David Ospina Proves His Worth After Multiple Saves Against Argentina

It wasn’t clear if David Ospina was trying to put himself in the shop window or show Arsene Wenger that he can fight for his place ahead of Petr Cech, he was going about it in the right way. 

The Arsenal goalkeeper had a wonderful game, the highlight of which was a magnificent double save from Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi midway through the first half.

Manchester City striker Aguero fired a low shot at goal from close range and Ospina blocked it, sending the ball spinning into the middle of the box. There was Argentina’s captain, Messi, who seemed destined to find the net with a header. But somehow Ospina made up the ground, scrambling across the turf to reach up and tip the Barcelona star’s effort away.
David Ospina followed up a save from Sergio Aguero by blocking this header from Lionel Messi
Ospina came out on top as here as well as Aguero tried to make the breakthrough
He was quick off his line to deny Javier Pastore too, after Messi had threaded the Paris Saint-Germain star through, and raced to the edge of his box to beat Angel di Maria to another splendid Messi pass.

And with 10 minutes to go he made another sublime stop, somehow edging Nicolas Otamendi’s snap-shot volley on to the far post and eventually to safety.

‘Oooooooospina!’ screamed the Colombian fans at each of his goal-kicks and perhaps he will be hearing the same noise next season, just not at the Emirates.

Source: Dailymail

Arsenal Launch New Home Kit For 2015/2016 Season

Arsenal have unveiled their new home kit for next season  (2015/2016). The kit was launched today and featured stars like Cazorla,  Rosicky and Welbeck. 
Do you prefer it to the previous one?

The Gunners Celebrate! Check Out More Photos From The FA Cup Triumph

Arsene Wenger’s big selection gamble for the FA Cup Final was naming Theo Walcott ahead of Olivier Giroud. When his chosen man thumped home the first goal of the day, Wenger might have suspected this would prove to be his day. The Frenchman became the first manager of the modern era to win six FA cups on an occasion where everything went right for the Gunners.
There tends to be a bit of cynicism regarding Theo Walcott among the Arsenal fans. There are whispered accusations that his performances tend to improve when the time comes for contract negotiations; that he is a player whose salary and reputation far exceed his technical ability.

However, this time there is something undeniably romantic about Walcott’s story. After he was ruled out of last year’s final by a cruciate ligament injury, his surprise selection for this final marked a remarkable rehabilitation for the England international. A few weeks ago he could barely get a kick for the Gunners; now he was being picked for the season’s showpiece finale. The magic may be fading from this cup competition, but there was more than a hit of the fairy tale about Walcott’s inclusion.

It seemed only fitting that he should repay that faith by opening the scoring. When Nacho Monreal’s cross was nodded across goal by Alexis Sanchez, Walcott arrived with impeccable timing to meet the bouncing ball with a left-footed volley that crashed inside Shay Given’s near post. Having finally made a convincing case to start as a centre-forward, there was a certain irony about the fact Walcott’s goal came in a period where he had rotated out to the wing.
Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud added the gloss to the scoreline, but the real stars were arguably the midfielders who granted Arsenal control of the game. Francis Coquelin snapped at the heels of Villa’s attackers, while Santi Cazorla glided expertly between dazed opposition. Aaron Ramsey’s energy levels seemingly allowed him to cover several positions at once, while Mesut Ozil produced a performance suitable for the venue and occasion. 

Much like Alexis, he delivered on the big stage, dazzling both sets of supporters with an array of impudent flicks and some perfectly weighted passes. 
Arsenal fans will now hope their team can push on from here to challenge for the two major trophies that elude them: the Premier League and the Champions League. Based on the way they handled this final, this is a squad with the requisite mental fortitude to be credible title challengers.

3 Amazing Facts You Need To Know About Arsenal Target Lacazette

With news that Arsene Wenger could be lining up an exciting move to bring Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal this summer, here’s a look at five facts Gunners fans should know about this top talent who could be making his way to the Emirates Stadium…

 1) Amazing Stats 

Alexandre Lacazette Lyon Forget Harry Kane – this guy is a real goalscoring prodigy! Alexandre Lacazette has a superb record of 30 goals in 30 games in all competitions this season, plus six assists for his team-mates.

Statistically, he is ranked on WhoScored.com as the 10th best player in Europe this term, and only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have scored more league goals than the Frenchman, who has 26 in total in Ligue 1.

