Monthly Archives: November 2014

EPL Review: West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Arsenal (Much better performance)

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It was a much better performance from Arsenal as they beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at the Hawthorns to get their first league game win after 2 consecutive losses.

The Gunners needed to be patient and solid and Laurent Koscielny’s return to the squad had massively benefited our defense. It took the Gunners 60 minutes to finally break the deadlock through a great cross from Santi Cazorla which was headed in fantastically by Danny Welbeck. Although the final 10 minutes was a bit nervous, the boys stayed solid and were able to finish the line and get all 3 points at the end of the day.

EPL Preview: West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal (It’s time to get serious)

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It’s time to get serious as after a rejuvenating big match win against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, Arsenal will now travel to the Hawthorns to face a daunting task against West Bromwich Albion in the Barclays Premier League.

TEAM NEWS: Jack Wilshere is out for 3 months with an ankle injury, Szczesny and Walcott are still out while Danny Welbeck faces a late fitness test. Koscielny is back in the squad.

In the pre-match interview, Wenger has made clear that in order to have a strong finish to the season his side needs to improve and build on the win against Dortmund until February of 2015 and for that they must take 3 points from this match up. The Gunners have been very poor in the league so far and if not for Alexis Sanchez they would have been struggling amongst the relegation area. With injuries piling up with each match, Arsenal needs to dig deep and find inspiration through some way to at least continue their yearly routine finish inside the top 4.

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UCL Review: Arsenal 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (15th consecutive knockout stage qualification)

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Arsenal have sealed their qualification into the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League for the 15th consecutive year after an impressive and controlled 2-0 win against the German giants Borussia Dortmund.

It was a much effective and controlled performance from the Gunners after last weekends miserable defeat at home to Manchester United. The whole team defended as a team and attacked as a unit which had been lacking from the team so far this season. Arsenal went 1-0 up in the 2nd minute of the game through a goal from the returning Yaya Sanogo and after that it was all about keeping focus and not let the other team comeback. Arsenal doubled their lead in the second half through an extraordinary goal from the man himself Alexis Sanchez. The men in red & white won the game 2-0 and cut the gap to just 2 points to Dortmund heading into the final group game against Galatasaray in Turkey.

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UCL Preview: Arsenal vs. Borussia Dortmund (All we can do is “Support”)

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All we as fans can do is “support” the team at this moment of time as after a disappointing loss to Manchester United at the weekend, it’s now time for our final home UEFA Champions League group game of the season as we prepare to host the German giants Borussia Dortmund.

TEAM NEWS: Laurent Koscielny is back in the squad while Jack Wilshere, Szczesny and Theo Walcott are out with injuries.

Most of the Arsenal fan base have lost their faith in Arsene Wenger and quite rightly so. The manager deserves all the criticism in the world and he must accept his failures and show proper respect to the fans of the club. Besides that, we as fans can’t do anything about the internal matters of the club as the board is happy with what Wenger has given them over the last decade or so. After two back to back losses in the league, the pressure is more than ever before on the shoulders of the players and the manager and with Borussia Dortmund enjoying a 100% win record in the Champions League so far, the immediate future looks very rough for the Gunners.

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EPL Review: Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United (Wenger is finished…)

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Another weekend. Another big team. Another loss. That’s the moral of the story for each and every Arsenal fan since 2005. But, now things are worse than ever before because we couldn’t even beat the poorest Manchester United team in years. We should have beaten them last year under Moyes, we didn’t and now we haven’t beaten them under van Gaal who is a great manager but was struggling to get wins under his belt. Manchester United got their first away win of the season against us and that’s saying something. Out of all the places that they have visited till now, they could only beat us so what does that say something about us? Mr. Arsene Wenger should stop living in the past glory and adapt to today’s climate as soon as possible because I am 100% sure now that we won’t beat any of the big sides under him anymore. We should have accepted that a long time ago but it has now reached it’s boiling point and it’s totally unacceptable.

Some fans will say that we were better in the first half but could’t take our chances and that’s where the problem lies. We have seen performances like this from us for a very long time now that I can easily predict the outcome of the match. It doesn’t matter if you were better in the 1st half or in the 2nd half, it’s a game of two halves my friends and Arsenal Football Club doesn’t know how to keep their focus throughout the whole 90 minutes and our players are not just good enough to beat any big teams not to mention the big trophies. They are simply just not good enough. Gibbs scored an own goal through a wicked deflection to give them the lead and then Wayne Rooney put the Red Devils on winning position with a superb counter attacking goal. Although, Olivier Giroud scored a brilliant left footed goal on his return game, it was too late to salvage anything from the match.

EPL Preview: Arsenal vs. Manchester United (Is it time to finally beat them?)

