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Arsenal 'poised' for glory

2012-03-30 12:40

London - Arsenal striker Gervinho claims the foundations are in place for the club to win trophies in coming seasons as they attempt to pile on the misery for struggling Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Arsenal have gone on a winning streak of seven games, which has seen them overtake Tottenham and move into third spot in the Premier League.

While there is no prospect of ending their seven-year wait for a trophy this year -- they are 15 points behind leaders Manchester United with eight games to play - their hopes of a Champions League spot are firmly in their own hands.

The buoyant mood at the Emirates Stadium is in stark contrast to that at QPR, who are fighting to avoid immediate relegation from the Premier League.

Ahead of Saturday's trip across London, Gervinho pointed to the youthful nature of the Arsenal squad and tipped them to blossom in the near future.

"We can still win lots of trophies and we can do great things in the future," the Ivory Coast international said. "We have a bright future because this is a good club.

"We are all still young, we have got some good players here, a good group. We have been through a lot of difficult times this season, lots of people have wavered in their belief of us.

"They have said this and they have said that, but we have returned to form and now we are going to try to finish the season well."

Gervinho pointed to the form of striker Robin van Persie for Arsenal's resurgence after a shaky start to the Premier League campaign.

Van Persie has scored 33 goals this season, including 25 in the Premier League and Gervinho added: "The standout player for me this year has been Robin.

"You can see his class with his finishing, how he leads the group, and with his experience.

"He is a player who has grown in to the role of captain and is the sort of player you need during the hard times."

Meanwhile at Loftus Road, things are looking bleak. QPR are a point shy of safety with an extremely difficult run-in to come.

And star striker Djibril Cisse is banned for the next four games following his sending-off last Saturday at Sunderland - his second dismissal since signing for the club in January.

QPR chief executive Philip Beard made an embarrassing slip of the tongue while speaking at the Soccerex European Forum in Manchester on Thursday by stating "when we go down" before hastily correcting himself to say "if".

But with games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City to come as well as a trip to Swansea, where Arsenal and City both lost, Beard's mistake was understandable.

And Joey Barton, the QPR captain, spelled their plight out in no uncertain terms when he claimed the players are playing for their livelihoods.

"We're as desperate for the points as they are - for totally different reasons obviously," Barton said.

"But there are livelihoods on the line here. People's careers are on the line. I'm not sure that's the case at Arsenal, to be honest.

"They'll want to win the game because they're professionals and they'll want to finish in the Champions League places, which is a minimum requirement for them.

"But there are lads here whose careers are on the line - and we have to realise that. This is more than a game of football now. The next eight games govern our futures.

"All the lads need to realise that. If we don't, we'll be punished for it."

AFP

Comments
  • Heiku - 2012-03-30 12:58

    Im a huge gunners fan but I get the feeling the current bunch of players are too windgat

      Ian - 2012-03-30 13:46

      Not sure where you dreamt that thought up Heiku - they haven't achieved enough to be windgat. Maybe there is a difference now in their body language because they are gelling as a team and are becoming more confident in their ability to win games that they would previously have lost. There is a big difference between displaying confidence in your own ability and being windgat. Who are you specifically referring to?

      Ian - 2012-03-30 13:46

      Not sure where you dreamt that thought up Heiku - they haven't achieved enough to be windgat. Maybe there is a difference now in their body language because they are gelling as a team and are becoming more confident in their ability to win games that they would previously have lost. There is a big difference between displaying confidence in your own ability and being windgat. Who are you specifically referring to?

      Heiku - 2012-03-30 14:02

      Walcott made a comment that RVP is the best striker in the world and about a week before that that Oxlade-Chamberlain said that he thinks Walcott is the best winger in the world. That is windgat.

      Heiku - 2012-03-30 14:02

      Walcott made a comment that RVP is the best striker in the world and about a week before that that Oxlade-Chamberlain said that he thinks Walcott is the best winger in the world. That is windgat.

