Arsenal successfully negotiated a tricky FA Cup encounter against Sunderland to reach the fourth round of the competition. Arsenal, as the holders of the title, should not be surprised by teams looking forward to beat them over other top teams. The club has won the FA Cup title in back-to-back seasons. Defender Hector Bellerin now has set his sights on the third consecutive FA Cup title. Blackburn Rovers are the last club to have achieved this feat, but it was more than 100 years ago in the 1884-86 season. As the competition for the title has increased, teams have found it very difficult to defend the Championship.
Bellerin, though, claims that the entire team has set the target of achieving this feat. It would be easier said than done since Arsenal are already involved in two other competitions – Premier League and the Champions League. After having failed to win both these trophies in the last decade, Arsene Wenger is likely to put his priority in such competitions. Arsenal are especially in a great position when it comes to winning the league. The club has not done so since the 2003-04 season, but they lead the table after 20 games. Bellerin has been ever present for Arsenal in the last 12 months and this is likely to force Mathieu Debuchy out of the club in January.Continue reading
Arsene Wenger has claimed that his team are in little need of strengthening when it comes to the midfield since he believes that the return of Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere will be more than sufficient to handle the needs of an entire campaign.
Both these players must huge chunks of last season, but even with that handicap, Arsenal were able to finish in the top three. There was even a possibility of winning the title for a small part of the campaign. More importantly, Arsenal finished the season with a trophy to their name.
Building on this campaign will be important for the gunners and it would also help them end the wait for the Premier League title. The wait has gone on for more than a decade and Wenger remains confident that the club will be challenging for the league title in the coming season. Walcott missed most of the entire 2014-15 season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury. He marked his return with a goal in the FA Cup final while playing as the striker. After allowing Lukas Podolski to leave, there were suggestions that the gunners would enter into the transfer market for a midfielder for a striker.Continue reading
David Ospina might have had some good days in the Arsenal jersey off late, but, he has still not overtaken Wojciech Szczesny in the pecking order.
Szczesny was Arsenal’s first choice shot stopper when the ongoing season had started and Arsene Wenger says he still is, but, Ospina is giving him tough fight with his performances.
Szczesny has not played any League match for the last 4-5 weeks. It’s Ospina who has been featuring and there were some stories in the media that the Colombia International had become the first choice for Wenger, but, the Gunners manager denied that yesterday.Continue reading
Theo Walcott had been the undisputed fastest player within the Arsenal team for the last few years, but he has now received a major threat from right back Hector Bellerin. The youngster dominated the speed ratings in pre-season.
A number of injuries and suspensions are set to give him opportunities during the crucial Christmas period. This time will also see Arsenal recalling Walcott back from a long-term injury. Since the anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered against Tottenham last season, Walcott has not played much football. He might have lost some pace due to several injuries in the last few years.
Bellerin, though, does not want to get caught up in the debate surrounding the fastest player in the Arsenal team. He says that the presence of Walcott and himself on the right side of Arsenal’s team will certainly help the club exploit any weaknesses in the opposition in terms of pace. Both are extremely fast, butBellerin is not concerned whether he is faster than Walcott as some of the pre-season results show. Undoubtedly, the 19-year-old’s best performance came last week in the 4-1 win over Newcastle United. He created an assist and contributed in several attacking situations as well.
“Hopefully we get to start a game together and hopefully then we can show people that pace on the right-hand side and obviously just help the team.Theo is a really important player for the squad. He showed it last season before he got injured and he’s been showing it for a few years now. The whole squad is waiting for him to come and help the team with his pace and we’re really happy that he’s going to be back really soon. There’s a lot of banter about it but I’m just happy that we can play together,” saidBellerin.