Back to the league and a weekday meeting with Southampton at the Emirates. Southampton have been mediocre this season, but when Arsenal went to St. Mary's last month, they completely humiliated the Gunners by a score of 0-4. It was a major hit in what is supposed to be Arsenal's year to win the league. Now it's payback time and hopefully Arsenal will seek retribution and get back to winning ways.
Ready For the gooners now come on Arsenal come on Arsenal come on Arsenal just do it— Tony Arsenal (@TonyArsenal21) February 2, 2016
The Emirates Stadium is lit under the floodlights as Arsenal prepare to take on Southampton. #COYG pic.twitter.com/BJ9QaLukKv— Champions Arsenal (@tomgunner14) February 2, 2016
Happy with that side apart from Flam starting an no Elneny?must be a logical explanation for that tho surely#COYG 👏👏👏— Sizzling Sànchez (@sanchez17isgod) February 2, 2016
its great to see the bench filling up again, been so long since we've had a strong bench.— GoonAFC (@GunnerAB10) February 2, 2016
I had to work today so I set my DVR to record the match. When I got home I immediately went to watch the match and was disgusted to find out that instead of the Arsenal game I had recorded Man United and Stoke. Of course I skipped that I went to find out what happened in the Arsenal match.
Upon seeing the result, I am glad that this was the one match that I missed. Arsenal had 67% of the possession, but in the end it amounted to nothing as the match ended 0-0. Aside from the fact that it was two points dropped, it was Arsenal's third straight match without scoring a goal and their fourth straight league match without a victory. Definitely not the results a team going for the title want.
The disappointment will fade, but if Arsenal don't get back on track now, it'll be a great opportunity lost. For now, they have dropped in to fourth place.
Groundhog Day for Arsenal as Saints draw dents title hopes - SkySports https://t.co/Jpae1YIjih— Arsenal Newsdaily (@ArsenalNewdaily) February 4, 2016
Arsenal drop to fourth in the Premier League on Groundhog Day after Southampton draw... https://t.co/4FyW7lMW9o— Arsenal News (@afcnewsarsena) February 4, 2016
The goalkeeper praised the performance of Southampton's No.1 as the Saints held the Gunners to a 0-0 draw at t... https://t.co/Lq5bmRpuvU— Milanista Rossoneri (@Milanista_92) February 3, 2016
Arsenal 0-0 Southampton: Gunners slip further behind Leicester and Man City in title race - Daily Mail https://t.co/tnoonXmMHU— Arsenal FC news (@GOONERteam) February 3, 2016
Sunday February 7, 2016 Arsenal at Bournemouth 8:30AM
Arsenal need to right the ship now or they can forget about any title hopes. They go in to this match in fourth place. With the surprising Leicester defeating Manchester City on Saturday at the Etihad, they now sit atop the table eight points ahead of Arsenal. Even with a win, Arsenal will only move up to third place. Even worse than being behind Leicester, is being behind Tottenham who won again Saturday.
Bournemouth sit in 15th place and this is a perfect match for Arsenal to get back to winning ways. Nothing short of a victory will be acceptable with a meeting with Leicester next week on deck.
Never been so nervous for a match against one of the so called "weaker" teams in the premier league! Lol— Arsenal4life (@King_HenryAFC14) February 7, 2016
Arsenal XI vs. Bournemouth: Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sánchez, Özil; Giroud. #afc— CRAZYGOONER (@BillyKilby) February 7, 2016
Anyway team is picked, it is what it is, get behind them #coyg— G⚽⚽NER (@patrickcahill7) February 7, 2016
Twitter don't need nuances. Wastes time to hop on the next topics. https://t.co/N8Ic6aMxp2— Brown (@kaynuci) February 7, 2016
If Özil can love Flamini, why can't you?— Letty (@Le77y64) February 7, 2016
Let's get behind the Ox. Actually hopeful he can do something good today.— Gooner dude (@goonervista) February 7, 2016
Mertesacker and Walcott on the bench is the best thing I've seen all day... Countered by the worst... Flamini starting 😑— Dan Bletsoe (@BletzRizzle) February 7, 2016
Our goal of the season will be scored today! 👍— Ryan AFC Parker (@derbygooner10) February 7, 2016
You wanna be champions, you must win these games! #coyg— JaymÖ (@JaymoJames) February 7, 2016
It's back to winning ways for Arsenal as they take all three points in a 0-2 victory. Both goals came in the first half...in fact they came within two minutes of each other.
