Gibbs: “We have made a statement”

Arsenal had a surprise name on the scoresheet tonight as left back Kieran Gibbs produced an excellent finish from Calum Chambers’ cross to draw the Gunners level against Anderlecht before Lukas Podolski gave us the win in stoppage time at the end of the game.

A delighted Gibbs shared in an interview after the game, “We didn’t give up and we have made a statement of what we want to do.” Continue reading

Arsenal steal a win in Brussels

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger got a late birthday present in Brussels as his Gunners nicked a barely deserved win against a very young Anderlecht side that had Arsenal on the ropes heading into the final stages of the contest.

Arsenal made three changes to the team that drew against Hull at the weekend with Emiliano Martinez making his Champions League debut for the club and Calum Chambers returning for the Gunners at right back. Additionally, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain dropped out of the starting eleven with Aaron Ramsey returning to the side. Continue reading

Martinez in goal for Arsenal today

22 year old Argentine keeper Emiliano Martinez will make his Champions League debut for Arsenal today with the youngster set to start in between the posts for the Gunners on their trip to the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium where we take on Anderlecht.

A red card to Wojciech Szczesny in our win over Galatasaray at home has ruled the Pole out for this game, and with summer signing David Ospina still out with a thigh problem, Martinez will get the chance to make his Champions League bow. Continue reading

Disappointing result, but loved the desire and work rate

I’m sure I’m going to get some flak for writing this, but I have to say, watching Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Hull City was quite inspiring. Ok, so we dropped another two points and we’re not going to win the Premier League again this year, but I continue to have a positive feeling about the way this season will end for us.

What I loved to see out on the pitch today was the heart and desire that the players put in to get a point and then chase a win in the dying moments of the game. And for me, that speaks a lot about the hunger of team. Defensive errors and lack of ability in some areas of the pitch continue to haunt us, and the fact is at this stage of the season we can’t really do anything about it, so we just have to accept our defensive flaws for what they are. Continue reading

Another damn draw

An injury time goal from Danny Welbeck helped Arsenal secure a share of the spoils today as Hull City came calling at the Emirates and looked for long periods that they might actually leave with all three points.

Arsenal have been poor defensively this season, and today was no exception as we conceded another couple of goals, this time to a Hull City side that we really should have got the better off. The dropped points today sees us pick up our 5th draw in 8 games this season, the most in the Premier League and if we continue at this rate, we can pretty much forget getting anything out of this season. Continue reading

Arsenal vs Hull City: Team Sheets

Arsenal made three changes to the team that lost at Chelsea before the international break with the injured duo of Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil making way for Nacho Monreal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Also missing from the Arsenal squad was suspended teenager Calum Chambers, who was replaced by the pacy Hector Bellerin.

Hull meanwhile made some interesting team selections themselves as they chose to come to the Emirates with a 3-5-2 formation with Nikica Jelavic leading the line with the talented Hatem Ben Arfa in a supporting role. Continue reading