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Wenger provides update on Walcott, Koscielny 0

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Speaking ahead of the Premier League clash against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Arsene Wenger has provided the latest injury update, revealing that neither Theo Walcott nor Laurent Koscielny will be fit to face the Black Cats.

Arsenal are in desperate need of a morale-boosting win following what was a disappointing seven days for the team, with the Gunners narrowly avoiding home defeat to Hull City before producing a very poor display in the 2-1 Champions League win over Anderlecht.

England star Theo Walcott is again set to miss out as Wenger wants him to gain some more match practice by representing the Under-21 side against Stoke City.

Sunderland vs. Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on October 24, 2014 by David Nugent

Sunderland host Arsenal on Saturday at the Stadium of Light looking to recover from one of their worst ever top-flight defeats.

The Black Cats suffered an 8-0 hammering at the hands of Southampton last time out. The performance was so bad that the fans were refunded the cost of their tickets and travel, after former-Gunners keeper Vito Mannone revealed in an interview following the game that he felt the fans deserved a refund.

Sunderland had previously suffered just one defeat this season. The Black Cats have become one of the Premier League’s draw specialists this season, claiming five draws in the top-flight and winning just once.

Arsenal without nine players for their weekend clash against Sunderland 1

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal will be without nine first-team players ahead of their Saturday afternoon fixture against Sunderland.

Goalkeeper David Ospina, central defender Laurent Koscielny, right-back Mathieu Debuchy, midfielders Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby, playmaker Mesut Ozil, and forward Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo are all missing from the first-team for their Black Cats clash.

Arsenal are 8/11 to win away to Sunderland this weekend, but the Gunners could well struggle at the Stadium of Light given their recent league form. Arsene Wenger’s side are winless from their last three games, while having won just once in their last seven.

Per Mertesacker questions Arsene Wenger’s tactics 1

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has been public in his criticism of manager Arsene Wenger, suggesting that his preferred style of play needs to be evolved to rescue Arsenal’s season.

“We lack a few things. The passing game is not as efficient as last year. We are not at our best, we have to admit that. We have to be honest to ourselves and train harder. I think we have to do better with our own possession, to play more in wide areas. I think it is better to expose them there, instead of playing one-twos through the middle,” he said.

Former Arsenal midfielder launches scathing attack on Arsene Wenger 0

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has voiced his disappointment at Arsene Wenger’s transfer dealings following yet another poor performance from Arsenal.

The Gunners were extremely fortunate to score two late goals to secure a victory over Anderlecht in the Champions League group stages after riding their luck for much of the game.

And with back line containing Nacho Monreal as a centre-back far from impressive, former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong went to Twitter to criticise the Gunners manager for his poor transfer dealings.

“Said it and will say it again we need a F****** centre back with Laurent a bloody DMF and a bloody striker,” Frimpong wrote via his official Twitter account.

Anderlecht win should not mask Gunners poor performance 0

Posted on October 23, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal somehow rescued a 2-1 win away at Anderlecht last night in the Champions League, despite producing a lacklustre display. It took an 89th minute equaliser from full-back Kieran Gibbs and a 91st minute winner from substitute Lukas Podolski to win the game.

Lacklustre

Lacklustre was the word I used in describing the Gunners display in my opening paragraph and that is exactly what the performance was. There seemed to be no drive, energy or imagination against the Belgian champions.

The lack of creativity was concerning because with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey you would expect the team to produce better.

Wenger pats himself on the back for “tactical gamble” paying off 0

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After a late flurry of goals secured all three points in the dying minutes of Arsenal’s Champions League clash against Anderlecht last night, manager Arsene Wenger was pleased his gamble paid off.

“It’s a gambling situation in these games and it worked. In the last five minutes in the Champions League the nerves play a part and we had to get into these five minutes without conceding a second goal,” he said.

Alexis Sanchez showing signs of discontent with Arsenal’s limp start to the season 10

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While the majority of Arsenal players were rejoicing after a late winner away to Champions League minnows Anderlecht, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was less than impressed.

The Chilean international was visibly seen shaking his head at the final whistle, captured on YouTube, in frustration that Arsenal made such difficult work of what should have been a straight-forward tie for a side of their calibre.

Sanchez has been the Londoners’ most impressive performer this season, and is starting to show his quality on a consistent basis, even when Arsenal are underperforming. But his debut season for the Gunners has seen them undergo a poor league campaign, early elimination in the Capital One Cup, and an unconvincing start in Europe.

Arsenal secure last-gasp victory over Anderlecht 1

Posted on October 22, 2014 by David Nugent

Two late goals saw Arsenal claim a 2-1 Champions League victory over Anderlecht in Brussels.

The first attempt of the game came on three minutes. Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez did well on the wing to whip a cross into the Anderlecht penalty area and Santi Cazorla fired wildly over the bar with a mis-hit effort.

On 13 minutes Anderlecht midfielder Dennis Praet saw a long-range effort go straight into the arms of Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez. On 16 minutes Gunners striker Danny Welbeck headed over the Anderlecht bar from a whipped delivery by Sanchez.

Wenger not worried over Martinez start 1

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested he is not too concerned by the fact that inexperienced goalkeeper Damian Emiliano Martinez will be in the starting line-up for the Champions League clash against Anderlecht.

Starting goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is suspended after seeing red against Galatasaray, while his back-up David Ospina is missing through a thigh problem and is expected to miss next three months of action.

That means that Arsene Wenger has no choice but to start 22-year-old Damian Martinez, who has made just two competitive appearances for the Gunners so far, featuring in Capital One Cup matches against Coventry and Reading during the 2012/2013 season.



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