Posted on January 24, 2015 by ADMIN

Relax! Wenger declares Arsenal WILL repeat Man City win!

Among all the excitement and euphoria pouring out of Arsenal supporters the world over last weekend, there was still an element of concern. It was nothing to do with the way the Gunners played, tactically, as a team and with the individual performances from the players. The big question was whether it would prove to be a one-off from Arsenal, a flash in the pan.

The TV pundits did suggest that the tactics of staying solid and compact and playing on the counter-attack without committing too many men forward was something we should have been doing in all the big away games in recent years. They also wondered, however, whether Arsene Wenger had set the Gunners up this way specifically to deal with the little Spanish magician that is David Silva.

This left me worried that we would see the bad old Arsenal in future big games, but Wenger has eased any fears about this, in an interview reported by The Mirror. The Frenchman explained the reasons for his tactical switch and they had nothing to do with Silva.

Somewhat surprisingly, Wenger admits that player power was a factor, with everyone feeling that something needed to change and being thoroughly fed up of the demoralising demolitions that we suffered last season. And although the boss says he is not giving up on his attacking principles entirely, he admits that he is happy to go with this system that makes the team feel more comfortable.

Wenger said, “At some stage you cannot go against the feelings of the team because it’s detrimental to the result.

“The team sometimes needs to be reassured and reassurance comes first from feeling solid and strong and then you can express your talent and our confidence in the big games had been damaged by these big results.

“Of course (I listened to the players). Your tactics have to be aligned as well with the feeling of the team and with the confidence level of the team.

“That’s why you hear so many times in the papers or on television “let’s get back to basics”.

“It’s not because a team doesn’t know the basics, it’s just to get the priorities right to reinforce the confidence of the team again because you gain it slowly back by feeling that you are not going to get blown away.”

In two weeks today, Arsenal travel the short distance to take on Tottenham and this will be the first test of the new tactics, even though the spuds are not one of the `big` teams that hurt us last year. And then we have the Champions League with Monaco, where the away tie could be crucial to our progression, but the one I am really looking forward to is the penultimate Premier League game of the season at Old Trafford.

That game could be so important, not just for league position but to show that Arsenal will really be a force to be reckoned with in next season’s title race. So are the big game blues really over?

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95 thoughts on “Relax! Wenger declares Arsenal WILL repeat Man City win!

      1. muffdiver

        OH MY F*CKING GOD

        CHELSEA SPURS SOUTHAMPTON AND MAN CITY ARE OUT- C O Y G

        WOWWWWWW

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        1. muffdiver

          time to go on the chelsea an man city forums-

          trolling there fans- this is too good an opportunity to miss!

          loooool

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          1. almostawinner

            FA Cup massacre day : the gods have looked favourably on arsenal today. lets make sure tomorrow we learn the lessons the big guns failed to do today.

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        2. Luko Bratzi

          And to think Midlesborough and Bradford had no Shnidelin or Fabragas mabey Chelsea and City needed a Coquelin who is up now for a new 3 year deal. Thinks Wenger will now play a more stronger team to win FA Cup Liverpool and Arsenal are the only ones left in top 5 could be good year me thinks CB

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    1. fred cowardly

      It’s going to be an interesting final 10 minutes
      Southampton 1 goal down
      Chelski tied (at Stamford bridge)
      City and Spuds 1 goal up.

      Very close
      Hopefully we can beat Brighton comfortably.

      But we should give these lower league teams like Cambridge, Middlesborough, Bradford a lot of respect for fighting hard.

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      1. RSH

        exactly. Everyone said we got easy draws in last seasons win (though i dont know how Everton, Liverpool qualify for that… Spuds I understand)… Wigan was a tough opponent, and Hull was too. Never underestimate a team in FA Cup.

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    2. jonestown1

      I’ve just put an accumulator on Bolton, Bournemouth, Bristol City, Rochdale and Cambridge all to win. Leaves us Palace, WBA and Leicester to deal with.

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    3. Gunnersway

      Guys where can I watch the highlights of today’s fa cup matches tonight?

