At the time of writing, you can have a go on the Gunners to land the title with the major bookies at around 8-1. That seems pretty good value. OK, you may be derisorily guffawing at the prospect; sad though that may be. But ask yourself who will win the Premier League if we don’t? Obviously, we have four major contenders – five if you dare to count those at the Lane whose name shall not be spoken. But here’s the thing; they’ve all got problems. First off, Chelsea are favourites but don’t like anything like the real deal of old as yet and their signings have been.
There’s no shortage of celebrity admirers of the Arsenal; from legendary music performers Mick Jagger and Jay-Z, to sports stars including Lewis Hamilton and Ian Poulter. However, with an estimated 27,000,000 fans world-wide, there’s a few faces who we may have overlooked. Introducing 5 of our fellow Gooners you may not have known about: Hugh Laurie Although not as publically forth-coming in his love of the beautiful game as fellow Blackadder star Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, who git global celebrity status for his portrayal of the enigmatic D
It’s no secret that footballers need a mix of technical, tactical and physical skills. As well as good technique, endurance and speed are the key to good performance on the pitch. Players are expected to run for long durations, interspersed with small rapid sprints throughout a 90-minute period – or even longer if extra time is needed. Football can be a gruelling sport, with players afforded very few rest periods during the game. Their endurance is impressive – especially in comparison with other sports where there are plenty of opportuni
Class: Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil's late arrival at the Emirates was greeted with much relief and considerable joy by Gunners fans and players alike on transfer deadline day, but his capture must now be backed up by a much more structured transfer policy from the club in January. Everyone knows the story over the summer. Arsenal, we were (in the end correctly) told, had a stash of cash to spend on the right quality of player(s), that would potentially turn them from perennial top-four finishers into a side capable of being among the favourites in the Premier League t
After the euphoria of signing Mesut Ozil died down, Arsenal fans will have come back down to earth again when they realised that Nicklas Bendtner was still at the club. The 25-year-old Denmark international striker has not featured in the Gunners first team for over two years, his last appearance coming in the 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool in August 2011. He spent most of the 2011-12 campaign on loan at Sunderland, where he found the net eight times in 28 Premier League appearances, before joining Juventus last term, although he only started two
After a difficult few weeks in the transfer market, Arsenal prepare to take on Tottenham in the north London derby this week with depleted resources. Arsene Wenger though is ready to stick to his tried and tested methods by bringing in young players to fill the void in the squad. After giving the likes of Ryo Miyaichi and Yaya Sanogo opportunities against Fenerbahce, more talented teenagers are in line to play at the weekend. Gedion Zelalem and Serge Gnabry are other options who could get some game time, if Wenger fails to bring anybody else in
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour thinks that the Gunners’ desperation to sign players is pricing them out of the market but he is adamant that Arsene Wenger must strengthen his squad if another trophy-less season is to be avoided at the Emirates. Having seen Arsenal slip to a humbling 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, Parlour was particularly concerned by the lack of depth in Wenger’s squad and even jokingly suggested that he could be in line for a recall. “The squad is so thin that I could probably get a game
There have been many top youngsters to roll off the Arsenal production line in recent years, and American midfielder Gedion Zelalem looks like he’ll be the next after a strong showing in pre-season. Arsenal have worked hard to bring Zelalem over to north London despite possible work permit complications, and he is now proving his worth. The new Cesc Fabregas, is what people are saying, and the comparisons are easy to make. Zelalem is excellent on the ball, a superb pass-master and a real battler. He has heart, spirit and is a down to earth yo
Arsenal have completed the signing of Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo, ending Arsene Wenger's lengthy hunt for a youthful centre forward. The Gunners, who are set to confirm the £22million arrival of Gonzalog Higuain within days, have moved for Sanogo as Wenger freshens up his striking options. Maraoune Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner and Benik Afobe have all been told they can leave the Emirates Stadium, after months of speculation, proving those.