Cazorla penalty puts Arsenal ahead

Santi Cazorla has given Arsenal a 1-0 lead against Watford at Vicarage Road, converting a 10th minute penalty awarded to the Gunners after make shift wing-back Nordin Amrabat hammered Alexis Sanchez in the box as the Chilean attempted to meet Mesut Ozil’s lofted pass.

The penalty was as clear cut as possible, and Cazorla made no mistake from the spot to give Arsenal a much needed lead in a game we surely must win to stay in touch with this season’s runaway leaders.

Arsenal ease past West Brom to move back into 3rd place

A brace from Alexis Sanchez helped Arsenal return to winning ways and crucially reclaim third place from Manchester City, whilst also putting a little bit of fresh air between themselves and Manchester United, with a comfortable enough 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates.

Consecutive draws against West Ham United and Crystal Palace had seen any late hope of a title charge from Arsenal wither away in the last week, whilst also throwing the Gunners firmly in the clutches of the Manchester clubs chasing them in the race for a Champions League place for next season. Continue reading

Wenger 60:40 on fans’ favourite Gunner

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said today that he is considering whether or not to use Alexis Sanchez on Sunday against Stoke City, obviously concerned about rushing the player back to action too early after his hamstring injury, while at the same time realizing that he does need a player of Sanchez’s quality in his team.

Arsenal’s away form has taken a massive hit in recent weeks, with the Gunners winning just 1 out of their last 5 games on the road, and Sunday’s match isn’t likely to be any easier with the Britannia Stadium historically being a far from favourite hunting ground of the Gunners. Continue reading

Wenger provides midfield update

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed today that club skipper Mikel Arteta is finally available for selection again, having completed 45 minutes in midweek for the Under 21 side.

Wenger was quizzed about Arteta’s availability for this weekend’s FA Cup clash against Sunderland and confirmed that the veteran Spaniard would indeed be available. Wenger was also asked about Tomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla’s availability and the Arsenal boss shared that while the latter is expected to return to full training next week, there is no change in the timeline earlier shared regarding Cazorla’s return. Continue reading

Sanchez not to be risked this weekend either

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed in his press conference today that Arsenal fans will need to wait a bit longer before Alexis Sanchez is unleashed on unsuspecting defences once again this season with the Chilean forward not having recovered sufficiently from his hamstring injury to take the field against Sunderland in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Wenger said, “The bad news of the week is that Alexis is not quite ready. It is a precaution because of his hamstring, and it takes a few more days. He’s not bad but he’s not ready.” Continue reading

Wenger provides Team News ahead of Newcastle clash

Arsenal could be boosted by the return of Mathieu Flamini to the matchday squad for the visit of Newcastle United on the 2nd of January, revealed Manager Arsene Wenger in his press conference today.

The Gunners’ boss, who rested Flamini because of an inflamed ankle ahead of the visit of Bournemouth on Monday night, has declared that the Frenchman should be available for selection ahead of the clash with the Magpies, but didn’t confirm whether the 31 year old will be instantly drafted back into the team or whether Calum Chambers, who had a good outing against Bournemouth would keep his place. Continue reading

Wenger in no rush to hand new contracts to star duo

There have been consistent rumours in the press about Arsenal offering new contracts to superstar duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in an attempt to tie them down to the Emirates for the foreseeable future, but Manager Arsene Wenger was quick to rubbish such talk in his pre-match press conference today ahead of this weekend’s clash against Southampton.

Wenger hinted that he didn’t want his team distracted by talk of a new deal for the star duo, and hence also to engage in unnecessary gossip and having to deal with player egos regarding matching pay. Continue reading

Wenger: “Slight chance for Sanchez”

Arsenal fans continue to remain hopeful that their star Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez could play some part in the big game against Manchester City on Monday with Manager Arsene Wenger revealing in his press conference today that the superstar has started training again after recovering from the hamstring injury he suffered while playing against Norwich City last month.

Wenger was in an optimistic mood while discussing Sanchez’s likelihood of participating in the match of the weekend, sharing, “A slight chance for Sanchez to be in the game. He is running.” Continue reading