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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The EPL season is coming to a close :-(

A failed save by Arsenal's David Ospina on a Gomis header
caused Swansea to win 1-0 (Sky Sports)
It is already the middle of May, and there are 2 games to go in the English Premier League season, except an Arsenal-Sunderland midweek game next Wednesday. This has been my first season really being immersed in the EPL and soccer in general. The World Cup had piqued my interest last summer, and I can't believe the season is coming to an end!

My beloved Arsenal had a disappointing result against Swansea on "Monday Night Football", which of course translates to "Monday Afternoon Soccer" in American English. The Gunners fell 1-0 on a late Bafetimbi Gomis header for Swansea. Although disappointing, the goal-line technology clearly showed it was a goal before David Ospina saved it. Arsenal should go after a goalkeeper in the transfer market, perhaps Petr Cech or Real Madrid's Iker Casillas. Either would qualify as the top-line keeper Arsenal would need to win a title. Otherwise, the only other move I'd suggest is a defensive midfielder to give Francis Coquelin more time to develop.

It's squeaky bum time for Arsenal as they take on Manchester United this coming Sunday. Manchester City sits in second with 73 points, while Arsenal has 70 and Man U has 68. Arsenal does have the extra game coming up next week. Arsenal would need to win all 3 remaining games with a Man City draw in at least won to finish second. This squad needs to strengthen at two positions, as stated earlier, to challenge for the title next year.

So until I return for my last post, I am looking forward to Arsenal's probable FA Cup trophy.

Upcoming Soccer TV Picks (thanks to LiveSoccerTV, home team listed first):
Wed. 5-13-2015 (2:45p), Champions League Semi 2nd leg, Real Madrid vs. Juventus (Juve 2-1 agg.), Fox Sports 1
Thu. 5-14-2015 (3p), Europa League Semi 2nd leg, Dnipro vs. Napoli (1-1 agg.), Fox Soccer Plus
Sat. 5-16-2015 (10a), EPL relagation whiparound coverage: Sunderland vs. Leicester, Burnley vs. Stoke, Tottenham vs. Hull City, NBCSN
(12:30p), EPL, Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace, NBCSN
Sun. 5-17-2015 (8:30a), EPL, Swansea vs. Man City, NBCSN(11a), EPL Man Utd vs. Arsenal, NBCSN
(9:30p), Women's Friendly, USA vs. Mexico, Fox Sports 1

Wed. 5-20-2015 (2:45p), EPL, Arsenal vs. Sunderland, NBCSN

Sun. 5-24-2015 (10a), Final day of the Premier League season, All games on these channels: NBC, NBCSN , USA, CNBC, MSNBC, Bravo, Syfy, Esquire, E!, Oxygen
Mon. 5-25-2015 (10a), English Championship playoff final (winner to EPL), beIN Sports
Wed. 5-27-2015 (7p), Club Friendly, Toronto vs. Manchester City, ESPN2
(3p), Europa League Final from Warsaw, Poland, Fox Sports 1
Sat. 5-30-2015 (12:30p), FA Cup Final, Arsenal vs. Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium, FOX

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