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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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Arlene Happy With Attacking Options

welbeck-arsenalArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned he cannot offer guarantees of a place in the starting XI to any of his strikers. For the first time in years, Wenger has quality attacking options with Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez all in contention for a starting spot.

That competition has caused Germany international Lukas Podolski to reassess his future at the Emirates as he is getting frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities, but Wenger insists that is all part and parcel of competition at a leading club.

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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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