Arsenal will get another chance to move up the table when the club hosts Everton in a Premier League encounter and the off the field celebrations in honor of Sir Herbert Chapman, Thierry Henry and Tony Adams will probably spur on the Gunners to keep the fans in ‘party mode’. In recent years, Everton has been on the end of some staggering score lines against Arsene Wenger and his men.
Arsenal began its 2010/11 campaign with a resounding 6-1 win over Everton in Goodison Park and there was also a fixture far back when the Gunners ran riot against David Moyes’ side with seven unreplied goals.
Europe’s football governing body UEFA want to probe Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere over some comments he made when Arsenal played Olympiakos in Athens. Wilshere is believed to have gambled on his own club and a certain tweet that has since been deleted has raised a few eyebrows:
“Champions league tonight come on the Arsenal! @Frimpong26AFC 1st goal is 150-1… worth a cheeky £10 right?”
However, the Englishman has denied these claims and I’m sure a brief investigation will probably take place. The claims were further aggravated when Wilshere tweeted that Frimpong almost made him some money following the Ghanaian’s effort that hit the side netting.
Moving on to more positive news, Wolves are planning to take Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin on loan this winter but it seems as if they might hit a brick wall over that because Arsene Wenger plans to access the fitness of Wilshere and Abou Diaby before taking his decision.
Frimmy and the Coq are two players that have shown what they are made of this season and a loan move to another Premier League side will do wonders to their confidence and the gooners will get a good chance to see them strut their stuff against the best sides in the Premier League.
Yossi Benayoun joined the Gunners on loan on the last day of the transfer window and he has featured sparingly for the club. He opened his Arsenal account against Shrewsbury Town in the Carling Cup and he scored a brilliant goal in the Gunner’s last fixture. The Isreali acknowledges the fact that there is serious competition for starting places and he’s willing to bide his time.
“Fabregas and Nasri are both good players, and maybe the fans expected other names, or bigger names (to replace them), but all the players bought on the last day have proved themselves and we are playing much better and winning games.”
“The supporters now understand that we have a good team with a lot of quality, and I think they have forgotten about the other players already.”
He also talked about the club’s close proximity to the teams above them and I’m confident that the Gunners will finish in the top four this season…and above Tottenham Hotspurs. I recently wrote an article on 11 reasons why the Gunners can finish above Spurs and it’s fair to say that it caused a great debate.
Mad Jens Lehmann served Arsenal for four years and he still holds the record for the longest run in the Champions League without conceding a goal. In the wake of Manchester City’s exit from Europe’s elite competition, he has labeled the side as a boring outfit.
Lehmann made a lot of comments on the Premier League table toppers with the pick of the bunch being that they make their opponents fall asleep with lots of possession. Lehmann is open to his opinion but football is not just about entertainment because at the end of the day, it’s the final results that matter.
Jose Mourinho had a large amount of 1-0 victories in his first season at Chelsea but they were enough to seal the club’s first title in 50 years and Chelsea still has Premier League defensive records that are yet to be broken. They conceded only six goals at home and nine away. Pretty impressive if you ask me.
In other news, Andre Santos will be out for three weeks while Borussia Dortmund has told Arsenal that they can get their German Messi for £30m. If you really want to know why Arsenal needs Mario Gotze, read Vijay Murali‘s brilliant article tagged 11 reasons why the Gunners must sign Gotze in January.
Every point was spot on.
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After a torrid start to the campaign, Wenger had the pleasure of watching his young Guns defeat lowly npower League Two outfit Shrewbury Town two nights ago.
It wasn’t an exact stroll in the park as most people expected because the lower league side gave the Gunners a run for their money.
They drew first blood when Mark Wright fired the ball against Fabianski’s post.
Ryo Miyaichi was handed his Arsenal debut under the watchful eyes of an expectant crowd but they could only witness an 18-minute cameo from the Jap when he came on in the second half.
Chamakh had a chance to break the deadlock but he chose to place the ball instead of smashing it home. Out from the blue, Arsenal was a goal down when Marvin Morgan crossed the ball for James Collins to power home a header.
