Wenger believes he made the right decision on Jack

While there is little doubt that Arsenal could have used the services of Jack Wilshere at present, Manager Arsene Wenger still believes he made the right decision in sending the England international out on loan to Bournemouth.

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Arsenal striker picks up injury in draw with Bournemouth

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed in his press conference today that another Gunner has picked up an injury and will as a result miss the FA Cup tie with Preston North End this weekend.

The unfortunate player in question is summer signing Lucas Perez, who would have surely started that game had been fit, and it would have done the Spaniard some good to get a run of games under his belt as he looks to find his best form. Continue reading

Petr Cech: “It isn’t the win we wanted”

There were mixed emotions from Arsenal keeper Petr Cech after the Gunners battled down from 3-0 down to grab a 3-3 draw against Bournemouth at Dean Court last night.

The veteran Czech international wasn’t directly at fault for any of the goals, but might feel that he could have done better, once beaten at his near post, seeing a central penalty roll past him, before being nutmeg by Ryan Fraser for Bournemouth’s third goal. Continue reading

Wenger: “We refused to lose the game”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praised his side’s battling qualities, mental strength and refusal to give up while complaining about pretty much everything else after the Gunners overturned a 3-0 deficit in the last 20 minutes of their game against Bournemouth to leave Dean Court with a share of the spoils.

Wenger said about his team after the game, “It was a physical and mental test – they started much faster but we showed we are mentally strong. At 3-0 down after 70 minutes you’d take a point, but in the end we were frustrated not to win the game.” Continue reading

Eddie Howe: “Fate conspired against us”

Bournemouth Manager Eddie Howe, tipped for a while for the top job at Arsenal once Arsene Wenger retires, gave a near perfect audition of his credentials for 70 minutes, masterminding the Cherries to a 3-0 lead against the Gunners before Arsenal fought back to secure a point with three late goals.

Speaking after the game, Howe felt his side was unfortunate not to pick up three points from a match they dominated for the most period, sharing, “Fate conspired against us in several ways. I didn’t think it was a sending off. I thought that was harsh but in the end the quality of their players showed. Continue reading

Wenger cries foul after fresher Bournemouth run Arsenal ragged

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger continued to hit out at the English FA fixture scheduling which gave Bournemouth an extra day to recover for today’s game, something which he felt told on his side’s performance, especially in the first half.

The veteran Frenchman said in an interview with BBC Sport, “At the start we suffered from the quality of Bournemouth. One team had over three days to recover and on top of that we suffered at the back. It was a physical test but we came back into the game and mentally it was a test and we showed we are mentally strong. I am happy to play every day but only if our opponent has done the same.” Continue reading

Wenger lashes out at inconsistent refereeing

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger lashed out at the inconsistent display of young Referee Michael Oliver after a host of decisions went against the Gunners in their 3-3 draw with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium tonight.

A penalty awarded to Bournemouth for a push from Granit Xhaka on Ryan Fraser saw Callum Wilson convert to put the hosts 2-0 ahead before a more vigorous shove in the back from Fraser himself on Hector Bellerin went unpunished which allowed the young Scotsman to steal the ball from the Arsenal defender and go on to the score Bournemouth’s third goal. Continue reading

Aaron Ramsey: “Hopefully there will be more twists and turns”

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey made his first start for the Gunners in a month, and had a mixed outing against Bournemouth, not doing enough in the final third and missing chances as he roamed higher up the pitch, but played his part in helping Arsenal turnaround a 3-0 deficit in the last 20 minutes of the game.

Ramsey also got into a verbal spat with Alexis Sanchez early in the second half, not something Managers like to see out on the pitch, but perhaps it was just what Arsenal needed as their players attempted to rally themselves after a very poor opening hour. Continue reading