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
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
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
As you are probably already aware, Arsenal Football Club has agreed a new extension to the current contract of Per Mertesacker. The new three-and-a-half year deal will expire in 2017, meaning that our giant German international defender will have been with the Gunners for six years but will still only be 32-years old.
For a central defender in the modern world of football, especially one who does not rely on speed, that is nothing. And Per’s game is all about reading the game, taking control and organising the players around him. Obviously, his long legs and 6ft 6in frame are quite handy as well. What stands out for me is what a good captain he would make. .......Read the full article here
The issue of players getting older at Arsenal has been much in the news recently. 33-year old Tomas Rosicky has apparently agreed a new deal, although it is yet to be officially announced, while the question of whether to give Sagna one, two or three years more has been ongoing for at least a year.
Another Gunner on the wrong side of 30 is Mikel Arteta, but the Spaniard has moved to reassure Arsenal fans that he is feeling as good as ever. In fact, he claims to be having the time of his life on the football pitch. As we know, football has changed a lot in recent years, with diet, training, medical and scientific advances all contributing to players being able to keep going much longer than previously. .......Read the full article here
When Mikel Arteta decided to join Arsenal from Everton in August 2011, it was probably with the hope that he would add to the medals he won in Scotland as part of the Rangers team. Unfortunatley for the Spaniard, that has not happened yet, although he is closer this season than ever.
But there were other reasons as well, which have worked out for him. Champions League football, for instance, has been a regular for Arsenal’s vice-captain. Those big nights are what footballers dream of, but those dreams can soon turn to nightmare’s if you get heavily beaten every time. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal vs Sunderland preview, line up and predicted score by KJ
It was an extremely tiring game for Arsenal midweek against Bayern and this could arguably be one of our worst performances at home this season because of the work we had to put in on Wednesday to keep the score reasonable.
That said, we have numerous players who can fill in and are definitely of the quality required to win the game against a somewhat resurgent Sunderland side. We will have to rotate as certain players will be tired as well as needing a mental rest to refresh themselves. .......Read the full article here
I think that Arsenal fans’ frustration must be shown towards Arsene Wenger and not the players. I’m getting tired of reading the criticism against our players. Every week it’s Giroud, now Wilshire and Arteta. I do admit during some games I get angry, upset, emotional and often vent at certain players. What we should do, however, is try and understand why they are playing poorly and what can be done to rectify it as a team/squad. .......Read the full article here
There are quite a few big questions hanging over Arsenal at the minute. After a general dwindling of perfvormance levels culminated in the disaster away to Liverpool, a season that was looking so promising suddenly looks in danger of imploding and finishing with the Gunners empty handed yet again.
There are concerns over the ability and form of quite a few of our players, such as Giroud, Ozil, Arteta and Mertesacker, but today I am looking at the player who has so often been seen as the golden boy of Arsenal’s future, Jack Wilshere. .......Read the full article here
The key to Arsenal beating Manchester United at the Emirates tomorrow and getting the title challenge firmly back on track is probably not going to be tactics, team selection or formations. For me, the major thing that the Gunners need is for the players to go out there with the right attitude and put a proper shift in.
If we do that, then United are there for the taking. But another Anfield style horror show could spell the end of our title hopes. No pressure then lads! So Arsene Wenger’s main task since Saturday has been to get the players in the right frame of mind for the game. .......Read the full article here
Last year before Arsenal stunned everyone by winning the Bayern game, Wenger dropped Vermaelen and Szczesny which seemed to wake up the team and made them have a good run. This year there have been games which I just don’t understand what is happening. I feel the Southampton game should have been a sign that for some reason we have become very apathetic in these big games and teams that press us high and hard will step all over us. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal managed to cause an upset rather than Liverpool this weekend, with the Gunners’ performance leaving the team in tatters both on and off the pitch. Arsenal went down with little respect having been beating 5-1 at Anfield by Liverpool, but it is what happened both at half time and after the match which seems to be the main focus point. .......Read the full article here