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With the season rapidly coming towards its end, Arsenal know that they must continue with their run of good form and for that, Tomas Rosicky is of immense importance to the Gunners
If there is one player at Arsenal who has never divided opinion, it is 32-year-old Tomas Rosicky. Signed from a then-financially crippled Borussia Dortmund back in the summer of 2006, the Czech Republic international has been a vital part of Arsenal ever since.
Regardless of the many injury problems he has faced during his time in London, you will hardly come across any pundit criticising the midfielder’s approach towards the game. Vibrant, energetic, robust, the 32-year-old also has a penchant for the spectacular – something that sets him apart from most of his Gunners teammates.
The last time these two sides met in November, they both scored three goals, with Mikel Arteta missing a last ditch penalty which could have given the Gunners the full three points.
Arsenal has four victories and one draw from their last five matches, which should have Gunners fans happy. Their mid-week draw against Everton at the Emirates will not be the worst of results, but Arsene Wenger's side knows they can not afford to drop more points at Craven Cottage.
Meetings against Fulham tend to offer up a lot of goals, making Saturday's match likely to be a very entertaining match. Both sides have earned two victories in this fixture from the last five matches, with a draw in between.
Staying on track against Martin Jol's side, which does not have much to play for will not be easy, as we all saw in their first meeting this season.
The Gunners will be without their inspirational midfielder Jack Wilshere, as he suffers an ankle injury ahead of the crucial Champions League tie on Wednesday.
Arsenal face Bayern Munich in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16, the London side already have a himalayan of a task to accomplish being 3-1 down to the Bavarians , and will now have to do it without their star man Jack Wilshere.
The 21 year old injured his left ankle in last week’s North London derby against Tottenham, the prodigal midfielder will be now out for a minimum of three weeks, missing the Bayern as well as the Swansea match. He will also not be part of the England squad to face San Marino and Montenegro in World Cup qualifying matches.
Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere have both been very important for Arsenal this season.
Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla have both had their moments of brilliance for Arsenal this season. They have both also shared some difficult moments, due to Arsenal's lack of consistency.
Both players have their own brilliance and shining star when they are on the pitch, but both have come out publicly to state how wonderful and important the other is to Arsenal Football Club. Is Santi Cazorla more important to Arsenal's style of play, or is Jack's tackling and drive in the midfield a must for Arsene Wenger's side?
When you take a look at the stats, Santi Cazorla will take the prize, but that does not always mean that a player is the most important. The Spanish international has quickly become a fan favorite at Arsenal, and his trickery along with his ability to shoot with both feet have caused problems for opponents.
The Gunners were never favorites on Tuesday night against Bayern Munich, but after a 1-3 defeat, Arsenal's weaknesses were obvious.
The morning after a defeat is always a good time to sit and think about what contributed to the loss. For Arsenal fans, they woke up to pictures of Arsene Wenger and Jack Wilshere plastered all over the newspapers and sports websites. Not surprising, but, now more than ever, fans and neutrals are calling for Wenger to leave.
One important question to ask is whether or not Arsene Wenger is the main problem, let alone the only problem.
Responsible for putting out the best options, Wenger is in charge of that, but he is not able to dictate what decisions the players make while on the pitch.
Barcelona could be back to upset Arsene Wenger’s project at Arsenal in no time at all. That is, if the Catalan club seriously tries to grant Dani Alves’ wish of signing Jack Wilshere.
Gooners are desperate to see the club resurrect from its on-going troubles and become what it was a decade ago: a genuine title contender.
Their realistic target in the English Premier League is a top four finish while the dream of lifting the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup vanished at the expense of Bradford and Blackburn Rovers respectively.
Arsenal’s barren run of trophies will stretch to eight years should they fail to win the UEFA Champions League this season. The task at hand against Europe’s best teams is obviously tough but so is the pressure from the media on Arsene Wenger’s back.
The battle on the pitch between the European giants and the English underachievers could turn out to be about two players.
In between 2006 and 2009, Bastian Schweinsteiger came under a fair bit of criticism. The wing just did not seem to be the appropriate place for him. Louis Van Gaal in 2009 came up with an idea that not only benefited Bayern but also benefited the German national side. He decided to move the German international into defensive midfield, next to the then captain Mark Van Bommel.
In that season, a player from Arsenal was making huge strides. He was, rather surprisingly, not a Frenchman. Jack Wilshere, on loan to Bolton Wanderers, was making a name for himself. Arsene Wenger knew the worth of this Englishman; he did not allow Bolton to sign Wilshere for one further season and brought him back to Arsenal.
