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Bayern Munich Arsenal 15/02/17

Bayern Munich host Arsenal at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League Round of 16. Many couldn’t believe it when Arsenal finished top of their group and still managed to draw out Bayern over all the other teams left in the competition. I was shocked but you have to beat the best to win this competition. As the first leg is away from home, we need to try and score as many away goals as possible to favour us in the second leg.

  • Bayern Munich – Arsenal
  • Wednesday 15th February
  • Allianz Arena
  • 7:45 Kick Off
  • Live on BT Sport 2

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. 

 

Arsenal Hull City 11/02/17

Arsenal host Hull at the Emirates on match day 25 in the Premier League. Goals from Alexis, Walcott and the rocket strike from Xhaka saw off 10 man Hull City in an eventful match at the KCOM stadium back in September. Arsenal won 4-1. New boss Marco Silva is looking to get Hull out of the relegation zone, but the Gunners need to get back on track after two straight defeats.

  • Arsenal – Hull City
  • Saturday 11th February
  • Emirates Stadium
  • 12:30 Kick Off
  • Live on Sky Sports 1

The evolution of Hector Bellerin

bellerinDynamic full back Hector Bellerin has continued to perform in the first team squad to the extent that he ended 2015/16 in the PFA Team of the year. Bellerin is my current favourite Arsenal player for many reasons. Hector has firmly established himself as Arsenal’s first-choice right back.

Priorities for many clubs have changed. Instead of using traditional wingers who hug the touchlines, many teams now look to their full-backs to provide the width. Speed and pace is key, defenders don’t like being run at. The goal tally in the Premier League is increasing year upon year, tactics are changing and teams are playing more offensive.

Having previously played for Barcelona, Hector joined Arsenal as a scholar in 2011 and impressed at youth level before making his first team debut in September 2014. Since then, Bellerin has established himself massively and is set to be one of Arsenal’s greatest ever full backs.

Bellerin has scored 3 goals since breaking into the first team. His first came against Aston Villa in the 2014/15 season. Arguably Bellerin has had many standout performances which have attracted me to him as a player.

Tottenham 2 Arsenal 2  – Saturday 5th March 2016. His standout performance in this game was backed up with his two incredible assists that set up the Ramsey and Sanchez goals to recover a point for Arsenal.

Arsenal 2 Bayern Munich 0 – Tuesday 20th October 2015. Bellerin used his lightening quick speed to take on the Bayern defenders to set up the goal for Mesut Ozil in the 94th minute to confirm the win for Arsenal.

Swansea City 0 Arsenal 3  – Saturday 31st October 2015. Another memorable moment included a superb defensive run and last-ditch recovery to deny Bafetimbi Gomis away at Swansea. He helped Arsenal to keep a clean sheet.

Arsenal 3 Chelsea 0 – Saturday 24th September 2016. Arsenal produced a devastating first-half display to dismantle Chelsea. Bellerin was the key to keeping a clean sheet. When it looked almost certain that Chelsea would score when Pedro was through on goal, along comes Bellerin with an important tackle to keep Chelsea out.

Hector Bellerin’s performances over the past three seasons have persuaded me to get him on the back of my shirt for the 2016/17 season. He will be vital to Arsenal’s title challenges in the upcoming seasons and his exciting future is yet to come.

Watch the video attached to see the evolution of Hector Bellerin.

Reus and Lacazette to Arsenal this summer?

laca-reusIt’s that time in the season where the rumour mill for Arsenal starts taking place. A familiar face is involved and also a German international.

According to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, Arsenal have already found a replacement if Alexis Sanchez departs in the Summer. He reports that Arsene Wenger has spoken to Marco Reus regarding a transfer to the Emirates. Reus is a loyal worker for Borussia Dortmund and is known for being their key talisman. The German international can play on either flank or through the middle and would provide that extra quality to the Arsenal squad.

Is Reus the answer Arsenal fans are looking for? Personally I would love to see Reus at Arsenal. Reus’s chequered injury record is the only worrying sign for me. The reported sum would be in the region of £50 million which is an almighty sum for the 27 year old. I would also appreciate the signing of Reus even if Sanchez stays to provide that extra quality on the wing.

Arsenal also remain interested in Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette. Arsenal pursued to sign the striker in the summer of 2016 but saw a bid in the region of £30 million rejected. Speaking to French television station Canal+, the 25 year old believes his time to leave Ligue 1 has imminently arrived. Lacazette claimed that this summer will be the moment when he must have a change of air and discover something else.

The Gunners fans have argued that the search for a striker and continuous disappointment of the recruitment in that area has been the reason why we haven’t won the league since 2003/04. Is Lacazette the answer to Arsenals title challenging hopes? I would say yes, he has clinically proven himself in Ligue 1 with a great goal scoring record. He has pace and power to drive at defenders and would be open to leaving Lyon in the summer. So Arsenal, SNAP HIM UP.

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. 

Disappointed with Cech 

Petr Cech, the winner of the Golden Glove  in the 2015/16 season has been a consistent starter for Arsenal in the Premier League this season. Cech has a oustanding reputation for his great shot stopping displays throughout his career. However, this season I have been disappointed with the Arsenal goalkeeper.

In Cech’s first two seasons at Arsenal he has saved zero penalties out of a possible 9. The record isn’t great and we have conceded many penalties in vital games. Such as Tottenham at home in a 1-1 draw this season. We brought Petr Cech into the club with high expectation but did we think about the long term?

Cech has an amazing record overall, in a total of 390 appearances to date he has 144 clean sheets. Cech has a total of 4 Golden Glove awards for his seasons with Chelsea and Arsenal.

Last season (2015/16) Petr Cech only conceded 31 goals throughout the whole season in the Premier League. This season he has already conceded 25 goals and we’re only at the start of February.

Although David Ospina is primarily our Cup keeper, maybe there is an opportunity for him to swap roles with Cech. Ospina has played very well in the Champions League this season but is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League this season. 

Arsenal Chelsea 4/02/17

Arsenal play Chelsea away at Stamford Bridge on match day 24. Arsenals recent visits at the Bridge haven’t been successful with their last win back in 2011, the game finished 5-3 to the Gunners. With Wenger still completing his touchline ban, can Arsenal knock the title favourites off their stride?

  • Chelsea – Arsenal
  • Saturday 4th February
  • Stamford Bridge
  • 12:30 Kick Off
  • Live on Sky Sports 1

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My first post

fa-cup-20051Happiness and heartbreak, the various emotions which describe me as an Arsenal Fan. I’ve decided to create my blog all about Arsenal football club for pure entertainment and passion.

Since I can remember I have supported Arsenal. I have witnessed many magical moments along with lots of heartbreak. Arsenal’s ‘Tika-Taka’ football is characterised by short passing and movement which has attracted me from the very beginning. Many associate our style of play with legendary Barcelona FC. Arsene Wenger has been the manager of Arsenal for as long as I’ve supported them, he obtains the nickname of ‘Le Professeur’.

My first Arsenal game was at the FA Cup final in 2005 against Manchester United. My dad managed to get me tickets to the game and I witnessed Arsenal win silverware as we won 5-4 on penalties. However, since then its been a hard road back to success in which I have continued to show support to this football club.

I have an Arsenal red membership and try to attend games whenever I can. The Emirates is a magnificent stadium and it gives me goose bumps when the players walk out the tunnel.  I have also been to a few away games, the atmosphere from the Arsenal fans at away games is unbelievable.  I believe that we have a strong squad and the depth to be challenging the other top teams in the division to be winning trophies and even in Europe. This blog will show my thoughts and opinions on everything related to Arsenal.

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