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BATTLE OF NORTH LONDON: ARSENAL VS TOTTENHAM *preview*   Leave a comment

Tottenham Hotspur have consistently challenge the domination of north London by their arch rivals Arsenal. Arsenal Qualified For The Sixteenth Time to the champions league group stage edgeing out fenerbahce over two legs.
Tottenham’s summer transfer activities and few additions at
the Emirates has seen a lot of criticism for wenger who many see as being stingy with fund
Arsenal had a fantastic end to last
season and subsequently
qualify for the Champions League at the expense of their rival and finally making it through to
the group stages.
Tottenham have made some wonderful signings and clearly they are on the look out for more players to strengthen their
squad in preparation for Gareth Bale’s departure, which
appears to be almost sealed. After all the totts may well have around £90m to reinvest in their already big squad if the move to spain actually materialise.
Saldado a £26m capture from
Valencia – already standing out as
one to watch this season will be thrilled with his first london derby against there neighbour.
Either of the north London clubs may not be challenging for the
title this season as Chelsea and the
two Manchester clubs look to be even more prepared than last year but the two teams will give their best and maybe they could spring surprises.
Arsenal’s defeat to Aston Villa was a wake up call to the club as they have responded well in the subsequent games with good wins. The
defeat of Fulham in
the next Premier League game was,
however encouraging and lifted the souls of manager and players alike with the fans and supporters not left out.
Arsenal have a side
full of quality bar injuries to some key players: Olivier Giroud already has three
goals in his first three games with an average of a goal per match if he can keep this up he may score about thirty league goals this season.
Aaron Ramsey has picked up where he stopped last season and could still be the most
improved player this season: his impressive performances already
this season may well prove priceless
to Arsene Wenger. Aaron who was highly criticized in the early part of last season largely due to being played out of position got three goals in the play offs and would hope for more as the season drags on.
London derby involving the two sides have been filled with goals recently and this sunday encounter is expected to be full of goals as well.
Flamini would kick start his second spell at the club in this match and will want to prove a lot of his critics wrong that he still got some football in his legs and will want to work hard to see the pendulum of victory swing the way of the home team

Posted August 30, 2013 by arsenalwonder in Uncategorized

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arsenal vs fenerbahce   Leave a comment

Arsenal got their first win in the 2013/2014 premier league season with a 3-1 win at fellow londoner fulham after the disappointing loss to Aston villa on league opening day.
England and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is
expected to start against Fenerbahce after starting on the bench at craven cottage on saturday.
The Gunners look to clinch their place
in the Champions League group
stages after a resounding win in Turkey last week.
Defender Laurent Koscielny is also
available again after being suspended
for the game against the Cottagers and after recovering from the injury sustained in turkey.
Following last week’s 3-0 win in the
first leg in Istanbul, the Gunners are
in control of their tie.
Centre-back Thomas Vermaelen (back)
and midfielders Abou Diaby (knee),
Mikel Arteta (thigh) and Alex Oxlade-
Chamberlain (knee) are all definitely
out of the Emirates clash.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has
come in for criticism this season after
making just one summer signing so far
and losing 3-1 to Aston Villa on the
opening day.
And the Frenchman realises how
crucial the Fenerbahce tie is.
“It’s a very, very important tie for us,
because we want to be in the group
stage the next day,” Wenger said.
“I have big experience in the
Champions League – I have over 150
games – and I know if you want to
knock somebody out you need attitude
and commitment or you don’t do it.
That is what is at stake for us.
“That demands attitude and
commitment and desire to play the
game with full power, like we love to
do it.
“We had two good games recently, at
Fenerbahce and against Fulham, and
we want just to continue that run,
going into the game to win the game
without thinking about the result of
the first game.
“The Champions League is a fight.
Everybody wants to give his best. We
want to finish the job tomorrow. We
have a decent advantage, but we want
to get over the line.”
Right-back Carl Jenkinson, who is
hoping to keep his place in the team
that beat Fulham, says confidence in
the camp has grown in the days and
weeks since losing to Villa.
“After the first game everyone was
down and I think it was important we
responded quickly,” Jenkinson said.
“We did that against Fenerbahce and
the last couple of games have given
everyone that extra confidence that
you need and hopefully we can go on
a good strong run now.
“We need to be playing at the pinnacle
of football and that is the Champions
League. If you want to improve and
test yourself against the best players
in the world, you have to be playing in
the Champions League.
“It’s vitally important we go out there
and finish the job.”
Even if the Gunners did lose by three
goals or more, they could stay in the
tournament – subject to a Court of
Arbitration in Sport decision on
Wednesday.
The Turkish side were banned for
two years from European
competition in June over match-
fixing allegations but were
reinstated while an appeal is
heard, the result of which will be
declared the day after the match.
All the best!!!

