Arsene Wenger has made it an Arsenal tradition that his reserve goalkeeper who plays in the FA Cup games, even if it is a semi-final or Final, and this years demotion meant that Wojciech Szczesny was between the sticks against Reading yesterday. It has already been proven that David Ospina has a MUCH better record [.
Arsenal tactics under question again!! by DN It will not be a big topic of conversation among Arsenal fans this week, as we are too busy celebrating the Gunners reaching a record breaking 18th FA cup final. But the nerve wracking nature of another semi-final against lower league opposition should raise a few questions.
There is no way that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players should be taking anything for granted when the Gunners head to Wembley on May 30th for the FA cup final. Last season's near things against Wigan in the semis and Hull City in the final, as well as the weekend's lucky escape against Reading [.
There is a debate going on as to whether Arsenal were lucky to beat Reading and reach the FA Cup Final or not, and you could maybe have said the same thing after last year's semifinal win over Wigan, but the fact is we DID win the game and we ARE going to be in [...]
To start at the end, so to speak, Reading pushed Arsenal all the way to the end of a classic FA Cup Semi-Final, in a game that featured two goal-keeping horrors.
The first half was notable for a slow paced, listless performance by Arsenal against an energetic hepped-up Reading who made up for their lack of technique with hard work and an energetic bending of the now acceptable ‘in their faces' style.
As usual, Arsenal were expected to dominate a game against (easy?) opposition, but yet again the fans were made to suffer for over 100 minutes before Alexis Sanchez scored a very lucky winner against the hapless Reading keeper. Arsene Wenger felt that the Gunners were dominant, but he expected the Royals to make us fight [.
It might be worth all the Arsenal fans out there becoming honorary supporters of Liverpool or Southampton until the end of the season, as those are the only two clubs that have a realistic chance of beating Manchester United to one of the top four places in the Premier League. And it looks as though [.
Arsenal are well aware that your position in the League definitely does not affect your performance in an FA Cup game, especially one as important as a semi-final. Arsene Wenger can not forget how hard it was to get past Wigan last year, and Wenger is expecting another tough task against lowly Reading.
We are all expecting Arsene Wenger to make quite a few changes to the Arsenal starting line-up for the FA cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley this evening. Even though it is a crucial game for the Gunners and our hopes of lifting the famous old trophy for the second year in a row, the [...]
Arsenal have been linked with a summer move for Liverpool's contract rebel Raheem Sterling for some time, and Wenger did not stop the rumours when he did NOT deny there would be a bid for the England international in the run up to the Liverpool match. Wenger said: "I do not want to speak about [...]
I know! I know! Arsene can walk on water....at the moment. One fine run of Premiership wins, allied to a new defensive awareness and an almost fully fit squad has propelled the club to the heady heights of second place in the League and an FA Cup semi-final against Reading.
What's more Le Professeur has two years left on his current deal and has never reneged on a contract.
KLOPP HAS MADE ME APPRECIATE WENGER EVEN MORE by Uche So the bombshell has dropped that Jurgen Klopp, the much beloved and innovative Manager of Borussia Dortmund, is leaving at the end of the season. No he did not get fired. According to him, the time has come for the club to try someone different. [.
There was one part of LB's excellent post match report from the weekend that struck a chord with me when he made the following observation :
Ramsey on the right, really? This smacks of trying to maintain a political harmony rather than being ruthless in the team selection. Yes, he scored the winning goal and that should not be scoffed at but on the wing when we have Welbeck and Walcott on the bench and we were crying out for pace down that flank.
It is being reported that Arsenal are the club most likely to complete the free transfer of the England international James Milner in the summer. I´m not sure how to describe the 29-year old really because he is so versatile that he has been known to play about five different positions in a single match, [.
The subject has not come up quite as much among Arsenal fans recently, as the team have really turned around a poor start of the season to show that Arsene Wenger has still got what it takes to compete at the highest level. Our amazing run of results along with some good work in the [...]
Should Arsenal or Liverpool go for Jurgen Klopp? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It has been confirmed today that Jurgen Klopp will step down as Borussia Dortmund manager at the end of the current campaign. The charismatic German leaves the Signal Iduna Park after leading Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and three German Cups, along with a Champions League final appearance in 2013.
While his time in the Arsenal first team has been severely restricted of late, it would seem that the England international Theo Walcott is still very much a part of Arsene Wenger´s plans for the future. So even though the manager´s claim that the player is still not fully recovered from his long spell on [.
My first thought was "really?" I am sure yours was along the lines of "The Sun journalists are doing their usual" that is working to the agenda of a rapacious player agent, but could there be anything in this rumour?
James Milner is 29, an England International and a man coming to the end of his lucrative contract at City.
How Francis Coquelin's 'accidental' return has turned around Arsenal's season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
For years now it has been widely accepted that Arsenal, for all their flair, have lacked the bite and doggedness required to go the distance. When they need to get stuck into the opposition, and maintain their discipline, they have more often than not come undone.
Premier League Manager of the Season Nominees - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
There may still be six games to go for most teams in the Premier League but the league table is shaping up fairly clearly for the first time this season. Chelsea look to have a tight grip on the title, as they have for the majority of the season.
