There is a theory that the bookies are always right, but if that was true, Arsenal would be around mid-table and out of the FA cup by now. The media and so-called football experts have been predicting doom and disaster for Arsenal since the season began, but they also predicted that Tottenham would rule north London this season and knock us out of the Champions League places, so what do they know?
Don’t forget Bradford and Birmingham by Peter Rooke
I know that all Arsenal fans are very exhilirated right now with being the VERY hot favourites to win the FA Cup, while still being in with a shout in the Premier League and the Champions League (for today anyway!) but someone has been brave enough to stick their heads above the parapet and asked the crazy question…WHAT IF….?
Okay he is not an Arsenal fan, in fact he probably hates Arsenal, just as much as we hate him, but Andy Gray has asked how Gooners will feel if we have another Wembley blowout like we did against Birmingham a few years ago:
Arsenal’s champions league fate for this season lies in tomorrow’s game against Bayern Munich. The Gunners will travel to the Allianz area, Munich, in Germany for what could be our last Champions League game of the season if the result doesn’t fall in Arsenal’s favour by a considerable amount.
At this moment in time, the World Cup will surely be far from the minds of the many Arsenal players who will undoubtedly be boarding their nations’ respective planes to Brazil for this summer’s finals. There’s the small matter of contesting the UEFA Champions League, The FA Cup and winning out in the Premier League Mexican stand-off with Manchester City and Chelsea with the Gunners to think about first.
Nonetheless, international greatness could be just around the corner for some of our side’s leading lights. Here are a few of the men in Arsenal’s squad who could really make a mark in Brazil:
Arsenal will welcome their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to the Emirates this Saturday for the FA Cup 3rd round tie that has caused the financial uproar of the season. There has been a lot of complaints and reports in the social media over the match day tickets, which are ranging up to a supposed £125 according to today’s Daily Mail. The Category A game, which should be classed as a category B game at the very most, has left fans hoping that, for the sake of what we are being forced to pay, that Arsenal turn out with quality and class to overturn Spurs with all guns blazing.
After a good weekend of Premier League results following on from the dreaded international break, Arsenal now return to Champions League action. Arsenal will welcome French side Marseille to the Emirates for the 5th group stage game of the campaign in this years Champions League competition.
In the return fixture in France, Arsenal won the opening game with confidence, winning the game reasonably comfortably 2-1. So the hopes will be high that The Gunners can better the scoreline this time around on home turf, or at the very least, pick up the same result.
Arsenal are finally back from the international break and to be honest, it did us a world of good. A plethora of players got an entire week’s rest and the likes of Ramsey and Arteta even got two weeks. It also afforded us the time to properly bring Walcott back into training and he is completely fit to play again (although he’ll understandably be rusty for the next couple of games).
Southampton at home is going to be one of the more difficult games this season. They have been excellent this season and Pochettino has ensured that Southampton build on their good work last season by amassing an impressive 22 points at such an early stage and there is no sign they’ll let up.
If reports from the English media are to be believed, Arsenal are lining up a shock January move for Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez. The Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger is understood to have made signing a striker his first priority and is poised for a move once the transfer window re-opens in the new year.
According to the report from the Daily Mail, Arsenal’s scouting system has kicked into overdrive to find a suitable alternative for Olivier Giroud up front and has identified Manchester United’s Hernandez as the ideal choice. The report also goes on to say that Arsene Wenger has sent out several ‘scouting missions’ to watch the progress of the Mexican international and has an extensive dossier prepared on the 25-year-old.
Ahead of the 4th Champions’ League group stage game of this year’s campaign, Arsenal are faced with the difficult task of winning in Germany against Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund of course beat Arsenal in London a little over two weeks ago, however with the Gunners now in Germany for today’s game, Arsenal must go all out to make sure we still stand a chance of topping the group.
The defeat to Borussia Dortmund was particularly disappointing because the counter attacking goal was not only a sloppy goal to concede but also because it came at a time where we were in control and looked like the more likely to score. A draw probably would have been the fairest result however that’s football and now Arsenal must hit back.
Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-0 at the Emirates to go 5 points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table on Saturday night. This is the biggest lead that any team has ever had at this stage of the season, with each team in the league having played 10 games each.