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Should we sell Bendtner? Your opinions please.

Tuesday, 15th March 2011

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Is it time for Arsene to go? Your opinions please!

Tuesday, 15th March 2011

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Friday, 25th February 2011

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Arsenal 1 – 0 Stoke – My Opinion (and give us your opinion as well!)

Thursday, 24th February 2011

Arsenal 1 – 0 Stoke
Squillaci (8)

My Opinion

There are a few major talking points about last night’s game. Perhaps the most important are the injuries we suffered. It looks like Theo Walcott is going to miss at least a few weeks with a sprained ankle. I doubt highly that he will be fully fit the Barcelona return leg in 12 days time. The away game at West Brom on the 19th April seems more likely.

Unfortunately, El Capitan also was substituted early on with what appeared to be a hamstring problem. Not only did it put a downer on the game, but it also left me wondering whether it would be Cesc lifting the trophy for us on Sunday. Lets hope he’s fit for at least the last 20 minutes at the end, and the celebrations, of course!

It’s amusing how every time we play Stoke, we end up with 3/4 more injuries than we had before, and Tony Pulis has the cheek to call US the dirty side!? What a joke!

Good to see Bendtner is enjoying being let loose again on the wings – his crossing and final balls have become a LOT better, not to mention the game time that is improving his confidence (as if Bendtner ever had any confidence issues).

Also good to see Arshavin with the spark in his eyes once again. I’m pointing in particular to that dizzying run on the hour mark which almost created a goal. Perhaps Vodka is on sale in London?

Djourou and Squillaci coped well with the aerial threat, and dealt with the raw strength that Carew and Walters possessed. However, I’m still not  totally convinced as to whether either of them are good enough to be first choice CBs. Koscielny and Vermaelen would be my preferred pairing.

Wilshere – again the man of the match for me – what a season the young Englishman is having!

Lets hear your opinion Gooner fans! Comment below.

Arsenal 1 – 0 Stoke – Good result! Match Report, Player Ratings & My Opinion

Wednesday, 23rd February 2011

Arsenal 1 – 0 Stoke
Squillaci (8)

Match Report

The first chance came in the first minute, where a spiralling Wilshere run created space on the edge of the Stoke box. Fabregas then picked out Walcott, who’s shot hit the inside of the post and came back to the keeper.

Just a minute later, Bendtner, Fabregas and Walcott linked up again to create another good chance.

Stoke’s game plan was clear from the offset. Fire balls into the Arsenal box, and hope for the best.

It was Arsenal who took the lead early on. Surprisingly, from a set-piece for once! A long Jack Wilshere corner was flicked back into the box by Nicklas Bendtner. Centre-back Sebastien Squillaci was on the line to tap the ball in the back of the net. 1-0 to the Arsenal.

El Capitan, Cesc Fabregas then left the field with what appeared to be a muscle strain. Samir Nasri took the captain’s armband, and Andrei Arshavin replaced him on the field.

Just after the half hour mark Stoke made their first real attack of the day. Carew launching a shot at Szczesny, but the young Pole was equal to it.

After the break, both sides had chances. Tony Pulis’ players came out firing, with some heavy challenges.

Walcott then missed a glorious chance after the hour mark, being played into the centre by some Russian skill on the byline.

With 20 minutes to go, Theo Walcott went down after a harsh tackle from Dean Whitehead. Theo’s ankle buckled underneath the weight under his body and didn’t look great after. He was stretchered off and replaced by Denilson. Worrying signs for the Englishman.

The next 25 minutes were worrying. Stoke continued to press for the equaliser. Arsenal’s attack not good enough.

