AW Thoughts On Community Shield Win

by David on August 10, 2014

arsene-wenger-cupHere 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.

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Arteta Full Of Expectancy After Win

by David on August 10, 2014

arsenal-community-shieldMikel 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.

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Ramsey: Arsenal Fans Can Expect Great Things

by David on August 10, 2014

aaron-ramsey2Aaron 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.

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Gunners Take Apart City At Wembley

by David on August 10, 2014

arsenal-community-shieldArsenal 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.

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Vermaelen Heading To Barca For £15m

by David on August 8, 2014

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

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Emirates_NightThe Gunners were done no favors by Uefa today as they were drawn against Turkish side Besiktas in the playoff round of the competition.

The Gunners are aiming to reach the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition for a 17th consecutive season, but face a tricky trip to Istanbul, before welcoming Besiktas back to the Emirates Stadium for the second leg. The ties will be played August 19/20 and 26/27

The Turkish outfit secured their passage to the playoff round after seeing off Feyenoord 5-2, with new signing Demba Ba scoring a hat trick in the second leg of the third qualifying round.

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Arsenal’s Defensive Midfield Options

by David on August 8, 2014

A statistical look at the performances of Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini from the 2013/14 Premier League season. Which one(s) do you think will be Arsene Wenger’s top choice for that defensive midfield role this season?

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aaron-ramsey2Arsenal‘s FA Cup final match-winner Aaron Ramsey is relishing his return to Wembley for Sunday’s Community Shield against Manchester City, but he has urged his team-mates to keep aiming higher.

The Welsh midfielder ended Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought at the national stadium in May by drilling home a powerful left-foot shot in extra time to give his side a 3-2 win over Hull City.

Ramsey is relishing the opportunity to go head-to-head with Yaya Toure, whose statistics he matched last season, on Sunday

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Wenger Happy With Alexis And Chambers

by David on August 4, 2014

alexis-sanchez-arsenal2Arsène Wenger spoke to the media after the Emirates Cup defeat to AS Monaco on Sunday. This is what he had to say:

on the form Arsenal showed…
We have made a demonstration that in 24 hours a lot can change in football. As much as our performance was sharp, creative, dynamic and mobile [on Saturday], today it was static, lethargic and not convincing at all. I feel that many players had not recovered completely physically and that we were not completely ready. But congratulations to Monaco. They were better than us. Sharper, stronger and we lost the game because we deserved to lose the game.

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Wenger: I always wanted to stay

by David on August 3, 2014

arsene-wenger-cupArsene Wenger believes keeping Arsenal competitive in their barren years has been the most important achievement of his reign. Winning last season’s FA Cup final gave the Gunners their first piece of silverware in nine years, a trophy drought which had seen some question whether the 64-year-old Frenchman was still the right man to take the club forward.

Having delivered three English Premier League titles since taking the reigns in 1996, Wenger has also overseen a move to the Emirates Stadium – a decision which left the club unable to compete financially with other title rivals for almost a decade. In the intervening years after leaving Highbury, Wenger still managed to guide Arsenal to top-four finishes in every season and finally ended his trophy jinx with a 3-2 win over Hull in May.

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