Mesut Ozil was the first to get on the score sheet with a cool finish in the 23rd minute. Then Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain silenced his critics with an angled shot that found the back of the net and pretty much sealed the victory for Arsenal.
While possession was pretty evenly split and Bournemouth had more attempts on goal, the outcome never seemed in any doubt.
After going without a win in recent weeks it was essential that Arsenal got back on track. Yes it's just Bournemouth, but so much of the game is fueled by momentum and it's nice that Arsenal have regained some momentum.
After a comfortable 2-0 win the Flamini haters have crawled back under their rocks.— Mike (@afc4life_uk) February 7, 2016
@arsenal @mesutozil1088 awsome performance..Leicester up next..good feelings to be back to wining ways— Hardeysoji (@Ilovehardeysoji) February 7, 2016
Just in time back to winning ways!💪👊 I'm already burning to face Leicester next Sunday, guys!!!🔥🔥🔥 #BeTheDifference pic.twitter.com/pN8q8ewTP9— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) February 7, 2016
Next weekend— Prince George (@Princegunner11) February 7, 2016
ARSENAL VS LEICESTER
MAN CITY VS TOTTENHAM
Can't wait! pic.twitter.com/tPpcT4fAvE
Petr Cech has kept more clean sheets than wins Chelsea have this season.— Alan (@AlanzalonGunner) February 7, 2016
I have a feeling we will smoke Leicester next week. Our confidence is coming back.— BössWenger (@BossWenger) February 7, 2016
Above, City, United, Liverpool and Chelsea. Still in Champions League. Good chance of winning the FA cup. Let's all fucking moan.— GöönerRuss23 (@GoonerRuss23) February 7, 2016
Sunday February 14, 2016 Arsenal vs. Leicester City 7AM EST
Arsenal host the surprise team of the season Leicester City at the Emirates and the ass kissing by the pundits of Leicester in the build up has frankly been nauseating. It's time for Arsenal to stop the fairy tale and send Leicester back to reality. Arsenal won the the away fixture earlier this season 2-5 and they need to secure all three points today. It's actually amazing to think that a match against Leicester City has this much importance., Leicester City? They almost got relegated last season. It's been a great story but enough is enough. Arsenal MUST show that they are capable of winning the league and the time is NOW to prove it.
COME ON YOU RIP ROARING GUNNERS— 80sirishlegend (@80sirishlegend) February 14, 2016
COME ON ARSENAL!— Arsenal News (@__arsenalnews_) February 14, 2016
COME ON ARSENAL!
COME ON ARSENAL!
COME ON ARSENAL!
COME ON ARSENAL!
Never thought I would be this scared to play Leicester City at home.— Terje (@ArsenalTerje) February 14, 2016
It's all about respect. We respected Leicester at their place and got the win. Same today. I'm going 2-1 Arsenal.— Old Bald Gooner (@OldBaldGooner) February 14, 2016
MAKE US PROUD!!!! #COYG— Arsenal News (@__arsenalnews_) February 14, 2016
Huge match. Let's go! #COYG— Naicouu (@NicoAFC) February 14, 2016
Full @NorfolkArsenal coach left cold Norwich at 7am. On our way to watch mighty Gunners put those Fox's back in their den. Feeling confident— Sam Marchiöne (@sammarchione) February 14, 2016
Early doors for this one! The pub will be open from 10am to ensure all fans get a chance for a beer before the game. pic.twitter.com/YxJGHJ7PdG— TheTollington (@TheTollington) February 9, 2016
It was looking like it was going to be another one of those frustrating days but then Danny Welbeck's head met Mesut Ozil's last gasp free kick in the 5th minute of added time. Instead of a 1-1 draw Arsenal struck with the last play of the match and walked away with all three points.
Referee Martin Atkinson played a major role in the match, but not in a good way. He missed clear fouls on Arsenal players and then awarded Jamie Vardy a penalty for purposely falling over Nacho Monreal's leg...i.e. he clearly cheated. Vardy scored the undeserved penalty right before the half and the frustration level around the Emirates was obvious by the loud booing directed at Atkinson.
