Arsene Wenger: “Overall our record against set pieces is quite good”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was at a loss to explain how his team suffered yet another defeat this season, one which potentially condemns them to finish outside the top 4 for the first time under the Frenchman.

A disappointed Wenger shared in his interview with Match of the Day, “It was a typical Premier League game. A team that likes to play and a team that defends well. It was a tough performance. They caught us on set pieces and one break and that made the difference. Continue reading

Arsenal ease past West Brom to move back into 3rd place

A brace from Alexis Sanchez helped Arsenal return to winning ways and crucially reclaim third place from Manchester City, whilst also putting a little bit of fresh air between themselves and Manchester United, with a comfortable enough 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates.

Consecutive draws against West Ham United and Crystal Palace had seen any late hope of a title charge from Arsenal wither away in the last week, whilst also throwing the Gunners firmly in the clutches of the Manchester clubs chasing them in the race for a Champions League place for next season. Continue reading

Ramsey admits Arsenal win is “too little too late”

Arsenal players have traditionally been the type to tow the company line, but it appears they too are getting more than a tad restless with their own lack of success in recent times with Aaron Ramsey the latest to express his disappointment after Arsenal’s win against West Bromwich Albion today.

Ramsey, who returned to the starting line-up for today’s game and had a hand in both goals, said after the game, “We played with a lot of belief and intensity and we made a lot of chances. We haven’t been at that standard of late and we needed that level of performance for us and our fans.” Continue reading

Arsenal vs West Brom: Team Sheets

Teams:

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

Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Chambers, Coquelin, Campbell, Walcott, Welbeck.

West Brom: Foster, Chester, Evans, Dawson, McAuley, Sandro, Yacob, Fletcher, McClean, Sessegnon, Berahino

Subs: Myhill, Olsson, Gardner, Anichebe, McManaman, Rondon, Leko

Wenger clarifies position on German attacker

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has clarified that there is no change in the status of Serge Gnabry as regards to his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion, contrary to media reports which have suggested that the 20 year old German attacker was returning to North London after his loan spell had been terminated by the club.

Wenger said, “We have a commitment. The player wanted to go there. We have a commitment with West Brom. If they want to cancel the loan, they have to contact us and speak about it. But at the moment, we are not there.” Continue reading

Youngster returns prematurely to Arsenal from loan spell

German youth international Serge Gnabry has been recalled by Arsenal after a fruitless loan spell at Premier League club West Bromwich Albion during which the 20 year old completely failed to get into the first team plans of Manager Tony Pulis.

Arsenal could use the youngster’s skills as they find themselves a little short of numbers in the final third, but it appears that another loan spell, quite possibly to a Championship club is in the immediate future of the youngster. Continue reading

West Brom 2-1 Arsenal: Match Report

Arsenal were left to rue some more rotten luck as the Gunners didn’t just miss their chance to go clear at the top of the Premier League standings, but also slipped all the way down to fourth place after suffering a shock 2-1 defeat at the Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion despite dominating the bulk of the contest.

Arsenal took a deserved lead when Olivier Giroud continued his fine run of recent form, scoring from a Mesut Ozil freekick, but West Brom struck back after just 7 minutes with James Morrison drawing the hosts level from an equally good delivery from the left-foot of Chris Brunt. Continue reading