Very unfortunate result for us, and one that we perhaps didn't deserve since we were the only team who showed up today looking for a win. But thats football sometimes. I expected a win, if only for the fact that we've won all our derbies at OAKA until now this season, but fatigue once again got the better of us.
It wasn't the easiest of wins for us today as Iraklis proved to be quite determined for a goal, but we managed to do enough for a 0-1 win. Of course, this now puts us at 9 wins out of 9 games so far in 2016, a stat which I find reassuring going into four very difficult league games.
Today's win was very much a formality as we almost all but guaranteed our progress to the next round, but I was glad Poyet took the time to give our new signings some playing time.
Well it looks like my "wish" came true and we'll be playing Iraklis in the next round of the cup. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't think these games will be easy, no game at this stage of the cup is ever easy, but I'd certainly rather we play Iraklis than any of the other teams we could have been drawn against.
Big win for us today, possibly even the biggest of the season so far. We are now officially through to the round of 8 for the cup, not bad really for our first season back. I'm really anxious to see who we face in the next round though since from here on it will not be easy. So far Iraklis, Atromitos, Tripolis, and Olympiakos have made it through and its likely PAO will make it through as well since they go into their game tomorrow with a 2-1 win from their first away game of the round.
The draw for this year's superleague took place today in Athens and I really can't find too much to complain about how it ended up. I was worried we'd have two derbies one after the other but we've managed to avoid that this year. This matches will be the following:
AEK-Platanias Xanthi-AEK AEK-Giannena PAOK-AEK Team B-AEK AEK-Atromitos Olympiakos-AEK AEK-Iraklis Panathinaikos-AEK AEK-Asteras Tripolis Panthrakikos-AEK AEK-Panaitolikos AEK-Kalloni Panionios-AEK AEK-Team A
I'm still not sure about dates for the matches, as far as I know they have not yet been posted.
Why Arsenal fans should be happy with the point, but not the performance Scrappy and a bit boring to watch, but neither manager will feel too unlucky, by Hiatus The game itself was lacklustre, and you felt that it required a moment of magic, or for one manager to go for the win. Neither happened. [..
With eight wins, two draws and just one defeat in the last 11 Premier League games, it is no surprise that Arsenal are clear favourites with the bookmakers to beat Fulham at Craven Cottage tomorrow, so a basic Gunners win will only get you 3/4. However, Fulham have a decent record against Arsenal recently, with three draws and a win against us in the last four games.
There were obvious hints in the Arsenal team selection against Everton that Arsene Wenger wanted to boss the midfield with a high work-rate. Arteta, Ramsey and Wilshere have had really low goal and assists stats this season, so it was likely we wouldn't be getting too much of a goal threat from our midfield.
Tottenham vs Arsenal preview, match line up and score line predictionby KJ
This is arguably the biggest game of the season so far considering not only the rivalry between the two clubs but the context between it. We are 4 points off Tottenham who currently sit in the 4th spot and a win is imperative if we want to apply some real pressure to the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham.
Once again Arsenal made it hard for themselves by conceding early goals in last night's draw with Liverpool, and Arsene Wenger admitted that his defence was nervous because of the previous misdemeanours in recent games, but he praised the players for the excellent comeback.
He said after the game: "I believe that first of all, it was a great football game where both teams really went for it and you could see that it was top level entertainment overall.
The ex-Arsenal star Alex Song was surprisingly sold to Barcelona this summer, but is hoping that he is given a chance to return to the Emirates after tomorrow's Champions League draw, but assures his new team that they will have no problem coming away from Arsenal with a win.
The Cameroon international said yesterday: "Of course I would like to play against Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger watched his Arsenal team draw 1-1 at Goodison Park last night despite Theo Walcott giving the Gunners a lead in the very first minute of the game,, but the Frenchman atill thinks that was a fair result against a strong Everton team that haven't lost at home since April.
"Overall, if I look back at the game, it was one of big physical intensity.
Not for the first time has the professor got it wrong this season, but now the fans are getting agitated, the football is clearly suffering, what is the best way going forward for Arsenal Football Club.
