Arsenal win FA Cup dress rehersal

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Yesterday was extremely important for the league, but really, the only thing on the minds of most Arsenal fans was the FA Cup final. How would Hull set up? What did they have in their side for us to worry about? How painful would the seasons show piece be?

Well, on the face of it, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be too much of a problem.

Arsenal set up with two key components we haven’t had for a large chunk of the season… that’s an Ozil and a Ramsey. it was a telling difference against a Hull side who really didn’t have much to offer bar the impression of being organised.

Our opening goal had it all. It was Arsenal all over. The superb turn on the half way line from Ozil, the intricate interplay between about 5 of our players, followed by the clinical finish from Ramsey. We’ve missed those runs. We’ve missed that direct behaviour. We’ve missed his energy and pace.

Our second goal was equally pretty, though tinged with a bit of controversy. Arteta dispossessed Jelavic, who stumbled over, blatantly looking for the foul. Arsenal picked ip the ball, broke down the other end, Giroud floated a beautiful ball into Rambo, he chested it into the path of Lukas who volleyed home. What a tasty goal.

The game was finished in the second half when Lukas picked up the scraps of a Ramsey shot, he controlled and placed beyond Harper. Game over.

We controlled the rest of the game. Hull really didn’t have anything to offer. Arsenal zipped the ball around with much ease. We were in total control and we left the KC with what we came for… the three points.

Top 4

It’s still looking relatively tight for top four. Our games are pretty easy in comparison to what Everton have on the cards. I think they’ll seriously regret the points they dropped against Palace. Newcastle at home should be pretty straight forward, they’re in serious disarray at the moment. The players aren’t playing for Pardew and it feels like end of days for him. Then it’s West Brom, our last home game. I don’t like playing them. It always feels like there’s something on a West Brom game. I’m sure this is the third  year in a row we’ve had them right at the death? Anyway, they’re also in a world of bother. In-fighting, bad results, bad press. The final game is Norwich, they were ok against Liverpool yesterday, but you’d have to fancy us there with our key players back. It’s looking good. We just need to concentrate.

Good players

Hey, whaddya know, when our best players are fit, we play better. I don’t think it’s quite as simple as people are making out.

‘Imagine if Arsenal kept all their players fit’

Yeah, imagine that. It would be magic. But, to have that, you’d need a manager with a different vision combined with a different approach to training, rotation and recovery. Key players not being fit is a consistent blight at Arsenal. Amazing pundits and journo’s rarely join the dots.

The difference in Giroud first half of the season and second is the reality of what happens when we do keep our better players fit. They start well, then dip. But, having Rambo and Ozil in your side obviously gives you more. I hope someone in the club shines a big fat spotlight on the loss of our key players this season. I hope they shine the light on the lethargic play of our team from December onwards. There are reasons our game dips and they’re pretty damn obvious. Lucky for us, the injury induced rest imposed on Ozil and Ramsey means they’ll both be fresh for the rest of the season now. So we should be looking good for success.

Podolski

The man can’t stop scoring at the moment. He’s clearly a great finisher, he just doesn’t have enough about his game to be the main man. What we’ve seen in a the past few games is that when he plays off a big man, he’s very effective. Podolski in a kind of 4-4-2 feels like a plan B. Something for Wenger to consider when we’re trailing in a game, or when we’re playing weaker opposition.

Chamberlain

When he arrived on the pitch in the second half, we really did start to look far more exciting. Hopefully Wenger can see that having pace an energy in the team is tantamount to success in the Premier League. I hope Wenger has his scouts looking at what’s making Liverpool tick. We need depth to our pace. We need players who are trusted that can come in a rotate with people like Theo and Chamberlain. I mean, imagine a massively pacey forward line, with a powerhouse midfielder who could break at pace… with Ozil and Santi picking out the paces. It’d be magic. We need to build out our squad the way we used to build out squads.

Good news

Jelavic and Shane Long are both out of the cup final. They really don’t have much to shout about. Good times.

