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Arsenal start on Friday night football

Yes yes we do, finally the waiting is over, who cares if it’s a Friday night! Premier League football is back and we’re playing live on TV tonight. Which means there will be 60,000 or so inside our Emirates Stadium this evening. I couldn’t make the Community (Charity) Shield last weekend at Wembley so really looking forward to seeing our new lads in action tonight. I’ll definitely be putting a bet on Alexandre Lacazette to score that’s for sure, the lad is going to do good I can feel it.

As for our #AFCpredictions this season, yes they are back and we’ll be doing them before each game to see how many we get right. I think all of us did quite well at times last year. If you’d like to join us each week in doing your predictions then please do give us a shout by clicking here.

Sunday 6th August @ 14:00, Community Shield (Wembley) vs Chelsea – RESULT = 1-1
but Arsenal won 4-1 on penalties.

Just the boost we needed before the season started, I know this match is obviously not considered a proper trophy but just to beat Chelsea once again is a massive plus. The new lads looked good, I was surprised Mertesacker started but after his performance back in May I suppose it was quite fitting. Definitely a nasty whack to his head that. The draw over ninety minutes was probably fair enough but us winning via the new ‘A-B-B-A’ shoot-out format was great! Our predictions before the game were:
David : 2-1 Arsenal
Jason : 2-2 draw – then win on penalties
Alex : 2-1 Arsenal
Lewis : 1-1 draw – then lose on penalties
Vas : 1-1 draw – then lose on penalties

Friday 11th August @ 19:45, Premier League (H) vs Leicester City – RESULT

Our predictions before the game are:
David : 3-0 Arsenal
Jason : 2-0 Arsenal
Alex : 2-1 Arsenal
Lewis : 2-1 Arsenal
Vas : 3-0 Arsenal

Saturday 19th August @ 17:30 Premier League (A) vs Stoke City – RESULT

Our predictions before the game are: David : Jason : Alex : Lewis : Vas :

Sunday 27th August @ 16:00 Premier League (A) vs Liverpool – RESULT

Our predictions before the game are: David : Jason : Alex : Lewis : Vas : 

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Why did Wenger out never happen?

With our Arsenal fixtures for the forthcoming season confirmed last month, we look ahead to the upcoming Community Shield against Chelsea this Sunday. As well as the fixtures for the opening two months of the season and which players will or will not be playing in them? Oh and why did Wenger out never happen? My answer to that now is to forget about it, we all know the reason why so let us as a club put last season’s divide between fans to one side please.

German Sead Kolasinac

Right, with both SKY Sports and BT Sports having now worked out which of our games they will be showing live, we as fans can work where we’ll be able to watch them if we’re not at the game itself. Those fixtures mentioned are at the bottom of this page.

Firstly though, the Community Shield this weekend. Not to talk about Chelsea too much, but it’s been mentioned a few times that their squad is still a little light to defend their Premier League crown going into the new season. They have hardly signed anyone, but then neither have we. The only two players of significance are defender Sead Kolasinac from Schalke, who looks like a huge build of a man, and long serving Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette. I’m happy with both but with question marks still over Ozil and Sanchez (although Wenger says they’ll still be here) I’m a little concerned we’re a tad lightweight. Even more so when as yet we do not know the future of Jack Wilshere and again rumours in the press about Oxlade-Chamberlain moving on.

New signing Alexandre Lacazette

With regards to this Sunday at Wembley then, I honestly think we’ll beat Chelsea again and am quietly confident. Hopefully the confidence is still there from our FA Cup final win in May and pre-season has been okay. Winning the community shield is of course not important as such, but just keeping a winning mentality is. There has been unrest with Conte in the Chelsea camp and with Matic leaving for United and Costa due to leave I do wonder what their currently mental state is a squad. To be honest, I don’t really care. My concern is always of course Arsenal.

Will the Europa League be a distraction for us this season, of course it will be, once the fixtures are confirmed and we start to playing Thursdays and Sundays. That is why we must get off to a flying start with no messing around, six points from the first two games will do me. In fact I’m going to predict ten points from our first four games before we possibly slip up to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in September. See you next month anyway for our #AFCPredictions which myself, Jason, Alex, Lewis and Vas will be doing once again this season.

August 2017

Friday 11th August – Premier League : Arsenal 19:45 Leicester City on SKY Sports

Saturday 19th August – Premier League : Stoke City 17:30 Arsenal on BT Sport

Sunday 27th August – Premier League : Liverpool 16:00 Arsenal on SKY Sports

September 2017

Saturday 9th September – Premier League : Arsenal 15:00 Bournemouth

Sunday 17th September – Premier League : Chelsea 13:30 Arsenal on SKY Sports

Monday 25th September – Premier League : Arsenal 20:00 West Bromwich Albion on SKY Sports

October 2017

Sunday 1st October – Premier League : Arsenal 12:00 Brighton and Hove Albion on BT Sport

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Premier League fixtures announced

