Sanchez brace helps Arsenal return to winning ways

Arsenal picked up a long overdue win, battling their way past a very competitive Bournemouth side to stay within touching distance of Premier League leaders Chelsea at the one-third stage of the season.

A brace for Alexis Sanchez, either side of a header from Theo Walcott earned Arsenal a 3-1 win after Bournemouth had threatened briefly to get something from the game, having been awarded a contentious penalty in the first half which striker Callum Wilson duly converted. Continue reading

Theo Walcott: “We managed to get a result today”

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott might have had a rather poor outing today at Old Trafford, but that didn’t stop the England international from celebrating what could prove to be a rather useful point earned away at a destination where the Gunners left empty handed last season.

Beaten 3-2 last year at Old Trafford, Arsenal failed to be much of an attacking threat all game, and in the end were probably rather relieved to leave Manchester with a share of the spoils thank to Olivier Giroud’s 89th minute header. Continue reading

Bellerin joins Arsenal’s list of walking wounded

Arsenal’s recent injury woes continue to have weekly additions with Spanish full back Hector Bellerin becoming the latest player to pick up a knock, with the young defender having got injured in training yesterday.

Arsenal already have the trio of Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal nursing wounds, and Bellerin now makes it four first choice starters that are missing the Champions League trip to Bulgaria to take on Ludogorets. 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

Champions League: Ozil scores hat-trick as Arsenal crush Ludogorets 6-0

An amazing first ever hat-trick from Mesut Ozil put Arsenal on course to booking their berth in the knock-out stages of the Champions League, moving on to 7 points at the top of Group A with a resounding 6-0 victory over Ludogorets Razgrad.

Alexis Sanchez set Arsenal on their way, scoring a delightful chip from just inside the box after leaving a couple of defenders on their backside in the 13th minute. Continue reading

Wenger plays down Walcott’s missed chances

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was keen to ensure that England international Theo Walcott’s confidence was not affected by his late misses against Swansea City in the Gunners’ narrow 3-2 win at the Emirates on Saturday.

Speaking about Walcott’s performance, Wenger said, “He could have had a hat-trick, or even four, because he had another chance from Oxlade-Chamberlain. But he scored two goals. I think he’s got seven now, that’s quite encouraging.” Continue reading

Arsenal hang on for pulsating win against Swansea

10-man Arsenal hung on bravely in the end to grab all three points against Swansea City at Emirates after Referee Jon Moss’ shocking decision to show Granit Xhaka a straight red card for a deliberate trip on Swansea’s Mo Barrow close to the half-way line.

Xhaka’s sending off and Swansea’s fighting spirit were the major storylines while Theo Walcott missed the chance to score a hat-trick, hitting the post twice after scoring a brace in the  first half that had seemingly put Arsenal very much in the driver’s seat. Continue reading

Arsenal 2-0 FC Basel: Match Report

Theo Walcott scored two first-half goals as English football club Arsenal eased to a 2-0 victory over FC Basel in a Champions League group stage contest at the Emirates Stadium.

Picking up where he left off against Chelsea, the 27-year-old on Wednesday raced into the box to head home Alexis Sanchez’s cross in the eighth minute, and he added a second with a low drive after a slick one-two with the Chilean forward in the 26th minute. Continue reading