Wenger annoyed with ‘unfair’ fixture scheduling

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hit out at the men behind the scheduling of fixtures for giving his Arsenal side less than two days rest before their visit to Bournemouth, while affording Chelsea four days time before their clash with Tottenham.

Wenger, whose side beat Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day, take on Bournemouth on Tuesday, the 3rd of January, while Chelsea, who beat Stoke City on Saturday have been given an extra two days before their trip to Tottenham. Continue reading

Olivier Giroud: “I was a bit lucky”

Olivier Giroud was left praising his lucky stars after the Frenchman scored what was easily the greatest goal of his career, one that generations of Arsenal fans will talk about for centuries.

The French striker produced a Scorpion Kick finish, flicking Alexis Sanchez’s cross with the back of his boot, all the while facing the goal, ala Henrikh Mkhitariyan on Boxing Day. What made Giroud’s strike considerably better was that he was onside when he did it! Continue reading

Wenger warns Chelsea title race is far from over

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger admitted that Chelsea are the overwhelming favourites for the Premier League title this season, but warned the Blues that the title race isn’t over yet.

Speaking at his press conference yesterday ahead of the Gunners’ clash with Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day, Wenger said, “At the moment Chelsea is the super-favourite because they are quite big and made a big difference. But it is theirs to lose as we say here in England”. Continue reading

Wenger praises Conte impact at Chelsea

The animosity that existed between the leadership of Arsenal and Chelsea appears to be a thing of the past as the Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger gave a glowing review to his Blues counterpart Antonio Conte for the remarkable job he has done since taking over at the helm of affairs at Stamford Bridge and said he doesn’t begrudge Chelsea breaking Arsenal’s record of 14 straight Premier League wins.

Since, Chelsea lost 3-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates, the Blues have gone on an incredible run of 12 straight wins and have Arsenal’s record well and truly in their sights. Continue reading

Chelsea to move for Alexis Sanchez in the summer

The Daily Mirror has reported this morning that Chelsea are keeping a very close eye on proceedings in North London, hoping that Arsenal will not be able to meet Alexis Sanchez’s agent’s demand for a £400,000-a-week contract, and are prepared to meet any demand the Chilean forward makes to bring him to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Sanchez has a year and a half left on his contract at Arsenal, and is unsurprisingly demanding a significant pay hike over his existing deal, reportedly worth £130,000-a-week.  Continue reading

Ozil: “We have the quality to beat any team”

A well rested Mesut Ozil is excited about the prospect of taking on Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend, and believes his Arsenal team have the necessary quality to beat any team in the world.

Enjoying his time off from football during the international break, Ozil shared, “We have the quality to beat any team and that is what we want to show this season.” Continue reading

Conte lashes out at his players after Arsenal thrashing

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte lashed out at his players after their poor performance led to a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of local rivals Arsenal at the Emirates today.

Conte was critical of his player’s attitude as they just didn’t turn up for the London derby as the flair, commitment and discipline of Arsenal proved too much for a Chelsea team that wasn’t at the races for a contest that they usually dominate. Continue reading

Arsenal back up to third with 3-0 win over Chelsea

Alexis Sanchez’s 47th goal in his 100th game for Arsenal got the Gunners up and running, before Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil grabbed a goal each to give the Gunners a 3-0 win against Chelsea, their first over the Blues in 5 years.

After having made wholesale changes in midweek for the League Cup tie away to Nottingham Forest, Arsenal reverted to the same eleven players who started last weekend at Hull City with Alexis Sanchez back to lead the line, with Lucas Perez and Granit Xhaka forced to take a place on the bench despite their excellent form in midweek. Continue reading