Gunners all praise for Sanogo

French striker Yaya Sanogo finally broke his duck for the club, scoring the opening goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Borussia Dortmund. The youngster also led the line well for the bulk of the game, providing his teammates with a much needed targetman, who has the ability to play with his back to goal, and put in a good shift before a hamstring injury brought an early end to his evening.

It didn’t take his teammates long to sing his praises after the game with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was the first to congratulate Sanogo, saying, “It’s important he got that goal, it’s been a long time coming. In pre-season he showed us what he could do, and he took [the chance] tonight. It was a good start for him, a goal always helps your confidence and I thought he played really well. He held the ball up well and hopefully he can score a few more like that.” Continue reading

Mertesacker: “It was a solid performance”

Arsenal’s stand-in skipper Per Mertesacker faced the cameras again today after the game against Borussia Dortmund after Mikel Arteta limped off after 67 minutes with what looked like a calf injury that will rule him out of action for weeks to come.

The Gunners put in a commendable performance today against Dortmund to come away with an important 2-0 win, which secured their place in the knock-out rounds of the Champions League for another year. While mathematically we can still top the group, it is unlikely to happen unless Anderlecht does us a favour by beating Dortmund on Matchday 6 and we beat Galatasaray in Turkey. Continue reading

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Team Sheets

Teams:

Arsenal: Emiliano Martínez, Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, Calum Chambers, Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sánchez,
Santi Cazorla, Yaya Sanogo

Subs: Ryan Huddart, Laurent Koscielny, Tomáš Rosický, Lukas Podolski, Mathieu Flamini, Joel Campbell, Héctor Bellerín

Borussia Dortmund: Roman Weidenfeller, Neven Subotić, Sven Bender, İlkay Gündoğan, Ciro Immobile, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kevin Grosskreutz, Łukasz Piszczek, Matthias Ginter, Marcel Schmelzer

Subs: Mitchell Langerak, Marc Hornschuh, Sebastian Kehl, Shinji Kagawa, Miloš Jojić, Adrián Ramos, Erik Durm

Classic Wenger response

While most Arsenal fans were feeling rotten after the disappointing defeat suffered at the Emirates today to Manchester United, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger did manage to produce a moment of classical wisdom when asked about Jack Wilshere’s ‘headbutt’ on the considerably taller Belgian Marouane Fellaini.

In a statement that has not gone out of style during his rather long tenure at Arsenal, Wenger responded with a classic – “Honestly, I didn’t see the incident.”

Wenger: “We have to take it on the chin”

Like every other Arsenal fan today, Arsene Wenger cut a disappointed and frustrated figure when he took on the media after the disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of a very poor Manchester United side at the Emirates.

Wenger said in his post match presser, “It was one-way traffic and we lost the game, we have to take it on the chin. I know we’ll be criticised for it but you have to respect the energy levels we put in.” Continue reading

Arsenal vs Man United: Team Sheets

Arsenal: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Sanchez, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck.

Subs: Rosicky, Podolski, Giroud, Cazorla, Flamini, Martinez, Bellerin.

Manchester United: De Gea, Smalling, McNair, Blackett, Shaw, Carrick, Valencia, Fellaini, Rooney, Di Maria, Van Persie.

Subs: Mata, Januzaj, Lindegaard, Young, Ander Herrera, Fletcher, Wilson.

Adamant Wenger blocks transfer

Despite Lukas Podolski’s very obvious consternations at Arsenal, an adamant Arsene Wenger has dismissed any talks of a transfer for the German forward this winter.

Following Germany’s win against Gibraltar, Podolski had made plain his dismay at having to repeatedly warm the bench and in excerpts of an interview carried in Goal.com, Wenger replied, “He [Podolski] plays a position where there is a big competition. He came very late from his holidays [in the summer]. He started after his team-mates and was not good physically. It’s not established at all that he will leave at Christmas. It was me who sets the price and it [Podolski’s reported valuation] doesn’t correspond at all to his price. He is not for sale and there is no offer. Today’s newspapers have an advantage. They know more than us. But the story is completely fabricated.” Continue reading