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UCL Review: Galatasaray 1-4 Arsenal (A perfect response)

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It was a perfect response to last weekends demoralizing defeat to Stoke City as Arsenal ended their UEFA Champions League group stage campaign with a 4-1 win over Galatasaray in Turkey. This victory helped the Gunners to finish level on points with Dortmund although the German side won the group on goal difference.

It was a great night for both Lukas Podolski and Aaron Ramsey as they both scored a brace each. Podolski’s 2nd minute left footed strike was bettered by Ramsey’s long range left footed screamer. Ramsey’s goal was probably the best goal of the season so far and it was a treat to watch that goal.

Arsene Wenger must be very relieved after seeing his team respond in such a grand fashion. It’s just about keeping this spirit together from now onward and move forward.

EPL Review: Stoke City 3-2 Arsenal (No commitment on the pitch and on the bench)

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No commitment was shown on the pitch as well as from the bench as Arsenal’s disastrous season got more sickening as Arsenal lost 3-2 away to Stoke City.

It took just 20 seconds for Stoke to take the lead against the Gunners. The Arsenal players were completely out of focus from the very beginning and it got worse as the half progressed. Stoke were 3-0 up at half-time. That scoreline is pathetic and disgraceful for a team like Arsenal Football Club. The manager just kept on sitting on his bench and didn’t do anything to motivate the players. This shows the lack of passion the manager has for his job anymore.He doesn’t answer any of his critics nor he listens to the fans of the football club. He just think what’s good for him and his players and how to finish in the top 4. That’s his only ambition and it has been his ambition ever since we moved to the Emirates Stadium.

Even though the Gunners pulled two goals back from a Santi Cazorla penalty goal and a Ramsey screamer it was too little too late at the end as Calum Chambers red card offence totally killed all the momentum Arsenal mananged to gain in the second half.

UCL Preview: Arsenal vs. Besiktas (A match of epic proportions)

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After that grueling 2-2 draw against Everton at the weekend, Arsenal will next host Besiktas in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Champions League playoffs. The Gunners were very fortunate to keep a clean sheet in Istanbul but that doesn’t make them qualify for the biggest competition in football today. For them to qualify for the 17th consecutive time for the UEFA Champions League they must beat the Turkish side at their home. 

TEAM NEWS: Olivier Giroud is out for 3 months with an ankle ligament damage, Arteta is out and Gibbs is also out till the next internationals. Ramsey is out because of suspension. Lukas Podolski is in the squad.

With 4 key players out, the task for Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League main draw becomes that much difficult. 3 games into the season, they have hardly impressed anybody with their football on the pitch and with just 6 days left for the transfer window to shut, the Gunners aren’t doing anything in the market either. Therefore, Arsenal must dig deep and try to grind out a result anyway possible. We all know, how important it is for the club to be in the Champions League every season, so the pressure is very much on the shoulders of everybody in and around the football club. On the other hand, Besiktas has nothing to lose, they will come and try to frustrate the Gunners as much as possible. Big time players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez must prove their worth in this game.

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EPL Review: Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace (Erratic performance but a good start)

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So, the Gunners have started the 2014/2015 season of the Barclays Premier League with a win. Arsenal had a very tough time throughout the game and full credit to Crystal Palace for putting up a brave performance after watching their manager Tony Pulis leave them just 2 days prior to the match. But, Arsenal’s will to win and right the wrongs of last season’s opening day disaster pushed them to clinch all the 3 points at the end.

Arsenal started the game positively but after 20 minutes or so Palace were able to control the match and ultimately took the lead through a brilliant corner opportunity headed in by their new signing Hangeland. But, Arsenal were able to save the first half through an impressive free-kick taken by new singing Alexis Sanchez which was headed in by Laurent Koscielny to make it 1-1 at half-time. It was more of the same in the second half. The Gunners had more of the possession but their passing and crossing was very sloppy, they will have to improve in that department for the coming games. At the end, it was none other than Aaron Ramsey who tapped in the winner in the injury time to give Arsenal all 3 points to begin this season on a positive note.

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FA Community Shield Review: Manchester City 0-3 Arsenal (The Cup champions have downed the League winners)

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Last seasons FA Cup Champions Arsenal have downed the Premier League winners Manchester City at Wembley to win the FA Community Shield for the 13th time in their illustrious history. The Gunners completely dominated the game. Manchester City had a lot of players missing but Arsenal too were without their World Cup winning German trio along with Theo Walcott so it can be said that the men in red & white wanted this win more than City. It was a great confidence booster ahead of the new season which kicks off this weekend against Crystal Palace.

Few of our new boys were on show and the performances of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and especially Calum Chambers impressed a lot of football experts and fans alike. This is the Gunners’ 2nd silverware in 4 months. The footballing world are now witnessing Arsenal tasting the fruits of their 9 years of hard work and determination. Arsenal now not only have a world class stadium but also have house-hold stars at their disposal. 

