It wasn't meant to be like this, not for a second match in a row, as Arsenal limped into halftime on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline—scratch that, at least this second time, we'd retreat down only 1-0 at halftime. Even though the narrow escape from Dean Court should have inspired our squad going into Deepdale, we got off on the wrong foot entirely, and it was Preston who looked much more likely to advance to the fourth round on the strength of their first-half showing. Such a summary would overlook the industry of one Lucas Pérez. Yes, he assisted Giroud for the winner, but it was his overall workrate and industry that, once again, seized the day.
07 January 2017
06 January 2017
The FA Cup's Third Round Proper throws together two behemoths of British football, the only two clubs to have ever completed a full campaign, the only two—eh, that's enough of that. I'm sure you'll have read quite enough of the "Invincibles" angle already, so that's about as much ink as I'll devote to it here. After all, for both clubs, that's history, ancient or otherwise. Let's turn our attention instead to the present, one in which Arsenal should look quite keen to advance and Preston might have more to worry about than this competition.
04 January 2017
At first blush, it seems like an embarrassing admission. After all, for the better part of a century, Arsenal have lorded it over Tottenham, whether it was who was admitted to the First Division in 1919 or the more-recent twenty years during which Arsenal have finished higher than their North London counterparts. It therefore does seem strange for Gooners to celebrate a Spuds victory—especially one that elevates those self-same Spuds above the Gunners. That's an ironic inversion if ever there was one. Still, it's an entirely positive result, one that Gooners have numerous reasons to feel good about. Let's get to those reasons, then...
03 January 2017
Arsenal put in a depressing performance for the first 70 minutes, going down 3-0 to the impressive Cherries, and it looked like we'd crumble in an embarrassing final scoreline. However, goals from Alexis and Lucas (both assisted by Giroud) restored hope, and Giroud equalised in the first minute of stoppage-time. That's where it would despite six extra minutes, and Arsenal escape with a point we sorely needed but hardly deserve. It'll keep us hot on Man City's heels for now, and you can think later about how you want Wednesday's clash between Tottenham and Chelsea to play out. For now, enjoy the thrilling comeback at Dean Court!
01 January 2017
Olivier Giroud delivered a stunning, goal-of-the-year wonder strike to make it 1-0, and earned for himself Man of the Match honours as Arsenal won comfortably over Crystal Palace. Alex Iwobi lofted in a cheeky header early in the second half to make it 2-0, and that was that. Petr Čechkept his 184th clean-sheet, extending his Premier League record, and Arsenal climb to third as Man City lost to Liverpool. Check out the highlights below!