It seems that Arsenal currently has a team that can allow them to challenge for the title.
Indeed during recent weeks the team has hit top form and currently winning their games comfortably. New players such as Mustafi and Xhaka have adapted quickly to the pace of the English game and have definitely strengthened the team.
Players such as Ozil and Cazorla are also playing well, and this is helping the Gunners win games comfortably. This was particularly true in the game against Chelsea where they have restricted their London rival to only one shot on target in the 84th minute. Cazorla was superb in the center of the park in his deep-lying playmaker role. The Spanish midfielder was not only good in creating openings for his teammates; he was equally good at breaking down the opposition attack.
The only bad news is that they have lost Coquelin and the French midfielder is likely to miss out a couple of games due to injury. However, with the arrival of Granit Xhaka, they have a more than capable replacement and we will have to see how Arsene Wenger is going to use him in the midfielder. Xhaka is more than just a defensive midfielder and will want to participate in the attack. However, with Cazorla alongside him, this could be a problem as both players tend to play in the same position and have the tendency to play the same kind of pass. Continue reading →
Jack Wilshere has left Arsenal for Bournemouth on a loan until the end of the season.
The England international has only recently come back from injury and clearly, lack match fitness. Many pundits believe that the player has taken the right decision, and this should allow him to recover his lost form.
With Arsenal having signed Xhaka in the summer, Wilshere would have found it hard to compete for playing time at the moment, and Arsene Wenger has agreed to allow the midfielder to leave on loan. There were many clubs that were interested in the player among which was Bournemouth and Roma.
It is believed that Arsenal blocked the move to Roma because they were disappointed by the way the Italian club deal with them on a previous transfer. Instead, it was Bournemouth who was chosen, and the player has already had a medical with the team. Continue reading →
Rumours have been growing at Arsenal that expensive signings Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez were considering the possibility of a move elsewhere.
The duo are yet to sign new contracts despite having come to the club several years ago. Ozil was the earliest as he came from Real Madrid for a whopping £ 42.5 million in 2013. After initially struggling at the Emirates stadium, he has established himself as an important first team regular. However, it is three years since he came to the club and it have only two years left on his deal.
Arsenal do not have the policy of revealing the length of the contract of each player since the club believes that it would lead to unnecessary rumours. Even then, they have been unable to prevent the rumours surrounding Ozil’s future. Almost a similar situation is that of Sanchez, who came to the club a year later for £ 35 million from Barcelona. When asked about the duo extending their contracts, Wenger said that this was an internal decision between the club and the player. Hence, he is not going to reveal any details about the same. After an extended absence, Ozil was back at his best in the 2015-16 campaign by finishing the season with 19 assists. Meanwhile, Sanchez scored 13 goals in 30 league matches. Continue reading →
Arsenal long time coach Arsene Wenger says he wouldn’t take the international coaching job before him.
The French tactician says it is too late for him to take up international management, successfully ruling himself out of the coaching the national teams of France or England. The coach who is 66 years old will celebrate his 20th year at Arsenal this October. He has just one year left and has openly said he wouldn’t decide on his future until the coming summer. The calls for him to leave the club finally were loudest in the last campaign when the club were sure to miss out of the Premier League trophy.
Wenger was linked to the France national team job but he was reported to have said: “I think this time has gone now. I have been asked a few times to do it. I was always busy somewhere else.”
He has acknowledged that the performance of his team in the coming season would determine his next plans. He had earlier hinted at possible retirement soon when he said he was “a bit old now to make long-term plans.” Continue reading →
Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger shared an intense rivalry when the duo were consistently involved in title challenges.
Ever since Wenger came to Arsenal in 1996, they have been loggerheads with each other. The fight between the two were largely limited to mind games. The intensity of the rivalry did subside in the last decade when Arsenal were no longer competing for the top honours just like Manchester United. Now, there seems to be peace between the two after Sir Alex Ferguson has come out with various pleasant words about the Frenchman. Continue reading →
Arsene Wenger was happy with the spirit shown by his players after their 4-0 win over Aston Villa on the final day of the season lifted them into the second spot.
