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Is Jack Wilshere playing today?

I think the question ‘is Jack Wilshere playing today’ is going to come up a lot over the coming months. I’ll be gutted if he is sold in the January transfer window, so I hope the question keeps being asked right throughout the season. We all know the lad has talent, that’s never been a doubt but what has been the problem with him in recent years? I want to say it’s just the injuries, but can you solely blame that for the lack of football we have got out of this truly talented footballer or is it something more?

Jack proved last season whilst on loan at Bournemouth that he can play regularly and it was great to see, however did he produce any match winning performances? I don’t think so but maybe that is a good thing. If he can keep his fitness up and keep working hard at it in training too, then gradually he’ll be back in regular contention for a starting place in the team week in, week out. Once back he just has to do the basics and perform consistency as we know he can and not worry about being the one we rely on. Unlike when he first broke into the team way back in 2008, the expectation that was on him then to be our engine room and a world beater was crazy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s excellent when a youngster comes through but it would be even better if then they went onto be become a regular for many a year.

Jack will be 26 at the turn of the year, his career is far from other so let’s hope this season he can just become performing player that contributes to our team this season. Of course England need him next summer, why wouldn’t they but that the World Cup is over eight months away. Talk of an England recall after just a few games back for us are ridiculous, they know what he can do so let him find some form first and maybe, just maybe he’ll be on that plane to Russia next June. For now though, helping out his Arsenal team mates on the pitch is the main focus.

Onto our #AFCpredictions once again this month and as usual we’ll pretty much backing the team before each game to win hopefully. Although we’re playing Manchester City away this month? If you’d like to join us each week in doing your predictions as well, then as always please do give us a shout by clicking here.

Thursday 2nd November @ 20:05 Europa League (H) vs Red Star Belgrade – RESULT 0-0
Arsenal –
Belgrade –

A very dull affair but it sees us qualify from Group H with 10 points already and into the next stage of the Europa League. Despite the scoreline we did have chances and Giroud was guilty of missing a couple as well as a great chance for Wilshere, but his shot was cleared off the goal line. A narrow victory would have been a fair result but the Serbian side kept a clean sheet Our predictions before the game were: David : 1-0 Arsenal / Jason : 2-0 Arsenal / Alex : 1-0 Arsenal / Lewis : 2-0 Arsenal / Vas : 2-1 Arsenal.

Sunday 5th November @ 14:15 Premier League (A) vs Manchester City – RESULT 3-1 LOSS
City – De Bruyne (19′), Agüero (50′ pen), Jesus (74′)
Arsenal – Lacazette (65′)

It was always going to be very difficult against a truly fantastic Manchester City side at this moment in time and it proved that. I honestly thought we might have a chance but their class shone through right from the off and even when we got back in it late on, they just came back at us once again. Our predictions before the game were: David : 2-2 draw / Jason : 3-1 City / Alex : 3-0 City / Lewis : 2-0 City / Vas : 2-1 City.

Saturday 18th November @ 12:30 Premier League (H) vs Spurs – RESULT 2-0 WIN
Arsenal – Mustafi (36′), Sánchez (41′)
Spurs –

A win against Spurs, the way it should be. Over the moon to beat them but I don’t feel any different to any other win from years gone by. Too much was made of this “power shift”, it’s not something I’ve ever been concerned about to be honest. If a power shift consists of winning nothing each year then something has seriously changed in the world of football. Anyway, I’m not here to talk about them. I’m here to talk about us. What a performance that’s putting the goals to one-side. I thought every single player put a shift in and we absolutely dominated from start to finish and I cannot praise the lads enough. The only issue I do have is why we cannot do that week in week out? Clearly we were all confident as our predictions before the game were: David : 2-1 / Jason : 2-0 / Alex : 1-1 / Lewis : 1-0 / Vas : 1-1.

Thursday 23rd November @ 18:00 Europa League (A) vs FC Köln

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

Sunday 26th November @ 14:00 Premier League (A) vs Burnley

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

Wednesday 29th November @ 19:45 Premier League (H) Huddersfield Town

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

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Who is Eddie Nketiah?

He is the 18-year-old that scored in fifteen seconds of coming on to save us from beating knocked out of the EFL Cup by Norwich last night. That’s right with five minutes to go of normal time, Arsene sent the young lad and he rewarded him with a tap in after one of ours corners was flicked on to take the game to extra-time.

