January ended on a positive note for Arsenal with a confidence boosting victory over Oil City at the Etihad, followed by an FA Cup fourth round win that puts the team through to the final 16.
A visit by Aston Villa to the Emirates should be a fixture that won't give Arsenal too many problems. However, as we've seen before, no club should be taken lightly.
Last season, Villa came to the Emirates in the first game of the season and pulled a shock upset over Arsenal. This year's Villa side has very little momentum and has had a hard time scoring goals.
Alexis Sanchez may be rested for this match due to a sore hamstring. This would be a good match to rest the Chilean and let the others lead the charge. Ozil and Walcott are back and Rosicky and Cazorla have been in great form. One other player to look for is Arsenal's new number 5, Gabriel Paulista. The centre back completed his move from Villareal last week and Arsenal finally have some defensive coverage that they have been missing.
Here's to three points!
A merchandise seller displays scarves outside the Emirates Stadium. #afc pic.twitter.com/HOBIyHrxDE
— AFCPressWatch™ (@AFCPressWatch) February 1, 2015
Theo Walcott and Mesut Özil in the starting 11. COME ON ARSENAL!
— Arsenal FC (@FFArsenal) February 1, 2015
Looking forward to seeing #TheoWalcott startling! #COYG #AFCvAVFC pic.twitter.com/ln9Xz10Tkn
— MartineAFC (@martinesinger) February 1, 2015
Ospina officially number 1. Thank you Mr Wenger.
— The King of Banter (@Dryzie_Official) February 1, 2015
Keep the winning run going Arsenal.Closen up the gap at the top.....#3points..
— ArsenalMyFortress (@hanis_kai) February 1, 2015
PHOTO The Emirates Stadium is ready for kick-off. @Arsenal v @AVFCOfficial will be under way at 1330 GMT #ARSAVL pic.twitter.com/gcfXM5e1pL
— Premier League (@premierleague) February 1, 2015
— Jaime Hudson (@Goonergirl37) February 1, 2015
Arsenal's performances in the 8 last games. Only lost 1. Drawn 1. Won 6. #COYG pic.twitter.com/mrfxprJ8oq
— ♛PÖ♕ (@PresidentOzil) February 1, 2015
HAPPY MATCH DAY GOONERS! LET'S GET THIS DONE...;-) #COYG GO ARSENAL!!
— GOONERETTE JCGIROUD (@jessiechantal) February 1, 2015
Wow, what is there to say, but that's the Arsenal that we've been waiting for. Even with Alexis Sanchez being rested the team put on a performance that was impressive and clinical at the same time.
Mesut Ozil set up Giroud in the 8th minute and after that the result never seemed to be in doubt. Despite the one goal lead remaining intact in to the second half there was never any sense that Arsenal would not win this match.
Villa were unable to do much with their possession and Arsenal put the game out of reach in the second half with the returning Ozil and Walcott getting on the score sheet. When substitute Chuba Akpom was fouled by goalkeeper Brad Guzan, the amazing Santi Cazorla easily slotted home the penalty to make it 4-0. Further damage was inflected when the impressive youngster Hector Bellerin scored his first Arsenal goal from 30 yards out in the 90th minute. The final 5-0 score almost flattered Aston Villa who were played off the pitch and have now gone six league matches without scoring a goal.
BOOOM! 5-0. Massacre complete. #bellerin
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 1, 2015
What a Game!!! Delighted for @HectorBellerin to get a goal
— Sarah Mitchell (@LimerickMitch) February 1, 2015
Great win! Had a job to do @arsenal and you did it! No matter Villa were horrendous
— Sae'd A (@quidwise) February 1, 2015
5 different names on the score sheet for Arsenal; Oh how I love 1-man teams like this
— Aaron Appiah (@aj_aaronic) February 1, 2015
Ospina = clean sheets.
— UpTeaMeStickGooner (@pau_LARGE) February 1, 2015
FULL TIME : ARSENAL 5 - 0 Aston Villa. GOAL : Giroud, Ozil, Walcott, Cazorla, Bellerin. Assist : Ozil, Giroud, Cazorla, Akpom, Cazorla.
— Berita Arsenal (@BeritaArsenal) February 1, 2015
"@TheCoqBlock: 19 year old full back Hector Bellerin has more league goals than Mario Balotelli."ffs
— Yorubad guy (@LikMyGoonerSwag) February 1, 2015
Ozil Giroud, Theo, Santi score and even young Hector ...another clean sheet for Ospina... Only thing missing was a Chuba goal! Perfect game!
