Now that it's December, the "festive period" will be kicking in and the fixtures will be coming fast and furious. Having played at West Brom on Saturday, Arsenal will now host Southampton at The Emirates.
Southampton have been one of the surprise teams of the season thus far. After losing their coach and a good number of first team players, most pundits chose Southampton as one of the teams that would battle for relegation this season. While that still may happen, they have gotten off to a great start and currently sit third in the table on 26 points. This must be taken with a grain of salt as a look at their opponents thus far, it's obvious that the early schedule has been kind to Southampton.
As for Arsenal, after a string of disappointments (Chelsea, Anderlecht and ManU), the Gunners have had two solid performances in a row (Dortmund and West Brom). It is imperative that Arsenal build on this momentum and continue to gain points and move up the league table.
Come on arsenal. Big performance needed but most essential thing is three points
— Wenger's Party (@ChapmansTribute) December 3, 2014
VIDEO: The #SaintsFC squad arrive at the Emirates ahead of tonight's match with @Arsenal. https://t.co/MDYaoUYMQ9
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 3, 2014
Apart from Flamini, loving the look of that Arsenal team. COME ON!!!!
— G Richards (@TWDGrantAFC) December 3, 2014
@Arsenal Come on boys lets win this again #staypositive #AFCvSFC
— kiyaawe flava (@Kiyaawe) December 3, 2014
No #wengerin no #WengerOut tonight. It's @SouthamptonFC at home. A smart opponent so everybody behind the team #AFC
— Gilles (@lordofparis) December 3, 2014
The scene is set. #COYG: pic.twitter.com/NGMs6HXioc
— _ (@PhotosArsenal) December 3, 2014
Come on #Arsenal. Get your places, Its almost kick off time #AFCvSFC 👌 Looking forward to nothing less than a Win pic.twitter.com/fv36DJQz8H
— kiyaawe flava (@Kiyaawe) December 3, 2014
COME ON ARSENAL!!
— _ (@Curts_Arsenal) December 3, 2014
Once again Arsenal dominated possession and had more than 3 times as many shots on goal than Southampton...and once again it looked as if Arsenal would have nothing to show for it as it looked as if the match would end in a goalless draw.
Southampton keeper Fraser Forster was the star and single handily kept his team in the match with some great saves. When it looked like all hope was gone Alexis Sanchez met an Aaron Ramsey cross in the 89th minute and the three points went to Arsenal.
Concede a goal? What that mean? #AFC pic.twitter.com/TxcM9vhSAX
— Molefhi |#ForzaJules (@m_diablo) December 3, 2014
I'd love a last minute goal
— The Arsenal Horse (@thearsenalhorse) December 3, 2014
Arsenal win: Alexis goal Ramsey assist Giroud, Cazorla, Ox great Another clean sheet. Back to Back win. 3 precious points. #AFC
— D GOONEER 4 LIFE (@mrj_gooner) December 3, 2014
Basically, Wanyama did a Flamini, fouling from the kick off. The difference is a horrible ref didn't book him for 76 minutes. #AFCvSFC
— Tom Stewart (@kygunnersfan) December 3, 2014
Would've been such an injustice if we didn't win that...
— Jamie Mannell (@JamieChilds_99) December 3, 2014
Giroud's link up play was the difference.
— Arsenes Zipper (@arseneszipper) December 3, 2014
What a player!! pic.twitter.com/1x8NELSoke
— KING ÖF LÖNDÖN (@goonerszone) December 3, 2014
Deserved victory for Arsenal but it's now official, Andre Mariner is a horrendous ref.
— Jocelyn Taub (@JT4Mets4Arsenal) December 3, 2014
√ Arsenal won √ Sweet three points √ Sanchez scored √ Another clean sheet √ Proud to be a Gooner
— We Love Arsenal (@tomgunner14) December 3, 2014
Alexis celebrating his 14th goal in 22 games #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/279H6aoS5u
— CÖME ÖN ARSENAL (@davidhickman14) December 3, 2014
Arsenal Arsenal Arsenal !!! All the way . No time to moan . Stay happy Goonerfamily
— Joash (@joashraul) December 3, 2014
Saturday, December 6, 2014 10AM EST Arsenal at Stoke
Before getting ready to watch Arsenal's visit with the cavemen of Stoke, Chelsea visited Newcastle in the early match. With pundits already declaring that Chelsea could go the entire season undefeated, Arsenal fans were rooting for Newcastle not just because Mourinho is an egotistical windbag, but because we sure don't want another club (especially Chelsea) to top Arsenal's Invincibles.
