Giroud happy to have answered the call

He may not be starting as many games as he might have liked, but Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is happy to be contributing as the 30 year old French international came off the bench to score for the 10th time in his career to grab Arsenal a rather useful point at Old Trafford.

Manchester United had played the better football in the second half and appeared to be heading for all three points before Giroud’s excellent header from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross earned Arsenal a point. Continue reading

Arsene Wenger: “Last year we would have lost”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was a relieved man after Olivier Giroud’s 89th minute header earned his side a barely deserved point against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

An abject display away from home by the wannabe champions of England saw them fail to muster a shot on target till Giroud scored from fellow substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross. Continue reading

Giroud header earns Arsenal a point at Old Trafford

An 89th minute header from Olivier Giroud rescued a point for a poor Arsenal side that failed to turn up for yet another big game, making heavy weather of playing what is arguably one of the weakest Manchester United side in years.

An uninspiring first half saw Alexis Sanchez miss badly with a header in what was Arsenal’s only real opportunity. Manchester United on their part were equally poor and barring a solitary save from Petr Cech to deny Juan Mata, neither goalkeeper had anything of note to do in the entire opening 45 minutes. Continue reading

Wenger pinpoints Manchester United’s top threat

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted that the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the Manchester United line-up for the teams’ mega clash on Saturday might be considered a boon for his team, but believed that even without the evergreen Swedish striker, United have enough in their arsenal to trouble the London giants.

Wenger was predictably quizzed about Zlatan’s absence after the Swede picked up an unnecessary booking in United’s last outing which ruled him out of Saturday’s match. Continue reading

Ozil: “We have the quality to beat any team”

A well rested Mesut Ozil is excited about the prospect of taking on Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend, and believes his Arsenal team have the necessary quality to beat any team in the world.

Enjoying his time off from football during the international break, Ozil shared, “We have the quality to beat any team and that is what we want to show this season.” Continue reading

Jose begins pre-season mindgames with another potshot at Wenger

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho has once again taken a dig at his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger, stating “some coaches” have not won a major club football trophy in 10 years.

Mourinho and Wenger’s feud dates back to the mid-2000s, when the former had come in for his first spell at Chelsea and it looks set to be reignited this season too. Continue reading

Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal: THE Match Report

Arsenal’s title challenge could well be in tatters as the Gunners slipped to a humbling 3-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford, beaten by a team that was littered with youngsters with virtually three-fourths of the Red Devils’ side made up of players who would never have got a look-in in a match of this magnitude had senior players been fit and available.

A brace for Marcus Rashford on his Premier League debut left Arsenal on their knees in the first half, but it was a long range effort from Ander Herrera, one which beat the experienced Petr Cech courtesy a massive deflected off Laurent Koscielny that left Arsenal cursing their luck, despite the Gunners getting goals themselves from Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil. Continue reading

Poor Arsenal just didn’t turn up

Arsenal Football Club will have no one but themselves to blame should they fail to win the Premier League title this season, as for the umpteenth time the Gunners just failed to turn up on match-day, beaten 3-2 on Sunday afternoon by a Manchester United side featuring mostly players that would struggle to get into the first team of anyone else in the top 10 in the league.

Arsenal were slow out of the blocks, didn’t move the ball quickly enough and created very little of note against a team they really shouldn’t have just beaten, but beaten badly in what was arguably their best shot of gaining redemption at Old Trafford, after having witnessed humbling defeats in seasons past. Continue reading