Arsenal F.C. Match Reports

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

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:

on the result…
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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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger fears his side’s 5-1 demolition at the hands of Liverpool “raises some questions” heading into the business end of the Barclays Premier League season.

Braces from Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling, plus another strike from Daniel Sturridge, saw the Reds to a famous win over the side leading the way in the standings at the start of the day.

A number of errors contributed to the Gunners’ miserable afternoon on Merseyside, and the experienced Frenchman admitted to being concerned by what he saw from his players.

“It was a very poor day. We were poor defensively, offensively,” Wenger told BT Sport.

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Arsène_Wenger_statueArsene Wenger praised Arsenal‘s new-found resilience as they withstood a late onslaught at Newcastle to climb back to the top of the Barclays Premier League table.

The Gunners found themselves having to defend deep and in numbers as they clung on to the advantage given to them by Olivier Giroud’s 65th-minute header at St James’ Park, taking three precious points in the title race.

Wenger said: “There is something in the team that is special on that front, on the mental front.

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Arsène_Wenger_statueHere 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.

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