With the FA Cup Final just a couple of days away, it’s exciting to see who would win between Arsenal and Aston Villa. Following a change in UEFA rules, this is the first season where runners-up in cup competitions do not enter the UEFA Europa League if the champions have already qualified for Europe. Therefore if Aston Villa wins, they will enter the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League at the group stage. But if the winners are Arsenal (who have already qualified for the Champions League by finishing third in the Premier League), the remaining Europa League place will go not to them or Aston Villa, but to Southampton, the top placing Premier League team which has not qualified for any European competition. The winners will play against Chelsea, winners of the 2014–15 Premier League, in the 2015 FA Community Shield.
After the Arsenal and Colombia keeper David Ospina made his first real mistake since taking the gloves from Wojciech Szczesny at the start of this calendar year, there are growing calls from Arsenal fans and those in the football media for Arsene Wenger to make one of his summer signings a top class keeper.
It might seem a bit harsh on Ospina as his stats have been second to none during his 15 Premier League games, but that Gomis goal was a real dagger to the hearts of Arsenal´s fight to finish second. It could hardly have come at a worse time for us and even though our defenders were at fault, the spotlight seems to be on Ospina.
“Remember what people said about you?” Wenger fired back at Henry by MH
Wenger has put the ex-Arsenal hero Thierry Henry in his place by reminding him that he was also told he could never become a world-class player, and he was over the line in his criticism of Olivier Giroud.
In the wake of Arsenal’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea, Henry bluntly claimed that his ex boss need to rebuild the spine of team as he suggested at least four new world-class players required in order to challenge Chelsea for Title next year. He specially pin pointed that with Giroud leading the line for Arsenal, they would never win the league, as he categorically said he don’t think Giroud is not good enough to lead the Arsenal’s title charge.
Following his return from yet another ankle injury, the Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has spoken out of his desire to force his way back into Arsene Wenger’s line up for the remaining games of the season. Having played the full 90 minutes for the under 21’s in a 4-1 victory over Stoke, the Englishman is now looking forward to returning to the first-team.
As we approach the end of yet another Premier League season, rumors have already begun to emerge about Arsenal’s potential summer signings. In the latest news, the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror are reporting that Arsene Wenger is waiting for the Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech in regards to his future ahead of a potential move.
The veteran shot-stopper has seen Thibaut Courtois take over his role as the Number One at Stamford Bridge and is understood to be considering his options as the season draws to a close. The Czech Republic international confirmed last week that he does not want to spend another season as the understudy to Courtois and reports suggest Arsenal are likely to step up their interest as a result.
There is certainly no doubt that every Arsenal fan and his dog loves Lukas Podolski, not only for his talents on the football pitch but also for his faultless character, gritty attitude and also his great sense of humour. Despite moving on loan to Inter Milan in January, The German international is on the good books of most Arsenal fans and has also claimed recently that there is a chance that he will play for Arsenal again. But will he?
Although it could be argued that the international break has arrived at the wrong time for Arsenal, who have hit a superb run of form in the Premier League, it could turn out to be a blessing in disguise as Arsene Wenger may welcome three key players back from lengthy injury layoffs in preparation for the Liverpool game.
The big matchup of this weekend sees Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City taking on Arsenal at the Etihad. This match was played last season in mid-December 2013 and ended in humiliation for Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger, as his team were comprehensively outclassed and beaten 6-3 by a rampant City side. Arsenal stayed top of the table, but this win moved City within three points of the leaders, simultaneously sending out an ominous message to their title challengers.
City occasionally dropped points away last season, but they were consistently impressive at home, dismantling teams comprehensively, with this game no exception. Arsenal did put up a gallant effort, but in reality they were destroyed by a rampant City side.
The weekend’s big game sees Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United travel to the Emirates to take on Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. Last season, fans endured rather than enjoyed this game, a grim goalless stalemate played out in mid-February after a lacklustre performance from both sides. Arsenal missed their chance to return to the top of the Premier League following a 5-1 mauling at Liverpool, while then United manager David Moyes was desperate to bounce back from the 2-2 draw at home to bottom club Fulham.
Saturday afternoon sees the Gunners make a long northerly trip to face newly-promoted Burnley. As The Clarets were in the Championship last season, our regular Beat Your Manager! column doesn’t have a lineup list from last season to talk about and instead has come up with a novel topic that last season’s stats can usefully answer.
Beat Your Manager! Fantasy Football is a game similar to “Football Manager”, but applied to live football, where you manage your favourite Club and pick lineups, bench, formations and substitutions, all in real-time. When fans play the game, the Beat Your Manager team can measure the popularity of different players, by looking at how frequently they are selected for the starting lineup, substitutes bench or not selected at all.