Shkodran Mustafi: “We never give up”

Arsenal’s summer signing Shkodran Mustafi showed his value in both boxes today, scoring the Gunners’ first goal against Burnley before helping them chase the match winner as Arsenal scored late in the game to secure a crucial 2-1 win that took the Gunners second in the Premier League standings.

Speaking after the game, Mustafi said, “We played in their half for most of the game and then you are a man down – it becomes difficult. I think we did well, even when it went to 1-1. In the last few games we have played, it seems like we never give up and always come back and that is a big credit to the team.” Continue reading

10-man Arsenal snatch dramatic late winner against Burnley

It was a typical Sunday afternoon for Arsenal fans at the Emirates, put through the wringer emotionally by the side they love, and rescued right at the death by Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez, who despite missing 3 of his last 4 penalties showed the calmness and petulance that one has come to expect with greatness as he stroked home the winner for the home team in the 98th minute of the game.

The opening hour of the match is exactly what one has come to expect from Arsenal over the years, dominate the contest but struggle to break down a well oiled defence at home. Continue reading

Injury Updates ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger provided an update on three players ahead of the visit of Crystal Palace to the Emirates for the clash on New Year’s Day.

Wenger shared that he was excited by the progress that Danny Welbeck was making in training and how ‘sharp’ he looked, but was as yet undecided whether to give him a run out for the Under-23s first or to involve him straight away in a Premier League fixture. Continue reading

Arsenal stars on the mend, but may not play against West Brom

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed that many of his walking wounded are on the mend, but are unlikely to be available for selection for the visit of West Bromwich Albion to the Emirates on Monday.

The good news on England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is that his injury is not as bad as originally feared and it will be a matter of days and not weeks till he returns to the side. However, the youngster will not make the squad for the West Brom game. Continue reading

Wenger provides Mustafi injury update

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed that German centre back Shkodran Mustafi will be ruled out until the new year with the hamstring injury he sustained in yesterday’s win against Stoke City at the Emirates.

Mustafi was withdrawn half an hour into the first half after pulling up lame, and Wenger reaffirmed in his post match press conference that the German defender wasn’t an injury doubt coming into yesterday’s game and picked up the injury in the match itself. Continue reading

Wenger believes £50 million duo were rattled by pace of Premier League

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that new signings Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi were taken aback by the break-neck speed of the English Premier League (EPL) during debuts for the club.

The £50 million duo got their first taste of English football in the 2-1 win over Southampton FC on Saturday, though neither shone at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. Continue reading

Wenger assesses the performance of his new signings – Mustafi and Perez

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was happy to see his two newest signings Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez get through their first game for the Gunners unscathed as Arsenal picked up a 2-1 win against Southampton at the Emirates.

Assessing the duo’s performance after the game, Wenger shared he believed both men were well short of match fitness and it will take them some time to adjust to the pace and physical demands of the Premier League. Continue reading

New Arsenal defender Mustafi backs new striker Lucas Perez to shine

New Arsenal signing Shkodran Mustafi has backed fellow newcomer forward Lucas Perez to make life “uncomfortable” for English Premier League defenders this season.

Perez joined Arsenal in a 17million pounds ($22.7 million) deal from Spain’s Deportivo La Coruna ahead of the transfer deadline, as coach Arsene Wenger reinforced his attacking options, according to a report in The Independent on Wednesday. Continue reading