasri, Song, Van Persie, and Adebayor I thought were capable of producing much more than they did and it is unfair to make the boss the scapegoat.
That is not to say that Wenger could not have done better in the transfer market over the years (even given the limited funds available). Not to mention tactics, which left Arsenal badly exposed on several occasions.
He has made mistakes, but what human doesn’t. What do say gooners? Do you still want #WengerOut?
What can Fabregas expect on Arsenal return?
I am sure that the former Arsenal midfielder and club captain Cesc Fabregas will be hoping for a decent reception when he comes back to the Emirates to play for the first time since he left the club for Barcelona and La Liga back in August of 2011. But I don’t think that he will get his wish.
Although Arsenal fans have not looked at Fabregas in the same way as some other departing players like Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie, probably because we understood that being born in Barcelona and spending his formative years in their famous La Masia academy would always make him want to play for them.
The problem is that the Spaniard is now playing for our Premier League rivals Chelsea and it does not help that they look set to win the title. Neither does it help that Fabregas has been full of praise for his new manager Jose Mourinho who has had a long running feud with his former mentor Arsene Wenger.
So I reckon that Cesc is in for some stick on Sunday. I would like to think that the Arsenal fans would remember the years of great service he gave to the Gunners and maybe he will get some applause at first, but then it will be all about the present situation and judging from the video from Youtube below in which an Arsenal fan calls him a disgrace and demands the Fabregas banner be removed from the stadium, I think the Chelsea man is in for a tough time. What do guys think of the situation?
Fabregas returns to Emirates in wrong shirt
Having played over 300 games for the Gunners, Cesc Fabregas this weekend makes his first return to the Emirates and the stats say he is a better player.
Sunday’s Premier League encounter between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium was never likely to lack spice, but an added factor this time around is the return of Cesc Fabregas to the stage he illuminated in a Gunners shirt over six years in the first team, many of which were spent as captain.
Chelsea approach the game with a 10-point gap over second-placed Arsenal and know a win will as good as secure their first Premier League title since 2010.
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea have the Indian sign overArsene Wenger, and the Frenchman knows another defeat would be a bitter blow for the Arsenal faithful as they look back on a paltry trophy haul in recent seasons.
For Fabregas it will be an emotional afternoon. He joined Arsenal from Barcelona’s academy aged 16 in 2003, but didn’t qualify for a winners’ medal as the ‘Invincibles’ marched to the club’s last Premier League title a year later. Fabregas left to return to Barcelona in 2011 but having played in the shadow of Xavi and Iniesta at the Nou Camp and on the international stage, last summer’s big-money move to Stamford Bridge was a tough one for the Arsenal faithful to accept.
Any goodwill that was left when the trophy-less Gunners inevitably sold Fabregas evaporated when the club failed to fight for his signature and the 27-year-old midfielder moved to arch-rivals Chelsea.
Now Fabregas looks to have secured the Premier League title to add to his La Liga medal from 2012-13, and the player has been instrumental in Chelsea’s imperious form all season
The figures from 37 appearances for Chelsea in the Premier League and Champions League show an outstanding accurate pass percentage of 86%, with just 41 out of 3,749 touches of the ball proving to be unsuccessful, a mere 1.1%.
Fabregas has been pulling the strings for Chelsea all season, and he has also been influential at the sharp end of the pitch. 41 scoring attempts is impressive, but 19 assists shows that Fabregas can deliver the killer ball to unlock the tightest of defences.
They are the figures that Arsenal fans feared and Chelsea fans will celebrate, particularly if another Fabregas masterclass takes the Blues a step nearer to the Premier League title on Sunday.
Arsenal Invincible Urges Wenger To Complete This £25m Deal
Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to sign Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin this summer.
The French international has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates in recent months after impressing at the heart of the Saints midfield over the past two seasons.
Reports earlier this week suggested that the boss has cooled his interest in the £25m-rated midfielder due to the emergence of Francis Coquelin during the second half of the campaign.
However, Arsenal invincible Ray Parlour believes it would be a mistake to let Schneiderlin slip through our fingers as he feels the 25-year-old would be the perfect addition and suggests he could be our ‘new Gilberto’.
When asked if Schneiderlin would be a good signing for Arsenal, Parlour told reporters:
“Perfect. Absolutely yes.”
“I’ve watched him a few times this year at St. Mary’s, and against Chelsea. I thought he did a great job in front of the back four.
“He always wants the ball even if there are players around him, he’s not scared to take the ball – which is great if you’re a centre-half.