Perhaps feeling a bit guilty for his crap refereeing, Atkinson started pulling out the yellow cards and within ten minutes of the restart Danny Simpson saw red for a second bookable offense. Finally, things looked to be going Arsenal's way.
Arsene Wenger brought on Theo Walcott for Coquelin in the 61st minute and the striker rewarded his manager with the game tying goal in the 70th minute from a sublime Olivier Giroud assist. With 20 minutes left and a man advantage the match was very winnable.
Arsenal were pouring it on but the winner wasn't coming. Then in the 83rd minute, Danny Welbeck was introduced to the match after a ten month absence.
Four minutes of injury time were added and as the match was down to just 30 seconds on the clock, a great thing happened....defender Marcin Wasilewski committed an unnecessary foul giving Arsenal a free kick. Mesut Ozil set the ball in and there was Welbeck, back after ten months out injured, to score the winner.
The celebration was wild, the stadium went nuts and Arsenal are now just two points behind Leicester. The only bummer is that Spuds won and remain above Arsenal for the time being tied on points but with a superior goal difference.
Arsenal need to use the momentum picked up from this match and move forward. The title race is on.
WOW! Arsenal is really the Greatest team in the World. But you knew that already. Wow! Arsenal Wow!— ❂ Yübbîę Umoh ❂ (@Yubbie007) February 14, 2016
Oh my days. I jus near fainted then all that screaming but what did I tell ya, Theo and Welbeck!!!! Much better options— Kris Masön (@KrisGoonerMason) February 14, 2016
Oh Fuck!!!! I've been through it all in just 90+4 minutes, head spinning right now. #EmotionalRollerCoaster— Erskine Amoakuh (@skinnoo) February 14, 2016
Danny Welbeck pic.twitter.com/5FGj5Mx29j— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) February 14, 2016
Danny Welbeck out for 10 months comes on as a sub with 12 min left scores the most important goal of his career with no time left #omg #epl— Nebojsa Puskar (@Nebo555) February 14, 2016
Welbeck turns out to be the super sub for arsenal. Utd fans right now *sob sob*— MOD (@akarsh_modani) February 14, 2016
There's your fairytale.... pic.twitter.com/CByxkZwkqo— Old Bald Gooner (@OldBaldGooner) February 14, 2016
Walcott scored Welbeck scored Giroud assist Ozil assist Our attacking options looking real nice.— Taiwo Francis (@owiatsicnarf) February 14, 2016
best. team. 💪🏼😎#yagunnersya #BeTheDifference #AFCvLCFC #Arsenal #bigpoints pic.twitter.com/UiLGpJj6AC— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) February 14, 2016
Saturday February 20, 2016 7:45AM Arsenal vs. Hull FA Cup Fifth Round
Once again attention turns to the FA Cup as Arsenal continue in pursuit of their third FA Cup trophy in a row. As fate would have it, it's Hull once again for Arsenal. Of course Arsenal defeated Hull in the 2014 final and dispatched of them again last season on their way to FA Cup glory in 2015. This year Hull finds itself top of the Championship with promotion to the Premier League their top priority.
While Hull fights for promotion, Arsenal are also in a title chase in the EPL and have a small match against a team called Barcelona coming up in just three days time. With priorities in mind and upcoming fixtures both teams are expected to make changes to their starting lineups.
Arsenal have added depth to their squad and with the return of injured players such as Danny Welbeck and Francis Coquelin, Arsene Wenger has options when looking to rotate the squad.
Here's hoping that the third time is a charm and Arsenal defeat Hull to move on to the last eight of the FA Cup. Let's retain OUR trophy!
