I Am Really Hoping Santi Was Misquoted

by David on April 10, 2014

Really worrying comments attributed to Santi Cazorla in which he questioned his side’s mentality while admitting that he is thinking about leaving Arsenal.

In an interview with Abu Dhabi-based Sport 360, Cazorla was very open and frank about Arsenal saying:

‘We haven’t got a winning mentality and we have to believe in ourselves (more). Sometimes you can get used to not fighting, but we can’t do that.’

Cazorla also urged Arsenal to spend heavily on revamping the squad this summer, and also admitted he will look to leave if he is not convinced they can compete for trophies.

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Iker Casillas?

by David on April 9, 2014

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla says that the Gunners are interested in signing Iker Casillas from Real Madrid, while he has spoken to the goalkeeper about a potential switch to the Emirates Stadium.

Casillas lost his regular starting spot in La Liga for Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho last season and it is a situation that has continued into the current campaign, despite the Portuguese being replaced on the bench by Carlo Ancelotti.

Casillas’s situation has alerted a number of clubs to his fringe status, including Arsenal, Cazorla claims.

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Arsenal Linked With Striker Sardar Azmoun

by David on April 9, 2014

According to the Daily Star Arsenal have made an offer to sign Rubin Kazan striker Sardar Azmoun. The 19-year old, who has been mightily impressive with his displays for Rubin after having joined from Iranian side Sepahan in 2013, has been linked continually with a move to either Arsenal or AC Milan.

Speaking about interest in him from the two European heavyweights, Azmoun was earlier quoted as saying,

“There already are solid offers coming from both Arsenal and AC Milan. Both their representatives are about to meet Rubin Kazan management next Thursday. I’m really happy for such clubs being interested in signing me, and playing in
Premier League would be a dream coming true.”

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Whoscored.com takes a look at another end of season slump by the Gunners.

A couple of things stand out in the post.

Arsene Wenger’s on a small squad is catching up with him as Arsenal players are either getting injured, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Mesut Özil, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs and Abou Diaby we all out recently simultaneously, or tired. In Arsenal’s 24 games before the capitulation at Anfield, Giroud played 22 games, scored 10 goals and set up six. In his nine games since, he has scored three and set up one.

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Ramsey Set To Start Against Wigan

by David on April 9, 2014

After coming on as a second-half substitute in Sunday’s loss at Everton after nearly four months out with a thigh injury, Arsene Wenger is expected to give Aaron Ramsey a starting role against FA Cup holders Wigan in Saturday’s semi-final at Wembley.

Wenger will be without Mathieu Flamini, who begins a two match ban, on top of the absences through injury of fellow midfielders Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott.

With the north Londoners also acutely aware that they’ve got West Ham and Hull in quick succession after Saturday and Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may not be able to play all three games, they could use on-loan Kim Kallstrom against Wigan.

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Wenger: Wigan tie just what we need

by David on April 7, 2014

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the shift in focus to Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal against Wigan is just what his side needs following their 3-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday.

Wenger accepts that Roberto Martinez’s men comprehensively outplayed his team, as they recorded a win that gives them a great chance of securing a top-four finish ahead of the Gunners.

However, the Frenchman feels the clash against the Latics on Saturday represents the perfect opportunity for Arsenal to bounce back and put their recent Premier League struggles behind them.

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Szczesny: We must focus on FA Cup

by David on April 7, 2014

Wojciech Szczesny says Arsenal need to forget about their 3-0 defeat to Everton and respond instantly by advancing past Wigan into the FA Cup final.

The Gunners suffered a huge blow to their hopes of securing a top-four finish after being outplayed by Roberto Martinez’s men at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The victory for Everton moves them to within a point of fourth-placed Arsenal, while the Toffees also have a game in hand.

But while the result was a setback for the Gunners, Szczesny believes they have no time to dwell on the defeat and must now turn their attention to Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal with the Latics.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is “100 per cent determined” to maintain their fight to remain in the top four but knows his side have to start playing better first.

The Gunners were taken apart at Goodison Park where Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku put Everton 2-0 up at half-time before former Toffees midfielder Mikel Arteta scored an own goal after the break.

It put the Merseysiders within one point of their fourth-placed opponents with a match in hand at home to Crystal Palace, placing Arsenal’s chances of a 17th successive season in Europe’s elite club competition in serious jeopardy.

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Wenger Not Giving Up On Title

by David on April 5, 2014

Gunners boss Wenger believes the manner of the response against City strong performance against Manchester City has helped his side get back on course.

“We were a bit flat after the Swansea and Chelsea games, and what was vital for us was not to lose against City and if possible to win, and at least (we had) to come out with a strong performance,” he said. “We feel we have done that so I think we have turned the corner and we have an opportunity to show that against Everton,” said Wenger, his side some seven points behind leaders Liverpool.

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Arteta: Arsenal can pass next test

by David on April 5, 2014

Midfielder Mikel Arteta says Arsenal have the required mentality to come through a first test of their renewed character at Everton on Sunday. Arsenal travel to Merseyside on the back of a morale-boosting 1-1 draw with Manchester City, which went some way to exorcising the ghost of the nightmare 6-0 trashing at Chelsea which ruined manager Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge.

The Gunners also suffered the disappointment of conceding a last-minute own-goal in their 2-2 draw with Swansea. Arsenal are, however, only four points ahead of fifth-placed Everton, who have a game in hand – and with the small matter of an FA Cup semi-final against Wigan on the horizon, Arteta knows how important building momentum will be.

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