So it was great to watch Chelsea lose 2-0 and hear Mourinho blame the Newcastle ball boys for his team's defeat. Yes, another ungracious act from the Not So Special One.
fuck hold on toons!
— Hamilton AFC (@ArRsenalll) December 6, 2014
Park the bus. Remove the battery. Break the key in the ignition. Lock the bus. Send the keys to Nigeria. 2-1
— One Nigeria (@MrsGiroud) December 6, 2014
IF GOD EXISTS, NEWCASTLE WILL WIN
— Erick Ramsey (@ErickRamsey16) December 6, 2014
"@afcforev: Hey @chelseafc what was that about an unbeaten run? pic.twitter.com/a5SibUR2CX"
— Arsenal Family (@ArsenalTrain) December 6, 2014
I think Arsenal fans are happier than the Newcastle fans
— Simply (@WorldCIass) December 6, 2014
So after witnessing Chelsea lose, it was time for Arsenal fans to turn towards the match in Stoke. Despite the fact that Tony Pulis along with Rory Delap and his towel are no longer at the club, Stoke remain a hated club and a bogey team for Arsenal. They do still have several cavemen such as Charlie Adam and Ryan Shawcross and of course the Stoke fans still hate Aaron Ramsey and boo his every touch of the ball. Of course that makes sense...boo the guy who almost had his career ended by one of your players as his leg was shattered in to pieces.
Here's hoping the recent momentum that Arsenal have picked up will continue.
CONFIRMED - Arsenal team to play Stoke City. #SCFCvAFC #GoonerFamily #BPL #COYG #RainbowLaces #InArseneWeTrust pic.twitter.com/ztstZaM9Dk
— Arsenal Lineups (@ArsenalLineups) December 6, 2014
GREAT SEATS.. LETS SHUT THESE BOOING CLAYHEAD CUNTS UP #COYG pic.twitter.com/uRlvTABOee
— MOGGY (@DavidMoggy) December 6, 2014
We're playing away at Stoke on a cold winter afternoon. Messi couldn't do this.
— Tom Gordon (@GoonerGordo) December 6, 2014
Proportionately, divided by achievements, Stoke are our most hated team. 151 years, ONE major trophy (1972 League Cup).
— Garden State Gooners (@GardenStGooners) December 6, 2014
COME ON ARSENAL!!!!!!!!!!!!
— G Richards (@TWDGrantAFC) December 6, 2014
Well forget about the momentum. This was a shambles from beginning to end. When that string bean which is Peter Crouch scored after just 19 seconds, it was obvious that it was going to be another one of those days.
The half ended with Stoke up 3-0 and Arsenal looking like school boys playing against men...well actually cavemen. In fact there was one moment in the match where Charlie Adam took Alexis Sanchez and performed a wrestling move on him which involved trying to twist the Chileans head off of his shoulders.
Arsenal did pull two back in the second half, but they were little more than consolation goals. Of course no visit to Stoke would be complete without a red card and Calum Chambers was the player that saw red for a second bookable offense in the 78th minute.
Of course this horrendous display led to an onslaught of Gooner vitriol on Twitter and other social media platforms.
.@Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "It's difficult to understand why we gave ourselves such a mountain to climb" #STKARS pic.twitter.com/00ztzNSs0R
— Premier League (@premierleague) December 6, 2014
Positives from today: Santi and Rambo finally scoring 3-2 doesn't look as bad as 3-0 Negatives: Anything you could possibly think of
— Jamie Mannell (@JamieChilds_99) December 6, 2014
we lost so don't blame wenger this one you gotta blame the players they were too childish today's and played without a defensive midfielder
— SUPER G۞۞₪ER♚ (@ONESuperGUNNER) December 6, 2014
Some random thoughts. The issue is, for me, not as much that we went down 3 goals to Stoke but that it didn't actually shock me. I see
— Brian (@GunnerFaithful) December 6, 2014
I think Charlie Adam completely forgot he was in a football match today! #Chokehold #scfc #arsenal #epl #wwe https://t.co/6HMgkudHXC
— Dave O'Grady (@TheWorldsTalkin) December 6, 2014
Arsenal 2004 - Invincibles Arsenal 2014- Invisibles
— Carrick (@carrick_fan) December 6, 2014
"@MesutTheWizard: Two goal lacking players (Carzola and Ramsey) both scored=positive"
— Dayveeed (@Daayveeed) December 6, 2014
Taking a break from tweet machine too much arsenal aggro. It's never worth that. Life away from football
— carl james o reilly (@cjor1172) December 6, 2014
People who think Arsene Wenger is happy just to qualify for the Champions League every year are the delusional ones! He's desperate to win!
