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. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
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. .......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
It is probably hard for Arsenal fans to get too excited about bold statements and promises from the Arsenal players at the minute. That is what we got plenty of in the build up to our dismal drubbing by Liverpool and it was shown up as so much hot air on the pitch.
What the fans and Arsene Wenger want on Wednesday is for the players to do their talking on the pitch, because we have a fantastic chance to bounce straight back and forget about the game at Anfield, but the players need to have a hugely different attitude to that shown all across the team on Saturday. .......Read the full article here
Hello Arsenal fans. It’s competition time again, with Just Arsenal offering you lucky Gooners the chance to win one of our exclusively designed T-shirts, which will be sent out to whichever corner of the world, or London, you happen to hail from.
To be in with a chance of wiining the competition, utilise your powers of prediction about what will happen in tomorrow’s crunch Premier League clash at Anfield between the Gunners and Brendan Rodgers’ Champions League chasing Liverpool side. .......Read the full article here
What with injuries and the suspension of Mathieu Flamini, the Arsenal team almost picks itself at the minute. But that does not mean that Arsene Wenger will be taking a week off to catch up with the box sets of The Wire or Breaking Bad, because he still has at least one big decision to make.
A week ago there was no decision and the only reason that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got a start in that coveted central midfield position was because his England international teammate had not recovered from the knock to his ankle. But after a two goal, Man of the Match performance full of drive and energy, Chambo has really given the manager something to think about. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 2 – 0 Crystal Palace Match Report Infographic by allarsenal.com
Arsenal returned to the top of the table thanks to two superb Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goals against Crystal Palace mand the young Englishman is certainly making a case to be deployed centrally more often.
The stocky English international worked hard and troubled Palace’s backline with his pace and trickery, while he had the passing accuracy to boot. Finishing the match with a game-high two shots on target (total of four shots), winning two tackles, knocking a game high 5 accurate long balls, seven in total and running all over the show (check out the heatmap on the infographic), The Ox had an encouraging outing after only returning to the first team fold this month. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal had a little bit of an injury crisis going into this home game against Tony Pulis’ Crystal Palace. With Ramsey, Wilshere and Flamini unavailable, Arsene Wenger gave Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the chance to show what he can do in the position that the bos thinks will end up being where he plays as his career progresses.
We knew that Palace would be organised and difficult to get through, which was evident as soon as the game started. They did’t even try to be attacking and were successful in stopping us. I was not as frustrated as I might have been because I thought we played well and never looked like conceding a breakaway goal that would have given us a mountain to climd and Palace something to hold on to. .......Read the full article here
Berbatov, the OX, Draxler and other ramblings By Twig
Arsenal has an abundance of midfield talent but it is clear they lack that front man to provide them with an outlet especially when they are highly pressed. Giroud might provide Szczesny with a large and tall target to send the ball to, but unfortunately he just doesn’t seem to be able to hold onto the ball and relieve pressure from his
teammates. Flicks and headers are okay, but an Arsenal No. 9 must be more than comfortable keeping the ball at his feet for as long as is necessary and making a lonely voyage towards the opposition half. An Arsenal No. 9 is the most talented player in the squad or at least isn’t far off. .......Read the full article here