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Middlesbrough 1 Arsenal 2

I travelled all the way up to Middlesbrough on bank holiday Monday to watch the game. Despite being on the back end of a 3-0 loss at Palace, I remained optimistic that we would perform well. Near 3000 Away fans travelled up to the game. All of the fans were in loud voices as the game started, getting behind the players and forgetting the recent bad performances. The rain was pouring down and the players were sliding all over the place. 

Arsenal took first blood through Alexis Sanchez’s perfectly floated free kick into the top left hand corner. Arsenal led 1-0 at half time. Middlesbrough scored quick from the kick off through Negredo, the Arsenal fans became anxious that the teams defence would start to fall apart. We were all proven wrong as the players kept fighting and pressing Middlesbrough. Some great play saw Ramsey control the ball for Ozil who smashed the ball in the back of the net.

The Arsenal fans were electric! Getting right behind the players from the kick off. The players must of noticed as they showed their appreciation at the end of the game by coming over and thanking the fans with smiling faces. We can still fight for fourth even though it’s going to be a tough ask. Now we look forward to the FA Cup semi final against Manchester City on Sunday. ​

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Crystal Palace 3 Arsenal 0

Unfixable, spineless performance once again. Not the first time we have conceded 3 goals away from home. It’s now become clear that the fans have now turned on the players as you hear them sing, ‘You’re not fit to wear the shirt’. The Arsenal fans not giving their own player (Bellerin) the ball back after it went into the stands.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis was watching on from the stands. Wenger refusing to talk about his future after the game as it would be ‘inconvient’. Palace started the night just above the relegation zone and looked far more like a team aiming for the top four than we did. 

We managed to have 72% possession without a shot on target in the second half. A group of players with so much talent and potential not performing and working for each other. Since January we have let in three goals at; Chelsea, Bournemouth, Liverpool, West Brom, Palace and five in Munich. This shows a team that can’t defend. 

The issue of a new contract for the manger and other players in the team has disturbed the whole running of this football club. There is no justification for giving Arsene Wenger a new deal. The club needs change from head to toe. This end of this season can’t come soon enough. 

Liverpool 3 Arsenal 1

Another disappointing result, its now becoming a common occurrence. Just watching our team collapse at every big away game. The mood was already set even before kick off as we found out Alexis Sanchez had been dropped. Speaking on behalf of everyone, we were all shocked that he was on the bench. A little glimmer of hope that we could sneak a result was still there. 

Kick Off, Liverpool looked dangerous from the get go and already we looked slow. It didn’t take long, 9 minutes and Firmino had scored. It was vital to get the first goal. But we go again. In the 40th minute Mane made it 2-0, looking like game over. Our main game used to be controlling the possession for most of the match, that’s what Arsenal football club is renound for. 57% to Liverpool and 43% to Arsenal is how the first half ended. 

The second half started and Arsenal needed to score early to have a chance of getting back into the game. Sanchez came on straight from half time. Arsenal were instantly playing better football and were starting to create chances. Welbeck managed to grab a goal back in the 57th minute, hope was revived. Then came the peculiar substitution. Welbeck and Giroud were replaced by Perez and Walcott. Taking nothing away from those two but Giroud and Welbeck are match winners. 

Nothing was working for Arsenal and the clock was ticking down. Arsenal had no option but to throw everyone forward. In the 91st minute Liverpool countered and settled the match 3-1 Wijnaldum. Our club is in a bad place at the moment, with the top four slipping away. What changes are going to take place if any? Are Sanchez and Ozil going to leave or stay? 

Bayern Munich 5 Arsenal 1

Struggling to write this blog is an understatement. The disappointment that all Arsenal fans feel is heartbreaking. We showed up in Munich with high hopes that just maybe this is the time we show Bayern that we’re a big club and we can compete in this competition. The match started with Bayern dominating possession and it paid off as Robben scored a beauty outside the edge of the box 11 minutes in. 

Arsenal had to respond, they pressed Bayern on the counter. From a corner, Koscienly managed to get his body in front of Lewandowski who gave away a penalty. A glimpse of hope for Arsenal as Sanchez stepped up. SAVED by Neuer, but Sanchez was persistent to score the second rebound. Arsenal took a 1-1 draw into the second half as things were looking up. 

Just as Arsenal fans thought that we had a chance, our captain Koscienly suffered a hamstring injury and was replaced by Gabriel. This was the point where maybe Arsenal fans looked away. 53rd minute 2-1 Lewandowski, 56th minute 3-1 Thiago, 63rd minute 4-1 Thiago, GAME OVER. The team collapsed with no spirit, passion or care in the world. From there on the game was an embarrassment and when things couldn’t get any worse 88th minute Muller, 5-1 FT. 

The final result could of been worse if it wasn’t for Ospina making some great saves during the game. Unfortunately our midfield and defence weren’t up to the match of the Bayern players which led to us hitting the self destruct button. Why Wenger didn’t start with Welbeck instead of Iwobi I don’t know. They attacked Iwobi and Gibbs all night and nothing changed. Bringing on Walcott was pointless and the whole tactical management of the game was poor. 

After this performance Wenger really needs to consider his future and what is best for Arsenal football club because we are not going anywhere. Same old results every season, no development. I respect everything Wenger has done for the club and it will be sad to see him go but the fans have had enough. 

Arsenal 2 Hull City 0

I was lucky enough to go the game today on a cold snowy afternoon. The skies were sleeting and the stage was set at the Emirates. Arsenal started well and looked in control of the game from the first whistle. During the first half we had many chances, Bellerin was clear through on goal and hit wide. Sanchez also had a chance which he hit just past the post. Finally in the 34th minute, break- through. After great play from the gunners, Gibbs shot was blocked on the line and there was Sanchez to tap in the rebound. The first half score was 1-0 Arsenal.

The second half was very different from the first, with Hull dominating the possession for most of it. Arsenal seemed to be very relaxed with the 1-0 score line and weren’t pushing for a second. Hull started to see an opportunity to grab a point from this game. Cech pulled off some great saves to keep Hull out. It surprised me how late Welbeck and Perez were introduced to the game. The match was calling out for these two in the second half to give that extra spark.

It was almost looking like a 1-0 win to the Gunners, but in stoppage time Arsenal countered and Jakupović ran out of the goal to close down Sanchez who took it past the goal keeper. He crossed it back towards goal where Perez was unmarked, a powerful header from him was hand balled on the line by Clucas who saw a straight red. There was only one man who was going to convert the penalty…Alexis Sanchez! 2-0 Arsenal was the final score. Wasn’t the most comfortable of wins but the 3 points are ours. Onto Bayern Munich. 

 

Chelsea 3 Arsenal 1 

Disappointing day at Stamford Bridge as the hosts took the 3 points. Arsenal came out of the blocks quickly but failed to score the first goal of the game which came from Marcos Alonso in the 13th minute. Hector Bellerin unfortunately got injured during the goal after Alonso’s elbow. The half time score was 1-0 Chelsea.

The second half started slowly with a calamity performance from the defence which left Hazard driving at them and scoring the second for Chelsea. The Arsenal players looked lack luster after the second goal went in. Cech gave the ball away for the third goal which was tucked away by the former gunner Fabregas.

It was almost looking like revenge from the 3-0 victory by Arsenal in September, until Giroud grabbed a consolation goal in the 91st minute which slimmed the score line to 3-1 FT. This performance highly unsatisfied many Arsenal fans and left them questioning whether we’re out of the title race already. 

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