Wenger: “We were very dynamic, explosive”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was very pleased with his side’s display against Southampton today in the FA Cup as the Gunners thrashed their bogey team 5-0 at the St. Mary’s Stadium to advance to the fifth round of the competition.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Wenger said, “We were very dynamic, explosive and overall we had a good consistent performance over 90 minutes and everybody played well.” Continue reading

Wenger praises Arsenal’s hyphenated trio for match-winning midfield display

While it would be easy to dismiss Arsenal’s 5-0 thrashing of Southampton in the FA Cup today as men against boys, it is worth remembering that Arsene Wenger took a chance by fielding an exceptionally young midfield today away to St. Mary’s Stadium.

Giving Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Francis Coquelin the night off ahead of an important game against Watford in midweek, Wenger entrusted the midfield duties to his favourite hyphenated trio – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Jeff Reine-Adelaide, two amongst the three being teenagers. Continue reading

Wenger full of praise for ‘sharp’ Welbeck

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s decision to start Danny Welbeck in today’s game against Southampton in the FA Cup paid rich dividends as the England international scored two early goals to put the Gunners on the way to powering into the fifth round of the competition.

Wenger made the intelligent call of starting Welbeck on the left wing, where his work rate and pace could make a real difference to the game, whilst also taking the pressure off the returning forward as he didn’t stick him in the middle from where he would be expected to lead the line and grab goals. Continue reading

Theo Walcott: “We came out of the blocks running”

Arsenal’s hat-trick hero Theo Walcott celebrated his return to the Gunners’ first team after missing the last 6 games by scoring thrice against his former club Southampton as the Gunners eased into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a comprehensive 5-0 defeat of the Saints.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Walcott paid tribute to the mental preparation that Arsenal put in ahead of this game to ensure that they were sharp in the early exchanges and that made all the difference as the Gunners scored thrice in the first half to all but end this game as a contest. Continue reading

FA Cup: Welbeck, Walcott on fire as Arsenal ease past Southampton

Five goals between them for the returning Ws – Welbeck and Walcott – powered Arsenal to a comfortable 5-0 win away to Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Arsenal, faced with quite possibly the toughest match-up in this round of the competition, made 10 changes to their starting eleven for this game, a number mirrored by Southampton, who were of course in action in midweek as well, beating Liverpool to advance to the final of the League Cup. Continue reading

Wenger boosted by forward’s return, but Gunners short in midfield

Arsenal have been boosted this week by the return of forward Theo Walcott to the first team after missing nearly a month of action.

The 26 year old England forward had been in scintillating form for the Gunners this term, scoring 11 goals in 20 games, despite playing out wide on the right most of the season – arguably the position he is best suited to play in Arsenal’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. Continue reading