“Defensively, he is tactically very good. When the ball goes wide you can see him dropping into the back two to make a three. So when balls are going in there’s an extra defender there – Gilberto Silva did that during the unbeaten season.
“He knows the Premier League, he’s not got to settle and would be perfect for Arsenal in that midfield area.”
As terrific as Coquelin has been, I must say I agree with Parlour. Schneiderlin would be the perfect midfield signing for us this summer and I hope Arsene goes all-out to sign him.
He’d have a tough job taking Coquelin’s place in the first team but we need depth in the holding role and we can even play both in some away games or matches against the top teams.
Schneiderlin has already confirmed he’ll look to join a Champions League club this summer while Ronald Koeman has admitted they’ll have to sell, so everything is in place for us to push ahead with a deal. Or that remains is for Wenger to make the call…
Premier League title gone! What’s left for Arsenal?
While Arsenal were making our way to another Wembley FA cup final yesterday, Chelsea were being pummelled by Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, despite Jose Mourinho claiming that the game went perfectly according to plan. What did go for the smug one, however, was all the luck and the 1-0 result.
That puts Chelsea 10 points ahead of Arsenal with the same number of games to play. Even if we beat them at the Emirates stadium next weekend, we would still have seven points to make up in just five games and only the most optimistic Gooner still thinks we have got a real chance.
So what can Arsenal hope for from the rest of the season? For me, I still think our next game is massive, even though it won’t help us to the title. Ending Wenger’s wait for a win over Mourinho will remove a big mental block and also plant the seeds of doubt in Chelsea minds.
We also need the points as we are still in a race with Man United and Man City for second and third spot. With a shortened summer break and an early start next season, avoiding the Chsampions League play-offs could be crucial and an improvement on our usual fourth spot would be good for confidence as well.
The Gunners need to keep up our form for that reason but also to go into the FA cup final firing on all cylinders so this is no time for us to take our foot off the gas, while Alexis Sanchez still has a good chance of winning the PFA player of the year award if he keeps playing well and scoring.
What do you guys expect from the next six weeks from Arsenal?
Arsenal chief hints at HUGE summer transfer spending!!
As well as being great news for Arsenal fans who are looking forward to Arsene Wenger being able to sign more top class players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil before the start of next season, the recent words from the Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis suggest that the club’s hierarchy are no longer happy to accept that we are doing well to stay in the Champions League.
As reported by The Mirror, Gazidis has declared himself to be a bit disappointed that the early season struggles have seemingly left the Gunners too much to do to catch the league leaders Chelsea. The American also hinted, however, that the club would be doing everything in its power to make sure that the manager has the tools to carry on from what he is doing with the team now.
The Arsenal executive said, “We are not happy but we are going to keep pushing to the end and see how far we can go.
“We are happy with the way the squad has developed and we are very focused how we can make a positive end to the season.
“After that it will be a question of how can we progress the team further so that we can have an even better season next year. We have a squad that’s clearly coming together. It’s a relatively young squad so it will continue to improve.”
You have to admit that Wenger has done brilliant things to get us where we are with a young and relatively inexpensive squad but now it is time for the owner Stan Kroenke and the Arsenal board to really step up and give the Frenchman the financial help he needs to take the Gunners on to the next level.
Is that really set to happen or is this just more positive sounding stuff that turns out to be nothing but words?
Do You Remember This Special Eduardo Goal Against Burnley In 2009?
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Eduardo Da Silva is one of football’s great tragedies. The Brazilian born Croatian was one of the most natural and coolest finishers Arsenal had seen since Thierry Henry. He didn’t miss.
The terrible leg break that all but ruined Eduardo’s career at the top-level was heart-breaking, not just for Arsenal fans, but football fans in general.
Eduardo never returned to his best, he didn’t look the same player. Yet, ‘Dudu’, as he was known, showed flashes of his brilliance after recovering from the break. One such example was against Burnley in the spring of 2009. Arsenal play Burnley this weekend, but they probably won’t top this majestic effort by Eduardo…
It’s been another busy day of injury and team news at Arsenal so I’ll bring you a round-up of all the latest news….
Arsene Wenger conducted his pre-match press conference this morning ahead of Saturday’s clash with Burnley and gave an update on the fitness of his squad.
The boss was pleased to announce that Diaby, Arteta and Wilshere are all fit and available after coming through a run-out for the U21′s on Tuesday.
I personally don’t think any of the trio will start against Burnley but it will be good to have them back in contention as it can only further strengthen the squad.
