For many Arsenal fans, Laurent Koscielny should have been voted as the Man of the Match against Newcastle last night. Not only did he score the opening goal, with a determined run and finish to Santi Cazorla’s well taken free kick, but he put in his usual commanding performance at the back that gives the Gunners a solid foundation to make their pretty passing patterns on.
But according to Koscielny, what really made the Arsenal team tick were the two players in the middle of the pitch who have been missing with injury problems. Aaron Ramsey has not taken long to remind the fans and football pundits just why he won five Arsenal player of the moth awards in a row before picking up that thigh problem on Boxing Day. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 3 v 0 Newcastle Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com
Happy St Totteringham’s Day Gooners! For the 19th consecutive season Arsenal finish above rivals Spurs and can secure entry into next season’s Champions League qualification play-offs with a win next weekend.
Arsenal cruised to a relatively straight forward win over Newcastle with two second half goals from Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil, before Olivier Giroud completed the 3-0 scoreline midway through the second half. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 3 – 0 Newcastle Player Ratings by Kash
Szczesny – 7.5
He didn’t have much to do at all other than saving a one on one when we were 2 -0 up. It was an important save. If Gouffran scores there, it would’ve been a nervy final 20 minutes.
Sagna – 8
Another top performance by one of our best ever right backs. He was strong defensively and was effective in attack with his passing and crossing.
Mertesacker – 7
His passing was very good but defensively was questionable and allowed Sissoko to bypass him completely. .......Read the full article here
There was a cagey start to this game, with neither Arsenal nor Arsenal seeming to know whether to go for it or kep it tight. The onus was on the Gunners, though, being at home and needing the points for that final Champions League spot.
But as Newcastle failed to threaten much at all, Arsenal could get forward without too much concern. We were playing some nice football, with Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, without really battering on the door for a goal. But it was coming, and when it turned up it was from the unlikely source of a set piece; Koscielny getting on the end of a great ball from Cazorla. .......Read the full article here
Hull City 0 v 3 Arsenal Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com
Finally Arsenal produced a routine win thanks to 3 well worked goals that saw off Hull City, providing a nice boost ahead of next months FA Cup final against the Tigers at Wembley.
The Gunners got off to a sluggish start and had to call upon Szczesny on a number of occasions, but a brilliant Aaron Ramsey opener and Podolski’s second consecutive brace maintained Arsene Wenger’s side in the fourth place spot. .......Read the full article here
Aaron Ramsey came back to the Arsenal side with a bang and was imperious in the Gunners demolition of Hull City yesterday, but he is in no doubt that that result will have no effect whatsoever on the outcome of the FA Cup Final at the end of the season.
One only has to look at Wigan’s incredible win over Man City last year, or even Arsenal’s own defeatto Birmingham in the League Cup Final a few years ago, as proof that anything at all can happy when it comes down to one game at Wembley. .......Read the full article here
Hull City 0 – 3 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ
Szczesny – 8
Even though we won 3 – 0, this game wasn’t comfortable defensively and Szczesny had to make plenty of saves/claims during the game. He was composed with his control and kicks out.
Sagna – 8
He was very solid today defensively and offensively provided a good outlet for our attacking moves. Amazing that he’s managed to play 300 minutes this week and didn’t really drop in performance. .......Read the full article here
This was by no means a foregone conclusion for Arsenal, although the last two games had restored some confidence around the place. But Hull have rolled over some big names at the KC stadium and were on a high of their own after booking their place to face Arsenal at Wembley at the end of the season.
I must admit to feeling a bit nervous when I saw the team sheet, wondering whether Arsene Wenger had been a bit gung ho in his selection. For the first 20 minutes or so, that fear remained, but then we started to get it together. Aaron Ramsey started to show why he was unlucky not be named in the PFA player of the year shortlist and Mesut Ozil began to ooze class and bamboozle the Hull players. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 3 – 1 West Ham Player Ratings by KJ .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger made quite a few changes to his Arsenal team, some of them forced on him because the FA cup semi-final exertions. So Kallstrom, Giroud, Rosicky and Koscielny came in for Gibbs, Chamberlain, Sanogo and Ramsey.
Arsenal could really have done with a fast start but we didn’t really get it, so it looked like patience was going to be the key, as well as not conceding an early goal of course. Our new Swedish midfielder was understandably unused to life in the Premier League, but he did look assured on the ball and got an early tackle in. .......Read the full article here
Wigan (2) 1-1 (4) Arsenal FA Cup Semi-final Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com
In true Arsenal style we were left stressing to the end thanks to an abysmal Mertesacker slide tackle that earned Wigan the lead, before the BFG made amends with a well taken header late in the game.
Half an hour of extra time ensued where we came very close on a number of occasions but Lukasz Fabianski and the four penalty takers (Arteta, Kallstrom, Giroud and Cazorla) did their part to earn us a return ticket to Wembley next month. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 1 – 1 Wigan (4-2 Penalties) Player Ratings
Fabianski – 9 (MOTM)
His performance in the penalty shootout was amazing. He managed to save two of the shots that took so much pressure off us when we took our own penalties. It can’t be underrated how vital he was today. During the game, he didn’t really have many saves to make at all.
Sagna – 7
He was very poor offensively for the first half but stepped up in the second especially when we went a goal down. It was a decent performance from him but he has played a lot better this season. .......Read the full article here