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arsene-wenger-newArsene Wenger praised Olivier Giroud for helping Arsenal snatch a 2-2 draw at Everton.

Arsenal looked to be heading for defeat after Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith put Everton 2-0 up before half-time.

The Gunners lacked a cutting edge up front as Alexis Sanchez failed to test Everton’s centre-back pairing of Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin.

Giroud replaced the Chilean at half-time and went on to score a last-minute winner, following a strike by Aaron Ramsey.

Afterwards, Wenger thanked his compatriot for guiding the Gunners back into the game.

“We looked much more dangerous (after Giroud came on),” the Arsenal manager said.


Giroud-ArsenalBe honest. With 10 minutes to go, who really thought that Arsenal were going to get something from the Everton game? Not me as Everton seemed to be coasting to an easy 2-0 win thanks to goals from Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith, but their defence crumbled in the dying minutes to gift the Gunners a point.

First, Aaron Ramsey bundled home a Santi Cazorla cross and then, with 30 seconds to go, Giroud headed past Tim Howard thanks to some sloppy marking from Sylvain Distin. It was a huge comeback from the Gunners, the kind of comeback that we have not seen from the Gunners in recent years. But a good sign that this could be a special season as Arsenal did not play well, but still got a point at a ground where they got thumped last season.


Player Focus – Calum Chambers

by David on August 21, 2014

A look at how well Calum Chambers has played in the first three games of the season:

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Arsène_Wenger_statueArsenal manager Arsene Wenger branded Aaron Ramsey’s late sending off against Besiktas “unbelievable” following his side’s goalless draw in the Champions League playoff first leg.

Already on a yellow card, Ramsey pulled back Oguzhan Ozyakup’s shirt in the dying minutes at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium and was subsequently shown the first red card of his club career by referee Milorad Mazic.

The midfielder will now miss next week’s return leg at the Emirates Stadium.

“Both yellow cards for Aaron Ramsey are unbelievable. When you see the fouls they have made today it’s not serious. Just not serious,” Wenger told ITV.


Gibbs Out For Three Weeks

by David on August 18, 2014


Arsenal have been deal a blow ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League qualifier against Besiktas with news of an injury to Kieran Gibbs.

The 24-year-old has been ruled out of action for at least three week with a hamstring problem.

Gibbs was substituted after 53 minutes of Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace when he suffered the injury.

Nacho Monreal came on as a replacement against Palace and will almost certainly start in the Istanbul match.

Arsenal already have doubts over Laurent Koscielny for then Besiktas tie, while Germany international Per Mertesacker has just returned to training following the World Cup.


Arsène_Wenger_statueArsene Wenger admits Arsenal are “desperate” to qualify for the lucrative group stages of the Champions League and challenged his side to beat Besiktas “no matter what it costs”.

The Gunners will fly to Istanbul on Monday following a dramatic stoppage-time 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on the first day of the new Barclays Premier League season.

There is, however, little opportunity for Wenger’s squad to regroup before focus turns to extending the record of reaching Europe’s elite club competition for each of the last 16 campaigns.

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Here are some of Arsene Wenger’s comments after the late 2-1 win over Palace:

arsene-wenger-newon the last-gasp winner…

It was not the plan, the plan was to win the game, but because of the physicality and organisation level of Crystal Palace, it was very difficult for us. Why? Because we conceded a goal on the first corner they had. We lacked a bit of pace in the final third to change what we built up into dangerous situations.


Team News: Arsenal v Palace

by David on August 16, 2014

57608216MT002_Arsenal_PressArsène Wenger has revealed the following team news ahead of Arsenal‘s Premier League opener at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

on Theo Walcott and Ryo…

They are not available. Ryo is very close after injury and Theo is, as I always said, end of August or start of September. That is back into training of course.
on Serge Gnabry…

He is not ready as well. I am not sure about the timeframe at the moment.

on David Ospina…

Ospina is two or three weeks away. He has a thigh strain from the Brazil vs Colombia game.


AW Previews Arsenal v Palace

by David on August 16, 2014

arsene-wenger-beachTHE OPENING QUOTE

“What makes me positive is the fact that we maintained our technical stability from last season. We managed to maintain too what was our strength last year – a positive spirit and a good togetherness. Also we could strengthen our squad with players like Debuchy, Chambers and [Alexis] Sanchez. All that together makes me confident.” – Arsène Wenger.

Opening day is upon us. Optimism should be always liberated at this time of the season and Arsenal fans must have more freedom than most.


arsenal-community-shieldManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has defended his decision to have no English or UK players in his starting line-up for the Community Shield defeat by Arsenal.

Four English players made the City bench at Wembley on Sunday but an all-foreign starting XI reflected Pellegrini’s recent transfer deals.

The only British signing that Pellegrini made this summer was Frank Lampard but the Man City boss seemed to indicate that he doesn’t see nationality saying:

“We’ve had a lot of problems with Financial Fair Play, but we bought some very important players.