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
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. .......Read the full article here
Vermaelen will get a chance to shine once again! by Ash
A couple of seasons ago, not many fans would have argued that Thomas Vermaelen was one of the best central defenders Arsenal had seen at the club for years and he was easily one of the best in the league. Then as injury problems occurred and he took on the role of the Arsenal club captain, things just didn’t seem to go right for him, and he quickly lost form. Then further injury problems occurred and he slipped down the preference ladder and for much of this season, his future at the club has been a hot topic of debate. But now in the final stages of this Premier League season, things seem to be picking up once again for the Belgian. .......Read the full article here
This is the chance that the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has been waiting for since he lost his place at the back ahead of last season’s trip to face Bayern Munich. And it has come at just the right time for Vermelen to force his way into the starting XI for the Begium national team for the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Arsene Wenger, as reported by Arsenal.com, has backed his captain to grab this opportunity, given by the injury to Laurent Koscielny, with both hands. Arsenal certainly need him to, with a tense and difficult end to the Premier League season ahead of us, not to mention the small matter of an FA cup semi-final and, hopefully, final at Wembley. .......Read the full article here
Everyone has been describing Arsenal’s north London derby win at Tottenham as being un-Arsenal like, because the Gunners did not play with their usual flair and defended deep for most of the second half. They conveniently forget to mention that we had some good chances to score that second goal and that we were never in much danger apart from Szczesny’s mistake. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 0 – 1 Spurs Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com
Arsenal regained ground on Premier League leaders Chelsea and simultaneously dealt a blow to rivals Tottenham Hotspur’s top four hopes with a battling 1-0 North London Derby win.
It took the Gunners just two minutes to take the lead in Arsene Wenger’s 999th match in charge, Tomas Rosicky rifling home an emphatic opener. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a clear chance to make it two, but failed and much of the game was spent weathering the storm that called for a resilient display from the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
I think it is safe to say that for Arsenal to win the Premier League title this season, we need the sort of defensive performance that Earned all three points against Tottenham week in, week out. Goals win games, of course, but when you only need to score one it is so much easier.
With players like Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott unavailable, Arsenal have lost a great deal of their attacking prowess, so I think that we could be seeing quite a few more 1-0 to the Arsenals before the end of the season. Mertesacker and Koscielny were simply immense today, and with Flamini marshalling the troops in front of them we are very hard to break down. Szczesny had a moment yesterday, but in general he has cut those out and has become very reliable. .......Read the full article here
End of the road this summer for Vermaelen? by Ash
There has been a fair bit of controversy surrounding the future of Arsenal club captain Thomas Vermaelen this season with statements being made that he will be looking for a move away this summer. For the majority of the season he has maintained that he wants to stay and fight for his place at the club, but after the Bayern Munich result, Vermaelen was again questioned by the media regarding his position at Arsenal, and whether his stay would be extending further than the summer. But this time the talented 28 year old was unable to comment anything too positive, as reported by the Metro. .......Read the full article here
It seems that the Gunners have been working hard behind the scenes to sort out the future of some of the Arsenal squad who are coming to the end of their current contracts. And it appears that the club has been fairly successful as well. However, it is not all good news.
According to the Daily Mail, our long serving French international Bacary Sagna has not been given the deal that he wanted and is set to move on when his contract expires this summer. I am gutted about this, to be honest and think that Arsenal are making a big mistake. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal’s mental strength is crumbling down! by Ash
Arsenal have always had physical talent and quality that can do wonders with the ball, even throughout the troubled past 7, 8 years or so. But what we have lacked massively in is mental strength and it has often been the lack of mental strength which has caused our failings over the course of the long running season. .......Read the full article here
There is no time for dwelling! by Ash
Arsenal endured a disappointing night only highlighted by the fantastic atmosphere that was ringing around the Emirates from the first minute till the last. The fans were fantastic but the team was not, in a game that was arguably Arsenal’s toughest of the season so far. Not helped by several opinionated decisions, Arsenal suffered a 2-0 loss to the hands of the German and European Champions Bayern Munich. .......Read the full article here
It appears as though Thomas Vermaelen has had enough. The Arsenal captain has reportedly decided that ce can wait no longer and has told Arsene Wenger that he wants to leave the Emirates in the summer. It is a situation that has been on the cards, and in the papers, for some time now but, if it is true, who should the manager bring in to replace him?
The report in The Express comes from an interview that his agent Alex Kroes gave to the French newspaper Le 10 Sport so it is not just a randomly made up story, although we all know that football agents are not always the most reliable and trustworthy human beings on the planet. .......Read the full article here