Arsenal saw their FA Cup title hopes come to an end on Saturday at the Emirates against Blackburn. With Bayern Munich coming to town, Arsene Wenger needs to make changes.
Another match at the Emirates, and yet another elimination from a competition for Arsenal. The Gunners struggled to break down Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, and a fortunate goal from Kazim-Richards was enough to see of Arsene Wenger's side.
Arsenal will now have to turn their attention to Tuesday night's match against Bayern Munich. The German's are a much stronger side than Blackburn, so Arsene Wenger really needs to sort things out before his side gets humiliated on the European Stage.
The biggest competition in Europe, the UEFA Champions League is about to resume tomorrow as clubs compete for a berth in the Quarter Finals of the competition. The event will feature some of the most exciting young talents in the football world.
1) James Rodriguez
At a young age of 21, Porto winger James Rodriguez has quickly established himself as one of the most important players in his team. The young midfielder has made 17 appearances for the Portuguese giants this season scoring 8 goals. Rodriguez has terrific pace, wonderful dribbling skills and a lethal shot which make him one of the budding stars in Europe. The Colombian was on Manchester United’s radar in the summer transfer window and Porto will hope he can maintain his credentials with a fine performance against Malaga in their Champions League encounter.
Samba giants Brazil square off against the Three Lions in a much anticipated friendly match on Wednesday. Midfield battles could decide the game.
England in particular will take this tie seriously ahead of their World Cup qualifiers in March. Both the teams bolster some amazing attacking talents but the match may be ultimately decided on which team dominates the midfield.
Following injury to Manchester united man Michael Carrick his fellow teammate Tom Cleverly is expected to replace him in the starting lineup, with Arsenal prodigy Jack Wilshere and captain Steven Gerrard likely to partner him in the middle of the park.
The best thing about this trio is the flexibility they offer, all three players are capable of playing the holding as well as the advanced roles. This gives Roy Hodgson the option of using a 4-3-3 formation.
Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta have been appointed the Arsenal captaincy since the beginning of the season. Does Jack Wilshere deserve to be considered as the team captain?
Ahead of Arsenal's match against Brighton for the FA Cup, Arsenal fans were ecstatic with the thought of Jack Wilshere leading the London side out onto the pitch.
He had already captained the side mid-week against West Ham, but that was only due to the fact that Thomas Vermaelen was substituted in the second half.
On Saturday, the England International only came on in the 68th minute to replace Tomas Rosicky, not giving him the chance to lead his team out, just yet.
Since Wilshere got the chance to wear the armband against West Ham, many fans and football analysts have been questioning if the midfielder should be the primary captain.
The England International has struggled with injuries, but his performance against Swansea on Wednesday night gives Arsenal and English Football a glimmer of hope.
Jack Wilshere has been highly regarded at Arsenal for quite some time now. Since his time in the lower ranks of the club, Wilshere has been a stand out player in the center of the park.
A loan spell at Bolton appears to have been just what the 21 year-old needed. Since returning to Arsene Wenger's side, Wilshere was beginning to stand out, but a long list of consecutive injuries kept him out for a significant amount of time.
Back in the first team at the Emirates, Wilshere has slowly started to show that old Arsenal mentality. A very young player who shows in his body language how much he wants to win. His anger with every bad pass or every bad decision is more than evident in every match he takes part in.
The return of English midfielder Jack Wilshere will be a big boost for Arsene Wenger's squad as Arsenal travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City on Saturday.
With the Canaries in desperate need of a victory, manager Chris Hughton will be under a lot of pressure.
Norwich City currently find themselves in 19th place, with three draws and four losses in the 2012-13 English Premier League campaign. After the departure of Paul Lambert, Chris Hughton's side has struggled to find consistency.
With just five goals scored in seven matches and 17 conceded, the Canaries will be hoping they can keep Arsenal off the scoresheet.
Arsenal enter this match coming off a well earned victory away against West Ham.
The John Terry saga has affected the future of the entire English national team. Fabio Capello is gone, Harry Redknapp’s appointment is perhaps just a matter of time and Euro 2012 is around the corner…
When Capello heard that John Terry had been stripped by the FA from his England captaincy due to the on-going race row involving Anton Ferdinand, he told Rai1:
“I do not agree with that decision. I also talked with the chairman, saying that I think Terry can't be sanctioned until a court, a civil court not the sport one, judge him guilty or not about what he is accused of. That's why I think Terry should keep the captaincy.”
