Thibaut Courtois: “The first goal should never have been allowed”

Chelsea shotstopper Thibaut Courtois hit out at Referee Anthony Taylor for his decision to award Arsenal an early goal, a decision he believe could have been chalked off for two offences not one.

Speaking to ChelseaFC.com after the Blues’ 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup final, Courtois said, “The first goal should never have been allowed – it was clearly a hand ball and then Ramsey was offside because he was interfering in play. I think it was a handball even if it was maybe not deliberate. His hands were not in a natural position. At the start of every season they tell us the rules and at Manchester and now the hands were not where they should be. Continue reading

Aaron Ramsey: “I’m happy for the Manager”

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey picked up yet another FA Cup winners medal, and once again produced the decisive touch in a Final, following up his match-winner against Hull City in 2014 with a rare headed goal to win the Gunners the title against Chelsea at Wembley this afternoon.

Ramsey ghosted into the Chelsea box, getting free of the attentions of the Premier League’s player of the season, N’Golo Kante, and nodded home a free header from point blank range after having been found perfectly by Olivier Giroud’s cross just 38 seconds after the Frenchman was thrown on for Danny Welbeck after Diego Costa had brought 10-man Chelsea back on level terms. Continue reading

Ramsey rules Wembley again as Arsenal beat Chelsea to win FA Cup

Arsenal restored some much needed pride to end what had so far been a rather dismal season for the Gunners, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley, to win the FA Cup for the 13th time in their history and for the 7th time under the reign of Arsene Wenger, making the under pressure Frenchman the most successful Manager in the history of the world’s oldest football competition.

Arsenal made an exceptionally bright start to the game, but took the lead in rather fortuitous circumstances with Alexis Sanchez prodding home with the outside of his right boot after following in his own deflected attempt to pass the ball over the top of the Chelsea defence. Continue reading

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