      This is just too much fun

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      1. Gunnersway

        Let’s hope that Bolton can do a Bolton on Liverpool the remaining 20 mins, would make it perfect

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      2. Luko Bratzi

        Try ESPN Enjoy it I recorded Chelsea as well as City gonna enjoy this 3 hours with me Del Boy Breaky CB

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      3. Luko Bratzi

        Try ESPN I recorded Chelsea and City so gonna be a fun 3hours with my Del Boy Breaky this Sunday morning. CB

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  1. Tidan2

    The outlook is looking fantastic all of a sudden; Sanogo scored, man united has a replay, both Chelsea and City are losing with 10 minutes to go, and our cup lineup is almost as good as our PL lineup for now

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    1. Tidan2

      and now tottenham are set for a replay (as well as Southampton going out)

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      1. Luko Bratzi

        Didn’t Schnidelin play or was he just ordinary Just goes to show its not how much you pay for a player it’s how he is on being consistent Now I could mention a player for Arsenal that has been consistent in the 4 games so far that didn’t cost a penny but don’t want to upset anybody COYG CB

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    1. Bigvalbowski

      The Boro should have iced this game many moons ago. City has the possession stats, but Middlesbrough has been the better team.

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  2. fred cowardly

    Bradford have taken the freaking LEAD

    3-2 TO BRADFORD (at Stamford Bridge)

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    1. fred cowardly

      And leicester scored to equalize with Spuds.

      Hold on Bradford and one more goal Leicester

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    1. fred cowardly

      I hope so. We need him badly

      I’m worried about his work visa though

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  3. Darwin

    Relax? RELAX? with the type of FA cup matches going about, I can hardly relax….

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      1. Darwin

        One thing I know is… COMPLACENCY… the word of the weekend so far mate.

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        1. jonestown1

          Absolutely. If anyone had analysed the Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, Soton and Tottenham fixtures we would have probably had the longest odds for a win being away at a Championship ground. Be afraid, be very afraid………well maybe just a bit afraid. But talk of “smashing” them is just needlessly inviting possible embarrassment.

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  4. moneytalks

    Chelsea lose, Man City lose, Man Utd lose and Arsenal will win fa cup again.

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  5. fred cowardly

    Chelski, City, Southampton and Spuds losing

    Am I dreaming?

    Somebody pinch me

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      1. Tidan2

        that makes no sense, they get an extra match and then get through to face us…?

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        1. NY_Gunner

          @Tidan
          It makes a lot of sense, because it throws their EPL run out of wack. The extra match…

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  6. No Giroud, I'm happy

    hahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, what a joy
    Bradford 4-2 Chelsea
    Mid 2-0 City
    Tot 1-2 LEI

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  7. rkw

    Wenger needs to get real … Man city losing at home to Middlesbrough … Puts our result in perspective!!!! If wenger brings in paulista and illirammendi i will believe we will be in with a shout …. But delighted my old home team put chelski to the sword unbelievable

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  8. juhislihis

    Am I dreaming?

    City losing 0-2 to Middlesbrough, Chelsea 2-4 to Bradford, Tottenham 1-2 to Leichester, Shampton 2-3 to Palace!!”

    edit. Tottenham is OUT!

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  9. Tidan2

    City down 2… this is crazy. What a brilliant wakeup cal before tomorrow

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    1. almostawinner

      these other big guns losing tells us to be VERY careful: if we learn not to disrespect FA opponents, we can win the cup again this year!!

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  10. Mick The Gooner

    Are Chelsea, City and Tottenham really all out of the FA Cup or is BBC Sport having a joke?

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  11. fred cowardly

    It’s interesting that City, Chelski and Southampton all lost at Home

    We MUST take advantage of this great day.
    Lets win tomorrow and not have a replay
    Also, Wenger needs to learn from today and put our a strong enough team.

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    1. BarryL

      Think I might go to church tomorrow morning and say a prayer or ten!!
      COYG

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        1. RSH

          yeah, we’ll need another amazing performance. United may be poor this year but they still get results, and our record at OT is horrendous. We would have to be at the top of our game.

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          1. almostawinner

            even wenger can now see with our result versus manc that defence needs to be taken more seriously. hopefully if we play against manU like we did versus manC , we can win at OT. all streaks have to end.

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  12. The Analyzer

    Final result: Chelsea, Man City, Swansea, the Saints are out. If Arsenal win tomorrow it will become a battle between Arsenal, West Ham, Liverpool, and Man United for the cup. Hope West Ham and Liverpool will lose but I do not see Man United losing to Cambridge.

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    1. fred cowardly

      You forgot Spuds . Out too.

      That’s the icing on the cake For today

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  13. juhislihis

    Jose Mourinho:

    “If we lose to Bradford, it would be a disgrace”

    Well we all knew that already, but now it’s official: YOU’RE A DISGRACE JOSE.

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    1. HA559

      But you have to quote all of it. I hate Mourinho as well, but he said if we lost to Bradford to focus on winning the league, then it’s a disgrace.

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      1. HA559

        Actually post match, he has confirmed it right now that it is a disgrace to lose against a lower team, so Maybe he did mean that afteral before the gamel.