Shrewsbury almost went 2 up when Reuben Hazel flashed a header that went wide when it looked easier to hit the target. Arsenal leveled the contest when Carl Jenkinson sent over an enticing cross which Kieran Gibbs meets with a powerful header.
Arsenal began the second half well and they went ahead thanks to a lucky effort from the Chambered Ox. He let fly from about 30 yards out and sees his shot squirm under the Shrewsbury keeper for his first senior goal for the club.
Yossi Benayoun followed in the footsteps of Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by netting his first Arsenal goal, converting from close range.
At the end of the game, Wenger had a thing or two to tell the media Vultures:
“We played a young team with a mixture of young players and experienced players. We took a gamble and it worked because you could see some players, who we haven’t seen so much of like Oxlade-Chamberlain and Coquelin, have done extremely well and that is positive for the future.”
In the aftermath of the game, the Chambered Ox was delighted in breaking his Arsenal duck as well as get involved in first team action.
“Straight away I was excited about the game and it was brilliant to be involved.”
Even if he took onto the pitch for just 18 minutes, Ryo Miyaichi said that it is an ambition fulfilled to finally make his Arsenal debut and I expect that we’ll see more action from the talented youngster as the season progresses.
Kieran Gibbs also came under the spotlight for all the right reasons and he hopes his fortune in front of goal for Arsenal may have finally changed for the better.
Gibbs also told the media Vultures that the team is united and I’m not writing about the leaders of the log table, Manure United:
“It has not been the easiest of months, but I can assure everyone that the team is together.”
“You can see from the stats of the games that what we are doing is right, but on some occasions we just are not getting the results.”
“We are looking to turn that around as soon as possible so we can lift the club.”
“We just have to stand up and be counted, not hide away now if the results don’t go our way. We will see a change.”
Gibbs has also urged the team to get behind Wenger.
Wenger has worked effortlessly to make Arsenal a squad that’s good enough to challenge for trophies but so many factors like ill-luck, injuries, squad indiscipline and bad officiating has haunted the club down the years.
If there’s any time to get behind Wenger, it’s now.
Gibbs also talked up the new signing, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain:
“To come in, especially at this time, which isn’t easy for someone young – he has expressed himself and shown what he can do. He is a good addition to the squad and he has ability. He is good and I’m looking forward to playing with him.”
The media Vultures are back with their transfer frenzy of linking players in and out of Arsenal.
They say that Wenger is about to go to his favorite Ligue 1 to snap up Marseille’s Andre-Pierre Gignac for £18m. Gignac was very prolific in his time at Toulouse but he hasn’t really set the Stade Velodrome alight.
He’ll be a good addition to the squad but there are three players currently in that position so I doubt if Wenger would want to add more selection headaches to himself.
They’ve also linked Arsenal with Bayern’s Holger Badstuber. The youngster is a decent center back that’s also adept playing as a left back so he could be touted as one for the future.
I was 80% sure that they’ll mention the BioHazard of Eden but this time, they’ll added a new dimension. They’ve reported that Arsenal may sacrifice Arshavin in a part-exchange deal to seal the deal for Hazard.
Sacrificing Arshavin? They should have just reported that Arsenal was going to package Arshavin with a big red ribbon to Lille and the note on the package would have been,
“from Russia with love.”
Still sticking with transfer news, QPR’s new boy Joey Hitler told the media Vultures that his brawl with Gervinho cost him a move to Arsenal.
Now that’s rich. Arsenal buying Adolf Hitler’s long lost grandson. There are no Jews in the squad to exterminate in gas chambers so a relative of Hitler wasn’t needed at the club.
Oh wait…did I say that they were no Jews?
*looks left and right to see if Yossi Benayoun is around the corner and enters a getaway bike*
@YossiBenayoun15: “Very disappointed as I have a strain and will be out for a week or so.”
Arsenal’s Benik Afobe is going to be ruled out for four months with a groin problem.
I wish him all the best and a speedy recovery
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