Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Norwich City capped a poor run of form in the Premier League that has seen them fall short in the title race. After so much promise, the Gunners have now dropped seven points from their previous three games, and end November in fourth place. A stalemate against Tottenham Hotspur preceded a defeat to West Bromwich Albion and a draw to City.
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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey made his first start for the Gunners in over a month this weekend but couldn’t steer the side to victory against Norwich City at Carrow Road. Nevertheless, the Welsh international was delighted to finally be back playing the Premier League, and hopes he can make a positive contribution to the side in the coming weeks. Arsenal have dropped points while suffering an injury crisis, and Ramsey’s return comes at a perfect time for the Londoners to turn things around.
Arsenal drew 1-1 with Norwich at Carrow Road on Sunday, with both Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny picking-up injuries.
The first attempt on goal of the game came on four minutes, as Alexis Sanchez fired just wide of John Ruddy’s right-hand post from 25 yards out.
The Gunners experienced yet another injury setback on 11 minutes, as Laurent Koscielny picked-up a knock and had to be replaced by Gabriel. On 16 minutes Mesut Ozil was found in the box by Nacho Monreal in the area. However the German’s shot was diverted wide of goal by Andre Wisdom.
Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is expected to keep his place ahead of this afternoon’s clash away to Norwich City, and will be hoping he can vindicate his manager’s faith with a good performance and a goal. The Costa Rican international, 23, has made nine appearances for the Gunners in all competitions, playing in Arsenal’s last three Premier League games due to an injury crisis, and has been showered in praise by Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City today, and are big favourites to pick up all three points against the struggling Canaries. Victory for the visitors could see them finish the day level on points with Manchester City and Leicester City at the summit, while Norwich risk spiralling down the table if they can’t arrest their slide. Recent form suggests an away win is in the offing this afternoon.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed returning midfielder Aaron Ramsey won’t be considered in the holding role any more due to his attributes going forward. The Welsh international looked to be deputising as a deep-lying midfielder following the growing injury crisis, but his manager instead believes his talents shouldn’t be suppressed by tactical discipline as a holding-midfielder.
“Ramsey is more an offensive player. I will use him sometimes (centrally) when the game demands, but he’s a very adventurous. I used Ramsey on the right because he gives us a balance with Ozil, Sanchez and Giroud. That’s where I will certainly continue to use him. He is not afraid to tackle but he likes to go in the box and he has a good timing of runs and he wants the ball and he wants to go forward,” said Wenger.
Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom revealed his determination to make a name for himself at the Emirates Stadium, and isn’t giving up on becoming a regular staple in attack in the future. The 20-year-old is currently on loan with Championship high-flyers Hull City, and has shown signs of promise at times that have led to praise from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Akpom could have stuck around with the first-team this season, but was requested by his boss to get game time at a good level to continue his development before challenging the applecart at the Emirates.
According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez has the energy and zeal of a lion. Sanchez scored a brace in the Gunners recent 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League and looked back to his best.
Wenger told the media: “When he does something, he does it 100%,” Wenger said. “He finishes and you think: ‘He’s dead now.’ But then he recovers and gives 100% again. You always see signs of exhaustion but it’s not [that] because two days later, he’s fine.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave an assessment of his injured stars ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash to come against Norwich City. The Gunners travel to Carrow Road to face the Canaries on Sunday afternoon, and are 8/13 to pick up all three points.
The Londoners have a number of players out of action, such as Mikel Arteta (calf), Francis Coquelin (knee), Theo Walcott (calf), Tomáš Rosický (knee), Jack Wilshere (fibula) and Danny Welbeck (knee), but could welcome back Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to the fold.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that he is willing to spend money in the January transfer window, but has once again reiterated that he will only spend money if the right player is available. Same statement he makes on a b-annual basis really.
At his weekly press conference Wenger said: “We are in a position where we want to do something. If I find the right quality I will do something.”
Asked if he was looking for a bargain in the January sales Wenger replied: “Who doesn’t love a bargain? What is for us a bargain is to buy top quality as only top quality strengthens our squad.