If you’re an Arsenal fan you can settle down and relax, because it’s Gunner time now. After dropping the hammer on Premier League new boys Southampton, the ire of two goalless draws to start the season are long gone and so are the worries of Arsenal fans everywhere (this includes, but is not limited to Piers Morgan). Saturday’s 6-1 drubbing (I still don’t know how Wenger managed to be so serious after the game, not even a smile) showed the football world what Arsenal is capable of, bringing to mind Barcelona’s ‘Tiki-taka’ style. Quick passing, slick movement and the Santi Cazorla affect will keep the Gunners hunting for silverware all season long.
Since Arsene Wenger arrived on scene in 1996 he’s always resembled a mad scientist. Looking for the right combination of players, experimenting with formations, hoping to find that one perfect fit. After years of being dubbed the best scout in Europe, it seems he’s finally onto something. The loss of Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie and Alex song has opened up a new chapter, full of new recruits.
Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla are becoming more comfortable after each game, looking like Premier League veterans rather than two new imports. Cazorla has proven to be worth every dollar of the reported £16 million it took to land the Spanish international. His tireless effort along with jaw-dropping skill has boosted Arsenal’s play, resulting in eight goals in the last two matches. After two stalemates to start the campaign, Cazorla and company have improved in every aspect. Confidence is booming throughout the Arsenal camp, there’s even reports of a new theme song. Journey’s don’t stop believing is being reported as the new song for the Gunners (this is not true at all, but take a listen and you’ll kind of see that it fits).
Wenger’s tinkering over the years is definitely starting to show. His new crew seems more than capable of handling the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United. There’s no doubt that this is one of Arsenal’s best squads in recent years, an immense challenge with all the key departures leaving for ‘greener pastures’.
Julian de Guzman criticizes Paul Mariner once again.
Vancouver Whitecaps still pushing for playoff spot.
Canada gearing up for the Women’s u17 World Cup.
QPR’s Andrew Johnson set to miss majority of the season with a knee injury.
Dan Ashworth’s new development role with the FA.
Everton v Newcastle – Match Preview
Roberto Mancini admits Madrid is out of City’s league…good attitude Roberto!
Manchester United and Liverpool officials set to meet over Suarez-Evra handshake.
Alan Pardew urges Yohan Cabaye to find his form.
Hugo Lloris expects to start for Tottenham.
Peter Crouch still wants to play for England.
Alan Hutton set to leave Aston Villa on loan.
Andre Villas-Boas hits back at Harry Redkanpp.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto out for four weeks.
Sergio Aguero aiming to return for Real Madrid clash.
Wenger and Arsenal ready for Manchester City.
Wenger ponders Olivier Giroud selection ahead of clash with former club Montpellier.
Everton midfielder Leon Osman looking for England call-up.
‘Nick Powell can replace Paul Scholes’ – Sir Alex Ferguson
Wenger claims Van Persie’s exit has helped Arsenal.
Palermo fire Giuseppe Sannino after just three games.
Adriano Galliani confirms Massimiliano Allegri’s job is safe.
Wesley Sneijder denies fall out with manager Andrea Stramaccioni.
Manchester United scouts were in Italy to watch Italian centre-backs.
Cesc Fabregas denies rumors that he’s set to leave Barcelona.
Jose Mourinho blasts Madrid players ahead of Manchester City match.
Sergio Ramos looking for Madrid improvement after second loss.
Fernando Llorente scores in Athletic Bilbao return.
Interview with Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neurer.
Hamburg lose in Rafael van der Vaart’s return.
Bits and bobs
And the face of the 2014 World Cup is…an Armadillo!
Neymar does his thing once again.
Virtual tour of Manchester City’s new £200 million training complex.
An interesting look at why Real Madrid must do everything to keep Cristiano Ronaldo.
Crazy goal from the Irish League.
A look at Milan’s worst start in 82 years.
Probably the best thing all weekend…Genoa’s cardboard President.