Arsene Wenger FA Cup record:— Arsenal News (@__arsenalnews_) February 20, 2016
Trophies: 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆
@Arsenal its beautiful to see d depth in this arsenal side. changed 10 players, yet, it looks well like our 1st team even with Ox in d bench— Arsenals fan Forum (@AFC_fans_forum) February 20, 2016
The waiting is over... here's how @Arsenal line up for #AFCvHCFC #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/69JizHLFrQ— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 20, 2016
Today's #ARSHUL game is Arsene Wenger's 100th FA Cup tie as #Arsenal boss.— Arsenal Fans (@ArsenalChatUk) February 20, 2016
He's lifted the #FACup six times. pic.twitter.com/KUXQMni5JM
Hull is like our lucky charm, everytime we play them, we win an FA Cup.. Let's go Gunners! COYG!— Fixie Gunner (@chomandely) February 20, 2016
Hull make ten changes, Arsenal nine. Both clubs have different priorities in mind, but we're the FA Cup holders and want it to stay that way— ❄ (@ExcitableExpert) February 20, 2016
Not to forget, our next two league away games; United & Spurs. Today's rotation isn't disrespecting the cup, it's sensible management.— FK² (@fkhanage) February 20, 2016
We killed them. Just look at these stats: 69% possession, 24 shots for Arsenal to just 6 for Hull, 11 shots on goal for Arsenal to just 1 for Hull, 11 corners for Arsenal versus 1 for Hull. Reading those stats one would guess that the final score was something along the lines of 5-0, or maybe 3-0 or at least 2-0 or if Hull were very lucky maybe they just lost 1-0. While the stats tell one story, the final score told another.
After totally dominating Hull for 90 minutes, it's going to take another 90 to decide a winner. After all that, Arsenal couldn't score and the match ended 0-0. Arsenal's fixture list is busy, but a trip to Hull will be scheduled over the next few weeks as Arsenal will have to replay Hull for the chance to move on to the 6th round.
If Arsenal can win the replay, they will host Watford at the Emirates for the right to move on to the semi finals at Wembley.
Rather than dwell on what should have been or at least could have been, Arsenal are going to be a lot more clinical in front of goal. It's sadly become a frequent problem for Arsenal...match domination without a victory. Arsenal fans would gladly take less control of the game if it came with wins.
I see so much anger from our fans on here, if Arsenal made me that miserable I wouldn't follow them. Honestly. What's the point.— GeoffArsenal (@GeoffArsenal) February 20, 2016
fair point. We won the FaCup 2 seasons in a row but some fans decided to go into a meltdown coz of a draw https://t.co/u0i3al4j5S— S Samuel (@Arsenalman2011) February 20, 2016
What the fuck was that keeper on? Absolute insanity.— Natan Oster (@arsenalNatan) February 20, 2016
FA Cup replay against Hull City is not ideal say's Arsene Wenger https://t.co/7sXxu3aXVA #afcvhfc pic.twitter.com/PHPgS6NNP4— Stevo (@TheGunners247) February 21, 2016
Nice one @Arsenal a replay that's all we need and I bet I know who that will benefit— Martin Bonner (@bonofafc) February 20, 2016
Arsenal 0-0 Hull City: Championship leaders force FA Cup replayhttps://t.co/y5zo0eV3vZ via @MailSport— Al the Gooner (@alec1271) February 21, 2016
its crazy to think that we created very little versus a Championship side. nothing we created had me thinking, should score that.— GoonAFC (@GunnerAB10) February 20, 2016
Tuesday February 23, 2016 2:45PM EST Arsenal vs. Barcelona Champions League Home Leg Round of 16
Can miracles happen? No one is expecting Arsenal to win against Barcelona. They're perhaps the best team in the world and have a strike force of Messi, Neymar and Suarez. BUT, they still have to play the game and you never know until the final whistle.
There's a part of me that wouldn't be too upset if they were out of this tournament so that they could concentrate on the league and the FA Cup. The other part of me says that's a cop out and if you want to be the best, you've got to beat the best. A Champions League trophy, however, far away it may seem, would not be a bad piece of silverware to have in the trophy cabinet.
So here's hoping that Arsenal can do the impossible and beat Barcelona. At the very least, let's hope they do us proud.
