Arsenal 2 – 1 Cardiff: Fourth is back on as Chelsea fumble again

Gameweek 24 concluded with us miraculously taking fourth place ahead of Chelsea on goals scored. Our 2-1 victory against Cardiff at the Emirates, coupled with Chelsea’s 4-0 hammering at the hands of Bournemouth was enough. In what turned out to be a topsy-turvy week, Spurs were the only other top six side to grab three points underlining the ultra-competitiveness of this year’s Premier League. With not much between us, Man Utd and Chelsea in terms of quality, it appears that fourth will go to the team who wants it the most.

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Arsenal 1 – 3 Manchester Utd: Solskjaer uses the old playbook to outwit Emery

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued the Manchester United revival with a clinical 3-1 victory at the Emirates. Goals from Lingard, Sanchez and Martial were enough to secure their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup. As a fan who loves this competition, this defeat and the manner in which it was inflicted hurt. 

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Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea: It’s always best to do your talking on the pitch

What a game and what a win. The pressure was on and Emery and the boys delivered. Defeat would have left us nine points behind Chelsea and with Sven Mislintat departing his role as Head of Recruitment, the inevitable complaints about the structure of the club and calls for signings would have been deafening. Yes we need changes, but we need to be patient. Importantly, this game highlighted that the difference between Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United is tiny. The team who wants it the most and makes the least mistakes will get fourth.

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West Ham 1 – 0 Arsenal: Fourth is starting to look like mission impossible

Our 3-1 victory against the Hammers in August flattered us so I knew this was going to be a tough game. However, I didn’t think we would lose. West Ham were by far the better team and fully deserved the three points. Felipe Anderson was a menace, Samir Nasri rolled back the clock and man of the match Declan Rice won the battle of the teenagers against Guendouzi in centre midfield. Anything can happen in football, but fourth place is starting to look like mission impossible. 

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Blackpool 0 – 3 Arsenal: As the transfer merry-go-round enters full swing the Arsenal academy graduates continue to impress

Unai Emery made a great start to his F.A cup career with a dominant 3-0 victory against Blackpool at Bloomfield road. The manager has big shoes to fill when it comes to this competition. Arsene Wenger is the cup’s most successful manager with seven wins and held an impressive record against lower league opposition. The decline of our competiveness in the league, has shrouded the magic of the F.A cup in recent years. However, it remains entwined with Arsenal’s history and the memories of fans, so for Emery to become a legend, he’ll need success in this competition.

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Arsenal 4 – 1 Fulham: A flattering score line, but a great start to the New Year

From a football perspective, I was glad to see the back of 2018. The smidgen of optimism I had built up due to England’s World Cup run and our 22-match unbeaten streak was pulverised by our 5-1 loss at Anfield.  So even though the 4-1 score line flattered us, it felt awesome to start the New Year with a win and a goal haul. 

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