Update: Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger “has been given a four-match touchline ban with immediate effect after he was charged for misconduct following Arsenal’s game against Burnley on Sunday 22 January 2017.” This is the first sentence from the Football Association statement released today.Follow paulmbanks
China- “It’s pronounced GY-Nah!” as Alec Baldwin said when lampooning Donald Trump. The Chinese Super League is spending money like a drunken sailor on acquiring new players. The burgeoning football league located in the economic powerhouse nation is trying, and often succeeding, in poaching players from the English Premier League.Follow paulmbanks
Arsenal are now back in second place, but still eight points off the top of the table following a hideous 2-1 victory over lowly Burnley. The home victory over the Clarets saw Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger lash out at the fourth member of the officiating crew, Anthony Taylor, and then get sent off. Referee Jon Moss evicted Wenger, who shoved Taylor on three separate occasions, off the pitch.
Wenger was angered (hey that rhymes, sort of) at a correct decision which awarded Burnley a penalty two minutes into extra time.Follow paulmbanks
Arsenal FC star Alexis Sanchez made an Instagram page for his dogs, Atom and Humber, and the results were predictably adorable. So adorable that the dogs were honored by Gunners supporters with their very own banner at the Emirates this weekend.
REDaction Gooners, a group of fans “who work to improve the atmosphere in the stadium,” debuted the banner Sunday, and although the match saw Sanchez score a game winning goal in extra time (98′ for a 2-1 win over Burnley), the endeavor was widely derided by football fans.Follow paulmbanks
The winter silly season is in full swing, as the January transfer window is open for business. Though we must want you, the winter window possesses just a fraction of the fun, relevance and intrigue that the summer edition contains.
That’s said, there’s plenty of talk today about Arsenal FC’s first signing of the period, young left back Cohen Bramall.
The 20-year-old comes from Hendesford Town, and he’ll join up with the Arsenal U-23s:Follow paulmbanks
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil should reportedly finalize a contract extension with the Gunners soon. His camp has been in negotiations with the club now for quite some time. What’s been the hold-up? Well, he’s seeking more clarity on the future of Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman has obviously been highly scrutinized by Gunners supporters, but he’s also very highly regarded within the club’s board.Follow paulmbanks
So may problems with the Premier League scheduling during this “festive period.”
Not many managers have spoken up about “fixture congestion,” but to the ones that did- we say kudos to you good sir. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger spoke up, as did recently appointed Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce.Follow paulmbanks
Chelsea FC are undefeated in their last 13 Premier league fixtures, and that streak is a true bonafide undefeated, all victories, no draws. It happened when Manager Antonio Conte made the switch to the 3-4-3, and that line-up is certainly the epitome of “a winning hand.”
Continuity is key, as is team chemistry, something Conte emphasized since the preseason, and the Blues have made fewer changes than anyone else in the Premier League this season. Rightfully so, as they’re now one away from tying arch-rival Arsenal for the league mark of 14 wins in a row. They even have the blessing of Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger to break the record too!Follow paulmbanks
Reiss Nelson has signed his pro contract; Arsenal FC announced today. For future generation of Gunners supporters, he will be the proverbial next big thing.
Nelson is very highly rated by scouts within the beautiful game, and it’s expected that he’ll be thrilling the crowds at the Emirates for years to come. Reiss Nelson is a regular for the England U23s and UEFA Youth League team. He scored nine goals in 10 games for Three Lions at the U17 European Championships this past summer.Follow paulmbanks
After a more than unpredictable season in the 2015/16 campaign, somewhat normal services appear to have resumed in the Premier League. The busy festive period is usually good indication of how a team is going to perform for the rest of the season.
At this time last season, Leicester topped the Premier League, famously going on to win it outright – and Chelsea hopes for similar fortunes.Follow paulmbanks
It’s been twelve years since Arsenal finished the season at the top of the Premier League. They have come close on many occasions since, but they have always ended up falling short. For many people, this is somewhat of an oddity. Arsenal clearly has the team to win the league, and they may even have the manager that is needed, but it just never happens.Follow paulmbanks
It’s that time of year again- when we recap and highlight our most popular stories of the year. Just two weeks and change left in 2016, and thus we bring you the second installment in our series, with this one spotlighting Arsenal FC.
The five most popular Arsenal FC stories of the year are hyper-linked for you to peruse with the page views counts posted beside each one. Enjoy!Follow paulmbanks