Category Archives: FA cup news

Should Arsenal now see Liverpool as main rivals?

Arsenal were looking set to enjoy an almost perfect weekend in the Premier League, with Man United losing at Swansea, Tottenham dropping points at home to West Ham and Jose Mourinho left fuming as Burnley stole a point off Chelsea (not that we are in the title race but just because I don´t like them).

But Liverpool went and spoiled it by beating Southampton at St. Mary´s. Even though the Saints were the club that could have overtaken us with a win, the draw was really what we wanted. now it looks like Brendan Rodgers and his Liverpool side could be the main threat to Arsenal finishing in the top four. United, the spuds and the Saints have all lost two and drawn one of their last six while we have just one defeat and Liverpool have only dropped two points.

Wenger feels United CANNOT be as lucky TWICE against Arsenal

It was a painful day for Arsene Wenger and everyone else concerned with Arsenal when Manchester United came to the Emirates stadium in late December, but only because of the result. The manager spoke after the game about how he was happy about the performance and believed that we should have won the game. Meanwhile Louis van Gaal and the United players could hardly believe their luck after they somehow got away with all three points.

Why Arsenal must throw EVERYTHING at Man Utd in FA cup

You didn´t really believe that Arsenal´s luck had changed did you? A couple of decent FA cup draws against teams from a lower division, as well as the Gunners getting the pick of the group winners from the Champions League in Monaco were as welcome as they were unusual for us. But it was back to business as usual yesterday.

Not only did Arsenal get the toughest draw on paper, with Manchester United being the top ranked team still in the cup competition, but the tie is to be played at Old Trafford and you don’t need me to tell you that Arsenal have had a few issues with big away games in recent years.

Who do Arsenal want next in the FA Cup? (Preston ?)

So Arsenal have successfully avoided another potential banana skin yesterday in the quest to repeat last season’s FA Cup win. We now have the enviable record of nine wins in a row at the Emirates and we seem to be hitting form (and regaining a full squad to choose from) as we enter the “squeaky-bum” time of the season.

We have a tough Champions League game against Monaco approaching fast, but today we will find out who our next opponents are on the road to Wembley. The draw will take place at 7.30pm (UK time) tonight,before Manchester United take on the mighty Preston North End in the last game of this round. All the Fifth Round games so far have produced a winner so here are the allocated FA Cup quarter-final draw numbers:

Arsenal v Middlesborough review – Classy Giroud!

Arsene Wenger made a surprising amount of changes to his Arsenal team for the visit of Middlesborough in the FA cup today. We are used to the manager making changes for the cup competitions but seven still seemed a lot, especially with the Championship side being in great form and having knocked Man City out in the previous round.

But Wenger also knew that Boro’s success was based on a strong defence and so he went for a very creative and attacking line-up, with Alexis Sanchez included despite the fitness concern and with both Ozil and Cazorla in midfield. We started well and hardly gave the away team a kick in the first 25 minutes as we zipped the ball around and created some good openings.

Can Szczesny use Brentford boost to reclaim Arsenal place?

With Arsenal´s summer signing David Ospina still in impressive form and showing no real signs of giving up his new role as the starting keeper for the Gunners in the Premier League, Wojciech Szczesny will have been looking forward to the FA cup clash with Middlesborough today.

Arsene Wenger usually uses his reserve keeper for these domestic cup games anyway but he told the Poland international at the start of the week that he would be starting. So Shezzer will have been preparing all week to put in a really impressive performance in the hope of getting his number one status back at the club.

Why Arsenal fans should be VERY confident against Middlesbrough

We all know that Middlesbrough are currently are on a great run of form right now under Aitor Karanka, and Arsenal fans are obviously a little bit wary going into today’s Fifth Round FA Cup tie, but when you look into Arsene Wenger’s record in this competition you should not be in the slightest bit worried.

To start with Wenger has won the FA Cup five times in his 18 years with the club and that record has only been equalled by Sir Alex Ferguson in the modern era.

Time for Arsenal to unleash Ozil in number 10 role?

Despite the fact that the terrible run of luck that Arsenal have had to cope with for well over a year now still shows no real sign of going away, at least Arsene Wenger now has a stronger squad to choose from. Even though it looks highly unlikely that the boss will be able to call on the awesome Alexis Sanchez, the attacking side of our team should still be pretty fearsome.

MY Arsenal team to beat Boro… What’s yours?

Arsenal bounced back from last weekend’s defeat to a team not to be mentioned in midweek, by beating Leicester City 2-1, to keep us within a point of the Champions League places.

We now have the luxury of an FA Cup fixture against lower-league opposition, but given their emphatic win over Manchester City at the Etihad in the last round, MIddlesborough should not be taken lightly.

Arsene Wenger has lifted the trophy five times in his Arsenal managing career, and with all three of the top four having been eliminated already, we are among the favourites to become 2015 FA cup champions.

Wenger confirms Top Four is ALWAYS Arsenal’s main target

Ever since Arsene Wenger arrived at Arsenal, way back in the midst of time, Le Prof has always managed to keep the Gunners in the Top Four of the Premier League which will now forever more be known as The Wenger Trophy. Even though he has always won that race, the Gunners just managed to win their first real trophy for nine years last season beating Hull in the FA Cup Final.

Arsenal fans ready to see new STAR born!

He is nearly ready according to the Arsenal manager. But reading between the lines and knowing that Arsene Wenger likes to use the domestic cup games to give playing opportunities to the fringe players in the squad, it looks like we are going to get our first look at what the January signing Gabriel Paulist is all about this weekend.

In his pre-match press conference reported by Arsenal.com the Frenchman hinted that the Brazilian defender signed from La Liga club Villarreal in January is now ready to get his first action for the Gunners and the way he said it suggested to me that he thinks Gabriel is going to be a real star for us.

Alexis OUT! Can these two Arsenal stars do the biz instead?

Arsene Wenger held his pre-match press conference today ahead of the FA cup clash between Arsenal and the Championship league leaders Middlesborough at the Emirates stadium on Sunday. And although the Frenchman did not confirm it completely, it appears highly unlikely that we are going to be able to call on Alexis Sanchez for the crucial clash.

So with the visiting team having an excellent recent record, especially defensively, the concern will be about how the Gunners manage to break them down without our star man. With 18 goals so far this season, the Chilean is clearly our most potent threat and is the only Gunner that has reached double figures.