— Carl Bövis (@CarlBovis_AFC) December 6, 2014
December 9, 2014 Arsenal at Galatasary 2:45PM Champions League Group Stages Match Day 6
The mood going in to this match is foul to say the least. Fans are fighting among themselves while debating whether it was right that a group of Arsenal supporters booed Arsene Wenger and the team as they boarded a train following their shambolic performance at Stoke over the weekend.
While Arsenal have already qualified for the knock out stages of the Champions League, there is still a remote chance that they can top their group. This would require a Dortmund defeat at home to Anderlecht and of course an Arsenal victory in Istanbul.
Even if we still end up second in the group, a win and a strong performance would go a long way to calm the tension currently circling Arsenal.
Good to have @MatDebuchy back for Arsenal
— David (@DavidAFC68) December 9, 2014
Anti-AW banners being confiscated at turnstiles, according to various reports coming out of Istanbul. #ChampionsLeague #AFC #Arsenal
— AFCPressWatch™ (@AFCPressWatch) December 9, 2014
We Love You #Arsenal, We Do We Love You #Arsenal, We Do We Love You #Arsenal, We Do Oh #Arsenal!!! We Love You!
— Hassan (I am #ATID) (@91sticker) December 9, 2014
The average age of Arsenal's substitutes tonight is just 18.4 years-old: pic.twitter.com/xS25gFss0X
— The Highbury Clock (@HighburyClock) December 9, 2014
Think Joel will have a good game. Time to show what your made of!
— Gooner tweets (@Agoonertweets) December 9, 2014
Good luck to Joel Campbell who finally gets his big chance to tonight #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/fy4Mz0DKpz
— CÖME ÖN ARSENAL (@davidhickman14) December 9, 2014
I honestly don't know what to expect tonight
— luke clayton (@coolhandluke699) December 9, 2014
Not sure what got in to the team, but the first half was a masterclass on how to take hold of a match and not let go. With Wenger leaving a lot of the regulars back in London bit players such as Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell got rare starts. Also promising was the return of defenderr Mathieu Debuchy after being out injured since the beginning of the season.
Within three minutes Arsenal were on the board with a fantastic Lukas Podolski blast. He is definitely one of the best finishers of goals on this Arsenal team. Ramsey gave Arsenal a 2 goal in the 11th minute and scored one of the best goals of his career in the 29th for a 3 goal cushion. It came from 35 yards out as Ramsey's left foot met the ball perfectly and drove it in to the back of the net.
The second half was less dominating, but was interesting as youngsters Stefan O'Connor and Gedion Zelalem got a taste of Champions League football.
A perfect Wesley Sneijder free kick gave Galatasary a consolation goal and Lukas Podolski put the finishing touches on the match with a goal in the last seconds of stoppage time.
With Borussia Dortmund and Anderlecht drawing 1-1, it means that both Arsenal and Dortmund finished with 13 points. Unfortunately, Dortmund's goal differential gives them top spot and yet again Arsenal finish second in the group. Of course the 3-3 draw with Anderlecht in Match Day 4 is being brought up as part of the reason that Arsenal did not top the group. Regardless, Arsenal now move on and could meet Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, PSG, Atletico Madrid, Monaco or Porto in the next round. Of course we're all crossing our fingers for Monaco or Porto.
@Arsenal that's why Podolski should be starting and not on the bench
— Dan (ARSENAL) (@Emiratesishome) December 9, 2014
And a great goal by @Podolski10 ,to finish this match 1-4 for @Arsenal
— AlbanianGunner (@GunnerAlbanian) December 9, 2014
Podolski brace, Ramsey brace
— Blöke in Brööklyn (@BrooklynShaun) December 9, 2014
GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! 4-1 to The #Arsenal1 Lu Lu Lu Lukas Podolski's 2nd of the game.
— Jülës Whëëlër (@TheRealGunner) December 9, 2014
That 3-3 draw at home with Anderlecht really cost us boy...
— Kimberley (@Kimmy_Arsenal) December 9, 2014
4-1 against the Turkish Champions with the reserves, through to the last 16 again(not that easy is it LFC/MCFC-but the WOB's will complain
— Perrie Young (@Pez78) December 9, 2014
Dortmund Lucky sod!! they got away with it once again Well get you Next year so close and yet so far #COYG 😠😠😠 pic.twitter.com/FnolDQypoG
— PAPIS (@PAPIS442) December 9, 2014
What a fabulous night of football. Arsenal win, and Liverpool move to ITV4
— Steph (@stephpgold) December 9, 2014
Another CL first round completed, we now look forward to a bigger test in February. Draw at 11am on Monday.
