Villa’s heavy loss under Gunners’ rapid fire

The FA Cup final at Wembley was won convincingly for the 12th time yesterday by an Arsenal side at their scintillating best. Despite only recently returning from injury, Theo Walcott has been in great form in his past few appearances for the Gunners giving Arsene Wenger added difficulties in choosing his side. His decision to…

FA semi-finals: Broken dreams and butterfingers

The FA Cup semi-finals took place over the weekend. Yesterday, Aston Villa took on Liverpool at Wembley for a place in the final. Villa have had a dramatic resurgence since Tim Sherwood took over as Head Coach, and had their sites set on fighting for the Cup. However, with Steven Gerrard leaving for LA Galaxy…

Di Maria – he’s no Angel!

Last night, Manchester United suffered the humiliation of being knocked out of the FA Cup at home. Arsenal, who have not had much success at Old Trafford of late, were first on the score sheet with a shot from Nacho Monreal, but United’s Wayne Rooney equalised soon after with a decisive counter attack. Danny Welbeck…

Biting criticism over Villa pitch invasion

In a match marred by pitch invasions, vandalism and threatening behaviour from fans, Aston Villa defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-0 to go through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The goals scored by Villa captain Fabian Delph and Scott Sinclair, saw Villa beat their local rivals for the second time in a week having…

You’ll never guess who I bumped into on holiday!

I’ve just been to Paphos in Cyprus for a week of half-term fun and sunshine. Relaxing by the hotel pool one day I was disturbed from my book by some high jinxs and horseplay not far from where I was lounging. When I looked, I recognised some very familiar faces. What are the chances of…

Arsenal Gunning for the Cup

After a day of shock exits, Arsenal showed their intention to retain the FA cup title by beating Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium yesterday. Theo Walcott kicked off the scoring after only 89 seconds, and then Mezut Ozil scored a second, in his first start since being sidelined by an ankle injury…

‘You’re an Embarrassment!’

The day after Manchester United were forced to a reply by Cambridge United, Chelsea hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in their match against Bradford City at Stamford Bridge. It looked like the game was over at half-time after Cahill and Ramires put Chelsea 2 goals ahead, but League One Bradford fought back…

A United Stand

Pressure is mounting on Louis van Gaal, as Manchester United were held to a nil-nil draw by the lowest ranking team left in the FA Cup competition, Cambridge United. Despite thwarted attempts on goal by Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, Man United failed to make any impact in the game at the Abbey Stadium….

ADDDDDDRRRRRRIIIIAAAAAANNNNNN!!!!!!

After a gut-wrenching, white-knuckle, edge-of -your-seat re-match, West Ham United beat Everton to go through to the 4th round of the FA Cup. For all the neutrals out there, it made for thrilling viewing – a perfect example of two teams throwing everything they had at the game, throughout the full 90 minutes, into extra…

This is Sparta!

What is it that makes the FA Cup so special? Maybe it’s seeing players who have to juggle jobs and families with the sport they love rubbing shoulders with the pros; or getting the chance to see the clubs, the grounds and fans normally sidelined by the bigger sides; and of course, there’s nothing like…