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Match Report: Arsenal 2 – 3 Crystal Palace

Arsenal (0) 2 Crystal Palace (1) 3
Premier League
Emirates Stadium, Drayton Park, London N5 1BU
Sunday, 21st April 2019. Kick-off time:
(4-2-3-1) Leno; Mustafi, Koscielny, Mavropanos, Jenkinson; Guendouzi, Elneny; Kolašinac, Özil, Lacazette; Aubameyang.
Substitutes: Čech, Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Monreal, Nketiah.
Scorers: Özil, Aubameyang
Yellow Card: Mustafi, Mavropanos, Guendouzi, Özil
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Attendance: 59,929
And so the topsy-turvy world of Arsenal, 2019 model, continues in earnest. How can it be? On paper it all seemed so easy, a formality, some would say. Unfortunately nobody told Crystal Palace the script here at The Emirates this afternoon, as one would think that their performance would be the team that was knocking on the door of a Champions League place, not Arsenal.
As soon as the team-sheet was announced we should have smelt a rat. Of course, Mr. Emery needs to rotate his squad, but truthfully, some of these players are born reserves, not rotated first-team footballers. The gaps and the issues were plain to see almost immediately from the kick-off. If anything, it seemed amazing that the visitors took as long as they did to take the lead, as sixteen minutes to break through this poor defence must have felt that it insulted their intelligence. Luka Milivojevic glided a simple ball into the Arsenal penalty ara, and with Shkodran Mustafi seemingly in a dream-like state, simply did not see Christian Benteke move in to score a relatively simple goal past Bernd Leno. To be fair, we did wake up and attempt to redress the balance during the rest of the first half, but all of our attempts on the Palace goal came to nothing. The closest we came to scoring during this period was when Sead Kolašinac’s cross found Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s arm; despite appeals, the referee completely refused to award the penalty to the home side.
Realising his earlier starting line-up error, Mr. Emery made a double substitution at half time, Alex Iwobi for Konstantinos Mavropanos and Ainsley Maitland-Niles for the hapless Carl Jenkinson, and just minutes after the restart, Mesut Özil redressed the balance with a sublime goal that saw him finish the move that he started. Mesut Özil passed to Alex Iwobi, who then slotted it to Alexandre Lacazette; looking up, he sent the ball back to Mesut Özil who equalised the scores with some aplomb. And then we fell apart again, with Wilfried Zaha scoring on the hour after leaving Shkodran Mustafi wondering where he came from. Sadly, less than eight minutes later, James McArthur deflected a Scott Dann header past Bernd Leno to make it three goals to one for the away team. Although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a superb individual goal thirteen minutes from time, Arsenal’s race was already run.
The final scoreline flattered Arsenal; the defence was nothing short of amateurish calamity throughout the match, and this less-than inspirational performance appeared to permeate throughout the side like a tropical disease. The tragedy of all this mayhem was that not only did Tottenham Hotspur lose yesterday, but Manchester United were defeated heavily earlier in the day before we even kicked a ball in anger, which meant that we lost the opportunity to spring to third position in the table. In fact, if Chelsea beat Burnley tomorrow, they will take third place position which, by rights, should have been ours tonight. If anything, the performance of some of our players this afternoon should send a clear message to Mr. Emery just who is good enough to wear the red-and-white shirt next year and who isn’t. The facts are blatantly obvious; nothing more than a victory at Molineux on Wednesday, and the King Power Stadium next Monday will do, otherwise there could be a real danger that we may not even finish in the coveted four Champions League places. It also needs to be said that whilst we realise more than ever that nothing is definite in football, our urgency to win the Europa League must also be nothing short of imperative right now. Remember everyone, keep the faith, get behind the team and the manager, as these early days are going to be crucial for our future success in all competitions. Stick with the winners. Victoria Concordia Crescit.


Too Dearly Loved To Be Forgotten: Arsenal v Racing Club de Paris 1930-1962 by Steve Ingless (Rangemore Publications, ISBN 978-1-5272-0135-4) is now available on Amazon.


2 charity events set to take place prior to tomorrows Arsenal v Crystal Palace clash

Tomorrow  Arsenal face Crystal Palace in another key clash in the race for a top 4 finish.

More important than the game though are the charity evens going on around the ground today.

Firstly we have fans of Arsenal and Crystal Palace coming together to walk to raise awareness of mental health and male suicide.

The walk will begin at Selhurst Park at 9:30am and finishing at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in North London.  The fans will cover a distance of around 12 miles which will take about 4 to 4.5 hours (including stops).

Proposed stops and details of the route are shown below;

Time/ETA Location Distance Durations Nearest Station
09:30 Selhurst Park Stadium – SE25 8QB N/A N/A Norwood Junction, Selhurst or Thornton Heath
10:50 to 11:00 Half Moon Pub, Herne Hill – SE24 9HU 4.3m/6.9km ~1:30 hrs Herne Hill
Break ~20 mins
12:30 to 12:40 Prince William Henry Pub, Blackfriars – SE1 8NL 4.0m/6.4km ~1:20 hrs Blackfriars, Southwark Tube
Break ~20 mins
13:35 to 13:45 Wetherspoons (Angel) – N1 9LQ 2.0m/3.2km 45 mins Angel Tube
Not a Break Final pick-up / meeting point
14:05 to 14:15 Piebury Corner –N7 8DL 1.3m/2.0km 30 mins Drayton Park or Holloway Road Tube
15:15 Emirates Stadium – N7 7AJ Finish and photos

The event itself is not about raising money and is all about raising awareness. It is aimed at sending out a message to encourage people to open up, to talk and to understand that they are not alone.

