Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Arsenal 2014-2015: March

Sunday, March 1, 2015 Arsenal vs. Everton 9AM EST

After Wednesday's debacle a win is a must today for Arsenal. With Manure and Liverpool both winning, a win will keep Arsenal third in the table. Equally important, a win will help to restore some of the confidence that the team lost in the Monaco match.

The mood among fans is tense and there is a sense of nervousness surrounding the team. A win and three points would go a long way to calming nerves.

Arsenal are back to third in the table with a 2-0 victory over Everton. While it was not Arsenal at its fluid best, the performance was good and there were some promising signs that the defensive shortcomings are being addressed. The most noticeable change was Gabriel coming in for the much maligned Per Mertesacker. Gabriel looked strong and made some important tackles. I would prefer to see a lot more of Gabriel and a lot less of the BFG. It's become clear that Per is just not good enough for Arsenal.

Ospina remained in goal and had an excellent game. At times his decision making is questionable, but I feel a lot more confident with him in goal over the shaky Szczesny.

Giroud scored an amazing goal from an Ozil corner. It's funny, how Giroud missed so many easy chances in the match versus Monaco, yet two of his recent league goals have been technically difficult and things of pure beauty. Hopefully, the striker will have regained some confidence and the heat he was taking from the fans will cool off.

Cazorla wore the captain's armband and bossed the game like a true leader, Rosicky came on as a late sub and scored the second goal, Coquellin was in the trenches and ended the match with a broken and bloodied nose. All in all it was a solid team performance and Everton never really looked like they would score.

Up next is a mid week match at 17th place QPR.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Arsenal at QPR 2:45PM EST

QPR is a match that shouldn't instill a lot of fear in the hearts of Arsenal fans. However, as we've all learned, nothing can be taken for granted. It looks as if Koscielny will get a rest and Mertesacker will come back in to the squad and be paired with Gabriel in the center of the defense. 

Despite suffering a fractured nose of the weekend, Francis Coquelin retains his place in the squad.

Southampton won yesterday and everyone around us is playing today so we're rooting for Arsenal, Newcastle, Leicester, Swansea, West Ham and Burnley. At the end of the day, all that really matters is an Arsenal victory.

The final score doesn't really represent what took place on the pitch. Despite winning by just one goal and both Arsenal goals not coming until the second half, QPR didn't present too much of a problem.

Giroud scored off of a Kieran Gibbs deflection to finally put Arsenal in front in the 64th minute. Five minutes later it was doubled when Alexis Sanchez scored a sublime goal from a ridiculously tough angle.

Charlie Austin got one back in the 82nd minute, but other than that they didn't pose a real threat. Arsenal had double the amount of shots on goal and six corners to just one for QPR.

Arsenal are still in third and just four points behind the Sheikh and his mercenaries.

Monday, March 9, 2014 2:45PM Arsenal at Manchester United FA Cup 6th Round

I am about as nervous as if I was playing in this match. After years of Manure owning us, now is the time to finally put things in order. What worries me, and probably most Arsenal fans, is that despite the obvious fact that this current United side are crap, Arsenal always seem to cave in, psyche themselves out or self destruct when we play them. It's as if the ghost of Fergie and Howard Webb's stopwatch of added injury time is haunting Arsenal.

This is simply a MUST win for Arsenal. Not only for the obvious fact of moving on to the semi-finals and trying to retain the FA Cup Trophy, but almost as important, to restore pride and belief and respect to this Arsenal team. A loss to LVG and these jokers would be unbearable.

Personally, I have a comedy show tonight which is huge and I'm more nervous about this match than I am the show. Let's get this done Arsenal. DO NOT LET YOUR FAN BASE DOWN!

YES....FINALLY....a convincing win for Arsenal at Old Trafford. Not only that, the player that the footballing genius LVG told was not good enough to play for ManUre and then sold to Arsenal was the one to come back and score the winning goal. I can only imagine in 10 years time there will be a film version of the story....it could be called something like, "Welbeck...the Redemption, the Revenge...the Shaming of Manchester United"!

Adding to the overall thrill of victory over the much hated United and the fact that their reject was the one to come back and burn them, was the performance of the game's referee...Michael Oliver. When Hector Bellerin was given a yellow card in the 4th minute (which he deserved), I was afraid of what was to come. I shouldn't have been, because what was to come was a fair, evenly called, consistent ref job that is rarely if ever seen anymore. 