That’s right. Yesterday we all waited in anticipation to see where and when we would be playing all the other Premier League teams next season and we have listed them below. Some of you I know were hoping we would be playing these games under new management but it’s not to be. Wenger has signed a new two year contract so instead of having a season like last season, let’s get behind him even if we don’t all want to: #AFCPredictions

August

Saturday – Opening Day – 12/08/2017 Leicester City (home) 15:00

Saturday – 12/08/2017 Leicester City (home) 15:00

Saturday – 19/08/2017 Stoke City (away) 15:00

Saturday – 26/08/2017 Liverpool (away) 15:00

September

Saturday – 09/09/2017 Bournemouth (home) 15:00

Saturday – 16/09/2017 Chelsea (away) 15:00

Saturday – 23/09/2017 West Bromwich Albion (home) 15:00

Saturday – 30/09/2017 Brighton and Hove Albion (home) 15:00

October

Saturday – 14/10/2017 Watford (away) 15:00

Saturday – 21/10/2017 Everton (away) 15:00

Saturday – 28/10/2017 Swansea City (home) 15:00

November

Saturday – 04/11/2017 Manchester City (away) 15:00

Saturday – Derby Day – 18/11/2017 Tottenham Hotspur (home) 15:00

Saturday – 25/11/2017 Burnley (away) 15:00

Tuesday – 28/11/2017 Huddersfield Town (home) 19:45

December

Saturday – 02/12/2017 Manchester United (home) 15:00

Saturday – 09/12/2017 Southampton (away) 15:00

Tuesday – 12/12/2017 West Ham United (away) 19:45

Saturday – 16/12/2017 Newcastle United (home) 15:00

Saturday – 23/12/2017 Liverpool (home) 15:00

Tuesday – Boxing Day – 26/12/2017 Crystal Palace (away) 15:00

Saturday – 30/12/2017 West Bromwich Albion (away) 15:00

January

Monday – New Years Day – 01/01/2018 Chelsea (home) 15:00

Saturday – 13/01/2018 Bournemouth (away) 15:00

Saturday – 20/01/2018 Crystal Palace (home) 15:00

Tuesday – 30/01/2018 Swansea City (away) 19:45

February

Saturday – 03/02/2018 Everton (home) 15:00

Saturday – Derby Day – 10/02/2018 Tottenham Hotspur (away) 15:00

Saturday – 24/02/2018 Manchester City (home) 15:00

March

Saturday – 03/03/2018 Brighton and Hove Albion (away) 15:00

Saturday – 10/03/2018 Watford (home) 15:00

Saturday – 17/03/2018 Leicester City (away) 15:00

Saturday – 31/03/2018 Stoke City (home) 15:00

April

Saturday – 07/04/2018 Southampton (away) 15:00

Saturday – 14/04/2018 Newcastle United (away) 15:00

Saturday – 21/04/2018 West Ham United (home) 15:00

Saturday – 28/04/2018 Manchester United (away) 15:00

May

Saturday – 05/05/2018 Burnley (home) 15:00

Saturday – Final Day – 13/05/2018 Huddersfield Town (away) 15:00

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FA Cup winners yet again

It was the 136th FA Cup Final last weekend and once again we were in it. The third time in the last four years. It was held at new Wembley, as it has been since the place re-opened back in 2007 and was played in front of 90,000 people. Compare that to the first final held back in 1872 at the Kennington Oval between two amateurs teams you realise how great this old competition is. There has been 136 winning day winners then but we now hold the most wins with 13. In recent years Manchester United held the record until we went ahead of them two years ago, unfortunately they won it again last year to draw level. Once again though, we are now back there out in the lead with the most FA Cup Final victories ever.

Ramsey was clearly offside for Sanchez’s goal

I was fortunate enough to get a ticket and was in confident mood. I’d actually had a good sized bet on us to win in 90 mins. Although I had downloaded the relevant bookie app for my Android so I could cash out if I felt the game was going against us.

It wasn’t going to be an easy game with us facing league winners Chelsea who were looking to do a double and continue their winning streak. We ourselves, although not finishing in the top four were coming into the game on a winning streak so had an opportunity to win it. Then we remembered our injuries and suspensions as well as Wenger’s persistence to continue with Ospina in-goal as our cup keeper. Per Mertesacker was playing as well, yes Per was given his first start of the season but was to be our linchpin at the back.

I myself? I wasn’t worried, we had Rob Holding playing and we’d won the last eleven games he played in, so I thought why can’t it happen again. Oxlade-Chamberlain was back in too after missing the last three games with a tight hamstring and Danny Welbeck was in ahead of my super sub of the season Olivier Giroud. Chelsea themselves had their usual keeper and back three and both Cahill and Luiz must have been so happy about that after missing their last final five years ago. Matic was on bench that day too but started this one ahead of Fabregas. Then their usual forward three who have scored 51 goals between this season.

A minute’s silence was superbly respected by all in the ground out of respect for all those who had lost their lives in the recent Manchester terror attacks.

Goal. Yep a goal. Or was it? With only four minutes gone there was some controversy, Sanchez thought he’d scored his fifth goal in as many Wembley appearance but the linesman disallowed as Ramsey was clearly offside. However, referee Anthony Taylor spoke to his linesman and between them decided Ramsey was not interfering. Goal. Yep a goal. It was!