— Loony Goons (@LoonyGoons) February 1, 2015
FT Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa - #afc thump #avfc to move into fifth http://t.co/6PHvRps3NJ #ARSAVL pic.twitter.com/1liOvGs19P
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 1, 2015
Arsenal’s Premier League form since losing on New Year's Day. Played 4 Won 4 Scored 12 Conceded 0 #AFC pic.twitter.com/er7Q7bEqhi
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) February 1, 2015
Absolutely agree RT @gunnersopinion: Ospina flawless again. Szczesny shouldn't get a game outside the #FACup for the rest of the season
— Wayne Phillips (@whayles) February 1, 2015
Good to see the #WengerOut brigade taking the day off...#WengerIn
— Quinty#theGooner (@quinty1974) February 1, 2015
MOTM: MESUT OZIL 87% pass accuracy 5 take-ons 1 goal 2 clear chances created 1 assist pic.twitter.com/ToCSI9T0CE
— UberArsenal™ (@UberAFC) February 1, 2015
Roll on North London Derby. Spurs to stock up their annual 5-2 scoreline.
— Ra's al Goon (@ThatguyDavy) February 1, 2015
Finally @ArsenalFC we want to see! Well done now let's do them spuds next week! Can't wait #northlondonderby
— Maggies (@gosiak542) February 1, 2015
RETWEET if @MesutOzil1088 was your #AFCvAVFC man of the match pic.twitter.com/SdOjmQu0Wc
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 1, 2015
When Wenger was able to zip his jacket in one try you knew it was going to be Arsenal's day. Up the @arsenal!
— Jocelyn Taub (@JT4Mets4Arsenal) February 1, 2015
ArsenaI legends Thierry Henry and Robert Pires at the Emirates today #AFC pic.twitter.com/uM2VmmQImD
— CÖME ÖN ARSENAL (@davidhickman14) February 1, 2015
What a feeling to get my first goal for @Arsenal!! Great team performance to make it the perfect day! #COYG pic.twitter.com/QhDSBJoJlu
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) February 1, 2015
Arsenal take on Spuds today at White Hart Lane. There's nothing else to say but as always, Spuds must be put in their place. Arsenal are on a great run of late and this is a match that Arsenal need to win to keep the momentum going and of course for bragging rights.
As for team news, Alexis Sanchez trained with the team on Friday with the hopes of being declared fit to play. Arsene Wenger has decided to look at the long term and has decided not to risk Sanchez and his tight hamstring with plenty of upcoming important matches.
Danny Welbeck is back from injury and he starts along with Giroud, Cazorla, Ozil and Ramsey. David Ospina retains his place in goal with three straight clean sheets in league action.
COYG .... Make our day 🙏 pic.twitter.com/vF8MXBfMYW
— Mini (@Arsenallady) February 7, 2015
North London is RED #COYG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Ra's al Goon (@ThatguyDavy) February 7, 2015
⚽⚽⚽ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽⚽⚽ ⚽⚽ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽⚽ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽⚽ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽⚽⚽ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽⚽ ⚽ ⚽ ⚽⚽⚽ #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/umuOAUznro
— MS19 (@mikesanz19) February 7, 2015
Just arrived at White Hart Lane. #THFCvAFC #NLD pic.twitter.com/0RZ5Zs2JuJ
— ArsenalFanTV (@arsenalfantv) February 7, 2015
Tottenham have won the league twice in their history. Arsenal have won the league twice at White Hart Lane. pic.twitter.com/3L5vFp9sM9
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) February 7, 2015
700 - Arsene Wenger will take charge of his 700th @premierleague game today, becoming only the 2nd manager to achieve this feat. Landmark.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 7, 2015
Wenger: "I'm very happy with the business we did. We met our targets and extended @cakpom and Coquelin's contracts" pic.twitter.com/q2AgFkS0VA
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 6, 2015
We Love #Arsenal, We Do We Love #Arsenal, We Do We Love #Arsenal, We Do OH #Arsenal!!! We Love You!