The young lad had worked with our Premier League legend Thierry Henry once a couple of years back after joining us from Chelsea. Henry wasn’t renowned for tap in goals but having taken the game to extra-time initially, Nketiah then popped up again at another corner to head in the winner and give us a place in the quarter-finals. The draw for that will take place on Thursday afternoon at 4pm by the way.

Eddie Nketiah was born in Lewisham and got his break when he was picked up by Chelsea were he progressed in the academy, but was eventually released due to his lack of height and physicality. Thankfully, well we’ll see, he had a weeks trial with us. He impressed and was given a youth contract.

Anyway, well done to the lad. Our #AFCpredictions are continuing below too, but with us pretty much backing the team before each game we haven’t done too well recently. As usual as well, there will also be our couple of sentences to give you our honest opinion of the game. If you’d like to join us each week in doing your predictions then as always please do give us a shout by clicking here.

Sunday 1st October @ 12:00, Premier League (H) vs Brighton & Hove Albion – RESULT 2-0 WIN
Arsenal – Monreal (16′), Iwobi (56′)
Brighton & Hove Albion – 

Arsene celebrated 21 years in charge of our great club with an easy enough victory over Brighton & Hove, although the new boys did play some good football at times to be fair. Thankfully we scored in each half to give us all three points and our predictions before the game were: David : 2-0 Arsenal / Jason : 2-0 Arsenal / Alex : 2-0 Arsenal / Lewis : 2-1 Arsenal / Vas : 2-0 Arsenal

Saturday 14th October @ 17:30, Premier League (A) vs Watford – RESULT 2-1 LOSS
Watford – Deeney (71′ pen), Cleverley (90’+2)
Arsenal – Mertesacker (39′)

No fight and no class on the park for us yesterday as we were out fought in nearly every department. Missing Alexis Sanchez and with Mesut Ozil on the bench we looked completely out of starts from start to finish. I thought we were going to get away with a draw but isn’t to be. No surprise Arsene had a moan about some decisions after. Our predictions before the game were: David : 2-1 Arsenal / Jason : 3-1 Arsenal / Alex : 2-2 draw / Lewis : 2-1 Watford / Vas : 2-1 Arsenal

Thursday 19th October @ 18:00, Europa League (A) vs Crvena Zvezda – RESULT 1-0 WIN
Crvena Zvezda – Rodic (Sent off 80′)
Arsenal – Giroud (85′)

Five points clear of BATE Borisov at the top of the group now and looking good in this competition to qualify for the next round. It was a work like performance and we showed good character in what was a tricky place to play in Serbia. Once piece of outstanding from Olivier Giroud’s was the difference though with a spectacular overhead kick. Our predictions before the game were: David : 1-0 Arsenal / Jason : 1-1 draw / Alex : 2-0 Arsenal / Lewis : 2-0 Arsenal / Vas : 1-0 Arsenal

Sunday 22nd October @ 13:30, Premier League (A) vs Everton – RESULT 5-2 WIN
Everton – Rooney (12′), Gueye (Sent off 68′), Niasse (90’+3)
Arsenal – Monreal (40′), Ozil (53′), Lacazette (74′), Ramsey (90′), Sánchez (90’+5)

Rooney gave Everton the lead and all the talk was of that goal he scored against us all those years ago as a 16-year-old. It didn’t last too long, even without the sending off we’d have won as we simply created so many chances against a team that looked all over the place at times. If it was for their keeper Pickford it could have been more. Our predictions before the game were: David : 2-1 Arsenal / Jason : 2-0 draw / Alex : 4-1 Arsenal / Lewis : 3-1 Arsenal / Vas : 3-0 Arsenal

Tuesday 24th October @ 19:45 EFL Cup 4th Round (H) Norwich City – RESULT 2-1 WIN AET
Arsenal – Nketiah (85′, 96′)
Norwich – Murphy (34′)

Who is Eddie Nketiah? Well we all know now but as mentioned at the top of the article, most of us have known he’s been banging in the goals for the academy the last couple of season. Great he was given the chance and even better that he took it with the equaliser to save the tie and then the to get the winner as well. Brilliant. Wenger said: ‘I don’t know what happened with Nketiah at Chelsea but he has scored goals with us.’ Our predictions before the game were: David : 3-0 Arsenal / Jason : 4-1 Arsenal / Alex : 3-1 Arsenal / Lewis : 2-0 Arsenal / Vas : 3-0 Arsenal

