Monday, December 23, 2013 3PM EST Arsenal vs. Chelsea
For the first time in weeks, Arsenal head in to a match not in first place. Due to their late match, Liverpool and Man City had the opportunity to jump Arsenal (at least for the time being). Hopefully, Arsenal will do the job over the Ego and his underachieving Chelsea team. This match is important for so many reasons, but the main ones are:
- Arsenal need to bounce back from their loss at Napoli and their 3-6 beating at the hands of Man City. A strong performance will once again answer the critics.
- A win gives Arsenal sole possession of first place again.
- Arsenal need to beat the "big" teams if they are to seriously mount a title challenge. City were crazy good last weekend, but we were not at our sharpest on defense. As for the loss at Manchester United, I truly believe Arsenal beat themselves in that one mentally. It's time for Arsenal to make that statement.
- Wenger needs to beat Mourinho and keep that blowhard egotistical snob in his place.
Bring on Chelsea.. Let's kick their arses
— Toby (@tibexay) December 23, 2013
Can't believe pundits are given the game to chavs. I'll be very mad if we don't prove em all wrong tonight. #COYG #MatchDay #AFC
— Stockport GooneR (@petitmoore) December 23, 2013
Lets see if the wind can blow the ball into Moanaho net, 3pts please tonight Arsene, full focus, team spirit, & Merry Christmas all Gooners.
— Cary The Gooner (@cary1961) December 23, 2013
From grudge matches to verbal sparring, we review the past clashes of Wenger & Mourinho. http://t.co/7nHtFuo2ax pic.twitter.com/zFIsOsdHZC
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) December 23, 2013
Is it just me or is everyone getting a HARD ON just thinking of tonight's #AFCvCFC? Lol #COYG #alliwant4christmas pic.twitter.com/DWaiyULwYr
— Arsenal FC (@ArsenalFC_COYG) December 23, 2013
Well that game was a complete let down all around. The weather conditions in London were abysmal with torrential rain and high winds. The reports were that the game would have been cancelled if the visiting team was from anywhere outside of the capital. Unfortunately the game went on and both teams struggled to pass the ball and play a fluid game. Arsenal had over 60% of the possession but Bore-INHO parked the Chelsea bus and played the game not to lose. The 0-0 score was the inevitable outcome of a rather crap game all around.
It must be pointed out, however, that Mike Dean must have been on the Chelsea payroll for this match. John Obi Mikel should have seen red for a rash tackle on Mikel Arteta in the first half and a penalty was not awarded to Arsenal on what looked like a trip on Theo Walcott in the box.
The one point keeps Arsenal tied for top spot in the table, however, they now trail Liverpool on goal differential. Plus, the race has tightened with the Mercenaries 1 point behind and the Sheikh's squad and Everton each 2 points behind.
Disappointing not to win tonight given we had a 9-day break. Chelsea came for the draw & got it. Surprised we didn't make any substitutions.
— FK (@fkhanage) December 23, 2013
I'm starting to realize that Mike Dean baseline offense for a red card is a drive-by; and for yellow a stabbing.
— George Arsenal (@George_Arsenal) December 23, 2013
"Football is never a 'beautiful game' when Chelsea are involved." SPOT ON.
— Arsenal. (@ArsenalRealm) December 23, 2013
Before even getting to the Boxing Day match, this video of the Arsenal players putting their own spin on the 12 Days of Christmas is a must watch:
“@samfitz30: @GoonerJD happy with a scrappy 1-0 victory today #AFC #GoonerFamily” agreed 3pts vital, Loserpool next 2 games shitty and chavs
— Gooner Jack (@GoonerJD) December 26, 2013
Good old Arsenal, we're proud to say that name And while we sing this song we'll win the game. #GoonerFamiliy
— tony dennison (@dennison_tony) December 26, 2013
big game for the #goooooonnnnneeerrrrrrrrrssssssssssss hope we win . who would of thought #ARSENAL be joint top .. say again joint top #coyg
— ❤ ARSENAL BABE ❤ (@arsenal_f1_babe) December 26, 2013
Match Day and @aaronramsey 's birthday! Let's celebrate with 3 points Rambo! Happy Birthday!!! #AaronsArmy
— Sere #NoMoreSilence (@SereRenasArmy) December 26, 2013
This match was reminiscent of the type of wins that Arsenal produced last season. In other words, they caused their fans to sweat and grow aggravated before they turned it on and put the match to bed. Arsenal controlled the game in the first half but were unable to get on the score sheet. They went in to the break 0-0.
