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!


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!


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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



Arsenal fixtures for the forthcoming 2016/17 Premier League season

13/08/2016 15:00 Arsenal v Liverpool

20/08/2016 15:00 Leicester City v Arsenal

27/08/2016 15:00 Watford v Arsenal

10/09/2016 15:00 Arsenal v Southampton

17/09/2016 15:00 Hull City v Arsenal

24/09/2016 15:00 Arsenal v Chelsea

01/10/2016 15:00 Burnley v Arsenal

15/10/2016 15:00 Arsenal v Swansea City

22/10/2016 15:00 Arsenal v Middlesbrough

29/10/2016 15:00 Sunderland v Arsenal

05/11/2016 15:00 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

19/11/2016 15:00 Manchester United v Arsenal

26/11/2016 15:00 Arsenal v A.F.C. Bournemouth


At home to West Brom on Boxing Day

At home to West Brom on Boxing Day

03/12/2016 15:00 West Ham United v Arsenal

10/12/2016 15:00 Arsenal v Stoke City

14/12/2016 19:45 Everton v Arsenal

17/12/2016 15:00 Manchester City v Arsenal

26/12/2016 15:00 Arsenal v West Brom

31/12/2016 15:00 Arsenal v Crystal Palace

02/01/2017 15:00 A.F.C. Bournemouth v Arsenal

14/01/2017 15:00 Swansea City v Arsenal

21/01/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Burnley

31/01/2017 19:45 Arsenal v Watford

04/02/2017 15:00 Chelsea v Arsenal

11/02/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Hull City

25/02/2017 15:00 Southampton v Arsenal

04/03/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Arsenal

11/03/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Leicester City

18/03/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal

01/04/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Manchester City

04/04/2017 19:45 Arsenal v West Ham United

08/04/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace v Arsenal

15/04/2017 15:00 Middlesbrough v Arsenal

Will we be crowed champions against Everton on the last day of the season

Will we be crowed champions against Everton on the last day of the season

22/04/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Sunderland

29/04/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal

06/05/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Manchester United

13/05/2017 15:00 Stoke City v Arsenal

21/05/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Everton



Arsenal Defy The Odds By Losing To United Reserves

Normally I try to stay as positive as possible about my beloved Gunners. Indeed you might remember I backed us to win the title at the start of the season, such was my optimism at the time. As the turn of the year brings another inevitable slide into mediocrity, I have now cashed out that bet (for a profit I might add). And not before time.

The complete surrender at Old Trafford this weekend was as inevitable as it was frustrating. From the first minute it looked like we had just turned up to make up the numbers. United have so many injuries and were playing half their youth team, they should have been there for the taking. Instead Arsenal just roll over to have their belly tickled. It really is as if we don’t want to win the league. This is our best chance in a decade. Where is the fight, the belief? And what makes it even worse, if possible, is that we might be handing the title to bloody Spurs!

Before the match we were the bookies favourites to win. In fact there were a load of bookmaker offers on Arsenal to win the match, a sure sign that they are confident and that they expect a lot of people to be backing us. I had no problem resisting the temptation to do so, and anyone who did would have been tearing up their betting slips before half time. An 18 year old who had never played a league game before made out first choice defence look very silly.

In the end I think losing 3-2 actually flattered us. United were better than us all over the park. And it’s not as if they’ve been particularly great this season themselves is it? I’m sure we’ll hear a lot of talk over our “mental strength” and be told we’re lucky to be making the top 4 again. And in a way that is true, you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. The point really is that if we really intend to make a serious challenge for the title ever again, we simply will never get a better chance than now. And instead of meeting the challenge head on, we seem intent on throwing it away. Frustrating is not even close to describing how I feel.

I’m just glad I cashed out….