Will Any of These Happen At Arsenal Before The Season Ends?

Will Sanogo Score His First Arsenal Goal?

Yaya Sanago came in at the beginning of the season on a free transfer from Auxerre, France but is yet to score for the gunners. The bulk-framed striker may have missed about half of the season due to some mysterious injury but he has featured in the later part of the season. With 11 appearances, 7 of which have been from the bench, the striker is yet to find the net. Mockingly called Sir-no-goal for his no-goals and Sir-lago for his constant swipe of air instead of shooting, the big 22yr old will hope to break the jinx and register a goal before the end of the season? Probability: 10%

Will Abou Diaby Feature This Season?

Abou Diaby returned to football actions albeit in the U-21 last night after over 400 days on loan to Injury FC. The lanky midfielder who was seen as Vieira’s replacement has been hampered by the gods of injury and is yet to make his name for the gunners nor leave up to his desire of being the best in the world (except when he kicked out racism out of football in the Carling cup final).

Wenger says Diaby is ready, but with the availability of Flamini, Ramsey and Kallstrom, it would be surprising to see Diaby wear his number 24 jersey for the 1st time. Wenger may give him a 5 minutes role. He is french after all. Probability: 20%

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Lord Bendtner to Play?

What a career! The great Dane was on the verge of leaving at the beginning of this season but as fate may have it had to finish his contract with the gunners. 2 goals from 4 starts and 14 total appearance summarizes Bendtner’s season. Things looked to have been shaping up as he warmed his way into the heart of the fans by scoring those two vital goals. But his media image have been shattered by published interviews and his drunkenness. The later may have caused Wenger not to look towards him in recent times.

Bendtner is not a bad striker, but for Wenger to prefer inexperienced Sanogo is questionable. Will Wenger feature him one more time? Will we see our Bendtner for the last time? Probability: 10%

Any Hat-tricks?

It is quite surprising that no  Arsenal player have scored an hat-trick this season. The gunners are even yet to whitewash any team in the many that they have been brushed aside by Manchester City, Liverpool or Chelsea.

In recent times, Podolski has come closest to scoring a hat-trick with his brace against Westham and Hull City. Will he get a hat-trick before the season ends? who will get the hat-trick? Ramsey, Giroud or Podolski? Probability: 45%

Others:

Will Emiliano Viviano feature for the gunners? Probability:0%

Will Kim Kallstrom score a goal? Probability: 5%

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Diaby Returns, Moyes Sacked, Chelsea Draw in Madrid

For the 1st time since March 2013 against Swansea, Abou Diaby featured for an Arsenal team, the U-21s as they lost 2-1 to Chelsea. The France international lanky midfielder played the first 45 minutes for the young guns. With 402 days of lying on the treatment table, Diaby must have had a ward named after him in the Arsenal injury arena.

Abou Diaby

Abou Diaby’s injury hasn’t created any disbelieve in the Frenchman as he even hopes to be in Brazil. According to Wenger, Diaby is fit and ready to play. Will Diaby feature in any of Arsenal last 4 games of the season?

“Yes of course [he could play for the first team this season], it depends how well he comes out of the game. He hasn’t played for a year but physically he is ready to play, completely. It is now just decision-making, getting used to challenges again. He needs a game.

“Everybody [counted him out] but he is fit and ready.”

Meanwhile, across the country to the land of the Devils, The Chosen One was sacked. After shattering and creating all manner of negative records, David Moyes has been shown the door. The 2-0 defeat to his former club on Sunday was the final straw.

The fans who had expected to go trophy-less this season owing to his appointment by legendary Sir Alex Ferguson could not hide their joy as the news filtered from Manchester. Trophy-less was expected but not in this manner. This decision is even heightened by the fact that Moyes’ successor at Everton have done far much better. Martinez has created more positive records in his 1 year reign at Godison park than Moyes’ 10 year reign.

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Chosen by British bias and his consistency in keeping Everton above 10th every season, the Scottish has made Manchester United look so ordinary. I wonder how SAF would be feeling now while he lectures. It is only disappointing from an Arsenal perspective that the gunners failed to score a goal against this low United side with Moyes winning one of the two ties.