— Hassan (I am #ATID) (@91sticker) February 7, 2015
"WE WON THE LEAGUE...AT WHITE SHITE LANE!... WE WON THE LEAGUE AT WHITE SHITE LANE!!..WE WON THE LEAGUE AT THE SHIT HOLE...... #NLD
— illevöN Növelli (@__Hospitality__) February 7, 2015
David Osssssspina ha tenido cuatro juegos consecutivos sin recibir gol [todas las competiciones] pic.twitter.com/nKj0Tep3un
— Arsenal Costa Rica (@ArsenalCR) February 7, 2015
At White Hart Lane today for Tottenham - Arsenal. Wenger's 700th Premier League game and 45th North London Derby.
— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) February 7, 2015
Pre match pint before off to game pic.twitter.com/DynClQHEX0
— Arsenal Supporters (@AFSCLondon) February 7, 2015
Nightmare, debacle, embarrassment, media and Twitter blackout. Just some of my thoughts and ways of dealing with what was a spirit crushing defeat to none other than Tottenham.
1-0 up in less than 15 minutes courtesy of an Ozil goal and confidence was growing. Then the unthinkable happened. Arsenal allowed Spuds to dominate possession and then concede 2 goals to the current flavor of the week Harry Kane. In the end it was a 2-1 defeat and I was glad that I wasn't in London to hear the abuse. There's nothing more to say except....why Arsenal lose to inferior teams such as Manure & Spuds is inexplicable and needs to be addressed.
Fortunately there's a match three days from now at the Emirates versus last place Leicester City. Let's move on and forget about this setback.
That's their cup final over now we can get on with our season.
— Des Powell (@dpowell248) February 7, 2015
The problem with today's performance is that we didn't pressure the Spurs enough. Waited in the box,that's just poor.
— Ehab Ibrahim (@EhabIbrahim77) February 7, 2015
Losing to Tottenham is a horrible way to start the weekend.
— Greg Bacani (@GregInACab) February 7, 2015
Very disappointing, but we can't complain. They were first to nearly every ball, and we're really up for it. Bad day at the office. COYG.
— Sam Marchiöne (@sammarchione) February 7, 2015
“@Seanjullz: @piersmorgan when arsenal win "there's only one Wenger" Arsenal lose "Wenger Out" pathetic.” @itsjustkiz do not RT that fag
— Nicholas Bucco (@nic_bucco) February 7, 2015
Fed up of over analysing every defeat. They happen unless you're invincible. They're a decent side and its their biggest game of the season.
— Joe Mardon (@TheArsenal_) February 7, 2015
Great let's sit back and lose the fucking game! We were playing spuds not fucking man city #NLD #WengerOut
— darren sullivan (@DSulliAFC) February 7, 2015
Tuesday, February 10th, Arsenal vs. Leicester City 2:45PM EST
Nothing like a midweek match against a last place club to help fans forget about this past weekend's debacle at Shite Hart Lane. Nothing but victory will be acceptable today. There are only 14 matches left and with Arsenal having dropped too many unacceptable points so far this season, the wrongs have to be corrected NOW. Sitting behind Tottenham in the table at this point in the season is just wrong. Hopefully Liverpool can put Spuds back below us and Arsenal can move on to climbing above the boring & pathetic ManUre, the surprising Southampton and maybe even the despicable oil barons of Manchester.
Hoping for an Arsenal win and a draw at Anfield tonight.
— Tom (@TLGooner) February 10, 2015
Banish the memories of Saturday please Arsenal COYG
— Pete (@MS_Pete69) February 10, 2015
The final touches are being put in place at Emirates Stadium ahead of #AFCvLCFC. Where will you be watching from? pic.twitter.com/bhcG6Q9zdF
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 10, 2015
I don't ask much, @Arsenal, but if you screw up against Leicester on my birthday we're going to have a problem, capice?