Update:

“You can never be sure of anything in our game. We lost [Theo] Walcott in an accident. We lost Özil – we haven’t really found out why.

“Maybe we overplayed Ramsey a little bit, and should have rested him before he got injured.

A stark admission really, but nice to finally get a bit of vindication on what I’ve been telling you for years. Take a look at the Ozil and the Theo schedules before they picked up their injuries… then make your own logical judgement.

Player health. It’s in one mans hands.

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  1. Ben

    United have NY stock exchange announcement to make first to confirm – DM is toast. Will be at 1400 UK time tomorrow when it opens. See you later Moyes!

  2. MidwestGun

    Apathy- we weren’t really beaten by Chelsea.

    Lack of ambition- getting Kim Kallstrom in transfer window when in first place knowing he couldn’t even play for a month. And knowing Walcott and Ramsey were long term injuries.

  3. Thank you and goodnight

    It seems that if you fuck up you pay the price. Football is a results business….well almost every other club. At Arsenal we are a financial institution so just like the bankers who screwed the world over and got paid handsomely for that privilege, we reward wenger for screwing us over. Nice

  4. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Tunny
    I said when they appointed him
    This is history repeating itself

    Same thing happen after Matt busby succession of mediocre managers some good ones tho

    Still sit back an enjoy

  5. F4phantomphreak

    Arsene would be stupid not to take 2 more years at the sums they are paying him! I mean who wouldn’t take that kind of loot just to sit back fighting with your over inflated jacket zipper??? I mean jeez whiz people you know he’s gonna sign that deal, he’s just holding off to make us think we might get a last minute stay of execution from the governor!

  6. tunnygriffboy

    Ramsey, Ozil and Jack were all over played. I’m sure partof this was the glut of injuries we had at the beginning of the season. Ox, Podolski, Walcott, Santi and Arteta all missed large chunks of that period. At that time we were so short of numbers Jack and Rambo had to play wide to cover the injuries. They had no rest.

    Giroud was overplayed as well. No chance of him pulling a muscle though, doesn’t move fast enough !

  7. tunnygriffboy

    If Moyes is sacked now it gives them 6 weeks to find a new manager before TW opens. My worry is that if Wenger goes at the end of the season we miss out on
    a prospective new manager and we spend time looking for a new one when players are being snapped up. Personally I’d like a smooth succesion plan.

  8. Cesc Appeal

    tunny

    But that’s in keeping with style with at Arsenal…the guy enters into his final year of a deal and they haven’t looked at anyone else because Wenger makes them cash.

    Again, NO football men on the board hurts us.

    Wenger could stay for another 10 years and there wouldn’t a smooth succession.

    Arsenal don’t do smooth. They don’t do competent. They don’t even do respectable. Rushed, panicked and shoddy…that’s the Arsenal way.

  9. Leedsgunner

    With regards to the FA Cup – I hope yesterday’s result doesn’t erase from the memory how poorly we played against Wigan and only won through the narrowest of margins.

    If Wenger remains the manager of AFC we might as well write off the transfer window now. To be honest with him doing “commentary duties” for French TV I reckon we’re not going to get much business done. Spending big? Spending stupid more like if we do badly in the beginning games. Reactive, knee jerk transfer planning at its finest!

    Rumours in the papers about Klopp being lined up to take over from Moyes… I’ll be utterly disgusted if we allow Klopp to slip through our fingers. He is the man that we need!

    WENGER OUT!

  10. Thank you and goodnight

    I’m glad WE A are struggling. They were quick to get rid of Clarke who I thought was a decent manager and installed another foreign manager who’s fucked them up even more. Same at Cardiff. It’s about time more British managers were going chances. I know you can sometimes get it right e.g Southampton, but for every poccahntos ( can’t spell his name sorry), there is an AVB or avram grant, gunner solskaer etc

  11. Dimitri

    I don’t think Klopp goes for another year or two. It’s too bad that as an arsenal fan the only way you can realistically dream of winning is by controlling them on football manager…

  12. MidwestGun

    Im sure Wenger supporters will be holding this Moyes situation up as an example to keep AW around for another decade. Some sort of weird justification for fearing change.

