Wish, Pray, Hope – Arsenal Fc‘s 2015

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Arsenal“There are problems in that defensive area for Arsenal. They were second best. You have to look at what is in front of the goalkeeper. It is embarrassing and it is something we are seeing time and time again.” said former Arsenal defender Martin Keown in analysis of their new year loss to Southampton
Szczesny‘s silly mistakes were to blame for both goals and to top off a forgettable new year Arsene Wenger was confronted by a fan who wanted to state the obvious.

The winter window saw the arrival of Gabriel Paulista from Villareal to provide depth and competition to the ever present Mertesacker and Koscielny. Eight wins from the next ten games should have left the fan in regrets but one of the games they lost was a Champions league round of 16 game against AS Monaco at the Emirates stadium. Olivier Giroud played like his life depended on how many clear-cut chances he could miss within a 90-minute duration but by the 60th minute when he was subbed off he already racked up two seasons worth of misses.
Arsenal from then on lost just once and drew thrice in a sixteen game run that went through to the FA cup final against Aston Villa.

The twelve wins in this run mentioned above included a 2-0 win at the Stade Louis II in the second leg of the tie against Monaco which continued a recent trend of Arsenal leaving the UEFA champions league on away goals rule after a disappointing first leg.
The tears of an early exit from the Champions League were turned to cheers after a near-perfect thumping of Tim Sherwood‘s Aston Villa at Wembley to confirm Arsenal‘s record 12th FA cup title.
With the FA cup and a third place finish in the league (entailing automatic qualification for next season‘s Champions League) it wasn‘t quite what the doctor ordered but the paramedics did their bit for the considerate Arsenal fans who stuck around for nine years without a piece of silverware to reward them.

Arsene Wenger only saw it fit to bring in Petr Cech from London rivals, Chelsea FC in the summer transfer and sent Wojciech Szczesny on loan to Roma to fine tune his potentials.
Arsenal began the new season with Arsene Wenger‘s first win over Jose Mourinho in the 14th attempt. The win gave Arsenal the community shield, bragging rights and something to build a new season on.
Their next 10 games was a series of bipolar results and performances though. How else do you describe losing to Olympiakos at home in the champions league three days after winning 2-5 away to a Leicester City team in title challenging form ? Five wins, four losses and a draw by the end of September did not reflect the enthusiasm from early August.

Arsenal defeated Bayern Munich in a six-game stretch that they recorded only one loss against Sheffield Wednesday. Forgivable though, given the injuries to key players and forced substitutions. Also worthy of note was the acceleration-induced evisceration of Manchester United in a game that showed what, at full strength, this Arsenal team was capable of achieving and that saw Alexis Sanchez doing his best Aguero impression.
Around this time, Hector Bellerin had gone from fringe player to a regular with consistent performances. By the end of October they were a mere four goals off the top of the premier league standings and despite the ever present injury worries were playing elegantly.

November wasn‘t so kind. Their trip to Bavaria was a lesson in absolute superiority as Bayern Munich ensured qualification to the next round in true Hollywood style and left Arsenal needing two wins in their final group games to make it to the knockout stages.
They‘ve gotten the first of these two wins against Dinamo Zagreb and even though their annual injury crisis (Cazorla is out till match) is taking it‘s toll coupled with a forgettable November score card (two draws and a loss), the fans can very be optimistic that Ozil‘s imperious form and Aaron Ramsey‘s return can see them through to the opening of the winter transfer market and that Arsene Wenger brings in players of better quality that Kim Kallstrom.

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“There are problems in that defensive area for Arsenal. They were second best. You have to look at what is in front of the goalkeeper. It is embarrassing and it is something we are seeing time and time again.” said former Arsenal defender Martin Keown in analysis of their new year loss to Southampton.
Szczesny‘s silly mistakes were to blame for both goals and to top off a forgettable new year Arsene Wenger was confronted by a fan who wanted to state the obvious.

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The winter window saw the arrival of Gabriel Paulista from Villareal to provide depth and competition to the ever present Mertesacker and Koscielny. Eight wins from the next ten games should have left the fan in regrets but one of the games they lost was a Champions league round of 16 game against AS Monaco at the Emirates stadium. Olivier Giroud played like his life depended on how many clear-cut chances he could miss within a 90-minute duration but by the 60th minute when he was subbed off he already racked up two seasons worth of misses.
Arsenal from then on lost just once and drew thrice in a sixteen game run that went through to the FA cup final against Aston Villa.

The twelve wins in this run mentioned above included a 2-0 win at the Stade Louis II in the second leg of the tie against Monaco which continued a recent trend of Arsenal leaving the UEFA champions league on away goals rule after a disappointing first leg.
The tears of an early exit from the Champions League were turned to cheers after a near-perfect thumping of Tim Sherwood‘s Aston Villa at Wembley to confirm Arsenal‘s record 12th FA cup title.
With the FA cup and a third place finish in the league (entailing automatic qualification for next season‘s Champions League) it wasn‘t quite what the doctor ordered but the paramedics did their bit for the considerate Arsenal fans who stuck around for nine years without a piece of silverware to reward them.

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Arsene Wenger only saw it fit to bring in Petr Cech from London rivals, Chelsea FC in the summer transfer and sent Wojciech Szczesny on loan to Roma to fine tune his potentials.
Arsenal began the new season with Arsene Wenger‘s first win over Jose Mourinho in the 14th attempt. The win gave Arsenal the community shield, bragging rights and something to build a new season on.
Their next 10 games was a series of bipolar results and performances though. How else do you describe losing to Olympiakos at home in the champions league three days after winning 2-5 away to a Leicester City team in title challenging form ? Five wins, four losses and a draw by the end of September did not reflect the enthusiasm from early August.

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Arsenal defeated Bayern Munich in a six-game stretch that they recorded only one loss against Sheffield Wednesday. Forgivable though, given the injuries to key players and forced substitutions. Also worthy of note was the acceleration-induced evisceration of Manchester United in a game that showed what, at full strength, this Arsenal team was capable of achieving and that saw Alexis Sanchez doing his best Aguero impression.
Around this time, Hector Bellerin had gone from fringe player to a regular with consistent performances. By the end of October they were a mere four goals off the top of the premier league standings and despite the ever present injury worries were playing elegantly.

November wasn‘t so kind. Their trip to Bavaria was a lesson in absolute superiority as Bayern Munich ensured qualification to the next round in true Hollywood style and left Arsenal needing two wins in their final group games to make it to the knockout stages.
They‘ve gotten the first of these two wins against Dinamo Zagreb and even though their annual injury crisis (Cazorla is out till match) is taking it‘s toll coupled with a forgettable November score card (two draws and a loss), the fans can very be optimistic that Ozil‘s imperious form and Aaron Ramsey‘s return can see them through to the opening of the winter transfer market and that Arsene Wenger brings in players of better quality that Kim Kallstrom.


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