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UCL Preview: Marseille vs. Arsenal (Group of death begins)

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Yes folks, the biggest club competition is upon us and this season many believe including myself that we are in the “Group of death” because all the 4 teams of this particular group are good and 3 out of the 4 clubs are capable of qualifying into the knock-out stages. 

First, we will make a trip to France to face Marseille. Arsenal are currently on a good run with a few injuries here and there but the team should be good enough to get all 3 points against the French club despite being hit by injuries to Santi Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Arteta etc. There was a scare about our in-form striker Giroud’s fitness after he suffered that knee injury in the closing stages of last Saturday’s league game against Sunderland but it’s good to hear from our manager that both him and our new record signing Ozil have been passed fit to play the UEFA Champions League group stage opener. 

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It’s vital for us to start off on a winning note to ease off some pressure before the bigger games against Dortmund and Napoli later on in the group stage…

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EPL Preview: Fulham vs. Arsenal (Right the wrongs of last Saturday)

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Right the wrongs. Yes folks, that is exactly what the guys and our manager needs to do when we travel to the Craven Cottage to face Fulham this weekend. 

Wednesday night’s convincing win against Fenerbahce takes a bit of pressure off from the players and especially from the manager after last Saturday’s dismal showing against Aston Villa. It’s also good to hear that after that midweek UEFA Champions League qualifier win we are once again been linked to world-class players like Benzema and Di Maria for a possible move to the Emirates and not average players like Cabaye etc.etc. 

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Wenger confirmed in his pre-match press conference that there is no fresh injuries ahead of our trip to the Craven Cottage and said that everyone should be available from Wednesday night. That’s a good news as we can all see clearly the fact that our thin is very very very thin at the moment. One more good news is the fact that our main striker Olivier Giroud has now scored 2 goals in 2 back to back games and adds to his impressive pre-season scoring streak. Let’s hope the players rights the wrongs of last Saturday’s depressing Premier League opener and gets back to winning ways in the league.

EPL Preview: Arsenal vs. Aston Villa (Let the games begin)

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Yes folks, the brand new Premier League season is back. After 3 months of absolute nightmare in our transfer business, at least we can now divert our minds and focus on on the game itself rather than waiting for things to happen in the summer transfer window.

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It has been well documented about how we just managed to squeeze into that top 4 spot which by many experts was important in order for us to attract top stars but I am now writing this blog post on the eve of the new season and still we are waiting to see a proper new face at Arsenal Football Club. Yes, we have bought Yaya Sonogo on a free transfer but that will not solve our problems. Not only that we haven’t signed any quality players yet but we are also cleaning up our team by selling all the deadwood’s such as Squillaci, Chamakh, Denilson etc. etc. which is a good thing but that has made our squad paper thin. Now, we don’t even have a proper squad to last an entire season. I don’t know what’s going on in the mind of Arsene Wenger. What is he trying to achieve?

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Anyways, back to football now, we will start this new campaign at home against Aston Villa who battled most of last season not to get relegated but were eventually successful to survive another season. As it’s a home game, even though we don’t have a proper squad yet but as fans we expect us to get the 3 points. We haven’t won our opening fixtures of the Premier League since last couple of years so its vital that we at least start the season on a winning note.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN… COME ON YOU GUNNERS… AMEN…!!! 

 

 

2013-2014 Pre-season Review: Asia Tour (New season, no signings but good signs)

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After a summer of disappointments in terms of signings, we are about to embark on another roller coaster ride in the English Premier League. Yes folks, the 2013/2014 campaign is just around the corner and this year unlike the previous couple of seasons, Arsenal are in a stable position in terms of its squad as till now there has been no major exits.

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Arsenal began their pre-season with the Asia Tour. Arsenal has a global following and this was proved when thousands of people turned up in all of the 4 games there to watch the Arsenal.

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The first 2 games were fairly comfortable as we were able to defeat Indonesia Dream Team and Vietnam by 7-0 and 7-1 respectively. Giroud was the man to watch in the Asia Tour as he was on fire in front of goal from the very first game, bagging a couple against Indonesia, a hat-trick against Vietnam and another headed goal against Nagoya Grampus.
 
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The final 2 games were a bit difficult as Japanese clubs Nagoya Grampus and Urawa Red Diamonds tested us to the maximum but we were able to hold our nerves and come out victorious in both the encounters beating Nagoya by 3-1 and Urawa Red’s by 2-1.
 
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So, the Gunners started off their pre-season campaign winning all of their games in the Asia Tour maintaining a 100% record which can be vital ahead of the new English Premier League season.
 
But, there are still a bit of preparation left as the team will now look to test their fitness at the Emirates Cup where we will face world class teams like Napoli & Galatasaray.
 
Let’s end this part of the 13/14 pre-season review hoping that all of our players will keep themselves fit and that we see at least one major signing before the summer transfer window ends.

 

Looking forward to next season?

Looking forward to next season?

Hey guys, this is Prayash from India. I am a die-hard Gooner and have been an Arsenal fan since 2004. I already have a blog @ http://www.thedesigooner.blogspot.in but as the new season is approaching I thought to have a more interactive blog to continue blogging more about all things Arsenal. That’s why from next season onward I’ll write on both these blogging sites. Till next time…