It's important for men of a certain age to get their rest, and now Steven Gerrard can spend his 35th birthday relaxing with the missus and the kids. He can even take them to Wembley and have a perfectly nice afternoon where nobody will care if he moves a little too slowly. There will be no anxiety about slipping on the grass or having to exhort his teammates with one of his Churchillian "We go again" orations. And best of all, he won't have to worry about his birthday being ruined by Arsenal....
Arsenal's victory over Reading at the weekend was expected but not easy. It means the Gunners have a chance to win a record 12th FA Cup when they meet Aston Villa on May 30th.
The 2-1 win over Reading has thrown up some interesting talking points though, three of which I'll cover here.
1. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil find the right wavelength
A few weeks ago Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker spoke of "automatisms" -- referring to players whose on-pitch relationships are such they they're automatically...
In Arsenal's FA Cup semifinal against Reading, Danny Welbeck was given a rare opportunity to play as a central striker. It was just reward for his winner at his former club Manchester United in the previous round and, against Championship opposition, ought to have been a chance for him to shine.
Instead, Welbeck was a peripheral figure before being withdrawn after 72 minutes and, ss soon as his replacement Olivier Giroud entered the play, Arsenal were a team transformed. At present, the Gunners can't...
Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.
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The Premier League Golden Boot is up for grabs and both Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero adding to their tally today to lead the top-scorers table at 20 goals each.
Who will win the Golden Boot?
Arsenal were expected to advance vs. Reading in the FA Cup semifinals. They did, 2-1. Liverpool were also a favourite, but things ended badly...
Thanks to a brace from Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal eventually overcame a spirited Reading side to ensure a return to the FA Cup final.
Just like at this stage of the competition last season, Arsene Wenger's men failed to get the job done against Championship opposition in normal time. A brilliant pass from Mesut Ozil enabled Alexis to give Arsenal a first-half lead but Garath McCleary's deflected strike allowed the Royals to force an extra 30 minutes.
Once again, Alexis proved the difference. He cut...
LONDON -- Three observations from Arsenal vs. Reading in the FA Cup semifinal at Wembley Stadium.
1. Arsenal squeeze through
This was Arsenal's third FA Cup game at Wembley in the space of a year -- two semifinals and a final. Each has been against poor opposition and has produced a nervous performance. Each has gone to extra-time, yet each has finished happily. Arsenal never make things easy for themselves.
At this stage last season, they needed penalties to progress past Wigan, a Championship...