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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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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.

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Arsenal’s Premier League odds drift after goalless draw

Arsenal were left frustrated by Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday in a match that put an end to their run of seven wins on the spin in all competitions. The draw against the north east club was not exactly what Arsene Wenger was looking for on his 67th birthday, however, the home side were not sharp enough in front of goal to take all three points.

The Gunners are now out to 11-2 in the Betway football odds markets for the Premier League title this season, despite the fact they are in a three-way tie at the top of the standings on 20 points along with Manchester City and Liverpool.

Manchester City are ahead of Arsenal in the betting at 7-5, however, they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton. Manager Pep Guardiola is facing one of the toughest spells of his career as his side have not won now in five games.

Liverpool are also above the Gunners in the outright market and can now be backed at 7-2 as they continued their impressive stretch of results with a 2-1 home win over West Brom.

Arsenal dominated the possession against Boro, but did not quite create enough chances to make the most of their time on the ball. They did find the back of the net in injury time when Mesut Ozil beat Victor Valdes, however, it was ruled offside.

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Arsene Wenger looking on

The result adds further fuel to the argument that Wenger went into this season short of strikers. Alexis Sanchez has made a good start to the campaign with six goals to his name, however, he has not had enough support. The Gunners were linked with a number of players in the summer including Jamie Vardy and Gonzalo Higuain, however, a deal for either of those men could not be made.

Before their next Premier League tie, Arsenal are in action in the EFL Cup when they host Reading at the Emirates Stadium. Wenger will certainly be tempted to rest some of his first-team regulars for that tie. The team he fields should be good enough though to book a place in the quarter-final of a competition the Gunners have not won since 1993. Success in this tournament would give Arsenal fans something to cheer about at Wembley and take the pressure off Wenger and the squad going into the final third of the season.

Arsenal are back in Premier League action next weekend where they will be expected to get back to winning ways against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. David Moyes’ men are rock bottom of the table on two points and have yet to taste victory this season in the league.

Wenger’s side are then on the road in the Champions League where they take on Ludogorets. They won the home tie against the Bulgarian side 6-0 so should have little trouble in that fixture. A win in that away game could see them qualify for the last 16 of the competition with two games to spare.

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The Arsenal lads warming up

The schedule then becomes tough for Arsenal as they are at home to Spurs in the north London derby and then travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in tough back-to-back games. That will be a real test of their title credentials, despite it being so early in the season.

If Arsenal can come through those two tough fixtures in a strong position, confidence will be sky high in the camp and if Wenger does need to add to his squad in January it will improve his chances of attracting the right players as they will be in the hunt for the Premier League title.

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Is Arsene still here?

Not that any of us should be surprised, as he was always going to be here for the new season once he didn’t announce at the end of May he was leaving. The new season is just one day away now and the more and more I hear coming out of our great club, or the lack of it at the moment is just driving me to despair.

For all I’m about to say and for what I’ve heard others say, once our season finally gets under way at home to the scousers on Sunday, I shall be right behind the team once again. Unfortunately not all our fans will be and I can understand why, however for all those issues I think we currently have within the club. I cannot help but to fully get behind the team.

Arsene1Yes it’s been stale for a while now, yes there does need to finally be a managerial change, yes some fans have given up (to the extent of not renewing their season tickets), yes a lot of the ground is going to be silent this season. That to me just sums it all up, at this point I’m writing stuff like that, of course I don’t want to be, I want to be talking about how we should all be looking forward to the season ahead. I could do that, but is that really what all our fans are thinking? Of course it isn’t and that is what is driving me to despair. We are Arsenal and we are the fans of this great club.

I never thought I’d say it, considering what the great man Wenger has done for this club and for what he has brought us. I however don’t want him to lose that greatness tag, but slowly I think in some fans eyes he is and that is sad. I do believe myself he should have gone at the end of last season. If he’d been honest with himself he’d of said thank you for everything, but Arsenal as a club now needs to start again and head in a new direction under a new manager and moved on.

Arsene2Unfortunately, and you know I hope I’m wrong, but it now looks like we’ll plod on through another season and then say goodbye to him at the end of his contract when he’ll be 67 years old. The fans are divided already and it’s only going to get worse this season. It’s not just Arsene though, it starts from the top with management and filters down to everyone else. Everyone within the club then becomes convinced and content that they’re happy to just continue finishing in the ‘top four’ each season. That! Is simply not good enough or the right attitude to have.

Back in April, Wenger said he was signing new players to come in and change the dimension of the team. Where are they so far? Unless we start the season in a different manner and there is new emphasis on the pitch straight away, we’ll soon all be set to carry on the same way as we have been. The same old predictable team, again!

I like Giroud, but I think he now needs replacing (along with Walcott) or at least made to work for his place in the team with a top name striker coming in. We’ve been unlucky with Welbeck’s injuries but that to me is just another reason to actually sign someone, but that was clear last season that we actually needed someone else.

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Defender Rob Holding signed from Bolton

We still have a few weeks to go in the transfer window, so we could (hopefully) see new players still come in, however the issue is the season starts in two days now. Yes we do have better squads than most but there just seems to be no change in going forward on the pitch. We’ve only brought in Rob Holding for an undisclosed fee from Bolton and Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach for £34.0mil so far. I don’t know too much about Xhaka so I’m hoping he comes in and surprises me. Holdin however, I’ve heard good things about him, whether he’ll get a start in defence in two days time is another matter. Come on Arsenal and come Arsene, sort it out!

The ‘Pete’ Daley Arsenal.

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Arsenal on TV – August & September

Both BT and SKY have now announced their live games for August and September. We’re only on three times in total though but at least two of those are the first two weekends of the season:

 

 

 

Sunday 14th August 2016

Arsenal v Liverpool Premier League 16:00pm on Sky Sports HD

 

Saturday 20th August 2016

Leicester City v Arsenal Premier League 17:30pm on BT Sport HD

 

Saturday 24th September 2016

Arsenal v Chelsea Premier League 17:30pm on BT Sport HD