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Wenger delighted by Gunners performance

one_aaron_ramseyArsene Wenger got the “strong response” he was looking for in Turkey as Arsenal put the criticism of recent days behind them to trounce Galatasaray in the Champions League.

A tepid performance at Stoke led to a 3-2 defeat and anger being directed the Frenchman’s way, with a video emerging of fans aiming aggressive abuse at the 65-year-old as the players boarded the train home.

In the build-up to the Galatasaray game, Wenger called from a strong response to Saturday’s disappointment and got the performance he desired from his players with a 4-1 win in their final Group D match.

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A group of angry Arsenal fans waited for their team at Stoke-on-Trent station after Saturday’s defeat to confront manager Arsene Wenger.

The fans, upset after seeing their side concede three times during a woeful first half, positioned themselves on the platform as the players were boarding the train back to London.
When Wenger appeared, they began to boo, with one shouting ‘get out of my club’ and another adding ‘F*** off’.

Wenger is the most successful manager in the history of the north London club, having won three Premier League titles and five FA Cups.

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SantiAccording to the Daily Star, Santi Cazorla is wanted by at least three Spanish teams, with reigning La Liga champions Atletico Madrid the favorite to land him aat the end of the season.

Cazorla turns 30 this month and will only 18 months left on his current contract, Arsenal have a major decision to make with the midfielder. Do they sign him to a new deal, or let him return to La Liga?

Cazorla is no longer first choice in the Arsenal midfield when the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all healthy.

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Arsenal FCArsene Wenger is reportedly eyeing up a move for Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir. The Gunners boss is said to be keen to bring the 21-year-old to the Premier League after some impressive performances this season.

The youngster has scored six goals in 12 Ligue 1 games this season and it is his goals scoring ability that is one of the main reasons why Arsenal are set on bringing Fekir to England.

It will probably take £8 million to get Lyon to part with their star player, but for a club of Arsenal’s wealth that is nothing.

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Wenger on defeat, defence and red card

Arsène_Wenger_statueSome more comments from Arsène Wenger after Arsenal‘s 3-2 defeat against Stoke City

on the defeat…
Stoke started strong and we were not decisive enough in our defensive challenges. From then on we gave them an early present and after that put a lot of energy into the game. In the second half we had good opportunities to come back and we couldn’t. Overall we put a lot of energy into this game like we always have recently and unfortunately we missed our start. We were slow at the back and when we started to respond it was too late in the game.

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Wenger-SignArsenal boss Arsene Wenger conceded that his side weren’t tough enough as they went down 3-2 to Stoke City on Saturday.

Mark Hughes’ Potters raced into a 3-0 lead and could even afford to see Bojan have a fourth chalked off before the Gunners mustered anything in the way of a fightback.

However, a rallying charge finally came as Aaron Ramsey added to Santi Cazorla’s penalty in the second half.

Despite the quick-fire double, Stoke held firm and in a back five that contained inexperienced players like Hector Bellerin and Damian Martinez, Wenger accepted that his team rolled over too easily.

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Santi-CazorlaStoke inflicted yet more misery on Arsene Wenger at the Britannia to end their mini revival.

Stoke were excellent as they blew Arsenal away with their high-tempo football with Bojan outstanding.

They raced into a 3-0 half-time lead against the Gunners during a sensational first 45 minutes as Peter Crouch scored inside 20 seconds before Bojan and Jonathan Walters added two more.

Arsenal were a complete shambles at the back and rookie defender Hector Bellerin was hauled off at the interval.

Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker and Calum Chambers were also poor, with the latter being sent off near the end for a second bookable offence.

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Arsenal FCArsenal are hoping to land the signature of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani in the summer, as the race to land the Uruguayan heats up amid reports he is unhappy in France, reports the Metro.

The striker has regularly been linked with a move away from the French capital, as he regularly has to play deputy to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, operating out wide, rather than always as a central striker.

Cavani has played down speculation over his future, but Arsenal are reportedly preparing to make a move for his services and will contact his club and representatives soon about a possible summer switch.

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Arsenal FCAccording to several media reports, Sporting Lisbon are prepared to sell defensive midfielder William Carvalho to Arsenal when the transfer window reopens in January.

Carvalho has been frequently linked with a move to the Premier League, but Sporting have been reluctant to lose the 22-year-old until now. Their stance is believed to have changed as a result of the player’s underwhelming displays this season, and because they now own all of his economic rights.

Liverpool join Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd in William Carvalho chase

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sanchez-afcArsene Wenger praised the fighting spirit of Alexis Sanchez after the Chile striker fired Arsenal to a 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.

Sanchez pounced in the 89th minute for his 14th goal in 22 appearances since his summer arrival from Barcelona as the Gunners narrowed the gap on the top four to two points.

“Alexis is one of the players who had to dig deep, but he still had such desire to fight. He always finds something special to get a goal,” Arsenal boss Wenger said.

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