Before half-time we should have scored two more but Cahill twice cleared off the line as we dominated the game. That didn’t last for long and with the game opening up with Chelsea chasing and us still trying to attack all the time chances kept coming. Then Moses stupidly got himself sent off, he was already on a yellow card and decided to try to win his team a penalty by diving in the box. Second yellow card and he was off. Stupid boy!

Then a few minutes of madness as Costa equalised for them, but while we were still cursing and their fans were still celebrating. My super sub Olivier Giroud and been brought on and had crossed the ball with his first touches to set-up Aaron Ramsey to head in from close range. There is no way the ball should have been crossed and there is no way Ramsey knew that it would but thankfully his gamble to make the run came off.

A few more chances came but in the end the best team on the day won and the 136th winner of the FA Cup was us yet again.

Arsenal. FA Cup Winners. I like that! It was one of our best performances of our entire season. From start to finish. It just shows what you can do if you fight for it

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Champions League here we come

What a random and strange month last month was then, but all the focus is now of course winning these final league games and hopefully guarantee ourselves yet another Champions League spot. I have loved the fact recently that everyone has written us and Arsene off as we’ve gradually slipped down the league into sixth place. As soon as we got into that position, that was it. Some of our fans, fellow fans and the media all apparently confirming our fate. I know it’s been a pretty poor season, with absolutely no consistency, but we have dropped down the table recently because of our FA Cup run and not playing our league games.

We now have games coming up against teams this month, who have other priorities (Man Utd) or no priority whatsoever (the rest of them) as their season is pretty much over already. In fact four of our final five league are at home too, so I’m going to come out and say it now. We will qualify for the Champion League next season. Okay, yes it’s not a trophy but once again and for our future it is where we need to be. The priority is always about winning trophies, but if we have a winning run of games now in the league and we’re flying at the end of the season. Then we can take that into our game at Wembley at the end of May.

Forget St Totteringham’s Day, forget losing to Spurs last week, let’s face it they have been better than us this season but they aren’t going to win anything this season. We can and we can of course still qualify for the Champions League just like them. Okay, enough of my ramblings, let’s get behind our team and dare I say it, let’s get behind Arsene for this hopefully merry month of May. Our AFC Predictions will continue too, so if you fancy joining in our predictions game or have anything else to rant about please contact us by clicking here.

Sun 7th May 16.00 Man Utd (Home) Premier League – RESULT 2-0 WIN
Arsenal – Xhaka (54), Welbeck (57)
Man Utd – 

Shocking defending but superb Welbeck header

This game was done and dusted in those few second half minutes when we took full advantage of a very poor and non-offensive Manchester United team. Once we got the goals the was clearly no way they were coming back. Once again, like so many times this season, they tried to stop the opposition scoring and hope to get a draw or possibly pinch a one-nil victory. Well it didn’t work, they had a few shots from distance but nothing clear-cut and when they even started standing off the ball, which they did for both our goals, me made sure we punished them. Hopefully this good but not brilliant victory, will build some momentum going into the final handful of games we have left. Our predictions before the game too were:

David : 2-1 Arsenal
Jason : 1-1 draw
Alex : 2-0 Arsenal
Lewis : 1-0 Arsenal
Vas : 1-0 Arsenal

Wed 10th May 19.45 Southampton (Away) Premier League – RESULT 2-0 WIN
Southampton –
Arsenal – Alexis (60), Giroud (83)

Sanchez’ performance outstanding

What a great performance last night, I mean that, we were really professional last night but more importantly played well too. I do love Giroud coming off the bench and scoring as well, how often has he done that now this season? As for Alexis Sanchez, wow, outstanding performance and goal once again from that man, as he leads our charge towards a Champions League spot. More important for me though is keeping that winning momentum going towards the FA Cup Final. Here are our predictions before the game:

David : 2-1 Arsenal
Jason : 3-0 Arsenal
Alex : 1-1 draw
Lewis : 2-0 Arsenal
Vas : 2-0 Arsenal

Sat 13th May 17.30 Stoke (Away) Premier League – RESULT 4-1 WIN
Stoke – Crouch (67)
Arsenal – Giroud (42 & 80), Özil (55), Sánchez (76)

Sanchez hitting the target again to make it 3-1

What did I say at the beginning of the month? I knew we’d go on a march in this final month of the season and that is precisely what we’re doing. Sanchez was great again and as always, if Giroud plays for 10 minutes or if he starts, he scores. It doesn’t mean he always plays well but he just always seems to score. Great performance anyway, on a ground we all know we have a lot of trouble on. As for the banners in the ground and the plane flying over the stadium, embarrassing stuff. I have my opinion and have expressed my feelings towards Wenger leaving, but I simply do not like this way of trying to hound him out. Here are our predictions before the game:

David : 3-1 Arsenal
Jason : 2-0 Arsenal
Alex : 2-1 Arsenal
Lewis : 3-1 Arsenal
Vas : 3-0 Arsenal

