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Arsenal into the FA Cup semi with win over MUFC

Welbeck FA Cup

What a win that was. Arsenal have struggled to show their very best on visits to Old Trafford in recent years, but that all changed after a stunning 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on Monday night.
We put out a strong looking team, as did United, but on the day we were considerably better. Arsene Wenger elected to play Danny Welbeck ahead of Olivier Giroud, with the England international taking on his former club, what a masterstroke that was. Welbeck ended up scoring the winning goal as well, I love the way that he celebrated after that went in; he’s fast becoming a favourite player for me. Nacho Monreal scored the opening goal for us before Wayne Rooney pulled a goal back. I have to say that the refereeing performance was one of the best I have seen in recent seasons. Under pressure he made the right decision time and time again, bravo to that man.
So now we head into the FA Cup semi final draw and it’s going to be against either Bradford City or Reading. A very favourable draw indeed, considering Blackburn and Liverpool are still to play off, so Brendan Rodgers’ team could still make it through into the next round.
For us, it’s West Ham in the league next. That’ll be another big three points if we can win – especially as it is at home and we’re really starting to show our good form now. We’re on our way to Wembley. Let’s keep it up!

Gunners scrape past Palace

ArsenalPalace

That was close. We really are making a habit of not closing off games at the end and Arsene needs to sort this out before some major upcoming games. Luckily, we did control most of the game and got two goals courtesy of a Santi penalty and a Giroud finish. However, Murray pulled a goal back towards the end and then Palace almost grabbed a point after they hit the post in the last minute.
Overall, the performance as good enough. Ozil looked decent in the middle yet again. Koscielny performed well at the back. Giroud is on form. Welbeck continues to struggle for goals but has shown he will be a useful player for the future.
Now all effort must go into preparations for the Monaco game in the Champions League. We struck gold with the draw for this competition but the French side are having a bit of good form these days.
Elsewhere, results did go our way a bit this week. Tottenham slipped up to West Ham, Man Utd to Swansea City, Chelsea to Burnley. Can’t ask for more than that. We’re well in the race for the top four and we just need to keep this good form up for the last 12 games.

Olivier Giroud injury means Arsenal must buy forward

Olivier Giroud

It’s a story you get used to as an Arsenal fan. Your only recognised out and out first choice striker comes off the bench, scores an all important goal and then sustains an injury. In this case, Olivier Giroud’s injury leaves him out of action until December and comes at a critical time. Having just edged our way past Besiktas in the Champions League last night, it was painfully obvious that the Gunners need to sign a striker before the transfer window closes on August 31st. However, Arsene Wenger seems to be happy with his current selection of forwards. This is where we could be undone this season.

Yaya Sanogo, bless him, he’s got a lot of potential but he looks uncomfortable out on the pitch and with the ball at his feet at the best of times. I’ve no idea how he bagged a hat-trick in that pre-season friendly.

Joel Campbell appears to be a good option for us in the years to come but clearly Arsene Wenger isn’t convinced by his talents yet. No idea why that might be, in the World Cup, Campbell looked absolutely class. It also appears obvious to me that Wenger sees Campbell as more of a winger as opposed to a striker.

Then of course we have Lukas Podolski, who I think very nearly joined another club yesterday but Giroud’s injury means he’ll stay until January. Again, he’s not the right man to play as a lone striker.

We also have the Alexis Sanchez option, but he’s no out and out striker.

What does this all mean? We need to spend money to bring in a forward before the transfer window shuts. If we don’t, we’re missing that extra talent needed to win a Premier League title. We need to be ambitious – we need to stay in the Champions League and push for that competition as well.

This is a huge moment for Arsene Wenger. He’s finally opened his cheque book in recent summers but Arsenal fans want to see him spend even more. This is the time where he should be looking to bring in someone, anyone.

How about Fernando Torres? He wont get a game at Chelsea and is ready to leave on loan. Sign him up.

What about Fabio Borini? He did an OK job at Sunderland and seems to be lingering around at Liverpool, grab him on a loan deal until January.

There’s options out there, but will Wenger take them? We just have to wait and see.

Riproaring Gunners celebrate Community Shield success

Arsenal Community Shield

I was wondering whether or not Arsenal would continue to show the progress made at the end of last season and follow on with a win in the Community Shield and to be honest, I was skeptical, but yesterday’s brilliant 3-0 win over Manchester City could be the boost we need to show we can win a Premier League title.

Goals from Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and a stunning Olivier Giroud effort ensured we won the trophy.

We were excellent yesterday. Efficient all over the park. Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are beginning to become one of Arsenal’s best ever central midfield duo and if they can keep up the performances shown in yesterday’s game, we can win the league with these two as our midfielders alongside Mesut Ozil.

I was impressed with the defence as well. Calum Chambers looks to be a steal and capable of playing in central defence despite being a full back (strange move I thought at first but well done Arsene), while Alexis Sanchez at times showed why he is going to be a great asset for us. He’s World Class. He needs to be on the ball at all times because this guy can run at any defender. Can you imagine Sanchez against John Terry next season? I love the idea of seeing Terry on his arse!

