Kolkata gets ready to welcome Thierry Henry

When Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry takes his seat at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium here on Tuesday to watch Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) take on Mumbai City FC in an Indian Super League (ISL) match, a gigantic banner reading ‘Welcome to the City of Joy, King Henry’ will welcome him.

Organised by the Arsenal Bengal Supporters Club, a fan club in the eastern metropolis, which has been recognized by the English Premier League heavyweights recently, the 20 by five feet long banner will feature the Frenchman showing his back with the famous ‘No 14’ shirt on. Continue reading

Is it time to give Gibbs a run in the side?

Arsenal kept another clean sheet against Middlesbrough in the Premier League yesterday, but for the second consecutive game in this competition, the opposition Manager targeted Nacho Monreal as the weak link in the Arsenal backline.

Last week against Swansea City, Monreal was burned repeatedly by Mo Barrow, and yesterday Adama Traore with his electric pace did the same. Continue reading

Wenger provides Giroud injury update

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hopes to have Olivier Giroud available for selection on Tuesday when the Gunners entertain Reading in the League Cup.

Arsenal missed Giroud’s physical presence today as they failed to make the most of their opportunities on setplays against Middlesbrough and Wenger was predictably quizzed when the Gunners’ powerful centre forward would return to action. Continue reading

Wenger: “We did not have the legs today”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger tried to put a positive spin on things after watching his side drop two crucial points at home against Middlesbrough, who despite not having much of the ball produced an excellent showing at both ends of the pitch.

Wenger explained his side’s inability to break down a stubborn Boro side, saying, “It is a game where you had a lot of possession but there were tired legs and you are prone to counter-attacks. You make it difficult for yourself. 75% possession but you could have lost the game, that is modern football.” Continue reading

Petr Cech: “We rushed it a bit in the final third”

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech produced a Man of the Match performance, but it was only good enough for the Gunners to get a share of the spoils from their home game with Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw by the newly promoted side, despite having 75% of possession, but despite having so much of the ball, lacked a cutting edge in the final third in the absence of Santi Cazorla, and perhaps because of carrying some heavy legs, having also played in midweek. Continue reading

Battling Boro ruin Arsene’s birthday plans with deserved draw

It was an unhappy 67th birthday for Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger as newly promoted Middlesbrough brought the Gunners’ seven match winning run to a grinding halt at the Emirates, holding the London giants to a 0-0 draw. Despite the result, Arsenal do go top of the league standings with 20 points, a point and a place ahead of Manchester City, who play Southampton at home tomorrow.

Arsenal predictably dominated possession, but were kept very much in check by a well disciplined Middlesbrough back 9, who sat deep with a bank of 5 in front of their 4 defenders and played on counter-attack, threatening Arsenal on more than a handful of occasions. In fact, truth be told it was the visitors from the North East who had the better opportunities over the 90 minutes and will feel a little hard done by, denied by a mixture of fantastic keeping from Petr Cech and some last ditch defending from leaving the Emirates with all three points. Continue reading

Wilshere stars as Bournemouth hold Tottenham

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere did his bit for Bournemouth today, holding Tottenham to a 0-0 draw at the Vitality Stadium in the early kick-off on Saturday.

Wilshere got his first 90 minutes of the season under his belt and was solid in midfield, limiting Spurs to negligible chances, that prevented the Gunners’ North London rivals from going top of the league standings. Continue reading