— Doug Nichols (@TheTXI) February 10, 2015
Leicester GK when he saw that our front 5 is Rosicky, Cazorla, Ozil, Walcott and Alexis... http://t.co/oLSN9phtgS
— 19 (@AIwaysArsenal) February 10, 2015
Came back in time from rugby, just for late KO of the #AFCvLCFC game. Great. :) #AFC #COYG pic.twitter.com/w8RxxcwNYT
— Jahan Miah (@AllAboutTheAFC) February 10, 2015
Honestly I'm scared of our attacking force... I'm sure Leicester are too. Let's get the result boys. #COYG
— Gabriel Paulista (@MesutAFC) February 10, 2015
Ozil, Walcott and Sanchez start for Arsenal! YES YES YES! pic.twitter.com/SJl9dcs3cN
— ArsenalGIF (@ArsenalGIF) February 10, 2015
TEAM NEWS: @Alexis_Sanchez replaces @_OlivierGiroud_ up front as Rosicky starts in midfield http://t.co/tXmKJjxb39 pic.twitter.com/9fhlwOPkWD
— OfficialAFC_US (@OfficialAFC_US) February 10, 2015
Congrats magician! I hope this is only the beginning😍 #MiaSanArsenal > RT @Arsenal:"Congratulations, @MesutOzil1088!" pic.twitter.com/OrzqzJJODT
— Nevena Nena (@NenaCOYG) February 10, 2015
This is the lineup we all dreamed about. The future is now.
— Brian (@GunnerFaithful) February 10, 2015
Rosicky, Walcott, Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis Thats one sexy badass attack tho Lets Maul those Foxes #AFC #COY
— Shaheen Ashraf (@topgooner100) February 10, 2015
Walcott, Özil and Alexis start together for the first time at Arsenal. #PrayForLeicester.
— JJ (@GoonerStat) February 10, 2015
Walcott and Sanchez starting with Ozil in behind 😍😍😍💨💨💨 pic.twitter.com/pwtjx8DfLj
— Wilshere's Ashtray (@SWGoonerAFC) February 10, 2015
On the plus side was the fact that Alexis Sanchez was back in the lineup and Gooners would finally get to see our prized assets of Ozil, Sanchez and Walcott together on the pitch. With Rosicky and Cazorla also in the mix expectations were high. Ozil was excellent for much of the match and was the creator of both Arsenal goals. His corner in the 27th minute was smashed in to the back of the net by Koscielny. Then in the 41st minute he sent in a blazing shot of his own which the Leicester keeper made a great save on, but the rebound bounced in front of Theo Walcott who finished what Ozil started.
On the negative side, Sanchez took a few knocks and didn't yet seem back to his high standards. Ramsey came on as a sub and within nine minutes motioned that he had to come off. The extent of the injury is not yet known. Another major negative of the match was the terrible officiating.
Mike Jones may have been on crack or something but he called the match as if he was Stevie Wonder. Leicester defender Danny Simpson handled the ball twice without a call. In fact his second infraction involved him falling on top of the ball and handling it as he got back up. Jones allowed play to continue despite the obvious hand ball and of course that's when Leicester scorer. Simpson in fact could have been issued at least four yellow cards, but he must have something on Jones as he was able to throw himself around as if he played for Stoke.
The funniest and most inane call of the match came late in the game when Mark Schwazer took a goal kick which hit Olivier Giroud in the back as he was heading back to defend. Jones issued Giroud a yellow card. Maybe it was really for the fact that Giroud is just too gorgeous, but getting a card for being hit from behind by a ball kicked by your opponent is ridiculous.
Regardless, the points went to Arsenal. Plus with Liverpool defeating Spuds, Tottenham's 3 day superiority over Arsenal ended and they are back below Arsenal in the table.
Mesut Özil's first half by numbers: 100% take-ons 94% pass accuracy 4 chances created 3 shots 1 assist pic.twitter.com/vXpTUMA0zK
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 10, 2015
Mike Jones booked Giroud for unknowingly being hit by a football on the back of the head outside the box. This is where we are.
— Arsene's Army (@ArsenesArmy) February 10, 2015
Shift in Power. I said after game on Saturday we'd be back on top of them tonight
— Steve⚽Gööner⚽Martin (@HarlowGooner) February 10, 2015
Arsenal won Tottenham lost Good day
— Mõ Hït (@Mohit_Gooner) February 10, 2015
It's incredibly tight. #PremierLeague pic.twitter.com/lAs9HggzcK
— Sam (@samuelJayC) February 10, 2015
Thank goodness for Ballotelli-The rightful order is restored
— Ceekay (@TheRealCeekay) February 10, 2015
Media saying all weekend of the shift in power in North London. Bunch of parasites. And Spurs can fuck off back to where they belong. #COYG
— Martin Mc Intyre (@MartyBacardi80) February 10, 2015
Arsenal 4th behind Soton on goal difference.
