What is really possible for Arsenal in May 2015?

What can Arsenal achieve?

Being the only English side left in all three remaining competitions, I felt it was a good time to asses the possibilities left for Arsenal.

The FA Cup: This is still in most likely hood our only chance at a trophy this season. We are now the favourites for the cup, but a potential final against Liverpool may be tricky. I feel that this is a priority for Arsenal this season. Even though Bradford or Leeds could be a tricky semi final, I expect Arsenal to get a minimum final birth. Anything other than a place in the final will not only be heart breaking but also shocking.

Champions League: We start the match against Monaco on Tuesday as huge outsiders. According to the majority of pundits we are already out. I do agree with most of these pundits, however I would not write Arsenal off at all. We are probably the most dangerous English side to write off. We took them too lightly in the first leg, the same mistake will not happen again. Our pace can cause any team problems. I think we will win the tie however probable lose again on away goals yet again. All I want is a good performance, going through now is just a bonus. We really need to make a huge assault on this competition next season.

Premier League: We have sort of caught up with Manchester City all of a sudden, this despite having a so called poor side.Our momentum currently is strong, we are getting our players back from injury and have probably the better fixtures out of all the other sides around us. For this reason I do not put 2nd position out of our reach. Finishing 2nd would be great season for us. It would be a warning sign for all our rivals for the next season.

Can we win the league, the best answer is YES. Mathematically we can still win the league, Chelsea are 7 points ahead having played a game less. Do I think we will win it? Probably not! I think we will get close though. A lot will be decided in our games against Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea. If we can win all three of these games I think we will be very close to them. Lets hope for lots of favours.

The season looks like it could end up to be a decent one. Lets just hope we can build on this next season. Let me know in the comments on what you think we can achieve this season.

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What Are The Expectations Now?

Firstly I have to say, CAN WE PLAY IN MANCHESTER EVERY WEEK!. Again we went there with many people doubting that we could win, and we won. We put in another of those well drilled performances, where we defended as a team and broke on the opposition.

This is Arsenal’s best tactic. When teams attack us we usually have enough pace to hurt teams through counter attacking. When teams defend deep against us we sometimes find it hard to break teams down. Defend deep is what Man Utd did do at The Emirates. This time it was a must win for them so they gave it there all in trying to win. Much of our good play was down to our midfield axis of Santi Cazorla and Coquelin. This is definitely a partnership to be developed.

Man Utd are not the side they once were, but beating them at their own backyard is always fun. I love our rivalry with them, this year its as if we have once again over taken them. Lets hope it continues.

So this win leaves us in the semi final of the FA Cup, probably facing another season in the top four and also probable elimination from Europe. I think the new target should be to win the FA Cup, finish as close to Manchester City and possibly win the game in Monaco. The later will be hard but I feel we can achieve all three. What do you think?

Bring Them On!

The game tomorrow against Manchester United is our biggest game of the season for many reasons. Firstly because I hate everything about Manchester United this season, from their arrogant manager, know it all fans or their ridicules transfer policy. The other reason is that I just do not rate their side.

If Wenger sets up correctly then I feel we have every chance to start avenging a few of our past defeats there. As we saw in our home defeat to them we should not over attack. The reasons for this being that Man Utd’s biggest strength is counter attacking. In fact we should sit back and bring them onto us and hit them on the break.

This has been shown to be a winning formula against them this season. Lets not make the same mistake twice. All in all I am looking forward to the game tomorrow night but as always will be nervous. I love big weekday evening games, so really can’t wait!

Five reasons for Arsenal to be positive

Its seems just a few weeks back that it seemed like doom and gloom for Arsenal this season. How quickly things can change. I still think there is a lot more to see from Wenger and the squad but overall its more positive than it was. Here are five reasons why every Arsenal fan should be positive at the moment:

1. Positive injury news + New Squad Players = Strong Squad

With Ozil, Koscielny, Giroud, Theo and Ramsay all back in recent weeks, our squad looks strong again. Now all we are missing is Wilshere, Arteta, Debuchy, Welbeck as well as the always injured Diaby. Add our two new defensive signings Bielik and Paulista to this and we are starting look at a balanced side. Lets not forget the recall of Coqulen who has been fantastic since his return.

