Arsenal get Sutton United in FA Cup draw

Arsenal will make the long journey from the North to the South, of London that is, to take on National League side Sutton United in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The Gunners, 12 time champions of the competition, including a record six times under Manager Arsene Wenger, will be relishing the prospect of being able to rotate their squad once again and use fringe players when they take on a side they will be expected to comfortably beat in Sutton United. Continue reading

Wenger full of praise for ‘sharp’ Welbeck

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s decision to start Danny Welbeck in today’s game against Southampton in the FA Cup paid rich dividends as the England international scored two early goals to put the Gunners on the way to powering into the fifth round of the competition.

Wenger made the intelligent call of starting Welbeck on the left wing, where his work rate and pace could make a real difference to the game, whilst also taking the pressure off the returning forward as he didn’t stick him in the middle from where he would be expected to lead the line and grab goals. Continue reading

FA Cup: Welbeck, Walcott on fire as Arsenal ease past Southampton

Five goals between them for the returning Ws – Welbeck and Walcott – powered Arsenal to a comfortable 5-0 win away to Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Arsenal, faced with quite possibly the toughest match-up in this round of the competition, made 10 changes to their starting eleven for this game, a number mirrored by Southampton, who were of course in action in midweek as well, beating Liverpool to advance to the final of the League Cup. Continue reading

Could Wenger miss Arsenal’s game with Chelsea?

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has been officially charged by the English FA for his behaviour in the Gunners’ last gasp 2-1 win over Burnley, a game during which he was sent to the stands by controversial referee Jon Moss.

The English FA released a statement today: “It is alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official. Continue reading

It’s Southampton for Arsenal in the FA Cup

An injury time goal from Shane Long gave a youthful Southampton side a deserved 1-0 win over Norwich City in their FA Cup Third Round replay at the St. Mary’s Stadium to setup a fourth round clash with Arsenal.

The Gunners had already booked their place in the fourth round of the competition with a hard earned 2-1 win over Championship side Preston North End. Continue reading

FA Cup: Giroud wins it late on again for Arsenal

The late late show staring Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was once again running on Saturday evening as the 30 year old Frenchman popped up in the 89th minute to latch on to Lucas Perez’s backheel to send Arsenal through to the fourth round of the FA Cup, courtesy of a 2-1 win away to Preston North End.

Arsenal were very lucky to still be in the match at half time having been run ragged by a hungrier and more determined Preston North End side that really should have been three goals ahead at the interval after completely dominating the first half and missing a clutch of chances to add to their seventh minute lead. Continue reading