Wenger provides update on Arsenal’s two injured midfielders

Already stretched thin by the injury to Santi Cazorla, the suspension to Granit Xhaka and the call-up to international duty for Mohamed Elneny, Arsenal’s beleaguered midfield suffered a twin blow today with Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both picking up injuries in the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat at the hands of Watford at the Emirates today.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed after the game, that Aaron Ramsey’s exit in the opening quarter of the game was due to a calf injury, one which will rule him out of action for the foreseeable future. Continue reading

Arsene Wenger: “We were beaten in the duels”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wore a disappointed look as he attempted to explain the Gunnners’ 2-1 loss at home to Watford, a result that puts Arsenal’s title aspirations in jeopardy as they trail Chelsea by 9 points heading into their clash at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking about what went wrong for Arsenal today, Wenger said, “It was obvious we lost duels and were not sharp enough. It looked more mentally that we were not ready for the challenges. We were unlucky for the first goal which was deflected after a soft free-kick. It took us a while to get into the game, it was all us in the second half and unlucky not to get something from the game. Continue reading

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri explains his tactics after historic win

Arsenal appear to have learnt nothing from their loss to Watford in the FA Cup at the Emirates last season as the Hornets came to North London and beat the Gunners once again, thus putting a massive dent in Arsenal’s title ambitions.

Watford Manager Walter Mazzarri shared after the game how he had tactically outclassed Arsene Wenger, stating “I had to take some decisions on the game and formation after the Millwall defeat and we had to play differently which showed with our performance today. We played a great first half and the condition of some of the players is returning. In the second half, Arsenal managed to press us but in general it was very well done. Continue reading

Arsenal’s title challenge in trouble as Gunners go down to Watford at home

Arsenal’s aspirations of challenging Chelsea for the Premier League crown took a big hit today as the Gunners were beaten 2-1 at home by a well oiled Watford side that made their opportunities count in a dominant first half showing.

Arsenal made a poor start on a cold wet day in North London as the 10-changes made by Arsene Wenger from the team that did so well at Southampton completely failed to gel. Continue reading

Wenger concerned about potential Niang threat

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger declared that he believes Watford’s new winter signing M’Baye Niang will be a success at the club and declared that the Gunners will need to be watchful of the threat that the young French striker poses when the two teams meet in the Premier League tomorrow.

Speaking at his press conference today, Wenger said, “I know Niang well because he played for Caen and we had him here [on trial]. He’s a very talented striker individually, and he can create chances. He’s very strong as well physically, and very quick.” Continue reading

Could Wenger miss Arsenal’s game with Chelsea?

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has been officially charged by the English FA for his behaviour in the Gunners’ last gasp 2-1 win over Burnley, a game during which he was sent to the stands by controversial referee Jon Moss.

The English FA released a statement today: “It is alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official. Continue reading

Laurent Koscielny: “We played very well between the lines”

Arsenal picked up their first win of the new season yesterday away to Watford under the on-pitch leadership of stand-in skipper Laurent Koscielny, and the French international showed his excellent understanding of the game when he presented his analysis in his post match interview.

Koscielny was quoted on Arsenal.com as having said, “We didn’t start the season well but we showed some good things at Leicester and today we wanted to finish the job before the international break to get the three points.” Continue reading