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Wasteful Gunners In Front Of Goal

If ever an image illustrated the Gunners problem in front of goal this season it is this one. Alexis Sánchez has had 33 shots for eight goals, Danny Welbeck 31 for two, Santi Cazorla 30 for none, Aaron Ramsey 25 for two and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 20 for one. It’s the Welbeck figure that stands out: of Cazorla’s shots 19 have been from outside the box while 11 of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s have been. That perhaps explains their poor strike rate to an extent (although 16 of Sanchez’s have been from outside the box as well). Only six of Welbeck’s have been from outside the box, though.

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Wenger To Usmanov: Say It To My Face

Emirates_NightLike a pair of school children, Arsene Wenger and Arsenal minority owner Alisher Usmanov are talking trash via the media.

Usmanov, who owns 30% of the Gunners, is not one to let a crisis pass him by, and after Satirday’s dismal performance against Manchester United, Usmanov suggested that Wenger’s ‘restrictive principles’ are becoming problematic for the club and that the Gunners boss is making mistakes but not accepting them.

But ahead of his side’s Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night, Wenger aimed a jibe back at the Russian business tycoon.

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Soccer - Barclays Premier League - West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - The HawthornsArsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that he cannot put a timescale on when midfielder Jack Wilshere will return to action after suffering an ankle sprain.

Wilshere limped out of last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium, with the 22-year-old’s long history of ankle problems a cause of concern for Wenger.

“He has a big ankle sprain,” he confirmed. “I don’t want to talk about it because I’m not a specialist medically. The first news is we are told he will be out for the next few games. For how long, he will need to see a specialist.”

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Podolski Still Talking

lucas_podolskiLukas Podolski has repeated his frustrations at being kept on Arsenal‘s bench, heightening speculation he may leave in January’s transfer window.

“I like London, I like the club, but I don’t like the situation,” he told German magazine Kicker having again watched as a substitute as the Gunners lost 2-1 at home to Manchester United. “I’m not some clown who can sit out his contract in the stands.”

Podolski, who has an Arsenal contract until 2016, has said he will seek talks with coach Arsene Wenger before the January transfer window opens.

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Giroud Not Eligible For Dortmund Game

Giroud-ArsenalArsenal striker Olivier Giroud will sit out his side’s crucial Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night after the Gunners forward was left out of the original squad list.

Giroud was not expected to return from an ankle injury until January 2015 but the French forward has made a dramatic recovery.

Giroud came off the bench and scored late on in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at the Emirates on Saturday.

Arsenal need just one point to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages and they can then register Giroud for those matches.

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Wilshere To Miss Dortmund Game

Jack-Wilshere-FACupJack Wilshere’s ankle injury is not as bad as we first throught, but he will still miss Arsenal‘s Champions League showdown with Borussia Dortmund.

Wilshere suffered an ankle injury in the Gunners’ defeat to Manchester United but X-rays have shown there was no break but the England midfielder has got potential ligament damage.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Wilshere

“has very little chance” of facing Dortmund on Wednesday while Wojciech Szczesny’s hip injury is not serious but is also likely to force him out of the game.

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Wenger – I feel so sorry for the fans

Arsene-WengerArsène Wenger says he feels “so sorry for the fans” after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat against Manchester United on Saturday.

Kieran Gibbs’ own goal and Wayne Rooney’s strike gave Manchester United the lead before Olivier Giroud hit a late consolation on his return from injury.

Wenger saw his side dominate the match but struggle to find the finishing touch after creating several clear-cut chances.

“There was lots of energy,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “We produced a game of quality and energy and in the end we didn’t get the reward. Manchester United had two shots on target and we lost the game – that’s what it was.

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Wenger Frustrated By United Defeat

Arsène_Wenger_statueArsenal have endured their worst start to a campaign in 32 years and, as United entered the Champions League positions, Arsene Wenger saw his side slip to eighth and the Frenchman was left frustrated after seeing his side start the match so well.

“It’s a game that we dominated for 80 per cent of the time and we haven’t dominated a game like that against Manchester United for a long time,” he said.

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lucas_podolskiLukas Podolski has admitted that he wants to speak to Arsène Wenger about his future at the club. The 29-year-old said that while he is happy at the Emirates he is concerned at how little he is playing this season.

“I have to speak to Wenger because the situation at the moment is not good for me because I have to play, so we will see what happens,” Podolski said after Germany’s 1-0 victory over Spain on Tuesday night. “I am happy at Arsenal and happy in London but the only thing is I don’t play. I don’t get the chance to play. I play always ten to 15 minutes. I cannot be happy with this.”

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Ozil: Arsene Wenger Will Make Me A Better Player

ozil-arsenal2Arsenal and German star Mesut Ozil says that he has complete trust in manager Arsene Wenger making him a better player.

The Gunners’ club-record signing is currently recovering from a knee injury suffered at the start of October, and is not expected to feature again until early 2015.

Ozil, who helped Germany win the World Cup last summer, has often been criticised for perceived inconsistent displays, with questions raised over whether the former Real Madrid playmaker could cope under the physical demands of the Barclays Premier League.

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