Arsenal Football Club: 10 Things Arsenal Fans Want for Christmas
The holiday season is upon us and Arsenal fans everywhere will be making their holiday wish list.
This season has been a turbulent one for the North London club. After a shaky start to kick off this most recent campaign, Arsene Wenger has steadied the ship.
The Gunners have lost just two of their last 12 matches in all competitions. In the Premier League, Arsenal has not lost since October 2nd.
The Gunners are one of two English teams still competing in the UEFA Champions League. After their horrid start to the season, these last two months have been those of joy for Gooners.
So as the holidays grow nearer and nearer, let's examine the 10 things that Gooners everywhere will be hoping for most.
An Empty Physio Room
It seems to a be problem that Arsenal fans are forced to deal with every single year, and this year is no different. Injuries that have hit the Gunners hard.
Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs have all fallen victim to long-term injuries.
Luckily, the Arsenal training staff have been able to keep Robin van Persie healthy and on the pitch this season. The Dutchman has a long history of injury problems.
A fantastic present to the Arsenal fans would be a bored club physio. Arsenal has so many world-class players at its disposable. Unfortunately, many of those players are injured.
If the Gunners can find a way to keep their players on the pitch instead of in the physio's office, they should have no trouble finding a way to be competitive in any competition this season.
In my opinion, this is the best Christmas present that Arsenal can give its fans this holiday season. Jack Wilshere is going to be an incredible boost to this Arsenal team.
The young Englishman broke into the first team last year and made an impression on the entire footballing world.
Wilshere's creativity and midfield play is going to provide a much-needed boost—a boost that can, very likely, propel Arsenal to compete for a trophy.
In Jack Wilshere, Arsenal possesses a player with unparalleled vision and passing ability. Imagining Wilshere combining with Robin van Persie and the form that RVP is in is a tantalizing vision.
Wilshere's return is all I want for Christmas. I'm sure that Gooners everywhere will agree with me.
Robin van Persie To Stay Fit
It is difficult to put into words just how amazing Robin van Persie has been for the Gunners this season. The skipper has scored 33 goals in the calendar year of 2011.
He leads the Premier League in goals scored with 15. Van Persie has stepped up to the plate for Arsenal on numerous occasions this season.
However, van Persie's injury troubles of the past are well-known. Van Persie appears to be fit, but without a suitable striker to take the load off of the Dutchman, he will undoubtedly continue to tire as the season continues.
Robin van Persie's fitness is crucial to the Gunners' success this season. If the Dutchman maintains his form and fitness, there's almost no telling how successful the Gunners can be.
A fully fit van Persie is a present that Arsenal Football Club will certainly be putting on its Christmas list.
Two Healthy Full-Backs
Arsenal has four first-team full-backs...and they're all injured. It's honestly quite remarkable. Andre Santos, Kieran Gibbs, Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson are all currently watching from the sidelines.
This has forced Arsenal to take a page out of the Stoke City handbook and start four central defenders. In its last match Arsenal started Johan Djourou, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen.
While those all may be quality defenders, Arsenal's attack-minded football requires attacking full-backs.
Don't be surprised if the return of Sagna and Santos coincides with a fantastic fun of form from the Gunners.
A pair of fit full-backs will definitely be on every Gooner's Christmas list.
A Tottenham Stumble
While Arsenal supporters may disagree on a wide variety of issues, there is one attitude that all Gooners share: It's impossible to find an Arsenal supporter that doesn't hate Tottenham.
Tottenham sits fourth in the Premier League table, one spot above Arsenal.
It's unusual to see Tottenham above Arsenal, but occasionally it happens. You'd have to go all the way back to the 1994-1995 season when Tottenham finished the campaign above Arsenal.
Every Arsenal fan loves to see the Spurs struggle in the league; that is simply a fact. If Harry and the boys go on a poor run of form, it would be a great side plot to this Premier League season.
A Spurs struggle would be a great stocking-stuffer for the Gunners this holiday season.
Andrey Arshavin To Leave
Andrey Arshavin just doesn't care anymore. It really is as simple as that.
Whenever he's brought onto the pitch he appears to be uninterested. He runs about in the attacking third, but he looks to be a shadow of the player he used to be.
This is certainly a shame because of the way he started out his career at Arsenal—the infamous Liverpool game in which Arsenal drew 4-4 with the Reds, and Arshavin scored all four Arsenal goals.
Unfortunately, this was the highlight of Arshavin's Arsenal career. He's never quite been able to live up to the hype that surrounded him upon his move to the Emirates.
It has to be said that Arshavin's purchase, in hindsight, appears to be one for the mistake column. It's time to end the mistake.
Let Arshavin go and bring in a player that wants to play. Bring in a player that has desire, ability and hunger.
An Andrey Arshavin replacement is certainly on my Christmas list, and it should be on every Arsenal supporter's Christmas list as well.
Some January Transfer Action
Let's be honest, we Arsenal supporters don't care who the big-name player is. We just want Arsene Wenger to sign a big-name player.
Arsenal supporters have been begging for Wenger to bring in a big-name player. Arsenal have been linked with a number of top-quality players.
The player that seems to be the most ripe for the picking in this upcoming January transfer window is Bolton's Gary Cahill.
Cahill was an Arsenal target in the summer, but Bolton manager Owen Coyle had put too steep of a price tag on the English international.
It's safe to say that Cahill's stock has significantly fallen. Bolton is currently in last place in the Premier League. What's more is the fact that no team has allowed more goals than Bolton.
Cahill has put in some suspect performances since the start of the season, and don't be surprised to see Wenger bring the Englishman to the Emirates.
In any event, Arsenal supporters just want some January transfer action. Sell some players, buy some players—we don't care!
Just be active in January and the supporters will be happy.
More of 'The Ox!'
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made the move from Southampton during the summer, and he has quickly become a fan favorite at the Emirates.
The winger has shown a great footballing ability. The skills he possesses make him a true winger. His ability to cross the ball is top-notch.
Even more attractive is the fact that Oxlade-Chamberlain appears to be competent with his left foot. The ability to use both feet is a quality that Theo Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain's competitor, has been criticized for lacking.
Fans love Oxlade-Chamberlain. I think that the Arsenal supporters truly believe that "The Ox" can improve the side. He adds somewhat of a new dynamic to the team.
Arsenal fans will certainly be wishing for some more Ox in the box this Christmas.
A Fit Szczesny
It would have been difficult for Wojciech Szczesny to come into the Arsenal squad and perform worse than Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski.
Szczesny was handed his Arsenal debut against Manchester United. Since then he's impressed Arsenal supporters with his safe hands and intelligent shot-stopping.
While the Polish international does have his occasional error, Szczesny has once again restored Gooners' confidence in their man between the sticks.
It is vital that Szczesny stays fit. Anyone who saw the League Cup game against Manchester City saw what calamitous keepers are waiting behind Szczesny.
Arsenal fans were certainly be praying that the Pole stays fit, because if he doesn't, Arsenal could be in for some major defensive breakdowns.
The Trophy Drought To End
This is a gift that Arsenal fans will most likely have to wither another season without. But we can dream, can't we?
There is no better present than a trophy in the eyes of the Arsenal faithful. The Gunners are yet to win a trophy since moving to the Emirates.
Despite Manchester City handing Arsene Wenger's men an early League Cup exit, Arsenal is still competing on three fronts.
If the Gunners could deliver a trophy to North London, Gooners everywhere will feel relieved and inspired. A trophy is paramount.