Arsenal F.C. Match Reports

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

Gunners Drop Two More Points

by David on October 19, 2014

danny-welbeck-afcDanny Welbeck scored a stoppage-time equaliser as injury-hit Arsenal fought back to draw 2-2 against Hull at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners, with a makeshift defence and missing Mesut Ozil because of a knee injury, had taken an early lead through Alexis Sanchez.

However, Hull hit back with a controversial equaliser from Mohamed Diame, as Arsenal claimed a foul in the build-up, and then took the lead right after the start of the second half through Abel Hernandez, who had only been playing after an injury to Nikica Jelavic in the warm-up.

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Wenger plays down push on Mourinho

by David on October 5, 2014

Mourinho-Wenger2Arsene Wenger attempted to make light of his shove on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after Arsenal fell to a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge which saw the Blues extend their advantage at the top of the Barclays Premier League to five points.

Eden Hazard, with a first-half penalty, and Diego Costa, with his ninth goal in seven league games, struck as Wenger’s bid for a first win against a Chelsea side managed by Mourinho goes on.

In 12 attempts the Frenchman is still to taste victory and his frustrations boiled over after Gary Cahill’s tackle from behind on Alexis Sanchez in the 20th minute, when he pushed Mourinho in the chest as he strode towards the Chile forward.

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Arsenal Come Up Short In Big Game Again

by David on October 5, 2014

mouvawArsenal manager Arsene Wenger shoved Jose Mourinho as their long-running feud turned physical in a 2-0 win which saw Chelsea take a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Wenger refused to take a backwards step in the 20th minute after leaving his technical area following Gary Cahill’s tackle from behind on Alexis Sanchez.

Mourinho told the Frenchman to “back off” as their rivalry endured another ugly episode, with the Gunners boss firmly planting two hands on the Portuguese’s chest – risking Football Association disciplinary action – and the pair also eye-balling each other in close quarters.

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arsene-wenger-cupArsène Wenger addressed the media after his side were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Southampton on Tuesday. Here are some of the things he had to say:

on starting well and losing…
It’s disappointing because we had a good start and we made two unnecessary errors on the two goals – they were big ones. We lacked a bit of experience at the back. I agree with you but overall they did well. We gave a lot and it’s frustrating as we were not able to score in the second half. When you look at the amount of possession we had you have to give credit to Southampton. They played well and were very organised. They abused the fouls in the middle of the park but they are a good side and they played well tonight. Overall it’s frustrating because we gave a lot.

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Arteta Downbeat After Gunners Loss

by David on September 17, 2014

mikel-artetaArsenal 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.

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Arsene-Wenger-TouchlineArsène 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.

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arsene-wenger-beachArsene Wenger feels Arsenal would have fared little better in the 1-1 draw against Leicester had they brought in a new striker ahead of the game.

The Gunners were left frustrated on Sunday afternoon as they dropped two points at the King Power Stadium while producing an uninspiring display.

Many feel Arsenal must invest in a new striker before the transfer window closes on Monday due to the absence of the injured Olivier Giroud until January, but Wenger is adamant he will not be forced into any last-minute panic buys.

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Arsenal Can Only Draw 1-1 At Leicester

by David on August 31, 2014

alexis-sanchez-arsenal2Arsenal were listless and wasteful, and Leicester were collected as the Premier League new boys held on strong for a 1-1 draw at King Power Stadium.

The Gunners scored after 20 minutes, but Leicester responded just three minutes later and Arsenal had nothing of quality left to offer.

The game begun in an open manner, with both sides testing the other with attacking flow and counter-attacks.

There looked to be an early injury change, unfortunately for Arsenal, with Laurent Koscielny and Jeffery Schlupp clattering heads in an aerial challenge, and the Gunners defender received the worst of the challenge.

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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.

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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.

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