Alex Iwobi: “It’s felt like a long time coming”

Arsenal attacker Alex Iwobi scored his first ever Champions League goal, benefiting from a sublime pass by creator in chief Mesut Ozil, before sliding the ball past Tomáš Vaclík to complete a 4-1 rout for the Gunners against FC Basel on Tuesday night.

Iwobi was quick to pay tribute to his senior teammate, saying, “It’s been a good night. I wouldn’t say my goal was a cracker but it was a great assist by Mesut.” Continue reading

Arsene Wenger hopeful of getting a better draw in the Champions League

After years of mediocre outings in the Champions League, Arsenal are finally looking like one of the more fearful sides in Europe this season, as the Gunners finished the Group Stage of the competition unbeaten and at the Top of Group A, thanks in large part to Bulgarian Champions Ludogorets, who did Arsenal a huge favour by holding Paris St. Germain to a draw in Paris, and also came within a few minutes of beating their much more fancied opponents.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reflected on what that means for his Arsenal side in his post match interview today, sharing, ” I thought Ludogorets were a good side – they made a great result that helps us top the group, which was what we wanted.” Continue reading

Perez hat-trick sends Arsenal top of Champions League Group

An excellent day for Arsenal in the Champions League began with the Gunners in second place in Group A, almost looking destined to finish behind Paris St. Germain, but finished with another Arsenal forward grabbing a hat-trick and the Gunners topping their Group, whilst also finishing the Group Stage unbeaten… an excellent omen considering the last time accomplished that feat they made it all the way to the final of the competition.

A rare start for summer signing Lucas Perez saw the Spanish striker redeem the faith shown in him by grabbing a hat-trick, including two tap-in goals, the mark of a true striker of knowing where to be at the right time. Continue reading

Wenger: It will take a lot more than Money to keep Alexis at Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has opined that an enhanced financial package may not be enough to keep in-form forward Alexis Sanchez with the former English Premier League (EPL) champions.

Sanchez has been in excellent form this season. The Chile international is currently the joint top scorer in the EPL along with Chelsea striker Diego Costa, having found the net 11 times. Continue reading

Cazorla ruled out of action till March

Arsenal’s Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla has been ruled out of action for the next three months at the very least with the club having decided that the 31 year old has not progressed sufficiently from the knock he picked up on his Achilles while playing against Ludogorets in the Champions League and will as a result require surgery.

The veteran attacker, in the final year of his contract at the Emirates, is unlikely to feature before March 2017, and even then it remains to be seen when he actually regains full fitness and what kind of role he will play for the Gunners in the title run-in. Continue reading

Wenger disappointed at conceding “cheap goals”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger criticised his players for shoddy defending after they leaked two “cheap goals” in their first defeat since the opening weekend of the season in the League Cup quarter-finals against Southampton.

The English Premier League (EPL) side left the pitch at the end of both halves to a chorus of boos from their home supporters on Wednesday evening. Continue reading

Three Gunners in FIFPro World11 2016 Shortlist

FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA have today announced the final 55-player shortlist for the FIFA FIFPro World11 2016. The list includes three Arsenal players – Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin.

The FIFA FIFPro World11 is decided by the players, for the players. It involves votes from more than 25,000 professional footballers from about 75 different countries. They each select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards. Continue reading