Thibaut Courtois: “The first goal should never have been allowed”

Chelsea shotstopper Thibaut Courtois hit out at Referee Anthony Taylor for his decision to award Arsenal an early goal, a decision he believe could have been chalked off for two offences not one.

Speaking to ChelseaFC.com after the Blues’ 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup final, Courtois said, “The first goal should never have been allowed – it was clearly a hand ball and then Ramsey was offside because he was interfering in play. I think it was a handball even if it was maybe not deliberate. His hands were not in a natural position. At the start of every season they tell us the rules and at Manchester and now the hands were not where they should be. Continue reading

Ramsey rules Wembley again as Arsenal beat Chelsea to win FA Cup

Arsenal restored some much needed pride to end what had so far been a rather dismal season for the Gunners, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley, to win the FA Cup for the 13th time in their history and for the 7th time under the reign of Arsene Wenger, making the under pressure Frenchman the most successful Manager in the history of the world’s oldest football competition.

Arsenal made an exceptionally bright start to the game, but took the lead in rather fortuitous circumstances with Alexis Sanchez prodding home with the outside of his right boot after following in his own deflected attempt to pass the ball over the top of the Chelsea defence. Continue reading

Arsene Wenger: “Sanchez will be here next year”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger enjoyed a rare good day at the office today, masterminding the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Manchester City at Wembley, earning a third FA Cup final appearance in four years.

Wenger also had good news to share with Arsenal’s fans, declaring that star forward Alexis Sanchez will be at the club next season, and that the club will do everything in their power to extend his stay in North London. Continue reading

Arsenal stem the rot with long overdue away win

A pair of fine goals by Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil allowed Arsenal to halt its streak of consecutive away losses at four with a 2-1 victory over relegation-bound Middlesbrough.

With Arsenal in danger of finishing out of the Premier League top four for the first time in 21 years, manager Arsene Wenger, on Monday made six changes to the line-up that lost last week to Crystal Palace. Continue reading

Ian Wright stirs the pot at Arsenal after Sanchez training row

If he were in forward Alexis Sanchez’s position, former Arsenal striker Ian Wright says he would have left capital football club Arsenal.

A row with teammates further singed Sanchez’s reputation while leaving training mid-session prior to Saturday’s loss at Liverpool. As a result, the Chilean was dropped. Continue reading

Arsenal hand trial to Chilean teenager hoping to follow in Sanchez’s footsteps

Arsenal have invited Chilean attacking midfielder Marcelo Allende for what is likely to be his third and final trial at the club this weekend as they lay the groundwork for signing the talented teenager.

Allende, just 17 years of age, is a product of Cobreloa, the same club that Alexis Sanchez once played for and is beginning to already show signs that he has the talent to follow in the footsteps of the senior pro he so idolizes. Continue reading

Oxlade-Chamberlain explains disgruntled Sanchez’s unending desire

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain showed his value to the Gunners with an all action display in a deeper central midfield role as he helped Arsenal thump his former team Southampton 5-0 in the FA Cup.

While ‘The Ox’ is drawing plenty of plaudits for his performance on the pitch today, it is an interview he gave before the match that is likely to be grabbing a lot of attention tomorrow as the young England international gave fans a peek at the mentality of teammate Alexis Sanchez and his desire to be the best in the world. Continue reading

Arsenal open talks over £51 million forward

Arsenal are believed to have opened talks with Borussia Dortmund over the potential summer signing of German international forward Marco Reus as cover for Alexis Sanchez should the Chilean forward continue his contract impasse with the club.

The Metro reports today that Arsenal are prepared to pay as much as £51 million to bring 27 year old Reus to the Emirates, in all likelihood to replace Sanchez, who could well fetch a fee well in excess of that figure should he leave in the summer. Continue reading