Liverpool put up a superlative first half display on Saturday to outshine Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield and dent the capital club’s hopes of challenging for the Premier League title. Roberto Firmino (9th minute) and Sadio Mane (40th) gave the hosts a 2-0 lead before Danny Welbeck (57th) reduced Arsenal’s deficit in the second half.
Moments after Arsenal sub Alexis Sanchez had an effort blocked at the other end, Liverpool broke with pace and Georginio Wijnaldum sealed the game in Liverpool’s favour in injury time, sending the Reds up to third spot. Continue reading
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Welbeck, Giroud Continue reading
With the transfer window reopening in a couple of days, it comes as no surprise that outlandish rumours start circulating the market, and the latest one concerning Arsenal to grab the headlines was talk that Liverpool were poised to swoop for England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The rumour grew as a result of the Reds losing superstar forward Sadio Mane for the African Cup of Nations, and their need as a result for a potent attacking threat to ensure that their title challenge does not lose momentum. Continue reading
Everton boss Ronald Koeman declared that he felt his side were deserved winners on Tuesday night against Arsenal, despite having been run ragged in the opening 20 minutes of the contest.
Everton, who had fallen behind to an Alexis Sanchez freekick, drew level on the stroke of half-time through Seamus Coleman’s header, before another header from a defender – Ashley Williams – in the 86th minute sealed the win for the Toffees. Continue reading
Arsenal are understood to have been approached by the agents of Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge over the prospect of the player signing for the club on a season long loan deal, according to a sensational revelation made by Goal.
However, it is also reported that the Merseyside giants are in absolutely no mood to let the striker move to the Emirates Stadium, with both the clubs being bitter rivals.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was questioned today in his press conference about his thoughts on Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge expressing his unhappiness about being asked to play out of position on the wing rather than his preferred central attacking position.
Wenger’s response was an amazingly articulate one on the relationship between a club and its players. He said, “I believe that to sign a contract with a club is firstly a social contract. That means social responsibility towards the club and the team and to serve the best interests of the club. If that coincides with your own interests, it’s even better. But the priority is of course first to serve the club.” Continue reading
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has said injuries and the lack of physical preparation resulted in a 3-4 home loss to Liverpool in its English Premier League opener.
With defenders Per Mertesacker and Gabriel sidelined with injuries and top players Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil missing the game after the Euro journey, Wenger had to replace them with young players here on Sunday. Continue reading
While Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger continues to look for excuses as to why his side lost their season opener to Liverpool today, and points fingers at players returning late from the Euros, to having been deprived of his first choice (and second choice) defensive pairing due to poor luck… the fact remains Arsenal fans have seen this all too often before.
The 11 players on the pitch today were not the best in the Arsenal squad, but they should have been good enough to get the job done against Liverpool, and for 45 minutes showed themselves more than equal to the task. Continue reading