Stan Kroenke has increased his Arsenal holding to 66.85% by buying another thirteen shares.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, Arsene put the ball firmly in City’s net: “Of course [a win] strengthens your beliefs but I am convinced we believe in ourselves anyway, no matter what happens,” he said.
“Let’s not forget as well that if you are in City’s position and they lose, they are nine points behind, so they have more negative pressure than we do.
“We have a positive pressure that we can make a big difference with them, so let’s look at it like that. It is a positive pressure. It is always a pressure as you want to do well and be the best but it is positive. We have a cushion, we are not under massive pressure. We have an opportunity to show our strength and that is what we want to take.
So, no pressure then.
When asked about tiredness:
“There is no fatigue, not on the medical analysis we have. It is quite sophisticated now and we don’t see any signs. The signs we see on the players, I can rest them”.
“We do mostly recovery because when you play Wednesday night and Saturday morning, on the physical front and tactical front you cannot do a lot. The base is that it is all targeted on recovery.”
Sagna will have a late fitness test, Podolski could be on the bench.
Betting odds: Home win 5/4 on, Draw 13/5 against, Away win 10/3 against.
No prizes for guessing the gist of most football topics today! The Big Game, Top versus Fourth, the bookie’s title favourites versus the team written off after defeat in the first match of the season. Endless speculation about starting elevens, will Joe Hart be in goal or on the bench? Do some players need a rest after mid-week Champions League games? Should a player want a rest or to play in arguably the biggest game of the season so far? I know what I’d choose, if only I had the choice.
Speaking to Jeremy Wilson in The Telegraph, Ivan Gazidis revealed that his father, Costas, was an anti-apartheid campaigner and was in gaol at the time Ivan was born. Read the full interview here:-
Well black Saturday lunchtime really I suppose. My prediction of a 1 – 2 away win got multiplied by three and turned one hundred and eighty degrees into our worst result for some little time.
The officials had a poor game, but so did we, we gifted goals to City with poor passing and poorer defending. Arsene Wenger said before the game that he would not look for excuses of tiredness, but there’s no doubt that fatigue played it’s part.
Of greater concern is the apparent falling out between the BFG and the Wizard of Ozil, Merts wasn’t too pleased about the “assist” by Mesut for one of City’s goals and also gave him an earful for not acknowledging the travelling Arsenal fans at the end of the game. Ozil did tweet an apology later and put his lapse down to disappointment at the result.
Wilshere could be in trouble for allegedly making an obscene gesture towards the City faithful, a petulant act that could see him fined or even suspended.
Laurent Koscielny was having a bad afternoon which got worse when it was cut short by a cut knee while failing to prevent yet another City goal. Luckily Thomas Vermaelen looks to be in reasonable form and fitness so should be able to adequately fill the gap alongside Merts.
The milk has been spilt so no point in crying about it and we are still top of the league.
A quote or two to bring down the curtain on that result.
“I’m very disappointed because we didn’t do our defensive job as we are used to,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“We didn’t defend well from up front and did not show enough solidarity defensively. That’s too easy going.”
“We had the best defence until now in the league and to give six goals like we did today is just difficult to accept because we lost our discipline and in the big games and you pay for that.”
From Jack Wilshere;
“The away fans are brilliant. We have to apologise to them, they spent their money to come up [to Manchester] and we didn’t perform to the level they expect.
“We’ll go again and we’ll see them on Monday.”
Well young Jack you may just be suspended for the next game if the FA take action over your gesture to the City fans.
The news we were all waiting for came through, no not the sacking of the hapless AVB, but the name of our opponents in the next round of the Champions League, Bayern Munich, after “The group of Death” comes the sequel “Showdown at the O.K. Corral” Sorry, Allianz Arena. Beat them at home and then a repeat of last season’s result will see us through. Simples.
No relevant Arsenal news today, other than Wilshere being charged by the FA . So here’s a little tester for you. Starting eleven for Arsenal versus Wolves 8th April ????
The result was 2 – 1 to the good guys, but what was the year?
Once again there was no relevant Arsenal news, other than tabloid speculation on who we are going to sign in January. So I’ll ignore that.
It’s always good to read the thoughts of such football luminaries, when they are pontificating about Arsenal, as Michael (I was almost a World class player) Owen, so I’ve included his thoughts on Mersut Ozil.
Mesut Ozil has been an inconsistent and disappointing signing for Arsenal who are not yet title contenders, according to former England star Michael Owen.
The 34-year-old ex-Manchester United and Liverpool forward believes the Gunners’ £42.4m record signing has struggled to perform in consecutive matches this season.
“[Arsenal] don’t have the class of player to go toe to toe with the main title contenders,”
Owen wrote on his blog for Sportlobster.
“Despite people constantly telling me Mesut Ozil is world class, his inconsistency means that we only see occasional glimpses of real quality. His odd good performance is usually followed by half a dozen poor ones.”
It sounds to me like the loveable little Scouser has been spending too much time with Alan Hansen, they make an interesting pair peering myopically at the world through their Liverpool tinted spectacles.
Once again I’m struggling to find any Arsenal news, but one nugget turned up: Bacary Sagna spoke about his situation. “I’ve still got six months on my contract with Arsenal. We are in negotiations.”
“It’s an option to go somewhere in January but I always had a good relationship with Arsenal.” “I’ve been playing there for seven years and I hope we will end up on something good. First of all I want to finish as champion because we have got a good opportunity to do it this year, and after we will see.”
I’m not quite sure what our French right back is actually saying, he could leave in January? He could stay until the end of the season? If we win the League he will sign a new contract? With both Manchester clubs in the market for a right back could Sagna follow a string of players up the M6 to the money pit?
It seems as though we may be looking for a quality right back as well as a striker when the transfer window opens.
Friday: added by peaches
News came through last night that Jack had lost his appeal against a two match ban for showing a gesture to supporters during the Man City game last weekend. He will miss the games against Chelsea and West Ham. Hopefully he can return to the squad fully fit and bursting with confidence.
Maybe the FA should be thinking about how it uses it’s disciplinary measures -one for the future.
That’s all folks, All quiet on the Arsenal front, as Erich might have said.
Have a good weekend