So, it’s an important victory for us. Not because the trophy is really that important, but more because it is a blow to City’s preparations and a boost to ours. We now need to prepare for the first game against Crystal Palace now and I look forward to seeing who Arsene Wenger starts in that game!

Come on you gunners!

Mesut Ozil takes the blame as Gunners slump to 2-0 Bayern defeat

Mesut Ozil

Arsenal were, quite frankly, beaten by a much better team last night. Much will be said at the end of this campaign about how we had so much potential and opportunity to lift some big silverware this year, but one trophy that we will almost certainly not have a chance winning now is the Champions League after a 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich last night.

The Gunners were pretty disappointing on the whole. Whilst the referee did us no favours sending off Szcz for a debatable challenge in the box, then giving Bayern a penalty as well, we still looked off the ball and really lacked the final impetus in the final third.

What really hurt the most though, was the performance of record signing Mesut Ozil. Something’s not quite right with the German since the end of December and it is starting to show. He was brought down in the box and then stepped up to take the penalty and with that shot he pumped it straight at German keeper Manuel Neuer. One of the most disappointing penalties I have seen for some time – but regardless of that we need to get behind the German because there is no doubt he is a massive talent.

We move on to a game against Sunderland this weekend which is an absolute must win if we want to stay in the title race. I have a sneaky feeling we will be getting 3 points out of it but Gus Poyet is doing a tremendous job with the Black Cats so we need to be at our best.

Yaya Sanogo seems to be pushing for a first team spot at the moment, I actually liked his performance against Bayern – I suggest keep him there for a bit and give Olivier Giroud an extended spell on the bench.

That’s all for now. Have a good day Gooners.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returns to action under-21 side

Mesut Ozil

Hello folks!
So yesterday Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his long awaited return to action as he took part in the 1-0 win for Arsenal’s under-21 team yesterday. He played in 48 minutes and showed some nice touches early on before being taken off into the second half. His return will be a welcome boost after we lost Theo Walcott.

Elsewhere, there is a whole lot of transfer rumours everywhere. Alvaro Morata still is the name that is continuously mentioned on all of the blogs everywhere, I personally think he would be a great addition to our squad and add a new bit of strength to our attack. If we need another forward, signing one on loan would make sense.

Yesterday Mr. Wenger also admitted that he is seriously considering a move for a new striker in January as well. The player we need is not necessarily someone who is going to be playing every week, but someone who is decent cover for Olivier Giroud. I still think the Frenchman can do a good enough job for the remainder of the season.

Mesut Ozil picked up the German footballer of the year award for the third time running yesterday. A nice accolade for the midfielder – big congrats to him.

Let the games begin – I saw various rumours yesterday from all over the place, let’s see who Wenger decides to buy.

So, this weekend is a tricky visit to Aston Villa, here’s to hopefully another three points.

Have a good Friday all

Youngsters impress in Capital One Cup win over West Brom

League Cup Win Arsenal

So, our youngster’s campaign in the Capital One Cup will continue through until at least October as Arsenal beat the Baggies on penalties to progress through to the fourth round last night. I have to say, I didn’t watch all of the game but what I saw of the Gunners’ youth players really impressed me. Chuba Akpom looks like a real talent. The 17-year-old looks like he’s going to be one heck of a player; I truly hope he gets some chances in the first team under Arsene Wenger. As we’ve seen in the past, this isn’t always the way with our beloved manager. It seems that at almost one point during every season we see a youngster push for a first team place and play regularly in the League Cup, for example the likes of Nico Yennaris, Ryan Garry in years gone past, etc. Akpom has impressed and could well continue his good form in the reserves, so the longer our League Cup hopes go on, the better for first team experience.

In terms of the result yesterday, an excellent victory indeed. Over the 90 minutes we looked to put in a lot of effort across the park and our reserves will be happy with their performance. Bendtner also returned to the first team and at times looked to be a bit short on fitness, which is no surprise considering it is his first game of the season and also his first Arsenal game since 2011. He did however get an assist, which will be a major relief for him. Arsene did say after the game that he expects Bendtner to keep this up, as he will be a regular in this year’s competition.

It’s never easy watching a penalty shootout, but with this being the least of our priorities, I’m sure most were delighted that it wasn’t a major one for us. Still, it keeps the good form going and I’m sure Wenger will be delighted with the result.

We will now focus on our next Premier League game this Saturday against Swansea. We need to keep our good form going with a win over the Swans and this week’s midweek absence for the likes of Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud will do them some good. I’d like to see Arsenal play a defensive formation this weekend. I wasn’t completely convinced with Gnabry last night and we surely won’t want to play the youngster three games in a row.

If I were to be in charge, here’s the team I’d play this weekend:

Szczesny
Sagna
Mertesacker
Koscielny
Gibbs
Flamini
Wilshere
Ramsey
Arteta
Ozil
Giroud

I’d also like to see Ramsey playing on the flank, I know he’s been deployed there in the past and hasn’t impressed, but with the youngster’s current good form you have to keep the faith that he will continue to keep up the good work. Who would you play?

That’s all from me for now. Thanks for visiting!