Owen on Arsenal by Ash
Michael Owen is known to be quite a controversial figure amongst the Arsenal fans, whether it be on the pitch or more recently off it with his media outbursts and regular columns. However this time I think he has said something very worthy that the Gunners should take note of.
In a Daily Star report he is recorded stating, “If Arsenal win the FA Cup and get fourth in the league, from my point of view it would be a good season. I said at the start of season they’re a step away from the title. I don’t think their players are of the level of City, Chelsea and Liverpool’s. .......Read the full article here
Whatever you think about Olivier Giroud, every Arsenal fan should be thankful that the big Frenchman has not joined the injury crisis and we should pray that stays the same until the end of the season. We also need the striker to be in a decent frame of mind for the next few weeks, because the alternative is Yaya Sanogo and that will not cut it.
The lanky young French forward did some good things against Wigan at Wembley, just as he impressed when he started against Bayern Munich and Liverpool. But the problem is that he is raw and badly in need of a goal. 10 Arsenal games without a goal is telling on his confidence and his finishing is getting worse all the time. .......Read the full article here
I remember writing a while back about the FA doing Arsenal no favours, as usual, when they announced that the away game against West Ham which had to be changed was to be played on the Tuesday after the FA cup semi-final. Well injuries, a suspension and the fact that the game at Wembley went to extra time have just made the situation worse. .......Read the full article here
I don’t mean to spoil the mood of celebration around Arsenal Football Club, but we all know that there are serious concerns about our recent performances. For so muck of this season, and the last, Arsenal overcame the odds and confounded their critics, but 2014 has seen the cracks open and I think it could be because of the pressure on Arsene Wenger.
To say that the players have been letting him down is missing the point. That horror show at Stamford Bridge was thge epitome of what I mean; the Prof’s special day linked with the pressure in the Premier League led to the Arsenal players freezing up. I think they were all so desperate not to let the boss down, they ended up doing just that. .......Read the full article here
It wasn’t pretty but we got there in the end! by Ash
As I am sure you are all aware, unless you have been in a coma, Arsenal have managed to reach the 2014 FA Cup final at Wembley for the 17th May in what will be an inviting encounter whoever the opponent, which looks like being Premier League team Hull City.
Arsenal knocked the current holders of the trophy, Wigan Athletic out of the competition after a tense game that resulted in penalties. Lukasz Fabianski, the forgotten man at Arsenal became the hero on the day, fantastically saving two penalties in the shoot out to take the pressure off of Arsenal. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal have to get Fabianski to sign some sort of deal! by Ash
Time and time again I have spoken about this topic but I really cannot stress the importance of what this issue holds for Arsenal football club. And after Lukasz Fabianski has proven himself once again to be the best deputy keeper in the Premier League, Arsenal may have to consider offering the stopper a sort of timeshare deal, a la Casillas and Real Madrid. .......Read the full article here
The vice-captain of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, was obviously delighted that the Gunners booked their place in the FA cup final at Wembley, but he is also well aware that Arsenal were somewhat fortunate after going behind to Wigan Athletic.
Arteta admitted that the Championship side gave Arsenal a torrid and tough game, although the Spaniard was not really surprised by that. Speaking after the game, as reported by Arsenal.com, Arteta seemed to accept the fact that nothing will come easily for Arsenal this season, but must be dragged kicking and screaming from games. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 1 – 1 Wigan (4-2 Penalties) Player Ratings
Fabianski – 9 (MOTM)
His performance in the penalty shootout was amazing. He managed to save two of the shots that took so much pressure off us when we took our own penalties. It can’t be underrated how vital he was today. During the game, he didn’t really have many saves to make at all.
Sagna – 7
He was very poor offensively for the first half but stepped up in the second especially when we went a goal down. It was a decent performance from him but he has played a lot better this season. .......Read the full article here
Many people were quick to jump down the Arsenal manager’s throat and accuse him of sour grapes and looking for excuses after his recent comments on the strange loan system and it’s inherent unfairness. But Arsene Wenger has, in a roundabout way, been giving the backing of the highest power in European football, UEFA, in his quest to make the current system more fair.
If you didn’t know, Wenger basically re-stated his stance that players on loan should not be stopped from playing against their parent club because it gives those clubs an unsporting advantage. It was brought into stark light last weekend when Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku did their clubs a huge favour by helping to beat Arsenal and was highlighted again this week when Atletico Madrid were drawn against Chelsea. .......Read the full article here
It will not surprise many of you Arsenal fans out there to hear that Arsene Wenger was one very relieved Frenchman after Lukasz Fabianski had become the hero for the Gunners in the penalty shootout victors over plucky Championship side Wigan Athletic.
It might not be overdoing it to suggest that the Polish keeper’s two saves will be the difference between Arsenal having a new manager next season or not. I think most of us and the football world believes that Wenger would have punched his clock at the Emirates if we had failed to win the cup and secure fourth place. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal went into this crucial FA cup game against Wigan with good reason for thinking that lady luck had got something against them, after Everton took all three points away from their trip to Sunderland thanks to a jammy deflected goal. But the Gunners had a great chance to give the whole club a lift by booking a place in the final.
What we really couldn’t afford to do was start badly and concede another early goal. We didn’t and there was not a big sign of nerves among the Arsenal team as they took the game to Wigan. We were creating chances as well, but Sanogo, Chamberlain, Podolski and Sagna could not take them and the game became more even as the half drew to close. .......Read the full article here
There is good news and bad news for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger and his players attempt to book a place in the FA cup final in just over a month’s time. As usual, the Gunners squad is ravaged by injury, but at least two key players will be on from the start against Wigan Athletic at Wembley.
Unfortunately, one of those is not the England international left back Kieran Gibbs, so we really neen his Spanish counterpart Nacho Monreal to step up and show the sort of form that we saw last season. Monreal has, for some reason, been pretty woeful recently and I’m sure that Wigan will be targeting that flank as a potential weak link. .......Read the full article here