Here are some of Arsene Wenger’s comments after the late 2-1 win over Palace:
on the last-gasp winner…
It was not the plan, the plan was to win the game, but because of the physicality and organisation level of Crystal Palace, it was very difficult for us. Why? Because we conceded a goal on the first corner they had. We lacked a bit of pace in the final third to change what we built up into dangerous situations. Read more... (674 words, 1 image, estimated 2:42 mins reading time)
Arsenal 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. Read more... (657 words, 1 image, estimated 2:38 mins reading time)
Arsène Wenger has revealed the following team news ahead of Arsenal‘s Premier League opener at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
on Theo Walcott and Ryo…
They are not available. Ryo is very close after injury and Theo is, as I always said, end of August or start of September. That is back into training of course.
on Serge Gnabry…
He is not ready as well. I am not sure about the timeframe at the moment.
on David Ospina…
Ospina is two or three weeks away. He has a thigh strain from the Brazil vs Colombia game. Read more... (142 words, 1 image, estimated 34 secs reading time)
THE OPENING QUOTE
“What makes me positive is the fact that we maintained our technical stability from last season. We managed to maintain too what was our strength last year – a positive spirit and a good togetherness. Also we could strengthen our squad with players like Debuchy, Chambers and [Alexis] Sanchez. All that together makes me confident.” – Arsène Wenger.
Opening day is upon us. Optimism should be always liberated at this time of the season and Arsenal fans must have more freedom than most. Read more... (727 words, 1 image, estimated 2:54 mins reading time)
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has defended his decision to have no English or UK players in his starting line-up for the Community Shield defeat by Arsenal.
Four English players made the City bench at Wembley on Sunday but an all-foreign starting XI reflected Pellegrini’s recent transfer deals.
The only British signing that Pellegrini made this summer was Frank Lampard but the Man City boss seemed to indicate that he doesn’t see nationality saying:
“We’ve had a lot of problems with Financial Fair Play, but we bought some very important players. Read more... (263 words, 1 image, estimated 1:03 mins reading time)
Here are some of Arsene Wenger’s comments after Sunday’s 3-0 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley.
on the performance…
I felt we had a complete performance in the first half as long as we had the legs to sustain what we wanted to do. In the second half our togetherness and the third goal got us through. We defended well, we lost a bit more of the ball than in the first half and our movements were less fluent but we kept the spirit and organisation. The first half was very exciting. Read more... (903 words, 1 image, estimated 3:37 mins reading time)
Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal could be about to enjoy a successful season after the Gunners breezed to a 3-0 victory over Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Goals from Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud meant Arsenal followed up May’s FA Cup final triumph over Hull with another Wembley win to clinch the first silverware available in the 2014-15 campaign.
Spanish midfielder Arteta played alongside summer recruits Alexis Sanchez and Calum Chambers and agreed that Gunners are looking in good shape before next week’s league opener against Crystal Palace. Read more... (233 words, 1 image, estimated 56 secs reading time)
Aaron Ramsey believes Arsenal‘s impressive 3-0 rout of Manchester City in the FA Community Shield proves they are on the verge of great things. Arsene Wenger’s side warmed up for the new England Premier League campaign, which kicks off next weekend, with a ruthless dismantling of the champions at Wembley on Sunday.
Wales midfielder Ramsey scored Arsenal’s second goal after Santi Cazorla’s opener and Olivier Giroud’s superb long-range strike sealed a morale-boosting win. It was the perfect way to maintain the feelgood factor from last season’s FA Cup final triumph over Hull City, a victory which ended the Gunners’ nine-year trophy drought. Read more... (295 words, 1 image, estimated 1:11 mins reading time)
Arsenal took apart a poor and uninterested Manchester City side 3-0 in the FA Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday. Arsene Wenger’s side dominated the first half where they got goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey before substitute Olivier Giroud added a glorious long-range third.
With £30m new signing Alexis Sanchez impressing on a sunny afternoon in London, Arsenal’s fans will hope it proves the precursor to a sustained title challenge. Victory in the traditional season curtain-raiser suggests Arsenal are in fine form ahead of their opening league fixture at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday. Read more... (397 words, 1 image, estimated 1:35 mins reading time)
Arsenal have refused to sell Thomas Vermaelen to Manchester United, after the Red Devils rejected a swap deal involving Chris Smalling.
The Belgian defender is set for an Emirates exit this summer, after falling out of favour with manager Arsene Wenger. Barcelona have been sniffing around TV for a while now, but it was though that United were the former Ajax star’s first choice.
The Gunners were keen to tie up a deal involving cash and a player, believed to be Smalling, but that idea has been rejected by the United Read more... (116 words, 1 image, estimated 28 secs reading time)