  13. BACKPASS

    Tata marino leaving barca at the end of season

    sadly,arsene would be the last man they want as replacement tbh,they wouldnt want a man that would tell the catalian’s that fourth is a trophy

  14. MidwestGun

    London –
    Not sure about Silva. Depends on wether he rolled it or tore something. But it will definitely affect them with him out. Great player. Just helps Pool more actually.

  15. Radio Raheem

    Pep saw the cracks and left the building before it came crashing down. So was he smart or lacking the wherewithal to rebuild?
    Remember whatever your answer is says more about you than Pep.

  16. gazzap

    I think that Moyes would have been sacked if he had had any two of the last 9 seasons that Arsenal have had. But the fact is that Arsenal have had CL football each of those 9 seasons. That’s why Moyes would have survived one season like that but I don’t think he’d survive two of them.
    However, Man Utd aren’t even close to top 4 so it’s understandable that he will be sacked and impossible to compare directly with Wenger situation.
    We finished 16 points behind utd last season. Man utd are currently 23 points behind Liverpool.

  17. Thank you and goodnight

    Someone wrote this about Moyes. I forgot who quoted it sorry, but I thought he was bang on about Moyes.
    “Moyes sets his teams out to not lose and generally cautious; he’s not a risk taker and isn’t big or bold enough to make the decisions that ultimately make winning managers. He’ll join someone like Newcastle and do a decent job getting them around 7th or 8th every year, that’s his level.”

  18. gazzap

    I wonder if we win all our games if we can catch Chelsea. I think Liverpool will beat the chavs so that would put us 2 points behind them. But they would have to lose again – either to Norwich (H) or Cardiff (A). I don’t see it but you never know in football.

  19. london gunner

    Ladies of Le Grove

    Weird summer is approaching.

    Sacked Managers List

    Tata, Blanc, Moyes, Ancelloti

    Managers possibly moving

    Klopp to Barca? Van Gaal To United Moyes to spurs

    Thing is with the world cup and lots of the new clubs changing managers… that’s a fuck load of disruption and transition.

  20. Jake

    I saw an interesting stat about Moyes. Of the 51 games United have played this season, Moyes has put out 51 different starting line ups. That is piss poor management.

  21. bazza

    I like the photo of Aaron with the penguin. He was overheard telling the penguin the following story:

    A penguin is driving along one day and his car starts making a really strange sound. So, he pulls into the first garage he sees, jumps out of his car, runs up to the mechanic and says: “I need someone to look at my car. There’s something wrong with it!” The mechanic looks at him and says “Well I can do that but you’ll have to wait about 20 minutes or so.” The penguin looks across the street and notices an ice cream shop! (Penguins LOVE Ice cream.) So he says “OK I’ll be back.” He tosses him his keys runs across the street and has a big bowl of ice cream. He comes back, looks at the mechanic and says “Did you work out what’s wrong with my car?” “Well” replies the mechanic “looks like you blew a seal.” The penguin quickly wipes off his face and says “OH NO, that’s just ice cream!”

    Nice one Aaron!

  22. london gunner

    Radio Raheem

    Kind of reminds me of the greatest Emperors/ Kings.

    The greatest of greats leave a longer legacy, as when they die their empire doesn’t for hundreds of years, it shows they built something that could last the tests of time.

    If you think about Cruyff he was the originator at Barcelona he who built the total football and tikka football that Pep used and further evolved. The difference is Cruyff legacy lead to greater things whilst Peps looks like its crumbled.

  23. MidwestGun

    Gazzap
    Exactly it is overgeneralizing an example of a new manager failing to mean that you should never get a new manager. Basic logical fallacy which will be held up as an arguement to keep Wenger. Have already seen it on the blogging internet. Ex. Giroud is a French striker, Sanogoal is so we should never get a French striker like Benzema.