Saturday 28th October @ 15:00 Premier League (H) Swansea City – RESULT 2-1 WIN
Arsenal – Kolasinac (51′), Ramsey (58′)
Swansea City  –  Clucas (22′)

After all the bad publicity our club received in the past week with the goings on with our AGM is was good to get back to football on the pitch. Thankfully after going behind, we managed to get back into it and finally win the game thanks to Aaron Ramsey getting the winner. It was a nervy performance from the off and although Swansea weren’t great they still gave us a game. For me it was a game we had to win, of course we know that but thankfully I’m always glad to see a bad performance as long as win comes along. Our predictions before the game were: David : 2-0 Arsenal / Jason : 2-0 Arsenal / Alex : 2-0 Arsenal / Lewis : 2-1 Arsenal / Vas : 2-1 Arsenal

 

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Arsenal in Europe jokes

Well last month wasn’t the best opening month of the season we’ve ever had, was it? We certainly deserved to win the Community Shield, all be it on penalties. It was then considered a great comeback against Leicester to win it at the end on Friday Night Football, the Foxes still think they should have won it. As for Stoke and Liverpool away, not good. Let’s hope for better this month when the fixtures start to come thick and fast with the newly named Carabao Cup and of course the Europa League.

Yes yes we’ve all heard the Europa League and Thursday night jokes from Spuds and other fans alike. I honestly don’t get it though, I’ve never even been one of those who’ve mocked other teams in the past or one who celebrates just getting into the Champions League. Again I just don’t get it, celebrate when you win it. Celebrate when you win a trophy or at least something. Manchester United did a great thing last season in my opinion and going out and winning it, for all the ridicule they’ve had in recent years for being poor they went out and are winning things that they currently can. At the moment that is where we’re at, we’ve not looked like being able to win the Champions League for as long as I can remember, we’re simply not good enough, so let’s try to win the Europa League now that we’re in it. I’ll take all the jokes all year round if I have to, but if we win it?

Long time since we’ve had a chance of winning the Champions League

Therefore our #AFCpredictions will continue before each game and this month will contain the Europa League fixtures, not surprisingly none of us did well in August. That won’t stop us mainly backing the team though before each game, then after the game we’ll give you our honest opinion with a small and decisive match report straight from the heart. If you’d like to join us each week in doing your predictions then as always please do give us a shout by clicking here.

Saturday 9th September @ 15:00, Premier League (H) vs Bournemouth – RESULT 3-0 WIN
Arsenal – Welbeck (6′ 50′), Lacazette (28′)
Bournemouth –

We started off on the right foot with an early goal and nearly really looked back, Bournemouth on the day did not look like they were working as a unit like they have in the past and we took full advantage. It was good to see and I love seeing Welbeck score, if he can stay fit all season we’ll score many more goals. Especially with Lacazette now scoring as well. Our predictions before the game were:
David : 2-0 Arsenal / Jason : 2-0 Arsenal / Alex : 2-1 Arsenal / Lewis : 2-1 Arsenal / Vas : 2-0 Arsenal

Thursday 14th September @ 20:05, Europa League (H) vs Cologne – RESULT 3-1 WIN
Arsenal – Kolasinac (49′), Sánchez (67′), Bellerín (81′)
Cologne – Córdoba (9′)

More Cologne fans than tickets they were actually allocated for the game

Well what an eventful evening that was last night, we knew there was thousands of Cologne’s fan in London hours before kick off and it was already rumoured the majority would be making their way to our ground. The game was delayed by an hour for security reasons once they all started arriving and then refused to be searched and present their tickets at the turnstiles. There was then our fans leaving and somehow more of their fans gaining entry to the ground without tickets or with Arsenal fan’s tickets. Don’t get me wrong, the atmosphere was good and there was no trouble but there could have been. As for the game, what a goal by Córdoba, quick thinking and an outstanding finish. Good to see we bounced back in the second half to get the win and of course not a bad finish from Sánchez either. Our predictions before the game were: David : 3-0 Arsenal / Jason : 3-1 Arsenal / Alex : 2-0 Arsenal / Lewis : 2-0 Arsenal / Vas : 2-0 Arsenal

