3 Massive points on Saturday. Big enough to take us top of the premier league. From the help of Chelsea of course!
Like many, I have re-watched the game and picked up on one or two smaller points. Starting with the defence. Johan Djoruou was solid throughout the game after coming on for the injured Koshcienly, in what can only be described as a bizarre moment of madness!
First of all he bumps into his team-mate but then plucks up the determination to try and block the on-coming shot from the Fulham attacker, Which led to the goal.
You can see why the referee didn’t blow straight away. Mainly because LK6 didn’t fall over straight away clinching his face.
Back onto Johan Djourou though, As i was saying…he did a fantastic job in the Arsenal defence. Winning headers, Tackling, and leading the back-line. He’s really grasped his chances well so far this season and re installed the faith Wenger has shown in him over the years!
You can make a good case for him to be starting alongside Vermaelen when the commanding central defender returns (Which could be against Chelsea near New Year according to the Mirror HERE)
Onto the Other end of the pitch. The guy everyone is talking about. . . Samir Nasri
What can I say? Two superb moments of footballing brilliance, Quick feet, Cool head, Silky footwork and daring attitude was all on show. It was that good, it even got praise of that Twat Alan hansen on the much watched… BBC’s Match of the Day!
Samir Nasri is currently in his third season since joining the Club. He’s in the form of his life, Scoring goals, Setting them up, added pace to his game, and you can say…one of the form midfielder’s in the World right now (Yes, That Much!)
Slight concern though? He was a slight injury doubt before the game with a knee problem, but he passed and started.
However, after his first goal, he was seen hobbling about, No news as yet from Arsenal on the extent of the injury but for Arsenal’s sake…lets hope he is fit for Manchester Utd away a week tomorrow!
I’m not to concerned over the game on Wednesday night, So im expecting to see Samir on the bench if he’s passed fit.
We should hear some news tomorrow!
This brings me on to the game in mid-week. Partizan belgrade. Arsenal must win really. We have done a great job of Fucking this group up by loosing to Shaktar and then Braga so we find ourselves looking at second position then the much likely possibility of facing Real Madrid in the round of 16!
If theres any chance of Arsenal finishing first in the group, we must hope Braga pull of a shock result away to Shaktar and obviously, An Arsenal victory, here at the Emirates!
A reminder to all who’s reading… Arsenal v Partizan will be on ITV 1 at 7:30 PM UK Time! So we can all endure the tense, fantastic, thrilling, nervous, blood-boiling game that is………..Arsenal football club!
(In all good humour off course!)
So thats it for now, got an interesting post coming up on Tuesday on the subject of Nicklas Bendtner and his future at the club but for now…. Take care and thank you
(Quick EDIT – Thoughts goes to the Arsenal defender, Who’s currently on loan at Juventus… Armand Traore…His father has died this week and Armand has returned to france on compassionate leave. We’re with you Armand!)
Hello all. its been some time since I last fired a BLOG post. I would say its been down to the lack of time, However its mostly been down to the huge negativity surrounding Arsenal in the recent weeks . BUT, no fear… I’m here to spread some positive thought’s ahead of tomorrows lunchtime kick off.
The last thing you guys want to read is me dabbing on about how lacklustre we were against the scum down the road + Braga on Tuesday night.
So I wont be doing that. Instead, I’m Here to talk about the Villa away game and hopefully stuffing you all with some confidence in the team and getting pumped up for tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s game presents Arsenal with a huge chance to get back to winning ways. More importantly giving something back to the fans after ”Them Games”. Aston Villa is a tricky place to go, BOTH Chelsea and Manchester UTD have failed to win there this Season, you would even argue both should of lost with Villa missing a 1v1 late on against Chelsea and then putting themselves two nil up against Manchester.
So winning tomorrow will not only be a huge 3 points, And a confidence boost mentally…but also a psychological effect on the rest of the league. Winning where the other two main competitors haven’t is a big thing in my eyes.
The ‘big thing’ however – a win tomorrow will put us top of the league. Be it for a matter of hours, it doesn’t matter… Top of the league, is Top of the league…Not Second, or Third!
Question remains… Can we win tomorrow?
It’s a big test…Losing two games in a row will kick the stuffing out of any team, but losing to ”Them lot down the road” in the way we did would demolish the team’s confidence.