Secondly we have Arsenal in the Community partnering Islington Foodbank.

At the fixture against Crystal Palace there will be two donation collection points – one at podium level outside the Arsenal Museum and the other outside the Community Hub.

Fans are being encouraged to bring tinned food and non-perishable goods to the game which will then be made available to those that need it in the local community via the foodbank.

It is fantastic that Arsenal in the Community have decided to partner Islington Foodbank, continuing their long term pledge to help charities and residents of the local area.

We hope fans of Arsenal and Crystal Palacesupport both brilliant causes.


Match Report: Napoli 0 – 1 Arsenal

Napoli (0) 0 Arsenal (1) 1
UEFA Europa League, Quarter Final, Second Leg
Stadio San Paolo, Piazza Giorgio Ascarelli, 80125 Napoli NA, Italy
Thursday, 18th April 2019. Kick-off time: 8.00pm
(4-2-3-1) Čech; Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles; Torreira, Xhaka; Kolašinac, Ramsey, Lacazette; Aubameyang.
Substitutes: Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Özil, Iwobi, Leno, Mustafi, Guendouzi.
Scorers: Lacazette
Yellow Card: Čech
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (Romania)
Attendance: circa 50,000
Cometh the moment, cometh the man. A world-class goal by Alexandre Lacazette from 25-yards after just thirty-six minutes propelled us into the semi-final of this competition, with the first leg being against the Spanish side Valencia (Mr. Emery’s old club) at The Emirates on Thursday 2nd May. Nikola Maksimovic carelessly scythed down Alexandre Lacazette outside the Napoli box for a direct free-kick to the away side; as soon as the ball left the Arsenal striker’s foot, it became patently obvious that there was only to be one victor tonight here at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples. The only unfortunate moment of the evening was the sad sight of Aaron Ramsey limping off with a suspected hamstring injury just before Alexandre Lacazette’s goal.
There is always talk in the media about “game management”; a term that is often used rather glibly, but tonight, Mr. Emery’s team gave a masterclass in the subject. If qualifications were given out for it, then surely most players in the Arsenal team would qualify for an honours degree in the subject against, what has to be said, a very disappointing and lacklustre Napoli side.
Right from the onset of the match, Arsenal assumed control. Aaron Ramsey claimed a penalty within the first ten minutes, which was denied by the Romanian referee almost immediately after the event. We simply grabbed the match by the scruff of the neck, brought it to heel and showed through hard work and action that we had a steely determination not only to win, but not to allow Napoli any space and time to score. Although it has to be said that the home side did indeed have their chances, but all were half-hearted and criminally squandered.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan looked as if he was playing with a newly found enthusiasm, which was refreshing to see, especially as his last few performances have been questionable to say the least. He was causing Napoli problems and may have even scored himself, but for the agility of the Napoli goalkeeper, Alex Meret, who also pulled off a fine save from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang late in the second half which should have seen Arsenal finish the match beyond the reach of the home side. Arsenal simply did everything right tonight in this vocal cauldron of Italian football. They played without fear, concern and were aware of the whereabouts of their team-mates were to receive passes and move within the framework of the system. 
Mr. Emery had obviously done sterling work with them during the past week in order to ensure no mistakes would be made tonight, and his and the backroom staff’s endeavours should be roundly applauded for this result. Maybe the hard work is done in the Premiership week after week when Arsenal face some top-class opponents and perhaps it could be that Serie A and their equivalent leagues across Europe are simply not up to the standard of the Premiership? It surely is no accident that for the first time in 35 years that four English clubs are in the last four of the two European club competitions next month either. But as far as the Europa League is concerned, a competition that Mr. Emery has won three times previously, we must surely look at the other teams in the competition and feel that this year could be our year to win silverware at this level of European football, as well as finishing in the top four in the Premiership also.
To summarise, full marks for a much-maligned Arsenal side, who not only brought a smile to us tonight, but more importantly gave themselves the impetus to have the chance for glory in this, Mr. Emery’s first season in the hot seat. Sadly, in his post-match interview, he was unable to state whether Aaron Ramsey had played his last match for us or not; just how good would that be if his last match for us could be the final of this competition in Baku on Wednesday 29th May.Dare we dream? Hell, yes. Remember everyone, keep the faith, get behind the team and the manager, as these early days are going to be crucial for our future success in all competitions. Stick with the winners. Victoria Concordia Crescit.

Too Dearly Loved To Be Forgotten: Arsenal v Racing Club de Paris 1930-1962 by Steve Ingless (Rangemore Publications, ISBN 978-1-5272-0135-4) is now available on Amazon.