Wenger blames fixture congestion for latest debacle

Another poor performance from Arsenal, especially in the second half was blamed on fixture congestion by Manager Arsene Wenger, who felt that the demands of playing three times in the last week was too much for his Arsenal side, who faded rather poorly in the second half and were perhaps lucky to leave the Stadium of Light with a share of the spoils.

Arsenal dominated the first period, but were lucky not to concede a penalty after a blatant hand ball in the box from Per Mertersacker at point blank range. The ball must have travelled barely a foot to reach the tall German, but he almost certainly denied Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe a goal-scoring opportunity, and Arsenal were lucky not to concede a penalty. Continue reading

Poor Arsenal escape with a point at Sunderland

A poor second half from Arsenal, one in which the Gunners created very little till the closing stages saw the Gunners stay in fourth place after picking up only a point following a 0-0 draw away to relegation threatened Sunderland, who on merit probably deserved to take all three points from the game.

Both teams came into this game unchanged with Arsene Wenger’s decision not to rotate his side despite playing as recently as Thursday, coming back to haunt the Gunners as the second half wore on. Continue reading

Sunderland vs Arsenal: Team Sheets

Teams:

Sunderland: Mannone, Yedlin, Kaboul, Kone, Van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M’Vila, Khazri, Borini, Defoe

Subs: Pickford, Jones, Larsson, Rodwell, N’Doye, O’Shea, Watmore

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Elneny, Ramsey, Alexis, Iwobi, Ozil, Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Coquelin, Wilshere, Walcottt, Campbell, Welbeck

Arsenal make SHOCK decision over future of immensely promising attacker

Arsenal are believed to have provided fellow Londoners West Ham United the chance to sign one of their most promising attackers – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – according to shock reports in The Daily Mirror.

The Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is understood to be ready to offload a number of his players to make room for the introduction of new stars in the summer, and Oxlade-Chamberlain may be one of the first ones to face the axe.

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Arsenal ease past West Brom to move back into 3rd place

A brace from Alexis Sanchez helped Arsenal return to winning ways and crucially reclaim third place from Manchester City, whilst also putting a little bit of fresh air between themselves and Manchester United, with a comfortable enough 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates.

Consecutive draws against West Ham United and Crystal Palace had seen any late hope of a title charge from Arsenal wither away in the last week, whilst also throwing the Gunners firmly in the clutches of the Manchester clubs chasing them in the race for a Champions League place for next season. Continue reading

Ramsey admits Arsenal win is “too little too late”

Arsenal players have traditionally been the type to tow the company line, but it appears they too are getting more than a tad restless with their own lack of success in recent times with Aaron Ramsey the latest to express his disappointment after Arsenal’s win against West Bromwich Albion today.

Ramsey, who returned to the starting line-up for today’s game and had a hand in both goals, said after the game, “We played with a lot of belief and intensity and we made a lot of chances. We haven’t been at that standard of late and we needed that level of performance for us and our fans.” Continue reading

Arsenal vs West Brom: Team Sheets

Teams:

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Elneny, Iwobi, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud.

Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Chambers, Coquelin, Campbell, Walcott, Welbeck.

West Brom: Foster, Chester, Evans, Dawson, McAuley, Sandro, Yacob, Fletcher, McClean, Sessegnon, Berahino

Subs: Myhill, Olsson, Gardner, Anichebe, McManaman, Rondon, Leko

Wenger ready to splash the cash for sensational Croat

Arsenal are understood to be gearing up to make a serious move for Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, according to reports in Italian publication Corriere dello Sport.

It is further believed that the Gunners are ready to offer around £16m for the promising Croat, who currently plays on loan for Inter Milan and who will make his move to the San Siro permanent in the summer once his one and a half year loan stay at the Italian club expires.

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