Tue 16th May 19.45 Sunderland (Home) Premier League – RESULT 2-0 WIN
Arsenal – Sánchez (72 & 81)
Sunderland – 

I think we all thought that last night was going to be an easy win and I suppose the scoreline may look as if it was. However, it was far from that as a relegated Sunderland team battled away and made it very hard for us until Sanchez got two late goals. The win leaves us still in fifth place with us relying on Liverpool and Manchester City to slip up on Sunday so we can finish in the top four once again. If we beat Everton of course. As mentioned above, even we believed we’d score plenty of goals last night with our predictions before the game:

David : 3-0 Arsenal
Jason : 4-0 Arsenal
Alex : 2-0 Arsenal
Lewis : 4-0 Arsenal
Vas : 3-0 Arsenal

Sun 21st May 15.00 Everton (Home) Premier League – RESULT 3-1 WIN
Arsenal – Bellerín (8), Koscielny (Sent off – 14), Sánchez (27), Ramsey (90+1)
Everton – Lukaku (58 pen)

I was wrong then, sorry, I honestly thought we’d get into the Champions League. Unlike the rest of the season though, we gave it a right good go in the past month or so to get there. In fact I think we finally pulled our finger out and played some great stuff and got the numerous wins that we thought would do it for us. Unfortunately we always seemed to be replying on the other teams above us and to be fair to them, they still got their job done.

If that’s not disappointing enough, against Everton we have now lost players through both injury and suspension for the FA Cup final on Saturday. I thought Laurent Koscielny was unlucky to be sent off at the time but having seen it again it was a stupid challenge and he was off the floor. Gabriel injured badly as well so it sounds like Mertesacker may well be coming into the squad for his first game is as long as I can remember.

As for Wenger, I still want him to leave but I’ve mentioned before I’m not a fan of shouting “Wenger out” or putting up the banners. However, I’m all for shouting “Stan Kroenke get out of our club”. Good luck in the Cup Final anyway lads, I’ll see you there. Here were our predictions before this game anyway:

David : 3-1 Arsenal
Jason : 2-0 Arsenal
Alex : 2-1 Arsenal
Lewis : 3-1 Arsenal
Vas : 2-0 Arsenal

Sat 27th May 17.30 Chelsea (Wembley) FA Cup Final – RESULT 2-1 WIN
Arsenal – Alexis (5), Ramsey (79)
Chelsea – Costa (76)

A separate blog for our FA Cup final win (get in!) will follow, but here were our predictions before the game:

David : 2-1 Arsenal
Jason : 2-1 Arsenal
Alex : 2-0 Chelsea
Lewis : 3-1 Chelsea
Vas : 2-1 Chelsea

What did she wear? She wore, she wore, She wore a yellow ribbon, She wore a yellow ribbon, In the merry month of May! And when, I asked, Oh why she wore her ribbon, She said it’s for The Arsenal, And we’re going to Wembley! Wembley, Wembley, We’re the famous Arsenal, And we’re going to Wembley!

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Is Arsene Wenger leaving or not?

A few weeks ago Arsene announced that he’d made a decision on his future already and all would be revealed, however nothing has come out yet. Then you have his press conference this week and he was very coy over his future once again. The board need to act, but we know they won’t. If he’s leaving, fine, if he’s staying, fine – well maybe not, but either way we as fans want an announcement and want an announcement now! Not that I care what other fans think of us, but it does just give them more reason to laugh at our great club. We’re becoming a joke the longer this goes on. Quite clearly nothing is going to be confirmed until the end of the season, or at best until our FA Cup run this season is over. Hopefully that will be at Wembley at the end of May though.

Last month wasn’t the best once again, but we’re still in the FA Cup as mentioned, but we have had a couple of very easy ties against lower opposition in the last couple of rounds. Some massive Premier League games coming up too though as Mr Wenger looks to continue his “success” of qualifying for the Champions League and of course finishing above our rivals Spurs. Two huge games against Man City first though before the big once away to them at the very end of April. It’s going to be a very busy April following our team, but of course our AFC Predictions will continue until the end of the season. If you fancy joining in our predictions game or have anything else to rant about please contact us by clicking here.

Sun 2nd Apr 16.00 Man City (Home) Premier League – RESULT 2-2 DRAW
Arsenal – Walcott (40), Mustafi (53)
City – Sane (5), Aguero (42)

Mustafi made it 2-2

Not good enough but a deserved draw for sure, Jason got the 2-2 draw correct in our predictions before the game:
David : 2-1 Arsenal
Jason : 2-2 draw
Alex : 2-1 Arsenal
Lewis : 1-1 draw
Vas : 1-2 City

Wed 5th Apr 19.45 West Ham (Home) Premier League – RESULT 3-0 WIN
Arsenal – Ozil (58), Walcott (68), Giroud (84)
West Ham – 

