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Is Alexis Sanchez on the way out?

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Arsenal Alexis SanchezAlexis Sanchez has been a hero to Arsenal fans for the last three years. It looks increasingly likely that the Chilean will quit the Gunners for a move elsewhere. What will hurt is if that he does move to Man City as opposed to Bayern Munich, Gunners’ fans will have to watch him come to the Emirates and likely tear us apart. I hope that as is being reported he will shun a move to link up with former manager Pep at City and move to Germany to partner his international buddy Arturo Vidal.
What is for sure is that the money is going to be reinvested in the team. With no shortage of activity on the transfer market, this is the year where players look to be available. Thomas Lemar would be for me the perfect signing now we already have Lacazette to replace Sanchez. But if Sanchez leaves, Arsenal need to do all they can to keep hold of the Ox and Mesut Ozil. Midfielders of that calibre are hard to come by and I have a feeling Ozil is going to have a fantastic season for us if we can keep him happy and fit. The Ox should be one for our future and we should also do all that we can to sign him up to a new deal.
Elsewhere Per Mertesacker has been brought in to manage the academy and will retire at the end of this season. Good move from Arsenal in my opinion. Jens Lehmann has already been brought in as a coach and it will be interesting to see how that goes down with Arsene Wenger’s team.
It’s nice to see that there is some movement behind the scenes with new coaches and I think the appointment of Lehmann is a very interesting one as he has never been one to mince his words.
Let’s see what the next couple of weeks brings on the transfer market, fingers crossed we see some more new faces.

End of the road for Arsene Wenger?

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough. With Arsene Wenger effectively conceding the title to Chelsea yesterday, and after a shocking defensive display that saw Arsenal slump to a 2-1 defeat to Swansea City; I think most Gunners’ fans’ patience has now been fully tested.

Watching the game was an absolute nightmare. Bar Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, we were awful. At the back Per Mertesacker had a shocker and Nacho Monreal IS NOT A CENTRE BACK. We had chances in the summer to buy a replacement for Vermaelen but failed. In midfield Aaron Ramsey played poorly and Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta were non-existent. When is Arsene going to learn that these players are not good enough for a championship challenging side?

The worst part about it all, was the fact that Arsenal went out with the most useless looking line up for a visit to Swansea. You have to attack these teams. You can break them with talent alone. Why on earth we are still not playing Podolski and Joel Campbell and prefer to bring Yaya Sanogo off of the bench is a complete mystery to me and just about every Arsenal fan.

Arsene Wenger has lost the plot. He is so powerful at the club, he is the decision maker from top to bottom. The problem is, he’s got too much power and calls the shots. If players like Campbell and Podolski want to leave, he doesn’t play them. He’s too much pride. It’s time for him to consider his future.

I’m pretty sure we’ll be up there at the end of the season. The only silver lining is that Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool are also useless this season. We’ve still got plenty of time to push our way into the top four, which as we all know, is like a trophy to our ageing coach.

Is it time for a change? Yes, it probably is…

Brutal Anderlecht comeback delays Arsenal qualification

Alexis Sanchez

Well, well well… that was not fun to watch. When all seemed to be going well, with Arsenal coasting to a 3-0 victory over Anderlecht, the Belgian minnows fought hard and came back to level up the scores at 3-3.
We’ve been used to seeing Arsenal score late goals this season, it’s not fun to see us on the other end of some late action.
Positives from last night; of course, yet again Alexis Sanchez. He scored a wonderful goal after an initial free kick rebounded off of the wall and then he had a second crack on the volley and the ball went past Silvio Proto into the corner of the net. That’s about it.
Negatives; the entire defence – I don’t know what has happened to Per Mertesacker but he is looking well off the pace since he won the World Cup. In addition, Nacho Monreal is not a decent centre half so should not being played there. Why oh why we didn’t sign another centre back when we had the chance is beyond me. I’d love to see Carl Jenkinson back at Arsenal sooner rather than later.
One other positive, we only need a point against a struggling Borussia Dortmund at home or a visit to Turkish side Galatasaray. I think we’re safe, but we’ve made a meal of it.
We now need to focus on our next game in the Premier League. Arsene Wenger has just a little under two months to find a centre back that he MUST sign in January otherwise it could be a trophyless season for us.
We can’t keep conceding goals like this, especially against average sides like Anderlecht.
That’s all for now.