— Conor Power (@Irishgooner101) December 9, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014 12:30PM Arsenal vs. Newcastle
The #WengerOut contingent have been making their voices heard and despite the fact that they are a minority of fans, the media is taking the bait and creating a situation where EVERY Arsenal fan wants the manager gone. That is about as far from the truth as possible. Yes, fans have been disappointed this season and over the past several years, but disappointment does not equate to hurling abuse and hate towards a man that has put in 18 years of his life to the club.
The situation got a lot of coverage this week as a small group of knuckleheads were filmed booing Wenger as the team boarded a train following the team's horrible performance at Stoke. That action alone is disgraceful, but the media taking the bait and claiming that ALL fans want Wenger out and feel hatred towards the manager is pure speculation and embellishment. As a former journalism major, it appears the days of objectivity and dedication to the truth above all else are totally gone. These days it's all about making up a story where there is none.
Okay off of the soapbox. Last week's misery against the cavemen is history. An impressive midweek trip to Istanbul has helped and here's to hoping that a home match where the players are donating their day's wages to the Arsenal Foundation will keep the mood bright.
We arrive pic.twitter.com/lEcJROpyw1
— Gooner Updates (@GoonerUpdates) December 13, 2014
Like I said before.....Looking at the table, all I see is Chelsea, ManCity, Shit, shit, shit then Arsenal.....We should finish atleast 3rd!
— ElChupacabra (@Soul4Real2011) December 13, 2014
#Arsenal First XI: Szczesny, Bellerín, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Cazorla, Oxlade, Alexis, Welbeck, Giroud. #AFCvNUFC
— Hardcore Gooners (@HardcoreGooners) December 13, 2014
Arsenal v Newcastle tonight.... Come on Arsenal let's silence the Toon Army!!
— tony clark (@TonyTCClark) December 13, 2014
Arsenal match time Glad Sissoko isnt playing for Newcastle #AFCvNUFC #ARSNEW #GoonerFamily
— Aneesh Chandoke (@AneeshChandoke) December 13, 2014
The Emirates is so beautiful at night!! #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/p313kWTxwO
— Jen (@JenTheGooner) December 13, 2014
Red army supports Arsenal!! and happy birthday @19SCazorla
— Niina Saarinen (@NiinaSaarinen1) December 13, 2014
Come on Alexis! Show what you can do against Newcastle. Top player! #AFC #AFCvNUFC #COYG pic.twitter.com/kNavkPQNkU
— Jahan Miah (@AllAboutTheAFC) December 13, 2014
Wow. Giroud was a beast, Cazorla celebrated his 30th birthday in style, Sanchez was amazing as always and Bellerin and Debuchy did very well in make shift roles.
A perfect Sanchez cross was met by a perfect Giroud header to give Arsenal an early start for a change in the 15th minute.
Danny Welbeck scored Arsenal's second three minutes later but Lee Mason saw an imaginary foul and ruled no goal. Regardless Arsenal pushed on and continued to dominate the match despite the half ending 1-0.
Cazorla gave himself and the fans a birthday present in the 54th minute when he scored a beauty from a difficult angle. Giroud scored another impressive goal four minutes later to give Arsenal a 3-0 lead. When Newcastle got one back in the 63rd from a free kick, commentators referred to Arsenal's blown 3 goal lead versus Anderlecht and the dreaded 4-0 lead versus Newcastle several years back that ended 4-4.
There was to be no blown lead today as Welbeck was tripped in the box in the 88th minute and Cazorla put away the penalty with a "cheeky" chip (the moment it was taken I knew the word cheeky would be used...and it was).
On Wednesday it was Podolski and Ramsey with a brace each. Today is was Giroud and Cazorla.
It was a great match and a great result ended with the REAL fans singing "there's only one Arsene Wenger". While all the haters on Twitter and in the media took that to mean that all Arsenal fans are fickle, they seem to have missed the point behind the singing. Yes it showed support for the manager, but for the real fans that support the team on bad days as well as the good, it was making a point to the #WengerOut bridgade that they do not represent the majority of Arsenal fans.
