The FA Cup has often been sorted as a very predominant trophy to attain in English football and is certainly still the big trophy out of the two domestic knockout competitions in England. The Capital One cup attracts a crowd but deep down, it holds no speciality, often being referred to as the ‘Mickey Mouse Cup’. It still hurts to lose a final to Birmingham though. .......Read the full article here
How should Arsenal approach the game against Everton? by KJ
Arsenal have another massive game coming up on Saturday and this is arguably the biggest of the season considering what it means. We are in the midst of a dip at the moment and that has seen us drop to 3rd in the Premier League. Usually, we’d go out to Everton here, lose to Bayern before fighting for our lives to stay in the top 4. But, I’m still optimistic this season can be different and that starts with a good win against Everton on Saturday. .......Read the full article here
Mesut Ozil shrugs off criticism with “I don’t care!” by Ash
Arsenal’s German international Mesut Ozil has sensationally swiped back at the media and fans’ criticism of him with a response that shows how he clearly isn’t affected by criticism. Ozil has come under a lot of pressure since Christmas, rightly or wrongly, because his performances have dropped after a great start.
3 assists and no goals in the last 14 games shows that something is wrong for a player that has been consistently labelled as one of the world’s best. His chances created have also dramatically dropped, however he is still statistically creating at least two goal scoring opportunities per game which is obviously good but not quite the Mesut we saw at the start of the season. .......Read the full article here
Just like last season, Arsenal have a big game in the FA cup just days before a Champions League match against Bayern Munich. There are differences this season, however, and one of the main ones, according to Arsene Wenger, is that the Gunners will definitely not take their eye off the ball this time.
Last season it was Blackburn Rovers in the FA cup prior to playing the Germans, but it was the first leg of the Champions League and the fifth round of the domestic competition against a lower league side. We all know what happened. Wenger rested some of his best players and the ones on the pitch were not fully focused, eventually losing to a soft late goal. We then went on to capitulate at the Emirates to Bayern and it was the worst part of the season. .......Read the full article here
Why Wenger needs to accept our limitations and prioritise the FA cup by KJ
After the disappointing loss to Stoke, Arsenal are now hoping to get a win against Everton at the weekend to ensure we don’t let this slide of 2 wins in 6 games continue. To do this, we will need to put out our best team against Everton and, unfortunately, I fear Wenger may opt to favour the midweek tie against Bayern Munich over the possibility of going to Wembley in the FA Cup. .......Read the full article here
What happened Arsenal? I have two days off and everything goes pear-shaped. Stoke, really? Actually, to be honest I am not that surprised. They are always a tough team to play at the Britannia Stadium and they are always up for a game against Arsenal more than any other.
The upshot of it all, however, is that Arsenal’s season is looking dangerously close to being another trophy-free one. Let’s be realistic, Gooners, we won’t be happy with another fourth placed finish, but iut still gets us into the Champions League, unless Manchester United win it of course, hahahahaha. .......Read the full article here
It appears as though Arsene Wenger has accepted that his Arsenal players have been working a bit too hard recently, because the Frenchman has apparently given them a bit of a rest this week. It is something that Wenger does not normally do during the season, but he feels that injuries and tough fixtures have taken their toll and that everybody could do with a breather. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal are under no illusions about the sixe of the task ahead of them if they are to progress to the next round of the Champions League. Going to the home of the strongest team in Europe, if not the world, needing to score two goals and not concede just to earn an extra 30 minutes is a mountain of Everest proportions.
And the fact that the return leg in Munich comes just three days after the Gunners host Everton in the quarter-final of the FA cup, and face three huge Premier League games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City after Bayern, has convinced former Arsenal boss George Graham that the best thing to do would be to forget about Europe. .......Read the full article here
When Arsenal were drawn against Bayern Munich for the first knockout stage of the Champions League, it was no surprise to most of us. The Gunners have had the worst result in almost every draw we have been in so far this season, but these things happen and you just have to make the best of it. .......Read the full article here
How can Arsenal build from the Liverpool result? by Ash
Without trying to go on about it too much, Arsenal managed to resurrect their ambition for silverware this season with a vengeful victory against Liverpool. The 2-1 result in Arsenal’s favour didn’t see a vital 3 points go to the Gunners but it did see progression to the next round of the FA Cup, a competition Arsenal must take seriously this year. And it was a big step towards putting the Anfield game behind us. .......Read the full article here
It was reported last week that Arsenal were believed to be the Premier League side that was ready to snap up the Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi from Standard Liege in January. The 20-year old is very highly rated in Belgium and has been in great scoring form for his club this season as well as bagging five goals from his 11 games for the under 21 international team.
Batshuayi has been compared to his fellow Belgian Romelu Lukaku, currently on loan at Everton from Chelsea, and now, according to the Mirror, Roberto Martinez wants the young the Liege starlet to provide competition and cover for Lukaku. He has been in touch with Belgian club apparently and so Arsenal need to get their skates on if they are to fight off Everton. .......Read the full article here
Whether Arsenal were complacent, surprised or just a bit below par on Sunday, the visitors Everton were able to do something that teams just do not do against the Gunners, by dominating possession. They did this especially in the first half, but even with a much better second 45 minutes from Arsenal, they ended up with 56 percent of the ball.
I have seen quite a few comments on here and articles elsewhere suggesting that Mikel Arteta had a poor game and that this was a big part of why Arsenal struggled, and he did lose the ball on occasion and was sometimes hustled off the ball by a couple of Everton players. But is it fair to single out Arteta? .......Read the full article here