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2012/2013 kit leaked?|Latest Team News|Everton Preview

Morning fellas! An Arsenal game finally…after what seems like an eternity without good football.

The picture above is what we think Arsenal will be wearing next season. I don’t think we have seen this colour combination before and it looks pretty cool if you ask me.

The past few days have given us fans time to reflect and to recharge our batteries for the run in. I hope it did the same for the players.

We travel to Everton tonight, with one objective, maximum points. Everton are usually a tricky opponent but with the right attitude, we should be smiling to bed tonight.

Le Boss revealed some team news ahead of tonight’s encounter.

There are really no changes from the team that played Newcastle. TV5 will be alright despite picking up a knock.

Diaby played for the reserves against L’pool yesterday and got a goal for himself. Let’s hope he can return and do a Rosicky.

Andre Santos is fit so he should start. This means we are waiting on just Coquelin and Wilshere to return before the season runs out.

The team practically picks itself. Santos for Gibbs is the only change I envisage.

Everton are expected to be without Jack Rodwell (hamstring), Seamus Coleman (thigh) and Darron Gibson (knee).

They beat the Spuds, albeit against the run of play, but they bombed at Liverpool. We are on a 9-game unbeaten run against Everton in the EPL, we should make that 10 tonight.

If we get our acts right from the 1st minute, a win is just within reach.

As exciting as it was, I don’t think I want to experience what happened against Newcastle again. Let’s put this tie to bed early.

It should be an interesting one. Chelsea play Man City tonight also and as annoying as it is, I’ll be rooting for Citeh tonight.

On a happier note, it’s good to hear that Fabrice Muamba is laughing and talking to his team mates again. Huge scare he gave us all on Saturday. Thank goodness his health has improved.

Apparently, the first thing he said after regaining consciousness was “Did we lose?”, with reference to the tie against Spurs. Wonderful professional!

The road to full recovery is still long but he’ll get there hopefully.

A win for City and Arsenal tonight puts us 6 points ahead of Chelsea. Massive considering that they still have to visit the Emirates.

I’m excited, you should be. Tonight, let’s get excited together, in a large room…with our clothes on.

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Verminator delivers 3 points: The Player Ratings

Szczesny (6) -Had little to do all game. Beaten at his near post for the goal.

Koscielny/Vermaelen (8.5) -Amazing shift. Gave the Newcastle players no chance in the box. Vermaelen got the winner. Dramatic stuff.

Sagna (8) – Was full of running. Stood up to Gutierrez and helped in attack when he could.

Gibbs (6.5) – Could have done better with his tackling for Ben Arfa’s goal. Was impressive going forward. Decent game.

Arteta (7) – Back from injury and slotted in nicely. Gave a few balls away and he should have been a bit more adventurous with his passes.

Song (7) – Good game, kept moving the ball around. Didn’t get an assist today.

Rosicky (7.5) – Picked up from where he left off in the previous game. No goal this time though. Was at the middle of everything we did while he lasted.

Walcott (9) – 2 assists when we needed them the most. Was a menace throughout. Great game. Do this more often, Theo. My Man Of Match.

The Ox (6.5) – Quiet performance, not by any means poor though. It just didn’t happen for him today.

Van Persie (8) – Another top performance. Replied Ben Arfa’s opener in stunning fashion. Kept taunting the opposition defence and keeper all game. Seeing him shout “Come On” after the winner was a joy!

SUBSTITUTES:

Gervinho (4) – Did nothing of note. He needs to get his head right.

Ramsey (6.5) – Came in and brought a new dimension to the game. Was full of running. Could have got an assist.

There you have it gooners! Our winning run continues. Just one point behind the Spuds now with 10 games to go.

Jermain Defoe should get his cheque book ready as he’ll be doing philanthropic work all summer.

See you in the comments!

Something worse than the Swansea loss.

This is not a rant, just the result of a series of calculated thoughts!

I was sat in my living room as early as 3:00 p.m (believe me that’s early in my books), waiting for the game, waiting for my darling Arsenal to put little Swansea to the sword.

They didn’t disappoint at first, RVP got a well-taken goal as early as the 5th minute, and my mind was set on a big win, the type we had at Wigan.

For God knows how, Swansea found a way back into the game, and won a penalty (maybe it wasn’t a penalty), to draw level. Terrible defending from Arsenal then gave them the lead.

We leveled matters through Theo Walcott and amazingly, we gifted them another goal even before I was done “processing” our equalizer. We couldn’t fashion a way back into the game and we were beaten, fairly.

