It remains to be seen, of course, but you get the feeling that Arsenal have put their recent troubles and dip if form behind them. They certainly need to, as we reach the business end of the season still in with varying chances of success in three competitions and that has not been true for many a year.
Olivier Giroud was understandably upbeat after scoring twice from the bench and the French international is not alone in feeling that an upset could well be on the cards in Munich tomorrow. They might as well believe, because nobody else does. That confidence could be vital in what is going to be a very tough game. .......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
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
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
Why does it seem that whenever a large number of Arsenal players head off to international duty, it always Jack Wilshere who is one of the biggest worries. Maybe it is because I am an England fan as well, but I am always biting my nails when he goes into a tackle or is clipped running past someone.
He took another sore one tonight, early on in the England vs. Denmark game, from Liverpool’s Daniel Agger. It wasn’t malicious or anything, but the slow-motion replay showed Jack getting a right whack on the top of his foot. His ankle jarred and it looked like one of those typical pre-world cup metatarsal jobs. .......Read the full article here
When Arsene Wenger picked his Arsenal starting XI to face the rough tactics of Stoke City in the cauldron of the Britannia stadium on Saturday, the Frenchman made just one change and that was to bring Kieran Gibbs in for Nacho Monreal.
The Spaniard may have been replaced anyway, but it meant that Wenger stuck with his team. In hindsight it looks like a mistake, but the Gunners had not played for a week and easily beat Sunderland in the previous match, so you cdan understand him doing it. .......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
Positives from the Bayern game by Big Gun
Hi Gooners. I stayed up till midnight watching the Arsenal game as it was televised late in my country. Even though after the red card I knew it would be impossible to win, I stayed up and suffered with the team, hoping that by some miracle we could hold on to a draw or at least finish with only one goal down. Bayern were devastating, especially against a crippled Arsenal – no surprise there. In fact under the circumstances, it should have been three or four against us, but some really hard work in defence for over an hour minimalized the damage. .......Read the full article here
Oxlade Chamberlain is the star of the show! by Ash
Arsenal normally has at least one young Gun to light up the league with their performances over the course of the season and this year it is no different. Originally we thought it was Aaron Ramsey, almost a reborn player coming back from a long injury lay off and it’s after effect. But after Ramsey was injured again this season, it paved the way for another long term returnee, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, to make his way back into the team and start grabbing the headlines. But there is talk in the papers that Arsene Wenger is thinking of replacing him with Rosicky for the Bayern game. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 2 – 1 Liverpool Player Ratings by KJ .......Read the full article here
When I saw the Arsenal team sheet today, I thought that it would either make Arsene Wenger look like a master tactician or make the Arsenal fans furious for giving up on the FA cup. Sanogo given his debut, Monreal and Jenkinson starting and Fabianski in goal against the same team that battered us just a week ago.
But at halftime, I thought that no matter what the final result, the Arsenal boss had played a blinder. It was vital, of course, not to go behind early again and we nearly did, but the keeper was alert and Sturridge was not as clinical as he might have been with two good chances. .......Read the full article here