Arsene also confirmed that Debuchy is available again after overcoming a dislocated shoulder but having been out of action for over three months, I don’t think we’ll see him oust Bellerin at right-back just yet.
Szczesny and Koscielny will both face late fitness tests on rib and thigh injuries respectively. It sounds like both players will be passed fit but I’d give Kos a rest and start Gabriel at Turf Moor this weekend – see the line-up I’d go with here.
The only bad news that came from Wenger’s update was that Oxlade-Chamberlain is still at least two weeks away from full fitness as he’s still struggling with a hamstring injury.
Here’s what the boss told Arsenal.com:
on Diaby, Arteta and Wilshere…
They came through the game on Tuesday well. They were at a good level physically and they should all be available from now on until the end of the season hopefully.
Debuchy is alright. I can only play three players over 21 [in the under-21 league] so he is physically fit and ready. He lacks a bit of a competitive edge but overall he has no medical problems.
He has a chance to be fit this weekend.
It’s a thigh problem, a little hip problem linked with the thigh. He will have a test today to see how far we can go with him. He had a scan yesterday and that looks quite good. The real test will be outside today.
He’s still out for at least two more weeks.
on the rest of the squad’s availability…
Everybody else seems to be available.
So the squad is in excellent shape with The Ox the only player currently in the treatment room. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for Arsenal as there’s no doubt we’re a much stronger outfit when we can keep our players fit!
Martin Keown: Hector Bellerin could be ‘unbeatable’ in the future
Arsenal legend Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that current Gunners defender Hector Bellerin has the potential to be ‘unbeatable’.
Keown, now working as a pundit, played over 300 league games for Arsenal, serving as an integral part in the Invincibles team in 2003/04.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Keown answered a question about Gunners right back Hector Bellerin, who was recently named as the quickest player in the club’s history.
The Spanish right back arrived from Barcelona back in 2011, and is now featuring in the first team at the Emirates Stadium on a regular basis – and whilst Keown isn’t putting too much stock into the stat about Bellerin’s speed, he does believe that the 20-year-old can become ‘unbeatable’ in the future.
“I think he’s a really exciting player, but you can’t read into these things too much,” said Keown. “For instance, Raheem Sterling was quicker off the mark than him when he won Liverpool’s penalty last weekend – it’s how you use your pace that’s important. If he improves his anticipation he could be unbeatable.”
Bellerin, who earned his first Spain Under-21 cap earlier this year, bagged the opening goal in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Liverpool last weekend, cutting inside from the right flank and bending a superb shot past Simon Mignolet with his left foot.
Fans have been extremely impressed with Bellerin’s performances since coming into the side, with usual right back Mathieu Debuchy out injured.
Bellerin may still be seen as one for the future under Arsene Wenger, but we’ve already seen a glimpse of what Bellerin can do – and his incredible speed gives Wenger a lot to work with in the future, both from an attacking and a defensive standpoint.
If Arsenal swapped Walcott for Sterling…
…..who would get the better deal?
With reports circulating that Arsenal are weighing up a move that would see Raheem Sterling move to the Emirates this summer, with Theo Walcott going in the opposite direction as part of the deal,www.oulala.com took a look at the pair since the beginning of last season to see which team would benefit the most from such a move.
The first glaring observation is Walcott’s lack of games during the last two seasons with Sterling making almost three times as many appearances due to the Arsenal player’s continued injury problems.
As the appearance figures of the duo are unbalanced, the focus towards their statistical performances was made via a per game basis.
From a creativity point of view it is Raheem Sterling that excels in every department. The 20-year-old leads Walcott for successful passes (24.11 to 11.4), key passes (1.68 to 0.86) and chances created per game (1.88 to 1.01). Sterling also takes assists with 0.20 per game to Walcott’s 0.16.
Shifting the attention to goal scoring, Theo Walcott takes over. The 26-year-old leads Sterling for shot accuracy (65% to 61.5%) and goals scored per game (0.32 to 0.24).
The Arsenal man also impresses for pass completion with 82% to Sterling’s slightly lower 81%. Whereas the Liverpool winger unsurprisingly takes the plaudits for both successful dribbles (58.9% to 30%) and fouls provoked per game (2.23 to 0.33).
Such a deal could well benefit all involved. Theo Walcott’s Arsenal career has never really taken off as expected since his move from Southampton and a fresh challenge could be exactly what he needs. Arsenal would gain from Sterling’s age while Liverpool would not only profit heavily in an expected player plus cash deal due to Sterling’s current high valuation, they’d also be getting a ready made replacement in the form of Walcott.
