Arsenal beat Newcastle, Chelsea beat Everton, Ferguson ends career with 10-goal thriller; EPL final weekend review

Victor Anichebe challenges Oscar in Chelsea's 2-1 win over Everton

Victor Anichebe challenges Oscar in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Everton

The 2012/2013 English Premier League has come to a close, with the final day of football proving as dramatic as it was exciting.  Although Arsenal held on to take fourth place and a spot in the Champions League, The Gunners had a nervy finish in their match against Fulham after Tottenham beat Sunderland 1-0.  Chelsea held on to third place in their 2-1 win over Everton, while Queens Park Rangers ended the season with a 1-0 loss to Liverpool.  Elsewhere, Norwich beat Manchester City, Southampton drew 1-1 with Stoke City, Fulham beat Swansea 3-0, West Ham United took the three points against Reading, Wigan’s matcg against Aston Villa ended level, and Sir Alex Ferguson singed off at Manchester United with a thrilling 5-5 draw at West Brom.

West Brom looked like they were doomed from the start at The Hawthorns, and The Baggies were down by the third minute cortesy of Shinji Kagawa’s header.  Jonas Olsson directed the ball into his own net, before Alexander Buttner’s low shot gave United a 3-0 lead.  James Morrison pulled one back for West Brom five minutes before the half, and Romelu Lukaku’s low effort from the edge of the box made it 2-3.  Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez made the score 5-2 in United’s favor, but two late goals by Lukaku and Youssuf Mulumbu from low crosses made it 5-4, before Lukaku earned his hat-trick by shuffling the ball into the back of the net.

Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny’s volley from point-blank range gave Arsenal a 1-0 win over Newcastle, and while Theo Walcott cold have relieved the late nerves in the last minute, his chip from six-yards hit the post.  Anyhow, Arsenal still took fourth place.

Tottenham missed multiple chances in their 1-0 win over ten-man Sunderland, and it took a eighty-ninth minute stunning thirty-five yard curler from Gareth Bale too give Tottenham the win.  Spurs should have taken the lead much earlier though, but they didn’t, even though Scott Parker had his shot blocked on the line and Aaron Lennon hit the post in a goalmouth scramble in the sixty-first minute. Continue reading

MOTD- Arsenal 4-1 Wigan Athletic

Wigan players moan after going down at the Emirates

Wigan players moan after going down at the Emirates

Wigan Athletic continue their big week as they are relegated from the Premier League with a 4-1 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates stadium.  Only three days after The Lactics won their first FA Cup, the side has been relegated to the Championship for the first time since 2005.  The result is also massively important for Arsenal, and the win takes them above Tottenham Hotspur into fourth place, setting the stage for a dramatic final weekend of Premier League football for the season.

A strong start to the match lead to Arsenal almost taking the lead in the sixth minute, but Santi Cazorla headed Theo Walcott’s cross from the right inches wide of the near post.  Arsenal’s strong start continued, with the Gunners playing at an exhilarating tempo.  Arsene Wenger’s side look sure to score, and Lukas Podolski finally gave them the lead in the tenth minute off a corner.  Cazorla chipped the ball into the box, a strange method for a cross, and it bounced right across the box before meeting the unmarked head of Podolski, who headed it past the Wigan defenders guarding the line into the back of the net from six yards out. Continue reading

MOTD preview- Arsenal v Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic are set to travel to The Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in a highly important match for both sides. Wigan currently sit in eighteenth place in the Premier League, and need at least a draw to maintain their hopes of staying up. Arsenal on the other hand sit at the other end of the table in fifth place, and will be looking to go above Tottenham Hotspur into fourth place with a win, heavily increasing their chances of a top-four finish. Both sides know they desperately need the win, although it is perhaps more important to Wigan, who are on the brink of being relegated. The two sides will also be confident about gaining the three points, as they have both been on excellent form. Arsenal have been unbeaten in their last nine matches in all competitions, winning seven out of those nine matches and drawing twice. Wigan have only lost twice in their last eleven matches, and come off the back of a stunning 1-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final to win the FA Cup for the first time.