— Le Prof Aido (@Corkgooner33) February 10, 2015
Spurs can make dvds about last weekend's win against Arsenal all they want but guess who's above them now 🙅 #foreverinourshadow
— anne. ✨ (@AnneeeAFC) February 10, 2015
Arsenal 2-1 Leicester. Watch highlights NOW on Sun Goals. FREE for a month: http://t.co/bOqOS0OptN pic.twitter.com/ZoLowOqOoD
— The Sun - Football (@TheSunFootball) February 10, 2015
Özil won us the game but let's ignore that because we defended badly as a team
— JB™ (@gunnerpunner) February 10, 2015
Spurs thought they can finish the season above us!! They didn't finish the damn week
— Ehab Ibrahim (@EhabIbrahim77) February 10, 2015
I think spurs only lost tonight cause they won the league last week
— Wenger's Party (@ChapmansTribute) February 10, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015 11AM Arsenal vs Middlesbrough FA Cup
Arsenal's quest to retain the cup continues. With Chelsea, Citeh and Spuds all dropping in the last round, a golden opportunity to do just that has been presented. Middlesbrough visit the Emirates for the 5th round and the one time Premier League club are currently second in the Championship. They cannot be taken lightly, especially after dumping the Oil Barons of Manchester out in the last round. Fingers crossed that the Arsenal get it done today!
Gabriel makes his @Arsenal debut today, playing alongside @6_LKOSCIELNY, @KieranGibbs and @CalumChambers95 #AFCvMFC pic.twitter.com/LJ9GoxMKzJ
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 15, 2015
#COYG #GabrielPaulista pic.twitter.com/GFtuCWLREd
— Jaime Hudson (@Goonergirl37) February 15, 2015
Strong line up for today. Glad Arsene has shown respect to the Fa Cup. Think it's only because we play in Champs Lge in another week
— Ben O'Connell (@popsky96) February 15, 2015
Come on #Arsenal Come on #Arsenal Come on #Arsenal Come on #Arsenal Come on #Arsenal Come on #Arsenal Come on #Arsenal Come on #Arsenal
— Hassan (I am #ATID) (@91sticker) February 15, 2015
This looks like a really good lineup, lots of creativity and some speed #COYG
— King ömari ♚ (@dannmwagi) February 15, 2015
Captain Cazorla #CaptainCazorla pic.twitter.com/i6KEgowesb
— Juan Ölmedö (@Lockonstratos8) February 15, 2015
COYG!! Lets get another win! #AFC #AFCLive #AFCvMFC #Arsenal #cazorla #COYG
— Desire.Arsenal (@desiregonza) February 15, 2015
We are resting Coquelin. Imagine saying that 6 weeks ago.
— Michael Jeffares (@mj_afc) February 15, 2015
We are resting Coquelin. Imagine saying that 6 weeks ago.
— Michael Jeffares (@mj_afc) February 15, 2015
Cooooome on you reeeeeeeddddds.
— Gooner Dan (@1GoonerDan) February 15, 2015
An amazing team performance from Arsenal with many stand out players; including Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Kieran Gibbs. The final score of 2-0 doesn't do justice to the domination that Arsenal held throughout the match.
It's hard to believe that this Middlesbrough side defeated Manchester City after witnessing the team's inability to mount any real threat. Arsenal had 65% of the possession, but even when Middlesbrough had the ball they barely put any pressure on the Arsenal defense.
Despite Arsenal being in control from kickoff to the final whistle, both goals came within two minutes of each other. In the 27th minute Cazorla and Gibbs combined to set up Giroud for the breakthrough. This came about after every Arsenal player on the pitch had touched the ball. Giroud got his second in the 29th minute off of a Sanchez cross. Giroud volleyed the ball from a tricky angle in to the back of the net. It was a beautiful goal that was equally difficult as well as skillful.
The out of favor Szczesny was back in goal and had little to do and thankfully gave him less of a chance to mess up. New signing Gabriel Paulista was solid in the back and impressed on his Arsenal debut.
Full time: Arsenal defeats Middlesbrough 2-0 to reach the quarter finals of #FACup. #AFCvMFC #COYG
— Binu Thomas (@Binugthomas) February 15, 2015
2-0 to #TheArsenal. Arsenal did what they were supposed to do.
