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: Read more... (530 words, estimated 2:07 mins reading time)
Olivier 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. Read more... (622 words, 1 image, estimated 2:29 mins reading time)
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. Read more... (306 words, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)
Arsene 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. Read more... (449 words, 1 image, estimated 1:48 mins reading time)
Here 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. Read more... (746 words, 1 image, estimated 2:59 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger says nerves contributed to league leaders Arsenal‘s 1-0 defeat at arch-rivals Manchester United.
Ex-Gunners striker Robin van Persie’s header in the first half gave David Moyes’s side victory, and left the visitors still looking for their first league win at Old Trafford since 2006.
“We were just too nervous in the first half,” said the Arsenal manager.
“We haven’t won for a long time here now. Once again it is a tight game that has been decided on a set-piece.”
The match contained few clear-cut chances and Arsenal only managed two shots on target, although they did go close on a couple of occasions when Bacary Sagna’s pacy deliveries flashed past his team-mates. Read more... (281 words, estimated 1:07 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger was left to rue defensive errors from his Arsenal side as they crashed out of the League Cup at home to London rivals Chelsea.
Wenger has now failed to beat a Chelsea side managed by Jose Mourinho in nine attempts after a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
Cesar Azpilicueta scored his first goal for Chelsea and Juan Mata got off the mark for the season as Mourinho’s charges secured a deserved win to move into the last eight. Azpilicueta’s opener came as a result of a mistake from right-back Carl Jenkinson, who failed to get enough on an attempted header back to Lukasz Fabianski that allowed the Spanish full-back to nip in apply the finish. Read more... (238 words, estimated 57 secs reading time)
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is unlikely to appeal the red card given to captain Mikel Arteta after he had scored the penalty which set the Barclays Premier Leagues on their way to a 2-0 win at managerless Crystal Palace.
“We have a good ground to appeal. If he is only suspended for one game, I won’t do it because he is suspended for Tuesday night (against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup) and anyway I would not have played him, but it was more today’s game that was at stake that you worry about,” said Wenger. Read more... (455 words, estimated 1:49 mins reading time)
The sign of a good team is how do they handle adversity. Will they fold or will they keep fighting and overcome? In the past when things have gotten difficult for Arsenal they have wobbled but that was not the case today as Arsenal beat Palace 2-0. Some quick thoughts Read more... (300 words, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
- After Arsenal went down to 10-men, for about 10 minutes Palace had their best spell of the game and Szczesny made two world class saves to deny Palace and keep Arsenal ahead. Who knows what would have happened if one of those Palace shots had gone in.
Here are some of Arsène Wenge’s comments after today’s defeat at home to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League:
on the match…
It was a game of high intensity but very few chances. Dortmund were well organised to stop us from playing, and I must says as well that we were not as good as we can be offensively. Some of our players were not as fresh as they were recently. But we put ourselves on the back foot with the first goal and naive for the second goal. If you look at the number of saves our keeper had to make tonight and you concede two goals, you can say that we can only look at ourselves for not being mature enough in situations like that. If you cannot win the game, you don’t lose it. Especially in the second half when we were on top, we made things difficult for ourselves by giving them the second goal. Read more... (466 words, estimated 1:52 mins reading time)