10-man Arsenal snatch dramatic late winner against Burnley

It was a typical Sunday afternoon for Arsenal fans at the Emirates, put through the wringer emotionally by the side they love, and rescued right at the death by Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez, who despite missing 3 of his last 4 penalties showed the calmness and petulance that one has come to expect with greatness as he stroked home the winner for the home team in the 98th minute of the game.

The opening hour of the match is exactly what one has come to expect from Arsenal over the years, dominate the contest but struggle to break down a well oiled defence at home. Continue reading

Club veteran explains how Arsenal may pip Chelsea to the Premier League title

Chelsea may be enjoying a scintillating run of success in the Premier League at present; however, former Blues ace and current Arsenal star Petr Cech feels the Gunners still have a good chance of beating their city rivals to the coveted trophy.

The 34 year old was quoted in The Daily Mirror, saying: “We need to win these games as you can’t let them have the advantage of making the gap bigger. If everyone gets points Chelsea feels the pressure from behind. This is ­probably the better scenario for those of us who are chasing.” 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

Arsenal mount terrific fightback to come from 3-0 down to grab a point at Bournemouth

A stirring comeback from Arsenal saw the Gunners wipe out a 3-0 deficit in the last 20 minutes after playing some awful football for the better part of the match, to pick up a point from their trip away to Bournemouth.

Goals from Charlie Daniels and Ryan Fraser either side of a Callum Wilson penalty had given Bournemouth a 3-0 lead before the hour mark, but Arsenal fought back with goals of their own from Alexis Sanchez and Lucas Perez before Bournemouth were reduced to 10-men with Captain Simon Francis sent off for a foul on Aaron Ramsey. Continue reading

Petr Cech: “We rushed it a bit in the final third”

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech produced a Man of the Match performance, but it was only good enough for the Gunners to get a share of the spoils from their home game with Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw by the newly promoted side, despite having 75% of possession, but despite having so much of the ball, lacked a cutting edge in the final third in the absence of Santi Cazorla, and perhaps because of carrying some heavy legs, having also played in midweek. Continue reading

Battling Boro ruin Arsene’s birthday plans with deserved draw

It was an unhappy 67th birthday for Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger as newly promoted Middlesbrough brought the Gunners’ seven match winning run to a grinding halt at the Emirates, holding the London giants to a 0-0 draw. Despite the result, Arsenal do go top of the league standings with 20 points, a point and a place ahead of Manchester City, who play Southampton at home tomorrow.

Arsenal predictably dominated possession, but were kept very much in check by a well disciplined Middlesbrough back 9, who sat deep with a bank of 5 in front of their 4 defenders and played on counter-attack, threatening Arsenal on more than a handful of occasions. In fact, truth be told it was the visitors from the North East who had the better opportunities over the 90 minutes and will feel a little hard done by, denied by a mixture of fantastic keeping from Petr Cech and some last ditch defending from leaving the Emirates with all three points. Continue reading

Dodgy late penalty allows Arsenal to steal all three points

A 94th minute penalty from Santi Cazorla, one that never really should have been awarded, and one that Arsenal didn’t really deserve saw the Gunners grab all three points from the visit of Southampton to the Emirates courtesy of a 2-1 win.

An own goal from Petr Cech, one that saw the veteran Czech keeper inadvertently knock Dusan Tadic’s freekick into his own goal off his back had put Southampton deservedly infront in the 18th minute. Continue reading

Watford Manager Mazzarri: “Cech was incredible”

With the Gunners having finally completed the signing of two players today, it is probably easy to forget Arsenal actually played a football match today, emerging 3-1 victors at Vicarage Road against Watford.

While Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will undoubtedly grab the headlines because of their goals, Watford’s Manager Walter Mazzarri felt that it was Petr Cech who made the difference between the two sides, ensuring that Arsenal left for home with all three points. Continue reading