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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EPL Review: Arsenal 3-0 Burnley (It was late but at the end, it was great)

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Arsenal left it late as it took them about 70 minutes to break down Burnley’s resilient defense. Once again, Alexis Sanchez inspired the Gunners and helped them to achieve their first back to back league game wins this season. Sanchez’s work rate and determination was outstanding. People can clearly see that there is a huge difference between Sanchez and the rest of the Arsenal players in terms of quality. Sanchez is miles ahead of the rest. But, anyways, we should be glad that he is one of us now and is doing everything he can to rejuvenate our season.

Once again, Arsenal started the match slowly and hence found it difficult to make an impact earlier on in the game. The few chances they had were either saved or blocked by the opposition team. In the second half, the Gunners raised their intensity a bit but it was not after the Arsenal manager made his substitution that the men in red & white found their goal scoring prowess. After the introduction of Aaron Ramsey, the game changed in Arsenal’s favor as Alexis Sanchez’s determined header beat their goalkeeper who was having a great day in between the posts to give the Gunners the lead. Soon it was 2-0 as Calum Chambers tapped in a scrappy goal and at the end the man of the moment, Alexis Sanchez scored another goal from close range to bag his second brace in two consecutive games. Arsenal won the game 3-0 and move to 4th place in the Barclays Premier League.

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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.