Arsenal F.C. Match Reports

Reports of games involving Arsenal Football Club, including post game comments from players and managers

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.

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It’s A Good Result In Turkey For Arsenal

by David on August 20, 2014

Wojciech-SzczesnyArsenal survived a scare in their Champions League play-off with Besiktas as Arsene Wenger’s side walked away from the Ataturk Olympic Stadium with a goalless draw.

Aaron Ramsey was sent off and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saw a late drive hit the post in what was a frantic match in Istanbul but Arsenal will go into the return leg at the Emirates Stadium the happier side.

It was almost a horror start for Arsenal as Demba Ba’s shot straight from kick-off clattered the top of the crossbar as goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny got a hand to it. Ba proved a constant threat all night for Besiktas and stung the hands of Szczesny again with a rasping volley, before Olivier Giroud went close with a deflected looped effort.

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Ramsey Saves Arsenal At The Death Again

by David on August 17, 2014

aaron-ramsey2Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey netted a dramatic stoppage-time winner to finally break the resistance of managerless Crystal Palace.

Ramsey, whose goal won the FA Cup at Wembley in May, smashed the ball home from close range as the Gunners came from behind to win their Barclays Premier League opener 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

Defeat was harsh on the Eagles, who had produced a determined display at the end of a difficult few days following the shock departure of manager Tony Pulis on the eve of the new season.

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Wenger Opens Up After West Brom Win

by David on May 4, 2014

arsene-wenger-newArsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims he has never doubted he will remain at the Emirates Stadium helm beyond the summer.

Wenger moved to reassure supporters he will sign a new contract, as pledged, once the season is complete, after leading his team on a lap of honour following their 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over West Brom in their final home match.

The Frenchman also ruled out a move for Loic Remy, despite the QPR striker attending Arsenal’s routine triumph – secured by Olivier Giroud’s first-half header.

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Top-four ensured Arsenal beat Baggies

by David on May 4, 2014

Giroud-ArsenalArsenal coasted to a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in their final English Premier League home match of the season at the Emirates Stadium. Following Everton‘s defeat by Manchester City on Saturday, the Gunners were already secure of fourth spot, and with it a chance of qualifying for the Champions League group stages once again next season.

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wembley-londonArsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he was worried what defeat to Wigan in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley could have done after watching his side come through the high drama of a penalty shoot-out.

Stand-in goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was the hero as his two saves helped Arsenal beat the holders 4-2 to reach their first FA Cup final since 2005.

After a bright start by Arsenal, it was Wigan who went ahead through a penalty from Jordi Gomez just after the hour.

However the Gunners made it 1-1 with seven minutes left through Per Mertesacker, whose foul had given away the spot-kick.

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Time For Arsenal To Worry About The Gap

by David on March 26, 2014

Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal must now “look behind” them after their faltering Barclays Premier League title bid took another blow as an own goal from Mathieu Flamini in the last minute gifted Swansea a 2-2 draw.

Wenger had called for a response to the “accident” of his side’s 6-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge which ruined his 1,000th match in charge.

Having trailed to an 11th minute header from Wilfried Bony, it was not until after the introduction of substitute Lukas Podolski just before the hour that Arsenal finally sparked into life midway through the second half.

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Wenger labels Robben a ‘diver’

by David on March 11, 2014

Another round of 16 exit for the Gunners as they were knocked out of the Champions League following a 1-1 draw on the night and a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich. After the game Arsenal boss Arsene spoke about the match and the two blatant dives by Arjen Robben.

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Stoke Are Gunners Achilles Heal Once Again

by David on March 1, 2014

Once again Arsenal came undone at the Britannia Stadium this time losing 1-0 to a Jon Walters’ second-half penalty.

The result, combined with Chelsea‘s win at Fulham, means third-placed Arsenal are now four points behind Jose Mourunho’s side with 10 matches left to play each. It is so tight at the top that Manchester City in fourth place are two points behind Arsenal with two games in hand.

So what did Arsene Wenger think of the penalty, defeat and title race? Here are some of his post match comments:

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Arsenal In Romp Over Sunderland

by David on February 22, 2014

Giroud-ArsenalOlivier Giroud marked his return to the Arsenal side with a brace as Sunderland were thumped 4-1 at the Emirates today. Tomas Rosicky and Laurent Koscielny got the other Arsenal goals.

Sunderland were really poor, but after the game it was the performance of his side that Arsène Wenger wanted to talk about:

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We had a very demanding week physically and mentally and we gave the right response today. We did the job in the first half and we scored two great ‘Arsenal’ goals; one of them scored by Giroud, the other by Rosicky. I am very pleased for Rosicky because today Bergkamp got a statue and I think Rosicky took the Bergkamp role well. Certainly Dennis will have been pleased to have seen him play.

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