Goals from Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earned Arsenal a much needed win over Premier League newboys AFC Bournemouth in the Gunners’ first ever visit to Dean Court on Sunday. Arsenal, win-less in their last 4 Premier League games, had seen their Premier League title challenge flounder in recent weeks, and the three points earned today takes them back up to third place in the league standings, level on points but trailing local rivals Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference. Continue reading
Bournemouth: Boruc, Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Surman, Ritchie, Gosling, Arter, Pugh, Afobe
Subs: Iturbe, King, Stanislas, Federici, Distin, Grabban, O’Kane
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Gabriel, Koscielny, Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud, Sanchez
Subs: Gibbs, Mertesacker, Ospina, Walcott, Campbell, Coquelin, Iwobi.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s face matched that of every Gunners fans tonight as Arsenal failed to beat an in-form keeper in Fraser Forster of Southampton despite registering 21 shots on goal and 11 on target.
Wenger blamed his side’s poor finishing on the night as Southampton were comprehensively outplayed by the Gunners, especially in the second half, but still left the Emirates with a share of the spoils, that severely dents Arsenal’s title aspirations with the Gunners sliding to fourth place in the Premier League standings, now trailing Leicester City by as many as 5 points. Continue reading
Arsenal have now gone four games without a win, and three without scoring in the Premier League as their title challenge looks in danger of slipping away with the Gunners held to a 0-0 draw at home by Southampton. Fraser Forster had a memorable night in goal for the Saints as he denied Mesut Ozil twice in the first half and kept out a barrage of efforts from Arsenal in the second as the Gunners threw everything they had at the Southampton defence, only to run into a brick wall repeatedly to slid 5 points behind league leaders Leicester City, and now even behind local rivals Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference. Continue reading
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Gabriel, Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, Campbell, Giroud, Sanchez
Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Chambers, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin
Southampton: Forster, Soares, Fonte, Van Dijk, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Wanyama, Mane, Long, Tadic
Subs: Yoshida, Clasie, Martina, Pelle, Juanmi, Stekelenburg, Targett
Arsenal fans will be praying that Francis Coquelin’s time at Championship club Charlton Athletic is a good omen, with the Gunners having sent Yaya Sanogo down a division for some regular playing time in an attempt to build the youngster’s confidence.
After a poor loan spell at Crystal Palace last season, Sanogo was sent out to Ajax at the start of the current campaign and an injury early on prevented the former French international from breaking into the first team with the Dutch giants either. Continue reading
Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy has finally got his wish to leave the Gunners, completing a deadline day move to Bordeaux where he will see out the rest of the season on loan.
Debuchy has been desperately keen to get some regular playing time under his belt after falling behind Hector Bellerin in the pecking order at the Emirates, and after lashing out at Manager Arsene Wenger last month at having been brought to North London on false promises, he hasn’t even made recent matchday squads with Wenger passing over the chance to rotate Bellerin with Debuchy in recent games. Continue reading
One can sense Manchester United are getting rather desperate when they make a late deadline day offer to take an Arsenal player on loan to solve their problems at the back.
In fairness to Louis van Gaal, he has seen his side suffer a lot of injuries, especially in the full-back position, and with French defender Mathieu Debuchy out of favour at Arsenal and expected to leave the club in the January transfer window, one can understand why United decided to make an offer to take the 30 year old right back on loan. Continue reading