This was by no means a foregone conclusion for Arsenal, although the last two games had restored some confidence around the place. But Hull have rolled over some big names at the KC stadium and were on a high of their own after booking their place to face Arsenal at Wembley at the end of the season.
I must admit to feeling a bit nervous when I saw the team sheet, wondering whether Arsene Wenger had been a bit gung ho in his selection. For the first 20 minutes or so, that fear remained, but then we started to get it together. Aaron Ramsey started to show why he was unlucky not be named in the PFA player of the year shortlist and Mesut Ozil began to ooze class and bamboozle the Hull players. .......Read the full article here
Brace yourself Arsenal fans, some of you are not going to like this. There is a very good chance that OLivier Giroud will still be the Gunners’ centre forward next season, especially if he can score a few more goals before the end of the season and especially if he can produce another piece of football genius like he did against West Ham. The fact is that Wenger likes him, so get used to it. .......Read the full article here
There have been plenty of rumours and lots of speculation among Arsenal fans about the future of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud this season. Many expect either one or both of the Arsenal front men to be moved on in the summer, but after seeing the two playing with great understanding and effectiveness last night, is this transfer talk all a bit premature.
Because Arsene Wenger does not really consider 4-4-2 as a feasible system for modern football, Arsenal fans do not even think about strike partnerships, but maybe it is time we did. Our big French striker proved again last night that he has got the capabilities to thrive with Arsenal, but he is not the sort of striker who can do it alone. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 3 – 1 West Ham Player Ratings by KJ .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger made quite a few changes to his Arsenal team, some of them forced on him because the FA cup semi-final exertions. So Kallstrom, Giroud, Rosicky and Koscielny came in for Gibbs, Chamberlain, Sanogo and Ramsey.
Arsenal could really have done with a fast start but we didn’t really get it, so it looked like patience was going to be the key, as well as not conceding an early goal of course. Our new Swedish midfielder was understandably unused to life in the Premier League, but he did look assured on the ball and got an early tackle in. .......Read the full article here
It wasn’t pretty but we got there in the end! by Ash
As I am sure you are all aware, unless you have been in a coma, Arsenal have managed to reach the 2014 FA Cup final at Wembley for the 17th May in what will be an inviting encounter whoever the opponent, which looks like being Premier League team Hull City.
Arsenal knocked the current holders of the trophy, Wigan Athletic out of the competition after a tense game that resulted in penalties. Lukasz Fabianski, the forgotten man at Arsenal became the hero on the day, fantastically saving two penalties in the shoot out to take the pressure off of Arsenal. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 1 – 1 Wigan (4-2 Penalties) Player Ratings
Fabianski – 9 (MOTM)
His performance in the penalty shootout was amazing. He managed to save two of the shots that took so much pressure off us when we took our own penalties. It can’t be underrated how vital he was today. During the game, he didn’t really have many saves to make at all.
Sagna – 7
He was very poor offensively for the first half but stepped up in the second especially when we went a goal down. It was a decent performance from him but he has played a lot better this season. .......Read the full article here
They say that luck evens itself out over the course of a season. If that is true, Arsenal are due to win the lottery in the next few weeks, because nothing else has gone the way of the Gunners this year. I know that lots of Gooners will berate me for going on about this subject again, but yet again lady luck was conspicuously absent at the Emirates today. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 2 – 2 Swansea Player Ratings by KJ .......Read the full article here
Well, what a rollercoaster that was. Arsenal needed a result tonight, badly, and we nearly got one despite playing badly. Arsene Wenger made an earlier sub than usual, and it was definitely the right move. Lukas Podolski came on to rescue the Gunners with a goal and an assist when we were in serious trouble, but an unlucky last minute goal gave Swansea the draw.
Arsenal started okay but a little nervous and once Wilfried Bony had shocked Arsenal with a goal on their first attack, we made very heavy work of it. Chamberlain was a shadow of the player that put the frighteners on Bayern Munich recently and absolutely nothing was working for Giroud. .......Read the full article here
Fingers crossed Arsenal fans, because if the Gunners are to win this one and get right back on track in the push for the Premier League title, I feel we may need a little bit of luck and that has been in shockingly short supply so far this season.
This is not going to be easy and most pundits give Arsenal less chance than a fat bald bloke with a supermodel, but if the players go out with the right attitude and are determined to give Arsene Wenger a landmark game to be proud of, there is no reason why the Gunners cannot record a famous victory. .......Read the full article here
It looks like Lukas Podolski is finally set to get a good run of games for Arsenal and a chance to stake his claim for more regular starts in the side. Arsene Wenger pretty much has to play the German striker because there is no one else left to fill the role.
21-year old Ryo Miyaichi was stretchered off the pitch yesterday during the Arsenal under 21 Premier League cup semi-final against Reading. The misery was then compounded by losing the game 3-1 in extra time. To be honest, the Japanese winger was not having a very good game and was not exactly giving Wenger a selection headache anyway. .......Read the full article here