Player Ratings

Szczesny – 8; Fantastic display from the young Pole. A great save from a Carew early on. Distribution worrying at times.
Clichy – 7; Solid performance from Gael. Always looking to get forward
Djourou – 7; Battled well in the centre of the park, dealt well with the Stoke attack
Squillaci – 7.5; Similar to Djourou – did well for the goal.
Sagna – 7; See Clichy
Song – 6.5; Not his finest hour, keeps on giving the ball away. And definitely isn’t as good getting forward as he thinks he is.
Wilshere – 8.5; Man of the Match once again for me – what a performance!
Fabregas – 6; Shame about the injury. Lets hope its only precautionary.
Walcott – 6; Played well for the first 10 minutes, but died down and was anonymous in the 2nd half. The injury looked a bad one.
Bendtner – 7; Didn’t create a lot, but what he did create was usually good.
Nasri – 7.5; Had lots of time on the ball, but was wasteful from time-to-time.

Subs:
Arshavin – 7.5; Played well, creative and lively.
Denilson – 5.5; Nothing to say really.
Chamakh – 4.5;  Might have touched the ball once or twice in 10 minutes. Anonymous.

My opinion

To come.

Arsenal v Stoke – Preview #2, Team News, Stealing Barca Players & ChatArsenal News!

Wednesday, 23rd February 2011

In my previous post, I predicted the line-up and full-time score.

I also mentioned the bad news that Robin Van Persie and Laurent Koscielny were not playing. But then I thought, this could be a good thing. Two reasons, 1) Both will be fit and raring to go for the Carling Cup Final – a match we desperately need to win. And 2) Ryan Shawcross is playing. We all know how much of a dirty player he is, and how weak Van Persie’s limbs can be at times. Maybe not playing Van Persie for tonight’s game could be the right decision.

Team news:
Szczesny
Sagna Djourou Squillaci Clichy
Song Wilshere Fabregas
Nasri Bendtner Walcott
(My preidction was one off, Bendtner instead of Chamakh)

I also need to comment on Arsenal poaching Barcelona academy players. And there’s only 3 words I need to say about the issue: “I love it!” Apparently 16 year old Jon Miquel Toral Harper is one heck of a prospect, and he actually wanted to join us over a few other clubs. Helps that he also has an English mum, and so will also be a “Homegrown player”. Click here for more info.

Some good news for ChatArsenal fans – we now have our own domain. That’s ChatArsenal.com for reference. Bookmark it! We might be moving servers in a few days, so expect a couple of hours of downtime.

We’re also still looking for new reporters. Click here for more info.

Come on you Gunners! Should be an easy win tonight.

Arsenal v Stoke – Preview & Predicted Starting Line-up – Have your own say on who you think will start!

Tuesday, 22nd February 2011

Arsenal v Stoke
19:45 – Wednesday 23 February 2011

Preview

Arsenal are set to start one of the busiest periods in their season so far, as they host Stoke at the Emirates on Wednesday evening. This game will be the first of five games in four different competitions in 14 days, as Arsenal look to progress as far as possible in all competitions.

Under usual circumstances, you would think that a game against Stoke at the Emirates should be an easy game for the Gunners, who have conceded only 12 goals at home all season. But the Arsenal team suffered an untimely draw at Leyton Orient on Sunday, and that is bound to have a knock-on effect on confidence all around.

Stoke have only scored 12 goals in away games this season, but are sitting at 10th in the Premier League at the minute, with 6 points between them and the relegation zone.

Previous games against Stoke haven’t been as easy as should be. Although Arsenal won both league games last season, Stoke managed to knock the Gunners out of the FA Cup in the 4th round. Arsenal fans may also remember Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross, the player who managed to break Aaron Ramsey’s leg last season, causing him to miss a year’s worth of football.

Djourou will be fit to start. It sounds like RvP and Koscielny wont be taking part.

Predicted starting line-up:

Szczesny
Sagna Squillaci Djourou Clichy
Wilshere Song Fabregas
Nasri Chamakh Walcott

Predicted score-line:

Arsenal 3 – 0 Stoke City

So Arsenal fans, lets hear your opinion on who you think should start, or what you think the score would be. Over to you!