— Joe (@MgoArsenal) February 15, 2015
FT Stats Arsenal v Middlesbrough Shots 23-6 On target 10-1, Fouls 5-8 Duels Won 57%-43%, Pass Accuracy 90%-74%, Possession 65%-35%
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) February 15, 2015
Congrats #MOTM @_OlivierGiroud_ Giroud has scored 14 goals this season more than Balotelli,Falcao Sturridge combined pic.twitter.com/YFcXErLviu
— kiyaawe flava (@Kiyaawe) February 15, 2015
With that kind of dominance you'd want more goals. But that seriously was one of the best passing performances I've ever seen...
— David Boehringer (@dboehringer) February 15, 2015
Captain for the day Santi played like one, Mesut majestic, Olivier clinical, Arsenal professional. Brilliant win. Onto the quarter finals.
— Mo Amali (@moamali) February 15, 2015
A brilliant performance joy to watch
— Nishant (@nishantafc) February 15, 2015
And when, I asked, Oh why she wore her ribbon, She said it’s for The Arsenal, And we’re going to Wembley!
— DavedTheGooner (@DavedTheGooner) February 15, 2015
Totally professional performance. Well done
— I've had Enough (@Ablockgooner) February 15, 2015
LETS DO THIS AGAIN pic.twitter.com/WoQN9Yjmtr
— #WembleyBerlin2015 (@TheGunnersWay) February 15, 2015
Quarter finals here we come 🙌🙌 well done Arsenal 👍👏
— Wayne Turner_AFC (@wjturner80) February 15, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015 Arsenal at Crystal Palace 10AM EST
It's back to league action today and Crystal Palace away is on tap. I saw Arsenal play Crystal Palace last season at the Emirates (2-0 to the Arsenal, Ox scored both goals) and I was amazed at the level of noise that the traveling Palace fans made. That said, I expect the atmosphere at Selhurst Park to be loud and Arsenal will need to block out the crowd and get down to business. A win is a must.
Lets do this gunners. Let's get the 3 points home.. #COYG
— Harshie (@I_Isaac_) February 21, 2015
Come on you Gunners. Got to win this. #CRYARS #CFCvAFC #GoonerFamily
— Aneesh Chandoke (@AneeshChandoke) February 21, 2015
Ladies hold your breath.😍 Hope he bangs in some goals today! 💪 pic.twitter.com/giZCcBpcQK
— Abubakar Hussein (@awesomehabibi) February 21, 2015
Ready for #AFC #Matchday! 3pts! #GoOn! pic.twitter.com/nnXuUWuoOE
— AAAARRRRsenal (@DaddyDrex4) February 21, 2015
— AIS Pangkalan Bun (@AIS_PBUN) February 21, 2015
Today we're gunning for our 3rd win vs Palace in just over a year! COME ON, @Arsenal! #CPFCvAFC #BPL #AFC #COYG pic.twitter.com/PPgN4mkTxE
— Jamie Mannell (@JamieChilds_99) February 21, 2015
— The Arsenal Armory (@ArsenalArmory) February 21, 2015
Let's go Arsenal
— Arsenal Score (@ArsenalScore) February 21, 2015
This one looked like it was going to be a walk in the park after Santi Cazorla gave Arsenal the lead from the penalty spot in the 8th minute. Olivier Giroud scored Arsenal's 2nd just before the half and the match looked to be won.
Crystal Palace deserve credit, however, for giving it a real go. Arsenal were forced to defend often in the second half and a third goal that would have made the match more comfortable never came. To be honest, even though Palace had a lot of the ball it never looked like they were going to score.
Palace finally made a breakthrough in injury time, but it was too little, too late and Arsenal walked away with the points. With ManUre losing to Swansea, Arsenal have now jumped United and currently sit third in the table.
It was nice to see Arsenal grind out a win. Successful teams are ones that figure out how to win even when they are not at the top of their game. With Champions League action coming in four days, it was obvious that Arsenal were already thinking ahead to their meeting with Monaco.
FULL TIME: Swansea 2-1 United hehehe Chelski 1-1 Burnley hehehe Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal Win is a win
— King ömari ♚ (@dannmwagi) February 21, 2015
We got away with that a bit today. A clinical Palace would of caused a lot more trouble for us. 3 points all the same and up to 3rd place 👌
— Red and White (@RedAndWhite11) February 21, 2015
FULL-TIME Palace 1-2 Arsenal. The post denies Palace an equaliser at the death. The Gunners are up to 3rd in the #BPL pic.twitter.com/DBR7WD5VAj
— Premier League (@premierleague) February 21, 2015
I love when we win like that... Pisses all other fans off royally 😝😝😝😝 #UpTheArse
— smartarsegooner (@LGoonerHoward) February 21, 2015
— Lina (@LinaAFC_) February 21, 2015
United lost, Chelsea draw. Arsenal win. If you were having a bad day, well fuck everything and cheer up. It's celebration time!! Wohoooo!!
