Monthly Archives: October 2014

EPL Preview: Arsenal vs. Burnley (Let’s start collecting points)

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After getting a couple of back to back wins in Champions League and Premier League, Arsenal are back to face newly promoted side Burnley in the Barclays Premier League.

TEAM NEWS: Jack Wilshere is out with a knock while Kieren Gibbs faces late fitness test.

The Gunners are in desperate need of points at the moment having had a very slow start to the season but with very limited big games till December 20th, it’s time for Arsenal to start collecting maximum points from their upcoming fixtures. The men in red & white are the clear favorites to win this match but having not had a strong performance till now, they will have to keep their focus if they are to seal maximum points against the newly promoted side.

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EPL Review: Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal (Opportunistic Sanchez gives us 3 points)

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Alexis Sanchez’s opportunistic brace against Sunderland helps the Gunners to achieve a much needed away win in the Barclays Premier League. It was Arsenal’s second win of the week and since the start of the season, this is the 1st time that they have been able to get 2 back to back wins under their belt.

It was a tactical battle between the two sides throughout the 90 minutes and it took two defensive errors from the opposition to break the deadlock as new Gunner Sanchez scored a fine goal to give Arsenal the lead at half-time. And then right at the end of the game, Sanchez pounced on the opportunity once again and scored a double to give the men in red and white a much needed 3 points after weeks and weeks of disappointments both results and performance wise. It was Arsenal’s 1st league game win since that 3-0 away win at Aston Villa which was more than a month ago. Anyways, it’s a good sign that Arsenal have found some inspiration in their last 2 games which could rejuvenate their season for the better.

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UCL Review: Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal (A last minute birthday gift for the boss)

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It was a last minute birthday gift for Arsene Wenger as his side scored twice in the the final few minutes of the game to beat Belgian side Anderlecht in a must win away UCL group game.

It was a frustrating night for the Gunners as they still can’t get into their normal rhythm and understanding. Arsenal were the clear favorites heading into the game but the Arsenal fans knew that with their side witnessing only their 2nd ever worst season under Arsene Wenger knew that Anderlecht wouldn’t get a better chance to achieve an upset and the Belgian side were on course to achieving that status when Najar scored a brilliant headed goal to give Anderlecht the lead but with just 5 minutes remaining in the game, Calum Chambers created a monumental cross which was sent home by Kieren Gibbs to make it 1-1. But, the night ended in a shocking way as despite their poor showing it was Arsenal who grabbed victory through a late Lukas Podolski winner to give the Gunners a vital away Champions League win which helped Arsenal to stay on course for qualification into the knockout rounds.

UCL Preview: Anderlecht vs. Arsenal (A must win away tie)

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After another disappointing draw in the Barclays Premier League, Arsenal will now try to right the wrongs in the third group game of the UEFA Champions League against Anderlecht.

TEAM NEWS: 1st choice keeper Szczesny is out with suspension and 2nd choice David Ospina is also out through injury.

Anderlecht are currently placed at bottom out of the 4 clubs in the group but with Arsenal struggling to get wins, they have all the chance in the world to achieve an upset but it’s necessary for the Gunners to put things right after what has been a terrible start to the 2014/2015 season. Arsenal’s top in form player right now is Alexis Sanchez and with Mesut Ozil out of the side for 3 months, the club really needs him at his best week in and week out.

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EPL Review: Arsenal 2-2 Hull City (We just can’t win a game right now)

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Arsenal just can’t win a game right now as they once again ended up drawing another game against a mid-table side Hull City at home. Danny Welbeck saved the day for the Gunners at the end but Arsenal are now 11 points behind the league leaders Chelsea and it is only mid-October.

Arsenal started the game in fine fashion, controlling the game until they scored through a brilliant goal by Alexis Sanchez. Sanchez was the only player who looked like caring for getting a result. The other 10 players were sleeping. As soon as Arsenal took the lead, lack of concentration in defense allowed the big Diame to equalize for Hull. Hull made it 2-1 at the beginning of the of the 2nd half through a well executed header from Hernandez. Arsenal went by their usual tiki-taka style of football hence not been able to threaten the oppositions goalkeeper. The Gunners upped their tempo a bit in the last 10 minutes and were rewarded for it when Sanchez’s world class creativity led to Welbeck scoring a last ditched equalizer for the struggling Gunners.

It was another 2 points lost for the men in red and white and having won only 2 league games in the first couple months of the new season is a worrying scenario for the club at the moment.

EPL Preview: Arsenal vs. Hull City (Desperately needs to turn a corner)

 

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Arsenal desperately to turn a corner as after another disappointing loss against a top 4 side i.e Chelsea and a long international break, they are back in action in the Barclays Premier League where they will face a quality Hull side.

TEAM NEWS: Laurent Koscielny is out with an Achilles problem while Mesut Ozil has been ruled out for about 3 months with a knee ligament injury.

