Arsene Wenger insisted that Arsenal remain up for the huge challenge against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The gunners are once again set for a difficult opponent in the last 16 stage of the competition. In the last few years, they have faced such tough opposition largely as a result of finishing second in the group. This time around, the club have been unlucky to come up against the Bavarian giants despite finishing top of the group. Arsenal come into the game under a lot of pressure as a result of falling 10 points behind Chelsea in the Premier League.
Any slim hopes of winning the Premier League title for the first time since the 2003-04 season seemed to have vanished. There have been calls for Wenger to step down from his role at the end of the campaign. These have intensified speculation about the Frenchman’s future, as his current contract with the club runs out at the end of the campaign. 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. Continue reading
A ninetieth minute own goal from Mathieu Flamini gave Swansea City a share of the spoils at the Emirates Stadium yesterday evening, further denting Arsenal’s hopes of clinching the title.
The visitors took the lead on eleven minutes through Wilfried Bony, though two quick fire second-half goals from Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud turned the game on its head.
Arsenal have exited the Champions League after only managing to draw 1-1 with holders Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena yesterday evening.
Bastian Schweinsteiger put the Bundesliga leaders three up on aggregate on fifty-four minutes before Lukas Podolski scored to make honours even on the night.
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Arsenal kept their hopes of winning this season’s FA Cup alive by beating Liverpool 2-1 in the fifth round at the Emirates yesterday afternoon.
The Gunners, who were thumped 5-1 by Brendan Rodgers’ men at Anfield eight days earlier, took the lead on sixteen minutes through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Lukas Podolski doubling their advantage two minutes into the second half.
Steven Gerrard pulled one back for the visitors from the penalty spot just ahead of the hour mark, though they could not find an equaliser.
Arsene Wenger’s men will now face Everton in the quarter finals at the Emirates, with the tie scheduled for the weekend of the 8th/9th of March.
However, they will first turn their attention to Wednesday evening’s clash with holders Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie.
Meanwhile, Schalke’s Sporting Director Horst Heldt has claimed that Arsenal’s bid for Julian Draxler was not high enough, the Metro understands.
The 20 year old, who looked set to secure a move to the Emirates during the winter transfer window, had also been linked with switch to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich though Heldt has denied that the European Champions tabled a rival bid.
With the transfer window set to slam shut tomorrow evening, Arsenal are stepping up their efforts to sign Schalke starlet Julian Draxler, the Express understands.
However, it has been reported that the Bundesliga club will consider accepting a £30m bid, under the proviso that they can keep the midfielder for the rest of this season in a deal similar to that which saw Lukas Poldolski arrive from FC Koln eighteen months ago.
Arsenal eased past Coventry City in the FA Cup fourth round Friday evening, beating the League One side 4-0 to set up a mouth-watering tie with Liverpool.
A first half double from Lukas Podolski gave the Gunners a 2-0 lead before the break, while late goals from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla but the result beyond doubt.
Tags: Bacaray Sagna, Bayern Munich, Coventry City, Liverpool, Lukas Podolski, Manchester City, Manchester United, Monaco, Olivier Giroud, Paris Saint Germain, Santi Cazorla
Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League after coming from behind to beat West Ham United 3-1 at Upton Park yesterday afternoon, ending a four match winless run.
Former England international Carlton Cole put the visitors in front just after the break, though three goals in eleven minutes turned the match on its head.
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Arsenal will be without Laurent Koscielny for this evening’s visit of Chelsea, as the defender has a cut to his knee.
Jack Wilshere misses the game as he begins a two-match suspension, though Lukas Podolski could return after missing the last four months with a hamstring injury.
Tags: Angel Di Maria, Chelsea, Everton, Gareth Bale, Jack Wilshere, Laurent Koscielny, Liverpool, Lukas Podolski, Manchester City, Monaco, Newcastle United, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that confidence at the club remains his despite back to back defeats, Sky Sports understands.
The Gunners host Chelsea in a top of the table clash on Monday evening looking to bounce back from their latest disappointment – a 6-3 loss at Manchester City – though Wenger believes that morale has not been affected.