JOB DONE 4-1!!! #COYG
— Ryan Fatone (@rfatone1) December 13, 2014
Delighted for birthday boy @19SCazorla for scoring 2 goals #AFC #COYG
— Sarah Mitchell (@LimerickMitch) December 13, 2014
Bellerin is our man of the match, in my opinion. He had a terrible game last week but he was great today. #AFC
— l e t h a b o ! ! ! (@lethabomaesela1) December 13, 2014
Awesome game boys!!!! done us #gooners very proud to be Arsenal fans! :) thanks alot yol r the best ;) #coyg #AFCvNUFC :)
— THE GUNNERS (@Arsenal_AS17) December 13, 2014
Happy birthday Santi Cazorla :-) pic.twitter.com/OJFX4LbCRi
— saleha (@afcsalehaa) December 13, 2014
Arsenal win ☑ 4 goals ☑ 2 goals - Giroud ☑ 2 goals - Cazorla ☑ We were on fire ☑ Proud Gunner ☑
— Arsenal News (@__arsenal_news_) December 13, 2014
Welbeck - Giroud - Sanchez really works. Hope Arsene sticks with it & we avoid injuries
— RightInDebuchy (@EmanDaGoon) December 13, 2014
one Arsene Wenger chant in the Emirates. finally crowd behind manager #COYG
— Lubor Serences (@LuborSerences) December 13, 2014
One Arsene Wenger, there is only one Arsene Wenger #coyg #afc
— IN DAH LONGRUN (@Olamireel) December 13, 2014
I'm guessing fans singing 'One Arsene Wenger' trying to show not all fans are haters. Media coverage is always going to be negative. #AFC
— Benj (@blawrenceee99) December 13, 2014
"ONE ARSENE WENGER" pic.twitter.com/Fii8Jg5ZE0
— Arsenal Fans (@WeAreARSFans) December 13, 2014
The 'Only One Arsene Wenger' chant is 50% directed to the man himself & the other 50 to the few fans that booed him last week! #AFC #ARSNEW
— Krißtiano (@krisstian) December 13, 2014
I think that's the best performance we've put in this season. Massive relief. Great to hear "One Arsene Wenger" ringing out. #afc
— Richard Leighton (@TheArsenalGame) December 13, 2014
Only one Arsene Wenger is belted around the Emirates...haters told you so... #arsenal pic.twitter.com/DygXktwgJU
— Skills in Heels (@Boxofficefooty) December 13, 2014
Very pleased to hear 'one Arsene Wenger' again at the Emirates. #support #afc #DisgracefulTrainStationMoronsDontRepresentUs
— Zak (@z_bizzle) December 13, 2014
I'm sorry but there's no way Arsenal fans were being fickle. Those chanting One Arsene Wenger today, different people to the banner brigade.
— FootieWriter (@FootieWriter) December 13, 2014
The actions of a minor group of Arsenal fans in Stoke is not how all Arsenal fans feel about Wenger. There's only one Arsene Wenger.#Wenger
— Sanjay Patel (@Sanjay_Patel03) December 13, 2014
Journalists take note. "Only one Arsene Wenger" chants weren't from fickle idiots. They were singing to make a point to fickle idiots. #AFC
— Ashley Mann (@AJPMann) December 13, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014 11AM EST Arsenal at Liverpool
REVENGE is at the top of every Arsenal fan's mind as we return to Anfield for the first time since a humiliating 5-1 defeat. Back in February, Liverpool put on a clinic in the first 20 minutes of the match and thoroughly embarrassed Arsenal. I watched this match with friends in a pub in Richmond and it was torture. The only saving grace was the fact that I was unable to secure a ticket for the match and didn't travel to Liverpool to witness this beating.
On paper, Arsenal should win this one easily. Liverpool are having a terrible season without Suarez and the injured Sturridge. The new players that Liverpool brought in don't appear to be up for it and the fact that Alexis Sanchez spurned Liverpool for Arsenal adds to the misery around Anfield. This is the perfect opportunity for revenge.
This is Anfield! pic.twitter.com/rU4uMEgmqg
— Piebury Corner (@PieburyCorner) December 21, 2014
Good luck to the team today. Will be supporting and hoping for the 3 points! #COYG
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) December 21, 2014
Come on arsenal. 3 points that's what we need . difficult place but you KAN do it hahahahaha
— Kanu Nwankwo (@papilokanu) December 21, 2014
Liverpool v Arsenal today....So let's hope Sanchez shows the Scousers what they're missing!!
— tony clark (@TonyTCClark) December 21, 2014
Liverpool fans having wet dreams of seeing Sánchez at Anfield. Shame they're crying because it's in an Arsenal shirt.