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  14. kam

    Wow, I mean like wow.Interesting FA Cup matches.Yesterday man utd draw, today Chelsea, City, Southampton, Spurs lost

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    1. muffdiver

      really? your confident? we scraped past wigan an hull to win last year, actually scraped- gotta learn from today- dont be over confident!

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  15. RSH

    FA Cup up for grabs again guys! Most top EPL teams are out now. No complacency, lets retain this trophy 🙂

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  16. leo

    paulista £12m with £3m based on appearances deal by Monday depends on Campbell (loan) as well

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    1. moneytalks

      Hope its true. We would have got more points had we signed a quality CB in august. Hopefully
      this is true.

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    2. RSH

      Yeah, I’ve heard the deal is essentially finished. So happy we are finally getting another defender.

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  17. leo

    Mourinho, Friday: “If we lose to Bradford, it will be a disgrace.” hahahhahahaha looooooooool
    Man City, Chelsea, Spurs, Southampton & Swansea ALL out of the FA Cup come on ARSENAL

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  18. Raja Danish

    Ooooooooo Haaaaaaahaaaaah!!!!!! i m really really happy guys because all the premier league big boys lost their games at their own stadium few minutes earlier in fa cup against small teams… it has really made my day and m very happy… chelsea lost 4-2 vs bradford at bridge man city lost 2-0 vs middlesborough at etihad southampton lost 3-2 vs our sanogo’s crystal palace at saint mary’s and lastly tottenham also losf at white hart lane vs leicester 2-0… I hope liverpool also lose today vs bolton at their own turf anfield in later match that would be something amazing guys all top teams gonna be out with our team hopefully tomorrow we will see off brighton and win the fa cup again and retain the cup and I think we r now favourites to win fa cup INSHAA ALLAH tis season again.. coyg..

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  19. leo

    Bradford became the first club to score four goals in the home of a club managed by Mourinho.

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  20. moneytalks

    I would prefer FA cup win, atleast semis of UCL and atleast 3rd in EPL will be a good season.

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    1. RSH

      Agree. 3rd, at least quarters in UCL (i still question us against teams like Bayern, Real), FA Cup. I’m feeling more confident since were finally getting a defender it seems. As long as we avoid another huge injury crisis I think we can do it.

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      1. almostawinner

        v.interesting to read behind the lines on wenger’s comments: seems like the players got fed up with him not paying enuf attention to defence. and he listened! (finally!). if we can do that, we can win against anyone. the trick now is to figure out how to have both ozil and caz on at the same time and being effective.

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  21. MDOwn

    We have to take the FA Cup seriously this year! All of the teams above us failed to win this weekend so we have a real chance but we absolutely cannot underestimate the competition, like they all have. This is a real chance for a Trophy!

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  22. HA559

    Suddnely the transfer window activity will escalate in the next week, Chelsea will look to spend big on defence and City if allowed to by FPP will also try the same. I wonder if Mourinho is still thinking if he doesn’t need to spend in this window.

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  23. fred cowardly

    The FA cup is our most realistic chance for a trophy. We aren’t out of CL and PL is still mathematically possible, but now the FA Cup is very realistic possibility. We MUST take advantage of what happened today.

    Chelski’s downfall was amazing because Bradford were 2-0 down @Stanford Bridge.

    Very happy today
    But more nervous for tomorrow TBH

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    1. Mick The Gooner

      I would really like to see Mourinho’s post-match interview, has he given one yet? After conceding 4 against Bradford, I imagine it would be quite amusing, especially being a manager who prides himself on defensive performances.

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  24. RSH

    Crystal Palace front 3 next season

    Lord Chamakh-Lord Sanogo-Lord Bendtner

    15-16 Champions.

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  25. Matt

    Loved the results today, all we now need is United to get knocked out somewhen and hope Bolton can pull something off at Anfield now! Things are looking very good already if we hope to lift the FA cup this season again however we shouldn’t underestimate the smaller, lower league teams.

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  26. lil b gunner

    its confirmed paulista to arsenal and Campbell on loan to Villarreal

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  27. AYZAY

    Im happy sanogo scored and happier totenham n city lost but happiest chelshit ate shit, four times, the moaning hoes face looked like the shit really tasted like hafizs’ shit, spend spend and still get beaten by bradford

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  28. fred cowardly

    Am I too greedy to want Liverpool to lose too?

    Liverpool losing would make this a perfect day and us winning tomorrow would make it a perfect weekend.

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    1. almostawinner

      who cares if its greedy? 4 out today! thats already f*ing greedy. even if pool or manU dont get knocked out, we CAN knock them out.

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  29. gunnerman8701

    Gabriel is almost a done deal. Campbell headed opposite direction on loan till the end of season.

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