Like an old-school dad trying on his first pair of jeans, Arsene Wenger has relented for the first time since his spectacled, waist-height jacket days to implement a 3-4-3 system that is seemingly in vogue this season.
It was in May 1997, when Olive were top of the charts with ‘You’re Not Alone’ and Derby County fans were bidding farewell to the Baseball Ground, that Wenger was last tempted by a three-pronged defensive back-line.
In a match where Tony Adams saw red after just 13 minutes, Dennis Bergkamp’s sublime chip remains the stand-out moment of a day where Arsenal secured a third-placed finish. (more…)
Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira claims that his former boss Arsene Wenger have been let down by his players more than any other factor.
Heavy defeats against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, and Bayern Munich have put on the club once again in a position to challenge for the top four. They will not be contention for the Champions League after having been knocked out of the competition in the last 16 stage for yet another campaign. (more…)
Arsene Wenger is understood to have been asked by his employers to let them know what his plans are as far as his coaching career is concerned.
If Wenger keeps mum like this and then conveys to them just a couple of weeks before the end of the season that he is walking away, it will be a difficult situation for them because they don’t have any coach on their radar so far.
But, if they get to know about that right now, they will have enough time to be able to search the right candidate. They wouldn’t want themselves to be forced to appoint just anyone in a hurry. (more…)
Arsene Wenger has claimed that his team collapsed in the 5-1 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Fans, who have stood by him even during the toughest times, have seen that there is no light at the end of the tunnel when Wenger remains in charge. Despite being the only Premier League manager to have stayed unbeaten throughout the campaign, it seems that Wenger does not match the best in the business of late. At 67 years of age, it seems that his tactical knowledge has also not been up to date. (more…)
Alexis Sanchez is set to miss the game against Southampton when Arsenal face them this weekend in the FA Cup fourth round.
Sanchez would not be happy with missing out but the French tactician would play Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck ahead of the rest of the team as Arsenal hope to get pass the Saints. Lucas Perez is another likely option.
German playmaker Mesut Ozil could likely not feature in the clash but Sanchez would surely throw tantrums if he misses the game on the sidelines. The passionate player was inconsolable when he was pulled out in the clash against Swansea recently despite the team leading 4-0. (more…)
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville reckons that Arsenal should not be held to a ransom in their efforts to keep Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. Both players have less than 18 months remaining on their contracts.
It is reported that both players are demanding wages in the region of £ 300,000 per week, while Arsenal are unwilling to meet the combined figure of £ 600,000 per week for both players. The gunners currently have Ozil on a contract worth £ 120,000 per week and they are likely to extend it only to as far as £ 180,000 a week. (more…)
Arsenal’s battle to win the Premier League title has come slightly off the rails over the past month with back-to-back defeats to Everton and Manchester City. They were even forced to come from three goals down to salvage a point away to Bournemouth to keep themselves in the mix.
The Gunners are following the trend that has dogged them over the past 13 years in their pursuit of securing another top-flight crown. Since last lifting the title in the 2003-04 campaign, Arsene Wenger’s men have hit the self-destruct button several times in the second halves of seasons, including last term, when they lost out to Leicester City. (more…)
Gary Neville says that he is surprised at the drop in performance and physical status for Arsenal players in the recent 2-1 loss against Manchester City.
Despite working in early lead through Theo Walcott, the team could not hold on to a victory after they conceded two second-half goals to lose the game. It was the second consecutive of a loss for the club in the space of three days, as they came into the game after a 2-1 loss against Everton. The game against the Merseyside club unfolded in similar circumstances with Arsenal losing after having taken an advantage. (more…)
Arsene Wenger says that he is not worried about Tottenham catching Arsenal, as he believes that the gunners will always be bigger than their North London rivals.
As a testament to this fact, Spurs are now building a 61,000 seater stadium in tune with the Emirates stadium. Arsenal managed to construct the Emirates stadium as one of the finest pieces of architecture in the Premier League. One of the modern stadiums in England, it has helped Arsenal elevate to a new level with an improved finances allowing them to sign players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez without the backing of a rich benefactor.
Spurs have been able to achieve much of their success in the last couple of years under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino. However, they have never finished above Arsenal in the league table over the last two decades.
Wenger reckons that it may not happen at least in his tenure.”I do not think about Tottenham ever becoming a bigger club than Arsenal. I think about Arsenal and making us as big as possible, making us stronger.We have a strong fan base, maybe the strongest in London, and as long as we do our job Arsenal will always be the stronger. No position is guaranteed. It is about doing our job, but at the end of the day everything is decided by what happens on the pitch,” said Wenger.
Werder Bremen trolled Arsenal after a former Gunner, Serge Gnabry grabbed a hat trick when Germany humbled San Marino 8-0.
Werder Bremen threw a dig at Arsenal using their official Twitter handle. The tweet showed that Gnabry played his debut, scored a hat trick in Germany’s 8-0 win, and they tagged Arsenal in it with a winking emoticon.
Arsenal hit back just over an hour, tweeting “on the subject of hat tricks, remember this?” the tweet was accompanied by a picture of Ray Parlour jubilating after his hat trick in the UEFA Cup game against Werder Bremen 16 years ago. Parlour’s spectacular goals in 2000 helped Arsenal defeat Bremen. He scored an amazing goal using the outside of his boot, and he went pass three defenders to get another goal. His goals helped Arsene Wenger’s men to the semi finals.
Gnabry has been decent for the Bundesliga outfit since his £5 million move. He has scored four goals in nine games this term, but it has not been enough as Bremen lie 16th in the German Bundesliga standings. The youngster received enormous commendations after his impressive show against Marino.
Whilst at Arsenal, he could only get one goal after 18 games. His goals against Marino make him the first German to score a hat trick on his debut since Dieter Muller did far back in 1976.