— Forever Arsenal (@Forever_RedArmy) December 21, 2014
We've got a big fuckin German coming through over YNWA! #COYG
— Jocelyn Taub (@JT4Mets4Arsenal) December 21, 2014
Come on you Gunners!! Lets do this!!! #AFCvsLFC #AFC #COYG pic.twitter.com/Em7xYsetah
— Jahan Miah (@AllAboutTheAFC) December 21, 2014
Could hear Arsenal Arsenal Arsenal as the teams came out embarrassing atmosphere at anfield
— PJ (@NutmegGooner) December 21, 2014
Let's do this boys!!! #COYG #Arsenal
— local #guy Max (@KedgeWinchester) December 21, 2014
Join @JacobSteinberg for Liverpool v Arsenal – live! http://t.co/MjnT13NYGK (Photo: Reuters) pic.twitter.com/BknATsReQo
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) December 21, 2014
#COYG It's that time to kick some scouseASS
— ★ Della Ventimiglia (@johnpushah) December 21, 2014
First the good news...there was no repeat of last season's 5-1 embarrassment. Now the bad news....Arsenal were terrible. In what can only be described as un-Arsenal like, Liverpool dominated the possession (64% to 36%) and had 27 shots on goal to Arsenal's 7. It's usually the other way around for Arsenal, but as we've seen all too often with this team, domination doesn't necessarily result in a victory. Therefore the statistics are no the most troubling aspect of this match.
Instead, Arsenal's inability to close out a match was the team's downfall yet again. With Liverpool down to 10 men and just two minutes of the nine minutes of stoppage time remaining, our defense let us down once again. Martin Skrtel was given room to head home from a corner as Per Mertesacker ducked and our ability to capitulate a lead was again on display. What could have been an ugly 1-2 victory and three needed points, ended in a draw. While a point at Anfield would normally be a good thing....the way this match ended, the draw felt like a loss.
Arsenal have dropped 11 points from winning positions this season. We'd still be in the title race if we knew how to hold on to a lead. #Afc
— Aaron Ramsey (@Jeremy_Tlau) December 21, 2014
Sweet goal by Giroud but how poor was arsenal? wow
— A D D Y (@BIackGooner) December 21, 2014
Brendan Rodgers is a fraud and we let them off the hook, would have loved getting 3 points playing as shit as we did.
— ♫♥Wendy Woo♥♫ (@MsHighbury) December 21, 2014
Listen sanchez has played so brilliantly In the last few games he is entitled to have a bad game
— a little back heel (@royco32) December 21, 2014
At the start of the season would you of taken a draw away to Liverpool I would
— chris andrews (@cmaspag) December 21, 2014
Theo Walcott was never coming on today. He was put on bench to placate fans. Oxo was not fit to play.
— Steve⚽Gööner⚽Martin (@HarlowGooner) December 21, 2014
Why Did We Bring On Defenders When They Had 10 Men?? – Liverpool 2 Arsenal 2: Why Did We Bring On Defenders Wh... http://t.co/oQE8A6UY4a
— Nepali Gooner (@Arsenalfcnepal) December 21, 2014
My TL: '1-'43: Wenger Knows! '44: Wenger Out. '45: Wenger In. '46-'90 (+5): Wenger knows! '90 (+5): Wenger Out. Take a break guys.
— Eva McLaughlin (@EvaMcL3) December 21, 2014
In all the sadness and disappointment. I'm very proud of Olivier Giroud. Hope his scoring form continues. NANANANANA GIROUUUUD
— Koscuchy (@brian_gooner) December 21, 2014
Can you imagine Adams or Keown ducking to let a goal in? They'd both risk getting their faces ripped off if it meant winning at Anfield
— Some Fella (@properpennie) December 21, 2014
This 2-2 draw feels like a loss to me.
— Arsenal News (@__arsenal_news_) December 21, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014 12:30PM EST Arsenal vs. QPR
Christmas is over and now it's time for Boxing Day football. Arsenal are home to struggling QPR so this should be a no brainer win and an opportunity to build on goal differential. This is the perfect match to get Arsenal three points and start moving up the league table.
Tomas Rosicky is back from injury and gets a well deserved start alongside Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez in Arsenal's midfield.
Happy birthday to our Welsh magician Aaron Ramsey We will never forget his winning goal against Hull city in the FA Cup final ❤️
— Arsenal News (@__arsenal_news_) December 26, 2014
3 points and a clean sheet ..Come on #Arsenal
— Ahsan Radit (@ahsanradit) December 26, 2014
Great to see Rosicky start a game! Very attacking line up!
— Isaac Gallows (@23__Football) December 26, 2014
Finally a game for Rosicky. Player we missed,Dynamic. Good game to prove he still has the charm. #AFCvQPR
— Nancy. (@Nancy_afc) December 26, 2014
#AFC have won three of their last four meetings with #QPR 1-0, including both games last season. #ARSQPR #BPL pic.twitter.com/KgVKg4PbOW
— Arsenal News (@Arsenal2day) December 26, 2014
— Cristian (@professorTT) December 26, 2014
Winning formula. Come on you rip roaring reds #UpTheArse pic.twitter.com/QrcSyKUBIt
— smartarsegooner (@LGoonerHoward) December 26, 2014
Photo: Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs and Olivier Giroud fill out their pre-match warm up: pic.twitter.com/91nujv8VVu
— OnlyArsenal (@OnlyArsenaI) December 26, 2014
This match started off brilliantly. Arsenal dominated possession and passed the ball at will. QPR were trapped in their own half and were barely able to string together 2-3 passes.
