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?
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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 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.
Arsenal host Liverpool tonight in what is a meeting of the current leaders and the 3rd placed team in the Premier League. At the end of the season, the world may well look back at this match as the turning point in the campaign, and where the title was won or lost IF one of these two teams actually goes on to win the league.
Serge Gnabry looks to be the next young talent to really make it at Arsenal, having played in the last few games for the Gunners. Ever since he joined the club he has always been highly rated and valued amongst the Arsenal set up and Arsene Wenger himself, whilst it hasn’t been until this season that Arsenal fans have managed to take a real look at this German talent.
It took a lot for the Arsenal players to grab a Champions League spot ahead of our rivals Tottenham Hotspur, and although we should have never had been in that position in the first place, the draw for the Champions League play off stage has now been made.
Arsenal have to go through a progression play off stage against Fenerbahce before we can feature in the actual Champions’ League group stages. We are in a similar position to when we faced Udinese in the same stage two years ago in August 2011, and although this game will be seemingly a little bit easier, Fenerbahce still won’t be any pushovers and we must be ready to fight our claim.
WHY NOT TORRES?? by Maddy
I know most people will think I am crazy when i say that Arsenal must buy the Chelsea striker Fernando Torres. I know most of us (or i guess all of us!) make fun of our friends who support Chelsea whenever we see Torres in action for the Blues. I know he has fallen quite a lot from what he was…from a striker we all feared – to a striker who never stops making mistakes.
There has been plenty of rumours surrounding Arsenal this window and one of the more surprising ones is Cesc Fabregas back to Arsenal. This is definitely a sensitive issue for many considering how they adored the Spaniard when he played for us and were hurt but his (probably regrettable) acts in the final weeks before his departure to Barcelona.
However, you’d have to be mental to not want him back at Arsenal. He did make some mistakes but that doesn’t excempt the fact that he was a brilliant player for us and he still clearly loves the club (I remember him on Twitter outraged at the decisions by the ref as we were 2 – 0 down to the scum at the Emirates last season).