England centre-back Callum Chambers have confirmed that he will return to parent club Arsenal this summer following an impressive loan spell with Middlesbrough last season.
The 22-year-old appeared in a total of 25 league outings for Boro, but he was unable to prevent the Riverside club from Premier League relegation.
Chambers played through all four games in the recent Under-21 European Championships where the Three Lions lost out on penalties to Germany in the semi-final stage. The England Under-20 side recently ended the nation’s long hunt for silverware but their older age counterparts failed to progress due to a familiar shoot-out exit. Continue reading
Arsene Wenger’s comments about the referee in the 2-1 defeat against Everton have been mocked by Everton boss Ronald Koeman.
The Dutchman has had an impressive record against Wenger since he came to the Premier League. Even with Southampton, Koeman managed to get some impressive results including a 4-0 win. However, he has pointed out that Wenger is a bad loser as he always comes up with other excuses for his teams in the ability to win. In the cases of the losses against Southampton and Everton, Koeman says that there was a strange consistency with the Frenchman decided to criticise the referee for the inability to win.
In the latest loss against a Koeman-managed outfit, Wenger claimed that his team should not have considered a freekick that led to the goal in the dying minutes of the game. Ashley Williams scored a late winner for Everton, and it has prevented Arsenal from moving three points behind Chelsea. Continue reading
Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s humiliation at Stamford Bridge when they take on Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium this evening.
The Gunners will have both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs available after the red card shown to Gibbs for the incident involving them both at Stamford Bridge was rescinded, though Laurent Koscielny is out after he picked up a calf injury at the weekend.
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Arsene Weneger’s 1000th match in charge of Arsenal ended in misery as his side were thumped 6-0 by league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Samuel Eto’o put the hosts in front on five minutes, and their advantage was doubled just two minutes later through Andre Schurlle – both goals coming from clinical counter-attacking from Jose Mourinho’s side.
Then, on seventeen minutes, the Blues were awarded a penalty after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tipped an Eden Hazard shot away with his fingertips.
The incident led to a sending off, it was defender Kieran Gibbs who was dismissed after referee Andre Marriner appeared to have mistaken him as the culprit.
Hazard duly converted the penalty, before Oscar made it 4-0 three minutes before the break.
The Brazil international then scored his second and his sides fifth on sixty-six minutes before substitute Mohamed Salah completed the Gunners’ misery with his first goal for the club five minutes later.
The result sees Arsenal slip to fourth place, after both Liverpool and Manchester City beat Cardiff City and Fulham respectively.
The Gunners will however be able to close the gap between themselves and Chelsea back to four points when they take on Swansea City tomorrow evening,
Arsenal will be looking to put their Champions League disappointment behind them when they travel to North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.
Arsene Wenger’s side could be as much as ten points behind leaders Chelsea at the time of kick off, as the Blues travel to Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon while Manchester City will also move ahead of them should they win at Hull City.
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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 will be without Kieran Gibbs for this evening’s crucial Champions League last sixteen second leg against Bayern Munich.
Yaya Sanogo will also miss out, along with Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Abou Diaby and Aaron Ramsey but Laurent Koscielny is back in contention after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Arsenal will be looking to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea as they return to Premier League action at Stoke City.
A whole host of players will be assessed ahead of the game, with Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelan and Kieran Gibbs all in a race to be fit while Kim Kallstrom, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Abou Diaby are definitely out.
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Arsenal will be looking for an immediate response to their midweek Champions League disappointment against Bayern Munich as they take on Sunderland, searching for three points that will keep them firmly in the Premier League title race.
The Gunners will remain without Aaron Ramsey and Thomas Vermaelen, with both expected to return to first team action next month. Loan signing Kim Kallstrom is still side-lined, Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby are long term absentees and Kieran Gibbs is doubtful after limping out of the action on Wednesday evening.
Arsenal are without several key players for tomorrow afternoon’s visit of Tottenham Hotspur, in the pick of this seasons FA Cup third round fixtures.
Nicklas Bendtner has been ruled out after being injured whilst scoring the Gunners’ opener in the 2-0 win over Cardiff City on New Year’s Day and joins fellow strikers Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo on the side-lines.
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