Ahead of the all-important FA Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has challenged the club’s ‘British Core’ to take responsibility for the future and take the North London club forward from the current slump. Despite the Gunners’ British stars not faring too well, it appears Wenger is still a believer and has urged the much-criticised bunch to make an impact.
Despite the slump Arsenal find themselves in, there is no doubt that Alexis Sanchez has had his best season at the Emirates – scoring 23 goals and providing 12 assists this campaign. Alexis’ red-hot form and the Gunners’ lacklustre season so far has resulted in a lot of speculation over his future and the latest media reports in this regard claim that the Chilean is on course to move to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain at the the end of the season.
Arsenal make the short-trip across North London to Wembley Stadium to take on Manchester City tomorrow, as they look to cement a place in the final.
Yesterday saw witness to Premier League leaders Chelsea who dispelled the challenge of close rivals Tottenham, and the Blues will be watching today’s match keenly as they await to find out their opponents for cup triumph.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted interest in Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, but is there more to it than that?
It is of no coincidence that the Spanish boss was asked about the Chilean’s signature prior to the crunch semi-final clash at Wembley later on today, and most manager’s would usually respectfully decline to comment, but not today.
Liverpool are ready to battle with Arsenal for the signature of Alexandre Lacazette this summer.
The French international has emerged as one of the most consistent goalscorers in Europe in recent seasons, and has hinted at a possible move to one of the top leagues on more than one occasion.
In the latest news in regards to Arsenal’s uncertain future, it appears the Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger is ‘unimpressed’ and ‘frustrated’ with the Arsenal board after actions from the board which the Frenchman thought implied a lack of faith in the manager. The report from the Metro claims that the club’s hierarchy have shown him a lack of support this season, amidst all the turmoil following yet another mid-season collapse. The report further claims that the veteran manager’s dissatisfaction towards the board stems out of two decisions.
As witnessed by the amazing amount of giant-killing that goes on in the FA Cup, as doubly proven by Arsenal’s last two opponents in the competition, Lincoln and Sutton, who progressed far despite not even being in the lowest division in the League, just shows that when it comes to the FA Cup absolutely anything can happen on the day. As they say, it simply comes down to 11 v 11 on the pitch when that whistle blows.
After a much-needed win over relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Monday night, Arsenal head to Wembley to take on Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Following Arsene Wenger’s surprising tactical change of going with a 3-4-2-1 formation, it will be interesting to see how the Frenchman approaches this one. Personally, I would stick with the new system and here’s how I would go about it.