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Arsene Wenger says that the month of March will define Arsenal’s season as the club play against the likes of Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Tottenham in different competitions during this period. Arsenal go into the top run of matches already trailing table leaders Chelsea by four points. They have slipped into the third position after a 1-0 defeat against Stoke City during the weekend. Wenger says that it was a disappointing result, but he wants to get back to winning ways with a win over Everton in the FA Cup this weekend.
The FA Cup remains as one of the few title hopes for the club, which has been without a trophy since 2005. This is because they have already been knocked out of the League Cup, while they are on the verge of being dumped out of the Champions League after a 2-0 loss against Bayern Munich in the first leg. Even though the club face a difficult run of matches, Wenger is not looking to get carried away and says that he will be taking every match as it comes.
Since the turn of the year, Arsenal have been going through a tough patch. This has seen them concede a five point advantage in the table to going four points behind the leaders.
“March is the month: we play Spurs, City, Chelsea, Bayern, Everton in the cup. We have a great opportunity to show that we are strong, which is what I think. At the end of March we will know much more. The aim is to win the next game. In every single game you just have to focus on getting the best team out. It’s the toughness, the intensity maybe. You cannot rest any player. I honestly feel it is the most difficult league,” said Wenger.
Arsenal were today handed a perfect opportunity to end their trophy drought as Wigan earned themselves a shock 2-1 defeat of Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter finals. The victory means the Gunners’ will face the FA Cup holders in a semi-final tie, with only Hull City or Sheffield United standing in their way should they advance to the final.
This represents the Gunners’ best chance at a trophy since they fell to a heart-breaking 2-1 defeat to Birmingham City in the 2011 League One final and punters would be mad not to back Arsenal given their desire for success this season. Read more »
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Arsene Wenger has stated that the defensive stability that Arsenal have been showing this campaign will come to their aid when they take on Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier league. This is a very difficult match for the gunners, who currently leads the table by two points. However, they have taken only four points from the possible 12 against the big clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester United. As a result, Wenger is under pressure to deliver three points on Saturday, but he is confident that Arsenal, who have the second best defensive record in the division, can hold out for a win. Read more »
Arsenal showed a lot of interest in Liverpool striker Luis Suarez after making an offer in excess of £ 40 million in the summer. However, Liverpool refused to sell at any price to one of their domestic rivals. Arsenal instead brought in midfielder Mesut Ozil for around the same amount from Real Madrid. Arsenal have not really missed a striker like Suarez up front because they have been able to get the best out of Olivier Giroud this campaign. The Frenchman has scored 10 league goals, but his overall contribution has been important to Arsenal’s style of play.
Suarez was expected to leave the club and at least in January or in the summer, but he has now committed his future to Liverpool by signing the mega contract with the club. The Uruguayan is now one of the highest-paid players in the Premier league with wages of around £ 220,000 per week. Arsenal have been rumoured to get back into the race to sign Suarez in the summer, but Wenger has put an end to speculation by saying that their interest in the 26-year-old is officially over. Read more »
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Former Real Madrid player Mesut Ozil has admitted that the past months have been a tough time for Arsenal as they have had a tough and hectic schedule which he labels it as ‘’out of the ordinary’’.
The German midfielder made his recovery from a shoulder injury that kept him out of 2 matches of Arsenal during the Christmas period. Ozil is now anxious on be playing back on the pitch alongside his teammates and being once again a regular starter for the Premier League club.
“Of course it is out of the ordinary because I have always had a winter break in previous years. In the Premier League, you play every few days – you don’t get a week to relax,” Ozil said on Arsenal Player.
“I am very pleased that I am in this league because you go from game to game very quickly. You play every two or three days and for me it is better to play more games than train because I love a challenge and here that is perfect.”
“I feel comfortable here. You can see on the pitch when we play together that we have a very good understanding. The team is great and for me it’s been very easy to settle – the German players here have helped me to establish myself quicker than I perhaps would have done were they not here’’. Ozil said.
Ozil has made some impressive performances ever since making his £43million move from Real Madrid to Arsenal proving why Arsenal was willing to offload that amount of cash in order to sign him up. The switch questioned Real Madrid on why they sold the player that was considered to be one of the best midfielders in the squad and still retained Angel Di Maria who at that time was underperforming in comparison to Mesut Ozil.
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