Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects Kieran Gibbs and Per Mertesacker to be available for this weekend’s derby clash with Tottenham.

Injuries meant the defensive pair were only fit enough to be amongst the substitutes last night as Southampton won 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium to send the Gunners out of the League Cup.

Arsenal struggled to create many clear-cut chances but it was at the back where their main issue lied, with the inexperienced back four boasting just 54 Arsenal appearances between them, the majority belonging to Francis Coquelin, who was playing out-of-position.


Arsenal Bounced Out Of League Cup At Home

by David on September 23, 2014

alexis-sanchez-arsenal2An exquisite Nathaniel Clyne strike saw Arsenal‘s Capital One Cup campaign end at the third-round juncture for the first time in 12 years as Southampton secured a maiden win at the Emirates Stadium.

Many, including Arsene Wenger, had expected Saints to implode after a summer in which they lost manager Mauricio Pochettino and a host of key players.

However, Ronald Koeman’s side continue to confound the doubters and won a fifth successive match in all competitions at a sold-out Emirates, where 5,000 visiting fans roared Southampton on to a 2-1 win against the much-changed Gunners.


arsene-wenger-cupArsène Wenger addressed the media after his side were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Southampton on Tuesday. Here are some of the things he had to say:

on starting well and losing…
It’s disappointing because we had a good start and we made two unnecessary errors on the two goals – they were big ones. We lacked a bit of experience at the back. I agree with you but overall they did well. We gave a lot and it’s frustrating as we were not able to score in the second half. When you look at the amount of possession we had you have to give credit to Southampton. They played well and were very organised. They abused the fouls in the middle of the park but they are a good side and they played well tonight. Overall it’s frustrating because we gave a lot.

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Diaby To Return Versus Saints

by David on September 23, 2014

diaby-henryManager Arsene Wenger is confident the ‘giant’ character of fit-again midfielder Abou Diaby can help Arsenal see off the challenge of Southampton in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

Diaby is one of several players likely to be drafted in by Wenger, who will make full use of the squad ahead of Saturday’s Premier League north London derby against Tottenham.

The 28-year-old has been plagued by injury setbacks since joining Arsenal eight seasons ago, suffering a horrific broken ankle in a tackle from Sunderland defender Dan Smith in May 2006 and, most recently, surgery following anterior cruciate ligament damage in his left knee which would sideline him for all but the final match of last season.

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Team News Ahead Of Southampton Match

by David on September 23, 2014

Arsène_Wenger_statueArsène Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup game against Southampton:

on the young players who could feature…
On Tuesday night you might see Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin and Isaac Hayden. In the squad we have Chuba Akpom and Semi Ajayi as well. These are the players that are the closest.

on Chuba Akpom…
I’m happy that he has developed as a goalscorer, because when he was a younger kid, his problem was finishing. That has gone now. He’s a very good finisher and he has now to learn the tactical side of his game. Then he will be ready, because he is a huge talent.

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Ozil: I have nothing to prove

by David on September 23, 2014

ozil-arsenal2Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has said that he accepts he will always be an easy target for the critics but insists that he has nothing to prove to anybody.

The German FIFA World Cup™ winner answered the growing doubters with a masterful display in the 3-0 demolition of Aston Villa on Saturday. He swept in the opening goal and created the second for Danny Welbeck at Villa Park when deployed in a more central role by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

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Arteta Downbeat After Gunners Loss

by David on September 17, 2014

mikel-artetaArsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta was visibly disappointed after the Gunners suffered a 2-0 defeat in their Champions League Group D opener at Borussia Dortmund.

Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck either side of half-time and the German club would have been more emphatic victors than 2-0 but for the reflexes of Wojciech Szczesny and their own wastefulness.

Arteta told Sky Sports 5: “We faced a tough side in one of the most difficult stadiums in Europe, we knew that from the start.


Arsene-Wenger-TouchlineArsène Wenger spoke to the media after the 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday. Here are some of the things he had to say:

on the defeat…
Congratulations to Dortmund, they were the better team. We had a disappointing performance and the victory is normal. Still the paradox of the night is we had very good chances to to score first that didn’t go for us and went for them. We were caught on two counter-attacks on 45 and 48 minutes and that was very difficult.


Team Focus – Arsenal’s Strikers

by David on September 11, 2014

We analyse the performances of Arsenal‘s striking options since the beginning of the 2013/14 Premier League season


Aaron Ramsey A Doubt For Man City Match

by David on September 10, 2014

One Aaron RamseyFinally we get back to Premier League action this weekend, and Arsenal and Wales star Aaron Ramsey is an doubt for Saturday’s blockbuster match between Arsenal and Manchester City after picking up an ankle injury on international duty.

Ramsey appeared to twist his ankle late in the game against Andorra, which Wales won 2-1 and was substituted before the final whistle.

Wales boss Chris Coleman said after the game that he was hopeful the problem was not long-term.

“He got a kick and there was a twist in his ankle,” the coach explained. “It was coming to the end of the game, and it was pointless taking a risk with him.