Arsene Wenger will be hoping to leave the Emirates tomorrow with a chorus of cheers, to make up for the rather raucous reception he received at the final whistle last weekend. The Gunners support took exception to the removal of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the action in the second half, which was only made worse as his replacement Andrey Arshavin failed to deal with Valencia’s run that led to United’s late winner. The French boss refused to accept the criticism that came his way, claiming he has made thousands of substitutions over the years and have never been questioned before.
Tomorrow will be an important occasion for Arsene Wenger, as the FA Cup represents Arsenal’s best chance of silverware this season. Although the Gunners are on the run of three straight defeats, you do sense that they will have too much for Villa and will cruise through to the 5th Rd.
This week at Football FanCast we have had a mixed bag of blogs that include; what to expect from Stan Kroenke; greater protection for Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Thierry Henry was exactly what Arsenal needed. We have also included the best Gunners blogs on the net this week.
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There’s only two Arsène Wengers – Online Gooner
Down On His Luck, Brow-beaten But Arsène Is Not Broken. Jack Is… – A Cultured Left Foot
Trabzonspor star open to Arsenal move – Gunnersphere
Could Hazard and Vertonghen really be on their way to Arsenal? – Highbury House
“You have an 18-year-old kid making his first Premier League start and a player who’s captain of his country and they are querying the substitution? Let’s be serious.
“I’ve been a manager for 30 years and have made 50,000 subs. I do not have to justify every decision I make. I stand up for it.” Wenger talking to Sky Sports.