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After a horrendous away defeat to Swansea and a much needed international break it’s time to get back to business in the Barclays Premier League as the Gunners host Manchester United at Emirates Stadium.

TEAM NEWS: Olivier Giroud and Mikel Arteta are fit and ready for selection.

It’s been a one sided fixture for the last decade or so with Manchester United beating, battering and humiliating the North London side in many of the meetings. After Alex Ferguson’s departure it was believed that now Arsenal will finally be able to get one over them but that was the not the case because even though the Red Devils finished outside of the top 4, Arsenal just couldn’t break their much publicized “mental block” against the bigger sides like Manchester United. Having sacked Ferguson’s successor David Moyes, the red half of Manchester is now under the hands of Louis van Gaal and it would be interesting to see who will be able to get the last laugh in this one because van Gaal is known as the master tactician and Wenger, err, not so quite especially this season with his side failing to convert draws into wins. Arsene Wenger is now under more pressure than ever before because the fans are now starting to totally lose their faith in the manager after all the promises which now looks a big fat lie.

Anyways, with the return of Olivier Giroud and Mikel Arteta plus the goal-scoring threat of Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners have a chance to finally do the business against the Red Devils.

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EPL Review: Swansea City 2-1 Arsenal (Wenger has lost the plot)

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Wenger has lost the plot as Arsenal’s miserable season continues as they lost away to Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League. The whole club is in a mess right now and it’s all Wenger and the board’s doing. They are now facing the consequences of their lack of transfer business at the tail end of the summer transfer window.

The match was uneventful, boring for the first 60 minutes. Arsenal looked completely disjointed and lethargic in the first half but were able to get the lead after 60 minutes through another Alexis Sanchez goal which was set up brilliantly by Danny Welbeck. But, just like in midweek the Gunners again let their lead slip as Swansea quickly equalized from a superb free kick goal from Sigurdsson and immediately took the lead as their substitute, Gomis made an instant impact by heading in the winning goal. Arsenal’s defense are in shambles. After the match, Arsene Wenger admitted that the title race is now over for the men in red & white who will now once again aim to finish in the top 4 come May of 2015.

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EPL Preview: Swansea City vs. Arsenal (What will happen next?)

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What will happen next is the question on everyone’s mind as after that crazy 3-3 result in the midweek against Anderlecht at home, Arsenal will now travel to Wales to face a decent Swansea side.

This is a huge game for the Gunners as after this there will be an international break and right after that we will face Manchester United at home so in order to get a momentum going, the men in red and white needs to get all 3 points even if it looks highly unlikely with them having a stop and start kind of a season so far. Alexis Sanchez is clearly the main man for the Gunners and it’s about time when somebody else takes some pressure off him and this is where players like Aaron Ramsey needs to step up. Arsene Wenger too have criticized his midfielder and advised him to keep his priorities right and do what’s best for the team.

Arsenal have struggled previously at the Liberty Stadium but they need to to keep their focus and grind out a positive result here if they are to move back into the top 4 in the Barclays Premier League table.

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UCL Review: Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht (Hopeless team, same old story)

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Arsenal threw away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 against the bottom club in the group Anderlecht at the Emirates. The Gunners now have no chance of winning the group with Dortmund maintaining a 100% winning record in their group games so far.

For an hour, Arsenal were on top with Arteta, Sanchez and Oxlade- Chamberlain scoring goals to give the Gunners a comfortable 3-0 lead. It looked like Arsenal have turned a corner and are on a high right now but after the third goal, things went terribly wrong as Arteta’s hamstring injury forced Wenger to make changes and as soon as his replacement Flamini entered the pitch, the whole complexion of the game changed in favor of Anderlecht. Although their first goal was a clear offside goal, The men in red & white should have kept their focus and hold on to their lead but they couldn’t do that. It’s embarrassing because they threw away a 3-0 lead against the bottom club in the group that too at home. Arsenal were lucky to get that miraculous last minute comeback win over the Belgian side in their backyard but Anderlecht took their revenge somewhat as they ended the little chance Arsenal had to win the group and improve on previous seasons results in the Champions League but once again it looks like that Arsenal will follow the trend of previous years and finish as runners up and face a heavyweight side in the knockout round.

UCL Preview: Arsenal vs. Anderlecht (Time to seal the qualification into the knockouts)

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After a comfortable 3-0 home win against Burnley in the Barclays Premier League, Arsenal will now look forward to confirm qualification into the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League as they welcome RSC Anderlecht to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.

After the opening game loss to Dortmund, the Gunners have bounced back brilliantly against Galatasaray and Anderlecht and with those two teams struggling to get points, it’s the perfect time for Arsenal to seal the deal as far as qualification into the next round is concerned. After this they will have to face Dortmund at home and Galatasaray away so this really is a great chance for the men in red and white to give themselves some breathing space ahead of the final two group games.

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