They have managed to leapfrog Tottenham in the most remarkable circumstances. After having been challenging for the title until a few weeks ago, Arsenal seemed to be heading for a very disappointing season. Spurs may have missed out on the league title in the last few games, but they were looking to finish above Arsenal for first-time in almost 2 decades. However, Spurs capitulated by losing 5-1 against relegated Newcastle United at St James’s Park.
This result coupled with Arsenal’s comfortable win over Villa helped them to seal the second spot. Apart from increased financial rewards, it also represents the club’s best finish in the league since 2005. Especially in the last decade, the club has become increasingly used to third and fourth place finishes. For this reason, Wenger is happy to see his team get the second spot and finish as the rumours are to Leicester City. Leicester City completed the campaign 10 points ahead of Arsenal. Wenger, who has faced increasing protests from supporters ahead of this game, praised the spirit shown by his players in the final game. Continue reading →
Arsenal kept themselves in the race for the top three after a 1-0 win over Norwich City.
This allowed them to take full advantage of Manchester City’s 4-2 loss against Southampton. The gunners now have a three-point advantage over City with two games remaining. More importantly, they can now afford to slip up in the next league match against City, but Manuel Pellegrini’s team can take advantage of their slightly better goal difference. Arsenal’s struggles in front of goal continued in the game against Norwich, who are threatened against relegation.
The gunners have now scored only three goals in as many games and this is not sufficient to reduce the goal difference deficit compared with City. Still, getting three points gives the team morale boost and they will be hoping that City are tired following their Champions League exertions against Real Madrid in the midweek. There are several aspects that still have to be improved like the form of striker Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman has been struggling in front of goal for quite a while now. He has managed to score only once in the last 21 games of all competitions and once again failed to find the net during the weekend. Continue reading →
Arsene Wenger finally conceded defeat in the title race after claiming that the 3-3 draw with West Ham has left them with a huge gap to close. Leicester City were able to increase their lead to 13 points after a win over Sunderland.
Arsenal fans and players were still feeling confident about the title going into the match at Upton Park. For the opening 35 minutes, it looked like they would reduce the deficit at the top to just seven points. Mesut Ozil opened the scoring inside 20 minutes before Alexis Sanchez provided a second goal cushion.
Iwobi created both goals for Arsenal in a dominant half an hour of football. However, things changed dramatically when Andy Carroll pulled one back with only minutes to go before the half-time whistle. Amazingly, West Ham were level deep into injury time of the first half. Going into the break after having thrown away a two-goal lead seemed to destroy Arsenal’s morale, as they were a shadow of the team in the second half. West Ham continued their dominance and took the lead through Carroll, who completed a brilliant hat-trick to boost his chances of featuring in the England national team in the Euro 2016, in the 52nd minute. Continue reading →
One of Arsenal’s largest shareholders, Alisher Usmanov, says that Arsenal should consider retaining Arsene Wenger at all costs.
Recent discontent amongst fans has seen a campaign against the Frenchman calling for him to leave the club at the end of the campaign. This is after yet another faltering league title challenge. The club has been looking like being capable of winning league titles only to falter massively at some stage in the season. Often, the club leave themselves with a huge distance due to poor early-season form or end up throwing away the title at the business end of the campaign.
The 2015-16 campaign is reflecting the latter since Arsenal were leading the table towards Christmas. They have since fallen way behind and are 11 points behind table leaders Leicester City. After being knocked out of the FA Cup and the Champions League, the club are set to finish trophy less once again. Arsenal fans have seen their club win a major honour only twice in the last decade. Those two successes came in the FA Cup with many blaming Wenger as the reason for failing to mount a title challenge.Usmanov, who is still hoping to become the sole owner of Arsenal, gave his views about retaining Wenger. Continue reading →