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

Arsenal great makes bold statement regarding Premier League title race

Arsenal legend Sol Campbell has pointed out that the Gunners will need to splash big bucks in the transfer market in order to have a chance at winning the Premier League, or even finish ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, this season.

The Englishman, who has also played for Arsenal’s arch rivals in his career, was quoted telling The Metro: “There’s a long way to go but the way Chelsea are looking at the moment alongside Tottenham and Liverpool – those teams just seem to be a little bit ahead of Arsenal at the moment. Arsenal need to settle some contracts and get that sorted, maybe buy another player before the January window closes.”

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Arsenal fail to fire in disappointing North London derby

Arsenal missed out on the chance to go into the international break top of the Premier League standings, and could well find themselves down in fourth place if results continue to go against them today after being held to a far from attractive 1-1 draw in a disappointing London derby.

Tottenham came to the Emirates today and lined up in a 5-3-2 formation, a decision which seems to have caught Arsenal completely off guard. As a result, Tottenham bossed the ball and created the better chances in opening half hour as the Gunners struggled to get in the game and get their passing game going. Continue reading

Wimmer own goal gives Arsenal half-time lead

An own goal from Tottenham centre back Kevin Wimmer in his first start of the season gave Arsenal a 1-0 half-time lead in the North London derby at the Emirates today.

In the 42nd minute, Wimmer headed into his own net from Mesut Ozil’s freekick, and Arsenal were more than a little fortunate not to have the goal ruled out for offside as at least two Arsenal players were in an offside position when Ozil struck his freekick from the right wing and Wimmer rose to beat them to the ball. Continue reading

Arsenal could be without a left back for North London derby

Arsenal players Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs are doubtful for Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, the North London football club’s manager Arsene Wenger has said. Defender Hector Bellerin though should be fit for the marquee tie.

All four players, apart from Gibbs, were left at home for Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Ludogorets Razgrad, although Wenger said Bellerin was mainly rested as a precaution. 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