Moyes’ sack should be a lesson to club  directors and owners. Avoid bias and sentiment. Go for the best. Mourinho wanted the job but SAF thought otherwise. SAF overlooked Mourinho’s arse-licking and i heard the Portuguese cried.

This sacking is like a trophy victory to the fans especially my friend Ebuka. He has even thrown a party along the beaches of Lekki Pennisula in Nigeria.

Talking of Mourinho, the Chelsea boss featured a defensive side in their 0-0 draw away at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Semi-final. The Blues had 4 defensive midfielders on show as Diego Simeone could only settle for a draw. Chelsea did leave Spain injured with Cech and Terry the casualty of the war. Cech will be out for the season.

Atletico v chelsea: Petr Cech and Jose Mourino

The war continues on Wednesday at the Sunderland-battered-Bridge. Will Chelsea win? Mikel and Lampard will miss the 2nd leg with suspension, Cech and Terry are injured. Will they still be 2nd after the weekend?

The other side of Madrid will play against defending champions Bayern Munich today.

Arsenal’s Resurrection, Mourinho’s Moanings and the NPFL Continues

The demands of my non-footballing world took its toil on me in the last 7 days but the unique world of soccer continues to fancy even every tom, dick and Harry.

Arsenal Returns to 4th

After the hard fought victory over Wigan in the FA cup semi final at Wembley, the gunners had to climb back to fourth on the Premier League. Everton had usurped the gunners and it seemed that the gunners may not be finishing in their traditional top 4 spot.

A brace from Podolski and a beauty right footed goal by Olivier Giroud saw off Sam Allardye’s Hammers. Westham found the net first but The Arsenal win score three to get maximum three points.

Crystal Palace did Arsene Wenger a great favour as they defied the odds and grabbed maximum points at Goodison Park. Martinez was left devastated as his Everton side lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace. Tony Pulis must have hard-wired Palace.

FA-Cup Final Pre Match

The gunners travelled to Hull City on Sunday. The two sides will meet later in Wembley for the final of the FA cup. The gunners were buoyed with the return of Ozil, Koscienly and Ramsey. The latter would open the scoring chart before Podolski continued his goal-scoring form by adding another double to his season tally. 3 goals, 3 points and another clean sheet.

Aaron Ramsey’s Man of the match performance summarized what the gunners have missed. What might have been if he wasn’t injured. Wenger had this to say:

He’s a threat. We looked like we had problems to score goals away from home recently. Him and Ozil give us a cutting edge in the final third that makes us look more dangerous to score.

Mourinho’s Moaning

The Premier League continues to exhibit so many twist and turns. The biggest of which was at Stamford Bridge at the weekend. Jose Mourinho has always basked in the euphoria of not being beaten at home while coaching Chelsea. Earlier in the season, Westbrom were denied a famous victory no thanks to a Ramirez dive that earned the Portuguese talk-active a point.

On Sunday, Eto’s goal seemed to have pointed the game in the Blues direction but an 82nd minute penalty gave Sunderland an expected victory. replays show that it was a dive but they had benefited from such decision against Westbrom and Jose could only itemized 4 points, swiping ironically to the referee and Mike Riley.

“I only have four things to say,” a clearly agitated Mourinho said.

“Congratulations to my players because they gave what they have and what they don’t have. Congratulations to Sunderland because they won.

“Congratulations to Mike Dean because he made a fantastic performance. And congratulations to Mike Riley because what they did during the season was fantastic for the way the championship is going.

“So congratulations to all of them, and I have nothing more to say. I’m sorry.”

I want to congratulate again, but this time it’s Mike Dean. His performance was unbelievable. When referees have an unbelievable performance, it is fair also that, as managers, we give them this, so fantastic performance. He came with one objective: to make a fantastic performance, and he did that

Of a truth, the officiating this season have been questionable but Mourinho’s loss at Stamford bridge was like a trophy won in some footballing circles.

Nigeria Premier League

The Nigeria Premier League continued last weekend with week 7 games.

