Expectation for Arsenal This Season

The English Premier League is the top association for men’s football in England. With a lengthy 38 match season, the competition is about a fourth of the way completed. Many fans of the Premier League enjoy watching their favourite team. To make the match a bit more exciting, many fans also place bets on the results.

One of the top football clubs in the English Premier League is Arsenal.  The Arsenal has had a lot of success in the past. The 2003-2004 team has gone down in football history as one of two “invincible” teams by completing the season unbeaten.  In recent years, Arsenal won the Football Association Cup two consecutive times as well as the FA Community Shield.

Currently, the Arsenal is having a winning season, ranked second in the league just barely behind Manchester City. The only thing keeping them from overtaking the top spot is goal difference. Wenger’s team this year is much more resilient and has what is needed to take the championship in May. Some also point to the strong performance by goalkeeper, Petr Cech, as another reason the team is poised for greatness again.

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Mesut Özil Has To Be Careful The Arsenal Fans Don’t Turn Against Him


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It’s been a good start to the season for Arsenal – we’re joint top of the league (only behind Manchester City on goal difference) and the team is playing well. We had a jittery game against Swansea at the weekend but generally speaking we’ve been very good.

Theo Walcott is on fire for Arsenal (I couldn’t care less if he isn’t performing for England), Mesut Özil is chipping in with the goals, Alexis Sanchez is a real team player who everything good goes through, Alex Iwobi looks like a real player and defensively (again, bar the Swansea match) we’ve looked excellent.

In midfield we still have Aaron Ramsey to come back, although Cazorla and Coquelin have looked brilliant. Xhaka is having mixed fortunes, scoring some real thunderbolts but then seeing red against at the weekend.

So at the moment, things are rosey at Arsenal.

The only real issues at the moment are the contract renewals of Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez – two of our best players.

While the Alexis Sanchez contract negotiations are being kept out of the spot light, issues are surfacing about Mesut Özil. Essentially, the two main sticking point are a wage increase and our ambition to win titles.

Now don’t get me wrong, he is a top quality player. And look, he’s a likeable guy – if you follow him on Twitter or Instagram, you see he loves playing for Arsenal and has a real connection with the fans. And I like him. But there is a real danger that this situation could get sticky at the very least.

We all know players want more money and football agents are the driving force behind this, that’s just the nature of the game as it stands at the moment. And while this is nothing new this has the potential to ruin Özil’s relationship with the Arsenal fans.

In terms of ambition, again this is another thing agents bring up to increase their players earnings. But the ambition argument for me is something which is going to cause a problem the further these talks go on.

Because while he’s been successful for Germany, in terms of club football his honours list is modest to say the least.

He’s played at the highest level for 10 seasons and won the German Cup with Werder Bremen (in 2 seasons), La Liga and the Copa del Rey in 3 seasons at Real Madrid and 2 FA Cups with Arsenal in 3 seasons.

So he’s not like Paul Scholes or even Philip Neville in terms of trophies won.

So talking about Arsenal’s ambition is a little rich considering the titles he has won over his 10 years in football.

The long the contract talks go on the more it’s going to turn against Özil. Questioning the ambition of a club which has moved forward considerably in the last few seasons and is playing some excellent football isn’t always the best bargaining tool.

We’ll see what the next few weeks hold but hopefully, things won’t turn too ugly.

Lucky Arsenal Stumble Past Swansea And To The Top Of The League

Arsenal are second in the Premier League this morning after a 3-2 win over Swansea City, level on points with Manchester City who drew with Everton yesterday.

But the match at The Emirates was a strange one.

Arsenal played well at times and for portions of the game we looked in complete control – but at others we looked like we were going to buckle under the slightest pressure.

Arsenal were leading 2-0 thanks to a double from Theo Walcott.

Then Granit Xhaka’s bad afternoon started when he somehow “fell over” and let Swansea back into the game.

After that Arsenal looked edgy and at 2-1 we looked like conceding the equaliser. Mesut Özil scored an absolute cracker to restore our 2 goal lead and when you thought we might actually be on the way to 3 points Modou Barrow’s (who was hugely impressive all game) crossed to make the game 3-2 and give us a nervy second half.

Granit Xhaka, who committed a professional foul on Barrow as Swansea were about to break on us received a very harsh red card and I’d tend to agree with Arsene Wenger when he said it was a “very dark yellow” at the most.

That meant we played 20 minutes plus added time with 10 men and in that time Swansea had about 4 chances to steal an equaliser – although “steal” would be unfair as Swansea attacked with intent and looked dangerous every time they went forward.

In the end, it would have ended 3-3 or 5-2 as Theo Walcott hit the post and missed a sitter at the death, but the bottom line was we took home the 3 points and reached the summit of the Premier League after 8 games.

