Olivier Giroud might have smashed a hat-trick the other night in Piraeous to take the Gunners past the group stage in Europe in some style, but, according to Charlie Nicholas, the former Scotland International who is now one of the renowned experts of the game in England, all the credit should not go to the French striker only as there was another guy too who was key to that win and that was the goalie Petr Cech.
On a TV show, Nicholas was quoted as saying, “I think it’s one of the most balanced units that Arsenal has ever had.”
“When you have to make sure the margin is at least of 2 goals, there’s no option than to go with the aggressive mindset. But, the fact that they knew they were not vulnerable in the back with Cech in charge between the sticks, it gave them that added confidence to attack in full flow.”
“Professional sports are a lot about showing the character and I believe, in spite of the fact that the Gunners were pretty lacklustre at the start if you take that Munich game into account and also, a couple other, the manner in which they have come back, you can say they are deservedly in the knockouts.” Continue Reading
Surviving in the Premier League and continuing to perform in the top tier English league was the main task that Dick Advocaat wanted to accomplish since he took up the managerial role at Sunderland back in March and it was successfully completed as Sunderland finished the season at the 16th spot with a total of 38 points collected which was enough.
The 67 year old manager of Sunderland, Dick Advocaat has already stated in numerous occasions his desire to retire from coaching. The coaching career of Dick Advocaat began in 1980 and from there on out he has gone on becoming the coach of a number of different clubs and national sides including: Netherlands, PSV, Rangers, South Korea, Zenit, Belgium, Russia, Serbia and Sunderland just to name a few. It’s a managerial career that has spanned for over 30 years and Dick Advocaat is thinking about ending it.
The veteran manager did however say that he would be glad to continue being the head coach of Sunderland but only if the owner of the club; Ellis Short invests and signs at least 6 top players.
Dick Advocaat voiced his demands as he said: “This squad needs five or six good players. It doesn’t need quantity, it needs quality. That is the only way to change things. The owner has previously said he wants to be challenging for positions nine or ten on a regular basis and even a little higher.”Continue Reading
The manager who has been in charge of Arsenal for over 17 years, Arsene Wenger revealed that he does not have any big plans for the upcoming summer transfer window as Wenger believes that not many things need to be done because he already has a very strong squad at his disposal.
Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger said: “We are not in need of absolute change. We have a strong squad. We have some strong young players behind. We have a big squad now: Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell, Yaya Sanogo (all forwards who currently out on loan) will come back. If you add that to the number of players we already have…”
“We have improved a lot this season. Our defensive record since January is outstanding. We are not in need of absolute change this summer. We have a strong squad and we have some strong young players behind. We are not close to signing anybody; we have a very big squad, so we need to lose some players as well.’’
Arsenal went through a run of 8 consecutive triumphs which began on February 10 with Arsene Wenger’s player claiming a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace and this streak of successive victories spanned until April 11. Continue Reading
Arsene Wenger remains as one of the most experienced managers in the game after the recent retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. He has been at Arsenal for almost two decades and has witnessed several bad times during this period. However, he has revealed that he still feels extremely depressed for days when Arsenal lose a game. In recent months, however, Wenger will have reasons to be happy about the club, as they have gone on a wonderful run of form that may see them win the title under the right circumstances. Arsenal may still be seven points behind Chelsea, but there is a small glimmer of hope with eight matches remaining.
Wenger has consistently maintained that a top four finish was his priority for the last few weeks. It may not have changed much going into the match against Liverpool on Sunday. A victory for the gunners will see them have won eight consecutive matches in the league. This helps them overcome the disappointment of having been knocked out by Wenger’s former club Monaco in the Champions League. After having won the FA Cup last season, the Frenchman will certainly feel less pressure on him than before. Yet, the disappointment of losing a match does not appear to go away. Continue Reading
Arsenal has reached the 6th round of the FA Cup and they will be playing against Manchester United on March 7. Even though Arsene Wenger and his men have reached this point of the FA Cup, the Frenchman has announced that reaching a spot in the top 4 positions of the Premier League is his main objective in this season.
“Our basic is always to finish in the top four and then win a trophy on top of that. We want always to be in the Champions League and this season it will be very tight if you look at the table. Every game now becomes a cup game.”Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger has a love-hate relationship with Arsenal fans as some of the supporters of the club want to see him step down as the manager of the team after not being able to accomplish anything really significant with Arsenal in over 5 years and they just can’t stand seeing Arsenal only being able to get into the top 4 but not making a true and genuine charge for the Premier League title. Continue Reading
The arrival of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos to Real Madrid has forced other players in Real Madrid to stay on the sidelines and one of those players was the German defensive midfielder Sami Khedira who has not played an important for Real Madrid in this season and he is rumored to be leaving the Spanish club when his contract expires in June of 2015 or possibly even earlier during the January transfer window if any other club launches a good enough offer.
Arsenal and Chelsea are some of the clubs in the Premier League that have shown interest in signing him but taking into consideration all of injuries that continue troubling Arsene Wenger and his squad, it seems like Arsenal are in much more need of signing the experienced player.