Cesc Fabregas is out after being ”risked” in the Braga game, (*If you follow me on Twitter…you would know that I slated the boss for playing Cesc. He had doubts over his fitness prior kick off, so why even take the risk?*) Stone cold facts remain, He is out and we must look onwards and upwards without him. Please step up Samir Nasri + Tomas Rosicky!
Now We all know Aston Villa play on the Counter, Using the pace on the wings. Gerard Houllier will be looking to exploit the weaknesses in this Arsenal rearguard by mainly attacking the flanks. We’ve all seen Gael Clichy crumble into mistakes recently and i would put my mortgage on it that Villa will use that to their advantage.
The most important thing for Arsenal is one the most simplest ideas any average joe could come up with….STAY WISE defensively and DONT concede the first goal. Villa isnt a team where you can put 3/4 goals past them, Loosing the first goal will be a huge blow, We will push out, they will sit back, soak it up…hit us the counter with the long balls. We’ve seen it happen in recent years, Most notable…the game at the Emirates in which they won.
Correct me if im wrong but we havent won at Villa park in a good 2/3 season’s. Last year was based on a fairly dull 0-0 draw and the year before, a 2-2 dramatic match in which they scored very late on to clinch a last gasp point.
Let’s get the first goal, Stay good at the back, Win the midfield battle and im pretty confident we can bring the bacon back to North London in time for Wigan!
So, Tactics covered… Moving on to Fans confidence! (Yes, Thats right… YOU GUYS!)
I have read all sorts of hate in the recent week about this Arsenal team, I’ve seen people call for Wenger’s head, Robin Van Persie to be Sold, Fabregas to have the armband stripped from him, Bundles of players to be sold and even abusive comments tweeted at certain members of the Arsenal team on Twitter!
I know, As fans… we are all entitled to our opinion’s…After all, we pay the huge prices for match day tickets, we put our time on the line by watching the team, we go down the pub and be humiliated by fellow fans after losing to spurs but there is one thing we should never forget. We are not just fans. Who clap and eat prawn sandwiches… WE are SUPPORTERS of Arsenal Football Club. The team is not going to get nowhere if its own fans are like a tramp of chips after we lose a single game!
* CUE The patriotic Music and the National Flag waving*
We, Must Simply support this TEAM, we are all in it together, right up till may! We know this team has the quality, but this mental barrier must go. So with our help…. Lets make it go! Get this team rolling onto winning trophies, Which we all know…has been far to bloody long since our last one! Come on you Gooners!
Tomorrow is a good place to start!
VICTORIA CONCORDIA CRESCIT
Hello ladies and Gent’s, Good win mid-week ey? Looking forward to the Everton game? Any concern’s? Excitement?
Let me take you through my thoughts ahead of the game on Sunday + some reaction to the Wolves game. Read on!
Seen lots and lots of Arsenal blog’s this week talking about the wolves game and mainly highlighting M.Chamakh+ L.Fabianski!
However, I’m more interested in the performance of two other players. Sebastien Squillaci + Johan Djourou were pretty much class on Wednesday night. Hardly put a foot wrong all game. If it came to dealing with long balls in to the box, Corner’s or Throw ins… Both were pretty much on Song (Excuse the pun) in dealing with them.
Johan has been a little ”iffy” at the back in one or two games recently but for me, he’s got better and better, Game by game. You can make a similar case for Squillaci. I was reading comments over the net that he’s just another Silvestre: Old, Slow, Error prone, Not good enough?
Well let me tell you this, He’s been far from that, in fact… you could argue are best defender this season. He’s really lead the backline in experience, strength, Power. His standout performance for me was the game up at Sunderland. LK + SS were extremely solid throughout the game…up until 5 min’s into stoppage time that is!
I did a blog post not long ago talking about Dropping points when we dont play well, We seen it happen against Newcastle but i thought the way we ”Nicked” them points on Wednesday night is what we need to see more off!
Maybe a little harsh in saying we didnt play well, because in all honesty, Wolves were really good for 90 mins. We pretty much stole them point’s, Thanks to M.Chamakh and more importantly… Fabianski who made several class stops to deny wolves.
Looking ahead to the Everton game this weekend, It’s going to be a cracking game i feel, I like Everton, D.Moyes does a brilliant job up there and when Everton are clicking, their such a handful to keep in check.
We all know what players + Dangers they have in their ‘Arsenal’ (Again, Excuse the corny Pun). Tim Cahill is a brilliant player and one which could fit pretty much into any decent side around Europe. Arteta, an extremely technical gifted player. Some fans was moaning at Wenger 1/2 seasons back to splash the cash and buy him!