A few individual performances spring to mind. Miquel shouldn’t have been playing that game had we brought in a left back. Ramsey was not up for it and Mert4 made a bad decision for the winner. Bar a well-taken goal, Walcott didn’t do a thing right, Szczesny is beginning to falter and we missed Arteta really badly.

Now to what really bothers me; there I was a few minutes after the game, feeling normal. I mean we just lost to Swansea after the game and I shouldn’t feel normal, I should be livid!

But for some reason, I wasn’t! I logged into my twitter feed and I was greeted with varying reactions to the loss. While some were venting their anger, others were searching for positives in what was an abysmal performance.

We have the worst away record for goals conceded and it is as though we need to score two goals to draw games away from home!

We were beaten at our passing game, and that’s quite worrying. Swansea seemed to want it more and that’s pretty disturbing.

I think I was somewhere in the middle of those two groups; and with time I concluded that the reason I felt that way is because I was gradually becoming used to Arsenal screwing up things.

You may have heard this before but I just wish to reiterate that Arsenal finishing in the top 4 this season will be Wenger’s best achievement to date. That in itself in enough to bring tears to anyone’s eyes.

We cannot maintain the pressure that accompanies a run of good form without messing it up. Look at this, we had a very poor start, recovered well, but the moment people started taking us seriously, we began to falter.

Injuries? Look at Man United and get back to me. I think it’s something to do with the mindset of the players, they are just not up for it, even Cesc said it!

They don’t see themselves as a team capable of winning things, and if anything that’s the major positive I see from Henry’s return to the club.

Arsenal players are like that kid in high school, who knows the pass mark is 40%, but he needs to study hard for 85% to get an A+. How well do you think he’ll perform? My guess is he’ll party hard and target 50% which in all fairness is a pass grade, and move onto the next one.

For all the talk about contending for the title, I just think they do not believe it. They just look to be in the top four every year, get into the Champions League and “do well” in the cup competitions.

Yesterday’s loss is just another on a long list of unbelievably poor results, and what’s worse is that us fans are settling for it.

Slowly, the same Arsenal fans that celebrated titles a few seasons ago are the same ones “celebrating” a Champions League qualification. Yes, that’s how bad we have become.

The club posts profits year in year out and neglects what really matters, the football. If you told me (with concrete evidence) Arsenal have no money to spend, maybe I wouldn’t have written this post. But apparently there’s some money to spend, we just don’t think it’s ‘necessary’.

“I think it will be stupid to drop points simply because we don’t have full-backs.” – Wenger, two weeks ago.

The talk of sacking Wenger now doesn’t even begin to arise. He gave a reasonable argument for why he’d rather wait for the injured players to return than bring in new faces.

Whether or not this loss will change Arsene’s stance on winter transfers will be revealed in the coming days.

That’s all I can take for today. Apologies for an unusually long post, I only felt the need to share everything I was thinking with you. Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below.

Keep the faith wherever this post meets you!

Cheers!

Roberto Carlos now plays for Arsenal|Wigan Preview + Injury News

Today’s Premier League game represents an opportunity for the team to return to winning ways.

We visit Wigan at the DW Stadium having lost and drawn our last two games. But the fact that not much fuss was made about our “winless streak” only highlights the amount of positivity our unbeaten run brought.

Our good run in the League is still intact though, the draw against Fulham didn’t harm us as much considering that United, Liverpool and Man City all drew their games.

But the loss to Man City in the Carling Cup hurts even more now, seeing as we would have had to contest with L’pool, Cardiff and Crystal Palace for the title.

One can also argue that we should be there to take advantage when the other top teams drop points in the league. If we keep dropping points like that, we won’t make the top four, not to talk of winning the league.

Meanwhile, our captain reckons we signed a full back who reminds him of Roberto Carlos. Andre Santos, our 28-year old left back has a lot in common with the legendary full back and this makes RVP happy. Said he:

“…what I really like about him is his confidence on the ball. He’s firstly a left back, but he’s so much more than that-he gets the ball to his feet, plays one-twos…I love his play.”

Glowing comments from the captain on a player who has definitely impressed but still has a lot of work to do. Andre Santos is a joy to watch going forward, but is somewhat suspect defensively. He’s still adapting though.

Back to today’s game, Wigan have won 4 points from their last two games, something which has lifted their sagged spirits after 8 straight losses. Add this to the fact that we have only taken one point from our last two trips to that stadium and you can be sure this game isn’t already won.

Three points is however a possibility. Heck! We are favourites to win this game, we just need to keep our calm, respect the Wigan players and make our chances count.

