Arsenal’s title challenge in trouble as Gunners go down to Watford at home

Arsenal’s aspirations of challenging Chelsea for the Premier League crown took a big hit today as the Gunners were beaten 2-1 at home by a well oiled Watford side that made their opportunities count in a dominant first half showing.

Arsenal made a poor start on a cold wet day in North London as the 10-changes made by Arsene Wenger from the team that did so well at Southampton completely failed to gel. Continue reading

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

Iwobi thrilled to have used his head

While all the limelight in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace will be stolen by Olivier Giroud’s wonder strike, Alex Iwobi will remember his excellent start to the year, having played a part in setting up Giroud’s goal, whilst also getting on the scoresheet himself to make a perfect start to the New Year.

Looking back at Giroud’s excellent strike, Iwobi shared in his post match interview, “That was great team play and for Oli to pull that out – I don’t think if he tried that again he could do that! It was a credit to him and it was a great ball from Alexis and a great team goal.” Continue reading

Arsenal reclaim third place with comfortable win against Palace

A wonder goal from Olivier Giroud, and a well placed header from Alex Iwobi helped Arsenal reclaim third place with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the Emirates.

The Gunners dominated the match pretty much from start to finish and will be happy with the three points and the clean sheet, but will probably feel they should have scored a few more goals against a side that was definitely there for the taking. Continue reading

Alex Iwobi: “It’s felt like a long time coming”

Arsenal attacker Alex Iwobi scored his first ever Champions League goal, benefiting from a sublime pass by creator in chief Mesut Ozil, before sliding the ball past Tomáš Vaclík to complete a 4-1 rout for the Gunners against FC Basel on Tuesday night.

Iwobi was quick to pay tribute to his senior teammate, saying, “It’s been a good night. I wouldn’t say my goal was a cracker but it was a great assist by Mesut.” Continue reading

Perez hat-trick sends Arsenal top of Champions League Group

An excellent day for Arsenal in the Champions League began with the Gunners in second place in Group A, almost looking destined to finish behind Paris St. Germain, but finished with another Arsenal forward grabbing a hat-trick and the Gunners topping their Group, whilst also finishing the Group Stage unbeaten… an excellent omen considering the last time accomplished that feat they made it all the way to the final of the competition.

A rare start for summer signing Lucas Perez saw the Spanish striker redeem the faith shown in him by grabbing a hat-trick, including two tap-in goals, the mark of a true striker of knowing where to be at the right time. Continue reading

Wenger wants to see more goals from Iwobi

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed why he opted to play Nigerian youngster Alex Iwobi in the no.10 role against Reading in the League Cup last night, declaring that he believes that the wonderkid has all the skills necessary to excel in that role.

Wenger said, “You see, he is not a typical winger and I think he can play in that role. He turns the game forward, he passes the ball through the lines very well. He has a final ball in him. He is now a little bit, I think he has it all in the locker to pass and give the final ball.” Continue reading

Walcott, Iwobi react to Arsenal win

Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott got on the scoresheet for the Gunners for the second game running as Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-0 at the Emirates to register their first win over their London rivals in 5 years. That last win was a 5-3 comeback at Stamford Bridge with Walcott also scoring a memorable goal on the day, though his effort was overshadowed by Robin van Persie’s hat-trick.

Speaking to the press after today’s game Walcott said, “We worked really hard in the week. We know what has happened in the past but it is all about now. The guys did really well today. It has been quietly coming. We are all working for each other. Everyone is focused.” Continue reading