Within ten minutes it was obvious that Armand Traore was the worst player on the pitch and he foolishly fouled Alexis Sanchez inside the box for a penalty to Arsenal. With Arteta out injured, it would seem that this was where Santi Cazorla would step up to take the penalty. Instead Sanchez took the ball and went to the line. Sanchez has practically carried the team on his back so it really didn't seem a problem. Unfortunately, the brilliant Sanchez actually did something poorly...his kick was right at Robert Green who had no trouble saving Sanchez' effort.
Even after the miss it was all Arsenal and it didn't seem that it would come back to haunt the Gunners. Sanchez made amends for his miss in the 37th minute. Cazorla passed to Gibbs who made a perfect cross which the vertically challenged jumped to meet with his head and sent a perfect shot in to the back of the net.
Despite Arsenal's total domination, the scored was just 1-0 at the half. Even still, I was completely confident of an Arsenal win. That was until the 53rd minute.
As Olivier Giroud chaed after a ball in the QPR box, Nedum Onuoha pushed him in to the path of the keeper. Giroud jumped up incensed and before he had time to think about what he was doing, had headbutted the QPR player. Adding to the drama was Onuoha's bad acting job as he fell to the ground as if he had been punched by Muhammed Ali. Of course Giroud saw red and Arsenal were forced to play the last 37 minutes down a man.
Regardless, Arsenal continued to control the game and Sanchez fed a pass to Rosicky who scored Arsenal's second in the 65th minute. Confidence was restored.
Unfortunately, Arsenal love to torture their fans and when Martin Atkinson signaled for a questionable penalty against Mathieu Debuchy Arsenal were forced to hold on to a 2-1 lead for the final ten minutes.
In the end it was a win, but it didn't have to be this difficult.
To be fair we were comfortable even with 10 men 'til Atkinson gave that penalty.
— Emmet McEvoy (@emmetmcevoy) December 26, 2014
Rode our luck a little at the end, 11 vs 11 they couldn't get near us - Olivier Giroud what the fuck you thinking? Theo up top vs West Ham??
— Rob mylum (@TheRobMylum) December 26, 2014
Well, that was agony. Impressed by Alexis, Rosicky & Monreal. Distinctly unimpressed by Giroud! Crazy red most moment.
— Adrian Clarke (@adrianjclarke) December 26, 2014
We should be 3rd right now if you look at the games we lost and the chances we had, never mind the games we drew!
— Arsenal161 (@Arsenal161_) December 26, 2014
Not quite sure what all the outrage is about. Giroud and Atkinson made it much harder than it should've been - they're to blame.
— No CLlew (@NoCLlew) December 26, 2014
"@davykata17: #OneArseneWenger👏👏👏RT "@Arsenal: Congratulations boss! pic.twitter.com/j9jvswftUt""
— Arsenal's Future (@Ore_TheBoss) December 26, 2014
Thought Rosicky had a fine game Alexis was immense & Santi did well again. Giroud let the team right down getting red carded like that
— Gary Lawrence (@garythegooner56) December 26, 2014
Worst start in years and still above spurs who are "on form" loool
— Kai (@GoonerBBK) December 26, 2014
@RichieTheHorse Shouldn't be like this. I'd have put money on a 6-0 win today. Should be killing it in the 1st half against these teams.
— devon gooner (@devon_gooner) December 26, 2014
And as is usual I feel like I have been through a shredder. Still 3 points is 3 points. #Arsenal
— Katie Williams/Kemp (@katkemp4) December 26, 2014
LOL @ people who can't be happy that we won.
— i.am.christmas™ (@AsTallAsHerEyes) December 26, 2014
Good result..massive #3points..created mess..but managed 2 come out of it..Sanchez another gritty💪 performance.Rosicky👏..WestHam next 😼🙅
— ÄnilR (@IndianGooner85) December 26, 2014
Tomas Rosicky celebrating his goal #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/MhThl9muWz
— CÖME ÖN ARSENAL (@davidhickman14) December 26, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014 10AM EST Arsenal at West Ham
Heading in to the last match of 2014 Arsenal sit 6th in the table and surprisingly are behind West Ham in 4th and Southampton in 5th. With Arsenal playing West Ham today and Southampton on New Year's Day, this is an opportunity that Arsenal must take if they are to truly get their season back on track.