I was going to do a good piece on a certain danger man for Everton, Which was going to be Marouane Fellaini. But due him THANKFULLY getting sent off in the last game, he sits this one out!
Instead, Im going to do the good old Arsenal way and big up our strike force going into this one. Robin Van Persie has had a good week or two in training and will be available. Theo walcott, Nicklas Bendtner are both back.
M.Chamakh leading the line maybe with Andrey Arshavin who is in good form i feel. Came on at Newcastle and did Okay and thought he was a handful against Wolves the other night! On top of all that, in-form and player of the season (So far) Samir Nasri and next to him, a little player called Cesc Fabregas.
On the game itself, i really do feel its going to be decent football match. Everton will look to get forward and we all know what Arsenal can do. Arsenal can win this game without a doubt, I think they will. Mindful of set-pieces, a clean sheet up at Everton is a Brilliant add on bonus! In terms of the Title race, things could hot up even more. Manchester Utd face a tricky tie which could see them draw (In my opinion) which would make Le Arsenal in Second place (Stating the obvious)
Last bit on todays blog. Would love to know your thoughts on buying another central defender in January. IF, And a big IF… Thomas Vermaelen is out for a good few months… What would YOU do? Buy another defender for cover? Keep faith in Djourou ? Or even think about using Song in the centre of defence?
Let me know in the comments or via Twitter (Link to my Twitter page) because its an interesting point. The injury to Thomas is worrying. Mr.Wengers response doesnt heap tons of faith on to the matter either – ”Mystery”
Last shout, Dont forget to tune into Arsenal TV Online Fans Forums tonight from 8:15. It’s a great watch + you get to see the legend that is Akhil from Hounslow + others! = Value for Money?
Enjoy your weekend, 3 points to the Arsenal on order please!
A Good week then? Arsenal comfortably beat Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night with some delightful goals and we saw the return of Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner (On Saturday).
Emotion was also involved, Eduardo Da Silva had one of best comeback’s a former Arsenal player can receive at the Emirates from the Fans, He capped it off with a clinical strike which led to cheers from both Shakhtar + Arsenal fans!
Slightly other matters away from Arsenal, Spurs lost 4-3 to Inter Milan and Manchester UTD are crying over Wayne Rooney’s future.
So surely, With all this good news…Bad news would most certainly come?
Well. Here it is. There has been a lot of question’s being asked around the fitness and real extent of Thomas Vermaelen’s injury. From something minor has turned into ‘Another 3 weeks” – ”Another 10 days” – ”Not quite ready”
So what is the situation? Well ‘reports’ on the world wide internet today suggest he could be out all the way up till Next Year(Or even miss, Rest of the season)
If so, can Arsenal manage without him? Who will slot into his place? – With the injury to Laurent Koscielny it doesn’t leave much choice to Mr.Wenger and his staff. Johan Djourou has done a solid job at the back so far but as always, can he stay fit for a good run of games. Sebastien Squillaci has been solid so far bar one or two Minor mistakes and is quite capable of playing week in week out in my eyes.
The difference is though, Unlike last year, i have faith in all of our defender’s. We have 4 real top quality CB’s in the team and no longer have the likes of Senderos,Silvestre on our books.
Upwards and onwards to the other end of the pitch, the place where Mr.Wenger has got option’s, Nicklas Bendtner, Theo Walcott are all back. Currently on fire, Midfielder Samir Nasri, Good form Thomas Rosicky. Not forgetting Andrey Arshavin and Mr.Chamakh!
A whole range of options for Sunday’s game at Manchester City. For me, No matter who starts in the front 3,
I feel we can do some massive damage to a weak Man City defence.
I say a ‘Weak Man City Defence’ because in my opinion they are. I’m not convinced of Kolo Toure and Lescott at times. The worst part is their full backs. With a team like Arsenal, Probably the best Attacking team in England, There are goals to be scored!
Be sure to look out for my Pre-match post on the Manchester City game on Saturday! Injury news + Team news plus Wengers Press Conference comments all thrown in!
A Good few weeks back i started my Player Focus, In where i would do a good piece on a certain player i think needs/deserves some credit. This week, its Jay Emmanuel Thomas.