Although Arsenal have recently had the upper hand in this fixture, winning four of the previous six meetings, Wigan will be looking to pull if an upset as they did the last time they faced Arsenal at the Emirates when the beat The Gunners 2-1. But whether The Lactics can pull off the upset of not, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review right here on Football Every Day!

Arsene Wenger silences PSG rumors

Wenger has squashed rumors of a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer

Wenger has squashed rumors of a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has rubbished rumors that he would move to French club Paris Saint-Germain over the summer.  PSG’s Qatari owners were reported to be confident that they could prise the Frenchman away from Arsenal and the club reportedly offered a £30 million three-year contract to the manager in January, but Wenger has delayed any confirmation of talks with the Parc des Princes club. Continue reading

MOTD- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United

Manchester United hold Arsenal off to a draw at the Emirates

Manchester United hold Arsenal off to a draw at the Emirates

Robin van Persie has broken Arsenal hearts on his first return to the Emirates, after converting from the penalty spot to give United a draw in their Premier League match against Arsenal.  Van Persie, who walked into the home changing room instead of the away as a joke, had the worst possible start to the match, as Arsenal were up within two minutes.  The Dutchman gave away the ball the ball around the halfway line, and Arsenal worked the ball up to Tomas Rosicky.  Rosicky thread a through ball in behind the United defense to Theo Walcott down the right, who was a yard-and-a-half offside.  But no call was given, and Walcott took the ball up to United goalkeeper David De Gea, before powering a shoot across goal which De Gead couldn’t tip wide, allowing the ball to sneak into the bottom corner.  After taking the lead so early Arsenal started to dominate, and Santi Cazorla hit a screaming left-footer from twenty-five yards out in the seventh minute.  De Gea dealt with it well, clawing the shot over the bar. Continue reading

Giroud facing three-match ban

Giroud will miss Arsenal's match against Manchester United on Sunday

Giroud will miss Arsenal’s match against Manchester United on Sunday

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud will face a three match ban following his claim for wrongful dismissal rejected, by the FA over his sending off against Fulham over the weekend.  The Frenchman was sent off by referee Andre Marriner in the final minute of Arsenal’s Premier League match against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, for jumping into a challenge with Stanislav Manolev.  The Gunner’s decided to appeal against the ban, but following an hearing today the appeal has been rejected, meaning Giroud will miss three of Arsenal’s last four Premier League matches.  Continue reading

MOTD- Arsenal 3-1 Norwich City

All eyes will be on assistant referee Richard West after Arsenal scored three late goals to earn an important win over Norwich City, following West’s strange decision to award Arsenal a penalty in the eighty-sixth minute. The match started slowly, with Arsenal enjoying much of the possession, and the first chance of the match came in the twentieth minute when the returning Jack Wilshere’s lovely flick from the edge of the Norwich box put Aaron Ramsey in on goal. But Ramsey the ball was just to far ahead of Ramsey, allowing Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn to collect. Seconds later the Gunners almost took the lead, with Bacary Sagna’s cross from the right finding Olivier Giroud in the center of the box, and the Frenchman’s looping header hit the top of the crossbar before bouncing out.

Norwich started to get themselves back into the game, but couldn’t create any chances, and Arsenal shortly returned to dominance. Santi Cazorla hit a thumping shot twenty-five yards out from goal in the thirty ninth minute that Bunn did well to save, and Steven Whittaker just managed to tip Olivier Giroud’s bullet header at the back post from Cazorla’s corner wide five minutes later. But the Gunners could not score, and after two minutes of added time referee Mike Jones the halftime whistle.

Podolski coolly finishes Arsenal's third goal of the night

Podolski coolly finishes Arsenal’s third goal of the night

Norwich looked a much better side in the second half, although it took some last ditch defending from Michael Turner to tackle the returning Wilshere’s shot wide following a mad scramble in the six yard box. Turner did his job in the attacking half of the field to, and ten minutes into the half he scored the first goal of the half when Robert Snodgrass’s free-kick from the right found Turner wide open in the center of the box, and the Englishman Continue reading