With the form that West Ham were in before this game, there would have been uproar beyond belief if we hadn’t won this game. Thankfully, like we have a few times this season we made it look very easy and we could have had five or six on the night. We weren’t at our best but we have shown again we can put these type of teams to the sword more often when they come to our place. Some great finishes on the night and all our winning predictions before the game were correct:
David : 2-0 Arsenal
Jason : 2-0 Arsenal
Alex : 3-1 Arsenal
Lewis : 2-1 Arsenal
Vas : 1-0 Arsenal

Mon 10th Apr 20.00 Crystal Palace (Away) Premier League – RESULT 3-0 LOSS
Palace – Townsend (17), Cabaye (63), Milivojevic (68 pen)
Arsenal –

Some absolutely gutless defending

What an absolutely shocking performance, gutless. I know Palace have found a bit of form recently but come on. How are you and how were we outplayed by a team fighting relegation last night? We had the majority of the ball but did absolutely nothing with it and that fell right into their hands. How are on earth can you not have a second half shot on target when you’re chasing the game to get back into it? Our predictions before the game were way off:
David : 1-2 Arsenal
Jason : 0-2 Arsenal
Alex : 1-1 draw
Lewis : 1-2 Arsenal
Vas : 1-3 Arsenal

Mon 17th Apr 20.00 Middlesbrough (Away) Premier League – RESULT 1-2 WIN
Middlesbrough – Negredo (50)
Arsenal – Alexis (42), Ozil (71)

Finally an away win in the league, our first since January. To be fair we deserved it as well, but it was a battle last night with the Teessiders trying to fight off relegation. It of course wasn’t pretty, although Sanchez’s free kick for our first goal certainly was. He made it look so easy. Even with all our recent troubles we should have still been beating Middlesbrough and we were all confident of that with our predictions before the game:
David : 1-3 Arsenal
Jason : 0-2 Arsenal
Alex : 0-3 Arsenal
Lewis : 0-3 Arsenal
Vas : 0-2 Arsenal 

Sun 23rd Apr 15.00 Man City (Wembley) FA Cup Semi-Final – RESULT 2-1 WIN AET
Arsenal – Monreal (71), Alexis (100)
Man City – Aguero (62)

Sanchez with the ET winner in the semi-final

Well, we were clear underdogs to beat City on Sunday and rightfully so but the FA Cup is all about upsets isn’t it? What all five us below weren’t expecting though was that type of performance, I thought we were great. Yes, City had chances and at times our defending wasn’t great, but the fighting spirit and the willingness to keep going was superb. We kept creating chances and with the formation we played we didn’t allow the Manchester club to control us. No surprise a few of our predictions before the game were way off the mark then:
David : 1-2 Arsenal
Jason : 1-2 AET Arsenal
Alex : 2-0 Man City
Lewis : 1-2 Arsenal
Vas : 2-1 Man City

Wed 26th Apr 19.45 Leicester City (Home) Premier League – RESULT 1-0 WIN
Arsenal – Huth (86 og)
Leicester – 

Oh dear Alexis, very embarrassing

All the talk this morning is of Alexis Sanchez’s dive, play acting or whatever you want to call it. Which is no surprise because it was, and the game itself was pretty terrible. I’m of course glad we got the win, but it was a very ugly display of football, if you can call it that. Monreal’s wayward shot with four minutes to go hit Robert Huth’s chest and deflected in past Schmeichel for our winner. Then the big and embarrassing talking point, Sanchez going down holding his face after the ball hit him there. Not good, but Fuchs should have been booked too for deliberately throwing the ball straight at him. Anyway, our predictions before the game were bang on with three 1-0 predictions:
David : 1-0 Arsenal
Jason : 1-0 Arsenal
Alex : 1-1 draw
Lewis : 1-0 Arsenal
Vas : 2-0 Arsenal

Sun 30th Apr 16.30 Spurs (Away) Premier League – RESULT 2-0 LOSS
Spurs – Alli (55), Kane (58 pen)
Arsenal –

Lets just hope they don’t catch Chelsea and go on to win the league. I clearly can’t see it, but it’s bad enough that they’re so far ahead of us this season. Our predictions before the game weren’t that hopeful and that was confirmed in the space of four minutes when we collapsed and you could see that Spurs wanted it more. Just before that though, you thought without playing well we could still pinch this 1-0 but unfortunately Spurs just go marching on. They’ll soon be back to their usual selves next season when they’re playing all their home games at Wembley.

David : 2-1 Spurs
Jason : 1-1 draw
Alex : 3-1 Spurs
Lewis : 1-2 Arsenal
Vas : 0-1 Arsenal

What did she wear? She wore, she wore, She wore a yellow ribbon, She wore a yellow ribbon, In the merry month of May! And when, I asked, Oh why she wore her ribbon, She said it’s for The Arsenal, And we’re going to Wembley! Wembley, Wembley, We’re the famous Arsenal, And we’re going to Wembley!

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Another poor month, what is going on Arsene?

To many questions to be answered in what is going on at our club and nothing has or is changing. The month of January for us was so poor as mentioned it my blog last month and that has now been followed up by an even worse February. Two wins from four games and those two wins were against Hull City at home and non-league Sutton United in the FA Cup. Has Wenger finally lost control of the players, obviously I don’t know but looking from the outside he may well have done. If that is the case, then even the manager has to go if he can’t control them or you get rid of the players or players causing trouble. Whoever they are!