This guy is just immense, In pre-season (Austria) he looked a real handful upfront, knocking the ball past his man, beating him with pace,power + strength. Got a nifty shot on him and some silky skills/Footwork.
He seems to score every game in the Reserve league and impressed on his loan spell last season.
So why isnt this guy in the first team more often? Well, It’s most likely down to lack of experience and age. He made the starting 11 last season in the FA Cup up at Stoke but didnt impress, He just didnt get in the game.
He came of the bench at Stamford Bridge a few weeks back and in all honesty, Didnt have much time to even touch the ball.
‘Recently’ However, He bagged a Hat-Trick in the behind closed doors, Reserve game v West Ham. He just looked such a dominating figure on the pitch! Defenders didnt know how to deal with him.
I really hope he starts in the Newcaslte Carling Cup game and puts on a show, He needs to have a big First team game to force him into the Premier League matchday squad ect…
Be sure to keep an eye on him in reserve games and most deffo check out next week’s Carling Cup Fixture in which, Hopefully he’l play.
So that’s it for this week Gooners, Mid-Week Arsenal chatter all in one Blog post. Special mention to Akhil who’s recently put up his new blogging site. It’s pretty Awesome so go check it out and Subscribe! Click here to go + for future references, Look under ”Links” on the right hand side.
Right, Enjoy the rest of the week. Friday Fans forum tomorrow, City on Sunday. Oh and the F1 Grand Prix = Brilliant.
Good evening fellow Arsenal fans. Been quite some time since i last posted on the Blog. Mainly because of the international break.
Arsenal saved us all from boredom and insanity by hosting Birmingham city at the Emirates in the returning Premier League, a must win game some pin-pointed it and rightly so.
Overall the game kicked up some massive talking points, mainly the Jack Wilshere sending off deep into Stoppage time and the Chamakh penalty incident. The question was, A dive or not a dive? You all have your own opinions on the matter, and mine is simple… it was a dive.
He clearly goes down before contact is made. Lets not forget though, this isn’t the first time Chamakh has won us a penalty, in fact, he’s won us several. Key thing, at least 3 of them have been ‘Dodgy’
Wengers words were correct though, he’s won us games and been very important at score-lines such as 1-1/0-0 ect.
Before i get on to Jack’s sending off, i would like to mention the Second goal which involved both Chamakh and Wilshere. The control from jack and the little pas to chamakh was pure brilliance and i very nice finish from the big man up front. Great goal.
Well, Probably the most controversial incident was the Wilshere tackle on Zigic. Straight red, no Arguments, no complaints from neither player or manager. So why is it controversial? Well, Arsenal have been grabbing the back pages with all this tackling nonsense so its funny how we are shoved into the lime light because of this tackle.
Obviously it was complete mistake from jack and was born 100% out of frustration. Losing the ball seconds before? Elbow from Zigic on jack? All we know is, Jack reacted and in result, got sent off. Credit to him though for coming out and saying he has no complaints. Something which we dont see from many players in this league from time to time.
Just concentrating more on the football, i thought Fabianski was solid throughout and in honesty, has had three solid games in a row now, Neither goals at Stamford Bridge was his fault and he couldn’t really do much about Zigic’s headers Yesterday!
The question is though, When Manuel Almunia is back, do you stick with Fabianski or plod Almunia in? Let me know your thoughts on that in the commets!
In terms of man of the match for Arsenal, Abou Diaby wins it for me. He was pretty much on the money all day, really quick feet, tackling, direct running, beating his man…he was pretty much outstanding in the game. Credit to the lad. Hopefully he can stick at it and keep that form going into Tuesday nights game and next weekend against Manchester City.
That brings me onto the midweek game. Champions league returns and with that, Eduardo Da Silva is back on the Emirates Pitch! If you are attending the game, please give him a warm welcome!
On the game, its going to be interesting… Shacktar have very good quality, Srna is a threat from anywhere on the pitch and must be watched. I do fully expect an Arsenal victory but don’t expect a Braga like score-line.
I will have a pre-match blog post up on Tuesday, Will be discussing the opposition in full and who to look out for. So please look out for that!
Thats pretty much it for tonight gooners, a good 3 points, Chelsea and Man utd both dropped points and we saw the return of Nicklas Bendtner + Theo Walcott. Lets hope Cesc Fabregas, And Thomas Vermaellen both return to action this week!
Please feel free to leave comments below or hit me up on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/L3W1_UK)
Thanks a bunch!