Wenger and the players take a break

It’s been reported that the Arsenal manager has gone away for a few days to decide what he wants to do with his future, whether to stay at the club or to carry on his managerial career away from North London.

 

This is after Wenger said he’d tell the press what his future holds after the international break, meaning times running out for the Frenchman.

 

With Arsenal struggling in the Premier League, currently sitting in 6th position, and with no chance of catching Chelsea at the top, it only leaves Arsenal fans with the F.A Cup to dream about. However, with the match against Manchester City, it looks like the Gunners won’t be lifting silverware anytime soon unless our form takes a dramatic turn.

 

Most of the first team have gone on international duty, although, no Arsenal player managed to make an appearance in the Germany – England game last night. With Walcott dropped by Southgate for the fixtures and Oxlade-Chamberlain only making the bench for the match, it doesn’t look like Arsenal will be the core of the England team anytime soon. Mustafi and Ozil are also in the Germany squad, but didn’t make an appearance last night.

 

Alexis should be on the pitch for Chile’s match against Argentina tonight; although the manager thought that the player had picked up a serious injury in Gunner’s recent game, but has still travelled with his international squad.

 

Nacho Monreal has been called up to Spain’s squad for their qualifying match again Israel on Friday, however,  there is no Bellerin in the squad as he’s playing for the U21’s tonight. Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud both play for France in their match against Luxemburg for France on Saturday, hopefully, Giroud will manage to get a goal and change his recent poor form.

 

Aaron Ramsey is also in action with Wales for their match against Ireland tomorrow and Alex Iwobi should be playing for Nigeria tonight, which should be good with the player struggling for form of late.

 

It’ll hopefully be good for the players and the manager to go away for a few days and get some time away from the spotlight and hopefully come back rejuvenated, hopefully…

Why Lucas Perez deserves more of a chance

Lucas Perez has made nine starts for the Gunners scoring six goals in the process while making two more assists.  

 

However, the Spaniard has only played 267 minutes for the club in the Premier League this season. Some might argue that Alexis Sanchez up top is the best option, in that case, why is Perez being left on the sideline. With Walcott and Chamberlain’s inconsistency, would he not be an option on one of the flanks?

 

This possibility is backed up by the fact that the 28-year-old has averaged 2.36 key passes per 90 minutes in the domestic campaign, compared to Walcott’s 0.53, Iwobi’s 1.46 and Chamberlains 1.61.

 

How can we expect Alexis to be tapping them into the back of the net, when the men on the flanks can only average one key pass for a full 90 minutes?

 

Shot accuracy is another asset where Lucas certainly stands out, with the player managing an 80% accuracy rate, with Alexis and Giroud averaging 57-59%. Both of which are meant to be our main source of goals.

 

Perez also comes out on top with chances created, with the player creating 2.36 per 90 minutes compared with Walcott’s 0.65, Iwobi’s 1.67 and Chamberlain’s 1.95.

 

With stats like these in the little amount of time he’s had to prove himself, it’s strange that Wenger’s not giving the player more of a chance. With stories surfacing daily of the player wanting to leave the club for first team football, maybe now it’s time Wenger gives him a proper chance in the team.

Wenger will give Perez a chance

The Arsenal manager has told the media that Lucas Perez deserves more of a chance at Arsenal; this is after the striker scored his 7th goal from 9 starts in Arsenal’s win against Sutton United.

 

The 28 year old striker hasn’t made many appearances in the Premier League this season and has mainly played in cup competitions. However he’s been productive in every game he’s played making eight goals and three assists.

 

After the win against Sutton United the manager was asked whether the player deserves more game time, this is what Wenger had to say:

 

“Yes, he is pushing on the door but I have many strikers. I have Giroud, Welbeck, Walcott, Alexis and Lucas.

 

“It is true that he deserves a go because he scores goals and is a good player.”

 

However the media had reported before the game that Perez’s agent wants his player to leave the club at all costs, due to lack of playing time. Though this was quickly denied and he stated that no interview was ever given.

 

Perez was a regular starter for his club last season, however has really struggled to get on the pitch this season, which will be why he has a cause for concern. Nevertheless with another strong performance and getting another goal for himself, hopefully Wenger will start to trust the player with more game time in the following weeks.

