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How badly will Flamini ban affect Arsenal?

We always knew that Mathieu Flamini’s return to Arsenal would come with a few disciplinary problems along the way. The French midfielder even managed to get on the wrong side of Arsene Wenger after he decided to circumvent club tradition and take a blunt pair of scissors to his Arsenal kit because the long sleeves were not to hi liking.

But his last indiscretion, picking up his 10th yellow card of the season, means that Arsenal have to do without him for the next two games. And with the Gunners going through a well publicised injury crisis, especially in midfield, what will the absence of Flamini mean to us?

What’s killing Arsenal is poor defence and lack of options!!


It has not been good viewing for those who, like me, crossed over to Arsenal’s side among PL teams owing to their free–flowing, uninhibited attacking game. At least not for last couple of months. The Gunners had their way for most of the year against modest to good opponents because they were playing at their peak. Unfortunately, their peak was not good enough against similar or better opponents (which is a sad state of affairs in itself), where it all starting going downhill. Arsenal were derailed when put under pressure, which could only happen when they had no more to offer than what they already put out on the field (another damning thought). I am not here to say that Wenger does not care or that he is incompetent. I do not know what happens behind the scenes and thus cannot make judgment calls on that aspect. One can only assume that Wenger is trying his best – whether that best at the moment is good enough is another matter altogether.

Arsenal really need double red card appeal boost

Amidst all the awful performances by the Arsenal players and the terrible 6-0 defeat to the worst possible manager on the worst possible day, referee Andre Marriner took some of the heat off Arsenal by making a lughably poor decision to send Kieran Gibbs off for handball when it should have been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

So it is no surprise to hear that Arsenal are appealing the one match ban handed down to Gibbs, but it is more of a surprise to hear that they are appealing against the sending off anyway. I didn’t realise this, but the FA have given Chamberlain the ban he would have received. I didn’t think they could do that after the game if the ref had made a mistake, but they have done.

Is it really time for Arsenal and Wenger to part ways?

This could be goodbye by JMT

Unfortunately I think this recent match has exposed why Arsenal must finally attempt to part ways with Arsene Wenger. To say I’m embarrassed as a fan does not come close to expressing how I feel after this defeat. First I’d like to address the notion that the players are equally as responsible for this defeat as the manager. When you lose 6-3, 5-1 and 6-0 against the teams you are supposed to be contending with it is illogical to assume then that the manager’s tactics and team selection are not mostly to blame.

Spurs vs. Arsenal review – Rosicky stunner and Gunners grit just enough

Arsenal went in to this crucial north London derby knowing that they needed to win to stay level on points with Liverpool, who had easily beaten a very poor Man United earlier in the day. With injuries ravaging his squad, Arsene wenger started Podolski, Cazorla and Rosicky behind Giroud.

The Czech midfielder showed straight away why Paul Merson had said before the game that he should play every week, smashing a brilliant opening goal just a minute and 12 seconds after the kick off, the quickest ever against the spuds in the Premier League. Rosicky started and finished it after linking up with Chamberlain. Howitzer, Piledriver and rocket were the words that came to mind and the Gunners were off to the perfect start.

Official teams and preview of Tottenham vs. Arsenal

Derby day is here Arsenal fans, and this one could be the most important in many years. A win for Arsenal today against our fierce local rivals will all but guarantee a top four finish for the Gunners. Arsenal would then be nine points ahead of fifth placed spuds with a game in hand to boot.

If we don’t win, then Liverpool’s victory over Manchester United will give them the edge over us in the Premier League title race and with a trip to Chelsea and a home game against Man City coming up, you would have to say that we were out of the race unless a miracle occurred.

Arsenal bowed out with heads high! Now push on!!

Arsenal exit with heads high by Uche

Wow! Don’t you just wonder what could have been if only Arsenal had a fair chance in the first leg of our game against Bayern? If only….. I am sitting in my living room all alone, with no distractions but the game before me and what was unfolding before my eyes couldn’t be clearer. We are playing the best team in the world and we look like their equal. Yes they had more possession and created the most chances but generally speaking, we were their equal none the less. What a shame we lost this game weeks ago in the first leg.

Arsenal have blueprint for Munich says proud Gunner

First of all Arsenal fans, don’t jump on me for being blindly optimistic. I know that going to the Allianz Arena to overturn a 2-0 defeat is an order about as tall as Per Mertesacker, but am feeling a whole lot more positive about it than this time last year.

Why? Because not only did we win that game by the margin we need this time, but Arsenal showed in the first 35 minutes last night that we can stand up to the German giants and outplay them. So Arsene Wenger’s tactics for the return leg should be fairly straightforward, namely to do the same again except score and don’t get yourself a red card. Flamini said as much in an Arsenal.com report.

Arsenal vs. Bayern preview, prediction and starting XI

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich Preview, line up and predicted score by KJ

Arsenal couldn’t have asked for a tougher Champions League draw but I guess we put ourselves in this predicament when we failed to get a result against Napoli. But, we have beaten Bayern before and with a better team than last season, hopefully we can give Bayern a good game and maybe nick a result.

I say nick a result as that’s what it’s going to be. We will be defending resolutely for the majority of the game and will need to counter quickly and effectively without over-committing. It’s a lot easier to say than to execute but those are the guidelines we’ll need to follow if we are to get a positive result.

Wenger tactics gave Arsenal their vital FA cup win

Hi Gooners. Great result for Arsenal over the weekend. It was so good to see Arsene Wenger change his tactics and play Liverpool against their weaknesses. Even with half of our side being reserves, we had enough pace, direction and stability to overcome a team that thrashed us not too long ago.

Fabianski is no longer known as flappy-handski. What a stellar performance and I believe he deserves MOTM. Some excellent saves prevented Sturridge from causing damage early on in the game. If it wasn’t for the Pole, I don’t think we would have won the match. In order for a keeper to get such recognition though, it means he must have been thoroughly tested over the full 90 minutess – which is a bit concerning for our defence.

Detailed infographic report of Arsenal FA cup win over Liverpool

Arsenal 2 v 1 Liverpool [FA Cup] Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com

The Gunners were perhaps fortunate to take the lead after two clear-cut chances for Liverpool in the opening quarter, however they controlled parts of the game and opted to invite Liverpool onto them, eventually coming out victors thanks to two well taken goals from the Ox and Podolski.

The German made it interesting for the Gunners when he conceded a needless penalty, but Arsenal held on despite the barrage of Liverpool attacks to qualify for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. That’s at least one more game for the departing Fabianski who was our Man of the Match.

Arsenal set for tactical change against Liverpool?

Tomorrow’s FA cup clash between Arsenal and Liverpool is a massive one for various reasons. The recent trip to Anfield is just one of them, but it has got all the media talking about the game even more than usual. Liverpool have definitely been in good form recently, but then they struggled against Fulham so it is a hard one to call.

Then there are the problems facing Arsenal, like the long wait for a trophy, pressure on Wenger and players like Giroud and Ozil because of their form and the usual list of injuries. Heaven knows what is going on with Vermaelen but he is still out. And another of our best players, Santi Cazorla, has joined Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey on the sidelines, although not for long.