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Wenger On Ozil, Pogba and Diaby

ozil-arsenal2Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has re-opened his war of words with the German Football Federation after declaring Mesut Ozil returned from the World Cup injured.

The Gunners’ record-signing is currently sidelined with a knee injury, which will keep him out until the New Year.

Ozil tore knee ligaments in the 2-0 loss to Chelsea at the start of October, where he completed the 90 minutes.

He then reported for international duty and upon linking up with Die Mannschaft, he underwent a precautionary scan.

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mikel-artetaMikel Arteta feels Arsenal‘s next two games – against Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund – could define their season.

Having endured a difficult start to the new season, the Gunners currently sit sixth in the Premier League table, 12 points adrift of Chelsea.

Arsenal have had their team spirit and confidence questioned during that run of form, but captain Arteta feels upcoming big games could change the mood around the club.

“We have two games against Manchester United and Dortmund at home and if we get the crowd with us from the start and get the results then it will be a very different story again,” the Spaniard told Arsenal’s official website.

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Wenger blasts Arsenal’s mentality

Arsène_Wenger_statueArsene Wenger slammed his players’ weak mentality after Arsenal threw away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Anderlecht in the Champions League.

The Gunners led 2-0 at half-time thanks to Mikel Arteta’s penalty and Alexis Sanchez’s stunning volley before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked to have sealed the win with a third before the hour.

There was late drama, however, as Anthony Vanden Borre scored twice – the second another spot-kick – and Aleksandar Mitrovic headed in a 90th-minute equaliser to snatch a dramatic point for the Belgians.

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Anderlecht Stun Mentally Weak Arsenal

champions-league-logoArsenal‘s last home Champions League encounter proved to be something of a false dawn. The 4-1 victory over Galatasaray brought to an end a 3-game winless streak at the Emirates, only for them to falter when they hosted Hull City 17 days later. Last gasp goals from Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski in the 2-1 win at Anderlecht last time out in Europe proved to be the catalyst for a 3-game winning run and it looked as though they would make it 4 wins from their last 4 when the Purple & White came to the Emirates, only to be denied late on.

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Theo To Get A New Contract?

Theo WalcottArsenal have opened talks with Theo Walcott over a second new contract in two years.
Walcott made his first Arsenal appearance in 10 months following a serious knee injury, coming on as a late substitute in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Burnley.

The England forward would enter the final year of his contract at the end of the season, a scenario Arsenal are keen to avoid, and they have held initial discussions regarding an extension.

Manager Arsene Wenger wants to pre-empt any uncertainty over Walcott’s future by signing him to a longer deal.

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Wenger Happy With ‘Dangerous’ Sanchez

sanchez-afcArsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed “dangerous” Alexis Sanchez after the Chile forward scored twice to help beat Burnley 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

Sanchez has impressed following a #30million move from Barcelona after the World Cup, and his industry was rewarded on 70 minutes with a powerful header, having earlier been denied by fine saves by busy keeper Tom Heaton as Burnley held off the Gunners’ onslaught with a a string of blocks by the dogged defence.

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Sanchez Stars In Another Arsenal Win

Theo WalcottOnce more it was down to Alexis Sanchez to save Arsenal. It’s a story that’s becoming an all to regular occurrence at the moment: when Arsenal are in a spot of bother, up pops the Chilean to rescue his team.

That’s what £30million gets you. A match winner – and Sanchez is that in every sense of the word.
He scored two more goals against Burnley on Saturday in a game that for so long looked like it could end in frustration for Arsene Wenger’s men.

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Wilshere adds to injury woes

Jack-Wilshere-FACupJack Wilshere has been added to Arsenal‘s lengthy injury list but Arsene Wenger is hoping to welcome back Olivier Giroud “miles ahead of schedule” in the coming weeks.

Wilshere is likely to miss Saturday’s Premier League clash with Burnley at the Emirates Stadium due to a knee problem and is also a doubt to face Anderlecht in midweek.

But France striker Giroud, who fractured his foot against Everton in late August, is on course to rejoin training next month despite having initially been ruled out until the New Year.

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Kieran Gibbs an injury doubt for Burnley

kieran-gibbsArsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said the club will find out on Friday whether Kieran Gibbs’ hip injury will keep him out of the weekend’s home meeting with bottom of the table Burnley.

Gibbs, 25, limped off in the second half of Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Sunderland last Saturday, with youngster Hector Bellerin coming on in his place.

Wenger is already with a number of key players, including right-back Mathieu Debuchy and centre-back Laurent Koscielny, through injury.

Speaking ahead of the Burnley game, he told the club’s official website:

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Alexis Sanchez League Form

From the 2009/10 season to the present campaign, we analyse Alexis’ league performances for both Barcelona and Arsenal.

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