Preview: After FA Cup victory, Arsenal now focus on a top four finish
Arsenal will host West Ham, after a long a grueling match at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. The Gunners came away with a shoot-out victory over Wigan, which helped them book their spot in the FA Cup final.
They now turn their attention to the Premier League, where they are once again in a battle for a top four spot.
Everton have a two point lead on the Gunners, but a victory over West Ham could put Arsene Wenger’s squad back into a Champions League spot. The Toffees will host Crystal Palace on Wednesday, so Arsenal will want to put pressure on Roberto Martinez’s men heading into that match.
Preview: Arsenal faces a must win at Wembley Stadium
It has been nine long years for Arsenal fans, and on Saturday, they have a chance to see their club at Wembley. Taking part in the semifinals of the competition will not be good enough, and they will expect the Gunners to progress to the final.
All the pressure is on their side, and Arsene Wenger will be on the radar.
The Frenchman knows that he is up against his best chance to claim a title, since their last piece of silverware in 2005. All their injuries will not help, but it should not be an excuse.
Preview: Both sides battle for Champions League football
Toffees and Gunners square off at Goodison Park on Sunday; with both clubs aiming for a top four finish. Everton are just four points back of Arsenal, but also have a game in hand.
Winless in their last fourteen attempts against the North London side, Roberto Martinez’s men will have to put in a solid performance if they want to change that streak. The last time Everton defeated Arsene Wenger’s side was in March of 2007.
On Sunday, the three points up for grabs will feel like more than that. A victory for the hosts would put them one point back of Arsenal, with a game in hand. That could see Wenger’s side fall out of the top four if Everton were to win their game in hand.
Preview: Arsenal face final title chance against Manchester City
Manuel Pellegrini leads his side into the Emirates for an important title match, against an Arsenal side that has struggled of late. With just two victories in their last seven Premier League fixtures, Arsene Wenger’s side have one last shot at the title race on Saturday.
The Gunners suffered a heavy defeat at Stamford Bridge last weekend, leading many, if not all writing them off. Saturday’s meeting with City could keep their title hopes alive, if they come away with the victory.
Preview: Arsenal fans are expecting a very positive performance
Things did not go according to plan in Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge of Arsenal Football Club. An embarrassing 6-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea was a cause for concern internally, with fans also showing their discontent.
Returning home, the Gunners will get a chance to give their fans a chance to regroup and smile about something, even if just temporarily.
A poor performance all around contributed to yet another heavy defeat against a title contender. 17 goals conceded away from home against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, from their 34 conceded all season. That is half their goals against in just three matches. What is the reason behind this?
Preview: Arsenal out to ruin Mourinho's home record on Arsene Wenger's special day
Arsenal and Chelsea will lock horns at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, in a match that has serious title implications.
The Gunners are four points back of Jose Mourinho’s squad, but they also have a game in hand. Claiming all three points would really ignite the title race, but it would also give Arsenal a big lift on an important day.
Arsene Wenger will manage his 1,000th match as Arsenal manager at Stamford Bridge. That should be more than enough of a reason for his players to leave everything on the pitch. But if they need more motivation, Mourinho has yet to lose a match against Arsene Wenger. Speaking of losing, Mourinho has also not lost at home as Chelsea manager.
Wenger was appointed the head coach of Arsenal at a time foreign managers had no place in the country. The popular belief was that managers from abroad were unsuited to the English game and this along with his anonymous identity resulted in him being greeted with ‘Arsene Who” headlines in the English press.
It was unfathomable that 18 years later Wenger would be celebrating his 1000th game with the club and appointing foreign managers in England will be common practice. The Frenchman has been the cornerstone towards the club’s success and its transformation and here we highlight just how influential the former Monaco tactician has been during his 18 years.
Preview: Both teams looking for vital three points
Arsenal and Tottenham will leave no stone unturned when they face each other on Sunday. The two clubs share an intense rivalry which has escalated over the years and at White Hart Lane we will see two teams giving in their all not just to earn a better position in the league table but also for the bragging rights.
For Arsenal this represents a good opportunity to cut the gap between themselves and league leaders Chelsea, after the Blues suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.
Preview: Can Arsenal turn the tie around?
It’s all about belief it seems. Last season, Arsene Wenger changed the side thoroughly before the second leg. His team won 0-2 at the Allianz Arena, coming close to knocking out Bayern by one goal. It’s all about complacency it seems in the Bayern camp. Too good for domestic and European competition, it seems the players seem to relax sometimes and allow matches which are perhaps already in the bag to get away from them.
Under Pep Guardiola, Bayern has rarely approached a match looking disinterested and lethargic. However, in the first leg, for the first ten minutes, due to a previously unused defensive midfield combo and the class of the opposition, Guardiola’s team seemed baffled. They slowly grew into the game and after Arsenal lost a man of course, they dominated thoroughly, scoring two goals via Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller to take home the advantage.
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.