Arsenal players Twitter accounts

Monday, 21st February 2011

Here is the official list of Twitter accounts that belong to Arsenal players

Cesc Fabregas – @cesc4official
Robin Van Persie – @persie_official
Jack Wilshere – @jack_wilshere
Samir Nasri – @nanas08
Bacary Sagna – @sagnaofficial
Wojciech Szczęsny – @53szczesny53
Johan Djourou – @johandjourou
Denilson – @_denilson15
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – @weditsjet
Henri Lansbury – @henri_lansbury
Emmanuel Frimpong – @emmanuelf4
Benik Afobe – @benik_afobe
Sebastien Squillaci – @sebsquillaci
Sanchez Watt – @sanchezwatt
Craig Eastmond – @craigleastmond
Conor Henderson – @henderson_91
Wellington Silva – @wsilva11

Have I missed one? Let me know below!

Leyton Orient 1 – 1 Arsenal – Disappointing. Match Report and Player Ratings.

Sunday, 20th February 2011

I said before the game that a draw today would be devastating to our title challenge, and could cost us victory against Barcelona. But lets hope I’m proved wrong on the latter two.

Today was our 42nd game of the season, (not including pre-season), and we have another 12 premiership games, the Carling Cup final, up to 4 more in the FA Cup, up to 6 more in the Champions League all still to be played. That means that we could play up to 65 games this season. The last thing that we wanted today was to add more games onto our already-busy schedule, and maybe more importantly, play a game 90 minutes before the return leg at Barcelona.

Match Report
Arsenal got off to a great start, having the majority of possession and a good few chances early on. Chamakh, Bendtner and Arshavin having the best of these. Chamakh missed an easy tap in after Gibbs managed to play a fantastic ball across the face of the goal.

Rosicky scored the goal for Arsenal on the 52nd minute, laying his head onto a Bendtner cross.

Arsenal still looked the more likely to score again, creating more chances but failing to find the net. On the 89th minute, Jonathan Tehoue slot a ball through Almunia’s legs.

Player Ratings
Almunia – 5; Once again showing the Arsenal faithful that he simply isn’t good enough to be our No 1. I’m happy we’ve got Szczesny to rely on against Stoke and Birmingham this week.
Sagna – 7; Enjoyed being back on the pitch after his suspension midweek. Kept running and offered a wide attacking option for Arsenal.
Squillaci – 7; Did well over the 90 minutes, few mistakes.
Miquel – 6; Got out-muscled and out-played for the O’s goal, but overall a good debut for the young Spaniard.
Gibbs – 6.5; Along with Miquel, partly to blame for the goal, but did well down the left wing.
Rosicky – 7; Did well for the goal and had a good passing game.
Denilson – 6.5; Attempted 133 passes today, but gave the ball away unnecessarily from time-to-time.
A Song – 6; The only player who played against Barca, didn’t have a great game. Gave the ball away far too often.
Arshavin – 7; Very creative, looks like he’s slowly but surely getting back to form.
Chamakh – 5.5; I didn’t rate Chamakh’s performance today. The whole point of a striker is to finish the opportunities you’re given, and he didn’t do that.
Bendtner – 6; I’m still not entirely convinced that he enjoys playing on the wing.

My opinion
Why didn’t Wenger make any subs? Why wasn’t Fabregas or Nasri brought on at the 60th minute to bulk up our attack and maybe get the 2nd goal we needed.

Chamakh and Bendtner were poor at finishing today. We had many chances to kill the game off, but they both failed to do what they were put on the pitch to do. Disappointing.

Almunia showed today why he should be allowed nowhere near our goal posts. Szczesny should be No1 and Fabianski should be the back-up. Simple as.

Miquel had a good debut, I honestly think this kid has the potential to become the new Puyol or Pique.

I was quite surprised to see Song have such a poor game. He gave the ball away far too often. Perhaps he needs a little rest.

Stoke on Wednesday. Come on you Gunners!

Ignasi Miquel in squad against Leyton Orient

Sunday, 20th February 2011

I’ve heard from a good source today that Reserves Captain, Ignasi Miquel will be in the squad today for the 5th round game against Leyton Orient.

Unclear as to whether he will start the game, but could this mean that Djourou has failed his late fitness test, and he Miquel will play with Squillaci?

More to follow.