Preview: Everton have never defeated Arsenal at the Emirates
The last time Arsenal took part in a match at Wembley, things did not go as planned. A late miscommunication between Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny handed Birmingham the Carling Cup.
On Saturday, the Gunners will get a chance to make their way back to Wembley. But in their way will stand an Everton side that has been impressive under Roberto Martinez.
Everton come in as clear underdogs, but the last time they were at the Emirates, they proved that they are far from pushovers. A 1-1 draw against the North London side had Roberto Martinez happy, considering his fought back after a Mesut Ozil goal gave the hosts the lead.
Preview: Last victory for Arsenal at the Britannia was in 2010
The last time Arsenal won a match at the Britannia, was in February of 2010. A 1-3 victory for the Gunners was the least of their concerns that day, as Aaron Ramsey was stretchered off with a broken leg, after a Ryan Shawcross tackle at midfield.
Ramsey will not be available for Saturday’s match, but two of the scorers from that victory will.
Nicklas Bendtner got the Gunners on the board that day, after they went down in the eight minute. A 90th minute spot kick from Cesc Fabregas gave the Gunners the lead, with Thomas Vermaelen adding his name to the score-sheet in the 94th minute.
Preview: Gunners hoping to respond after disappointing European outing
Arsene Wenger’s men will consider themselves unlucky after losing out to defending European Champions Bayern Munich at the Emirates on Wednesday. The Gunners began the match brightly forcing Manuel Neuer in making some fine saves early in the match.
However an injury to left back Kieran Gibbs followed by a red card to goalkeeper Wojciech Szenczy turned the tide into Bayern’s favour who punished the North London side by scoring two goals. The match also saw record signing Mesut Ozil produce another disappointing performance in an Arsenal shirt.
Preview: Arsenal welcomes Bayern Munich to the Emirates exactly one year later
Arsenal’s last meeting with Bayern Munich had a positive outcome, despite the English side having been eliminated from the Champions League. The away goal rule placed a dark cloud over a brilliant performance from the Gunners at the Allianz Arena.
That 0-2 victory offered Arsene Wenger’s side a breath of fresh air. They began to believe in themselves, and went on to finish strong in the Premier League.
Bayern Munich now returns to the Emirates, where they defeated the Gunners 1-3 last season. Oddly enough, the first leg last season took place on February 19th, which is the same date of this season’s first leg at the Emirates. But will the result repeat itself?
Many wondered how incoming manager Pep Guardiola could ever improve Jupp Heynckes’ side which recorded an impressive treble last season and on the course of winning the Champions League subjected arguably modern era’s finest side, FC Barcelona to a 7-0 loss on aggregate.
However with over a quarter of a season still left to play we can see just how much Bayern have improved under their new manager. From being the best side in Europe last season they are now manoeuvring over a path which could inevitably make them indestructible, and this is why Arsenal will find it extremely difficult to get the better of a side which has just lost twice this season.
Preview: Recent defeat and Champions League will be on Arsenal's mind
It was not too long ago that both Arsenal and Liverpool met at Anfield. Things did not go so well for the Gunners, who headed home with a heavy defeat, with four of Liverpool’s five goals coming in the opening 20 minutes of the match.
They will now get a chance to bounce back against the Reds, but this time at the Emirates.
One of Arsenal’s concerns will be their upcoming fixture against Bayern Munich. The North London side will go head-to-head with the German champions mid-week, which could cause Arsene Wenger to make some changes to his squad.
Preview: Meeting at the Emirates is highly important for both clubs
Frustration and disbelief are perfect words to describe Arsenal and Manchester United's results at the weekend. Now they will both try to bounce back after dropping points.
Arsenal's heavy defeat at Anfield at the hands of an inspired Liverpool side raised a lot of concerns. Sloppy passing and not a lot of movement was Arsenal's downfall, which led to four goals in the opening 20 minutes. They will have a chance to sort things out Wednesday night in front of their fans.
For quite some time, football analysts and fans have been patiently waiting for the Gunners to crash and burn. It has happened far too often over the years, but this season Arsene Wenger's squad has managed to hold on tight.
A beating at the hands of Liverpool might just be the start of the end of what promised to be a successful season for the Gunners, one which would bring an end to their barren trophy less run. 24 matches into the season Wenger’s cavalry looked strong, the partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny had not lost a single match for over a year and looked defiant to keep their record intact.
Within 20 minutes of their 25th league match of the season, the Arsenal side seemed a mere fraction of the team they had been all season long as the Reds steamrolled them scoring four goals in quick succession.
Preview: Liverpool will try to break a bad streak against the Gunners
It has been quite some time since Liverpool has managed to defeat the Gunners in Premier League play at Anfield. You have to go all the way back to 2007, when the Reds defeated Arsenal 4-1, with a hat-trick from Peter Crouch.
Nearly seven long years since that victory, Brendan Rodgers will hope his squad can change their fortunes.
Earlier this season when these two sides met at the Emirates, the North London side came out on top 2-0. A first half goal from Santi Cazorla was capped off with a brilliant strike from Aaron Ramsey. The Welsh international will not feature due to an injury, but Liverpool's back-four will have to keep a close eye on the Spaniard.
