What Are Your Predictions for the Arsenal v Chelsea Match?

 

Arsenal are in a bit of a slump at the moment, struggling against West Ham, Brighton and Liverpool, only picking up 1 single point from those 3 games. Chelsea are up and down as well, but have done better this season and sit a comfortable 6 points above us in 4th place. A defeat would increase the gap to a massive 9 points, with only 15 games remaining – and with Manchester United flying high with the Baby-Faced Assassin at the helm, losing today would be a massive massive dent in our Champions League hopes.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. A win would bring us to within 3 points and 4th place would be all to play for. And a win against a top side like Chelsea would be a big confidence boost to the team and players, and hopefully signal the start of a better run in the league than we have seen of late.

So what do you think? Can we put in a top performance and beat Chelsea today? Or will we make the same defensive mistakes yet again and lose the match and any chance of finishing in the Champions League places?

Personally, I think Arsenal can pull it out of the bag and win 2-1!

Leave your predictions and thoughts in the comments section below, and COYG!!

Vote Here – Who Is To Blame For Arsenal’s Slump In Form?

 

Arsenal went on an impressive – and surprising – 22 game unbeaten run which was brilliant and showed that with the right ideas and training, we can improve on the football pitch. But even with the new management we are still lacking in key areas, and it seems as if investment is not forthcoming.

It’s been 10 years now since Stan Kroenke got involved with Arsenal and to date has not invested a single penny into improving the team, and constantly hides behind Arsenal’s “self sustaining model’. And correct me if I’m wrong, but he’s possibly the first ever owner not to put any money in and try and help the team on the pitch?

Under Arsene Wenger Arsenal slipped from title challengers, to a Top Four side, to a Top Six side. Unai Emery has taken over and let’s be completely honest here – inherited a Top Six squad. Arsenal are currently 5th and in reality that’s where they should be. Arsenal need investment to go to the next level.

Some players have under performed this season, notably our defence. Lichtsteiner and Mustafi in particular have been awful this season and at their age, won’t improve. The Mesut Özil situation has become a farce – the second highest paid player in the Premier League is out of favour and always “injured”. He’s worse than bloody Darren Anderton!

Then we have the manager. Unai Emery has taken on a mammoth task and has had a lot of problems to deal with. But has he got some of his team selections right?

It’s clear we’ve reached a crunch time in the season and things aren’t falling apart just yet, but could descend into a real slump.

So how can we get back on track? Does the manager need to re-think his tactics and ideas? Do the players need to get their act together and start playing for the badge? Or does Stan Kroenke (finally) need to put his hand in his pockets and actually help strengthen the squad?

Cast your vote below and leave your thoughts in the comment section!

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How Do You Think Arsenal Are Doing Now We’re Half Way Through The Season?

 

Arsenal lost against West Ham 1-0 today as we still sit in 5th place, which could change depending what happens to Manchester United tomorrow.

The question is how has our season been so far? Has Unai Emery done a good job so far? Is he underachieving or overachieving?

Personally, I think his impact has been overwhelmingly positive and he’s brought new ideas to the club. For me, he needs time and with the amount of money Silent Stan will give him he needs at least 3/4 seasons to make his mark.

After this weekend Arsenal would have played 22 games – having won 12, drawn 5 and lost 5.

With the mess of a squad he inherited, I think Unai Emery has done a great job. Several players like Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka and Alexander Iwobi have improved under the Spaniard, and we do play with more of a structured system.

The ridiculous scenarios regarding Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey are in no way down to him and a result of the mis-management from Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis. Under Emery, he can improve things.

So how do you think we’re doing this season? Are you happy with the progress we’re making so far?

Leave your thoughts and comments in the section below!

Who Has Been Arsenal’s Best Player Over The Last 10 Years? Vote Here!

