Iwobi, Sanchez impress as Arsenal hit Swansea for Four

A pair of own goals in between a goal each for Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez helped Arsenal end their poor run of recent results away from home in the Premier League, thrashing Swansea City 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

With Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both returning to the side and straight into the starting line-up, Arsene Wenger might have expected a better start from his Arsenal side, but the Gunners continued their early struggles, taking close to half an hour to find their groove. Continue reading

Breaking News: Arsenal trio ink new deals

Coming shortly on the heels of Arsene Wenger’s announcement on his decision to exercise the one year extension on the Arsenal contracts of veteran duo Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla, Arsenal have also secured the futures of their French trio – Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin.

Arsenal announced the new deals through their official website, with Arsene Wenger saying, “We are very pleased that three important members of our team have committed to us for the long term. Francis has made tremendous technical strides over the past few years because he’s so focused every day. Continue reading

Arsenal fan favourite set to make big decision on his future

Arsenal superstar Olivier Giroud is believed to be on the verge of putting pen to paper on a new contract at the Emirates Stadium.

The Frenchman was quoted telling Telefoot: “We are about to reach an agreement for an extension [to my contract]. It was also a gesture of confidence, I want to continue the adventure here in this family of Arsenal. I feel good here.” Continue reading

FA Cup: Giroud wins it late on again for Arsenal

The late late show staring Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was once again running on Saturday evening as the 30 year old Frenchman popped up in the 89th minute to latch on to Lucas Perez’s backheel to send Arsenal through to the fourth round of the FA Cup, courtesy of a 2-1 win away to Preston North End.

Arsenal were very lucky to still be in the match at half time having been run ragged by a hungrier and more determined Preston North End side that really should have been three goals ahead at the interval after completely dominating the first half and missing a clutch of chances to add to their seventh minute lead. 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

Olivier Giroud: “I’m pleased… but I’m still disappointed”

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored a goal and grabbed two assists as he led the Gunners’ fightback against Bournemouth from 3-0 down to steal a point at the Vitality Stadium after a truly awful first hour from the Gunners saw them concede some terrible goals.

Giroud was satisfied with his performance and the comeback, but disappointed with the 2 points still dropped as the Gunners lost vital ground on Chelsea in the Premier League title race, whilst also failing to close the gap sufficiently on Liverpool and Manchester City ahead of them. 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

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