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Villareal players confident of truimph over Arsenal this Tuesday

Villareal players confident of truimph over Arsenal this Tuesday

Santi Cazorla, Robert Pires and Diego Godin have been doing the talking lately, confident of their team’s chances in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final against Arsenal.

Firstly, Santi Cazorla, who is out for the rest of the season with an injury suffered this weekend, is “convinced that they are going to beat Arsenal”.

Then Diego Godin is as confident as his team-mate saying “I’m sure that we will have a great game on Tuesday”. Talk of confidence and determination!

“Arsenal are coming here in good form, but, aside from this latest result, we were also playing well.

“This team is ready to recover and I’m sure that we will have a great game on Tuesday. We are determined to turn the situation around and we need not be pessimistic because we have a great team.”

Former Arsenal star Robert Pires also spoke as the first leg draws near and just like his other team-mates is confident of success:

“It will be the first time I’ve played against them.

“We are teams with contrasting styles but also with top-quality players. It’s not the best thing to be playing the return leg away from home but if we perform like we have in the past we can get through.

“If I’m lucky enough to score I know that I won’t celebrate, simply as a gesture of respect to a club, and their fans, which have meant so much in my career.”

Pires also urged Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas to stay at the club. Check that story out here

However, Villareal manager Manuel Pelligrini was more realistic with his comments. He was not “sure” or “convinced” that they will progress:

“Progressing should be more than important than the spirit of revenge.

“We know they play fast and different football but that doesn’t make it better. We will have to wait and see if we can surpass them this time.

“That meeting was three years ago and now everything is different. We have different teams, different players and different times.”

I bet deep down inside they all fear Arsenal! The way we have been playing lately even Barca would fear us! Arsenal’s squad at the moment is one of the toughest in Europe and fully capable of winning the Champions League. We will be without Arshavin but Nasri will be back to fill the void and otherwise the team was perfect on Saturday. The problem for Arsene Wenger now will not be injuries but it will be who to select! The squad is now overflowing with ‘fit’, talented players!

Eboue sent off against Spurs

Eboue sent off against Spurs

Arsene Wenger has finally come out and critisized Eboue for his behavior in the North London derby. The Ivorian midfielder was sent off for a second yellow card after just around half an hour into the match.

“He had in this game problems to deal with his frustrations and therefore of course we want to play a part … in helping to deal with that. The other players want to help their partners to deal with frustrations, but you as well are responsible for the own way you deal with it. He didn’t sense how far you can go. Once he had the first yellow card that was a bit unfortunate. But the second one, you cannot complain.”

Good to see Wenger admitting his player’s mistake. He sure needs a nice long chat with Eboue and teach him how to behave like a professional.

You can see an interview of Eboue regarding his relationship with fans here.

Nasri - Arsenal need him to get back into goal scoring form

Nasri - Arsenal need him to get back into goal scoring form

Eboue may be one of the worst performer of Arsenal lately and Nasri is one of the best right now. But one problem for the summer recruit lately has been his lack of goals. He hasn’t scored at home since the brace against Manchester United and his last goal came almost a month back on 17th January against Hull. So the player must be short of confidence but Arsene Wenger is backing him fully:

“Nasri is meant to have a bright future with Arsenal. He is the kind of player that can score, dribble and there is more to come from him, even if I think that he has settled pretty well.

“Creative players are essential in our style of football. People tend to forget that Pires arrived at the age of 27, and Samir was 21. Yes, he reminds me of him, but he can also play in a more central position.”

Nasri’s form is vital for helping Arsenal’s challenge for the final Champions League place especially his goal scoring because in recent games goals have been very hard to come by.

Meanwhile Robin van Persie’s form of a lifetime is making him attract interest from top European Clubs already. Now it’s Inter Milan who, according to The Daily Mirror, are interested in signing the Arsenal forward. van Persie’s will have just a year of his contract left this summer and contract negotiations going on haven’t had much success, as is being rumored with the player and the club failing to agree on the wages. It’s too early for such a rumor. There’s a lot of months remaining this season and if Arsenal end up winning a trophy, the scenario might completely change so we should wait for the summer to see if there is any truth in this rumor.

And by the way guys really sorry about that last post. It was meant to be a funny article but I guess I have a bad sense of humor:( Well at least now I now so I wont try doing it again. Thanks for letting it known. It’s your comments that help me in improving.

by Shayan Niazi

With Man Utd and Liverpool likely to dominate the title race again this season, Aston Villa and Chelsea could find themselves in a scrap for third place.

Fabregas like Gunners and Gooner staring at 5th place

Fabregas like Gunners and Gooners staring at 5th place

Arsenal’s squad appears weaker, with the summer departures not quite balanced by the new arrivals. Losing key players like Alexander Hleb and Mathieu Flamini, as well as experienced squad members Jens Lehmann and Gilberto Silva must surely take their toll both on and off the pitch.

Other news is Alexandre Hleb is determined to stick it out at Barca and fight for his place, it’s a shame he didn’t show the same mettle at Arsenal, but then he’d look a right plonker if he left Barca wouldn’t he? It’s good to see the curse of Arsenal is still working though and should if nothing else show to any want-aways that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

It’s a testament to Arsene Wenger’s ability that there are no rumours of discontent despite Arsenal not winning a major trophy since lifting the FA Cup in 2005. Many fans recognise what Wenger is doing post Henry, Pires, Bergkamp and co, and with the emergence of the talent at his disposal now the Frenchman will fully expect his squad to challenge for the Premiership.

With the loss of key players in the past 2 seasons it takes time to re-build a team. Wenger doesn’t go spending large sums on celebrity players, instead he takes a considered approach and looks to the long term but in the end fails to meet the expectations of the board.

The main question is that CAN Arsenal finish in the top 4? The current stats tell us finishing in the top 4 requires a lot more than Arsenal are doing at the moment , and Wenger’s treating it like a joke. Sure, it’s good he’s got philosophies of how the game should be played and wants to bring youngsters through but he’s still being paid to win football matches.
He almost seems to be being defiant and stubborn in not buying players to try to prove a point but the bottom line is the money’s there and it’s obvious to anyone he needs a centre-back and a defensive midfielder and, as long as he’s not buying those players, he’s letting the fans down, letting the board down and basically failing to do what he’s paid to do.
current news tells us :
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has told Arsene Wenger the club would not suffer a financial apocalypse if they did not secure a Champions League berth.
Currently in fifth place and eight points behind leaders Manchester United, Wenger is facing the reality of finishing outside the top four for the first time in his 13 year reign.
But Hill-Wood has moved to assure Arsenal fans that if the club has to settle with a Uefa Cup place there would be no financial meltdown and nor would they struggle to continue paying off the mortgage on their £360 million stadium.
“Although missing out on the Champions League for one year would be a big disappointment, it would not mean financial Armageddon for Arsenal.

Arsenal are currently in need of 12 points to cover the gap between Manchester United and are 5 points away from Chelsea , with the games in hand being taken away one by one and a total of 13 games left Arsene and his team need to go all out in order to earn a Champions League spot.
Wenger needs to try different tactics to save his team from finishing 5th , and try a different set of players who might make it count for the team. With the absence of Fabregas , Walcott and Rosicky there is no influential player left in the field and Wenger is left with no other option but to bring on players like Ramsey , Arshavin and Wilshere if he wants to go for it.

(The writer of this article is a Chelsea fan but admires Arsenal and their style of play so he closely follows the club)