Champions League Quarter Final qualification has now gone then after that defeat in Germany. Only a miracle could change that but it wouldn’t surprise me if we actually go and win the game on the night. Putting in a performance when it doesn’t matter. That seems to be our way at the moment but that is not going to stop us following our team and our AFC Predictions will continue until the end of the season. If you fancy joining in our predictions game or have anything else to rant about please contact us by clicking here.

Sat 4th Mar 17.30 Liverpool (Away) Premier League – RESULT 3-1 LOSS
Liverpool – Firmino (9), Mane (40), Wijnaldum (90)
Arsenal – Welbeck (57)

Have Sanchez and Wenger fallen out?

Poor poor showing and Wenger left out our best player as well? What is going on at our club again? Why was Alexis Sanchez not in the starting line up? Who knows, but I cannot see Sanchez being at our club come the summer now. All clubs have players who have training ground bust ups, that’s nothing new. In some ways it’s good that people show some passion, but when it then affects the players and the team’s performance something needs sorting? Our predictions before the game were:
David : 2-2 draw
Jason : 2-0 Liverpool
Alex : 2-1 Liverpool
Lewis : 1-1 draw
Vas : 1-2 Arsenal

Tue 7th Mar 19.45 Bayern Munich (Home) Champions League – RESULT 5-1 LOSS (10-2 agg)
Arsenal – Walcott (20)
Munich – Lewandowski (55 pen), Robben (68), Costa De Souza (78), Vidal (80, 85)

What can I say that hasn’t been said since the end of the game last night and all of today? Okay, we started brightly and two players tried to put some effort in! Two players! Not even worth a mention but thought I’d mention one little positive. After that we were a disgrace, it’s not very often I use that word but there is no other way to describe it in my opinion. I can only add other words to the performance, like embarrassing, shameful as we just gave up and seemed happy as everyone just laughed at us. So much for our predictions before the game:
David : 2-1 Arsenal
Jason : 2-1 Arsenal
Alex : 1-1 draw
Lewis : 1-3 Munich
Vas : 1-1 draw

Sat 11th Mar 17.30 Leicester City (Home) Premier League – POSTPONED

Sat 11th Mar 17.30 Lincoln City (Home) FA Cup – RESULT 5-0 WIN
Arsenal – Walcott (45), Giroud (53), Waterfall (58 og), Alexis (73), Ramsey (75)
Lincoln – 

Our predictions before the game are:

Gunner for life

David : 4-1 Arsenal
Jason : 3-0 Arsenal
Alex : 4-0 Arsenal
Lewis : 2-1 Arsenal
Vas : 2-0 Arsenal

Sat 18th Mar 12.30 West Brom (Away) Premier League – RESULT 3-1 LOSS
West Brom – Dawson (12, 75), Robson-Kanu (56)
Arsenal – Alexis (15)

Some of the worst defending I have ever seen by an Arsenal team in all the years of watching them. Set piece marking at this level is just basic, it shouldn’t have to be something you even think about, it should come naturally. However, when do you come up against the likes of Stoke City and West Brom you need to be on your guard that little bit more. Safe to say we weren’t, so our predictions before the game were well off:
David : 1-1 draw
Jason : 0-2 Arsenal
Alex : 1-2 Arsenal
Lewis : 1-1 draw
Vas : 0-2 Arsenal

What did she wear? She wore, she wore, She wore a yellow ribbon, She wore a yellow ribbon, In the merry month of May! And when, I asked, Oh why she wore her ribbon, She said it’s for The Arsenal, And we’re going to Wembley! Wembley, Wembley, We’re the famous Arsenal, And we’re going to Wembley!

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A very bad end to January!

I started last month’s blog with the heading “New Year, same old Arsenal?” and look where we are? I did have a little bit of hope that we could build some momentum in January, with a couple of so called easy home fixtures and an FA Cup run. That way we’d have plenty of confidence going into the start of February and a trip to Stamford Bridge. Yes, Chelsea have been on a great run since we destroyed them at our place and they change their formation, but I’d have been confident going there for sure, but not now. There are of course obvious changes to be made, but currently I still cannot see that happening so what does have to change? Maybe just something very simple?

I just hope it doesn’t effect our Champions League form too, but I suppose we’ll have to wait and see about that. I am looking forward to some good old European football this month though, I hope I’m saying that next month as well. Anyway If you fancy joining in our predictions game or have anything else to rant about please contact us by clicking here.