Penalty win over Wigan takes us to FA Cup final

Lukas Fabianski

Arsenal fans will breathe a sigh of relief after Wigan very nearly dumped us out of the FA Cup last night in the semi-final… my word how close it was.

The normally steady Per Mertesacker tripped down Callum McManaman in the Arsenal box after 57 minutes and then Spaniard Jordi Gomez stepped up to fire home. Surely not… Wigan on course to celebrate a second final two years running… it looked like it was going to happen.

Arsenal were fired up for it and knew that this would be the best chance of major silverware in 10 years and finally, Mertesacker redeemed himself in the 82nd minute as he headed up an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain strike.

With extra time beckoning, Arsene Wenger looked very concerned on the touchline. After 30 rough and tiring minutes, the Gunners then knew a penalty shoot out would be on the way. We normally and surprisingly have a decent run in shoot outs and that would continue as the massive Lukas Fabianski saved two spot kicks and Santi Cazorla fired home the winning penalty.

Now we must get our focus back onto the league to ensure that we can indeed retain the all important Champions League football that has governed Arsene Wenger’s tenure over the past ten odd years. We also now take a massive step closer to silverware for the first time in ten years. Onward and upward, here we go Gooners, we’re on our way to Wembley!

SW

Sagna, Wenger and Mertesacker to sign a new contract?

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Morning all

So the gossip is that Arsene Wenger, Bacary Sagna and Per Mertesacker are all in advanced contract discussions and that the club is set to announce an agreement with all three in the coming two weeks. This would be a wonderful statement of intent by the Gunners. Let’s hope it’s true and that this doesn’t drag out for too long. Sagna is the best right back in the country and Mertesacker adds a lot on the field and off it.

On the pitch, we picked up an important 2-1 win away at Aston Villa. The kind of performances that will win titles. I was very impressed with the fighting spirit of all of the players during that game, especially Jack Wilshere. It’s great to see him doing so well. He’s going to need to keep the form up ahead of the World Cup, there’s massive competition for places. For England, I think he should partner Ross Barkley in the middle – a great little duo.

Our next game is the home game against Coventry City in the FA Cup. What a great draw we got there, let’s hope we see it through. We need to play a strong team, so let’s hope we see some of our best players.

-SW

Rival trio drop points, Arsenal can take 7 point lead

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Frantically refreshing the BBC football page, I couldn’t believe my eyes as I saw not just Manchester United slip up in a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle earlier in Saturday, but then Chelsea slump to defeat against Stoke City courtesy of a last minute goal and then Manuel Pellegrini’s City side only manage a draw away at Southampton. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Is this season really going to be that geared up for an Arsenal title win?

Despite all that, this is an amazing opportunity ahead of us today – we’ve got to win. If we do win, that’s 7 points ahead of everyone else at the top of the table and sees us sitting pretty ahead of what is going to be a particularly difficult Christmas period.

I’m really excited about today’s game. Arsene Wenger knows exactly what he needs to do to beat Everton. Run at them. The Toffees have an excellent team but they are physically not as good as the teams at the top of the league. I’ve always been a fan of Phil Jagielka, but he cannot handle the pace. I’m also a fan of Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines, but the latter is missing and the former doesn’t ever play his best against the top teams. What we have to do today is to run at their defence and give Romelu Lukaku no room. In my opinion, the Belgian striker is already well on his way to becoming one of the best players in Europe. He must be given no space otherwise he will score. Mertesacker will have to be at his best today.

Anyway, on to the game we go. Can’t wait for this one, it’s going to be a massive game. Here’s to a hopeful 7 point lead and a very early christmas present #comeonyouGunners

Mesut Ozil to take a rest vs. England, The Ox has injury setback?

