What an amazing week Gooners, a win on Saturday saw us remain at the top of the premiership and going two points clear after the totts and chavs managed to draw with each other. Ozil’s first goal for the Gunners in our Champions League tie with Napoli saw the Emirates stadium rocking and rolling to the old songs. Read on for more of this week’s news stories …………
Despite Swansea’s late consolation goal a debut goal from Serge Gnabry followed by Aaron Ramsey’s eighth in nine matches saw the three points safely in the bag and Arsenal sitting proudly two points clear at the top of the table. A draw between the Chavs and the Spuds coupled with defeats for both Manchester outfits helped to make it a very satisfactory weekend which was marred, only in part, by the Bin-Dippers gaining a regulation win over bottom club Sunderland.
No news was the good news, no new injury worries as a result of the confidence boosting victory at Swansea.
One of Rocky’s best ever posts, on Per Mertesacker, brought memorable one-liners such as :- “like a slum-dweller from N17 on a looting trip at the Pound Store during the annual riot season” and “From the bargain shelf there was the mystifying inclusion of a job lot of Pot Noodles”.
Gunner’s legend Bobby Pires who was named as an ambassador for The Arsenal Foundation last season has been training at London Colney in recent weeks. Arsene Wenger said “It’s a great opportunity [for the young players]. He practices with the young players with the under-21 team, and I feel always there is no better education than playing players at that age with top-level players.”
Asked if there was any likelihood of him rejoining the club
“No Robert Pires will not join us, he was born in 1973. He is still very fit and a great player and we are always happy to have him in training but he just occasionally comes in to practice,” said Wenger.
Arsene Wenger celebrates seventeen years as Arsenal manager. Yes it was on 1st. October 1996 that Arsene joined The Glorious Gunners and the rest, as they say, is history.
Just in case anyone is in doubt here are few statistics.
Games played (under Wenger) 965, 559 of which were wins, scoring 1788 goals in those games Le Professeur has used 187 players from 46 different countries, he has promoted 62 Academy graduates into the first team.
The morning news that Thomas Rosicky was available after injury was welcome indeed ahead of the home Champions League tie with Napoli.
The front page of The Telegraph Sport section says it all
Masterclass Brilliant Ozil puts Napoli to the Sword
Will anyone who saw that first twenty minutes ever forget it? I won’t.
Jack Jebb could be fighting for his Gunners career before it has properly begun after racially abusing a young Norwich City player.
The 18-year-old creative midfielder — who left school one year early to join the club’s Academy — was charged after an incident that took place in March during an Under 18 clash against Norwich.
It is believed it was not a Norwich player or member of the management team that reported the abuse, but that the charge was brought forward by the match officials.
In July the FA charged him on breach of rule E3 — ‘using abusive and/or insulting words — but the allegation also ‘included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.’
He has now been banned for four games and fined £1,800 by the FA.
Jebb does not face the FA’s new minimum five-match ban for discriminatory abuse because the incident took place last season.
Definitely not the sort of thing that will advance the young lads career, let’s hope that somebody at the club can have a word in his shell-like.
Arsenal Ladies head into tonight’s Continental Cup final against Lincoln aiming to make amends for being beaten to the Women’s Super League title.
The Gunners lost the top-flight crown they had held for nine years, and also missed out on the top-two place needed for Champions League qualification.
“We’re the Continental Cup holders and we want to win it again to go with the FA Cup,” said manager Shelley Kerr.
For anyone thinking of attending the match kicks off at 19.30 and is at The Hive in Barnet.
No real Arsenal related news so far this morning, other than a couple of “Arsenal in race to sign” type items. Arsene’s news conference later this morning may produce some interest and team news for Sunday’s West Brom game.
Written by Norfolk Gooner