Can Olivier Giroud fire Arsenal to Premier League-FA Cup double?

Over halfway through the season and Arsenal look well placed to challenge for multiple trophies in 2016. The Gunners are currently fighting at the top of the Premier League table and secured their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Championship side Burnley at the weekend.

Giroud

At the beginning of the campaign, plenty of supporters were critical of Arsenal’s transfer policy. Arsene Wenger opted to place of all his trust in Olivier Giroud as the main striker instead of moving for the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Karim Benzema in the summer transfer window – a decision that was not universally accepted. Continue reading

Cult heroes: The Brazilian boy who was already a man

Lagoa da Prata, Minas Gerais. Translating to Silverlake in English, and best known for gold mining, the town can also take credit for producing a rock which swiftly became a polished diamond.

Gilberto Aparecido da Silva. His middle name; Portuguese for making an appearance, he earned a reputation for showing up at exactly the right time throughout his career.

Gilberto Silva
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Hector Bellerin remains supremely confident of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin remains supremely confident of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League.

They need to overcome Olympiakos by more than two goals in order to have any chance of qualification. The task is made tougher since it will be away from home. If it was at the Emirates stadium, Arsenal would have been seen as favourites to get the two goals and complete the job. As it is in Turkey where the home supporters are fanatical, it does get a lot tougher for the gunners.Bellerin is expected to continue in the right back for the gunners.

The 20-year-old has already evolved into one of Arsenal’s important players in the back. The Spanish star has been an ever present in the Premier League by making 13 appearances already.Bellerin continues to remain as one of the few squad members to have not witnessed a game while coming on for the bench. Olympiakos have a three-point advantage and will be able to comfortably go to the next round even with a draw.However, this is likely to provide a few nerves within the team. Arsenal know clearly what they want and the way to get it according toBellerin. Continue reading

Giroud steps up for Arsenal in Europe

Arsenal faced Olympiakos in the Champions League knowing that only a victory by a two-goal margin would secure their place in the knockout stages of the competition.

Arsene Wenger opted for both Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott in the starting line-up but played the Englishman on the wing rather than up front. By the end of the evening, the Gunners were through after Giroud’s hat-trick earned Wenger’s men a 3-0 victory.

Can they win the Champions League this season? Possibly not but at least they’ve managed to reach the last-16 once again. From there, who knows?

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IN OUR OWN HANDS

Arsenal would be a relieved and happy unit to know that they don’t have to depend on anyone else now for their qualification to the European Cup knockouts.

After losing three out of their first four games, Arsenal had got into a situation where they had to hope for Bayern Munich to get the better of Olympiacos for them to remain alive in the tournament.

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Starting the season without Alexis Sanchez is not the best way to kick-off

The last time that Arsenal won the Premier League title was during the 2003-04 season and ever since then, Arsene Wenger has only managed to put the English club in the top 5 spots of the top tier English league which isn’t bad as this shows consistency from the manager and his players but the fans of the club are tired of seeing them getting so close but just not managing to pull it off.

The next Premier League season kicks off on August 8 and Arsene Wenger has already had some bad news to announce to the supporters of the club and it involves one of their most important as well as influential figures, Alexis Sanchez.

Alexis Sanchez will be missing out from the opening match of the season for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger talked during a press conference in Asia and said: “He’ll be back with us on Aug. 3 and it takes about three weeks to competitive. It could take him a little bit less time to get match fit but he’ll miss our first game.”

One of the main reasons of why Arsenal in the past few years have just not been capable on making it through an entire season in full force and pull off a Premier League win is due to injuries as the main stars of the team have had to miss out from a significantly large period of time and this has already started to affect the squad of Arsene Wenger. Continue reading

Is Redknapp right?

Saturday November 21 proved to be a day to forget for all of those associated with Arsenal Football Club, with a 2-1 reversal away at West Bromwich Albion leading to numerous questions being asked of a side that had hoped to avoid another grilling.

The Gunners have fallen under the microscope at regular intervals this season, with struggles in the Champions League – which may yet lead to an early exit at the group stage – and elimination from the Capital One Cup at the hands of Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday making for uncomfortable viewing.

Arsene Wenger’s men have, on the whole, provided some assertive answers in Premier League competition, though, with a productive run of five straight wins offering the perfect response to defeat at Chelsea in September. Continue reading

WENGER BACKS XMAS BREAK

Arsene Wenger has claimed that he would not be a happy man without football during Christmas, as it has become a part of him over the last two decades or so.

Many new managers coming to the Premier League have complained about the excessive amount of fixtures during the Christmas period. However, the manager like Wenger, who came to the English league in 1996, says that it has been a part of the English game and it adds to the drama. Many teams have lost to the title during this period mainly because they have been unable to cope with the large number of matches in a short amount of time.

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WENGER SAD TO SEE RODGERS GO

Arsene Wenger is disappointed that Liverpool showed Brendan Rodgers the exit door. According to Wenger, Rodgers did a wonderful job at Merseyside and took the club forward during his reign and had the luck been on his side, he would have been able to taste glory in the top tier in 2013-14.

Liverpool looked almost certain to clinch the league during that season, only to be denied towards the end by the Blues who beat them in an extremely important game to allow Manchester City, which was no. 2 in the table at that stage, to attain the top spot. Continue reading

Mesut Ozil will be given a central role

During the entire career of Mesut Ozil as a player of Arsenal, the German midfielder has been played in a number of different positions on the pitch and he hasn’t truly managed to stand out or replicate the performances that he made during his time as a player of Real Madrid.

For this season however, it is believed that Mesut Ozil will be performing in his preferred central role as Arsene Wenger is expected to change the German midfielder from the left side of the pitch into the center of the midfield which is his favorite position. Continue reading