To be perfectly honest, I am not surprised that ITV football pundit Roy Keane had a go at the Arsenal players for celebrating their FA cup semi-final win. The former Ireland and Manchester United midfielder is never going to be our biggest fan anyway.
To be fair to Keane, his punditry technique seems to be to either disagree with what his fellow commentators think, or just to lay into whoever is playing for some reason, just he has done with his former team at times. But I think that his criticism of the Gunners, as reported by the Evening Standard, is a bit too harsh for a number of reasons. .......Read the full article here
The high of Arsenal reaching the FA cup final and having a great chance to put all the media talk of a trophy drought behind us, could be seriously diluted tomorrow unless the Gunners see off a West Ham side that has been in decent form recently.
A win over the Hammers will put all the pressure back on to Roberto Martinez and Everton, who are now pushing us hard for that fourth place finish and our German striker Lukas Podoldski is well aware that failing to secure that final Champions League place would be nothing short of a nightmare, as a Sky Sports report reveals. .......Read the full article here
Podolski is not happy about being the bit on the side at Arsenal. by Ash
In a desperate cry to be heard, Lukas Podolski has released his frustration at Arsenal by revealing his disappointment in Arsene Wenger, which has led to the German’s unhappiness. Some may call it a cry for attention, others hope to be considered, but whatever the reason it’s undeniable that Podolski surely doesn’t get as much playing time as a player of his calibre would expect to get. .......Read the full article here
Last week, Santi Cazorla caused a bit of a stir and upset quite a few of the Arsenal fans by suggesting that he would be looking to move on from the Emirates if the Gunners did not start to win things. Well, according to one former Arsenal star, the boot should be on the other foot.
Sky Sports presenter Charlie Nicholas, who scored both goals for Arsenal as we won the league cup final in 1987, has layed into our diminutive Spanish midfielder, as a report in The Express reveals, and accused him of failing to live up to his talent and also going missing during big games for Arsenal. He certainly has not been nearly as influential as he was in his debut season last time. .......Read the full article here
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 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
Wigan (2) 1-1 (4) Arsenal FA Cup Semi-final Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com
In true Arsenal style we were left stressing to the end thanks to an abysmal Mertesacker slide tackle that earned Wigan the lead, before the BFG made amends with a well taken header late in the game.
Half an hour of extra time ensued where we came very close on a number of occasions but Lukasz Fabianski and the four penalty takers (Arteta, Kallstrom, Giroud and Cazorla) did their part to earn us a return ticket to Wembley next month. .......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