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Podolski makes his point to Wenger 0

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After publicly expressing his dismay for constantly being subbed in the majority of games this season, Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski made his point to manager Arsene Wenger after bagging a double in the 3-1 win against West Ham United yesterday evening.

‘He’s a natural finisher, that’s always why he’s difficult to position on the pitch. You would want him in the box in front of goal as well as wide. (Against West Ham) I think he moved better and got into some very interesting positions.’ – Arsene Wenger.

Kim Kallstrom proving to be a good signing after all 0

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom was handed his first start in an Arsenal shirt last night as the Gunners played a very important game against local rivals West Ham, and the experienced footballer went on to produce a very good performance to prove all his doubters wrong.

Having arrived at the Emirates on loan from Spartak Moscow on transfer deadline day in January, the 31-year-old had to endure some tough times before even making his first appearance for the club, with the fact he was signed despite a back injury not doing any favours for under-pressure Arsene Wenger.

Could Arsenal be returning to form at the right time? 0

Posted on April 16, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal defeated West Ham 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium last night to return to fourth spot in the Premier League table. The Gunners produced a nervous first half display and West Ham looked dangerous.

Improvement

Once the equaliser arrived through Lukas Podolski the Gunners looked far more confident. The second half performance was far more like the Arsenal of the first half of the campaign, rather than the nervy, under-performing Arsenal of the last few months.

Lukas Podolski’s finishing was impressive, as the Germany international scored a brace. Podolski has not really been considered a striker for a while, but maybe Arsene Wenger should consider him in a striking position in the remaining games.

Being in the Champions League or winning the FA Cup? 0

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

The question has long been asked to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger if he would prefer winning trophies or keeping the London outfit in the Champions League. Wenger said Champions League participation is like winning a trophy, but supporters are divided on the issue.

With Arsenal in the FA Cup final this season, but currently out of the top-4 in the table, the Gunners could well be made to choose which they would prefer. After a nine-year trophy drought, many would rather adding their trophy cabinet rather than playing in Europe, as Arsenal haven’t made it past the Champions League knockouts since 2010.

Is Giroud’s continued FA Cup omission a hint from Wenger? 0

Posted on April 13, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Olivier Giroud hasn’t started an FA Cup games this season. The French international was again named on the bench in Arsenal’s semi-final FA Cup match against Wigan this weekend, which understandably drew question from the supporters.

With a nine-year trophy drought, fans were understandably shocked that their top-scorer didn’t start in attack, and Yaya Sanogo did instead. Sanogo hasn’t scored in any of his 10 senior appearances this season, but was still entrusted to lead the line for the Gunners.

Not all negative news for Arsenal 1

Posted on April 13, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal made hard work of making it to the FA Cup final with a win over Wigan on penalties in the semi-finals, after a 1-1 draw in normal and extra-time. The Gunners are not in the greatest of form, but all that matters at this stage of the season is that Arsenal are still in with a chance of silverware this season.

Difficult

Wigan are no pushovers, the Latics have knocked big-spending Manchester City out of the FA Cup in the last two campaigns. The Championship outfit put in a good display in the semi-final and came close to causing yet another cup upset.

Do Arsenal have the bottle to win this season’s FA Cup? 2

Posted on April 12, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

It took penalties to separate Arsenal and Wigan in this season’s FA Cup semi-final. The Gunners went behind to a 62nd minute penalty after a desperate lunge by usually reliable defender Per Mertesacker, but did get themselves back into the game – with the German international atoning for his error with a headed goal in the 82nd minute.

Credit to Wigan for making the cup tie difficult for Arsenal, considering they’ve beaten Manchester City en route to the semis, but for the Gunners to scrape through on penalties wasn’t the confidence boosting win the side were hoping for prior to kickoff.

Can Arsenal end 370-minute wait for a clean sheet? 0

Posted on April 11, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal aren’t in the best form leading up to their crucial FA Cup semi-final clash against holders Wigan Athletic this weekend. Arsene Wenger’s side haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last four matches, while amassing just one clean sheet in their last 11 games in all competitions.

They have been on the receiving end of some humiliating thrashings of late too – losing 6-0 to Chelsea and 3-0 against Everton. But the FA Cup presents the club and manager Arsene Wenger with a chance to appease the fans by ending their nine-year wait for a trophy.

Would top-four and a FA Cup win constitute a good season for Arsenal? 3

Posted on April 10, 2014 by David Nugent

As we all know Arsenal have gone into a slight slump in recent months, which has saw the Gunners drop out of the title race and even fifth-place Everton gaining ground on the north London outfit.

However, on Saturday there is a chink of light for the Gunners, as Arsene Wenger’s men face Championship Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final.

Underdogs

Despite being the holders Wigan are very much underdogs for the game. The Latics cannot be underestimated though, as they shocked Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the last round, after beating the Citizens at Wembley in last season’s final.

Arsenal interested in Real legend 0

Posted on April 09, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal midfield playmaker Santi Cazorla has revealed that the Gunners are interested in Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas. The veteran keeper is a Real Madrid and Spain legend after a trophy-laden career.

Out-of-favour

However, despite his status in Spanish football, Casillas has fallen out-of-favour with the Real management. The 32-year-old had to play second fiddle to Diego Lopez under Jose Mourinho last season and that situation has stayed the same under Carlo Ancelotti this season.

Casillas has been first choice keeper in Real Madrid’s games in the Champions League, but Lopez has been first choice in La Liga. His lack of La Liga action has led to speculation that he could leave the Bernabeu this summer.



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