Arsenal beat Manchester City, but lose key player to injury

Arsenal wrapped up their pre-season with what should have been a morale boosting 3-2 win against Manchester City in Gothenburg, however, the match ended in tears for Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista, who had to be stretchered off with what looked like an ankle ligament injury that no doubt will rule him out of action for a few months, thereby further limiting Arsenal’s options at centre back heading into the new season.

The match itself was an exciting affair, with Arsenal dominating the first half, but unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. Gabriel and Aaron Ramsey both should have done better with headed chances that came their way, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired wide with a delicate chip. Continue reading

Jose begins pre-season mindgames with another potshot at Wenger

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho has once again taken a dig at his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger, stating “some coaches” have not won a major club football trophy in 10 years.

Mourinho and Wenger’s feud dates back to the mid-2000s, when the former had come in for his first spell at Chelsea and it looks set to be reignited this season too. Continue reading

Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal: THE Match Report

Arsenal’s title challenge could well be in tatters as the Gunners slipped to a humbling 3-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford, beaten by a team that was littered with youngsters with virtually three-fourths of the Red Devils’ side made up of players who would never have got a look-in in a match of this magnitude had senior players been fit and available.

A brace for Marcus Rashford on his Premier League debut left Arsenal on their knees in the first half, but it was a long range effort from Ander Herrera, one which beat the experienced Petr Cech courtesy a massive deflected off Laurent Koscielny that left Arsenal cursing their luck, despite the Gunners getting goals themselves from Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil. Continue reading

Poor Arsenal just didn’t turn up

Arsenal Football Club will have no one but themselves to blame should they fail to win the Premier League title this season, as for the umpteenth time the Gunners just failed to turn up on match-day, beaten 3-2 on Sunday afternoon by a Manchester United side featuring mostly players that would struggle to get into the first team of anyone else in the top 10 in the league.

Arsenal were slow out of the blocks, didn’t move the ball quickly enough and created very little of note against a team they really shouldn’t have just beaten, but beaten badly in what was arguably their best shot of gaining redemption at Old Trafford, after having witnessed humbling defeats in seasons past. Continue reading

Manchester United vs Arsenal: Team Sheets

Teams:

Manchester United: De Gea, Varela, Rojo, Carrick, Blind, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Mata, Memphis, Lingard, Rashford

Subs: Romero, Januzaj, McNair, Pereira, Riley, Weir, Fosu-Mensah

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Gabriel, Coquelin, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Welbeck, Sanchez

Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Elneny, Iwobi, Campbell, Giroud

Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City: THE Match Report

A clinical first half display from Arsenal wherein they scored twice from the two chances they created helped the Gunners open up a crucial four point cushion over title rivals Manchester City with what was in the end a rather nervy 2-1 win over the Citizens.

Mesut Ozil was the architect for Arsenal once again as his simple pass was curled home beautifully by Theo Walcott to give Arsenal the lead, before the German playmaker picked out Olivier Giroud, who lashed home between Joe Hart’s legs in injury time at the end of the first half to make it 2-0 for the Gunners. Arsenal sat back in the second half and played largely on the counter attack, but Joel Campbell missed two gilt edged chances before Hart saved a Ramsey shot inadvertently with his face to deny Arsenal a goal that would have killed the game as a contest. Continue reading

Ramsey praises Arsenal’s work ethic

Arsenal’s midfield star Aaron Ramsey has an important week ahead of him in a Wales shirt, but that won’t stop the youngster from celebrating tonight as the Gunners hammered Manchester United 3-0 to move to second place in the Premier League standings.

Ramsey shared in an interview after the game, “It’s always nice to beat Manchester United and we will enjoy this win tonight.” Continue reading

Mertesacker explains how Arsenal beat Man United

Arsenal skipper on the day Per Mertesacker was overjoyed that his Gunners side bounced back from their midweek defeat against Olympiakos to thump Manchester United 3-0 at the Emirates today and explained that the first start that Arsenal made to today’s game was key to their triumph.

Mertesacker shared, “We pushed really hard in the first ten or 15 minutes, and after that we tried to defend as well as possible, and most of the time we did that. The start was not shocking for us, I think we are capable of doing that, but we have to kind of remind ourselves that we can do such things.” Continue reading