Arteta joins Guardiola’s Manchester City staff

Arsenal skipper Mikel Arteta this weekend announced his retirement from football and said that he decided to join the coaching staff of his countryman Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Arteta, who bade farewell to Arsenal on June 30, 2016, said through his Twitter account that “the opportunity to join Pep Guardiola and his team was an amazing opportunity for me and I am incredibly excited for the future”. Continue reading

Arsenal celebrate St. Totteringham’s Day at the Emirates as Giroud grabs hat-trick

A first ever Premier League hat-trick for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, coupled with a 5-1 demolition of Tottenham by 10-man Newcastle United meant that Arsenal continue their tradition of finishing above Spurs in each and every season under Manager Arsene Wenger as the Gunners edged out their North London rivals in the race for second place in the Premier League standings 71 points to 70.

Arsenal came into their game with relegated Aston Villa knowing that a point would be good enough to guarantee them third place, but still had aspirations of finishing second, provided Newcastle United did the Gunners a favour at St. James’ Park. Both outcomes went the Gunners’ way as Arsenal beat Aston Villa 4-0 while Spurs were humiliated 5-1 by another relegated side in Newcastle. 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 happy to welcome another returning star

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger provided the fans with a team update today with the news largely positive that the Gunners have no new injury concerns following their 3-0 triumph over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night, and the team are ready to welcome back another key player.

Hector Bellerin and Olivier Giroud were withdrawn from a precautionary perspective with the game won on Tuesday night, and Wenger did not allude to the duo suffering any hangover from that result. Continue reading

West Brom 2-1 Arsenal: Match Report

Arsenal were left to rue some more rotten luck as the Gunners didn’t just miss their chance to go clear at the top of the Premier League standings, but also slipped all the way down to fourth place after suffering a shock 2-1 defeat at the Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion despite dominating the bulk of the contest.

Arsenal took a deserved lead when Olivier Giroud continued his fine run of recent form, scoring from a Mesut Ozil freekick, but West Brom struck back after just 7 minutes with James Morrison drawing the hosts level from an equally good delivery from the left-foot of Chris Brunt. Continue reading

Arsenal duo ruled out for around a month

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger provided his team news ahead of this weekend’s clash with Everton, and unfortunately things are not looking too great for either Aaron Ramsey or David Ospina.

Ramsey, who pulled up  with a hamstring injury in the game against Bayern Munich in midweek, has been ruled out until after the next international break according to Arsene Wenger, who also hit out at the Welsh team management for overplaying the midfielder. Continue reading

Wenger reveals team news ahead of Watford clash

The international break couldn’t have come at a worse time for Arsenal after the squad buzzing from their 3-0 win against Manchester United at the Emirates.

The win took the Gunners up to second place in the Premier League standings, just 2 points shy of league leaders Manchester City, who saw Sergio Aguero and David Silva join their injured ranks during the break. Continue reading

Arsenal trio to miss Manchester United visit

Arsenal will be without midfielders Mikel Artera and Mathieu Flamini, and perhaps more crucially key centre back Laurent Koscielny for the visit of Manchester United at the Emirates this weekend.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger shared that the hamstring injury that Laurent Koscielny suffered in the midweek loss to Olympiakos has ruled the Frenchman out for three weeks, which fortunately also coincides partially with the international break, so he won’t miss as many games as he might have done. Continue reading