  24. london gunner

    Cesc

    I hope we get Song back! Never should of sold him. Bloke is horribley underrated and unappreciated.

    His big athletic strong bloke who can both tackle and assist. Amazing long pass on him, very good vision and can now play as CB after playing their regularly for Barca.

    Ticks pretty much every box!

  25. Cesc Appeal

    london

    I liked Song – BUT, I feel he needs a manager who’ll properly instruct him, and shackle him.

  26. useroz

    Saw this in trhe comments to a Guardian report on Moyles facing the sack… doesn’t sound like from a manure fan but uses Wenger and Arsenal as sort of a counter-example. Sucks but true unfortunately.
    ——–

    Brutal but 100% correct call by the United board. They had to cut their losses now, there simply was no other realistic option.

    Perhaps United might lose some of the hubris with this seasons turn of events. All this “club apart” rubbish spouted by the likes of Neville, dreadful arrogance brought low. They actually believed instead of getting in a top manager from outside their environment, they could take a mediocre one and the power and aura of their club alone would simply “create” one. They’ve found out the harsh way it doesn’t work like that.

    Meanwhile Arsene Wenger cruises along at Arsenal, another huge contract signing no doubt imminent. Maybe he should take some time to reflect on his fortune at finding himself at a club like Arsenal rather than a genuinely big one, as this is the sort of judgement he would have been subject to.

  27. Cesc Appeal

    MidWest

    Yeah I hear ya.

    But I always felt so frustrated with Song, you can see the exceptional player he could be in a CM and CDM role.

    His last year at Arsenal he tried too hard to be Fabregas and I think as was so often the case Wenger gave him no clear direction as to what he was suppose to be in the middle.

    Barcelona is the wrong team for him as well.

    Shame. With a stricter manager, who gives him a clearly defined role and makes him stick to it I think Song could actually be very good. And he’ll go for much less than we sold him for.

    I think United will be interested if he’s for sale.

  28. tunnygriffboy

    Pellegrini admits that Silva has been playing in pain for weeks. Hazard was extremely tired before his injury, that’s according to Maureen., Manager’s risk playing their top players as they so important to the team. I’m not excusing it butjust saying it goes on.

  29. tunnygriffboy

    Midwest

    No recycling for me either. 25 million, Bang. Starting bid for Bender Get it done.

    Rumours Van Gal for Man u mmmmmmmm !

    Wenger will sign for 2 years. At the end of that Klopp, Simone and Martinez may have finished their projects

    Gary Neville saying all that going on with Moyes is not the Man u way. Pressure of losses on the stock market ?

  30. london gunner

    tunnygriff

    Mate your a nice guy and everyone on the blog likes you but get your nose and your tongue out of Wengers arse!

    You remind me of that quality friend we all have whose dating a shitty girl but can’t see it as he keeps making excuses, she cheats and she lies but mate your better that that.

    Wenger is of course not the only other manager to overplay players, all managers do at some point even the greatest managers of all time, its not the fact Wenger does it its how much he does. Case point leading the league in injuries every bleeding season.

    Its like saying we lose to a team and people critize the manager, then Bayern lose to a team and you have someone going well Bayern lose to, yes they do but much fucking less.

    Managers are humans so when they make a mistake at some point its to be expected but when its the same mistake every season that’s when its incompetence.

    Man City and Chelsea have overplayed their two star players but they still fall below us in the injury table because WE ARE THE MOST incompetent when it comes to player fitness and injuries.

  31. Al

    Only way I would want Wenger to stay for another 2 years is if there is a pot of gold at the end of those 2 years…and that being Pep Guardiola

  32. london gunner

    Cesc Appeal

    I completely agree with that comment about Song. His laissez faire playing style was not corrected under a laissez faire manager.

    He needed a brute like Simeone or Fergie on his case.

