Wenger still not contemplating title challenge

Arsenal cemented second place in the Premier League standings for another week after picking up a well deserved 1-0 win on the road against Burnley today, and as a result also reduced Chelsea’s lead over the Gunners to just 4 points.

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger though isn’t looking too far ahead just yet and continued to play it cool about a title challenge considering that the Blues still have two games in hand over the Gunners.

Wenger shared in his post match interview today, “I don’t think that our game against Chelsea will decide the Premier League title, they have two games in hand, but we have to just to keep going. We have promised ourselves to do as well as we can until the end and then we will see where we stand.”

While Wenger might publicly still consider the title race beyond him, there is little doubt that Arsenal fans will watch tomorrow’s West London derby with great interest, hoping that Queens Park Rangers can do them a favour tomorrow and take some points off Chelsea, who are likely to be without star striker Diego Costa for the game.

Coquelin: “I always knew that I could do a job for the team”

Arsenal’s free scoring forward line might be picking up all the plaudits for the Gunners’ 8 match winning streak, but every true Arsenal fan knows that without the battling qualities of Francis Coquelin in the middle of the park, Arsenal would not be in the position we are in the points table at this stage of the season.

Coquelin has been one of the Arsenal finds of the season, and it was a pleasure to see the French midfielder rewarded for his efforts in the middle of the park with the man of the match award today, so often reserved for flair players higher up the pitch. Continue reading

Ramsey: “We’re on this fantastic run”

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey scored the winner in today’s clash against Burnley at Turf Moor and was quick to complement the home side on putting on a good display against the Gunners, who have now won 8 games in a row in the Premier League.

Ramsey shared after the game, “It’s definitely one of the tougher games. A lot of big teams have dropped points here. We looked solid. They like to get the ball forward and we dealt with it very well. Maybe in the past we’ve been guilty of going forward and been punished. We were under pressure but we felt pretty comfortable out there.” Continue reading

Wenger: “They made life very difficult for us”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was all praise for his side after they squeezed out a hard earned 1-0 win against relegation threatened Burnley thanks to an early goal from Welsh wizard Aaron Ramsey.

Wenger shared after the match, “It was a battling performance more than a fluid performance, and that was because Burnley are perfectly organised and very fit to keep their shape for the full 90 minutes.” Continue reading

Burnley vs Arsenal: Team Sheets

Teams:

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud

Subs: Szczesny, Chambers, Gibbs, Welbeck, Walcott, Rosicky, Flamini

Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell (c), Mee; Boyd, Arfield, Jones, Barnes; Vokes, Ings

Subs: Gilks, Keane, Ward, Jutkiewicz, Ulvestad, Kightly, Taylor

Arsenal get triple injury boost

Arsenal’s squad heading into the final seven games of the Premier League season looks set to improve considerably with three players returning to first team action this week after the midfield trio of Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby got some much needed competitive game time for the Under-21s in midweek. Continue reading