So what do you think? Were we lucky? Is winning games like this a sign of champions? Or are Arsenal riding their luck? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Why Wayne Rooney Deserves More Respect

Wayne Rooney has been getting a lot of stick this season for his lack of form and has been dropped from Manchester United and now England. With the fans of club and country calling for his head before this point, is it all justified?

Look, I’m an Arsenal fan and do I dislike Rooney? Of course. But I respect him as a player. His aggression, determination and motivation to succeed is something that Arsenal could have done with, especially in our barren spells pre-2014.

Yes, his form has dipped but does he deserve to be slated like he has done? He’s a player who has given his all to Manchester United and England for the best part of the decade. He’s never moaned or whined, and for me has been nothing but a team player.

He sacrificed his own glory to accommodate a certain Cristiano Ronaldo to flourish and for England he has always given 110%. Yes he’s lost a little pace but who doesn’t in their 30′s. This is a guy who has played in excess of 40 games per season and has played in major tournaments for his country.

Most of what I’ve heard from football fans and experts is that “Rooney should have been dropped a long time ago” and that “he’s well passed it”. Well for me that is disrespectful to a player who has always just gone on and given it his all on the football pitch.

Even when he was officially dropped by Gareth Southgate, did Wayne Rooney decide to sulk and miss the press conference? No he did not. He went out there and answered all the snide questions he knew he would get from the press, and faced the situation head on.

You talk about a lot of cowards in the game today, players who are over pampered and are out of touch with reality. Players who whinge and moan at the earliest opportunity, and those who demand to be in the starting eleven.

Has Wayne Rooney ever been like that? No he hasn’t and for that he deserves our respect.

Alexis Sanchez Showing Signs of Returning To His Best

Arsenal have been a joy to watch in recent weeks, with Alexis Sanchez at the heart of everything good about the team’s attacking threat in the final third. Some would argue that the Chilean star is more effective playing out wide, but he has more than proved his quality through the centre with a bundle of goals to go with some excellent performances.

His presence as a false nine gives the team an entirely different dimension to the one provided by Olivier Giroud, with Alexis proving a better fit within Arsenal’s slick passing game as a more skilful and quick-thinking striker to play on the shoulders of defenders and give them a torrid time with his pace. It may prove to be a way of thinking for Arsene Wenger, even if he had little choice to play Alexis through the middle with Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez out injured. Four goals in five games is proof of his return to form, and although Betway have lowered Alexis’ odds on finishing the season as the Premier League top goalscorer, it is just good to see him back firing on all cylinders.

He would be the first to admit that he struggled to impose himself on games last season, particularly after he set the bar extremely high during his first year at the Emirates. Despite scoring thirteen league goals, Alexis went through the motions as the team never found the consistency and form to challenge for the title, but it appears that a strong Copa America campaign with eventual winners Chile has reignited the fire in his belly. The striker is showing real signs of returning to his best, with Alexis looking extremely dangerous in and around the box; he would have added to his goals tally in the recent game at Burnley if it were not for Tom Heaton or the woodwork. The same could be said of Theo Walcott who looks a completely different player this season, but while it may be a mere purple patch, Alexis has the quality to play like he has been throughout the campaign. His superb chip against Chelsea illustrated a player who has regained his confidence in front of goal, but it is his all-round performances that are not only catching the eye, but also proving extremely prominent in Arsenal’s run of five straight wins and nine unbeaten in all competitions.

Fans will hope that Alexis returns back from international duty injury-free and raring to go, with the 27-year-old set to lead the line against Peru in a South American World Cup Qualifying clash. Wenger could ill-afford a setback for a player that has started the season on fire for Arsenal, particularly as some would argue that Alexis is a confidence player that needs a strong run of form in order to get the best from him. He will certainly fancy his chances of continuing his fine run of form in Arsenal’s upcoming games in the Premier League and Champions League, with a double header against Ludogorets placed between winnable fixtures against Swansea, Middlesbrough and Sunderland. It may be the best time to check today’s betting odds at Betway.com to see if there is value in backing the Gunners to win all five games, and if Alexis continues to perform like he has done in recent weeks, then Arsenal should fancy their chances of prolonging their strong run of form.

Alexis has proven that he is a big-game player, and although he failed to hit the heights last season, fans know that Arsenal have a genuine world class player upfront. What he may lack in height to play as a genuine number nine, he more than makes up for in speed, acceleration and a clinical finishing ability to take chances with an air of ruthlessness. His superb form has kept Giroud out of the picture, and although the Frenchman still has a big part to play this season, he may have to watch on from the sidelines if Alexis continues his superb run of form in an Arsenal shirt.