Akwa United 1:0 Kano Pillars
Abia Warriors 1:0 Sunshine Stars
Crown FC 1:0 Kaduna United
FC Taraba 0:1 Giwa FC
Gombe United 1:1 Dolphins
Heartland 0:0 El-Kanemi Warriors
Lobi Stars 1:0 Nembe City
Sharks 2:0 Nasarawa United
Warri Wolves 1:0 Rangers

Others

Mikel Arteta lost his tooth, David Moyes loses again, and Barcelona finally wins. The Premier League is all of Liverpool’s to lose. They are now 5 points clear with 3 games left. Burnley Returns to the Premier League

Poll: Who Was Your Man of The Match Against Wigan?

Arsenal survived the scare from giant killing Wigan thanks to the lottery  of penalties. Metersacker had given away a penalty in the 60th minute but redeemed himself and the gunners in the 83rd minute. Arteta would continue to intercept with Chamberlain causing a lot of troubles for the Lactics. Fabianski did finally save two penalties for the gunners to win 4-2 on penalties.

Who was your man of the match:

 

Arsenal Survive Wigan Scare as Fabianski Gets Return Ticket To Wembley

Within the last few weeks, everything seem to have been against Wenger and the red half of London. With the morale still low, no thanks to the recent 3-0 defeat to Everton, the gunners needed to reach deep to face the Lactics to reach the FA Cup Final.

With over 50000 fans and a short trip to Wembley, the gunners were favourites to progress to the final especially after knocking out Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton. Wigan on the other hand had the tag of “Giant Killers” after they defeated Manchester City in the penultimate round. The Lactics are currently the cup holders and fancied their chances of causing another upset.

FA Cup semi: Per Mertesacker brings down Callum McManaman

Wrong Meterception

After a drab first half, characterized by Yaya Sanogo’s inexperience, Metersacker got his merteceptions wrong as he brought down Mcmanam. Gomez converted the resulting spot kick in the 63rd minute. That awkward feeling began to creep into every gooner. would it be “next year” again? would be another “trophy-less season”? Is this how Wenger would end his reign?

Even Wenger was tense, squatting on the sidelines, drinking from the water bottle unconsciously though not abusing it as before. Monreal had been replaced just before the goal by Gibbs and Wenger had to bring in Giroud for ineffective Podolski to add more pressure on Wigan’s defense.

The woodwork would continue to prevent the gunners from scoring and Carson was everywhere. The gunners continue to pour on, firing all ammunition in their armoury with Mikel Arteta cleaning up with decisive interceptions and tackles to snuff off an Wigan attack.

Metersacker would redeem himself in the 83rd minute when he headed in Chamberlain’s bobbling shot. Relief and belief were renewed. With tiring legs, Wigan could only commit more fouls but they held on till the end of 90 minutes.

FA Cup semi: Arsenal's Per Mertesacker scores

Redemption

The Extra time would have Arsenal written all over it but chances failed to be converted. Tired Ramsey was subbed off for January signing Kim Kallstrom. The Swede had a shot blocked in the nick of time as the game headed to the lottery of penalties.

Arsenal luck in penalties have been woeful with the lose at Bradford still tasting fresh. Arsenal had seen off WestBrom on penalties in the League Cup and their last trophy was a penalty shootout win over Manchester United in 2005.

Fabianski would save Arsenal as he saved the first two Wigan penalties. Arteta, Kallstrom, Giroud and Cazorla would convert for the gunners to return back to Wembley in May. A 4-2 penalty win and the belief is on for the 1st trophy in 9 years.

FA Cup semi: Fabianski saves

Two Saves from the flying Pole

Everton’s 1-0 victory over Sunderland demoted Arsenal to 5th but the joy of being in the finally surely overrides the bitterness of Sunderland’s loss. Nevertheless, the business of the Premier League would return by Tuesday against Westham and the gunners have to take the remaining matches like a cup final.

FA Cup semi: Arsenal players run to celebrate

How Much The Victory Meant

Around Europe, Granada added misery to Barcelona’s season with a 1-0 defeat while Borussia Dortmund unleashed their anger of being knocked out of the Champions League by defeating Bayern Munich 3-0 at the Allianz Arena.