With Arsenal hosting Liverpool this weekend it is likely that Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers will be keeping a close eye on the pair should such a deal gather pace over the summer.
Moves Arsenal Should and Should Not Make in the Summer Transfer Window
With the season approaching its climax, thoughts are inevitably turning towards the summer transfer window. Arsenal will be looking to fine-tune their squad in order to launch a serious challenge for the Premier League in 2015/16.
In this piece, we suggest some of the moves Arsenal should and shouldn’t make in the transfer window on both the buying and selling sides of the market.
Matt Law of The Telegraph has reported that the Gunners have joined Roma in the battle to sign Petr Cech this summer.
That makes plenty of sense. Arsenal need to sign a new No. 1. Wojciech Szczesny has been relegated to the substitutes bench, while David Ospina has looked a little unconvincing as his replacement.
Chelsea’s Cech could be the perfect man for the job. Although he has lost his place to Thibaut Courtois, he remains an outstanding goalkeeper who would be an immediate upgrade for Arsenal.
At present, Arsenal have Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo out on loan with Inter Milan, Villarreal and Crystal Palacerespectively.
Arsenal should not be in a hurry to bring any of them back to the Emirates Stadium. With competition for attacking spots already rife, it’s difficult to see how they fit in to the first-team picture at Arsenal.
Podolski and Campbell ought to be permanently sold, while Sanogo could be sent for another prolonged spell. Another year of first-team football would either help make him ready for life at Arsenal or potentially increase his value for an eventual permanent sale.
Mathieu Flamini’s time with Arsenal is surely approaching a close.
The emergence of Francis Coquelin has pushed Flamini down the midfield pecking order, and once Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere are available for selection, he may find himself surplus to requirements.
Arsenal should create space on the wage bill by allowing the veteran midfielder to move elsewhere.
Theo Walcott’s contract is just over a year from ending, and with little sign of a breakthrough in negotiations, the club must be considering a sale. Having invested so much in his development, it would be absurd to risk losing him on a free transfer in 2016.
Walcott has been marginalised from the first-team picture in recent weeks, suggesting that Wenger may be preparing for life without the speedy winger.
If Theo Walcott leaves Arsenal, Paulo Dybala could be the ideal man to replace his contribution in front of goal.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has claimed on Italian radio station Radio Marte (h/t Will Giles of the Metro) that Arsenal have joined Juventus in making an official offer for Dybala’s services.
If Arsenal can see of Juve and secure a deal, they will have acquired one of the most exciting young talents in world football.
Abou Diaby Makes Shock Return for Reserves
Abou Diaby has taken a first small step towards convincing Arsène Wenger that he is still worth a new contract after unexpectedly joining Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy on the comeback trail on Tuesday.
The four senior Arsenal first-team players all started for Steve Gatting’s Under-21 team at their London Colney training base in an eventual 4-0 win against Brentford.
Diaby has not played any first-team football since the Capital One Cup defeat against Southampton back in September while Wilshere was returning from the ankle surgery that has kept him out since the 2-1 loss against Manchester United last November.
Club captain Arteta has also not played since last year while Debuchy needed a shoulder operation after a robust challenge during the January defeat by Stoke City.
Diaby, Wilshere and Arteta all played only 45 minutes against Brentford today, suggesting that they are not in serious contention to face Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday. Debuchy, though, lasted an hour and could come straight into the squad to offer added defensive back-up.
While the returns of Wilshere, Arteta and Debuchy should directly boost the club’s hopes of retaining the FA Cup and even challenging Manchester City and Chelseaat the top of the Premier League, the situation surrounding Diaby is arguably even more intriguing.
The 28-year-old former France international has suffered numerous injuries over recent seasons but Wenger has never wavered in his support and still hopes that such a promising career can end well.
Diaby’s injuries have almost always stemmed from attempting to compensate for a lack of mobility in one ankle and he has played only 16 league games during the past four seasons. Wenger, though, has said that he “will keep him” if Diaby can return to full match fitness and knows that he faces a major decision this summer.
One solution might be some sort of pay-as-you-play arrangement although much will now depend on the next two months.
Wilshere scored after only seven minutes of Tuesday’s Under-21 match before providing an assist for Daniel Crowley. Alex Iwobi then scored twice to put Arsenal 4-0 ahead by half-time. Mathieu Flamini also played 66 minutes before being substituted.
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