Arsenal are left to round up the Premier League weekend with a match against Newcastle United at the Emirates. And following on from a couple of vital wins for the Gunners, combined with a couple of cock-ups from our main rivals for the last Champions League spot, Everton, a win would pretty much guarantee us a 17th season among the European elite. But does that just mean that Arsene Wenger will pick this same starting XI that won at Hull last weekend?
Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski
Giroud .......Read the full article here
After Lukasz Fabianski’s heroics in Arsenal’s penalty shoot out against Wigan, surely he should be a shoe-in to carry on his run of playing in every FA Cup match this season, but now it seems that Wojciech Szczesny is also hoping that he can get the nod to play in the prestigious final against Hull City.
It now seems clear that Fab is leaving for the Bundesliga at the end of the season, so perhaps there is a case for Wenger giving Szczesny back his Number One jersey, especially as the manager has clearly made his choice over which is the better keeper. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal have to get Fabianski to sign some sort of deal! by Ash
Time and time again I have spoken about this topic but I really cannot stress the importance of what this issue holds for Arsenal football club. And after Lukasz Fabianski has proven himself once again to be the best deputy keeper in the Premier League, Arsenal may have to consider offering the stopper a sort of timeshare deal, a la Casillas and Real Madrid. .......Read the full article here
The vice-captain of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, was obviously delighted that the Gunners booked their place in the FA cup final at Wembley, but he is also well aware that Arsenal were somewhat fortunate after going behind to Wigan Athletic.
Arteta admitted that the Championship side gave Arsenal a torrid and tough game, although the Spaniard was not really surprised by that. Speaking after the game, as reported by Arsenal.com, Arteta seemed to accept the fact that nothing will come easily for Arsenal this season, but must be dragged kicking and screaming from games. .......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
It will not surprise many of you Arsenal fans out there to hear that Arsene Wenger was one very relieved Frenchman after Lukasz Fabianski had become the hero for the Gunners in the penalty shootout victors over plucky Championship side Wigan Athletic.
It might not be overdoing it to suggest that the Polish keeper’s two saves will be the difference between Arsenal having a new manager next season or not. I think most of us and the football world believes that Wenger would have punched his clock at the Emirates if we had failed to win the cup and secure fourth place. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal went into this crucial FA cup game against Wigan with good reason for thinking that lady luck had got something against them, after Everton took all three points away from their trip to Sunderland thanks to a jammy deflected goal. But the Gunners had a great chance to give the whole club a lift by booking a place in the final.
What we really couldn’t afford to do was start badly and concede another early goal. We didn’t and there was not a big sign of nerves among the Arsenal team as they took the game to Wigan. We were creating chances as well, but Sanogo, Chamberlain, Podolski and Sagna could not take them and the game became more even as the half drew to close. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal vs Swansea match preview by Ash
Tonight Arsenal have the chance to appease the fans after the recent sorrows with a quick return to Premier League action. Arsenal will welcome Welsh side Swansea City to the Emirates tonight for yet another must win encounter. .......Read the full article here
Wojciech willing to stay, forever! by Ash
As players at Arsenal seem to be committing to new contracts quicker than Manchester United can grab points, the club has today received another boost with Wojciech Szczsney verbally commuting his future to Arsenal. From an interview in his home nation of Poland, reported by Sky Sports, Szczseny gives the Gunners an insight into the future of his career. .......Read the full article here
It is almost exactly a year since Wojciech Szczesny lost his place in the Arsenal team. His international team-mate Lukasz Fabianski was brought in for the away trip to face Bayern Munich and he put in a great shift as the Gunners recorded a famous 2-0 victory at the Allianz arena.
This season, Szczesny was absent again, but only because of the harsh red card picked up in the first leg. But Fabianski was fantastic again, especially the brilliant double save to deny Thomas Muller from the penalty spot and if I was Arsene Wenger, I would seriously consider playing Fabianski against Chelsea on Saturday, because the younger Pole is just starting to show signs of that lack of concentration that cost him his place before. .......Read the full article here
By not winning their Champions League group, Arsenal brought yet another Champions League last 16 exit on themselves. But just like last season, it does not feel like a disaster. INstead, the Arsenal players and fans can feel great pride in standing toe-to-toe with Bayern Munich in their own backyard.
Don’t forget what they did to Barcelona last year and what they have been doing to every team in the German Bundesliga all season. And this season they are better, which makes it even more of a boost for Arsenal, especially as it was the decision to send off Szczesny that really decided the tie, not poor play at home like last season. .......Read the full article here