22 May 2017

Do we want Man U to win the Europa League?

Europa League. Thursday nights. Matches in Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, and other hinterlands. We're consigned to it for the 2017-18 campaign, but what do we make of it? There are some who say we should just throw in the towel, treat it like an extended League Cup, and play a weakened side just to get it over with. Who are we at Arsenal to go grubbing around for some second-rate, tin-cup silverware? Then again, maybe there's some silver-lining to be found if we are in fact willing to dig deep enough to find it...

21 May 2017

Arsenal 3-1 Everton: Vote for Player Ratings/MotM!

A brave ten-man Arsenal overcame a spirited Everton side to win 3-1, but it won't be enough to scratch into the top four as Liverpool defeated Middlesbrough 3-0. We've seen numerous streaks end, then: finishing in the top four, qualifing for Champions League, and finishing above Tottenham. All good things, of course, must come to an end. Back to the match: goals from Bellerin, Alexis, and Ramsey were enough to at least end the Prem season on a high note, with only Lukaku's penalty to deny us the clean sheet. We'll go into the FA Cup final on a solid run, five straight on the bounce, with a chance at claiming silverware. First, though, get down to the poll to give the lads what they deserve!

Can Arsenal count on Everton to roll over?

There's a toxic mix of ingredients swirling around the final match-day of the season, as all twenty clubs square off. Most of the vital positions are locked in—Sunderland, Middlesbrough, and Hull are relegated; Chelsea have won the Prem, and Tottenham and Man City round out the top three positions. Still hanging in the balance then is that fourth position, currently occupied by Liverpool. They'll host the aforementioned and relegated Middlesbrough and need a win to secure that top-four finish. Arsenal, meanwhile, harbor dreams of overtaking those Scousers. Can we rely on Everton to do us a favor?

18 May 2017

Europa League: It's all ours, whether we want it or not...

So. It comes down to this. Arsenal's annual assault on the run-in, the one that sees us seize something resembling victory from the jaws of imminent defeat, has run ashore on the shoals. Despite having won seven of our last eight, we're still very dependent on help from the likes of Middlesbrough and Watford if we expect to elevate our ambitions beyond the much-maligned Thursday night competition that is the Europa League. That shite-sandwich is already in our hands. Whether we want to be left holding it is another matter. We can't really palm it off on anyone else, so all that's left to do is shove it someone else's face.

16 May 2017

Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland: Vote for Player-Ratings/MotM!

After a stodgy, stultifying first half in which it looked like Arsenal were the relegated club happy to play out a rather-pointless match, the second half offered just enough of a glimmer of a hope that something could still be salvaged of the season. Just past the hour, Alexis struck twice to bring his tally to 112 goals in 143 appearances for the Arsenal. Credit Sunderland, long-since relegated, for their stubborn display. Our inability to break them down is a familiar story, and it took some rather relentless pressure to pick that lock. Still, it's a positive result, and one that keeps open the door on finishing in the top-four and earning a Champions League. More on that later. For now, let's give the lads what they deserve in the poll below the fold!

14 May 2017

We'll always have schadenfreude. Rob Holding, I'm looking at you!

Justice itself may not have been served, but something closely resembling it and offering something almost enjoyable was. For as satisfying as it was to thrash the Potters at their own ground on Saturday, the result still leaves us a bit stranded, hoping against hope that Liverpool will lose or draw at home to relegated Middlesbrough. There's a long week to wait before knowing our fate. In the meantime, then, there's some rather shameless schadenfreude to get to, so why dither when there are so many delectable delicacies on offer?