Football and its unpredictability. See How Much the victory means to the boys.

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Arsenal Must Respond Against Wigan

The sour taste of the 3-0 loss at Goodison Park still lingers like the African bitter herb that cures malaria. The mere realization of being drawn into the 4th spot trophy is excruciating on its own especially after bossing the top spot for so long.

Louis Hamilton’s first win at the Bahrain GP didn’t bring me the Saturday satisfaction; neither did Roger Federer’s victory. The Nigerian Premier League offered me its share of football but I have pondered to no avail as to what next for our darling Arsenal.

The Champions League offered another twist to my week. As expected Manchester United were beaten by Bayern but the English biased press had this to say compared to Arsenal’s exit by the current champions.

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Cavani missed PSG’s chances as Ba nicked Chelsea to the semis. The woodwork denied Borussia Dortmund from scoring more goals against Real Madrid as the Last year finalist were knocked out. David Villa haunted Barcelona as his 5th minute goal was enough to send Messi and Neymar out. Goonerdaily has his bold predictions. Who will be in the final?

On Saturday, the season at the Emirate may have a silver lining if they beat FA cup holders Wigan. The gunners are at an all-time low; low in confidence; doomed by series of poor result, triggering disbelieve and too many unanswerable questions.

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A win over Wigan may propel the gunners to win the FA cup and fight on to remain in the top four of the League. If results for Everton’s way, the gunners will be 5th by the time they return to play their premier League game. The gunners must respond to their critics. They must own up to their responsibilities instead of looking up to one.

The gunners must win, by hook or crook. After the FA cup win, other questions will sort themselves out: Wenger’s future et al.

There is only one option on Saturday: Win.

The Slide Continues As Arsenal Lose 3-0 to Everton

It was another tale of depressing familiarity for Arsenal, who have taken only seven points from a possible 30 against the rest of the top six this season. They go away from home against immediate rivals. They seem unprepared, both tactically and mentally. They defend poorly. They concede goals. It happens time and again. - Richard Jolly

The gunners travelled to Goodison park knowing fully well that the Toffees were breathing down their neck with 4 points behind and a game in hand. But the gunners failed to show up and like other times, they were outplayed with Wenger out-tactic-ed.

Two first half goals from Naismith and Lukaku and a second half Mikel Arteta own goal added salt to Arsenal’s wounds. Buoyed by the draw at the Emirates over Manchester City, the gunners failed to produce the second half performance that they displayed against City.

Romelu Lukaku fires home Everton's second against Arsenal.

The introduction of Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain at 3-0 did little as the Toffees held on to their biggest win against Arsenal in 25 years. The gunners had slept-walk the 90 minutes, torn apart by the Everton front trio.

This is excruciatingly embarrassing for Arsenal who had warmed the top spots for over 20 weeks of the Premier League only to be dragged down to the infamous Wenger Trophy. 5 points from the last 6 games puts Arsenal 16th on the form table while Everton have gone on a 6-game winning streak. Liverpool are on cloud 9, with Manchester City and Chelsea breathing their neck.

For Arsenal, it is a big shame. The club should cower away and hide in shame. What has gone wrong? The self destruct button is always activated just when everything seems to be on track. The players should ask themselves a lot of serious questions. Wenger should think again. Arsenal is sliding down without brakes. Wenger’s handbrake is broken.

For 10 years, the Premier League have not be won after always getting close. Why get close when you always wither away by February and March. Hoping for Arsenal is like Atlas carrying the World.

The gunners need a messiah to overlook the pool and make them rise and run. Where will the messiah come from? If the gunners continue thus, they may fade into Oblivion. The biblical Israelites even had more zeal and hopes than Arsenal fighting in the Premier League. The term “hope” should be used carefully with Arsenal.

The gunners must brace themselves up and get their acts right. They have to face Wigan at Wembley to have a chance of winning their first silverware in 9 years. with this rag-tag performance, Wigan will only fancy their chances.

A season that started so well now threatens to end in disaster.

 

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