Footballs all about winning, whoever told you otherwise may have never had the privilege of picking up a trophy, if you don't think so, ask the owner of our neighbors.
About last night: A Monday Morning Review â€“ By Xan Hey what's up Gunners! What an incredible game eh? I've decided that even though I'm still nursing an exceedingly excruciating hangover and blinking profusely due to the whiteness of the Microsoft word blank draft, I've considered it necessary to put in writing this article and [.
Putting managers and footballers near journalists is always done with the best of intentions, but in an era where news moves through the cosmos at an unbelievable pace, players and coaches stick to a fairly predictable script when responding to any type of question from the press.
On a day where the passing away of the greatest man of our century was announced (and indeed, Nelson Mandela was also a keen football fan), I must admit that it was rather halfheartedly that I watched the World Cup draw. The groups look as follows: Group A: Brazil, Cameroun, Mexico, Croatia A fine draw for the hosts, in a group where all three remaining sides will be fighting for second place
With only hours until the World Cup draw that we've waited years for - the World Cup draw which will effectively decide your team's fate next summer - we thought it was a decent idea to offer a few tips that could come in handy while you struggle to maintain your composure.
Liverpool are forced against Hearts, while Newcastle will visage Greek bedside Atromitos in the
Europa League contend-away circular.
Senegal jock Moussa Konate scored tardy in the second half to holding a 1-1 force with hostess
Britain in the Olympic football tourney Thursday. Craig Bellamy gave Team GB the take in
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Britain's womanhoods's soccer squad, who act component in the first act of the Olympic Games when
they compete New Zealand in Cardiff next Wednesday, forced 0-0 with Sweden in their first
prescribed tally at the Riverside Stadium on Friday.
England athlete Wayne Rooney says he has no jobs with his acceptance or disposition before of the
jibe with Ukraine on Tuesday.
Do-or-decease Dutch away to downwards GermanyHolland act on Germany in Wednesdays Group B device
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an other outlet from following their stupor fall to Denmark Who are you cheering for!?
Yesterday Group D in the Africa Cup of Nations was decided: with Ivory Coast beating Cameroun 1-0, they won the group. But in the other match Guinea and Mali tied 1-1. This was the third 1-1 tie for each of them, and meant a draw would decide the quarterfinalist. Guinea won, and will be excited to face Ghana in their next match, where Ghana will undoubtedly be the great favourite.
The draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup was drawn earlier today with some mouth watering clashes in the offing come February 15/16 and there'll me no love lost that weekend either despite the week-end that's in it!
Manchester City's clash with Chelsea is the stand-out tie, however Arsenal's clash with Liverpool is a close second as first plays fourth and second plays third in the current Premier League standing a little bit of like the play-off's!
It was certainly an unusual night when the Portland Timbers traveled to the Philadelphia area to play the Philadelphia Union. Having never lost to the Union in the three previous meetings and coming off a big home win over the Galaxy, Portland was brimming with confidence. However, they couldn't overcome the humid conditions and weather delay starting the second half to get a full three points, but their defense held the Union in check as the teams played to a scoreless draw.
Surprisingly low in electrolytes In our more sober moments we can look at TFC 2013 and note the baby-steps towards semi-respectability. Unbeaten at home, not bleeding goals and definitely not the walk-over club of 12 months prior. That is of course when we aren't pulling out our hair and screaming "you mother#%*#^ sons of *#$^& of filthy *&%^$ ass &^%&**# and horse you *^&$#@!
It was better than what I was expecting, is how to sum that match up. Given recent form, I wasn't the only worried gooner expecting to leave without a point, but the Arsenal team delivered a performance that was closer to what we expected.
Over 15,000 vocal fans packed RFK Stadium yesterday to see anÂ inter-coastalÂ rivalry renewed for
the only time this year, and both sets of supporters walked away satisfied as on the pitch the two
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Liverpool were presented with a golden chance of going within 2 points of 4th place after
Chelsea were held to another draw on the weekend against Manchester United. The return of Steven
Gerrard from a minor injury which kept him out the week before will be extremely important for both
Liverpool and England.