Bayern Munich, 20 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, entertain Arsenal at the Allianz Arena today, defending a 2-0 lead from the first leg. Bayern have named a very strong starting eleven, though the two scorers from the first leg – Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller – are both on the bench.
Arsenal, buoyed by their recent win in the FA Cup quarter-finals have a couple of surprises in their team selection with Thomas Vermaelen coming in at left back for the injured Kieran Gibbs, while Mathieu Flamini has to do with a place on the bench with Arsene Wenger naming a strong attacking line-up with goals written all over it – including the likes of Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil. Presumably The Ox will play alongside Mikel Arteta in the middle of the park. Continue reading
The FA Cup semi-final dates have been announced and Arsenal take on Wigan Athletic in the first semi-final on Saturday, the 12th of April. Kick off is at 5pm (BST).
Arsenal beat Everton 4-1 in their quarter-final encounter on Saturday, while holders Wigan stunned Premier League heavyweights Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium to become only the fourth team after Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Chelsea to win on Man City’s home turf this season. Continue reading
Premier League side Arsenal will be faced with yet another daunting test in the Champions League on Tuesday when they face defending Champions Bayern Munich in their backyard at the Allianz Arena in the 2nd leg of their round of 16 tie. Arsenal will need to overturn yet another 2 goal deficit from the first leg of the tie and will be hoping for atleast a repeat performance at the same stage of the tourney last season, when they gave Bayern a scare by beating them 2-0 in Munich.
While Arsene Wenger and his men will have nothing to lose on the night and could be a big irritant for Bayern, Pep Guardiola’s men must not drop their guard against the Gunners, who are fresh from an FA Cup quarter-final triumph against Everton. Continue reading
Wigan Athletic have done the impossible once again, as the defending champions have knocked out Premier League giants Manchester City 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where Arsenal await them at Wembley. A first half penalty from Jordi Gomez and a James Perch tap in early in the second period put the Latics on their way to an unlikely win before former Gunner Samir Nasri restored hope of yet another FA Cup comeback from the Citizens as he cut the deficit to half midway through the second period.
Wigan were forced to defend wave after wave of Manchester City attacks late in the game, but held on to earn a return to Wembley and a date with mighty Arsenal. Continue reading
Arsenal are understood to be gearing up for a move to land Queens Park Rangers forward Loic Remy at the Emirates this summer, reports The Sunday People.
It is believed that the north Londoners will make use of the £8m release clause in the Frenchman’s contract with the Championship side and hijack Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew’s attempts to seal a permanent move for the player. Continue reading
Arsenal booked their berth in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley with a convincing 4-1 win over Everton in the quarter-finals at the Emirates on Saturday. The game was closer than the scoreline suggests as the teams went into half-time level on 1-1. A penalty conceded by Everton after the hour mark changed the tide in Arsenal’s favour as Mikel Arteta slotted home a cool penalty.
That was the opening of the floodgates for Arsenal, who then hit Everton twice on the counter attack and made it 4-1 with a brace from substitute Olivier Giroud. Continue reading
Arsenal picked up a huge morale boosting 4-1 win against Everton in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup to book their place at Wembley. Mesut Ozil’s early goal was cancelled out by Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku in the first half, and the teams pretty much cancelled each other out for large periods before a Mikel Arteta penalty put the Gunners 2-1 ahead shortly after the hour mark. Olivier Giroud came off the bench to grab himself an excellent brace to add gloss to the scoreline and give Arsenal some much needed confidence after a poor run of recent results.
Arsenal made a massive 6 changes to the team that lost to Stoke City last weekend, with the international break also playing its part in the Gunners’ team selection. Lukasz Fabianski returned in goal as he has for all the domestic cup games thus far this season, while Yaya Sanogo was a surprise selection ahead of Olivier Giroud. Mathieu Flamini, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil were always expected to return for this game, while skipper Thomas Vermaelean got a surprise call up. Continue reading