2) He’s Been A Prodigy For Some Time 

Alexandre Lacazette Lyon Still only 23, Lacazette is already a fairly experienced player, having made his first-team debut as a teen prodigy all the way back in the 2009/10 season. By 2011/12, the youngster was already a regular starter, making 43 appearances and scoring ten goals that year.

3) Compared with Thierry Henry 

Lyon’s president has made the inevitable comparison with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. Although Lacazette has some way to go before achieving the amazing things his fellow countryman did in the game, he looks to have that same raw talent and incredible finishing ability to complement his pace and all-round skill

Chelsea Vs Arsenal Preview: Key Match Statistics, History And Prediction

All attention will be at the Emirates this Sunday when Chelsea travel to face Arsenal in what will be the 13th occasion that managers Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho have met.

The previous 12 have seen either a Mourinho win or a draw with Wenger still yet to experience victory over the Portuguese manager.

Arsenal are on a run of eight successive wins in the Premier League, including victories over Manchester United and Liverpool, however Chelsea remain the true test of the current Gunners side. Something has to give.
The Genesis
The Wenger/Mourinho saga began 10 years ago in December 2004. Arsenal were the ‘Invincible’ Premier League champions and Mourinho – the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ in his first season of English football. Arsenal took the lead twice at the Emirates, with Chelsea equalising twice to scrape back a 2-2 draw.

The third meeting between the pair came at the Millennium Stadium in the Community Shield in August 2005. The Premier League winners faced the FA Cup winners as the dawn of the Didier Drogba Arsenal love affair began with the Ivorian hitting a brace in a 2-1 win for Mourinho’s men.
The following game two weeks later at Stamford Bridge celebrated Arsene Wenger’s 500th game in charge of Arsenal, but again Drogba ruined the party with a freak goal in a narrowly fought 1-0 win for Mourinho.
The Drogba Show
In December 2006, the pair met at Stamford Bridge in a tense 1-1 draw. Mainly remembered for Didier Drogba’s and Jens Lehmann’s penalty box antics and, later in the game, Michael Essien’s excellent swerving strike to rescue a point for Mourinho and extend the hold he had over Wenger to six games.
Two months later, the pair met at the Millennium Stadium for a second time in the League Cup final. Again, Didier Drogba came up trumps with another brace to lead the Blues to a second League Cup in three years.
When the pair met in March last year at Stamford Bridge it was Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal but one he’d rather forget. Chelsea won the game 6-0..

Finally, the most recent and 12th meeting between Wenger and Mourinho at Stamford Bridge last October. Chelsea won 2-0 in another game where the pair continued their fondness of each other in a touchline tussle.
It’s clear that there’s no love lost between the two managers. The 13th match-up between Wenger and Mourinho should entertain us, even if the football doesn’t.

Predictions Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

Meet The Arsenal Star Faster Than Walcott And Usain Bolt!

Arsenal youngster Hector Bellerin has already proved on several occasions this season he is more than a little bit quick off the line.

However, new data shows that the former Barcelona youth player is even faster than many thought with split times showing he is quicker over 40m than 100m world record holder Usain Bolt.

Back in the summer Bellerin dislodged Arsenal ace Theo Walcott as the club’s internal 40m dash record holder when he beat his record of 4.42s by 1/100th of a second.

Walcott had already overtaken north London legend Theirry Henry to earn that title, and the former Southampton youngster was less than pleased to see his record go.

But, based on Bellerin’s results the Spanish defender would have been two metres ahead of Jamaican Bolt at the 40m mark when he landed the 100m record in 2009.

Bolt’s IAAF split time was only 4.64s when he ran a record of 9.58s at the World Championships in Berlin, meaning he would be lagging behind Bellerin. I

t’s safe to say that the Jamaican ace would have caught up with the 20-year-old over the full distance, but Bellerin’s pace will work as a constant reminder to opposing defenders.

Match Review: Liverpool Gunned Down To Shreds By Rampant Arsenal

A first-half blitz from Arsenal left Liverpool’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League in tatters as the Gunners ran riot to send themselves second in the Barclays Premier League in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at the Emirates Stadium.

Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez all scored brilliant goals before the break in a victory that moved the north London club above Manchester City, who play on Monday night, in the title race.

Jordan Henderson added a consolation from the penalty spot but Olivier Giroud clinched the win in stoppage time after Emre Can’s red card.

Raheem Sterling had been the centre of attention before kick-off after he turned down a new contract at Anfield but the 20-year-old was unable to make an impact on one of his potential suitors despite Liverpool having a series of chances before Arsenal opened the scoring.