Arsenal forward Theo Walcott will be hoping he starts in today’s FA Cup semi-final match against Manchester City given his impressive record in past meetings, let alone this competition this season. The English international has been a thorn in the City side previously due to his excessive pace on the counter to catch the Sky Blues’ defence cold, and he could well strike again given how ruthless he’s been in the FA Cup so far.
Arsenal recorded a crucial 3-0 victory over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night to aid the Gunners hopes of Champions League qualification.
Arsenal had the first effort on goal on four minutes, as Alexis Sanchez hit an effort from 35 yards out that went high and wide of goal.
The Hammers hit back with their own attack on nine minutes. Manuel Lanzini hit a free-kick from the edge of the penalty area that missed the target by a yard. A few minutes later the Hammers had another attempt on the Arsenal goal. Mark Noble found some space just inside the area and saw his go just wide of the left-hand post.
Arsenal drew 2-2 with Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with the result not really helping the Gunners chances of Champions League qualification.
City had the first real attack of the game on three minutes. Fernandinho played Sterling in on goal, but Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina was out quickly, only for the Colombian’s attempted clearance hit Raheem Sterling and went wide of goal.
Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck came close to opening the scoring soon afterwards, turning Nicolas Otamendi before firing into the side-netting.
Arsenal recorded an emphatic 5-0 win over non-league Lincoln City in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday evening. The result will have brought slight relief for everybody connected with the club. A defeat against National League opposition would have caused major embarrassment.
A Lincoln win seemed unlikely, but Arsenal were visibly low on confidence in the first half of the game and did not take the lead until first-half stoppage time. The fact that the Gunners took so long to open the scoring against such inferior opposition tells its own story.
May just improve confidence
Arsenal avoided potential embarrassment on Saturday evening, as the Gunners hammered National League side 5-0 in the quarter-final of the FA Cup at the Emirates Stadium.
The visitors started in a spirited manner. However, it was the home side that had the first attempt on goal ten minutes. Hector Bellerin crossed to Aaron Ramsey on the edge of the area, only for the Welshman to side-foot an effort wide of goal.
The Gunners came close to taking the lead on 14 minutes, as Theo Walcott’s volley from the edge of the area was tipped onto the post by Lincoln goalkeeper Paul Farman.
In recent weeks, months and even years people have questioned Arsene Wenger’s position as Arsenal boss. Those questions have once again raised after the Gunners 5-1 hammering at home to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
The defeat at the Emirates Stadium meant that the Gunners suffered a 10-2 aggregate loss against the German champions. Wenger quite rightly talked about the official’s poor decisions against Bayern, but he needs to take a share of the responsibility.
However, the players do not seem to be getting the criticism they deserve for the Gunners current poor run of form.
Arsenal suffered a humiliating exit from the Champions League on Wednesday night on the back of a 5-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich, which was Arsenal’s biggest loss at the Emirates.
Having conceded 10 goals in both legs of the Last-16 round, Arsenal were subjected to another disappointment which brought a tragic curtain down on another embarrassing European campaign.
What is more, the latest loss added fuel to the fire burning at the Emirates amidst calls for Arsene Wenger to step down from the helm.
Jumping in defence of their manager, Arsenal stars Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott decided to show support of Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott was a bright spark in Tuesday night’s 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and may have played himself into a second consecutive start ahead of this weekend’s outing. Arsenal are 1/11 to win against Lincoln in Saturday’s FA Cup clash, and Walcott should keep his place after his latest showing.
Before Arsenal collapsed in the second-half of their Champions League last-16 clash, Theo Walcott was causing Bayern Munich real problems and capped his showing with a deserved goal. The 27-year-old opened the scoring in the 20th minute and could have played his part in two more goals after miscontrolling a pass when put through, and firing wide from close range. He was also brought down in the box but mistakenly not awarded a penalty.
Arsenal suffered a 5-1 home humbling in the Champions League last-16 second leg against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, as the Gunners lost the tie 10-2 on aggregate. The side from north London were not helped by a second-half dismissal of Laurent Koscielny.
The first real threat on goal arrived on 11 minutes and fell for the home side. Alexis Sanchez played the ball over the top of the Bayern defence to Theo Walcott, only for the winger to take a touch that took the ball away from him and Manuel Neuer came to clear his line.
It seems that Arsenal may well have made a big mistake in the transfer market last summer. The Gunners decided to allow young German attacking midfielder Serge Gnabry to join Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.
While his club are near the bottom of the German top-flight table, Gnabry has been doing more than most to drag them up the league. In fact, on Friday night he scored a brace to help Werder record a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg.
Developing into a very good player in Germany