Preview: Arsene Wenger will want a better performance
When it comes to performances, Arsenal's latest against Southampton was not that impressive. A two goal draw allowed Manchester City to top the Premier League, with a one point advantage.
On Sunday, the Gunners will get a chance to pass the Citizens once again. They will welcome a new look Crystal Palace to the Emirates, with Palace looking to continue their turn around under Tony Pulis.
The Gunners have won eight of their last 10 at home, and drew twice. In that stretch, they have outscored their opponents 19-1. With Palace only managing to score five away goals in 11 Premier League fixtures, the visitors could be forced to really dig in.
Preview: Arsenal look to stay top of the EPL, and add pressure to their rivals
Mauricio Pochettino's arrival at Southampton brought a breath of fresh air to the club. His style of play is very easy on the eyes, and this season, despite a few mishaps, the Saints have played fairly well.
But after a few internal issues, the Southampton manager will be hoping that his side can respond on the pitch.
Their ownership saga has caused some club officials to step down, while Pablo Osvaldo's altercation with Jose Fonte was the icing on the cake. With the former Roma forward suspended, Pochettino can now focus on a difficult task on Tuesday night, as his side welcomes league leaders Arsenal to St. Mary's.
Preview: Avoiding elimination against a lower-league side
When Premier League sides go up against lower-league clubs in any cup competition, they always face disappointment. For Arsenal, knowing that they crashed out of the FA Cup last year against Blackburn, they will want to avoid the same fate on Friday, when they host Coventry.
Playing in their own stadium, and knowing that they are heavy favorites, the Gunners have all the pressure on their shoulders. Fortunately for both these outfits, they will be somewhat familiar with each other heading into this match.
Preview: Fulham are still looking for their first victory away against Arsenal
Arsenal continued their good form on Monday with a 1-2 victory over Aston Villa. Two quick goals from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud in the first half were enough to put the Gunners back on top of the Premier League.
They will now turn their attention to a home match against Fulham, who have never defeated Arsenal away from home. From their last six meetings at the Emirates, Fulham have lost three, and drawn three, while conceding 12 and scoring only six.
Seeing how things have been going this year, Fulham could be in for another tough match. The Cottagers are currently 16th in the league standings, with only six victories in 21 matches.
Preview: Arsenal seek revenge at Villa Park
When the 2013/14 Premier League campaign kicked-off at the Emirates, Aston Villa came away with the full three points. The Arsenal faithful were left frustrated and annoyed at the fact that the club had yet to bring in a big name, but then arrived Mesut Özil on deadline day.
After that defeat, not many would have expected the league standings to look as they do right now. Arsenal could move into the top spot once again with a victory at Villa Park, while Villa are 11th, and could move above Hull City with at least one point.
Preview: Both teams have injuries, but both sides will want the victory
When Tottenham last traveled to the Emirates earlier this season, they headed home with a 1-0 defeat. Giroud latched onto a cross and side footed it past Hugo Lloris, giving the Gunners three important points.
These two London rivals will now meet again, this time for the FA Cup. Arsenal's Emirates Stadium will be the venue once again, but their will be some changes to both squads from their first match.
Preview: Arsenal's injuries should not stop them from keeping the top spot
A bad stretch of matches before Christmas had Arsenal's critics out in full force. The claim that their title aspirations were not valid, as in previous years was the main talking point. But a come from behind victory against West Ham, and a hard fought three points at St. James Park has the Gunners top of the table.
They now go into their New Year's Day match against Cardiff City feeling good about themselves, but with a few injuries.
Olivier Giroud will not take part in Wednesday's match due to an ankle injury. Kieran Gibbs is also likely to miss out with a calf injury. Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky picked up slight knocks against Newcastle, but it appears they should be fit to play.
Preview: Finishing off the year on a positive note at St. James Park
The outcome of Sunday's match could have an affect on the Premier League title, but both sides will want to finish the year on a high. When they both meet, goals tend to be the main storyline, and that could very well be the case on Sunday.
From their last two meetings at St. James Park, there has only been one goal scored. Laurent Koscielny scored the only goal in last year's match, while the prior season they played to a scoreless draw.
After playing 23 Premier League and Champions League games, there is something different about Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud – something which says that the French international seriously needs to throw in the towel for a while and recharge himself.
In the last few games, the striker’s early season sharpness and agility has gone down a notch or two which in a league as tough as the Premier League (apart from the European excursions) makes a world of a difference to the overall performance.
Preview: Hammers looking to continue Arsenal's winless streak
The last time Arsenal won a match in any competition, was a 2-0 victory over Hull City at the Emirates on the 4th of December. Since then, the Gunners have drawn two league matches and lost one, while also losing against Napoli in their final group match of the Champions League.
During their winless streak, Arsene Wenger's defense has conceded nine goals in four matches, with six of them coming against Manchester City at the Etihad.
Year after year, Arsene Wenger states his desire to end Arsenal's trophy drought, but at the end the season, the Gunners continue to come up short.
This time around, the French manager went out and made a big purchase by signing Mesut Özil…