Bayern 1 – 1 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ
Arsene Wenger has gone for it. With Arsenal needing some soft of mini football miracle in Munich, I think he has done the right thing to name a very attacking line-up against Bayern Munich. The first goal could be crucial and so the boss is taking risks.
If it goes wrong and the Germans score first, I just hope that people don’t get on his back for his tactics. Arsenal bring Oxlade-Chamberlain in for Wilshere, while Arteta is preferred to Flamini alongside him. Both Cazorla and Podolski play, as do Ozil and Giroud.
Guardiola warns Bayern of Arsenal test by Ash
Whilst the Bayern Munich team had been warned of Arsenal’s potential before they had to travel to London, it seems as if they had no trouble beating the Gunners with the game going from bad to worse. A 2-0 defeat last month saw Arsenal’s hopes effectively slashed for progression to the next round with the bookies making Arsenal 8/1 outsiders (Check here before choosing an online gambling site). However some optimistic viewpoints will suggest to you that the Gunners are still in a good position to go through.
When Mesut Ozil scored a very well taken opening goal for Arsenal in the FA cup on Saturday, Arsene Wenger must have felt a heavy weight lift off his shoulders. Because the man he smashed the club transfer record for in ASugust was beginning to look like a very expensive passenger.
The manager is the one who ultimately takes the blame, even though there is little he can do if players do not perform to their abilities. And the critics were sharpening their knives for the Arsenal boss. What a difference a week makes, though, with everything looking good in the Gunners’ camp.
I wonder if Michael Owen has anything to say about Arsenal and Mesut Ozil today. Probably bot, because yesterday’s game did not fit his biased and narrow-minded view of the football world. Especially as the man he has the temerity to criticise for inconsistency (pots, kettles and black come to mind), was back with a really good performance.
Arsene Wenger was suitably impressed with his record signing, although to be fair to the Frenchman he never seemed to have any doubt. What was clear from yesterday was that Ozil has benefited from a break. He looked fresh and worked really hard, even doing the so-called dirty work of tracking back and defending. If he hadn’t, then Everton could have made it really sticky for the Gunners.
I do not blame the Arsenal fans for being a bit disappointed at times this season about the form of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud. Put simply, both have not played well enough in some games. BUT let’s give credit where it is due, Gooners, both have been instrumental in helping Arsenal to their best season, so far, in a very long time.
And they were at it again today. If it wasn’t for those two much maligned Gunners, then we all might have been a lot less happy right now. If they can keep putting in shifts like that, then Arsenal really do have a chance of stopping Bore Bourinho and his cheating team of thugs from doing football a disservice. Anyone but them, please….
Arsenal vs Everton – Player Ratings By Twig
A perfect way to go into the game against Bayern. The score was a little flattering to how the game actually played, as until Arteta’s penalty, Everton was really in the game. Hopefully, the result will spur us beyond Chelsea, City and Liverpool in the title chase? A little bit hopeful maybe? So how did the players fare today?
Fabianski (6/10): Didn’t really have much to do today, as the Everton players were limited to bits and pieces.
Arsenal went into this crunch FA cup quarter-final on a run of poor form and desperately needing a confidence boost. Arsene Wenger also had the Jack Wilshere injury to cope with and he decided to go for the Arteta-Flamini partnership, with Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right. Yaya Sanogo got the nod again ahead of Olivier Giroud.
The first half was a real end to end battle and Arsenal fans and players got the early breakthrough we really needed. Cazorla showed his class to find Ozil and the German’s finish made all the talk about lack of form seem ridiculous. The Gunners had a few good chances to really take control of the tie but it didn’t quite come off.
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.
It seems that Mesut Ozil is coming under fire from all angles at the minute, but the Arsenal fans need to show our club record signing that we are behind him all the way with a rousing and determined show of support at the Emirates today.
It seems to me just one more example of anti-Arsenal bias in the media, that Ozil has been systematically attacked ever since his early high standards started to drop. Everyone knows this often happens when a foreign player comes to the Premier League, but the media are more interested in sticking the knife in to the Gunners.
Ramsey to return stronger than ever! by Ash
With the news that Aaron Ramsey has returned to training with the Arsenal first team and will no doubt soon be back on the pitch, it dampens any lasting concerns surrounding the recent injury crisis to Jack Wilshere. But with the Welshman having been out of action for nearly three months, are we expecting too much of him when he returns?
First of all, apart from slight concerns about Laurent Koscielny and Jack Wilshere, Arsenal have not lost any players to long-term injuries picked up on international duty. So with Aaron Ramsey due back very soon, Arsene Wenger will hopefully have an almost full squad for the rest of the season.
There may be a few of the Gunners returning a little disappointed because they did not get to play much, or at all. Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Bacary Sagna and Olivier Giroud all got less than 10 minutes at the end of their respective games, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t get much more. I am a little concerned about Giroud because he seems to need confidence to play well. The others should not be too worried but take it as a sign they need to play really well from now until the summer.