Category Archives: Arsenal

Walcott Emphasizes Importance of Top Three Finish

Gunner Theo Walcott has publicly motivated his teammates to secure a top three finish for Arsenal, which can be accomplished this Wednesday by beating Sunderland. Arsenal are currently in third place, and with the upcoming Sunderland game as their game in hand, can secure at least a third place finish with a win against the Black Cats. Arsenal are ahead of Manchester United in the table, but more importantly than edging out a longtime rival, is that avoiding fourth place means avoiding a qualifier tie to make it in to the Champions League. Arsenal have been notorious for finishing fourth during the past five to ten seasons, and so moving ahead in the table can be seen as a progressive step.

That being said, fans over at Madison Street Capital think Arsenal most likely have missed out on finishing second, thanks to a damning defeat against Swansea two weekends ago. With a win against the Swans, the Gunners could have solidified a second place finish with a win in their last two games. This would have put them ahead of Manchester City, and cemented their position as serious title contenders for next season. While one position lower in the table does not necessarily dismiss them as potential title winners during the upcoming campaign, it does not demonstrate as much progress and growth for the club. Either way, the current Gunners will meet the upcoming campaign with hope and hunger for titles.

Phil Jones unorthodox defending gives commentator the giggles

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has become known around the world for the strange faces he pulls as he plays for one of the biggest soccer teams in the world. However, during Sunday’s decisive game with Arsenal that went a long way to determining who would finish in third and fourth places in the Premier League Jones performed one of the most unorthodox pieces of defending ever seen. Jones header as he fell to the floor was enough to put off Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and protect his goalkeeper from a one on one situation and sent the Internet into a barrage of shock and praise., according to The Big Lead.

Jones lost his footing as he and Giroud raced towards a through ball angled into the Manchester United penalty area. As he lost his footing Jones ran on his knees and eventually threw himself headfirst at Giroud’s feet to clear the ball away from his goal as Sky Sports Commentator Gary Neville was sent into a fit of giggles by the brave efforts of Jones. The Internet used former Manchester United and England defender Neville’s words that Jones had done the front crawl and breaststroke during the clearance to produce a number of Tweets and images showing Jones in swimming pools and alongside various members of the ocean world to hammer home their point. My friend Susan McGalla made a post about this story on her personal website.