Soon after the restart, Carlton Cole cleaned up on a deflection off of a Szczesny save to put West Ham up 1-0. There was still plenty of time for Arsenal to come back and that they did.
Lukas Podolski provided the spark that led Arsenal to victory. First Theo Walcott scored the 68th minute. Then Podolski, in his first match back from injury, provided a cross that Theo Walcott headed home to take the lead. Podolski then put the match to bed with a super strike in the 79th minute.
The only real negative from the match was that Aaron Ramsey had to be taken off with a thigh injury. The extent of his injury is not yet known but he is expected to miss the remaining holiday fixtures.
With Liverpool losing at Man City, Arsenal are back in first place. The gap is tight, however, with the top 6 clubs separated by just six points.
@aaronramsey hope you're ok Aaron, you all did a great job out there today! <3 <3 <3
— Yasmin Gooner (@Yasmin_Gooner) December 26, 2013
Great win, showed mental strength to come back from 1 down! Podolski was class when he came on!! #WHUFCvAFC #AFC #GoonerFamily #COYG
— nick morris (@nock31) December 26, 2013
I thought Ozil was brilliant today but my MOTM is definitely Cazorla.
— Andre Guillory (@AndreGuillory) December 26, 2013
"@khanh369: Look at the lads enjoying a nice comedy on the journey home from the game. Tottenham: The Season So Far pic.twitter.com/QG1GjTgTaC"
— IG: davykata17 (@davykata17) December 26, 2013
December 29, 2013 8:30AM EST Arsenal at Newcastle
A win at Newcastle will guarantee Arsenal remain top of the table to close out 2013. Newcastle have been in good form, so this could be a tough match. Ramsey is out injured and Ozil is being rested. Regardless, Arsenal are putting out a strong starting 11 and three points is the goal.
#COYG #Arsenal lets do this boys!
— Gooner_Sam (@jittosinniah) December 29, 2013
Some players rested,some injured,however we still have a team strong enough to beat Newcastle
— Elvis AFC (@ElvisGooner) December 29, 2013
Already won the 2013 Premier League table. Now can we finish the year top of the 2013/14 table? Come on you gunners! #COYG #AFC
— Liron Velleman (@vellstells) December 29, 2013
good to see Koscielny back for #arsenal, Newcastle game will be very tough. Would love to survive a tricky Christmas period at the top!
— James Butler (@jbutler23) December 29, 2013
This was an old school Arsenal match reminiscent of the Tony Adams era 1 nil to the Arsenal days. Indeed the final score was 1 nil to the Arsenal, but it was the grit and determination to grind out a win that made it impressive.
Newcastle have been in great form and a trip to St. James' Park is always difficult...but especially tough when you are playing your third match in six days. Arsenal had the bulk of the possession in the first half but neither side was able to get a breakthrough goal.
Olivier Giroud gave the Gunners the lead in the 65th minute and then Arsenal dug in and defended like a team determined to get the points and maintain their lead atop the table. It was a rare defensive based display from an Arsenal side that usually serves up a ton of offense. It might not have been pretty, but Arsenal held on and picked up the points.
TOP OF THE FUCKING LEAGUE !!!!!!!!!! #AFC
— GoonerBoy (@GoonerBoy49) December 29, 2013
fuckin get in there.Christ that was hard to watch but 3 very important pts is all that matters
— Miss.G.Ooner (@essexbird_82) December 29, 2013
1-0 to the Arsenal!! WE will start 2014 at the Top of the Premiership! #Oohtobeagooner
— Bangla Gööner (@banglagooner) December 29, 2013
2 away wins in 3 days. 7 points from 9 over Christmas. Top of the league at half way point
— Steve Gooner (@Merse10) December 29, 2013
Top of The Table...Happy New Year..#Gunners.. pic.twitter.com/Wr3P584euw
— Quinty#theGooner (@quinty1974) December 29, 2013
Good game management from Wenger.
— Janusz Michallik (@JanuszESPN) December 29, 2013
Sorry Man City. It was only for 24hrs😌. #topoftheleague #Afc
— OMAR ALQUDAIB (@_Crazy_Gunner_) December 29, 2013
It all started with arsenal are not good enough. They won't make top 4. Bla bla bla... The more talk the higer we go. #topoftheleague #COYG
— Rachel Combe (@henrachel22) December 29, 2013
Top of the league at the end of 2013. Qualified for CL 2nd round... Wow!! What a year!
— RetroGunner (@chomandely) December 29, 2013
An interesting statistic that Arsenal and the club's supporters should be proud of is that Arsenal are also top of the table for points scored during the 2013 calendar year. Let's just hope that form continues and leads to trophies.
