The weekend’s big game sees Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United travel to the Emirates to take on Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. Last season, fans endured rather than enjoyed this game, a grim goalless stalemate played out in mid-February after a lacklustre performance from both sides. Arsenal missed their chance to return to the top of the Premier League following a 5-1 mauling at Liverpool, while then United manager David Moyes was desperate to bounce back from the 2-2 draw at home to bottom club Fulham.
I think Arsenal fans should remember Marouane Chamakh more fondly. To do that though you need to just remember his first six months at the club. If you think back to when he joined on a free transfer, people were quite excited about his arrival in North London. We heard great things from France, sure he was never a deadly prolific striker but he was a great all round supporting striker.
The last few days have been hectic in terms of transfer rumours and they all seem to affect Arsenal in a negative way. The biggest story of them all is the possibility of Cesc Fabregas joining Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Fabregas rumours have mainly surrounded the possibility of the prodigal son returning to the Gunners but, according to numerous papers, Man Utd have had a £26m bid rejected by Barcelona and are willing to do what it takes to secure the Spaniard’s signature. What makes it even more frightening is the fact that Fabregas might be interested in joining them
Lukas Podolski was on the lips of many Arsenal fans during the 2011-2012 season as someone who could play on the wing as well as being a player who could fill in Van Persie if he were injured. However, it transpired during the summer that Podolski wouldn’t replace the Dutchman as striker when he was destined to leave our great club. But even with the departure of Van Persie, Podolski would still be second fiddle in the striker position to newly acquired Frenchman Olivier Giroud and would play out most of his games as a left winger.
2012 – the year of purse and Persie by Vinay
As the year comes to an end there was no doomsday as the mayans said, there was doom gloom and a bit of bloom as well for the Gunners. The classic case of dejavu on a few things and a promise of things getting better as well.
Hi Gooners. by John Collard
Today I would like to talk to you guys and ask for your opinions about what the hell is going on. Guys I would like to make this clear before you read on, that this is me asking for your views and opinions. I do not seek an argument and those that choose then I have no time at all for. In these times we need to stick together and any view is always welcome. Arsene Wenger is a great manager (Of course) No question. Arsene Wenger is also a phenomenal businessman (Without question), and without shadow of a doubt the worlds best.
Yes its that time of the year when the passions arise, memories get stretched,flashbacks are rerun all over and the banter gets louder by the minute. Yes its Arsenal United time.
Gone are the days when this used to be considered the game of the season, the clash of the contenders etc, the small matter of City and Chelsea have ensured that this battle now is fought in more amicable circumstances than animosity. United continue to be among the title contenders whereas the Gunners are now considered to be long shots.
Van Persie, Bum deal or Deal of the Season? by Paul N.
When Robin Van Persie secured his move to Man Utd (a ‘dream move’ in his words), many United fans, if not all, thought ‘Steal of the Decade’… I, however, have my doubts & they’re not without reason.
Some of us Arsenal fans, & maybe 1 or 2 pragmatic United fans, are questioning the business smart in the deal i.e. is it smart to buy a 29yr old with a known injury record (see below), with 1yr left on his existing contract, at a cost of ± £65m to Man Utd (24m plus an estimated 41m in salaries over 4yrs), just why did AFC sell the EPL’s best striker? & more importantly WHY did Man Utd take that chance?
Hello Gooners (I wish you all well)
Today I would like to write a very small blog to some of the mindless attack merchants about their comments towards a German international with over a hundred caps for his country. Lukas Podolski is only 27 and has been playing at a high standard for a few years now and some of the people that slate the guy I question their whole knowledge and back ground on the game itself.
This is my first article so be gentle guys by Ankeet
I am majorly a big cricket fan & support my Team India. However, I moved to Africa in ’97 & due to lack of cricket I got hooked onto the premier league. This was the same season in which Arsenal won the league after being 8th near Christmas. My reason for being a Gooner? Wenger, Bergkamp & the Arsenal way of playing.