— Abubakar Hussein (@awesomehabibi) February 21, 2015
United lost. Chelsea drew. Arsenal won. Bloody good day.
— First Class Gooner (@Sanjay_AFC) February 21, 2015
Rooting for Newcastle to beat City sooooo badly. I feel we could get second if we keep our form, maybe even win it 🙊
— Arsenal161 (@Arsenal161_) February 21, 2015
What a photo @19SCazorla @Alexis_Sanchez @MesutOzil1088 @_nachomonreal #COYG pic.twitter.com/whotxJVFWO
— Sarah Mitchell (@LimerickMitch) February 21, 2015
YES SWANSEA YOU FUCKING BEAUTIES👏👏👏💃
— Mesut Özil (@NathanielC_97) February 21, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 2:45PM EST Arsenal vs. Monaco Champions League Round of 16 First Leg
For what seems like the first time, Arsenal actually got lucky in the Champions League Draw. Instead of Bayern Munich or Barcelona, the club was drawn against Monaco. Much is being made of Arsene Wenger's reunion with his former club, but the bottom line is this is a match-up that Arsenal can, and should, win.
Hey Monaco, You ready bro? pic.twitter.com/IRfpSGLgPB
— Red Hot Chilean (@ArsenalsCannon) February 25, 2015
Under 3 hours to go now & these @AS_Monaco fans have arrived at Arsenal! Score predictions? http://t.co/9Nz6XeeE3v pic.twitter.com/YHNmjvSZqt
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 25, 2015
I think we will win tonight, not gonna write Monaco of tho feel they will score just to keep the tie alive We like doing things the hard way
— SAMchez COYG (@smeagol_11) February 25, 2015
You've been warned, @AS_Monaco! #AFCvMON pic.twitter.com/jvgDD1D4VZ
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 25, 2015
My enforced media lock down is over and I am finally able to speak of what can only be described as a humiliating and pathetic defeat at the hands of Monaco. It was pretty much assumed that Arsenal would easily handle the French League side, but it was the other way around. The Arsenal defense seemed to have left the building and Arsenal were caught napping three times with Monaco easily able to score each time.
Per Mertesacker was completely exposed and it was pretty clear that he is way too slow and not good enough to compete at the highest level.
When Oxlade-Chamberlain got one back in the last few moments of the match, hopes were lifted. Unfortunately that didn't last long as Arsenal lost focus and allowed Monaco to scored a third.
Giroud had a bad night and missed a boat load of chances, but to be fair, the entire team was off. So that easy draw proved to be not as easy as first thought. Now Arsenal have it all to do in the return leg at Monaco on March 17th. Arsenal would need to score three and keep Monaco off the scoring sheet in order to go through. It's possible, but the overall feeling is that Arsenal once again blew an opportunity to advance in Europe's elite club competition.
Arsenal fans vent fury on Twitter after shock Champions League defeat to Monaco http://t.co/4z9Eak0Y9m
— Arsenal News (@ArsenalNewsUK) February 26, 2015
Nothing like an Arsenal defeat to make the gap between Arsenal supporters wider. The joys of modern football.
— Steve⚽Gööner⚽Martin (@HarlowGooner) February 26, 2015
Plenty of #AFC fans stayed behind to applaud Monaco off. They were as good as we were bad.
— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) February 25, 2015
Olivier Giroud endures a nightmare as Arsenal fall flat against Monaco, writes @gunnerblog: http://t.co/ur4p6Z9ZTl pic.twitter.com/pmHdc4vtHP
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) February 25, 2015
It just sunk in that #Arsenal lost 1-3 to #Monaco. Even if we produce a miracle next match, we will still mediocre till he leaves.#WengerOut
— Ikenna .H. Uzochukwu (@Henkay007) February 26, 2015
It was a horrible night: Wenger slams suicidal Arsenal after Euro shocker http://t.co/sE67gauv4v #Monaco #WengerOut pic.twitter.com/q7h5ROv002
— Daily Nation (@dailynation) February 26, 2015