 

I was having a debate with a friend and fellow Arsenal supporter about who has been Arsenal’s best player over the last 10 years. Several names came up, and we agreed that the shortlist would include:

  • Alexis Sanchez
  • Theo Walcott
  • Cesc Fabregas
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Robin Van Persie
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Andrei Arshavin
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Olivier Giroud
  • Santi Cazorla
  • Mesut Özil
  • Hector Bellerin
  • Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

I argued that Alexis Sanchez was the best Arsenal player we’ve had in the last 10 years – simply because he the closest thing we’ve had to a world class player in that time. He scored goals that no-one else could score, his desire and determination was something else and his overall play was unreal – we talk about Messi and Ronaldo as players who are from another planet, but I tell you what, Alexis Sanchez’s level was close to those two.

He was that good.

My friend however said that the best player we’ve had in the last decade was Cesc Fabregas. He believed that in terms of having the most impact and doing most for the team, our former captain edges it.

Anyway, below are a couple of videos to look through, with the players best goals, skills, etc. so take a look at those first and once you’ve decided, cast your vote and thoughts below!

Alexis Sanchez

Cesc Fabregas

The Vote

Remember, when casting your vote below you’re not voting for the player who has done the most for the club, but for the player who was the best in terms of outright quality, talent, ability and class!


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What Should We Do With Mesut Özil? Cast Your Vote Here!

 

There is no player in the Arsenal squad that divides opinion more than Mesut Özil.

Some people think he’s lazy, others think he’s under appreciated – it’s hard to know what to think of him.

On one hand he is capable of doing things no-one else can do with a football – and that is no exaggeration. I can’t think of anyone else who can see a pass like this guy. In terms of vision, execution and delivery he is a one off. He is consistently top of all the assist leader boards, and has been for the last few seasons. He was a massive part of Germany winning the World Cup in 2014 and has won honours with Real Madrid and Arsenal. On his day, he is unplayable.

But on the other he is frustrating. We all know he is capable of 10 out of 10 performances but they don’t come often enough. The problem is he isn’t like Messi, Ronaldo or even Neymar – players who earn huge money but can in the blink of an eye pull off something special – score from a free-kick, lash one in from 30 yards, take on 3/4 players and score – basically inspire the team when the going gets tough. If Arsenal are having a bad day at the office, then so is Özil.

The problem now is Emery is (quite rightly) a manager who expects certain things from his players. If we want to support the new manager and want the club to move forwards then the players have to adapt. We’ve seen a marked improvement from players like Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin, Alex Iwobi and others, yet some like Özil have been left behind.

The other big problem is the size of Özil’s wage packet. He’s on superstar money and according to various sources the second highest paid player in the Premier League.

List of highest paid players in the Premier League:

1. Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United) – £500,000 a week
2. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) – £350,000 a week
3. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £290,000 a week
4. Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City) – £260,000 a week
5. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – £250,000 a week
6. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £220,000 a week
7. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £200,000 a week
= Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – £200,000 a week
= David de Gea (Manchester United) – £200,000 a week
= Pierre Emerick Aubameyang  (Arsenal) – £200,000 a week
= Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £200,000 a week
= Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) – £200,000 a week

As you can see Manchester United, unsurprisingly, have some mega stars on their books, which makes sense as they are constantly at the top of the richest football clubs in the world. City have a few names in there, which also doesn’t surprise anyone and we also have Aubameyang on high wages, as he was cheap from Dortmund and to his credit, he keeps scoring goals.

But to have Mesut Özil as the second highest earner in the entire league is just ludicrous! And he’d be the highest earner if we didn’t balls up the whole Alexis Sanchez situation and kept him at the club (which for the record, we should have).

Arsene Wenger did many great things at Arsenal but giving Özil a truly astonishing pay rise was crazy. The money would have been far better spent trying to keep Alexis Sanchez (who was our best player by a mile) as well as trying to hold on to Aaron Ramsey.

The issue now is finding another club who would be stupid enough to pay Özil that kind of money. The only way Arsenal could find a willing buyer would be to drastically reduce the fee for the player – so a footballer who is probably worth around £45 million in the current climate is probably only worth around £20 million now, and that’s if we’re lucky.

But what do you think we should do with Özil? Keep him? Sell him in the summer? Sell him now? 

Cast your vote below and leave your thoughts in the comments section!

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