We’ll be without perma-crocks Rosicky and Diaby for this game. Rosicky is suffering from a thigh strain, while Diaby has returned to the injury table with a hamstring injury.

I expect Ramsey, Arteta and Song to return to midfield, Verma5 and the BFG (Big F**kin’ German) at centre back flanked by Andre Santos and Koscielny. The attack picks itself.

With Chamakh, Arshavin and Park firing blanks, I do not see them anywhere near the starting XI. Oxlade-Chamberlain may even replace one of them on the bench!

In all, it should be an enjoyable 90+ minutes of proper football. A 2-0 win for the good guys will do just fine. I’m not so sure I’ll get my clean sheet though.

Kick off is at 15:00 GMT; if you cannot be in the stands, support the team from behind your TV, PC, or radio. Just make sure to keep it goonerish wherever this post meets you!

Do leave us with your thoughts and comments.

Cheers!

New Signings, Same Old Arsenal: The Player Ratings.

FULL TIME: BLACKBURN 4-3 ARSENAL

Szczesny (6): Unusual performance. Wasn’t too assured and his defence should have helped. Nothing he could have done about the own goals and made a crucial save with the scores at 2-2.

Sagna (5): Had a tough afternoon against Hoillet. Started brightly but faded as the game wore on. Went off with an injury.

Koscielny (4): Crazy game, Samba bullied him all afternoon, an own goal only made it worse.

Per (4): He was missing today, should have been the one marking Samba at set pieces but for some reason he didn’t . His lack of pace was somewhat exploited today.

Santos (5): He was solid at one vs ones, but suffered at set pieces. He played Yakubu onside for the 1st and 3rd goals.

Song (6.5): I think he had a good game, did his job quite well, the own goal was quite unfortunate.

Ramsey (7): Played well, did his job quite admirably.

Arteta (6): Nothing spectacular, went about his job quietly before a well-taken goal and returned to his shell after.

Arshavin (6): Good start, was involved in most of the attacking play. His influence reduced as time went on.

RVP (5): Quiet game, didn’t get involved as much as he would have loved. The few opportunities he got, he met an inspired goalkeeper in Robinson.

Gervinho (6.5): Lively game, good goal, he worked tirelessly all afternoon. Got into some great positions but his decision making let him down.

SUBS:

Djourou (3): Terrible cameo. Looked out of sorts and really needs to get his head right.

Walcott (5): Came on for Arshavin, offered a lot more pace but not a lot in end product. Could have had a goal at the end.

Chamakh (5): Got a goal and that’s about it.

We lost at Blackburn in a game we took the lead twice. Zonal marking our undoing once more; we mark spaces instead of players, spaces don’t score goals, players do!

We’ve managed 4 points from 5 games! Words have deserted me, I’ll just leave you to find the right adjectives.

See you in the comments!

Another must-win game

Arsenal-Everton

As if there is a game we should be glad to lose…

So, in my usual drunken fashion I shall be at E-bar with a bottle or do I say bottles of vodka and barbeque posted around the pool table area hoping, No! scrap that, praying for a repeat of the scoreline in last season’s corresponding fixture.

It is amazingly unlikely though. Why? Last season’s fixture was the season opener and Everton are notoriously slow starters. Also, we had our full strength team, now, well we do have a number of people still on the treatment table and, well, suspended.

For instance, TV5 is still out and the gaffer is clueless as to when he’ll be back. Our favourite waiter, Almunia has not got any mention of late and has been out for a stretch now. Koscly’s ban is effective from today’s game and RVP is unlikely to start. Diaby’s back though, so is Gibbs and Bendtner who rather ridiculously claims he will leave if he does not start more often. Go ahead then Nikky, and murder your fledgling career! Like you are actually going to get the nod ahead of Chamakh, a better player in my opinion.

Anyhow,everyone seems to be in order so a 4-4-3/4-5-1 is what you’re likely to see. I do hope Theo gets the nod because he WILL give what is a rather slow team, with the exception of Pienaar and Saha a hard time. All in all if we exploit them with our wide men well and our speed, my guess is we will be fine.

Everton like to play a compact game because of the fact that they are rather slow, so if we stretch them with our width and pace, we should cause them all sorts of problems. Hopefully Cesc and Nasri will do what they do best; wreck havoc and Chamakh will pick up from where he left off. Fellaini and Osman will not feature which is good news as far as I’m concerned.

I will stick my neck out and say we’ll have this one, even though I know we could also come out with a draw. Whichever way I must be very light-headed come the end of the game so I guess wouldn’t be too depressed if we do drop points until I’m conscious again.

That being said, from wherever you’re watching, have a ball.
Ita will!