      Heiku - 2012-03-30 14:03

      Messi is a good example of displaying confidence in your own ability without being windgat

      Heiku - 2012-03-30 14:03

      Messi is a good example of displaying confidence in your own ability without being windgat

  • Eeny Meeny Miney Mo - 2012-03-30 13:07

    That might happen if they don't lose Van Persie and Vermaelen stays injury free. Seems these two are the driving force behind arsenal's current form.

      Bob - 2012-03-30 13:31

      Eeny, as you correctly point out, Arsenal are a bit of a one man team, take VP out of the equation and they would be closer to mid table, the danger is that City or Chelski will be hunting him down at the end of the season, at the end of the day he is a professional footballer, what would you do if someone offered you say 5% of 40 million quid and quadruple your current salary and a lets be honest, a realistic chance of putting silverware against your career, I don't agree with the ludicrous deals these teams put together but what choice has a player like VP got when offered this amount of cash.

      Bob - 2012-03-30 13:31

      Eeny, as you correctly point out, Arsenal are a bit of a one man team, take VP out of the equation and they would be closer to mid table, the danger is that City or Chelski will be hunting him down at the end of the season, at the end of the day he is a professional footballer, what would you do if someone offered you say 5% of 40 million quid and quadruple your current salary and a lets be honest, a realistic chance of putting silverware against your career, I don't agree with the ludicrous deals these teams put together but what choice has a player like VP got when offered this amount of cash.

      Heiku - 2012-03-30 13:48

      If i remember correctly RVP only scored 7 of the last 21 arsenal goals which is what you expect from your lead striker. Arsenal has never been a one man team, Wenger will not allow that to happen

      Heiku - 2012-03-30 13:48

      If i remember correctly RVP only scored 7 of the last 21 arsenal goals which is what you expect from your lead striker. Arsenal has never been a one man team, Wenger will not allow that to happen

      Bob - 2012-03-30 14:42

      RVP has scored 33 against the next best (wallcot) 9, of the 83 goals they have scored this season he has scored well over a 3rd of them, in the top three strikers in the world, if he played for LFC we would be challenging the Manure and City for the EPL title not 15 points of the pace, Arsenal will struggle without him thats all I'm saying.

      Bob - 2012-03-30 14:42

      RVP has scored 33 against the next best (wallcot) 9, of the 83 goals they have scored this season he has scored well over a 3rd of them, in the top three strikers in the world, if he played for LFC we would be challenging the Manure and City for the EPL title not 15 points of the pace, Arsenal will struggle without him thats all I'm saying.

      Heiku - 2012-03-30 14:50

      My point was that maybe the dependence on RVP is less than what it was in the beginning of the season.

      Heiku - 2012-03-30 14:50

      My point was that maybe the dependence on RVP is less than what it was in the beginning of the season.

      Heiku - 2012-03-30 14:55

      btw liverpool are sh** bro

      Heiku - 2012-03-30 14:55

      btw liverpool are sh** bro

  • Bigsexy.jm - 2012-03-30 13:55

    Aaaaw! That is adorable!

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-03-30 14:06

    They've been saying that for the last 7 years! 7 year losers hahahaha

      Dhirshan - 2012-03-30 14:10

      HAHA - fabregas couldn't even sniff a trophy at the emirates in 7 years . . . goes to barca and wins 3 in 5 months lol (european super cup, spanish super cup, world club cup). RVP please accept madrid's offer!

      Dhirshan - 2012-03-30 14:10

      HAHA - fabregas couldn't even sniff a trophy at the emirates in 7 years . . . goes to barca and wins 3 in 5 months lol (european super cup, spanish super cup, world club cup). RVP please accept madrid's offer!

      Nathan - 2012-03-31 10:25

      Yes RVP please accept Madrid's offer, we as Manchester United, City and Chelski supporters can't handle another season of brilliance from one of the best strikers in the world.

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-30 14:22

    ARSENAL ..........................GO THE GUNNERS<

  • tshekiso.saul - 2012-03-30 17:35

    It has been a bright future for a while now and no end result. Hai arsenal.

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