Arsenal drew 2-2 against Manchester United on Wednesday evening at Old Trafford in the 15th round of this season’s Premier League roller coaster, adding game number 20 to their truly impressive unbeaten run. The Gunners led twice, but the home team managed to pull level both times. Shkodran Mustafi gave Arsenal the lead in the 26th minute only to have to cancelled out by Anthony Martial just four minutes later, and the hope for victory briefly reignited by Alexandre Lacazette in the 68th minute was dashed by Jesse Lingard after 60 seconds.
The FA have charged both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur for ‘failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion’ during the North-London Derby at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
After Jan Vertonghen handled the ball in his own penalty area, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the 10th minute from the penalty spot, and the undesired scenes started then and there as a Spurs supporter threw a banana skin towards the Gabonese in a clear move to make a racial insult. Spurs officials have announced an investigation and a lengthy ban for the person responsible for such a despicable act.
Arsenal fans have decided to launch a petition against Mike Dean refereeing another Gunners game, after the official failed to punish Diego Costa for a flailing arm on Laurent Koscielny, then a confrontation with Brazilian centre-back Gabriel that saw the former-Villarreal defender dismissed.
The petition has caught fire very quickly, with close to 50,000 people already getting behind the move. The petition claims that Costa was involved in four incidents that could have earnt him a red card, yet he only received a yellow card.
Costa could yet face retrospective punishment by the FA, as they will decide later today if the Spanish international deserves sanctions for his behaviour against Arsenal.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been charged with misconduct by the FA after the midfielder chanted anti-Spurs songs and used foul language in the Gunners FA Cup victory parade. Wilshere decided to use a microphone to insult the Gunners rivals Spurs.
The 23-year-old has since apologised if he caused any offence to anybody and has been reprimanded by Gunners staff. I am just wondering how many times Jack Wilshere is going to need to apologise during his Gunners career, because he has already had to a number of times.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits that one of the hottest topics of the moment in England is who will be named manager of the senior national squad after Italian Fabio Capello has been sacked, and you can’t stop people discussing it.
The Man Utd boss Alex Ferguson confirmed that he had been instructed by the FA to stop talking about who will (or should) be the new national boss but Wenger refuses to be silenced by football’s governing body.
“I believe everybody is free to talk about the England job,” said Wenger.