Arsene Wenger: “We’ve never had so many players who could perform and score goals”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was all praise for the quality of his super striker force, describing it as the best he has ever had available during his 20+ years at the club.

Singing the praises of his super strikers, Wenger said, “I think certainly numbers-wise and quality-wise together [they are the best]. We’ve never had so many players who could perform and score goals – certainly never. Dennis and Thierry had the quality but that didn’t mean we had a large number of options to choose from.” Continue reading

Arsenal striker picks up injury in draw with Bournemouth

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed in his press conference today that another Gunner has picked up an injury and will as a result miss the FA Cup tie with Preston North End this weekend.

The unfortunate player in question is summer signing Lucas Perez, who would have surely started that game had been fit, and it would have done the Spaniard some good to get a run of games under his belt as he looks to find his best form. Continue reading

Arsenal mount terrific fightback to come from 3-0 down to grab a point at Bournemouth

A stirring comeback from Arsenal saw the Gunners wipe out a 3-0 deficit in the last 20 minutes after playing some awful football for the better part of the match, to pick up a point from their trip away to Bournemouth.

Goals from Charlie Daniels and Ryan Fraser either side of a Callum Wilson penalty had given Bournemouth a 3-0 lead before the hour mark, but Arsenal fought back with goals of their own from Alexis Sanchez and Lucas Perez before Bournemouth were reduced to 10-men with Captain Simon Francis sent off for a foul on Aaron Ramsey. Continue reading

Arsene Wenger hopeful of getting a better draw in the Champions League

After years of mediocre outings in the Champions League, Arsenal are finally looking like one of the more fearful sides in Europe this season, as the Gunners finished the Group Stage of the competition unbeaten and at the Top of Group A, thanks in large part to Bulgarian Champions Ludogorets, who did Arsenal a huge favour by holding Paris St. Germain to a draw in Paris, and also came within a few minutes of beating their much more fancied opponents.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reflected on what that means for his Arsenal side in his post match interview today, sharing, ” I thought Ludogorets were a good side – they made a great result that helps us top the group, which was what we wanted.” 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: “Perez is absolutely gutted”

Arsenal’s win over Reading in the League Cup in midweek came at a cost with the Gunners losing summer signing Lucas Perez to an ankle injury due to a malicious kick by Reading defender Danzell Gravenberch, who had just been introduced to the game as a substitute.

Wenger hit out at the needless challenge and at the match officials’ decision to let it go unpunished. He said, “It is an injury that has come from nowhere, and it is a stupid one. It is a deliberate kick and there was not a red card. The red card would not have helped Perez.” 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