Sat 4th Feb 12.30 Chelsea (Away) Premier League – RESULT 3-1 LOSS
Chelsea – Alonso (13), Hazard (53), Fabregas (85)
Arsenal – Giroud (90)

The worst possible fixture we could of had after losing at home to Watford last week. Chelsea away in the league was always going to be a defeat, I don’t care what other Arsenal fans say on this occasion. You lose with a performance like that at home in midweek just gave us no time to prepare for this battle and so it proved. Plus I can’t even brink myself to say well done to Vas as our predictions before the game were:

David : 2-0 Chelsea
Jason : 1-0 Chelsea
Alex : 1-1 draw
Lewis : 2-1 Chelsea
Vas : 3-1 Chelsea

Sat 11th Feb 12.30 Hull City (Home) Premier League – RESULT 2-0 WIN
Arsenal – Alexis (34, 90 pen)
Hull – 

An Alexis Sanchez brace vs Hull City

We were a lot more comfortable than against Watford, but fair play to Hull they did okay and battled well, thankfully we actually had some battle in us today. We still left it later than we should have to finish off the game. Both myself and Alex got the score correct as our predictions before the game were:

David : 2-0 Arsenal
Jason : 1-0 Arsenal
Alex : 2-0 Arsenal
Lewis : 2-1 Arsenal
Vas : 3-0 Arsenal

Wed 15th Feb 19.45 Bayern Munich (Away) Champions League Last 16 – RESULT 5-1 LOSE
Bayern – Robben (11), Lewandowski (53), Thiago (56, 64), Muller (88)
Arsenal – Sanchez (30)

Well what a disaster tonight was, we tried to stay with them in the first half but eventually their class just came on show. As once they then moved up a gear in the second half, they just tore us apart and we just look like we didn’t want to be there in the slightest. Terrible and our predictions before the game were:

David : 2-1 Munich
Jason : 1-1 draw
Alex : 2-0 Munich
Lewis : 2-0 Munich
Vas : 1-2 Arsenal

Mon 20th Feb 19.55 Sutton United (Away) FA Cup 5th Round – RESULT 2-0 WIN
Sutton –
Arsenal – Lucas (25), Walcott (55)

Gunner for life

Job done from us basically. Our second string did okay and didn’t fold in front of the 5000 or so in the crowd. Well done to Sutton as well, they gave us a game and kept going to the end. A week and a half off now to get heads back on for the rest of season. Our predictions before the game were:

David : 1-4 Arsenal
Jason : 1-3 Arsenal
Alex : 0-3 Arsenal
Lewis : 0-4 Arsenal
Vas : 1-3 Arsenal

Sat 25th Feb 15.00 Southampton (Away) Premier League – POSTPONED

After Southampton beat Liverpool in the EFL Cup semi-final, as well as us in the quarter-final, they now have a Cup Final to go to. Which means our game against them the weekend of 25th/26th February has been postponed.

What did she wear? She wore, she wore, She wore a yellow ribbon, She wore a yellow ribbon, In the merry month of May! And when, I asked, Oh why she wore her ribbon, She said it’s for The Arsenal, And we’re going to Wembley! Wembley, Wembley, We’re the famous Arsenal, And we’re going to Wembley!

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New Year, same old Arsenal?

Hello and welcome to 2017 all you new, young or old gooners out there! Another year on and has much changed this time last year? Wenger is still here, we as a team are still ticking over and looking to challenge for the league title. Do we honestly see ourselves as contenders though or are more and more of us getting to use to plodding on and accepting when we finish in the Champions League spots?

We might not even achieve that this season at this rate. Of course, I’m sure we will but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we need to be aiming higher and going out of our way to finish at the top of the Premier League. I get it’s not an easy thing to do but just when we seem to be on a high or on the brink of kicking on, we take two steps back and it’s simply not good enough. That will never ever stop me from supporting the team, that will never change but come on Arsenal let’s have an injection of positivity around the whole club! We need to unite as one again!

Anyway, on with the rest of the season, we’re nineteen Premier League games in, so halfway through the league season. We’re out of the League Cup but with the FA cup starting this week followed by the restart of our Champions League campaign, we have a lot to look forward to still. Therefore a handful of mates have decided to start doing match predictions for all of ours games each month now. If you fancy joining in please contact us by clicking here.

Tue 3rd Jan 19.75 Bournemouth (Away) Premier League – RESULT 3-3 DRAW
Bournemouth – Daniels (16), Wilson (21 pen), Fraser (58)
Arsenal – Alexis (70), Lucas (75), Giroud (90)

Giroud celebrates making it 3-3

A great come back from 3-0 down, but could we have won it in the end? We’ll never know. We were awful in the first half and weren’t in the game at all. Bournemouth must have thought they’d already won it and we then decided to start playing. Our predictions before the game were:

David : 2-1 Arsenal
Jason : 3-1 Arsenal
Alex : 2-0 Arsenal
Lewis : 1-1 draw
Vas : 3-1 Arsenal

Sat 7th Jan 17.30 Preston North End (Away) FA Cup 3rd Round – RESULT 2-1 WIN
Preston – Robinson (7)
Arsenal – Ramsey (46), Giroud (89)

Not the greatest of games or first half again from us. We had one or two chances but were poor overall and Preston got ahead. I do wonder what would have happened if Ramsey hadn’t scored immediately after half-time, would we of tried anymore? Something not quite right at the moment but Giroud in the last-minute once again saved us. Well played Jason, our predictions before the game were:

David : 1-3 Arsenal
Jason : 1-2 Arsenal
Alex : 0-2 Arsenal
Lewis : 1-3 Arsenal
Vas : 0-4 Arsenal