After the win, Aaron Ramsey, who scored the 2nd goal in the match said, “The atmosphere at the training ground is the best since I’ve been at the club. This club is on the up now.” 

Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud were the goalscorers.

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FA CUP CELEBRATION (Pictures)

 

 

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FA Cup Final Review: Arsenal 3-2 Hull City (9 year trophy drought is OVER)

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9 years of pain and frustration has finally come to an end as Arsenal managed to complete a dramatic final comeback win over Hull City 3-2 at Wembley Stadium. It was a moment of complete happiness for all Arsenal fans and the club as a whole. They lived up to the expectations and made the 2013/2014 season a special one. It is Arsenal’s 11th FA Cup win and with that they have equaled Manchester United’s record of 11 FA Cups. 

 

The game started terribly for the Gunners as they went 2-0 down inside the opening 10 minutes and were shell shocked. Old woes seemed to have kicked in the players minds and the whole stadium was silenced by Hull’s brilliant beginning to the game. But, Arsenal were determined not to throw this final away and left back Kieren Gibbs’s off the line headed clearance gave Arsenal the impetus to get back into the game as quickly as possible. The Gunners have a very bad record in scoring free kick goals but on this occasion they were quite fortunate as Santi Cazorla’s brilliantly taken free kick went in to start Arsenal’s comeback. Although Arsenal kept on pressuring Hull’s defense, the Tigers were able to keep the game at 2-1 at half-time. In the second half, Wenger made a vital substitution and brought on Sanogo for Podolski and that gave Hull something to worry about as the Gunners changed their formation to 4-4-2. Yaya Sanogo’s strength enabled Arsenal to go up a gear and suddenly they were getting lots of possession in key areas. Santi Cazorla’s corner kick was dramatically scored by none other than Arsenal’s last game hero of the past 2 seasons, Laurent Koscielny to take the Gunners into extra-time and that’s where Arsene Wenger master tactics proved fruitful as he brought on 2 fresh players in Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky. Hull couldn’t handle Arsenal’s series of attacks and were lucky to go into the half-time of extra-time with no goals conceded. But, the pressure got to them and Arsenal scored that vital match winner at the start of the second half of extra time and the match winner was none other than Arsenal’s best player of the season, Aaron Ramsey. It was a special moment for the Welshman who turned down Manchester United in 2008 and chose to sign for Arsenal and then had to sit in the sidelines for a season and a half with a broken leg but his perseverance finally rewarded him as he lead Arsenal to glory after 9 long years and helped bring the first piece of silverware to Arsenal’s new home, Emirates Stadium. 

 

This win was marked as the greatest FA Cup achievement by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger who now have won his 5th FA Cup as the manager.

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EPL Review: Norwich City 0-2 Arsenal (A routine finish to the 13/14 season)

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Arsenal have ended the 2013/2014 league season with a comfortable routine 2-0 win over relegated side Norwich City. Arsenal have finished the season 4th for the second time in a row.

 

2 second half goals sealed the game for the Gunners. Ramsey’s superb volleyed goal and Jenkinson’s debut league goal for the club won them the game. Arsenal should have had a much bigger say in the title race this season which as we now know have been won by the blue of Manchester i.e Manchester City. But nonetheless, to finish once again inside top 4 and a chance to end our 9 years trophy drought next Saturday at Wembley can be considered a pretty good season. But, the season so far has been disappointing and if the club wants to acknowledge this as a good season then they must win the FA Cup next Saturday.

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EPL Review: Hull City 0-3 Arsenal (Finally a good win after a long time)

EPL Review: Hull City 0-3 Arsenal (Finally a good win after a long time).

EPL Review: Hull City 0-3 Arsenal (Finally a good win after a long time)

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Finally a good win after a long time for Arsenal as they thrashed their FA Cup final opponents Hull City 3-0 at the KC Stadium to maintain a point lead over Everton in the race for a top 4 finish this season in the Barclays Premier League.

 

The match started slowly and it got a bit rough in the opening 20 minutes as Mikel Arteta lost a tooth due to a hard collision and Shane Long also bleeded. But, Mesut Ozil’s comeback to the team has helped the Gunners to find some of their early season magic as he and Aaron Ramsey’s devastating combination worked again and Ramsey got his first goal since his return. Lukas Podolski continued his goal scoring form as he found the net for the 3rd time this week and gave Wenger’s team a 2-0 lead at half-time. 54 minutes into the game, Podolski found the net once again which earned him his second brace this week. Arsenal won the game quite convincingly at the end by 3 goals to nil. 

 

This was Arsenal’s first convincing win since the end of February and the result was a vital one considering the fact that Everton later on went on to beat Manchester United at the Goodison Park to keep up with Arsenal for that illusive Champion’s League 4th spot.

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