Category Archives: FA cup news

Relax Roy! Arsenal had good reason to celebrate!

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.

Arteta says fans got Arsenal through the pain barrier into final

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.

Infographic report of Arsenal’s dramatic FA cup win

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.

It’s all about relief for Arsenal and Wenger

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.

Wigan v Arsenal review – Penalties see Gunners into final!!!!!!!!

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.

Official teams and preview of Wigan v Arsenal

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.

Ox warns Arsenal they must NOT blow their big chance at glory

So today is FA Cup semi-final day at Wembley and Arsenal will take on Wigan Athletic, who despite being winners last year, are massive underdogs to the Gunners. Arsenal have all the odds in their favour and on paper you would expect Arsenal to win. However as Wigan have shown, they have defied odds more than once against the big teams in the last couple of years, but hopefully Arsenal won’t be the next.

Arsenal here on merit and DO deserve this FA cup trophy!!

Arsenal deserve to be in this FA Cup semi-final! by Ash

There have been a couple of comments on a few Arsenal articles of recent weeks, as well as reports in the mainstream media that Arsenal fans should not be entirely proud of their achievements to get to this stage at the FA Cup, where the other big clubs have prevailed, because Arsenal have had an element of luck in the competition. However I in fact think the exact opposite is true and, although it would be right to suggest that The Gunners have achieved some arguable ‘luck’ at this stage, considering we are the only real major top flight club left in the competition from the Premier League, Arsenal certainly have not had it easy getting here. In fact, no team has had a harder set of draws.

Preview, prediction and line-up for Arsenal v Wigan

Arsenal vs Wigan Preview, Line up and predicted score by KJ

This is it Arsenal fans! Our season has started to fall apart and we need to win against Wigan to prevent one of the most embarrassing collapses in our recent history. Losing is unthinkable.

Watch out Wigan! Reinforced Arsenal are gunning for you!

I am not sure if it is just me, but judging from the comments from Arsenal fans over the week I don”t think so, but the crushing despair and worry that followed last weekend’s tame display at Everton has slowly been replaced by excitement and growing confidence in the last few days.

I really hope that the same has happened with the Arsenal players and, to be fair, they have got plenty of reason to look forward to the Wembley semi-final against Wigan Athletic. The Gunners are quite rightly strong favourites for the cup and they need to feed off that rather than let it weigh on them.

Arsenal boss declares his burning desire for a trophy

Wenger dreams of taking Arsenal to victory once again! by Ash

Not seeing Arsenal win for almost 9 years now seems to have got Arsene Wenger cracked as much as it has the Arsenal fans, as he has admitted that his dream ambition and dedication is now focused on winning something with Arsenal again. Wenger’s dream was initially to see how far he could take a side unbeaten in the league. He achieved that with the Invincibles between 2003-04 and even went on to the next season, finally stopping at 49 games. Then it was an ambition to be successful with the youngest team. The likes of Fabregas, Nasri, Wilshere and Van Persie broke onto the scene; however that was a dream that never quite materialised.

Wenger baffled by the collapse of his Arsenal defense!!

Arsenal fans can sit and argue all day, and often do, about the reasons why this season, which promised so much, has turned into yet another last gasp fight for fourth place in the Premier League. Olivier Giroud and whether he is or isn’t up to the standards of the Gunners, a crippling injury list, bad luck, Wenger’s stubborn refusal to use the January transfer window and many other factors have been touted as the root of our problems, but Wenger has suggested that it is the recent defensive problems that have done for us.