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Happy Mondays guys

So not much of note this morning to talk about, but Mesut Ozil has been told he will be rested for the game against England. This is good news for Arsenal indeed, and Joachim Loew has laughed off speculation that he is not taking this game seriously because he’s fielding reserves. Who gives a monkeys? If Ozil is rested this is good news for our championship push as the player hasn’t had enough rest since joining us.

In other news, Theo Walcott is all set to make his long awaited return to the first team against his former club Southampton at the weekend. That means we could even decide to rest Giroud, depending on how long he plays against Ukraine this week. I know everyone wants Arsenal to sign a new striker but I don’t think we need to. We’ve got Walcott who wants to play more as an out and out striker and Podolski can do a job as a backup for Giroud. We don’t need to sign a striker even though it would be very nice to have.

In other news, it appears Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has had a major setback in his recovery from injury. That’s truly bad news and it seems that he won’t be back in the first team until New Year at the very earliest. The England international will be eager to get back up and playing against top opposition, especially with the World Cup coming up.

With Laurent Koscielny suspended for the France-Ukraine game, that’s a nice bit of news for Arsenal fans as well. He will need a break too.

So our major concerns will be Per Mertesacker, who is likely to play some part in the game against England, whilst Olivier Giroud has to be our biggest concern. He has been absolutely knackered in the games I’ve seen him this year and you have to wonder if France slump out of the qualifiers how that will make a difference to the striker mentally.

Fingers crossed he doesn’t play and they decide to play Karim Benzema instead. I was very surprised with Deschamps’ choice of players against Ukraine anyway and they will need all the goals they can get, so it might even work for them to play both Benzema and Giroud. Regardless of what happens, let’s hope he doesn’t get an injury too… we’ve so far escaped relatively unscathed.

Until tomorrow!
The Sensei

Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Liverpool puts Gunners 5 points clear

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What. a. result. I don’t know about you but the Liverpool win was probably one of my favourite Arsenal moments in the last 5-6 years. From start to finish we were simply outstanding. Up front, you had Giroud who was bouncing around all over the pitch, picking up the ball in the air and bringing others into play. In the middle, Santi Cazorla was outstanding, picking up the ball and driving forward. Rosicky was sublime. I love the way the 33 year old is coming back as an important player even though he’s into his mid 30′s, long may it continue. Ozil had a quiet game but made all the difference with an assist. Aaron Ramsey. Absolute class. Mikel Arteta, one of his best games for the club…. then finally the entire defence: BEAUTIFUL!

This was one of the best Arsenal performances I’ve seen for a long time and puts us in good track for the Borussia Dortmund game on Wednesday.

We started off the game in great fashion, this was as Mesut Ozil put on Twitter ‘Formula 1 football’. The first goal by Cazorla was great. A cross from Bacary Sagna met the head of the Spaniard, which bounced back off the post, only to fall back into his own path to spank the ball into the roof of the net. 1-0

Aaron Ramsey is having the season of his life and took his tally to 10 when he spanked home a glorious volley over the head of Simon Mignolet and into the top of the net – 2-0.

What more can you say? That defence held their own for the whole game. Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are simply a superb duo. All that needs to happen is for Per to clear the last bits of dodginess in his game whilst Koscielny needs to stop giving away bad penalties and we can really make a go of it this year.

So, onto Germany we go. If we can get a win that would be simply outstanding and go a long way to guaranteeing qualification for the next round.

Swansea win sends Arsenal top of the league

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So, Arsenal continued their good start to the season and Aaron Ramsey has kept up his goalscoring exploits. If you compare our season so far to this point last season, it couldn’t be any different. Aaron Ramsey has scored more goals so far this season than he did in the whole of the last two seasons and we’re top of the league, it’s truly amazing!

Yesterday’s game and build up was all about whether or not we could maintain this good form on the road against a big club. Granted, Swansea weren’t a big team until a couple of years ago, but a trip to Wales is always a good test for the boys.

Arsene Wenger decided to keep an unchanged side to the week prior and that meant young Serge Gnabry would be playing three games in a week. It’s experience like this that gives youngsters the chance to prove themselves at the highest level.