This game is absolutely crucial for the club after what has been a disappointing start to the season winning just 2 games in the first 2 months of the new league season. This has been Arsene Wenger’s 2nd worst start to a season since the 2011-2012 season. With injuries piling up game by game, it looks like the Gunners will have another roller coaster of a season where they will struggle to finish in the top 4. They have the experience to finish inside the top 4 but their hopes of building on their FA Cup victory of last season may be all but over.

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EPL Review: Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal (The mental block continues…)

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The mental block continues as Arsenal once again couldn’t get the job done against a big team, this time losing away to Chelsea by 2-0. Of course, it wasn’t as destructive and humiliating like the previous season but still it showed that the Gunners are far far behind in terms of quality and depth compared to the league leaders Chelsea.

It was a very cagey affair with both teams applying a pragmatic approach to the game. And understandably so, Arsenal needed to be more efficient defensively after last years horror show. Chelsea’s solid defense once again stood out. Although there were no clear cut chances in the first 25 minutes of the game, it was Chelsea who looked like they were more hungrier to win the game. Arsenal didn’t looked like they had the belief to get something from the game. They had the possession of the ball but couldn’t do anything with it for the entire 90 minutes. Arsenal’s fearful defending ultimately got the better of them when Alexis Sanchez’s sloppy ball control was snatched away by Eden Hazard and then he made a thunderous run to the final third of the Arsenal defense where he was taken down by Koscielny to give Chelsea the penalty. Koscielny got a yellow card for his foul. Hazard scored to give the men in blue the lead at half-time. The second half was more of the same although Arsenal looked slightly a bit more stronger but still they couldn’t get passed the Chelsea defense. It was the story of the day. Arsenal’s new purchases Alexis Sanchez too couldn’t influence the game. Chelsea were much better in all areas of the pitch. Mesut Ozil was very poor in the game. It’s true that he has been played out of position but there should be no excuses for his poor ball control and giving away possession. A 42 million player should perform better under any circumstances. At the end, Chelsea were victorious when ex-Gunner Cesc Fabregas lobbed in a fantastic pass to the in-form striker Diego Costa who chipped in the Blues 2nd to give Chelsea another 3 points.

It was another Mourinho masterclass and Arsene Wenger is still without a win against the Portuguese man in his entire career. It’s very poor on Wenger’s part and it looks like that this season will be another one of those “just finish in the top 4 at the end” kind of seasons which is getting redundant at this point. After that FA Cup triumph of last season, Arsenal should have been able to take that next step but instead they have gone backwards.

EPL Preview: Chelsea vs. Arsenal (Must “NOT” lose)

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After an impressive 4-1 victory in midweek against Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League, Arsenal will next travel to Stamford Bridge to face the league leaders Chelsea in a daunting Premier League encounter. 

TEAM NEWS: Monreal might return to the squad. 

Arsenal fans can remember that this fixture hasn’t been kind to their side for the last decade or so with one of their most embarrassing and humiliating losses coming in last seasons 6-0 thrashing against the Blues. Wenger suffered his worst day as the Arsenal manager on his monumental 1000th game in charge. So, the Arsenal fans doesn’t have much confidence of getting anything from this fixture especially after seeing Chelsea’s thunderous start to the season with Diego Costa running rampant against every defense he has come face to face so far in the league. Stamford Bridge is a very tough place to win points and with Jose Mourinho as their manager, Arsene Wenger’s chances of getting a result looks very unlikely because of his poor record against the Portuguese manager. But, it’s not all gloom and doom for the Gunners as they head into this game on the back of an excellent win against the Turkish giants Galatasaray with their new striker Danny Welbeck getting his 1st career hat-trick. So, the men in red and white should be confident of getting a result here although the men in blue will be the clear favorites to get all 3 points against their London rivals.

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UCL Review: Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray (Welbeck is that guy)

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Danny Welbeck is that guy as he finally announces himself as an Arsenal player by scoring his 1st career hat-trick against Galatasaray to take Arsenal to second place in the group behind Dortmund.

It was Arsene Wenger’s 18th anniversary as the Arsenal boss and his players gave him a great anniversary gift and Wenger’s new purchases Welbeck and Sanchez proved their worth. It was a night Danny Welbeck will never forget. Sanchez’s picture perfect pass sent Welbeck through and he finished it showing his pure striking instincts to give the Gunners the lead. 8 minutes later, Welbeck made it 2-0 all by himself through his strength and stylishly sent the ball into the net. At the edge of half-time, Mesut Ozil sent Sanchez through on goal and just like Welbeck’s 2nd, Alexis Sanchez scored to give Arsenal a 3-0 lead at half-time. The second half started just like the 1st with Arsenal going forward and this time it was Oxlade-Chamberlain who did the providing job as his precision pass reached Welbeck and Danny completed his hat-trick through scoring a beautiful chipped goal to make it 4-0. After that, Galatasaray pushed themselves to at least get a consolation goal which they did when Szczesny’s rushed clearance earned him a red card and Yilmaz scored to make it 4-1. Emergency goalkeeper, David Ospina showed his qualities once he came on for Szczesny and made few brilliant saves to keep the score at 4-1. Arsenal won the game 4-1 and goes up to the second place in the group table with 4 games left to play.

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