Manager 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. Read more... (259 words, 1 image, estimated 1:02 mins reading time)
Arsène 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. Read more... (197 words, 1 image, estimated 47 secs reading time)
Arsenal 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. Read more... (359 words, 1 image, estimated 1:26 mins reading time)
Arsenal 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. Read more... (367 words, 1 image, estimated 1:28 mins reading time)
Arsène 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. Read more... (281 words, 1 image, estimated 1:07 mins reading time)
We analyse the performances of Arsenal‘s striking options since the beginning of the 2013/14 Premier League season
Finally 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. Read more... (299 words, 1 image, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
Jack Wilshere is enjoying his new deep midfield role for England, and wants to improve by watching videos of Andrea Pirlo and Javier Mascherano.
The Arsenal midfielder occupied the position at the base of Roy Hodgson’s midfield diamond for the first time on Monday night, and believes he can only get better in his new position.
Wilshere usually plays further forward, but in England’s first competitive game since the World Cup he was happy to fill the position vacated by former captain Steven Gerrard. Read more... (165 words, 1 image, estimated 40 secs reading time)
Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has thanked his team-mates for helping him settle into the England squad after making his international debut against Norway last Wednesday.
The 19-year-old, who joined the Gunners from Southampton earlier this summer for £12million, capped a whirlwind month by featuring for the Three Lions at Wembley last week, and says he appreciated the support given to him by his Gunners team-mates.
He told the FA.com:
‘The Arsenal players are here and have helped me settle in well. It was obviously nice to see Rickie again too, as I haven’t seen him since he’s moved to Liverpool – we had a good catch up. Read more... (284 words, 1 image, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)
A comparison of Arsenal‘s new signing Danny Welbeck to Arsenal’s top players in four key offensive categories.