Arsenal eye move for England’s most promising keeper

Arsenal are plotting a January swoop for England international Jordan Pickford, and are prepared to loan the youngster back to Sunderland to see out the season as they look to sweeten the deal for the Black Cats.

The Gunners are reportedly keen on lining up a long term replacement for Petr Cech, who has not covered himself in glory in recent games, having failed to keep a clean sheet in the last 8 matches. Continue reading

Olivier Giroud: “I had great assists from my team-mates”

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was full of praise for his teammates for setting him up for both his goals as the powerful Frenchman came on late in the second half with the match locked at one goal apiece and scored with his first two touches.

Giroud shared after the game, “In the end we made it easy, but it was totally the reverse. We started well but after they came back well in the game. We didn’t succeed to get the second goal and we were a bit exposed in the second half. It was nice to score this second goal, and after we finished the job well.” Continue reading

Arsenal reclaim top spot with 4-1 win over Sunderland

Arsenal reclaimed top spot from Manchester City for a few hours at the very least, courtesy of a solid 4-1 win over a poor Sunderland side that barely offered any source of resilience in front of a very disappointed packed house at the Stadium of Light.

Arsenal made a couple of changes to the side that failed to beat Middlesbrough last weekend with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs replacing the injured duo of Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal. The Gunners also welcomed back Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey to the subs bench, a welcome return for Arsene Wenger. Continue reading

Arsenal first-choice trio injury doubts for Sunderland game but Rambo returns!

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger provided an injury update on his squad ahead of the Gunners’ early Saturday clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Midfield playmaker Santi Cazorla remains a slight doubt for tomorrow’s game after missing Arsenal’s last two outings having picked up a knock during the Gunners’ clash with Ludogorets in the Champions League. Continue reading

Wenger pinpoints Sunderland’s chief threats

Arsenal will kick off the 10th round of Premier League fixtures this weekend at the Stadium of Light, taking on a struggling Sunderland side at the wrong end of the Premier League table.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger though isn’t taking his opponents at all lightly and is expecting a tough game as always against this Saturday’s opposition. Looking ahead to the game, Wenger said, “They are a team who are in a bad position at the moment, but it’s early in the season. It’s very tight at the top and very tight at the bottom as well, so there are no differences anywhere.” Continue reading

Wenger blames fixture congestion for latest debacle

Another poor performance from Arsenal, especially in the second half was blamed on fixture congestion by Manager Arsene Wenger, who felt that the demands of playing three times in the last week was too much for his Arsenal side, who faded rather poorly in the second half and were perhaps lucky to leave the Stadium of Light with a share of the spoils.

Arsenal dominated the first period, but were lucky not to concede a penalty after a blatant hand ball in the box from Per Mertersacker at point blank range. The ball must have travelled barely a foot to reach the tall German, but he almost certainly denied Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe a goal-scoring opportunity, and Arsenal were lucky not to concede a penalty. Continue reading

Poor Arsenal escape with a point at Sunderland

A poor second half from Arsenal, one in which the Gunners created very little till the closing stages saw the Gunners stay in fourth place after picking up only a point following a 0-0 draw away to relegation threatened Sunderland, who on merit probably deserved to take all three points from the game.

Both teams came into this game unchanged with Arsene Wenger’s decision not to rotate his side despite playing as recently as Thursday, coming back to haunt the Gunners as the second half wore on. Continue reading

Sunderland vs Arsenal: Team Sheets

Teams:

Sunderland: Mannone, Yedlin, Kaboul, Kone, Van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M’Vila, Khazri, Borini, Defoe

Subs: Pickford, Jones, Larsson, Rodwell, N’Doye, O’Shea, Watmore

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Elneny, Ramsey, Alexis, Iwobi, Ozil, Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Coquelin, Wilshere, Walcottt, Campbell, Welbeck