Arsenal Can Only Draw 1-1 At Leicester

by David on August 31, 2014

alexis-sanchez-arsenal2Arsenal were listless and wasteful, and Leicester were collected as the Premier League new boys held on strong for a 1-1 draw at King Power Stadium.

The Gunners scored after 20 minutes, but Leicester responded just three minutes later and Arsenal had nothing of quality left to offer.

The game begun in an open manner, with both sides testing the other with attacking flow and counter-attacks.

There looked to be an early injury change, unfortunately for Arsenal, with Laurent Koscielny and Jeffery Schlupp clattering heads in an aerial challenge, and the Gunners defender received the worst of the challenge.


arsene-wenger-newArsene Wenger praised Olivier Giroud for helping Arsenal snatch a 2-2 draw at Everton.

Arsenal looked to be heading for defeat after Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith put Everton 2-0 up before half-time.

The Gunners lacked a cutting edge up front as Alexis Sanchez failed to test Everton’s centre-back pairing of Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin.

Giroud replaced the Chilean at half-time and went on to score a last-minute winner, following a strike by Aaron Ramsey.

Afterwards, Wenger thanked his compatriot for guiding the Gunners back into the game.

“We looked much more dangerous (after Giroud came on),” the Arsenal manager said.


Giroud-ArsenalBe honest. With 10 minutes to go, who really thought that Arsenal were going to get something from the Everton game? Not me as Everton seemed to be coasting to an easy 2-0 win thanks to goals from Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith, but their defence crumbled in the dying minutes to gift the Gunners a point.

First, Aaron Ramsey bundled home a Santi Cazorla cross and then, with 30 seconds to go, Giroud headed past Tim Howard thanks to some sloppy marking from Sylvain Distin. It was a huge comeback from the Gunners, the kind of comeback that we have not seen from the Gunners in recent years. But a good sign that this could be a special season as Arsenal did not play well, but still got a point at a ground where they got thumped last season.

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Player Focus – Calum Chambers

by David on August 21, 2014

A look at how well Calum Chambers has played in the first three games of the season:

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Arsène_Wenger_statueArsenal manager Arsene Wenger branded Aaron Ramsey’s late sending off against Besiktas “unbelievable” following his side’s goalless draw in the Champions League playoff first leg.

Already on a yellow card, Ramsey pulled back Oguzhan Ozyakup’s shirt in the dying minutes at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium and was subsequently shown the first red card of his club career by referee Milorad Mazic.

The midfielder will now miss next week’s return leg at the Emirates Stadium.

“Both yellow cards for Aaron Ramsey are unbelievable. When you see the fouls they have made today it’s not serious. Just not serious,” Wenger told ITV.


It’s A Good Result In Turkey For Arsenal

by David on August 20, 2014

Wojciech-SzczesnyArsenal survived a scare in their Champions League play-off with Besiktas as Arsene Wenger’s side walked away from the Ataturk Olympic Stadium with a goalless draw.

Aaron Ramsey was sent off and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saw a late drive hit the post in what was a frantic match in Istanbul but Arsenal will go into the return leg at the Emirates Stadium the happier side.

It was almost a horror start for Arsenal as Demba Ba’s shot straight from kick-off clattered the top of the crossbar as goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny got a hand to it. Ba proved a constant threat all night for Besiktas and stung the hands of Szczesny again with a rasping volley, before Olivier Giroud went close with a deflected looped effort.


Gibbs Out For Three Weeks

by David on August 18, 2014


Arsenal have been deal a blow ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League qualifier against Besiktas with news of an injury to Kieran Gibbs.

The 24-year-old has been ruled out of action for at least three week with a hamstring problem.

Gibbs was substituted after 53 minutes of Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace when he suffered the injury.

Nacho Monreal came on as a replacement against Palace and will almost certainly start in the Istanbul match.

Arsenal already have doubts over Laurent Koscielny for then Besiktas tie, while Germany international Per Mertesacker has just returned to training following the World Cup.


Arsène_Wenger_statueArsene Wenger admits Arsenal are “desperate” to qualify for the lucrative group stages of the Champions League and challenged his side to beat Besiktas “no matter what it costs”.

The Gunners will fly to Istanbul on Monday following a dramatic stoppage-time 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on the first day of the new Barclays Premier League season.

There is, however, little opportunity for Wenger’s squad to regroup before focus turns to extending the record of reaching Europe’s elite club competition for each of the last 16 campaigns.

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Here are some of Arsene Wenger’s comments after the late 2-1 win over Palace:

arsene-wenger-newon 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.


Ramsey Saves Arsenal At The Death Again

by David on August 17, 2014

aaron-ramsey2Arsenal 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.