Arsenal F.C. Match Reports

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.