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Barclay’s English Premier League – Arsenal and the wait for glory

Fergie takes a shot at Arsenal trophy drought – Premier League News | FOX Sports on MSN.

Looking at the situation in the premier league and Europe these days, it doesn’t look like Arsenal can end the drought in winning silverware soon. If there are any, Carling Cup and FA Cup might be the only opportunities to end the drama. In my opinion, however, of all the past years, this year seems to be a rebuild for Arsenal and it would be wise to declare so. This would give Arsenal a chance to build in peace with a little less pressure. Continue reading

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Barclay’s English Premier League: Arsenal empty handed again!

On March 2nd, I posted the article “Arsenal, empty handed again?”. Today we all know that Arsenal will end the season definitely with empty hands, again. The chase is now going on for 5 years and looking at the reports from the past weeks regarding Arsene Wenger’s plans for the new season, it will be most likely another season without anything.

One could be mean and say, “well, if the don’t make it into the Champions League and play in the Europa League, there is a good chance for silverware”. Well, indeed, that might be the only real chance to win something, avoiding all the big guns and play a few levels down. However, not even that seems to be a guarantee for a “pot”. Remember, Liverpool, Spurs and a few others looking much better than Arsenal are playing there.

What’s the problem? You look at the current roster and it becomes very clear why Arsenal is not going to win anything. As soon as you take the two major carrier’s off the field, there is not much left. I am talking about van Persie and Ces Fabregas. Both had their breaks this season, and Arsenal didn’t make it above average. And to be honest, some parts of the team are not even that. Average, that is. Look at the goalie situation: Almunia and Szczesny? With all the goodwill in the world, that’s not enough. They might as well give Jens Lehmann a contract for the next season. One game, one win. And there were not many of those, win’s, over the past weeks. At least it would give that position some appearence and voice. The same counts for the 4 in front of the goalie. They are all great players, no doubt, but none of the opponents goes on the field and is afraid to experience some “uncomfortable” afternoon. You look around in Europe, every top class team has someone that can “mix some concrete” when needed, even Barca. Arsenal is fine in midfield, if Fabregas is fit, but upfront there is a problem again. Van Persie is top class and there is Arshavin and Walcott. They cause a lot of trouble, but if it doesn’t result in a goal, Arsenal has to ask a guy like Bendtner for help. Please!

Arsene Wenger was given the chance to spend money for the next season. It is incredible to hear that he doesn’t need to spend the money and get some “crackers” to the Emirates. With the millions offered to shop, he should have walked to Schalke in Germany and get Manuel Neuer. There would be enough money to get a defender and a striker on top of Neuer.

If Wenger doesn’t take any action on the transfer market, Arsenal’s future will not be very rosy. They will keep sitting there with their empty hands and watch others celebrating.

Happenings around the European Leagues – Ashley Cole off the hook, Fabregas not a happy camper, Bayern and Schalke firing coaches.

Cole off the hook

Ashley Cole just got a break from some of his headaches. After shooting a student on Chelsea’s training ground with an air gun, investigations were stopped. Charges were never pressed. Cole brought an air gun to the training ground and accidentally shot a student. He claimed he didn’t know the gun was loaded. The question is, why did he bring an air gun to practice? Some people!

Fabregas facing not so happy times

Ces Fabregas saw better times. Injury and missing the Carling Cup final, not being fit and playing his “love” Barca, helping Barca to a goal and now missing the FA Cup clash against Manchester United. According to Wenger, Fabregas is very disappointed. Dear Ces, don’t be disappointed, there is worse in life. You will one day lift a trophy as an Arsenal captain and possibly have another chance to play Barca, unless he is leaving in the summer. Is he?

Bayern and Schalke firing their coaches

Bayern Munich has fired coach van Gaal, not immediately, but to the end of the season. Probably because no one else was available. One is surprised van Gaal is playing this game. The Dutch coach has contract until the end of season 2012, but faced headwinds due to a few losses after their last Champions League win against Inter. After the Inter game Bayern lost against the future German Champ Dortmund and the Cup semi final against Schalke 04, both at home. They also lost the important game against Hanover in their efforts to secure second or third in the Bundesliga. Champions League participation for the next season is in jeopardy, which equals an earthquake in Munich.

Schalke is desperately trying to get rid of Felix Magath. The coach/manager has too much power, according to some board members and members of the club. While the club has no chance for glory in the Bundesliga, Schalke is in the German cup final and just advanced to the quarterfinal in the Champions League. Magath has spent Millions on creating a competitive squad and many board and club members don’t like the debt that was created. Debt combined with lack of success in the Bundesliga, Magath’s power in the club and the incredible success of Schalke’s biggest rival a few miles down the road, Borussia Dortmund, has triggered an incredible campaign against Magath. Schalke is known in Germany for their escapades in management and trouble is always luring around the corner. Success or not is not the issue with the club.

UEFA Champions League: Arsenal sacked, Barca moves on.

As expected, Arsenal didn’t survive the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League. As in the year before, Lionel Messi and his friends mark the end of the road for the gunners.

Depsite all reports, the gunners had van Persie and Fabregas at their disposal. However, neither one could make an impact on Arsenal’s game, at least not on the positive side. In the 56th minute, van Persie collected his second yellow of the the game and was consequently sent off. Ten Gunners had no chance to turn the game around.

Wenger’s tactic was standing deep and trying to stop Barca before the box. While this paid off until the 47th minute (5 minutes were added in the first half), it didn’t give Arsenal a chance to set up some own opportunities to score. Barcelona’s goalie Valdez had a very quite first half. With a 1-0 at half time, the Gunners had to do more in the second half. They tried, without being a force they scored with great help of Busquets, who beat Valdez with a header in the 52nd. After van Persie was sent off, Arsenal had no chance and Xavi and Messi scored for the final 3-1.

Arsene Wenger has to ask himself about his strategy for this game. Defending with everything you have didn’t help many against Barca. There was no effort at all visible to start any promissing attacks against the Spanish. The idea was to disrupt Barca’s efforts and then keep the ball. While the first part worked for the most part in the first half, the second part didn’t work at all and put the gunners in lots of trouble. Rather than play the ball quick into Barca’s half, they tried to hold the ball with short passes. Clearly not the right way, against the best squad in the world.

For Arsenal, the second opportunity for silverware went south. Arsenal is still in the FA Cup and has a shot for the Premier League championshsip. There is, however, a great chance that the gunners end the season empty handed again.