FA Cup Semi-final draw: Arsenal get Man City, Chelsea to face Spurs

Arsenal will square off against Manchester City in the second FA Cup semi-final to be played at Wembley in April. Chelsea, who beat Manchester United on Monday night, will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the first semi-final.

Arsenal, who beat non-League side Lincoln City in their quarter-final encounter at the Emirates on Saturday, were guaranteed tough opponents in the semis after four heavyweights of the Premier League were left in the draw for the first time in many a year. Continue reading

Wenger: “We conceded two offside goals”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hit out at the match officials for the second time in a week after the Gunners went down 2-1 to Manchester City with dodgy officiating at fault for both goals.

After Arsenal had dominated the first half and scored the only goal in it to take a 1-0 lead into half-time, the Gunners were punished in the second period with both of Manchester City’s goals scored when an offside could be given against the home side. Continue reading

Giroud happy to have answered the call

He may not be starting as many games as he might have liked, but Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is happy to be contributing as the 30 year old French international came off the bench to score for the 10th time in his career to grab Arsenal a rather useful point at Old Trafford.

Manchester United had played the better football in the second half and appeared to be heading for all three points before Giroud’s excellent header from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross earned Arsenal a point. Continue reading

Arsene Wenger: “Last year we would have lost”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was a relieved man after Olivier Giroud’s 89th minute header earned his side a barely deserved point against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

An abject display away from home by the wannabe champions of England saw them fail to muster a shot on target till Giroud scored from fellow substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross. Continue reading

Giroud header earns Arsenal a point at Old Trafford

An 89th minute header from Olivier Giroud rescued a point for a poor Arsenal side that failed to turn up for yet another big game, making heavy weather of playing what is arguably one of the weakest Manchester United side in years.

An uninspiring first half saw Alexis Sanchez miss badly with a header in what was Arsenal’s only real opportunity. Manchester United on their part were equally poor and barring a solitary save from Petr Cech to deny Juan Mata, neither goalkeeper had anything of note to do in the entire opening 45 minutes. Continue reading

Wenger pinpoints Manchester United’s top threat

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted that the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the Manchester United line-up for the teams’ mega clash on Saturday might be considered a boon for his team, but believed that even without the evergreen Swedish striker, United have enough in their arsenal to trouble the London giants.

Wenger was predictably quizzed about Zlatan’s absence after the Swede picked up an unnecessary booking in United’s last outing which ruled him out of Saturday’s match. Continue reading

Ozil: “We have the quality to beat any team”

A well rested Mesut Ozil is excited about the prospect of taking on Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend, and believes his Arsenal team have the necessary quality to beat any team in the world.

Enjoying his time off from football during the international break, Ozil shared, “We have the quality to beat any team and that is what we want to show this season.” Continue reading

Arsenal star in the making to ink new long term deal

Arsenal are determined to quell speculation linking star right back Hector Bellerin to Barcelona and Manchester City by preparing a new long term contract for the 21 year old Spaniard.

Bellerin has repeatedly spoken of his desire to continue to play for Arsenal and his lack of interest in returning to Barcelona, but that hasn’t quite stopped the press from continuing to link him with a move away from the Gunners in the future. Continue reading