January 1, 2014 10AM EST Arsenal vs. Cardiff City
Arsenal finished 2013 at the top and a win over Cardiff will guarantee that they begin 2014 in the same position. A visit from struggling Cardiff should be a welcome sight for Arsenal fans looking to see a Gunners' victory at the Emirates.
Happy New Year to all our fantastic supporters around the world! We hope you have a fantastic 2014! http://t.co/uvburKh713
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 1, 2014
Wishing all #Arsenal fans , players, haters who will witness the great club lift the #EPL trophy a happy new year
— ⚽OlawaleMartinz⚽ (@WaleMartinz) January 1, 2014
Happy New Year everyone, hope it brings everything you wish for. Especially if you're wishing for Arsenal to be lifting the title in May!
— Tom (@TLGooner) December 31, 2013
Let's hope Arsenal continue the 2nd half of the season in style and win the BPL.Happy new year to all gooners #COYG pic.twitter.com/h2wDnGQP0p
— Paul John Arnold (@PaulJohnArnold1) December 31, 2013
Wishing all my gooners and goonerettes a happy new year!! Let's hope for 3 points tomorrow! #topoftheleague #AFC @Arsenal
— Jet marchiöne ❤️ (@Jet_AFC) December 31, 2013
This one reminded me of the match I attended last year when Arsenal hosted QPR. Arsenal dominated play and held an inferior opponent from staging any type of real attack. Unfortunately, the home team was unable to convert any of their chances. Luckily this one ended in a similar fashion to that QPR match where Arsenal fans bit their nails throughout the game, only to leave happy due to a late goal.
Once again the match was played in terrible conditions with a steady downpour drenching everyone. Arsenal have a number of players out injured including (Ozil, Ramsey, Gibbs, Giroud and the Ox) so
Podolski was given the opportunity to start up front and Cazorla took over the creative role in midfield.
The first half ended 0-0. Arsenal had a number of chances and what looked like a penalty claim by Jack Wilshere after being tripped in the box, was not given.
The second half continued in pretty much the same way. Per Mertesacker missed two consecutive golden opportunities to bury the ball in to the back of the net on free headers, while Walcott came close but hit the side netting. With Podolski unable to make much of an impact, he was replaced by Niklas Bendtner in the 64th minute.
As the clock wound down and the score remained 0-0 after 85 minutes, it was beginning to look as if a draw was on the cards. Anything less than a win would leave Arsenal behind Man City and in second place.
Then it happened. In the 88th minute and with time running out, the much maligned Bendtner was in the right place at the right time. With Arsenal upping the pressure, Nacho Monreal sent in a cross and Bacary Sagna headed the ball. Sagna's shot was saved by Cardiff's keeper David Marshall, but Bendtner was there to slam the rebound in to the back of the net and send the players, fans and manager in to celebration. Unfortunatelly, Bendtner twisted his ankle and had to leave the game.
Walcott added an impressive goal off of a clever pass from Jack Wilshere in extra time and the match ended 2-0 to the Arsenal.
We're gonna win the league! #AFC
— Tom (@TLGooner) January 1, 2014
Good way to start the new year....well done to the boys and happy birthday @JackWilshere #Arsenal #AFC pic.twitter.com/efWXMKKIUK
— Kieran Gibbs (@KieranGibbs) January 1, 2014
Premier League round-up: It was a Happy New Year for Arsenal as they clung on to top spot in dramatic fas... http://t.co/7OYgUOi4hv #AFC
— Arsenal FC News (@ArsenalLatest24) January 1, 2014
Arsenal: 3 Points ☑ Super Nick Bendtner ☑ Most Clean Sheets in League ☑ Top ☑ Happy New Year ☑ #ArsenalPositives 😍
— Michael ⚽ Gooner (@MickTheGooner) January 1, 2014
The title contenders all won today, however, Judas' Manchester United suffered another humiliating defeat at Old Trafford. This time, the woeful Spuds took all the point with a 1-2 victory over the fading champions. Some of the tweets were quite entertaining.
We just lost with the team that haven't won like 6 months ago.. Well that is a good one Moyes #MoyesOut
— Turca Bárbara (@azulcremalover) January 1, 2014
Even howard webb doesnt like moyes #MUFC #MoyesOut
— bilal seedat (@bilo444) January 1, 2014
SPOTTED: DAVID MOYES JOB HUNTING #MOYESOUT pic.twitter.com/DNNTK9ooze
— Engr. Jay ESSIEN (@JustinEssien) January 1,