ozil and wenger

Give up on Ozil this summer?

Was the signing of Mesut Ozil a necessity or luxury? The Gooner below fears it was the latter, and in truth, it is becoming difficult to argue against that. Ozil has been in inspiring form since his return from injury – albeit against weaker opposition – but his solitary forte of providing assists (and scoring…

VIDEO: Arsenal 0-1 Monaco (Flashback)

Arsenal face AS Monaco in a rare clash between the two clubs tomorrow, but you would not have to go too far back to find the last time the pair faced each other. That was only a few months ago in the Emirates Cup during last summer. The occasion marked a first ever start in…

Welbeck out, Walcott in: Predicted XI vs AS Monaco

With the depth of options available, it has to be said that naming the attacking side of this line-up was nothing easy. But one thing for sure is the Arsenal outfit will have to be an attacking minded one tomorrow. AS Monaco, who scored four and conceded just one in six matches during the group…

Arsenal stadium beauty

Monaco prepare for Arsenal with Chelsea-like effort

AS Monaco’s last result ahead of the clash with Arsenal was a typical one. The French outfit, known to be gritty and well-organized, managed to go down to ten men and still find a way to secure the three points on Friday. Defender Abdennour was sent back to the dressing room on the stroke of…

Monreal out, Gibbs back: Pre-XI to face Tottenham

David Ospina is the obvious choice in goal but the picking of the four men right in-front of him will not be so obvious. Hector Bellerin is now a certainty ahead of Calum Chambers at right-back – especially after that sumptuous goal against Aston Villa. This will be a tough trip to Tottenham though, and…

Bielik will play at Newcastle

The wait to see Krystian Bielik in action is set to be over. Despite completing his transfer from Legia Warsaw more than a fortnight ago, Bielik has been omitted from match-day squads for the club’s reserves and the first team. Arsene Wenger has cited a ‘lack of fitness’ as the reason behind Bielik’s absence, but…

gunners practice in blue

Walcott looking forward to derby

The north London derby could not come any sooner for Theo Walcott. The 25-year-old was carried off on a stretcher in front of the away supporters, some of whom threw objects to which the player responded with a 2-0 hand gesture. But Walcott, whose injury shattered his World Cup dreams, insists he thrives on the…

gunners practice in blue

Midfielder agrees four-year deal with club

Francis Coquelin has opted to remain at Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini may have left for free after a break-through season in 2008 but Coquelin will not be emulating the mistake of his countryman after agreeing a new deal with the club. The 23-year-old’s current contract at the Emirates stadium was set to expire in June, but…

drama wenger

Wenger – Outcome I want at Stamford Bridge

The Super Bowl may be on Sunday for Americans but Saturday is the big one in the Premier League. Chelsea and Manchester City are set to clash in a showdown between the league’s top two sides. And after that stunning 2-0 triumph at the Etihad stadium, Arsenal are now reluctant to exclude themselves from the…

welbeck gunners

Fitness news on Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck could actually play on Sunday. Arsene Wenger suggested on Thursday that the England international was ‘really, really, close’ to a return even though next week’s trip to Tottenham would be the soonest he could be available to play. However, during his press conference on Friday, Wenger admitted that Welbeck is suddenly in contention…