Arsene Wenger maintains he never lost faith Nicklas Bendtner could deliver after the Denmark striker scored his first Arsenal goal since March 2011 as the Gunners maintained their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 win over Hull.
The 25-year-old was recalled to the starting XI to give leading forward Olivier Giroud a rest, and headed the hosts in front inside two minutes.
Mesut Ozil extended Arsenal’s lead at the start of the second half, finishing off a fine passing exchange with Aaron Ramsey. Read more... (561 words, estimated 2:15 mins reading time)
Arsène Wenger has revealed the following team news ahead of the Hull City game:
on the team news for Hull City…
From Saturday against Cardiff we will lose Sagna, who has a slight hamstring problem. He should be out for tomorrow’s game.
on Sagna’s replacement…
Jenkinson is likely to come back.
on Lukas Podolski…
Lukas Podolski should be back in normal training after the Hull game.
on when he can feature…
What he lacks is competition. You would say it will take at least a week with normal training to consider him fit for the squad. Read more... (132 words, 1 image, estimated 32 secs reading time)
With the January transfer window now less than a month away, Arsenal have a couple of big decisions to make in regards to players whose contracts are up at the end of the season.
Bacary Sagna, Nicklas Bendtner, Thomas Rosicky, Lukasz Fabianski, Emilano Viviano and Emmanuel Frimpong can all technically talk to teams outside the Premier League beginning January 1st.
So the first question for Arsenal is which of these six players do they want to bring back for another year and at what price? Read more... (297 words, estimated 1:11 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger is said to be furious at a fixture schedule that, he feels, could damage his Arsenal team’s title challenge.
The Gunners will have to travel to Manchester City less than three days after they play Napoli away in a vital Champions League match that will determine whether Arsenal go through to the knockout stages.
After playing Wednesday night in Italy, Arsenal will have to go to the Etihad the following Saturday for a lunchtime kick-off against a City team who have been rampant on their own patch. City, in contrast, play on Tuesday night, having already qualified. Read more... (159 words, estimated 38 secs reading time)
According to reports out of Brazil, Arsenal have had an €8 million bid for Alexandre Pato turned down by his club Corinthians.
The former AC Milan forward has been targeted by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as the man to support Olivier Giroud as the Premier League leader’s main striker.
According to Lancenet, they have been in touch with the Sao Paulo club over Pato, a 27-cap Brazilian international.
The 24-year-old returned to his homeland in January, joining Corinthians for €15 million following a spate of injuries and their successes in the 2012 Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup, where they beat Chelsea in the final. Read more... (191 words, estimated 46 secs reading time)
Arsene Wenger claimed £50million would not be enough to tempt him to sell Aaron Ramsey after the in-form midfielder’s brace helped Premier League leaders Arsenal to a 3-0 win at the midfielder’s former club Cardiff.
The Wales international, who came through the Cardiff academy and is the youngest player to have represented the Bluebirds, headed home the opener from a Mesut Ozil cross in the 29th minute.
Substitute Mathieu Flaimini doubled the lead with five minutes remaining before Ramsey completed the scoring in stoppage time to make it 15 goals for club and country this season and move Arsenal seven points clear at the top of the table. Read more... (487 words, estimated 1:57 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger insisted Jack Wilshere’s two-goal salvo against Marseille was inspired by Arsenal team-mate Aaron Ramsey.
Wilshere struck once in each half, the first an exquisite finish after escaping down the right wing, to fire the Gunners to a 2-0 Champions League victory at the Emirates Stadium.
The strikes lifted his total for the season to four and Wenger, who recently expressed doubts that Wilshere would be a regular scorer, insisted Ramsey’s 13-goal haul this season has motivated his fellow midfielder.
“I have nothing against Wilshere scoring – if I’m wrong I’m happy! I liked his first goal because before he’d rush a little bit,” the Arsenal manager said. Read more... (490 words, estimated 1:58 mins reading time)
Arsenal can reach the UEFA Champions League‘s knockout stage for the 11th year in a row when they host Marseille.
Arsene Wenger’s side – who have qualified for Europe’s premier club competition for the last 16 seasons – have enjoyed an impressive record in the competition in recent years, despite failing to win it.
And they will hope to seal their place in the last 16 on Tuesday, with victory set to continue their excellent start to the season.
The Emirates Stadium outfit top the Premier League by four points after winning nine of their first 12 league fixtures, while three wins from four Group F encounters sees them at the summit in Europe as well. Read more... (479 words, estimated 1:55 mins reading time)
Here are some of Arsene Wenger’s comments after today’s 2-0 win over Southampton:
on winning with no problems…
Yeah, we can go home if you want!
on the midfield resembling one of Arsenal‘s great sides…
We have a long way to go to do that but we have the ambition and I think the focus, the concentration, the desire are there. We played against a good Southampton side today who tried to stop us from playing. They did it well and in the end we couldn’t take our chances but we took advantage of their two mistakes. Overall you could see why they have played a draw at Man United, why they had won at Liverpool because they conceded only five goals until today. They are a team who is very well organised and our technical quality helped us to get away with a win today. Read more... (746 words, 1 image, estimated 2:59 mins reading time)
Germany midfielder Julian Draxler has hinted that he would be interested in a move to Arsenal next summme. While revealing his admiration for English football, Draxler said he will not consider a move anywhere in January, and that he will re-evaluate his position at Schalke at the end of the season:
“For my club I have the chance to play nearly every game, it is important for me to improve myself,” he said.
“I have said every summer I have to look what is the best for me and I will do in the summer again and we will see what happens. Read more... (306 words, 1 image, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)