Liverpool too good for sorry Arsenal

Liverpool put up a superlative first half display on Saturday to outshine Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield and dent the capital club’s hopes of challenging for the Premier League title. Roberto Firmino (9th minute) and Sadio Mane (40th) gave the hosts a 2-0 lead before Danny Welbeck (57th) reduced Arsenal’s deficit in the second half.

Moments after Arsenal sub Alexis Sanchez had an effort blocked at the other end, Liverpool broke with pace and Georginio Wijnaldum sealed the game in Liverpool’s favour in injury time, sending the Reds up to third spot. Continue reading

Arsene Wenger: “We’ve never had so many players who could perform and score goals”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was all praise for the quality of his super striker force, describing it as the best he has ever had available during his 20+ years at the club.

Singing the praises of his super strikers, Wenger said, “I think certainly numbers-wise and quality-wise together [they are the best]. We’ve never had so many players who could perform and score goals – certainly never. Dennis and Thierry had the quality but that didn’t mean we had a large number of options to choose from.” 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

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 backs Welbeck to bounce back with a bang

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has backed England international Danny Welbeck to make a strong return to the first team as the former Manchester United striker looks set to make his first start for the club since his return from a second long term injury.

Welbeck, who has been used largely off the bench on his return to the Arsenal first team, could well be asked to either lead the line against Southampton, or play off the left flank as Wenger wrings in the changes in an attempt to keep his side fresh and also give some much needed playing time to fringe players. Continue reading

Wenger believes Welbeck is similar to Alexis

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes that Danny Welbeck has a similar playing style to star attacker Alexis Sanchez, however, whether the England international can achieve a similar level of success as the Chilean remains to be seen.

Speaking at his press conference ahead of the clash with Preston North End in the FA Cup, Wenger revealed that Welbeck will make his return to the Arsenal squad for the trip to Deepdale, but despite his eagerness to play, will need to make do with a place on the bench. Continue reading

Wenger confirms Welbeck will return against Preston

Arsenal will be boosted this weekend by the return of England striker Danny Welbeck, who is expected to be on the bench for the Gunners’ clash with Preston North End in the third round of the FA Cup.

Welbeck, who hasn’t featured for the Gunners since last May, will hope to make his first appearance for the first team this season. Continue reading

Injury Updates ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger provided an update on three players ahead of the visit of Crystal Palace to the Emirates for the clash on New Year’s Day.

Wenger shared that he was excited by the progress that Danny Welbeck was making in training and how ‘sharp’ he looked, but was as yet undecided whether to give him a run out for the Under-23s first or to involve him straight away in a Premier League fixture. Continue reading