Have a strong feeling that arsenal will surprise everyone tonight— King ömari ♚ (@dannmwagi) February 23, 2016
This time we knock them out!#COYG
Everyone going on about Barcelona's front three. If we leave Messi out of it I'd rather have Ozil & Alexis to Neymar & Suarez.— Kildare Gunner (@KildareGunner) February 23, 2016
I believe we can do it— Mõ Hït (@Mohit_Gooner) February 23, 2016
They will have to play out of their skins if we're going to get something from this tonight. Good Luck chaps! #COYG pic.twitter.com/bKfZy7UQz8— TheGunnersPub (@TheGunnersPub) February 23, 2016
Here's the official @ChampionsLeague team sheet for #AFCvFCB. Nine changes for @Arsenal from the weekend's game pic.twitter.com/iSfxiLBlFC— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 23, 2016
Sneak preview of what The Emirates will look like before kick off #ARSFCB courtesy of @Arsenal match programme pic.twitter.com/OkeEUlily5— John Murray (@bbcjohnmurray) February 23, 2016
Miracles can happen, but they didn't happen today. The final stats show that Barcelona dominated the match with an overwhelming amount of possession and double the total of shots from Arsenal. In the end the final 0-2 scoreline is respectable from an Arsenal point of view, but it really could have been so much different.
Arsenal defended valiantly in the first half and were able to keep the likes of Messi, Neymar and Suarez off of the score sheet. While they weren't winning the possession, the defensive alignment worked brilliantly. At the interval the amazing stat was that Barcelona did not register one shot on goal.
Arsenal on the other hand had several chances but were unable to break the deadlock. The best chance came to the Ox who was unable to get power on his shot.
In the second half Barcelona broke the deadlock when they caught the Arsenal defense sleeping in the 71st minute. Up to that moment it looked as if Arsenal were holding out for a 0-0 draw at least. It was a typical Barcelona goal...scored by Messi with set up courtesy of Neymar and Suarez.
The most questionable move from Arsene Wenger came with seven minutes left in the match when he substituted Coquelin with the always questionable Mathieu Flamini. It didn't take Flamini long to ruin what had been a closely contested match. He fouled Messi in the box within moments of his arrival. Messi coolly slotted home the penalty and that was that.
There's the old saying it aint over till it's over. However, when it comes to Barcelona versus Arsenal....we pretty much know it's over. The return leg at the Nou Camp will be an exercise in damage control. There's no shame in losing to the best team in Europe, but giving away cheap goals never helps your cause.
Next up is a visit to Old Trafford with three very important points on the line.
Stop FFS moaning, we are Arsenal, support the team or do one & support Ushited......— Cary The Gooner (@cary1961) February 23, 2016
I started to tweet "Clever from Wenger, bringing Flamini on to injure Messi for the away leg"— James (@jamesafcn) February 23, 2016
But he gave away a pen before I finished.
Welbeck was bright when he came on, it gives me a lot of hope for his performances for the rest of the season.— Joe (@RedAndWhite11) February 23, 2016
Arsene Wenger: "We gave absolutely everything tonight so it's a shame we have nothing to show for it." #AFC pic.twitter.com/80P2qw3TfF— Jahan Miah (@AllAboutTheAFC) February 23, 2016
Cech was brilliant again tonight too. Couple of great save. Not much he could do about the goals really. What a signing.— James (@JamesK_1312) February 23, 2016
Still proud to be a Gooner! Let bounce back and win against Manchester United! #Arsenal #COYG pic.twitter.com/GFWNzOwz4n— Arsenal (@tomgunner14) February 23, 2016
Current mood pic.twitter.com/HMaFNjoG3B— Poets Corner (@PoetsCornerUK) February 23, 2016
Sunday February 28, 2016 Arsenal at Manchester United 9:05AM
This used to be one of the top fixtures in the EPL season. That was when Arsenal and United were battling it out for league supremacy. Since then the oil barons have bought in to football and Chelsea and Man City started spending like drunken sailors out for a night on the town.
Arsenal are within striking distance of the top of the table. Manchester United are treading water while waiting for a life preserver. Their season has been abysmal and each week there's a new crack in the armor. Arsenal are coming off of a loss to Barcelona while United are celebrating their comeback victory over a small team from Denmark with a name something like jkdlelslakdkeldkja.
There's a big difference though. Barcelona are probably the best team in world football while jkdlelslakdkeldkja is the equivalent of playing a non league side.
With that in mind, this is a must win for Arsenal. They are by far the superior team and anything but a victory would be both an embarrassment and a kick in the gut to Arsenal's title chances. They won the corresponding fixture earlier in the year with an easy 3-0 victory. That day they put the game away early scoring three goals within 20 minutes. Let's hoping we see something similar today.