Posted August 26, 2013 by arsenalwonder in Uncategorized

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wenger: ‘it has been a good week for us’   Leave a comment

Wenger: ‘It has been a good week for
us’
Dear Arsenal supporter,
It has been a good week for us since
the disappointment of losing our
opening game of the season.
We played a tough game against
Fenerbache and put in another good
performance at Fulham. We played in
the manner we wanted to play and we
created lots of chances. At the start
of the game Wojciech Szczesny made
a great save but after that we were
always in control.
It’s always hard to tell how your
players will respond to an intense
game in the Champions League but
perhaps the positive outcome in
Turkey gave us a mental lift which
overshadowed any fatigue.
We adapted our style of play for
Fulham but we were very dangerous
every time we won the ball back. It
was impressive because we had a
good mixture of patience and speed in
our game and that was positive.
I changed the shape of our team
because I rested Jack Wilshere. We
played with four defenders and six
offensive players so we had to make
it tighter with numbers but of course
when we had the ball we were always
a threat.
Lukas Podolski got his chance and he
took it well with two goals. I am
pleased for him because he hasn’t
started much recently, not because of
his form but because of the need to
balance the team. But as you saw he
plays with spirit and he can score
goals. If you look at his and Giroud’s
goalscoring record it’s very good.
As for Olivier, his second season is
always better than his first one.
Technically he is quite impressive and
his physical presence up front is very
important to us. He looks like he’s
much more confident than last year.
Another player who has impressed is
Aaron Ramsey and I’m happy for him.
During the transfer period, people are
so focused on who is coming in that
they forget how good our players are.
When it comes to giving British
players a chance, we had Jenkinson,
Walcott, Ramsey, Wilshere and Gibbs –
plus Oxlade-Chamberlain when he is
available. I think we deserve credit
for that.
Ramsey is still a young player and he
was under scrutiny a year ago. People
had major doubts about him but I think
he deserves huge praise for moving
forward the way he did. We deserve
some as well because we continued to
develop him and believe in him.
We face Fenerbahce again on Tuesday
and it’s important for us to finish the
job and get the focus right. We have
taken a big step but we’re not over
the line. The group stage of the
Champions League is highly-important
so I will not rest players, certainly
not.
Thanks for your support,

Posted August 26, 2013 by arsenalwonder in Uncategorized

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fulham vs ARSENAL   Leave a comment

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arsenal defile all odds as they scored three goals in turkey and look set to be in the champions league for the sixteenth consecutive season.
Maarten Stekelenburg
injured his shoulder at Sunderland so David Stockdale is set to start.
Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny is out
after his sending off but Nacho Monreal is back in the Gunners’
squad while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
(knee) has joined a lengthy injury list
lead by Thomas Vermaelen (back).
MATCH PREVIEW
Arsene Wenger will be hoping to avoid
back-to-back defeat in opening league
matches for the first time since the
inaugural Premier League season 21
years ago. If arsenal fails to win or at least pick a draw then
Fulham can record successive
opening Premier League victories for
the first time.
Yohan Cabaye’s smooth passing and
movement would add numbers and
quality to midfield but it is yet to be seen if the gunners will be able…

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Posted August 23, 2013 by arsenalwonder in Uncategorized

fulham vs ARSENAL   1 comment

arsenal defile all odds as they scored three goals in turkey and look set to be in the champions league for the sixteenth consecutive season.
Maarten Stekelenburg
injured his shoulder at Sunderland so David Stockdale is set to start.
Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny is out
after his sending off but Nacho Monreal is back in the Gunners’
squad while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
(knee) has joined a lengthy injury list
lead by Thomas Vermaelen (back).
MATCH PREVIEW
Arsene Wenger will be hoping to avoid
back-to-back defeat in opening league
matches for the first time since the
inaugural Premier League season 21
years ago. If arsenal fails to win or at least pick a draw then
Fulham can record successive
opening Premier League victories for
the first time.
Yohan Cabaye’s smooth passing and
movement would add numbers and
quality to midfield but it is yet to be seen if the gunners will be able to get him this transfer window.
A marquee signing up front would also
appease the fans – although actually
the side already has plenty of
potency with four players reaching
double figures last season. Olivier
Giroud with
19 goals from 49 games last term which is a decent
decent return has already grabbed two goals in an as many games this season. He scored twice in the
home game last season against
Fulham, who have never won at Arsenal.
Martin Jol has significantly added some quality
to his midfield with the signing of
Scott Parker from north london rival tottenham. The loaning of Darren
Bent is also a blessing for the london club. Fulham
certainly have enough quality to stay
up, although they will have to end
their miserable performances at home
where they lost their last four
games last season
But their opening game win at
Sunderland was encouraging. The home
side dominated possession and had 14
shots. The Cottagers won it with their
only real shot on target.
Theo Walcott in combination with Santi Cazorla and the explicit pass from thomas rosicky can exploit
the lack of pace of fulham. every London Derby Has Been Interesting And Suspense Filled And this will not be an exception with the game expected to be tight and tense but I think arsenal will nick this even if it will be by a lone goal.
MATCH FACTS
Head-to-head
Three of the last five meetings
between the two clubs have ended in
a draw.
Fulham have won just three of 24
Premier League matches against the
Gunners; all three of those wins have
come at Craven Cottage.
Arsenal have won on eight of their
12 trips to Craven Cottage since
Fulham were promoted to the Premier
League.

