Arteta joins Guardiola’s Manchester City staff

Arsenal skipper Mikel Arteta this weekend announced his retirement from football and said that he decided to join the coaching staff of his countryman Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Arteta, who bade farewell to Arsenal on June 30, 2016, said through his Twitter account that “the opportunity to join Pep Guardiola and his team was an amazing opportunity for me and I am incredibly excited for the future”. Continue reading

‘Sacre Bleu!’: Wenger in for a test of strength

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will certainly need to prep his team well in the next couple of months, in order to ensure they get off to a good start next season. The Gunners kick-start their 2016-17 Premier League campaign with a potentially competitive fixture against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. That will be followed by an away match against reigning champions Leicester City, who may well be a depleted side by that time, if the rumours flowing around in the transfer market are to be believed.

The north London giants end August with an away fixture against Watford, which will be followed by a seemingly tough September, with home matches against Southampton and Chelsea on the schedule for Wenger’s men.

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Arsene Wenger: “I was surprised by the intensity”

In an admission that is unlikely to do Arsene Wenger any favours amongst the growing number of fans unhappy with his leadership at the club, the Arsenal Manager admitted after today’s game with Manchester City that he was surprised by how much the Citizens were up for the game.

Wenger shared after today’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City, “I was surprised by the intensity of City’s start. We expected an intense game but they really came out with strong pressure. The good thing is that we absorbed it and we’ve shown good character today.” Continue reading

Jack Wilshere: “We wanted to win the league”

Jack Wilshere showed glimpses of just why he is still so highly rated at Arsenal, producing an excellent display in an advanced midfield position, especially in the second half as the Gunners worked hard to pick up a 2-2 draw against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The England international came on midway through the first half to replace an injured Danny Welbeck, and though he struggled to come to terms with the pace of the game initially, he produced a much better display as the game wore on and created some excellent chances for his teammates with a powerful display. Continue reading

Battling Arsenal pick up important point against Manchester City

Arsenal came from behind twice to grab a deserved point at the Etihad Stadium as their game against Manchester City finished 2-2 providing massive relief to fans of Tottenham Hotspur, who were beaten earlier today, and hope to fans of Manchester United, whose Champions League aspirations for next season are once again in their own hands with games to follow against West Ham United and Bournemouth.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini was in-charge of Manchester City for the last time at the Etihad, and it looked like his players were keen on giving him a winning send off as their burst out of the blocks right at the start. Laurent Koscielny just about completed the clearance to prevent Manchester City from scoring as Arsenal made a mess of the kick-off. Continue reading

Manchester City vs Arsenal: Team Sheets

Teams:

Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, De Bruyne, Iheanacho, Aguero.

Subs: Caballero, Angelino, Demichelis, Delph, Toure, Sterling, Bony.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Ramsey, Welbeck, Iwobi, Sanchez, Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Coquelin, Wilshere, Cazorla, Campbell, Walcott.

Wilshere exit rumours gather steam?

The semi-annual affair of linking Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere with a move to Manchester City has begun in earnest once again in the winter transfer window with the Sun reporting yesterday that the youngster has put his house in London on the market and isn’t looking for new accommodation.

Amazingly the article talks more about his house than it does about the fact that he could leave the Gunners, though it is littered with old quotes from Arsene Wenger and filled with disciplinary issues that Wilshere has faced in the past. Continue reading

Ramsey: “There’s a lot of football to be played”

Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey said the mood in the Gunners’ dressing room was buoyant after their hard earned 2-1 win over Manchester City on Monday night, but no one was really getting too carried away with talk of the title just yet at this early stage of the season with 21 games still to be played.

Ramsey in an interview with Arsenal Player, said, “We wanted to win this game and I think it sends out a statement of what we are all about this year.” Continue reading