Arsenal went into this crunch FA cup quarter-final on a run of poor form and desperately needing a confidence boost. Arsene Wenger also had the Jack Wilshere injury to cope with and he decided to go for the Arteta-Flamini partnership, with Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right. Yaya Sanogo got the nod again ahead of Olivier Giroud.
The first half was a real end to end battle and Arsenal fans and players got the early breakthrough we really needed. Cazorla showed his class to find Ozil and the German’s finish made all the talk about lack of form seem ridiculous. The Gunners had a few good chances to really take control of the tie but it didn’t quite come off. .......Read the full article here
This is it Arsenal fans. This game could very well be the one that decides whether the Gunners look back on this season as a success and possibly the start of great things to come, or one more on the pile labelled disappointing. The simple fact is that Arsenal must beat Everton in the FA cup today or, at the very least, not lose.
Arsene Wenger has had some difficult choices to make sine the injuries to Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny. In a rare piece of good luck, club captain Thomas Vermaelen has returned to fitness just in time to start alongside the BFG. Hopefully we will see more of his desire to prove himself than his rustiness. .......Read the full article here
It seems that Mesut Ozil is coming under fire from all angles at the minute, but the Arsenal fans need to show our club record signing that we are behind him all the way with a rousing and determined show of support at the Emirates today.
It seems to me just one more example of anti-Arsenal bias in the media, that Ozil has been systematically attacked ever since his early high standards started to drop. Everyone knows this often happens when a foreign player comes to the Premier League, but the media are more interested in sticking the knife in to the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal vs Everton FA Cup Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ
Every time Arsenal play a big match, it immediately becomes the biggest game of the season. That’s natural considering the closer we get to the end of the season, the more these games decide whether it will ultimately be successful or whether it will end in failure. This FA cup quarter final game is no different. .......Read the full article here
Let’s lighten the mood a bit! by Shipley Jack
After the despondency since last week’s Arsenal result and on the eve of a tough cup match with Everton maybe the following few jokes will lighten us up and get us in a good frame of mind.
Please remember that everything below IS just a joke . . . quotes are not real quotes and in the interests of fair play I’ve included a few here and there against our own team. Apart from some jokes I already knew these have been trawled/stolen from the internet and other places and some have been re-jigged for football purposes. Some are old and will be known to you already but please bear with me as maybe our far-flung supporters will appreciate them. Anyway, here goes . . . .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has a few selection issues for his Arsenal team facing what could be one of the most important games of the season. Surely the biggest headache the Frenchman has is what to do now Jack Wilshere became the latest Gunner to be sidelined through injury.
I may be wrong, but I am assuming that neither Kim Kallstrom or Aaron Ramsey will be ready. That means that unless Wenger changes his tried and trusted system, Arsenal will play a more defensive midfielder alongside a more forward thinking or box-to-box player. I am making another assumption here, that Mathieu Flamini will be the defensive one. If he isn’t, I want to know why. .......Read the full article here
Flamini targeting FA Cup success! by Ash
The FA Cup has often been sorted as a very predominant trophy to attain in English football and is certainly still the big trophy out of the two domestic knockout competitions in England. The Capital One cup attracts a crowd but deep down, it holds no speciality, often being referred to as the ‘Mickey Mouse Cup’. It still hurts to lose a final to Birmingham though. .......Read the full article here
It is competition time again Arsenal fans, and I am not talking about the FA cup. Well, I am I suppose because the competition is to predict three things about tomorrow’s 6th round tie between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates tomorrow.
You should all know the drill by now. We want you to predict the following three things about the Gunners’ game tomorrow and put your entry in the comments section below:
1. The final result
2. The first person to score for Arsenal
3. The timing of the first goal for either side .......Read the full article here
I know it is not confirmed that Bacary Sagna will not be an Arsenal player next season, but after the club announced new contracts for Rosicky and Mertesacker this week, the silence on Sagna was telling and his departure is almost as likely as Spurs missing out on the Champions League.
So Arsenal need a replacement and two names are in the papers today as possibly being available in the summer, Dani Alves and Micah Rochards. The Express reports that Barcelona are willing to sell their Brazilian right back because he will have just a year left on his contract and they will be in a Sagna situation. .......Read the full article here
Why Wilshere’s injury isn’t a major blow to Arsenal by Ash
Although the title may seem a bit strange, a little bit of analytical thinking will suggest just why Jack Wilshere’s latest injury may prove to be not as bad for Arsenal as everyone seems to think. Wilshere at his best is an awesome sight, but it is not one we have been seeing much this season. .......Read the full article here
Samir Nasri may not be the most loved former Arsenal player around, but he still has some close ties to the club, especially with his compatriot and former boss Arsene Wenger. He may have left Arsenal because of the lack of silverware, although a huge increase in wages might have helped as well, but he also claims it was not Wenger’s fault.
The 26-year old has won two major trophies since moving to Manchester City, but he accepts that the Arsenal boss has not had anything like the sort of resources available to Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini. In an ESPN report, he defends Wenger strongly from the recent criticism, like that dished out by the always unpleasant Jose Mourinho. .......Read the full article here
How should Arsenal approach the game against Everton? by KJ
Arsenal have another massive game coming up on Saturday and this is arguably the biggest of the season considering what it means. We are in the midst of a dip at the moment and that has seen us drop to 3rd in the Premier League. Usually, we’d go out to Everton here, lose to Bayern before fighting for our lives to stay in the top 4. But, I’m still optimistic this season can be different and that starts with a good win against Everton on Saturday. .......Read the full article here