Posted August 22, 2013 by arsenalwonder in Uncategorized

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wenger : we feel sorry and disappointed   Leave a comment

Wenger: ‘We feel sorry and
disappointed’
Dear Arsenal supporter,
It was a big disappointment to lose the
game on Saturday. We started the
game well and then suddenly
everything went against us so it is a
big blow. Not only did we lose the
game but we have a few injuries and
many kicks. However, we had some
lively moments and kept going until
the end and that’s what we have to
focus on and forget the referee. Even
when we had 10 men we had chances
to come back to 2-2.
We were all very disappointed. We
want our fans to be happy. When you
don’t achieve that, you feel absolutely
sorry and really disappointed.
In terms of transfers, we were on the
market before the game and we are on
the market after the game. But I have
to look at the solution at the start of
the game. Could we have won the
game with the players we have? I say
yes.
We take our work seriously and
believe me, we analyse every single
player in the world. We work 24 hours
a day for that. When we make
decisions, we take it seriously. People
try to think we do not want to spend.
We want to. We are ready to buy
players.
The team are now focused on
Wednesday night and getting a
positive result against Fenerbahce in
Istanbul. It is a crucial match of
course, and we will give everything we
can to succeed there.
Thanks for your support,
Arsene Wenger’s
signature
Arsène Wenger

Posted August 20, 2013 by arsenalwonder in arsenal, Uncategorized

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fenerbahce vs arsenal   Leave a comment

Arsene wenger’s men will be travelling to turkey after the shocking loss to Aston villa in the premier league curtain raiser at the emirate on saturday.
Fenerbahce SK will be looking to end
Arsenal FC’s long run of seasons in
the UEFA Champions League when the
sides meet in the first leg of their
play-off in Istanbul:
1997/98 campaign was the last
time Arsenal did not feature in
Europe’s elite club competition but to
secure a 16th consecutive campaign,
they must get past a side
fresh from a 4-2 aggregate triumph
over FC Salzburg in the third
qualifying round.

• Arsenal were 5-2 winners when
they last visited the Sükrü Saraçoglu
Stadium in the 2008/09 UEFA
Champions League group stage – a
result that ended Fenerbahçe’s 15-
match unbeaten home run in Europe.
• Luis Aragonés’s Fenerbahçe
restored some pride in the return
fixture a fortnight later by earning a
goalless draw.
• Arsenal also got the better of a
Fenerbahçe team coached by Ersoy
Sükrü in the first round of the
1979/80 European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Terry Neill’s side – who went on to
reach the final – won 2-0 at home
through Alan Sunderland (30) and
Willie Young (87) before a goalless
draw in Istanbul.
Match background
• League runners-up in Turkey last
term, Fenerbahçe are bidding to
return to the group stage for the first
time since that 2008/09 campaign.
They missed out on a sixth
appearance 12 months ago, suffering
a play-off defeat by FC Spartak
Moskva, but instead reached their
first ever European semi-final in the
UEFA Europa League before losing to
SL Benfica.
• In seven home games in last
season’s UEFA Europa League,
Fenerbahçe posted four wins, two
draws and just one defeat.
• Fenerbahçe came up against
Premier League opposition in the
2007/08 UEFA Champions League
quarter-finals, beating Chelsea FC
2-1 at home but losing 2-0 in the
second leg in London. Their overall
home record against English sides is
W3 D1 L3.
• Fenerbahçe’s only two-legged win
against an English team was a 2-1
aggregate success against
Manchester City FC in the 1968/69
European Champion Clubs’ Cup first
round.
• Fourth in the English Premier
League last term, Arsenal have a
100% record in UEFA Champions
League qualifiers, winning both legs
as they overcame each of NK Dinamo
Zagreb (2006/07, agg 5-1), AC Sparta
Praha (2007/08, agg 5-0), FC Twente
(2008/09, agg 6-0), Celtic FC (2009/10,
agg 5-1) and Udinese Calcio (2011/12,
agg 3-1).
All eyes will be on arsenal as to who and who will be selected to play as we are short in all departments apart from attack and goal keeping.
Will a thin Arsenal squad get a win over fenerbahce only time will tell.

Posted August 18, 2013 by arsenalwonder in Uncategorized

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