These public comments eventually provoked the FA’s anger. It was understood that Fabio Capello had breached his contract by openly criticizing England’s Football Association. Upon request, the Italian man attended a meeting on Wednesday with general secretary Alex Home and FA chairman David Bernstein. Moments later, the manager’s resignation hit the headlines.
Arsenal has won three games on the bounce. The defence looks leaky even with the new players but things look to be improving.
Earlier in the week, Arsenal fans and management found out that Jack Wilshere, one of their standout players from the previous season will not be available until late January. With the signing of Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal midfield looks more lively. The midfield also has a stronger feel to it thanks to Emmanuel Frimpong.
Wilshere was the man of the match as Arsenal beat Barcelona, 2-1, last season. His absence will be missed as Wenger tries out Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey in different matches in midfield. Wilshere, who has the vision that Rosicky seemingly used to possess and perhaps still does, and a bit of physicality to his game would be a perfect fit in the Gunner’s midfield.
What is your take on Samir Nasri’s switch from Arsenal to Manchester City? Gunners fans initially insisted that Nasri’s love for Man City was pure rumors, but quotes now confirm otherwise…
Manchester City supporters are delighted to have added Samir Nasri to their collection of superstars as the 2011/12 season promises to be big for the Sky Blues. Like Arsenal, they are in the UEFA Champions League. But unlike Arsenal, they top the English Premier League table on goal difference thanks to their perfect run after 2 Match-days.
Still on the domestic front, Manchester City are gearing up to defend their 2011 FA Cup title whereas clinching the Carling Cup is also on their to-do list. Meanwhile, things are looking fragile at the Emirates Stadium right now.
Without Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, Arsene Wenger is under greater pressure to spend money and make big signings before the end of the summer transfer window. Gunners fans fear their team will experience a miserable campaign although belief and hopes remain.
Arsenal crashed to a 2-0 home defeat against resurgent Liverpool on Saturday to add one more reason for unrest among the Gunner’s fans.
Arsenal fans must look to Anfield with an envious eye. Currently, Liverpool are a club with a fresh optimism, and are watching a batch of exciting new signings make a splash. Further to that, they are achieving positive results and there is an air of excitement around the terraces.
The Arsenal fans will be hurt to see the back of club icon Cesc Fabregas, and must be resigned to the impending departure of Samir Nasri. Young starlet Jack Wilshere is out injured and they had to sit through a turgid 0-0 opening draw at Newcastle United.
A midweek 1-0 UEFA Champions League victory gave brief respite, but cracks were visible and progressing through after the second leg is far from guaranteed against a lively Udinese team.
Having spent a season on-loan at Sunderland, Danny Welbeck is absolutely convinced on the importance of gaining some first team opportunities, just like Wilshere did at Bolton
Danny Welbeck is set to be given a shot at regular football with Manchester United this season after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that he will not be looking to loan out the England U-21 International. Welbeck spent last season on-loan with Sunderland and was impressive, with Steve Bruce apparently eyeing him as a permanent signing.
But even he is excited about being a Manchester United player ahead of the upcoming season and made comparisons between himself and Jack Wilshere. The Arsenal teenager spent some significant time on loan at Bolton Wanderers two seasons ago and since then; there hasn't been any turning back.
Jack Wilshere has given some tips for Manchester United to beat Barcelona. Live Soccer TV wants to know how much you agree or disagree with the Arsenal midfielder.
Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere apparently still carries the wound of the Gunners’ Champions League exit at the expense of Barcelona. Now despite the rivalry that exists between Arsenal and Manchester United, the young midfielder is backing Ferguson’s side to do what Arsenal couldn’t do against Barca--which is to triumph.
“The thing with Barca is, ‘three passes, bang, bang, bang’ and they are through. So you have to get in their faces,” Wilshere told The Sun.
“You have to stop players like Xavi, Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta who can just kill you. But if you can get in their faces, they ease off in the second half and you r.eally have to go for them.”
England couldn’t tame Ghana as their friendly ended in a 1-1 draw. A late Gyan show explained that Capello has many problems to solve as Live Soccer TV presumes.
For Fabio Capello, England vs Ghana appeared as a perfect opportunity for the Three Lions’ fringe players to acquire some experience points at the international level. So considering the crucial agenda of Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United, there was no need for the Italian manager to risk the likes of Wayne Rooney, John Terry or Michael Dawson.
Those star players already have so much ahead of them to think about with the UEFA Champions League quarter-final stages taking place in April. In short, England vs Ghana was a great fixture to test how far England’s reserves have developed.