Arsenal Supporters Video Score: five / five
When Ronald Koeman took over as Southampton boss, a lot of people thought it was a mistake. The Saints were in tatters, most of their top layes had been sold and a new foreign manager had arrived to effectively start from scratch. It was tipped to be a disastrous season for the club, the 2014-15.
But Koeman accepted the challenge. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise because he never hesitated to do that as a player either – the Dutchman always took his opponents on and was one of the most outrageous and arrogant defenders of his time. Continue reading
Alex Song is currently performing for West Ham United on a loan deal with his parent club being Barcelona but the Cameroon midfielder has revealed his intention on making a return to Arsenal, which is the club where he used to play with and it’s the team where he spent his most time as he made over 120 appearances.
Song revealed his interest in returning to the Emirates Stadium.
“I would have liked to go back to Arsenal but they did not want to. That’s life. Cesc Fabregas also wanted to return to Arsenal but they did not want to exercise their option. It is surprising when you see what he is doing at Chelsea. He is stronger than before’’
‘’Arsenal is a family. I will see people who I know well. This is the club that made me grow up; I arrived there at the age of 17’’ Alex Song told reporters as he described just how important and how much of an impact Arsenal has been for him.
According to the Cameroon midfielder, he wanted to return to Arsenal but Arsene Wenger was not interested in bringing him back which was a similar thing with what happened to Cesc Fabregas as the Spanish midfielder wanted to come back to Arsenal after his relationship with Barcelona reached its end.
If this is indeed all true and Arsene Wenger did not want to bring back either Fabregas or Song then it would be a rather surprising decision from the French manager as his team is consistently being hit by injuries that has hampered the capabilities of Arsenal on a number of occasions on making a serious and genuine charge for the Premier League title.
Bringing back quality players such as Alex Song or Cesc Fabregas would be a good decision for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal as these players can spark new life to the squad.
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Mesut Ozil is not in a mood to get rushed back to the game at any point of time this year. He said that in an event yesterday.
Ozil has not been in the scene for one month or so. The last time he had featured was in the first week of October against the Blues.
He, then, torn his ligament while being with the German national squad.
The Arsenal supporters were hoping that the forward would be back around Christmas, but, they would be sad to hear that it’s not going to happen.
Speaking in that event yesterday, Ozil said, “I think I have to be out for 7-8 weeks more at least. So, coming back this year is out of question. It already feels like a long break, but, that’s soccer for you. You cannot escape from injuries. However, you need to keep yourself in good shape mentally and that’s what I am trying to do. I hope I am back in January.”
A couple of big names including Giroud are already not there for the Gunners and now, with the news of Ozil’s unavailability until January, Arsene Wenger would be really worried.
It’s not an ideal scenario for a manager to be without his big players especially when the morale of the team is totally down.
Arsenal’s confidence would have hit rock bottom after the defeat to Swansea. It was the second time in a row that they dropped points after taking the lead.
Chelsea which is the top positioned team in English first division right now has 12 points more than Arsenal and Wenger, a few days ago, had admitted that covering that gap might be impossible now.
The French coach would be eyeing a top 4 spot rather than the title in the remaining part of the season.
The rumours regarding Jack Wilshere facing an extended amount of time on the sidelines has raised the question as to how much Arsenal will actually miss him.
The England international has been ‘full of promise’ for some time now but is still yet to deliver match-winning performances on a regular basis. Continue reading
Arsenal Supporters Video Ranking: five / five
Sunderland slipped into the relegation zone after a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal. Even though this was comparatively much better than the 8-0 thrashing that they suffered last week against Southampton, it was yet another match without any points for the club that only narrowly avoided relegation last season. Many expected Sunderland to be in the Championship this campaign, but a remarkable improvement in form towards the last few matches of the season saw them climb out at the expense of Fulham. This season, though, there has been yet another the relegation fight at the Stadium of Light.
Defender Wes Brown committed a mistake in the first half to allow Alexis Sanchez to score the opening goal. A poor back pass in the final few minutes of the match meant that goalkeeper Vito Mannone was unable to prevent Sanchez from scoring another goal and securing three points for the team from London. Poyet was once again a disappointing manager during the postmatch press conference. He highlighted the much better performance from his players, but he was unable to look away from the fact that his team are now in the relegation zone after nine matches in the season.
Poyet, though, has given his backing to the players who have committed individual mistakes in the last few weeks. “It’s not easy to comment because if you take the two mistakes away, we defended well, we competed well as a group, we tried harder. We really tried our best against a team that will always control the ball. Saying that, I wasn’t expecting the two mistakes for the two goals that we conceded. There is a little bit of disappointment in those terms because after everything that happened last weekend, you expect to not concede the goals that we conceded today,” said Poyet.