We started off on the back foot, but didn’t ever really look like we were going to be challenged by the Swans. In truth, Michu looked like their most dangerous player for the majority of the game, while Dwight Tiendalli and Nathan Dyer often looked like they would cause aggravation for our team from the wings.  However, I have to say, Sagna and Gibbs played excellently stopping the attacking threat of the Swans. It’s amazing to see Gibbs continue to develop after a rough start at Arsenal, but I think in Gibbsy England have a pretty excellent replacement for Ashley Cole.

In the middle of the park, we played pretty well. Jack Wilshere seems to be becoming more of a free role midfielder these days. He’s been given complete freedom to pick up the ball, get stuck into challenges and then roam forward and start build up play. He was saying earlier in the week that he hopes to score more goals soon – to be honest he shouldn’t worry about the goalscoring, just keep doing the simple stuff well. As for Flamini, what can you say… yet another solid game from the Frenchman. What a good start he’s having back at the Emirates. Of course, most of the plaudits will go to Ramsey again. He had an excellent game and bagged another goal, if he keeps this up then we too will be able to continue our good form.

Serge Gnabry opened the scoring with a crisp and composed finish into the corner. I really like the look of Gnabry, the German made a couple of excellent runs and almost created a goal earlier on in the game. It’s going to be hard for the young lad to move back to the reserves after Walcott and The Ox return from injury.

Giroud looked a little lost yesterday and so did Ozil. Luckily when our best two attacking players have bad days this season, we have the strength in central midfield to stay in the game.

Overall, excellent from the Arsenal. There’s not much in the news today, apart from talk of a potential new contract for Per Mertesacker. I have to say, we need to give him a new contract as soon as possible, he’s coming into the best years of his career and he still continues to produce the goods every game I’ve seen him in this season.

The next game sees us take on Napoli on Tuesday. Looking forward to that one. They are in my opinion better than Juventus now and will push for Serie A, and Rafa Benitez is a great coach who can do the business there. Will be looking forward to seeing how well Higuain plays as well of course!

Have a good Sunday, please post in the comments.

A Swansea win could prove Arsenal’s title credentials

Laurent Koscielny

Good morning folks, it’s Saturday which means it’s finally time for Arsenal to play again! This weekend we’re traveling to Wales to take on the mighty Swansea. A lot has been made already about Arsenal’s good start to the season, but we have yet to really be tested apart from that 3-1 home defeat to Villa. A visit to Swansea is traditionally quite a tricky test and I truly believe a win at the Liberty will prove our title credentials this year.

In the early kick off today, Tottenham battled out a 1-1 draw against Chelsea. I couldn’t think of a better result, even if Chelsea would probably be happier with the result, getting a point away at a potential title rival.

That being said, the Arsenal players will be well aware of the result earlier today and will be firing on all cylinders when it comes to kick off time this afternoon.

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I’d like to see Arsenal play something of a defensive formation. I’d put Flamini behind Wilshere and Arteta, with both Ozil and Ramsey having the freedom to roam behind Giroud up front. It’s not a particularly defensive look but as you well know Ramsey nor Ozil are wingers, so we should fill up the centre of the park to block any potential attacks from the Swans.

One thing about this game is it sees us take on Michu. He’s a lively striker and I read somewhere this morning that linked us with a move for the Spaniard in the January transfer window again. I also read another blogger mention that if we signed Michu we would definitely be challenging for the title come the end of the year. He really has been one of the all time bargains of the Premier League. He’s quick, mobile, good in the air, good at finishing and still has a fair few years left before he reaches his prime. He wouldn’t be a bad signing for Arsenal at all. For now though, the focus should be on crowding him out. With Koscielny and Mertesacker at the back I’m more than confident we can drown out any Swansea attacks.

If we are going to be realistic challengers this season, we simply have to beat them.

My prediction is that the boys should grab a 2-0 win today and I’ll be crossing my fingers, toes, chopsticks and everything else hoping for that result. Enjoy the game!