As well as being great news for Arsenal fans who are looking forward to Arsene Wenger being able to sign more top class players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil before the start of next season, the recent words from the Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis suggest that the club's hierarchy are no longer happy [.
If only the Premier League was decided by stats then Arsenal would be currently sitting right on top of the pile and Arsenal fans would be searching their attics for the bunting that has not been needed since 2004. Or that is what the stats compiled by Squawka.com on all the Premier League clubs would [.
It might seem a little harsh to get on the back of the Arsenal and France international star Olivier Giroud this week, after the striker put in a disappointing and ineffective performance against Burnley. We did win after all and Giroud has been on fire lately so perhaps he deserves some leeway. But when our [.
Arsenal are currently on an eight-game winning streak for the first time since the season when they were unbeaten all year and are making an unlikely last-minute dash to try and catch Chelsea at the top of the Premiership. Arsene Wenger admitted that he himself is surprised by the run as much as anyone else, [.
Apparently David Ospina has the highest win ratio (92%) in Premier league history after 11 wins from 12 games played. Obviously this is a meaningless statistic since when he came into the side other factors will have influenced our current run of 8 games unbeaten in the EPL – not least the emergence of Le Coq as the midfield enforcer we always wanted.
Not many Gooners could imagine Arsenal being as high as second in the League right now after our disastrous start to the season. Our usual horrendous injury list also disrupted the first half of our season, but since then we have gradually got our act together. Our CEO Ivan Gazidis (like Wenger) regrets the early [.
The Arsenal manager has been expressing his concern about next season already, after the Premier League clubs voted to accommodate next summers Euro championship tournament by starting and finishing the season early. And after the way the Gunners struggled to get going in the early stages of this season after the World Cup and issues [.
If this match report was written on a need to know basis then all you need to know is that Arsenal won which takes our win tally to eight in a row. Right that's that, shall we get onto the more interesting part and talk more about Coquelin?
Yay, don't you find now when you watch him you can savour his timely interceptions more and more; he just gets better and better the more you watch and the more I watch, and I certainly was yesterday, the more I realise how much more he is starting to add to his game.
After last weeks majestic 4-1 demolition of Liverpool at the Emirates, it was always going to be hard to emulate the performance at relegation-threatened Burnley yesterday, but Aaron Ramsey's early slice gave the Gunners a lead to defend. It wasn't pretty, but Arsenal held on to record their eighth straight win in the Premiership, and [.
Competition for the three places behind Chelsea in the Premiership is hotting up with just eight games to go. Arsenal moved up to second place last week when Man City slipped up at Crystal Palace, and Arsene Wenger is aware that his own team can't afford any slip-ups if they are to maintain the pace.
A year ago our good friend and fellow AAcontributor DanDan passed away. His calm analysis of all things Arsenal is much missed.Dandan was a lifelong Gooner but moreimportantly a family man and a real gentleman. May he rest in peace.
Our chaps head up to North to a place no-one has ever visited.
Why Chelsea's game against QPR is more important than it looks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea are almost there. Having been on top of the Premier League table since the first day of the season, it is now time for the final push. Currently 7 points ahead of second-placed Arsenal, they are on course to becoming the first team to have led the race throughout.
If you believe the many Arsenal transfer rumours from last year, then Arsenal were seriously interested in signing the France international Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton. But the south coast club held firm and after the way the central midfielder has been central to a surprisingly good season for the Saints, you can understand why.
Aaron Ramsey owes a lot to Arsene Wenger, after the Arsenal boss stuck by him when all but the most patient fan was ready for the Welshman to be released. Our central midfielder simply could not find the form that had made him a fan favourite and had persuaded Wenger to sign him from Cardiff [...]
You will no doubt have heard by now about the Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting that there could be an exciting and interesting summer transfer deal between Liverpool and the Gunners, involving our England forward Theo Walcott heading to Anfield and his international team mate Raheem Sterling coming to north London.
Sean Dyche has done extremely well for a young manager, even though his team are fighting for relegation from the Premier League this season. He has shown that he can set up his team to match the Big Teams at home, as proven by beating Man City and drawing with Tottenham in their last two [...]
I know some people love the idea of a trip to Wembley but for me it's only special when you're there for the final. I mean, I understand why the games are held there now (££££) and why the kick-off time is 5.20 in the evening (£££££££££££), but it does take something away from the semi-final experience.
11/06/15 - Chinese Taipei v Indonesia 16/06/15 - Indonesia v Iraq 02/09/15 - Vietnam v Indonesia 08/10/15 - Indonesia v Thailand 13/10/15 - Indonesia v Chinese Taipei 12/11/15 - Iraq v Indonesia 17/11/15 - Indonesia v Vietnam 29/03/16 - Thailand v Indonesia.
1st place - 3rd World Cup qualifying round, AFC Asian Cup 2nd place - 3rd World Cup qualifying round, AFC Asian Cup or 3rd qualifying round 3rd place - AFC Asian Cup 3rd qualifying round 4th place - AFC Asian Cup 3rd qualifying round or play off 5th place - AFC Asian Cup qualifying play off
Remember how we mocked Arsene Wenger for saying 4th place is as good as a trophy.