After seeing Arsenal held to a disappointing draw by the Championship side Hull City yesterday, I left the TV in and waited to see what Arsene Wenger would say about the team, the result and the problem of another game to fit in as we head to an FA cup replay.
But the programme finished before the Frenchman emerged from the home dressing room, although his past match comments have now been reported on the Arsenal website, and from what the manager said I assume the extra time in the dressing room was because Wenger was giving his misfiring forward players a piece of his mind. ...........Read more
With four games left to play before last night´s Arsenal needed just a single point to ensure that Arsene Wenger would have an 18th successive season to pit his wits against the best in Europe in the Champions League. So you could perhaps have understood if the levels of performance were to drop a little, but instead the Gunners went to Hull and played some of the best football we have seen from them all season.
That desire to keep going and the proof that Arsenal are continuing to improve and progress rather than stopping to admire what we have already done has clearly delighted the boss, as he explained in his post match interview reported on the Arsenal website. ...........Read more
The Arsenal and England international Theo Walcott could be set to really get his football career back on track today, almost exactly a year after he was stretchered off in the Gunners’ FA cup triumph over our north London rivals Tottenham.
The lasting image of that moment was a grinning Walcott taunting the spuds from his stretcher but as we know, that happiness soon turned to misery as the extent of his injury became clear. If the 25-year old does start for Arsene Wenger today, it will be the first time since that day, but Theo has not wasted his recovery time, as a Sky Sports report explains. ...........Read more
Arsene Wenger was very relieved that Arsenal won their first trophy for ten years by beating Hull City in the FA Cup Final last May, and he is keen to retain the trophy this time around.
But this time we have to face the same opponent in the Third round so we certainly hope that we are not subjected to the pressure of being 2-0 down early on in the game as we were at Wembley. ...........Read more
It was back to the bad old days for Arsenal and Poland international keeper Wojciec Szczesny the other day, as the blundering 24-year old was directly at fault for both of the Southampton goals that saw the Gunners slump to another defeat and slip back below Spurs in the Premier League table.
So the return from injury of David Ospina, the Colombia international we signed from Nice in the summer could not have come at a better time. Arsene Wenger has already declared that the 26-year will be starting our FA cup clash with Hull City tomorrow and if he plays well, I would not be surprised to see him start again at home to Stoke City next weekend. ...........Read more
Arsenal now find themselves 11 points behind League Leaders Chelsea after their 5th draw from their first 8 games, but as the Gunners only equalised in the 91st minute the Hull City manager Steve Bruce is upset that his team only came away with a point.
He said after the game: “The players are disappointed because they’ve gone close again and the frustration is that it’s happened four times to us now this season, conceding late on,”
“But we are disappointed because we could only take a point from Arsenal. ...........Read more
If you are looking for an explanation as to why Arsenal struggled to rescue a draw with Hull City at the Emirates today and only managed it with a stoppage time equaliser from Danny Welbeck, there are two simple reasons. The Gunners are still struggling at either end of the pitch.
You cannot blame Wojciech Szczesny for any of the four goals scored in the last two Premier League games, but Mertesacker and Koscielny have both made mistakes and the fact the defensive part of the squad is not strong enough has been made crystal clear by the injury situation. We cannot seem to keep a lead for long and our clean sheets have disappeared. ...........Read more
While playing Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea in 3 of your first 7 games could be considered a tough start to the season, picking up 2 points from a possible 9 in those games isn’t going to do you too many favours going forward. Arsenal, having a relatively easy run of fixtures starting against Hull City later today, thus cannot afford to drop their guard and lose any more points from now till the end of November, when they play Hull City, Sunderland, Burnley, Swansea City, Manchester United and West Brom in the Premier League. In addition, why the next few weeks could prove crucial to Arsenal’s season? ...........Read more
Arsenal came back to earn a well-deserved FA Cup winners medal yesterday, but Arsene Wenger admitted that he was very worried when his team were 2-0 down after just nine minutes against a mid-table Hull side.
He said after the game: “We made a demonstration of how to respond to being 2-0 down, and a demonstration of how not to start a cup final!”
“I was shocked. We were a bit hesitant and you wonder if the shock would be too hard, but this team has a special spirit and a special togetherness to respond.” ...........Read more
From Arsenal looking like they would confound all their critics and complete the season as champions, the Gunners then looked like they would have their worst season for years and finish outside the Champions League places for the first time in 17 years.
But the Arsenal rollercoaster has finished it’s downward slide and is on the up again. As the Arsenal captain has explained in the matchday programme, reported by Arsenal.com,, the players have got their mojo back now, ever since beating Wigan at Wembley to book a place in the FA cup final. ...........Read more