Theo Back In Training

by David on October 13, 2014

Theo WalcottTheo Walcott returned to full training with Arsenal on Monday following a nine-month spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Walcott has not played since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the 2-0 FA Cup win against North London rivals Tottenham on Jan. 4.

The England international winger was pictured training with the Arsenal first team on Monday morning ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Hull City, though it remains to be seen how soon he will return to the starting XI.

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Wenger Escapes Punishment For Mourinho Shove

by David on October 6, 2014

mouvawArsene Wenger will not face punishment for shoving Jose Mourinho during Arsenal‘s defeat at Chelsea on Sunday.

Wenger clashed with his long-time rival after encroaching on the home technical area to complain about Gary Cahill’s challenge on Alexis Sanchez early in a 2-1 defeat.

The Arsenal manager pushed Mourinho, later claiming the Chelsea boss had prevented him getting

“from A to B”.

Both men were warned at the time by referee Martin Atkinson and, under Football Association rules, that meant any further action was always unlikely.

Asked about the exchange after the game Wenger said:

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Wenger plays down push on Mourinho

by David on October 5, 2014

Mourinho-Wenger2Arsene 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.

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Arsenal Come Up Short In Big Game Again

by David on October 5, 2014

mouvawArsenal 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.

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Team News Ahead Of Chelsea Match

by David on October 4, 2014

ozil-arsenal2Arsenal 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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We analyse the performances of Danny Welbeck from Arsenal‘s 4-1 win over Galatasaray

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Chelsea v Arsenal Preview

by David on October 4, 2014

We compare the performances of Chelsea and Arsenal from the 2014/15 season ahead of their Premier League meeting

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Arsene WengerArsenal 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.

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Arsenal Bounced Out Of League Cup At Home

by David on September 23, 2014

alexis-sanchez-arsenal2An 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.

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arsene-wenger-cupArsène 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.

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