Arsenal salvage some much needed pride with 5-0 thumping of Lincoln City

The introduction of Mesut Ozil for a hamstrung Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain just before the half hour mark sparked a sluggish Arsenal into action, who got the go ahead goal just before half-time through Theo Walcott, before running away with the game in the second period, handing out a 5-0 thrashing to Lincoln City to motor into the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the 29th time in their history.

After a poor run of games in the last few weeks, Arsenal and their fans both needed lifting, and the visit of National League side Lincoln City, some 87 places behind the Gunners in the English football hierarchy meant an opportunity was there for a beleaguered Arsene Wenger to get the fans back on his side. Continue reading

Wenger provides update on Arsenal’s two injured midfielders

Already stretched thin by the injury to Santi Cazorla, the suspension to Granit Xhaka and the call-up to international duty for Mohamed Elneny, Arsenal’s beleaguered midfield suffered a twin blow today with Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both picking up injuries in the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat at the hands of Watford at the Emirates today.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed after the game, that Aaron Ramsey’s exit in the opening quarter of the game was due to a calf injury, one which will rule him out of action for the foreseeable future. Continue reading

Aaron Ramsey: “We dug in and got what we deserved”

After having watched his side nearly throw away a crucial two points in the race for the Premier League title and then steal it back at the very end, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was predictably excited when he spoke to the press immediately after Arsenal’s thrilling 2-1 win over Burnley at the Emirates.

The Welshman told Sky Sports, “It was a lot of minutes added on but we dug in. It’s not easy with 10 men but we dug in and got what we deserved in the end. It’s important to keep playing. We always know we can create chances even with 10 men.” 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

Aaron Ramsey: “Hopefully there will be more twists and turns”

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey made his first start for the Gunners in a month, and had a mixed outing against Bournemouth, not doing enough in the final third and missing chances as he roamed higher up the pitch, but played his part in helping Arsenal turnaround a 3-0 deficit in the last 20 minutes of the game.

Ramsey also got into a verbal spat with Alexis Sanchez early in the second half, not something Managers like to see out on the pitch, but perhaps it was just what Arsenal needed as their players attempted to rally themselves after a very poor opening hour. Continue reading

Arsenal stars on the mend, but may not play against West Brom

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed that many of his walking wounded are on the mend, but are unlikely to be available for selection for the visit of West Bromwich Albion to the Emirates on Monday.

The good news on England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is that his injury is not as bad as originally feared and it will be a matter of days and not weeks till he returns to the side. However, the youngster will not make the squad for the West Brom game. Continue reading

Ramsey: “It is going to be up to us to try and break them down”

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey made his return from injury last week and got 70+ minutes under his belt against Ludogorets in the Champions League in midweek, the perfect tune-up he believes for the North London derby this weekend.

While it is not certain that Ramsey will start the derby, the Welsh midfielder believes he is ready to go again, despite the fact that he has had limited playing time and is obviously not yet 100% match fit. Continue reading