Arsenal‘s strength in depth through midfield can give them an edge in the English Premier League title race, according to Mikel Arteta. While many pundits had predicted a new year collapse, the Gunners trail leaders Chelsea by just a point heading into the final dozen matches of the campaign, although third-place Manchester City have a game in hand.
Much had been made of Arsenal’s lack of attacking back-up for main frontman Olivier Giroud following the season-ending injury to Theo Walcott, but Arsene Wenger certainly has plenty of options in a supporting role. Arteta had returned to the starting XI in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Sunderland following suspension for the UEFA Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich, with Mathieu Flamini on the bench. Read more... (222 words, estimated 53 secs reading time)
Arsene Wenger has announced that Tomas Rosicky has reached an agreement on a new one-year deal.
“Tomas Rosicky will stay,” Wenger said. “We have an agreement with him and it will come out soon. I am absolutely adamant he has to stay at the club.”
Rosicky is one of those quiet players who does not have the profile of Wilshere, Ozil or Ramsey but as we saw on Saturday against Sunderland he is still one of Arsene’s most influential players. Read more... (305 words, estimated 1:13 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)
A look at the numbers from last night’s Arsenal v Bayern Munich match. I cannot remember seeing Arsenal so dominated in a game, not even when we played Barcelona.
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has urged his side to look to last season’s trip to Bayern Munich for proof they can still reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals despite losing their last-16 first leg 2-0.
Holders Bayern are now firm favourites to progress to the last eight as they took advantage of the 37th-minute dismissal of Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to net second-half goals through Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal will now need to produce something special at the Allianz Arena next month to avoid elimination, but they have reasons to be hopeful as last year they won 2-0 in Munich at exactly the same stage of the competition. Read more... (290 words, 1 image, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
Arsène Wenger discussed all the big talking points after Wednesday’s game against Bayern Munich. This is a transcript of his post-match press conference:
on Szczesny’s red card…
I think these rules are different in every country, basically, in Italy they send off for this kind of foul. I think our keeper went genuinely for the ball, he touched Robben, who made certainly more of it, and I told him. Unfortunately it changed the game completely and didn’t just change the game but killed the game. The game was, until then, top quality, and in the second half it was boring for neutral people. It was one-way traffic. The referee made the decision that killed the game. Read more... (889 words, 1 image, estimated 3:33 mins reading time)
A comparison between the performances of Mesut Özil before and after the 10th of December from the Premier League and Champions League this season.
Midfielder Mikel Arteta is suspended and will miss out as Arsenal tackle holders Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday night and Arsene Wenger could ring the changes at the Emirates Stadium.
The Frenchman, whose side beat Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup on Sunday, could make as many as seven changes for the clash with Pep Guardiola’s runaway Bundesliga leaders.
Arteta, Yaya Sanogo, Nacho Monreal, Carl Jenkinson, Lukasz Fabianski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski could all miss out, the latter two having netted against in the Gunners FA Cup triumph. Read more... (200 words, estimated 48 secs reading time)
Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal have no reason to fear Bayern Munich as they prepare to face the UEFA Champions League holders in the last 16 first leg on Wednesday.
Just 12 months after they crashed out of Europe’s elite club competition at the hands of the German giants, Wenger’s team have an opportunity for revenge after being drawn to face Bayern at the same stage.
Arsenal were outclassed in the first leg last season as Bayern, who were then managed by Jupp Heynckes, cruised to a 3-1 victory in north London. Read more... (339 words, estimated 1:21 mins reading time)
Pep Guardiola believes Arsenal have the potential to make his Bayern Munich side “suffer” when the Champions League holders return to the Emirates Stadium for the first leg of their last 16 tie.
It is almost exactly a year since Bayern eliminated Arsenal at the same stage of European club football’s premier competition, helped via a first-leg 3-1 win in north London.
Now they renew rivalries against an Arsenal side bidding for revenge against the tournament favourites, with former Barcelona boss Guardiola believing the Gunners remain a force to be reckoned with. Read more... (344 words, estimated 1:23 mins reading time)