  33. tunnygriffboy

    London

    I’ll try to reply but I’m struggling to see what I type as my head is up Wenger’s arse looooooool! I wasn’t defending Wenger at all. Of course he’s regularly over played players. I was just saying other managers do as well. Because our squad is not deep enough in quality he over relies on his game changers. That is the quality have to bring in in the summer.

    Still think that what forever reason it happened the early season injuries resulted in Rambo, Ozil and Jack being overplayed. Just my opinion though

    And breathe . . . .

  34. MidwestGun

    2 more years of Wenger press conferences. Aaarghhh ! No! I do not have zee mental strengthz and fighting spiritz for it
    Still traumatized over the Kim Kallstrom presser. Yes, we loaned a guy with a broken back fir 6 wks but it was him or nobody because we didn’t have time.
    I almost broke a blood vessel right then. 😡

  35. N5

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  36. N5

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  37. london gunner

    tunny

    Lol sorry if I was being rude! But it was meant as compliment your AKB for Le-Grove standards… but everyone likes you! So your charisma must translate through the inter webs!

  38. N5

    Oh Cesc, I’ve got it to watch but I’ll get hit with a frying pan if I don’t wait for the missis!! After last weeks “ending” I bet this weeks was just awesome!!

  39. Cesc Appeal

    N5

    It is a good one.

    It’s one of those where they get through a good amount of story if you get me? Switch around to lots of characters.

    If anything this one leaves you wanting the next one more than last weeks did!!!! But I’ll say no more 😉

  40. Cesc Appeal

    I’ve got a horrible feeling just watching the news that Klopp will go to United. Just looks like he fits, massive job for him.

    Hope they get Van Gaal…not that it matters, we’re stuck with Wenger no matter what.

    Wait for the AKB’s to say ‘see, bet United would kill for Wenger now’…bet they fucking wouldn’t.

  41. N5

    I love the hound. He’s such a badass.

    Thanks for no spoilers guys, I will watch it tomorrow and then ruin it for everyone who hasn’t yet seen it straight after.

  42. Davido

    Gosh, dudes, Alex Song was never a good DM, even Barca have found this out, hope we don’t get him, heck no- the indiscipline and the ego he developed as a guy who grew from being mediocre to merely good won’t work in this type of team.

  43. grooveydaddy

    ‘There is no other top 8 Prem
    team that would take Wenger.
    But if they did I bet they would
    build a new stadium. Lol’

    Newcastle might want him.

    That would be fantastic. It would be just like that Goal movie…

  44. Al

    Jeez…definitely no thanks on Song. Not a terrible player but not what we require.

    Cesc however is a dilemma. I would love him back but he is also not the dynamic player we require.

  45. Thank you and goodnight

    Apparently we are linked with a 17 yr old winger from benfica for 6 million……yippee looks like another great Fucking transfer window awaits us. Christ sake stop wasting Fucking money on bloody 17 yr olds who might come good by the time they’re 24, and sign the bloody real deals. Bloody wenger

  46. andy1886

    Moyes Sacked!!! Lol, Wenger next? No chance. Get a decent manger and we’re struggling for the fifth place trophy. Bugger!

  47. bergkamplegend

    Difference between Arsenal and yoonited ??
    The search for constant glory, constant results, trophies…
    Competent owners, boards and managers (well, exepted for this case lol)…

    Moyes thoughts part 1 : “why the hell I haven’t signed at Arsenal ??”
    (== >> answer : because The Senile One is still alive, and well lol)

  48. bergkamplegend

    And apparently the players are not behind moyes anymore…

    Why the hell our players are so afraid of a senile man ????????? lol

  49. Thank you and goodnight

    @Marble
    Have to say I agree with you about servile players. Wenger doesn’t want players with opinions, probably reason why he doesn’t get on so well with poldi. That’s why it makes me laugh when people are asking for balloteli, granted he’s got talent, their is no way Wenger would take on a player as feisty ad him.