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Manchester United are not unbeatable cup opponents for Arsenal 0

Posted on January 08, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal breezed into the FA Cup fourth round by defeating Blackpool 3-0. The Gunners reward is a home tie against resurgent Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. The draw could have been kinder to Arsenal, but at least the tie is on home soil.

A big test of Emery’s Arsenal

There are those who argue that Arsenal are moving in the right direction under Spanish head coach Unai Emery. The Gunners are regarded as a slightly tougher team under Emery, although that may just be down to the presence of the combative Lucas Torreira in the centre of midfield.

Arsenal drawn against Manchester United in FA Cup 0

Posted on January 08, 2019 by Harry Kettle

The fourth round draw for the FA Cup has been made, and while Arsenal should fancy themselves on any given day against any side in the draw, we think it’s safe to say that they aren’t going to be too pleased about this one. The Gunners have been drawn against Manchester United, as both sides prepare to battle it out for a place in the fifth round of the competition.

Winning the FA Cup would be a good start for Unai Emery 0

Posted on January 05, 2019 by David Nugent

During the latter stages of Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal, winning the FA Cup seemed to be the thing keeping the Frenchman in a job, as Wenger won the competition on seven occasions. However, it was not enough for some Gunners fans, as they wanted to win the league.

Wenger’s successor Emery comes into the club with very different objectives. A top-four finish in the Premier League is obviously the Gunners main objective this season. However, winning the FA Cup would be a good start for the Spaniard at the north London club. Arsenal kick-off their quest to win the grand old trophy later today at Blackpool.

Rough FA Cup sales? 0

Posted on January 04, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Blackpool play in a stadium (Bloomfield Road) that is capable of holding just over 17,000 fans, and yet, apparently, only 3,000 tickets have been sold for their game against Arsenal in the FA Cup. While many could potentially show up on the day of the game, it’s interesting to note that the Seasiders are taking this boycott of the Oyston family very seriously.

Odd atmosphere

While it likely won’t impact the Gunners all too much, this just further emphasises how much of a slam dunk this game should be for them. While they shouldn’t take Blackpool lightly by any means, they definitely need to recognise that they should be walking into the next round. If they don’t, then questions will likely have to be asked.

Dealing with Blackpool 0

Posted on January 03, 2019 by Harry Kettle

It’s always somewhat tricky to work out what the strategy should be with the FA Cup. It’s a bizarre old competition even at the best of times, mainly because nobody knows what kind of squad they want to put out for it. The bigger sides tend to field weakened teams in order to better prepare themselves for games in Europe and the Premier League, but we aren’t so sure that’s what Arsenal will do when they come up against Blackpool in the FA Cup.

On This Day In 2017: Arsenal lift the FA Cup 0

Posted on May 27, 2018 by Harry Kettle

While Arsenal haven’t exactly been successful in the Premier League in the last few years, they’ve managed to find some success in the FA Cup. As we take another trip down memory lane, it’s time to look at the last big trophy victory for Arsene Wenger before he rode off into the sunset this season.

This time last year, Arsenal fans were celebrating a huge 2-1 victory over Chelsea in a game which many weren’t expecting them to win. The Gunners, while successful in the FA Cup on many different occasions, were considered to be the underdogs – and in many ways, that probably favoured them. It felt like the Blues came in with an aura of overconfidence as if they were just naturally expecting to win the trophy without too much effort.

What’s the priority? 0

Posted on May 25, 2018 by Harry Kettle

We’re all looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen in the 2018/19 season for Arsenal Football Club, and while some are dreading what’s to come given the uncertainty of the situation, there’s no real reason to be worried. Sure, things may not necessarily be an instant success under the leadership of Unai Emery, but this is going to be a process. Arsenal fans can’t expect things to change overnight, and because of that, we need to start thinking about what the priority is going to be for Emery’s first season in charge.

On This Day: Arsenal reach 2015 FA Cup Final 0

Posted on April 18, 2018 by Harry Kettle

It’s time to take yet another trip down memory lane as we look back on Arsenal’s game against Reading from three years ago today. The showdown, which was an FA Cup semi-final, took place at Wembley and was looked at as the Gunners’ big chance to reach yet another cup final. Alas, the Berkshire club weren’t going to go down without a fight, and it took until extra time for Arsene Wenger’s side to secure their place in the final of football’s oldest cup club competition.

Best and worst case scenarios for Arsenal this season 0

Posted on March 29, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal’s season hasn’t exactly gone how many fans would’ve expected in some ways, and in others, it’s gone precisely how pessimistic supporters thought it would. Whichever camp you fall into there’s no doubting that it’s been one hell of a rollercoaster ride one way or another, and as we enter the final few weeks of the campaign, it could probably still be deemed a success if a number of things go in the Gunners’ favour.

Arsenal display their defensive ineptitude in one outrageous moment against Nottingham Forest 0

Posted on January 08, 2018 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal’s humiliating defeat at the hands of mid-table Championship outfit Nottingham Forest is one that will resonate for some weeks to come. The current holders of the FA Cup were largely tipped to defend their crown or, at least, come close to the final. However, they failed miserably, with Forest worthy winners.

Eric Lichaj opened the scoring, but his effort was cancelled out by Per Mertesacker, before Lichaj scored a stunning goal as he controlled the ball on his chest before stroking his effort into the top corner to the delight of the home fans.

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