Wenger responds to Ian Wright comments

The Arsenal manager has responded to claims that the he is set to leave the Gunners at the end of the season. This comes after Ian Wright made comments on BBC Radio 5 live that the Frenchman might be ready to call quits on the club.

 

The Arsenal legend made these comments after he and Wenger dined together; this is what he had to say about the manager’s situation and his own thoughts:

 

“I get the impression that that’s it. He looks tired. You just feel that he looks winded. I feel that he will go at the end of the season.”

 

“He actually mentioned that he is coming to the end. I have never heard him say that before.”

 

However after Arsenal managed to beat Hull 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium this Sunday, Wenger disagreed with Wright’s comments:

 

“I don’t know what Ian Wright said,” he said.

 

“It was questions and answers. I could be tired because I get up early in the morning and I finish late at night, so I am tired, yes.

 

“But I didn’t give any indication about my future. We had a little dinner before but it was not the two of us. There were four or five.

 

“You know I appreciate very much that you want me to rest, absolutely. But I am not ready for that yet.”

 

The comments that Wright made seem to have been taken out of context by the media as he said he only ‘thought’ that he might be coming to an end and that the manager didn’t actually admit to anything.

 

However yesterday could be a turning point in the season with the Gunners seeing of Hull it leaves them on level points with arch rivals Tottenham and nine points behind Chelsea who play Burnley today.

 

Arsenal and Wenger have got a few big weeks coming up, with the club playing Bayern Munich on Wednesday followed by an FA match against Sutton United at the weekend. Both are games which could be make or break for the Gunners; with the title looking out of reach it would be great to see Wenger get his hands on some silverware this season.

Wenger urges Arsenal fans to back team

The Arsenal manager has had it tough in recent weeks, with the Gunners losing two games on the bounce. The first defeat came in the Premier League against local club Watford, even with Iwobi scoring in the 58th minute to get a goal back, the club still couldn’t draw level.

This was followed by a bitter defeat to Chelsea, with the Blues managing to put three goals past the North London club before Giroud pulled one back. This left Arsenal twelve points behind Chelsea with only 14 games remaining, putting Arsenal in an awful position.

With Arsenal being written off by pundits and fans alike, Wenger is calling for the fans to get behind the team and he’s even convinced that the title race isn’t over yet:

“It’s never over – we cannot behave like that,” Wenger told the media ahead the game against Hull City. “Even if you think it is, I don’t. We cannot even think like that.

“We look at the teams around us and we’re all in a pack that is very tight, where the fight for every position will be massive like it has always been in the Premier League, maybe even more this season than ever before.

“The way we respond to our disappointing result last Saturday is vital. If it is over for us, it’s over for everybody else. We are all together in a pack there, so first we have to focus on staying at the top, then if we can reduce the distance between us and Chelsea after, you never know.

“They have an advantage where they aren’t playing in Europe. They have no midweek games, so of course they are in a very strong position.”

The Gunners need to build up their confidence and momentum as they’re playing in three competitions over the next month. With this in mind Wenger has called on supporters to back the team and told the players they need to give the fans something to shout about:

“We have a big fight in the Premier League, a big fight in the Champions League, with a big game coming up, and we still have the FA Cup as well,” he continued.

“We want to do well in all three competitions and that’s as well why it’s important that we focus, respond and get our fans behind the team, because this is an important and very sensitive part of the season – and we have to respond to disappointment together.

“Our fans have been consistent and have a high level of expectation, as I have as well. But I don’t feel it is absolutely clear. You cannot be a fan until last Tuesday and not be a fan anymore and not be behind the team this Saturday, it doesn’t make sense.

“We fight with Man United, Man City, Liverpool – they have big expectations as well and big histories. We are in a fight there, we absolutely have to be united or we have no chance to do it. You have Tottenham, everyone is in the fight and everyone is behind their team. We have to do exactly the same, even if we had two disappointing results.

“I want the fans to be behind the team. But at the same time, I am not fool enough not to know that the first priority is us and our dynamic inside the team that will create and facilitate the support of our fans. That is down to the quality of our performance.”

Arsenal play Hull city at home on Saturday followed by Bayern Munich in midweek, which means the Gunners might field a weekend team However it depends whether Wenger will be willing to risk it following disappointed in the previous games.