With Southampton facing Chelsea, an Arsenal victory over West Ham could see the Gunners move up to fourth in the table. From there, the next target will be Man United who somehow sit in third despite their shambolic start to the season. It's all there for the taking for Arsenal.
Alex Song: "I would have loved to have gone back to Arsenal in summer, but they didn't want me."#AFC
— ugoson AFC (@ugoson_mere) December 28, 2014
Watch Coq have the best game of his life. Go on Francis!
— ✨ Gooner Anne ✨ (@filipinagooner) December 28, 2014
Lucky the players don't look at twitter for pre match confidence boost and feeling a of win it together
— Keeping it real (@davearmstrong8) December 28, 2014
Back in the starting line-up... Laurent Koscielny #WHUvAFC pic.twitter.com/1qPGlt9oVK
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 28, 2014
Good luck to our wonderful, gorgeous, lovely Arsenal boys, come on Gunners!!!!! xx #ARSENAL
— Lisa (@MrsArsenal10) December 28, 2014
Alexis could probably run from The Emirates to Upton Park and still get #MOTM later.
— Oliver Norgrove (@OliverNorgrove) December 28, 2014
United fans angry with Van Persie... Judas isn't loved there either...
— Harshie (@I_Isaac_) December 28, 2014
This is good news 👌#afc #COYG #WHFCVAFC pic.twitter.com/D6pNhSYLLV
— Arsene (@ididnotseethat) December 28, 2014
Come on @Arsenal #RedArmy #WHUvAFC
— ArsenalFanTV (@arsenalfantv) December 28, 2014
Arsenal close out the year with a win and despite a nervy last half hour, it was a rather good overall team performance. As usual Alexis Sanchez ran the show and his partner in crime, Santi Cazorla was in great form as well. Though diminutive in size, these two are beasts on the ball. After their football careers are over they should open up a dancing school called Santi & Sanchez.
Arsenal started slow and when an Alex Song long range effort flew past Szczesny early in the first half that familiar pit in the stomach feeling started to return. Luckily, the goal was disallowed for off side and things improved for Arsenal after that.
Santi Cazorla was fouled in the box in the 41st minute and Arsenal were awarded a penalty. There was no question this time who would take the PK as Cazorla went to the line. He sent the keeper the wrong way and Arsenal went ahead.
Three minutes later it was two for Arsenal as the Ox put in a great cross which Danny Welbeck met for the score.
Arsenal had plenty of opportunities in the second half, but West Ham's keeper Adrian was at the top of his game.
West Ham got one back in the 54th minute which set up a nervous last 36 minutes. Despite the slim lead, Arsenal never really looked to be in trouble and continued to press for a third goal. Although it didn't come, the team's defense held strong and the three points went to Arsenal. With all the teams above Arsenal losing points on the day, it was a good day for the Gunners.
Shout out to Alex Song whose shambolic display saved us the "We should have signed AlexSong" tweets many had saved in their drafts pre-game.
— Mo Amali (@moamali) December 28, 2014
Every single team above us dropped points today
— The Big Gooner (@thebiggooner) December 28, 2014
7 points from 9 over Christmas. Two away games You've gotta be happy Gooners? Well I am.
— AmandaAFC (@GoonerGirl1969) December 28, 2014
Good form from Arsensl in respect of results. Four wins and a draw since the loss at Stoke. Need to continue at Southampton. Will be tough.
— Chris Özil-Klopp (@ckeogh1971) December 28, 2014
Arsenal, a club in "crisis" 3 points behind Man Utd who are "challenging for the title"
— El Loco Goose (@CrazyGoose) December 28, 2014
Now that's a happy time line 😊😃 Excellent just in time to keep the Christmas blues away!! A little overdue tho 😳😝 #COYG #AFC 👏
— Gemma Brown (@BrownieGooner) December 28, 2014
We need to buy a proper DM and CB to bring competition at the back.
— Mac Reus Ambrossini (@Mac_Gooner) December 28, 2014
3 points well deserved ! Happy to be part of a TEAM of great players and very nice people!!! Thanks! !! pic.twitter.com/9AKCKi4Ku0
— Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) December 28, 2014
#Arsenal win. Spurs draw. Manchester City draw. Chelsea draw. Manchester United draw. https://t.co/cedCCfeJAB
— Arsenal Related (@ArsenalsRelated) December 28, 2014
So it's Pardew in today? Those Geordies are almost as bad as we are.
— Vancouver Arsenal (@VancouverArse) December 28, 2014
.@19SCazorla and Welbeck's goals help @Arsenal finish 2014 with a win. #WHUvAFC match report: http://t.co/DYMnt3fOny pic.twitter.com/JnXPKCN1gw
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 28, 2014