Sat 14th Jan 15.00 Swansea City (Away) Premier League – RESULT 0-4 WIN
Swansea –
Arsenal – Giroud (37), Cork (54 og), Naughton (67 og), Alexis (73)

In my opinion this result was never in doubt and in the end I was surprised we didn’t score more. Our predictions before the game were:

David : 0-2 Arsenal
Jason : 1-2 Arsenal
Alex : 1-3 Arsenal
Lewis : 0-2 Arsenal
Vas : 0-2 Arsenal

Sun 22nd Jan 14.15 Burnley (Home) Premier League – RESULT 2-1 WIN (just)
Arsenal – Mustafi (59), Alexis (90+2 pen)
Burnley – Gray (90+6 pen)

Wenger lost his head and was sent to the stands not for the first time. Manic goings on in injury time but that is why you never leave the ground early! Battling display with Vas (below) predicting the correct scoreline. Just. Our predictions before the game were:

David : 2-0 Arsenal
Jason : 1-0 Arsenal
Alex : 1-0 Arsenal
Lewis : 3-0 Arsenal
Vas : 2-1 Arsenal

Sat 28th Jan 17.30 Southampton (Away) FA Cup 4th Round – RESULT 5-0 WIN
Southampton –
Arsenal – Welbeck (15, 22), Walcott (36, 69, 85)

Good to see Welbeck back scoring after his injuries and a great Walcott hatrick. Even with our changes for the game, I don’t think any of us saw that scoreline coming! Our predictions before the game were:

David : 2-0 Arsenal
Jason : 3-1 Arsenal
Alex : 1-1 Arsenal
Lewis : 2-0 Arsenal
Vas : 2-1 Arsenal

Tue 31st Jan 19.45 Watford (Home) Premier League – RESULT 1-2 LOSS
Arsenal – Iwobi (58)
Watford – Kaboul (10), Deeney (13)

Alexis after our awful performance against Watford

Shocking first half, possibly the worst half of football I’ve seen in a long time, simply not good enough. Watford could have scored more than two easily. Save to say we got the score wrong. Our predictions before the game were:

David : 2-0 Arsenal
Jason : 3-0 Arsenal
Alex : 2-1 Arsenal
Lewis : 1-0 Arsenal
Vas : 1-0 Arsenal

What did she wear? She wore, she wore, She wore a yellow ribbon, She wore a yellow ribbon, In the merry month of May! And when, I asked, Oh why she wore her ribbon, She said it’s for The Arsenal, And we’re going to Wembley! Wembley, Wembley, We’re the famous Arsenal, And we’re going to Wembley!

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New-Found Resilience Gives Arsenal Champions League Hope

Arsenal have struggled to make an impact in the Champions League since their run to the semi-finals in 2009. Arsene Wenger’s men have been a constant presence in the competition, but have been unable to mount a serious challenge for the crown, a run that has seen them dumped out in the last-16 stage in the past six campaigns.

The Gunners are embroiled in a battle with Paris-Saint Germain this term to finish top of Group A. Placing ahead of the French champions would hand Arsenal a favourable draw in the knockout phase, having already qualified for the next stage of the competition. Wenger’s men have always done enough to qualify out of their group, but have come unstuck against quality opposition in the round-of-16, including two defeats apiece to Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

wengerafcLosing out to the top sides has been Arsenal’s story over the last 12 years, failing to win the Premier League due to the displays of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City, while their endeavours on the continent have always seemingly been ended by the Catalan club, none more so than their defeat in the final in 2006.

As a result of their recent underwhelming performances in the tournament, the Gunners are backed in the latest Champions League betting odds at 22/1 to win the trophy, leaving them outside the leading contenders for the crown. However, there has been encouragement in their performances both at home and abroad, suggesting that Wenger’s men are becoming a resilient outfit.

In the club’s opening match of the Champions League season, PSG took a 1-0 lead in the first minute through Edinson Cavani. Arsenal teams of the past may have wilted and conceded a second soon after to leave them with an uphill challenge, but on this occasion they held firm and were rewarded for their stoic play at the back when Alexis Sanchez equalised late in the game to earn a point.

The Gunners faced an even worse deficit in their away clash against Ludogorets Razgrad, going 2-0 down inside the opening 15 minutes of the contest. However, Granit Xhaka brought them back into the game almost immediately while Olivier Giroud notched the equaliser before the interval. Arsenal were composed across the pitch and were clinical in the dying minutes when Mesut Ozil snatched an unlikely victory to seal the club’s place in the knockout phase of the tournament.

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Wenger’s men have translated that resilience to the Premier League, claiming a point against Manchester United at Old Trafford, despite being far from their best. Arsenal have talent in their team and could make a push towards the latter stage of the competition, but only if they maintain the character they have established thus far this season.

The club wilted in past first-leg ties against Monaco and AC Milan, leaving them with too much ground to overhaul in the second leg. They made those second matches close as a result of their quality in the final third, but due to their woeful performances in the opening clash it led to exits from the competition.