Last weekend, Arsenal earned a 2-1 victory against Championship side Burnley to advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup. With nine Premier League teams remaining in the competition, it looked as though the Gunners would face a difficult tie but they will once again face second-tier opposition after drawing Steve Bruce’s Hull City. Fortunately for the Gunners, Manchester City and Chelsea were drawn against each other – meaning that one of their main rivals for the crown will be eliminated before the quarter-final stage. Arsenal will be quietly confident of their chances this season and although the Premier League will remain the number one priority, a third consecutive FA Cup success shouldn’t be snuffed at. According to Betway’s football odds, Arsenal are now the favourites for the FA Cup this season. At the time of writing, the Gunners are 7/2 to defend their title – and it’s hard to argue against them. On current form, Arsenal are capable of beating anybody and, with no disrespect to Hull, they were fortunate to avoid a top flight side in the draw. With the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud in the side, Arsenal have enough offensive talent to cause problems for Hull’s defence. The Tigers have enjoyed plenty of success since suffering relegation to the Championship but Bruce’s side are likely to struggle against the sheer power and ability of Arsenal’s octane attacking unit. In fact, Arsenal’s strike force could well be the key to both their FA Cup and Premier League hopes this campaign. At the start of the season, many Arsenal fans criticised Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman decided to stick by Giroud as Arsenal’s main striker. The Gunners were linked with Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema throughout the summer but a move never materialised – something that riled the majority of supporters. However, Giroud has been simply sublime this campaign. The Frenchman has flourished as Arsenal’s leading forward and is enjoying his football at the Emirates Stadium. With the European Championships on home soil in France this summer, it’s hardly a huge surprise to see Giroud trying desperately to impress both Wenger and national team coach Didier Deschamps. Attention will now turn to Arsenal’s upcoming Premier League fixtures. On Sunday, the Gunners will travel to Bournemouth as they look to keep pace with Leicester City and Manchester City at the top of the table. Punters can visit Betway’s website to check this weekend’s football odds and as of February 1st, Wenger’s men are priced at 11/10 to pick up all three points in that clash. However, it’s the FA Cup that will be on Arsenal’s minds right now – and rightly so. Gunners’ supporters will already have one eye on a potential quarter-final clash and with a number of top flight sides facing difficult ties, Arsenal could well have a fairly straightforward route to the final. With a bit of luck, there’s absolutely no reason why Wenger’s men cannot win the competition once again this season.
There was a sense of déjà vu about Arsenal’s defeat by Tottenham at the weekend. Not in the sense of losing to Spurs as that hasn’t happened too often under Arsene Wenger. But in the sense that it is reminiscent of the situation 12 months ago. It wasn’t the way Wenger would have wanted to mark his 700th Premier League game as Arsenal manager. Losing 2-1 at White Hart Lane, especially after being in front at half-time, has again led to fears that Arsenal are in danger of missing out on qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Arsene Wenger’s swoop for highly-rated Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik will be welcomed by the Arsenal fans, who are keen to see the squad bolstered ahead of a tough second half of the season. At just 17-years-old, however, Bielik is one for the future and has made just five starts for his club this season. If he does make the move to the Emirates, he looks unlikely to break straight into the first team and dislodge the likes of Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey just yet. If Arsenal are to progress in the Champions League or to.
Arsene Wenger has been great for Arsenal since being appointed 18 years ago but his time is up. Two wins out of eight and 11 points behind unbeaten Chelsea already is not where the Gunners should be. Saturday’s scrambled 2-2 draw against a modest team like Hull City showed off all the current team’s fallibilities. Yes, there are injuries to key players, but the root of the problem is Wenger himself and he should walk away now for the good of the club. Transfer policy It hasn’t been right for several years but this summer’s policy was pr
Arsenal fought hard to get Hector Bellerin out of Barcelona – with Arsene Wenger a huge fan of his ability. Bellerin was a winger who sometimes played up front when Arsenal grabbed him, but now he is a right back; and a great one at that. Speed, technique and excellent crossing ability – Bellerin has all those qualities but has now added some defensive steel to that. He’s bulked up and improved so much, now he just needs the chance to show it. He got a chance against Hull City and now he needs more. Bellerin is a super talent and will onl
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Three reasons why Arsenal can cope without Mesut Ozil Mesut Ozil has been ruled out of action until probably the new year and, while the news is a blow to boss Arsene Wenger, there is no need for Arsenal fans to panic. Here we look at three good reasons why losing the German star for a while might not be such a bad thing. 1. It means others will step up Ozil’s absence means there is a regular starting role at the Emirates up for grabs – and there are no shortage of players ready to step into the void. Ozil has started six games so far this
Although all eyes have been on a wonderful 2014 World Cup packed with high quality, end-to-end football, every Premier League are working hard behind the scenes to prepare themselves for the upcoming 2014/2015 season. It could be an important summer for Arsenal who came so close to winning the title last season, but ultimately lacked the quality and durability to sustain their dominance at the summit. Arsene Wenger has often came under criticism for failing to be active in the transfer market and address Arsenal’s problems, with injuries and
The 2014 World Cup will provide many of Arsenal’s stars with the opportunity to represent their country with pride and hopefully return to the Emirates with a winner’s medal around their neck. Playing at the most prestigious tournament in world football is an honour for any footballer, and is the pinnacle of their career to wear the national shirt and perform on the biggest stage. Winning the FA Cup not only ended an agonising 9-year wait for silverware, but will also provide a massive confidence boost for the players who have been called u
Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata in recent weeks, with the forward apparently a long-term target for Arsene Wenger. Madrid think Morata is a big player for the future, despite all the odds, he has not been a regular player for their first-team - and a transfer away in the coming months looks all but certain. But with Arsenal believed to be his number one choice when he leaves the La Liga club - should Wenger bring him to the Emirates Stadium?