2. We have our pace back

With Walcott back in the side we are getting ever so close to seeing the fastest attacking line in the history of football. Welbeck, Sanchez and Walcott. Supplemented by The Ox, Bellerin and Ozil all of whom are not slow. Counter attacks are back!

3. FA Cup could be on again

With Chelsea, Man City, Spurs and Southampton all going out in a crazy Saturday afternoon the path for FA Cup glory has opened up slightly. Man Utd, Liverpool, West Ham and the rugby team who call themselves Stoke are still left in. All good sides but none of them are in the Champions League like us. So in my eyes we should be favourites, but it all depends on the draw.

4. Players are stepping up now

We have seen different players stepping up. Be it Santi Cazorla and Coqulen vs Man City or Rosicky against Brighton, it is not all down to Alexis Sanchez every game. With Ozil, Walcott back now squad rotation should see all our attackers rested.

5. Champions League is back next month

Champions League knockout games are what club football is all about for me. I have grown up not knowing what it would be like to support a side that play in the Uefa Cup (Europa League now). Well all apart from that one blip seasons where we didn’t make it out the second group stage of the Champions League. Yeah you may recall we lost in the final of the Uefa Cup that season.

Night like these are what separates us from the likes of Tottenham or Liverpool. I look forward to the double header against Monaco. Be warned they have seen a marked improvement in form since the draw. We should be wary of them. I fell we still can win though.

Cazorla, Ramsey & Gibbs – Players of 2014

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When looking back over 2014 there has to be mixed feelings for Arsenal fans. We started the year top of the league and were the best side in the tail end of 2013. We also ended the year badly in the Premier League, currently sitting way off the title contending pace (Even if injuries are effecting our position). The good thing about 2014 was that we broke the trophy drought and won two trophies (You got me, I count the Community Shield) as well as securing our usual Champions League place.

Another positive is the fight shown by the players over the year. After being humiliated by all our rivals we still ended the season with more to show than Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd and Tottenham combined.

When thinking of our best player of 2014, my vote would have to go to Santi Cazorla. This may not be most peoples choice of players but I will explain why I feel he slightly edges out Aaron Ramsey and Kieron Gibbs (Yes you heard right).

1. Santi Cazorla: He was the catalyst for the FA cup win. Scoring the first goal against Spurs in one of his best displays of the year and the all important first goal in the final. He also played his part in the Liverpool game. If he had not scored the free kick in the final I believe Wenger would now be sitting in Paris. He has also finished the year on a high with lots of goals of late and assists. This is when Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshire are all out injured. We have also seen him drop back a bit deeper where he put in lots of shifts. Still bugs me that he doesn’t take all our set pieces. #Worldclass

2. Aaron Ramsey: This year Ramsey became a man. For a while in the 2013/2014 season he was looking like the best player in the league. A lot of his good work came pre January although he did carry his form over. Injuries robbed him of being the man of 2014. The FA cup final winner and scoring again at Wembley in the community shield marked his transformation. With Ozil and Sanchez he is now a go to man.

3. Kieran Gibbs: It is hard to judge Gibbs when he plays with a make shift back four. When Koscielny plays he is a much better defender. He saw a better year in terms of injuries and was part of the 3rd best defence in the premier league last season. At times he has made errors but he has also made big saves. One that springs to mind is the clearance in the FA Cup final. That would have killed us. I also remember his late goal in the Champions League this season. He has also been recognised by England. #BestEnglishLB  

Others who were close:

Ozil – Had a bigger impact than people think this year

Sanchez – Love him but he has only been with us since Septemebr

Koscielny – One of the standout CB’s in the league, injuries have cost him

Have your vote as to who is Arsenal’s man of 2014 and don’t forget to comment: