Van Persie: "I'm proud of being captain"

Robin Van Persie is one of the most important players in Wenger's squad. And since Fabregas' departure, the dutchman has been using the armband in great style.

"Of course I'm proud of being captain. Arsenal is a big club and many idols has used this armband. But I don't think it changed me a lot in the way I am because I believe you should always stay the same," Van Persie said. 

"Actually, good behaviour starts from yourself. If you expect that from other people, you should start by yourself and be helpful to everyone else. That's the role of a leader" he concluded.


Arsenal 2011/2012 squad

Complete list of Arsenal footballers for the current season:

1. Manuel Almunia - SPAIN
2. Abou Diaby - FRANCE
3. Bacary Sagna - FRANCE
4. Per Mertesacker - GERMANY
5. Thomas Vermaelen - BELGIUM
6. Laurent Koscielny - FRANCE
7. Tomáš Rosický - CZECH REPUBLIC
8. Mikel Arteta - SPAIN
9. Park Chu-Young- SOUTH KOREA
10. Robin Van Persie - NETHERLANDS
11. André Santos - BRAZIL
13. Wojciech Szczesny - POLAND
14. Theo Walcott - ENGLAND
15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - ENGLAND
16. Aaron Ramsey - WALES
17. Alex Song - CAMEROON
18. Sébastien Squillaci - FRANCE
19. Jack Wilshere - ENGLAND
20. Johan Djourou - SWITZERLAND
21. Łukasz Fabiański - POLAND
25. Carl Jenkinson - FINLAND
26. Emmanuel Frimpong - GHANA
27. Gervinho - IVORY COAST
28. Kieran Gibbs - ENGLAND
29. Marouane Chamakh - MOROCCO
30. Yossi Benayoun - ISRAEL
39. Francis Coquelin - FRANCE


Carling Cup: Arshavin leads Arsenal to victory over Bolton Wanderers

The 2011/2012 Carling Cup is the perfect scenario to see the best Arsenal after Fabregas' departure. In fact, this 2-1 win over Bolton is the seventh victory in eight games, which means the team is gaining confidence and offensive power.

This win was not so easy to achieve, and only the talent of Arshavin allowed the Gunners defeat their rival. The russian footballer netted the equalizer in the second half, after Bolton's  Fabrice Muamba scored the opener. Korean midfielder Park Chu-Young scored the final goal two minutes later.

This is a great result to boost the team's morale and to help Wenger explore options for the first team. 


Short victory over Sunderland

Robin Van Persie was the hero at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The duel between Arsenal and Sunderland finished with a 2-1 triumph for the Gunners, but their poor performance keeps supporters unhappy.

The Dutch footballer proved to be extremely important for Wenger. Van Persie scored a double, while Sebastian Larsson netted the only goal for the visitors.

Arsenal is having one of their worst seasons so far, and this win barely helps them to get away from the descending zone.


Manchester United's Ferguson: Wenger's work at Arsenal is the best in the club's history

Sir Alex Ferguson backs Arsene Wenger and defends him from criticism. Arsenal can't win any title in the last six years, and both supporters and journalism has spoken about resignation.

But Manchester United's manager is convinced that Wenger should stay at the London club. "We all have seen the work Wenger has done for 15 years at Arsenal. It is the best in the club's history. Yes, he has not won any title for almost six seasons, but what does that mean? His team is still one of the best squads in the world."

This words are a significant gesture from Ferguson, specially one day before the clash between Arsenal and Manchester United in the Premier League.

Bolton: Arsenal's offer for Cahill not big enough

Arsenal are looking forward to enhance their squad after the departure of their most valuable footballers - yes, we are talking about Cesc and Nasri - but money might be a problem.

As we heard during the last weeks, the Gunners are interested in English defender Gary Cahill and the official bid was placed at the Bolton offices yesterday, but the club rejected it.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle admitted that there were "conversations" between both clubs, but there is no agreement yet. In the other hand, Arsenal boss Wenger denied that they talked about a certain number.

Apparently, we will have to wait to see the end of this story.


Surprising Bolton crushed Arsenal hopes

Bolton defeated Arsenal 2-1 and frustrated the Gunners' dreams of a title for this season. Wenger's squad completed their third game without a victory, and now they have no chance to reach leaders Manchester United.

Tamir Cohen scored a dramatic goal in the last minutes of the match, and that was the end of the story for Arsenal this season. Chelsea's win over West Ham helped Ancelotti's team reach the second place of the table.

It's fair to mention that the result could have been even more tragic for Arsenal, since Bolton's striker Kevin Davies missed a penalty shoot.

"I am the one to blame" said Wenger after the game. "Our team didn't have the experience to react at the most important moments, and that's entirely my fault."