Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny was taken to hospital for a scan after taking a boot to the face in the FA Cup clash with Manchester United last night (Friday). Already shorn of Sokratis after the Greek fell awkwardly on his ankle in the first half, the hosts were then forced to withdraw Koscielny after taking … Continue reading Laurent Koscielny faces scan over injury suffered in FA Cup defeat
Amidst the orgy of swooning and sycophantic adulation towards Manchester United last night (Friday) there was a simple truth that was very much overlooked: they weren’t actually that great. Just us at Wembley a few weeks ago, United skated by on staggering good fortune coupled with excellent finishing, while their opponents squandered the opportunities presented … Continue reading Don’t swallow the pundits’ drivel – fine margins were real difference in Arsenal’s FA Cup clash
That’s the million-dollar question for Unai Emery on Friday night, isn’t it? How do you throw a spanner into the works of a machine that is well-oiled and chugging along nicely, showing no fear and having recaptured a little of its Ferguson-ian lustre? I think the fans will have a big part to play in … Continue reading Arsenal vs Manchester United: How do the Gunners beat the Solskjaer bounce?
We have plumbed depths so deep in recent years that is difficult to be embarrassed as an Arsenal fan these days. But, if there is one lesson we have all learned as Gooners over the years, it’s that you should never underestimate the ability of this team to surprise you, for better or, more likely, … Continue reading Another week, another farce for Arsenal in FA Cup horror show at Nottingham Forest
Of all the possible outcomes from Saturday’s FA Cup final, victory for Arsene Wenger’s side was probably the most Arsenal of them all. Going toe-to-toe with the runaway Premier League champions, with a half-baked defence, and having had a decidedly underwhelming league season, all conventional wisdom pointed to the Blues processing to the double in … Continue reading FA Cup glory proves Arsenal are still capable of defying conventional wisdom
There have been precious few occasions that I can recall in which Arsenal have found themselves such marked underdogs going into a major final. Even when the Gunners faced Barcelona in the Champions League final of 2006, I never really felt as though we were miles out of our depth, or that we could be … Continue reading Arsenal must revel in being the underdog if they are to triumph in FA Cup final clash with Chelsea
Is there a more pleasurable sound in football fandom than the howls of derision from pundits and experts as a decision goes against the team they all so obviously back? On and on they droned about Leroy Sane’s looping cross which was ruled to have curled out of play before it was poked home by … Continue reading FA CUP: A rare moment of glory for hard-working Arsenal as they enjoy a strong semi.
Winning any competitive cup competition is something worth celebrating but would getting their hands on the FA Cup salvage what has been a pretty miserable season for Arsenal? It certainly couldn’t do any harm, it’s fair to say that much. What it will not do, however, is assuage the feelings of anger and frustration from … Continue reading Would winning the FA Cup salvage Arsenal’s season?
Given his general resistance to reactionary change, Arsene Wenger’s decision to employ three at the back against Middlesbrough on Monday came as something of a surprise. While the move may not have proved the panacea to all the ills plaguing the team at the moment, it did prove itself pretty solid in the first half … Continue reading Will Arsene Wenger stick with three at the back for FA Cup clash with Manchester City?
The gods of the cup draw have, over the years, been both cruel and kind to Arsenal. In the Champions League, we seem to have committed some grievous sin in the distant past that has forever condemned us to draw the strongest teams in Europe at the earliest possible opportunity. In domestic competition, however, we … Continue reading Cup draw gods smile on Arsenal again but they can’t count on any more divine intervention