An added motivation is the now fit Danny Welbeck getting a start up front against the manager that stated he wasn't good enough for Manchester United. Welbeck got sweet revenge last season when he scored the winner versus United in the FA Cup. It would be great to see more of the same today.
Shouldn't underestimate any team but damn that United line up makes me look forward to the start of the game! Let's do this Arsenal! #COYG— Abubakar Hussein (@awesomehabibi) February 28, 2016
If we wanna be champions we have to beat a weak United team today— Paul Donohoe (@paul_donohoe74) February 28, 2016
COME ON YOU GUNNERS!!!!
We smashed United 3-0 with their best squad, surely a revenge 8-2 coming,they are pairing up carrick/blind lmfaoooooo.— KB (@CreativeMesut) February 28, 2016
LVG dumped Welbeck & Chicarirto for Falcao https://t.co/2gcgniCBgf What an eye for talent....NOT.— Jocelyn Taub (@JT4Mets4Arsenal) February 28, 2016
Fingers crossed we do the double over United today!! WE NEED IT !! We need to win!! WHO DARES WINS!! #Goonerfamily #COYG #MUFCvAFC— The Gooner (@frostc79) February 28, 2016
Leicester teased us by leaving it late yesterday making today a must win. With the respective line-ups there can be no excuses.— The Gooner (@GoonerFanzine) February 28, 2016
After seeing the lineups I weep for man utd pic.twitter.com/SJQi8pE3ZV— I Belong To Nobody (@nollykool) February 28, 2016
got to win this game convincingly, no if's, no but's, no maybe's . Just win #COYG— stephen mwanzi (@monsieurmeemy) February 28, 2016
It's taken me several days to come back to this blog and recap what was an abject pathetic performance. Losing to Manchester United is one thing, but losing to a team of scrubs, no names and players playing out of position is just plain embarrassing. I have always defended Arsenal, but the term "bottlers" has been thrown around about the club on a regular basis. I am beginning to agree that they are indeed a group of bottlers. Every time there's a chance to get an advantage or dispel any negativity surrounding the club, they fail and they fail miserably.
Arsenal were sunk by an eighteen year old making his Premier League debut. Now if Marcus Rashford goes on to become the new Lionel Messi, then we'll look back and say we saw the beginnings of a superstar. However, it's more likely that we'll look back and just laugh at how Arsenal allowed an unknown kid to look like a combination of Messi, Pele and Ronaldo.
There's really no reason to go over the details. In short, Arsenal passed the ball about a lot, scored a couple of goals, but basically wasted a ton of possession and looked inept and feeble on offense. Theo Walcott started up front yet I had to check the names on the team lineup after the first half to see if he really was playing. He was basically invisible. Outside of Ozil and Welbeck and maybe Koscielny the players failed miserably. They really should be ashamed and embarrassed as they lost to an inferior team in a match they had to win.
So, there are no more excuses or you can kiss any chances of a title goodbye. Even worse, Tottenham are above Arsenal and could be champions if their current form keeps up. Get it together now Arsenal.
Arsenal same old same old— Sánchez Sizzle (@Diggaditch) February 28, 2016
When did Spurs develop the mentality of champions and Arsenal stray so far from it?— Nik Postinger (@nikpostinger) February 28, 2016
That was an utter disgrace. There is no other way of describing it. Everyone @Arsenal culpable. Even the twitter account is embarrassing.— Gareth Stringer (@Gareth_Stringer) February 28, 2016
Embarrassing how we can't beat that shit man Utd team . #bottlejobs— liam gooner otoole (@liamotoole3) February 28, 2016
If you can defend Arsene Wenger after that, please go and reassess your life. What a fucking joke. Disappointed beyond belief. 😐— GoonerGal Sadia (@TheGoonerette) February 28, 2016
If your going wednesday, Its time to tell the club Enough is Enough. Want 1 of these DM me. #WENGEROUT pic.twitter.com/quoMjgKoCD— Doublegooner (@Doublegooner) February 28, 2016
Saddest thing about this season is, Chelsea are shit, Man Utd are shit, Man City are shit, but Arsenal are still Arsenal...— Tom Gordon (@GoonerGordo) February 28, 2016