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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.

Arsenal’s Premier League form in 2014 1

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal were unrivalled in the year of 2013, with Arsene Wenger’s side having won 35 of their 54 games played (65% win ratio) in all competitions.

In the 38 Premier League games played at the tail end of 2012/13 and the first-half of 2013/14, the Gunners picked up 25 wins, 7 draws, and just six defeats (82 points), which saw them at the summit on league form last year.

But 2014 has seen them looking considerably human, so how have the Londoners dared so far this year?

Arsene Wenger: “David Ospina will be out for three months” 0

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League clash against Anderlecht tonight, manager Arsene Wenger revealed Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina will be out of action for up to three months.

“It is exactly the same injury (suffered in the World Cup). He had his first injury at Nice – it was a knee problem and he was a bit rushed back and did not use his leg, so his muscle became weaker. Then he got injured in the World Cup. After that, he came to us injured after the World Cup and it took him two months to play again.”

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Posted on October 21, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal resume Champions League action on Wednesday with an away fixture against Anderlecht, with the Gunners desperate to make amends for weekend’s setback against Hull City as well as eager to make another step towards the knockout stages.

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Emiliano Martinez to start against Anderlecht in tomorrow’s Champions League clash 0

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With first-choice Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny suspended and second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina injured, Emiliano Martinez is set to start in goal for the Gunners ahead of their Champions League outing against Belgian giants Anderlecht.

Arsenal cannot afford any slip-ups, as they , but the defence in front of Martinez is already weakened, forcing Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers into the side. The London side are 4/5 to get all three points against Anderlecht tomorrow night, but it won’t be easy given their recent form.

Could Arsene Wenger take tactical tips from Sam Allardyce this season? 1

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With how well West Ham United have started the campaign with a completely different system under manager Sam Allardyce, could Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger learn from the Englishman in regard to how tactically flexible he’s been to pick up results?

Arsenal recently drew 2-2 at home to Hull City, which was the Gunners’ third game in a row that they have dropped points, and meant they’ve amassed just one victory from their last seven games. Wenger has rotated from just two tactics all season – a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-1-4-1. He’s been reticent to play two attackers from any game, due to fear of losing the ball in the middle of the park, despite having central midfield players boasting high levels of ball retention.

Anderlecht vs. Arsenal Champions League preview 0

Posted on October 21, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal visit Brussels on match day three of the Champions League as the Gunners face Anderlecht at the Constant Vanden Stock.

The Gunners have made a mixed start to their European campaign so far with a 2-0 defeat at Dortmund in the opening game and a convincing 4-1 victory over Galatasaray in their last outing.

Arsene Wenger’s side head to Belgium on the back of a disappointing 2-2 Premier League home draw with Hull on Saturday. England striker Danny Welbeck scored in stoppage-time to spare the Gunners blushes and rescue a point.

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