Arsenal may be 90 minutes away from reaching their third FA Cup final in four seasons with a semi-final clash to come against Manchester City, but the Gunners are still keeping an eye on the Premier League top-four and will be hoping Burnley and Crystal Palace can do them a favour in their respective games against Manchester United (5th) and Liverpool (3rd), to give them hope of gaining ground.
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This afternoon’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City will be the 10th time Arsenal and the Citizens have met in a competitive fixture since 2013, but how have the last nine meetings gone between the two sides?
Previous nine head-to-heads between Arsenal and Manchester City
in all competitions
(2/4/17) Premier League: Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City
(18/12/16) Premier League: Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal
(8/5/16) Premier League: Manchester City 2-2 Arsenal
(21/12/15) Premier League: Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City
(18/1/15) Premier League: Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal
(13/9/14) Premier League: Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City
(10/8/14) Community Shield: Arsenal 3-0 Manchester City
(29/3/14) Premier League: Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City
(14/12/13) Premier League: Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal
Some encouraging transfer reports are coming from Turkey in relation to Arsenal’s long-term target Arda Turan.
The Turkish playmaker is reportedly set to be offloaded by Barcelona in what is expected to be a summer overhaul at the Spanish club and the Gunners are prepared to take advantage of such a development.
The Catalans have been kicked out of the Champions League quarterfinals at the hands of Juventus and are heading toward what is likely to become a rather disappointing closure to the season.
Is Wilshere’s Arsenal career coming to an end?
Jack Wilshere’s Premier League season is over as Bournemouth midfielder sustained a broken leg against Tottenham.
On loan from Arsenal, the England international has been doing rather well in an injury-free spell at Bournemouth over the course of the season, making 27 appearances for the Cherries, but his stay at Dean Court has been cut short as Wilshere is now expected to return to Arsenal to begin his rehabilitation process.
The 25-year-old midfielder is set for another lengthy lay-off for a similar injury he sustained just before the 2015/16 season, when a broken leg kept his out for the majority of the campaign.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was honest in his interview after the Gunners earned a narrow victory over relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Monday night, admitting the players had let standards slip during their woeful run of form.
The Gunners had lost five of their last eight Premier League games ahead of the trip to the Riverside Stadium, recently suffering a 3-0 defeat away to Crystal Palace which has all but ended their chances of a top-four finish.
And after stopping the rot to Middlesbrough, Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed players haven’t been giving their all of late.
Arsenal fans were excited to learn that Arsenal have moved to the front row in the race for Sead Kolasinac this weekend.
Still, it turns out that Gunners are not the only club interested in the Bosnia and Herzegovina international as it emerged that Everton, among other clubs, are also interested.
Contrasting reports over the past couple of days appeared linking the player with both Premier League clubs and presenting his case as a done deal, but the new light has been shed on the entire situation by none other than Kolasinac’s father himself.
Arsenal travel to the Riverside Stadium to face Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Monday evening, desperate for a win to boost their fledgling hopes of a top-four finish. With four consecutive defeats on the road, Arsenal come into their clash with Boro in poor form and don’t have the best record against the North-East outfit in recent head-to-heads.
Arsenal’s last nine Premier League meetings with Middlesbrough
(10/9/05) Middlesbrough 2-1 Arsenal
(14/1/06) Arsenal 7-0 Middlesbrough
(9/9/06) Arsenal 1-1 Middlesbrough
(3/2/07) Middlesbrough 1-1 Arsenal
(9/12/07) Middlesbrough 2-1 Arsenal
(15/3/08) Arsenal 1-1 Middlesbrough
(13/12/08) Middlesbrough 1-1 Arsenal
(26/4/09) Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough
(22/10/16) Arsenal 0-0 Middlesbrough
Arsenal could well have their first-choice shop-stopper and key centre-back back in the squad for Monday’s trip to the Riverside stadium. The Gunners lock horns with relegation-threated Middlesbrough in desperate need of a win, which may result in manager Arsene Wenger throwing in his first-team regulars sooner than he may have wanted.
As for the goalkeeper situation, Emiliano Martinez has been operating between the sticks for Arsenal in recent weeks with David Ospina out with a back injury and Petr Cech suffering from a calf strain. However, the latter cold be returning in time to line up against Boro, with Wenger saying: “I believe that we have a chance of getting Petr Cech back in the squad.”
One win in their last five Premier League games, four consecutive away defeats in the division, nine points adrift of a top-four spot in the table, uncertainty over the manager’s future, summer acquisitions heavily under-performing, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil rejecting a contract extension and the squad being at its weakest in years, Arsenal are enduring a real crisis.
Manager Arsene Wenger played down talk of his failure to announce his future plans as a reason for the side’s poor form, saying: “I honestly don’t know but I hope not. When I speak about mental test it is to perform, no matter what the circumstances are around you. Is that an influence? I’d say I hope not.” The manager has long spoken about the need for stability, but is he creating an unstable environment, in addition to Arsenal’s other problems?
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been left out of the starting lineup of late but could return to the XI in Monday’s trip to face Middlesbrough given the disjointed performances from the Gunners of late. Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny underperformed in the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace, and given Arsenal’s desperation to stop the rot may see Oxlade-Chamberlain called upon to inject some urgency to their build-up play.