We are still all in shock after Arsenal’s defeat to Stoke yesterday, and Arsene Wenger thinks that his strike force was ineffectual, but the defeat was simply down to a bad decision by the referee who awarded Stoke a penalty.
Wenger said on Arsenal.com: “I felt we had a good defensive performance and overall we are unlucky to lose this game. Offensively we didn’t create enough and our offensive game was poor considering our standards. At the end of the day we didn’t score because of that. We conceded a goal that was a nice gift from the referee but it can happen. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger defends his decision to give the players some time off! by Ash
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been criticised for allowing the Arsenal players to take two days off this week following the end to their hectic schedule. The Gunners played five times in just over two weeks and a half, four of which games featured playing some of the best teams in Europe. In the two week period Arsenal played in three competitions and faced Liverpool twice, Manchester United and Bayern Munich, all before a more settling 4-1 win against Sunderland last weekend in the Premier League. .......Read the full article here
After Arsenal endured a frustrating Champions League tie against Bayern Munich, when a brilliant start turned into a 2-0 defeat that leaves the Gunners teetering on the brink of another last 16 exit, much of the blame was laid squarely at the feet of the German international Mesut Ozil.
The papers and sports websites have got their teeth right into this story of Mesut Ozil and his drop in form. They are showing pictures of him being berated by Flamini, calling him lazy and suggesting that he is on the way to being the next Andrey Arshavin. And many Arsenal fans are lapping it up. .......Read the full article here
For Arsenal to let six goals in, even against the team that many think are favourites for the Premier League title, is disappointing and clearly no good enough. But with Manchester City laying waste to all comers at the Eyihad, most of us were expecting a tough game and probably a defeat.
But in the cold light of day, a study of the stats on Sky Sports tells something of a different picture. And those stats do not include a clear penalty being denied to Arsenal, or that two goals were wrongly disallowed for offside. Of course, stats are not everything, and City did cause us big trouble at the start of the match, as well as taking advantage when Arsenal were tiring and chasing the game, but some key stats do jump out. .......Read the full article here
There have been a few signs recently that the football gods are finally starting to pick on someone else. Arsenal have been plagued with bad luck since before the start of the season, with injuries, illness, cup draws and bad refereeing decisions all conspiring to try and disturb the quest to end an eight year trophy drought.
From the terrible penalty decision from Drogba’s dive in the Emirates cup, via a sending off and penalty on the first day, through to a crazy red for Arteta, officials have not been our friends, but they say these things even up over the course of a season, so hopefully Arsenal have got some penalties coming their way soon. .......Read the full article here
A lot of Arsenal fans will have some concern about tomorrow’s game against Manchester United, as traditionally there has been a feeling that the Old Trafford factor or the influence of Alex Ferguson has caused referees to be somewhat generous to the home side.
The man in charge tomorrow will be Michael Oliver, and I think it could be a good choice. He is 28-years old and this will be his first time in charge of the fixture. He has not been refereeing long enough to have been influenced much by Fergie, as if that would happen anyway, cough, cough. .......Read the full article here
Will Liverpool have 12 players on the pitch? by Blaz
The game of the weekend is slowly approaching and if history is anything to go by, it really should be a great show. I do have one concern though, the referee. Arsenal have had plenty of bad luck with different decisions throughout the past decade – the penalties and red card against Newcastle (4-4), the lack of penalties against Birmingham when Eduardo got his broken leg, while they got one just before the end (and we did have plenty of legitimate claims). The man in charge today is Martin Atkinson and I’ll let everyone remember their worst Martin Atkinson moments on your own. There have been a few, although the stats show he has not done Liverpool many favours either. .......Read the full article here
Well, at least injury did not ravage the Arsenal starting line up as badly as we had feared. Mikel Arteta was the only major absence, and Arsene Wenger was actually able to name the same eleven players that finished the final game of last season. Cazorla and Podolski were on the bench, but the squad lightness was clear with Gnabry and Frimpong beside them.
Arsenal began this game knowing that any win would be enough to win the Emirates cup, but it was still a pre-season friendly and Arsene Wenger is more concerned about preparation for the real business to come, as was clear from the starting line up. Koscielny was replaced by Sagna at the back, while Sanogo started as the centre forward with Walcott on the right and Cazorla on the left.
Snogo nearly got off to a dream start after a mistake, but the defenders got back and the young striker’s shot was smothered by the keeper. The Gunners showed plenty of early intent and also had a penalty claim in the first 10 minutes, while Arteta gave a more solid feeling in front of the defence. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal knew the huge importance of this game against Manchester United and may have been aware that Chelsea were beating Swansea in the earlier kick off. The players had to suffer the indignity of having to clap the former captain and turncoat Robin van Persie and his team mates on to the pitch. Wenger will have told them to use that feeling to their advantage in the game, and it could not have started much better. .......Read the full article here
I have been very critical of Arsene Wenger in recent seasons and I stick by what I have said in the past regarding team selection and signings. However I have never and will never try to take away what he has done for us as a club and what he has done for the development of players from every corner of the globe. No player has ever left us a worse player. That alone makes him a great in my opinion. .......Read the full article here
The Gunners once again made the fans suffer at the Emirates yesterday as they were still 1-0 down to lowly Norwich with just 7 minutes to go. But a hotly disputed penalty gave Arsenal their big chance to level the match and go on to win the game.
Wenger didn’t reveal how worried he was but instead praised the team for their “spirit and nerve”. He said: “We left it a bit late, it was unexpected of course to be 1-0 down at that stage of the game because we were on top and we missed chances. .......Read the full article here