Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez continued his recent upturn in form with a brace against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon. The Gunners ran out 3-0 winners at the Emirates Stadium to move up to second in the Premier League table this weekend, and manager Arsene Wenger will be delighted to see the Chilean international back among the goals after a slow start to the new season.
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Arsenal claimed a crucial 3-0 victory over top four rivals Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, as Alexis Sanchez grabbed a brace and Mesut Ozil scored in the first 20 minutes.
Arsenal took the lead with the first real attempt on goal on six minutes. Mesut Ozil put in a cross and Alexis Sanchez produced a superb back-heeled finish. Less than a minute later and the Gunners doubled their lead.
Ozil put Theo Walcott through on goal. The striker cut back inside and returned the ball to the German international, who slotted home past the helpless David de Gea in the United goal.
Arsenal welcome the visit of Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium at arguably the worst time this season with the Gunners struggling for results of late. Arsene Wenger’s men have suffered three defeats in their last five games in all competitions, and are directly coming off the back of a loss in the Champions League in midweek.
There’s also questions about their home form, and how poor they have been in their own backyard this season. Arsenal have picked up just one win at the Emirates from four played in the Premier League and Europe so far, so hosting an in-form Manchester United side who could go top of the table with a win today isn’t ideal for the Londoners.
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has had an indifferent time at the Emirates since his £42M move from Real Madrid in 2013. The German international, 26, has had good performances and bad, but he’s continued to struggle against stellar opposition in an Arsenal shirt. He’s gone cold in every game against this weekend’s opponents Manchester United – failing to score or make an assist – but can he finally shine this time round?
Arsenal new-boy Petr Cech believes the Gunners need to start putting results ahead of performances, with the London outfit coming off the back of three defeats from their last five games in all competitions. Arsenal recently lost at home to Olympiacos in the Champions League, and pressure has been mounting on manager Arsene Wenger and the players as a result.
Despite consistently boasting high-levels of possession, and having created a high number of chances per game this season, Arsenal just aren’t being ruthless enough where it matters. Arsenal’s Champions League hopes are already hanging by a thread, they’ve won just once from four home games ahead of a weekend clash against Manchester United, and Cech is rallying the troops to do what ever it takes to win.
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will be out of action ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash against Manchester United after picking up a hamstring injury in the Gunners’ midweek Champions League defeat to Olympiacos. The French international, 30, was brought off before the hour mark in Tuesday’s game, and manager Arsene Wenger revealed it could be weeks until the centre-back returns.
“Laurent Koscielny will certainly be out, he has a hamstring strain and it looks like it will be three weeks, something like that.” Wenger added that midfielders Mikel Arteta (leg) and Mathieu Flamini (hamstring) could also be ruled out for Sunday’s game, while the likes of Jack Wilshere (foot), Tomas Rosicky (knee) and Danny Welbeck (knee) remain long-term absentees this season.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has talked up the important of this weekend’s clash with league leaders Manchester United with how tight the title race currently is in the Premier League. Ahead of Sunday’s outing at the Emirates Stadium, 4th-placed Arsenal and Manchester United are separated by three points in the table, which means the Gunners could finish the weekend top of the pack if they can finally beat the Red Devils.
The two sides have played out memorable fixtures down the years when Arsenal and Manchester United were fighting it out for the league crown in the past. And despite both clubs finishing considerably off the top spot in the last two seasons, this weekend’s meeting sees a title-race six-pointer finally returning to the Emirates.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger remains defiant about his decision to pick Colombian ‘keeper David Ospina and defended the Colombian’s ability in his press conference on Friday, ahead of the Gunners big game against Manchester United on Sunday.
Wenger told the press: “I’m comfortable with either goalkeeper, they are both world class. I had to leave one out.
“I make the decision I think is best for the team on the day. I am accountable on the results of my team and the way we play football.”
Asked about the latest comments from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, Wenger said: “Stop that or we stop the press conference.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been heavily criticised for his decision to start David Ospina ahead of Petr Cech in an important Champions League clash with Olympiakos, and we might now have the answer why the Professor opted to go with the Colombian.
In all fairness, the Colombia number one was pretty impressive each time he was called upon last season and he was quite unfortunate to have Petr Cech arrive from Chelsea, but he was at blame for the second goal in Tuesday’s encounter, this making it more difficult for the Gunners to get back into the game.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger celebrates 19 years at the helm this month, but the anniversary comes at a time where tensions between supporters and manager couldn’t be higher. There have been many calls for the Gunners to end his long reign at the club given continual failure in the Premier League and Europe, and questions are now being asked if Wenger will reach 20 years.