Paddy Power prize giveaway on Man United v Arsenal

Arsenal make the trip up North to Old Trafford this afternoon and it absolutely crucial that we come away with all three points to get back to within two points of Leicester. If we lose we can practically write off our chances, so I’m expecting a big win and lots of goals. If so some of our readers can win some great prizes in this small competition for TheArsenalBlog regulars. Only six of you will be in with a chance of the big prize so be quick to leave your comments!! The prizes are being supplied by our friends at Paddy Power, who are keen to promote their Online Bingo games, so if you fancy a flutter go and have a game of Bingo.

Basic rules are.
Choose a square (only one per person)
Once all the squares are chosen the competition is closed
The prizes are listed below and they will be sent out direct from Paddy Power, so make sure you send me the FULL valid postal address if you are one of the winners.
So pick a square and pick quickly!
The first letter in the order of comments in the one playing…..

Man U vs Arsenal Paddy

Full Rules:

· Each player is only allowed one square, no multiples
· Entries will not be accepted from blog owner, contributor, employees of Paddy Power or Receptional
· Squares will be allocated to the first 6 people to comment on available squares
· The BBC’s definition of which square the ball went into is final, this can be found on BBC Football news
· Prizes are subject to availability
· Only one prize per square
· Only the first 5 goals are counted


If a goal lands in your square you will receive;
A £10 Amazon Voucher

Land two goals in your square and win:
Football Manager 2016

Land five goals in your square and win:
A Football Shirt of your choice

Good luck everyone!

Van Gaal – If you want to be Champions, you must be like Arsenal!

Louis Van Gaal saw his Man United team struggle to a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace yesterday and drop a little further behind Arsenal and Man City into 4th place in the Premier League

“I am not happy because if you want to be the champions, you have to win these kinds of matches.

“Arsenal beat Swansea, for example. We lost against Swansea, even though we were the better team, but they have beaten them 3-0.”

I don’t know if you noticed Louis, but we also beat YOU LOT 3-0 not very long ago, so yeah, if you want to be Champions you have to not only play like us, you need to BE Arsenal.

An absolutely brilliant October for Arsenal with five wins for the first team and an inconsequential defeat by our reserves. All we have to do now is continue in this rich vein of form, and forget about our RIVAL (we only have one!) and the title will be ours!

Arsene Wenger Expresses Sadness Over RVP Exit

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the fact that, unfortunately, captain Robin Van Persie will leave for Manchester United. The Frenchman has admitted that he was forced into selling Robin and that there wasn’t much he could do, despite the fact that he wanted to keep the Dutchman.

According to Wenger, the striker’s position will be filled by Giroud and Podolski’s arrivals, the club having previously stated that the French striker had been brought in to boost the attacking options.

“He is at Manchester United, unfortunately for us. The transfer was finalised in the afternoon,” said Wenger whilst working for French TV station TF1 on Wednesday.

“It’s never great to lose players of that quality but he only had a year contract so we do not have a choice.”

“We have already recruited since we Giroud and Podolski who originally were intended to offset the departure of van Persie,” he concluded.

Robin had the greatest season in his life last term, so it’s sad to see him go, but Arsenal have to go on fighting without him. The departures of Nasri and Fabregas left Arsenal fighting to get the third spot last season, so hopefully now having lost only one player and having brought three very important ones, perhaps the Gunners will be able to make those who left regret their actions.

Was The Loss Wenger’s Fault (Again)?

Manchester United managed to defeat Arsenal once again and even though the Gunners were on a very good run in the game, Wenger decided to switch things around. Do you think that maybe this time it was only his fault that the game turned out this way?

First of all, why would you change Chamberlain who had an amazing match again, and put in Arshavin who showed us how much of a bad form he’s in last time he was on the pitch? And second of all, when will the manager understand that Ramsey lost a lot when he was injured and never quite retrieved to his old amazing form, managing only to put in average appearances?

“When it was 1-1 it looked like we would win but in the end one tactical mistake lost us the game,” Wenger told Sky Sports.

“I do not want to dwell too much on that now but one second of inattention can cost you.”

Despite his admission, Wenger went on to defend his decision to bring off Oxlade-Chamberlain in a frosty post-match press conference.

“I can understand that the fans are upset about the substitution, especially when it doesn’t work, but he (Oxlade-Chamberlain) had started to fatigue,” he said.

“He was sick in the week. Arshavin is captain of the Russia national team.

“You have an 18-year-old kid making his first Premier League start and a player who’s captain of his country and they are querying the substitution? Let’s be serious.

“I’ve been a manager for 30 years and have made 50,000 substitutions. I do not have to justify every decision I make to you (the Press). I stand up for it.”

The thing is that Wenger keeps playing a few players who simply should be forgotten, and perhaps starting with Ramsey is a good thing. Nobody’s saying he was one of the bad players in the match, but he wasn’t one of the good ones either and he can’t be compared to neither Fabregas nor Nasri, so why not bring in Gotze, Hazard or god know who…but somebody who would at least compare to them or be able to grow to be as good?

Arsenal outruns United and City in qualifying chase.

Arsene Wenger is proud about being the manager of the first English team to go through the Champions League group stage. He managed to qualify in front of City and United despite the very bad start of the season, and now he confirmed once again that Arsenal are back on the right tracks.

“Yes – I have to be very cautious what I say.

“I think yes as Manchester United could have qualified [on Tuesday] night, and of course everyone expects Manchester City to qualify.

“It is difficult at that level. I have never played an easy game in the Champions League.

“I have played 150 games in the Champions League and every game gives different problems.

“The groups were very difficult for the Premier League teams. The level has gone up a lot and we were in a difficult group, so I am very happy and pleased to see where we have come from.

“When we drew Udinese in the qualifier you couldn’t not bet exactly that we would go through as we did. So overall I’m very happy because we came through a very difficult period.

“We focused, we are united and we worked hard. Together.”

Arsenal secured the first place qualification and Wenger will be able to rest some of the important players in the final group stage match against Greek side Olympiakos Piraeus. This is the first confirmation of Arsenal’s great late form. Let’s just hope they’ll keep up the same kinds of efforts.