Fans of every team have become used to the United home match favoritism that dates back to Adam and Eve. Well, not this time. You dive to win a penalty, you get yellow carded (yes you you cheater Januzaj). You simulate contact to get a penalty, you get yellow carded (yes you Angel DiMaria you 60 million pound cheating has been)...you pull at the shirt of the referee after you get yellow carded because you cost 60 million pounds and used to play for Real Madrid, you get your second yellow within 10 seconds and are sent off (yes you Angel DiMaria). Add to that the ridiculous thug that is Marouane Fellaini, who you can almost guarantee intentionally hit Francis Coquelin in the face within the first five minutes. Having sustained a broken nose in a recent, Fellaini apparently felt the only way to get the best of the player was to knock him out of the match. The problem for the mop topped tree was that his thug tactics didn't work. Coquelin had the better of Fellainin throughout the entire match.


To be fair, Arsenal were not at their best...but FINALLY, ManU did not benefit from lucky breaks (Tim Krul, Fergie time, phantom penalties) and the poor side that they really are was exposed. Resorting to long balls to Fellaini and cheating did not work. Their £24 million loanee remained on the bench the entire match, while the player that wasn't good enough to be a part of LVG's team scored the winner for the opposition. As the saying goes, karma is a bitch. Even the phantom 5 minutes of Fergie time didn't benefit this hapless bunch. The only thing that would have made the night better would have been Judas Van Persie on the pitch to suffer defeat to the team he felt was going in the wrong "direction".

Stand outs in the match were Nacho Monreal who owned Cheater DiMaria and scored a goal worthy of any striker set up beautifully by Ozil and the Ox. Sanchez was everywhere, Cazorla came close to scoring twice, Coquelin was a beast, Welbeck got the last laugh...to be honest it was a true TEAM performance. They stuck to the game plan and outside of Shrek's goal, kept ManUre at bay all night.

After the match, Arsenal were drawn against either Bradford or Reading (depending upon the outcome of the replay). A favorable draw was deserved and Arsenal are that much closer to their second FA Cup final (and possible trophy) in two years. 

It was a great night to be a Gooner.  

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Saturday, March 14, 2015 11AM EST Arsenal vs. West Ham 

It's been a great week for Arsenal fans following the victory over ManUre in the FA Cup 6th round. Then there was the meltdown of Moanrinho's team at Stamford Bridge against 10 man PSG which sent them out of the Champions League. Today it's back to league action and a visit from West Ham.

West Ham have come back down to earth since their great start to the season.and now sit in 10th place.  With teams below us fighting to get those coveted Champions League spots, it's important to keep winning and collecting points.

With confidence high and playing at home, this should be a winnable match for Arsenal.

This week keeps getting better and better.  

West Ham defended well in the first half and despite a majority of the possession,m Arsenal were unable to get the breakthrough goal....that is until Olivier Giroud sent in a screamer literally in the last second of the first half. It truly was an impressive strike. Whatever tension had been in the air eased as the half ended.

Arsenal again dominated possession in the second half and were able to keep West Ham at bay pretty easily. Of course Arsenal fans have seen leads disappear before so it was important for the team to score another goal. It took a while, but they added two more in the 81st and 84th minutes.

Giroud added to his goal with a great assist that saw Aaron Ramsey smash the ball in to the back of the net. Three minutes later, substitute Mathieu Flamini was there to tap in the rebound after Adrian had saved a shot from Ozil.

It was another complete team performance with Koscielny and Coquelin the standouts on defense, while Giroud took center stage up front. Running the show was Cazorla, Sanchez and second half sub Santi Cazorla.

Aaron Ramsey needed that goal to get his confidence back. David Ospina made a great save in keeping another clean sheet. Theo Walcott finally got a start and had a couple of good chances. He is a player badly in need of a goal and a confidence boost.

In the late match Burnley played their socks off and defeated the Manchester Mercenaries 1-0. For all the stick that Arsene Wenger has been getting all season, Arsenal are now just one point behind second place Manchester City.

The Champions League returns on Tuesday. Arsenal head to Monaco with a tough task, but with confidence high, you never know what can happen.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Arsenal at Monaco 3:45PM EST Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg

Arsenal head to Monaco with hope, but the task at hand is a tough one. Having embarrassed themselves three weeks ago at the Emirates, Arsenal are down 3-1 with 90 minutes left to turn things around. Arsenal must score at least 3 goals to have any chance of progressing while keeping Monaco off the score sheet. Hopes are high, but most fans have realistic expectations after the shambolic display in the first leg. Arsenal have made a habit of defeating top competition in one leg of Champions League matches yet coming up short on aggregate (Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan). Fingers crossed, but it'll be touch to accomplish.

Great to see such optimism among Arsenal fans at #MiracleInMonaco is currently a trending hashtag!

Why didn't Arsenal play like this back in London? Total Arsenal domination and Giroud was able to make the breakthrough in the 36th minute. There were several other good chances and close calls as well as a bogus diving yellow card given to Sanchez when he was felled in the box. Sanchez is so good he doesn't needed to cheat...a totally bogus card.  Arsenal need 2 in the second half. Fingers are still crossed.

AFTER Saturday, March 21, 2014 11AM EST Arsenal at Newcastle AFTER

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