Sunday 17th September @ 13:30, Premier League (A) vs Chelsea – RESULT 0-0 DRAW
Chelsea – Luiz (sent off 87′)

Arsenal –

Shocking challenge from Luiz

Never happy to celebrate a draw, let alone a 0-0 draw but considering our clean sheet record and result record against Chelsea over the years, it’s certainly worth a happy smile. As for David Luiz’s challenge on Kolasinac, shocking! Our predictions before the game were:
David : 1-1 draw
Jason : 2-0 Chelsea
Alex : 2-1 Arsenal
Lewis : 1-0 Chelsea
Vas : 2-1 Chelsea

Wednesday 20th September @ 19:45, Carabao Cup (H) vs Doncaster Rovers – RESULT 1-0 WIN
Arsenal – Walcott (25′)
Doncaster – 

We should have scored a lot more of course but we never really looked like we were in any sort of trouble despite Doncaster trying to pinch a goal. Our predictions before the game were:
David : 3-0 Arsenal
Jason : 2-0 Arsenal
Alex : 2-0 Arsenal
Lewis : 3-0 Arsenal
Vas : 4-0 Arsenal

Monday 25th September @ 20:00, Premier League (H) vs WBA – RESULT 2-0 WIN
Arsenal – Lacazette (20′, 67′ pen)
WBA – 

Lacazette quickest to react to head in his first of two goals vs WBA

Yes it was a pretty dull game and of course all the talk this morning was of a penalty that wasn’t given to West Brom. Which yes probably should have been given, however I still believe we would have won. Lacazette was the difference with two goals, the first when he reacted quickly to Alexis’ free-kick that hit the bar and then he slotted home a penalty. Boring boring Arsenal maybe but three points in the bag. Our predictions before the game were:
David : 2-0 Arsenal
Jason : 2-0 Arsenal
Alex : 2-0 Arsenal
Lewis : 1-0 Arsenal
Vas : 2-0 Arsenal

Thursday 28th September @ 18:00, Europa League (A) BATE Borisov – RESULT 4-2 WIN
BATE Borisov – Ivanic (27′), Gordeichuk (67′)
Arsenal – Walcott (9′, 22′), Holding (25′), Giroud (49′ pen)

Entertaining game that and the early goals settled us, not too often we get going that quickly. Although their defending wasn’t great, then again at times ours wasn’t. Good win though, our predictions before the game were:
David : 2-1 Arsenal
Jason : 1-0 Arsenal
Alex : 2-1 Arsenal
Lewis : 2-0 Arsenal
Vas : 3-0 Arsenal

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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 = 3-2 WIN

Well, we got away with that, yes great, three points but come on Arsenal that wasn’t good enough. Players playing out of position with no belief and that showed so they took full advantage. Our predictions before the game were:
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 = 1-0 LOSS

Same old Arsenal against Stoke

Poor performance all round, I know it’s the start of the season but not being able to break Stoke down is shocking. It’s obvious to me and everyone how they’ll play and we were just the same old, we had no aggression, no fight and missing players in so many positions. Poor absolutely poor, so many fans already fuming and obviously our predictions before the game were all wrong:
David : 2-1 Arsenal
Jason : 2-1 Arsenal
Alex : 2-0 Arsenal
Lewis : 1-1 Arsenal
Vas : 1-1 Arsenal

Sunday 27th August @ 16:00 Premier League (A) vs Liverpool – RESULT = 4-0 LOSS (thrashed)

What a total disaster, I’m so angry right now and I’m typing this the day after that awful performance and result. I’m actually struggling to describe what I saw on Sunday afternoon. I’d played football myself earlier in the day in our final pre-season game of the summer and our defending was better than Arsenal’s. As for the attitude of the players once we let one and then two in was pretty disgraceful as well. To be three games into the season and already have no fight to try to get back into a game is truly remarkable. What a long two weeks this is going to be before our next game at home to Bournemouth. Our predictions before the game were spectacularly wrong:
David : 1-1 draw
Jason : 2-1 Liverpool
Alex : 2-0 Liverpool
Lewis : 2-2 draw
Vas : 1-2 Arsenal

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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!