Arsene Wenger attempted to make light of his shove on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after Arsenal fell to a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge which saw the Blues extend their advantage at the top of the Barclays Premier League to five points.
Eden Hazard, with a first-half penalty, and Diego Costa, with his ninth goal in seven league games, struck as Wenger’s bid for a first win against a Chelsea side managed by Mourinho goes on.
In 12 attempts the Frenchman is still to taste victory and his frustrations boiled over after Gary Cahill’s tackle from behind on Alexis Sanchez in the 20th minute, when he pushed Mourinho in the chest as he strode towards the Chile forward. Read more... (265 words, 1 image, estimated 1:04 mins reading time)
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shoved Jose Mourinho as their long-running feud turned physical in a 2-0 win which saw Chelsea take a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Wenger refused to take a backwards step in the 20th minute after leaving his technical area following Gary Cahill’s tackle from behind on Alexis Sanchez.
Mourinho told the Frenchman to “back off” as their rivalry endured another ugly episode, with the Gunners boss firmly planting two hands on the Portuguese’s chest – risking Football Association disciplinary action – and the pair also eye-balling each other in close quarters. Read more... (848 words, 1 image, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
Arsenal could have defender Nacho Monreal (back) available for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League trip to leaders Chelsea.
Midfielders Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Mikel Arteta (calf) remain sidelined, while Abou Diaby is again likely to be rested following a hip problem.
Wingers Theo Walcott (knee) and Serge Gnabry (knee) are both in line to return after the international break, along with striker Yaya Sanogo (hamstring). Full-back Mathieu Debuchy (ankle) and France forward Olivier Giroud (fractured foot) are long-term absentees.
Provisional Squad: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Cazorla, Sanchez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Welbeck, Ospina, Wilshere, Rosicky, Podolski, Coquelin, Campbell, Bellerin, Monreal.
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects Kieran Gibbs and Per Mertesacker to be available for this weekend’s derby clash with Tottenham.
Injuries meant the defensive pair were only fit enough to be amongst the substitutes last night as Southampton won 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium to send the Gunners out of the League Cup.
Arsenal struggled to create many clear-cut chances but it was at the back where their main issue lied, with the inexperienced back four boasting just 54 Arsenal appearances between them, the majority belonging to Francis Coquelin, who was playing out-of-position. Read more... (356 words, 1 image, estimated 1:25 mins reading time)
An exquisite Nathaniel Clyne strike saw Arsenal‘s Capital One Cup campaign end at the third-round juncture for the first time in 12 years as Southampton secured a maiden win at the Emirates Stadium.
Many, including Arsene Wenger, had expected Saints to implode after a summer in which they lost manager Mauricio Pochettino and a host of key players.
However, Ronald Koeman’s side continue to confound the doubters and won a fifth successive match in all competitions at a sold-out Emirates, where 5,000 visiting fans roared Southampton on to a 2-1 win against the much-changed Gunners. Read more... (437 words, 1 image, estimated 1:45 mins reading time)
Arsène Wenger addressed the media after his side were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Southampton on Tuesday. Here are some of the things he had to say:
on starting well and losing…
It’s disappointing because we had a good start and we made two unnecessary errors on the two goals – they were big ones. We lacked a bit of experience at the back. I agree with you but overall they did well. We gave a lot and it’s frustrating as we were not able to score in the second half. When you look at the amount of possession we had you have to give credit to Southampton. They played well and were very organised. They abused the fouls in the middle of the park but they are a good side and they played well tonight. Overall it’s frustrating because we gave a lot. Read more... (651 words, 1 image, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)
Manager Arsene Wenger is confident the ‘giant’ character of fit-again midfielder Abou Diaby can help Arsenal see off the challenge of Southampton in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.
Diaby is one of several players likely to be drafted in by Wenger, who will make full use of the squad ahead of Saturday’s Premier League north London derby against Tottenham.
The 28-year-old has been plagued by injury setbacks since joining Arsenal eight seasons ago, suffering a horrific broken ankle in a tackle from Sunderland defender Dan Smith in May 2006 and, most recently, surgery following anterior cruciate ligament damage in his left knee which would sideline him for all but the final match of last season. Read more... (259 words, 1 image, estimated 1:02 mins reading time)
Arsène Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup game against Southampton:
on the young players who could feature…
On Tuesday night you might see Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin and Isaac Hayden. In the squad we have Chuba Akpom and Semi Ajayi as well. These are the players that are the closest.
on Chuba Akpom…
I’m happy that he has developed as a goalscorer, because when he was a younger kid, his problem was finishing. That has gone now. He’s a very good finisher and he has now to learn the tactical side of his game. Then he will be ready, because he is a huge talent. Read more... (197 words, 1 image, estimated 47 secs reading time)