Are Arsenal really that unlucky? by Blaz
It has been a widespread consensus amongst Arsenal fans that we are by far the most unluckiest team when it comes to injuries, and complaining about our misfortune become very popular in the last couple of weeks. We did have a few players out, lost Theo permanently, while Diaby won’t play this season at all (no change there!). There have been a few articles saying we are the most miserable team when it comes to injuries this season. It might seem like truth – Gibbs just gets back, Monreal goes out, Ox returns, Theo goes missing, Özil fixes his shoulder and Rosicky gets his nose broken.. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger watched his Arsenal side lose points to a direct rival at the top of the Premiership for the second week in a row, mostly due to another totally inept first half of the game.
Yet again the Gunners rallied in the second half but the damage had already been done and they had little chance to reverse the deficit. Wenger tried to galvanise the team during the break, and bemoaned the bad startsaid after the game: “Tactically we changed some things.” he said. .......Read the full article here
David Moyes saw his Everton team fight back bravely after going 1-0 behind in the first minute of last night’s game, and he thinks that Everton deserved all three points and would have got them if the ref hadn’t have been so lenient on Arsenal.
After Walcott’s brilliant opening goal, Everton made a concerted assault on the Arsenal goal, and Szczesny had to pull off some excellent saves before and after Fellaini’s deserved equaliser, but perhaps the most telling moment was when Arteta pulled down Steven Pienaar in the second half. .......Read the full article here
Olympiacos v Arsenal NextGen Series by TS
Olympiacos scored two late goals to sink Arsenal in Group Six of the NextGen series at Karaiskakis Stadium last night. The two sides both looked impressive moving forward and were eager to attack. However, Olympiacos broke the deadlock in the 83nd minute when Rafail Soukias fired in the opening goal and Arsenal’s problems were compounded 8 minutes later when full back Hector Bellerin was sent off after preventing a goal scoring opportunity. The Greeks then scored a deflected goal from the resulting free kick by Leandro Climaco Pinto in the dying minutes to end the match 2-O, although the result hardly reflected the even nature of the game. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger saw his team lose yet again to a mid-table side and put the important third place in the Premiership in jeopardy. Aston Villa scored two goals through Darren Bent in the first 15 minutes as Arsenal seemed to play with fear from the beginning, but they started playing too late.
Wenger thinks that the Gunner were unlucky not to win the game in the end. He said: “It’s very disappointing because we were caught on a very bad start. After that we became stronger as the game went on and we were a bit unlucky on top of that. So we come out of the game very disappointed. We dropped three points today which could cost us the automatic qualification for the Champions League.” .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal team lose at home to a newly-promoted team for the second time this season, but he thinks that, considering Newcastle only had one shot on target, overall Arsenal were unlucky to lose the game.
The previous defeat was against West Brom, but he believes Arsenal played much better yesterday. He said after the game: “I think against West Brom we were complacent but not today. In fairness the two teams who have beaten us here are good teams. They have shown that before and when we met them. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw his team lose their first Champions League game of the season to Shakhtar Donetsk last night, and also blow their chances of sewing up the group with two games to go.
Arsenal went 1-0 up through Theo Walcott after just nine minutes, but according to Wenger the team lost concentration to let Shakhtar take control with two goals before half-time.
“Congratulations to Donetsk, they played well and won the game. We had a good start but after we lost our urgency and let Donetsk come into the game too much. We lost concentration in the duels and you could see what was coming towards half time.” .......Read the full article here
The little Russian striker Andrei Arshavin has been musing on the strange game at Sunderland on Saturday, and says that although the Arsenal fans won’t be happy with the final result, they should “understand that our victories are ahead”.
“Today we had, as expected, a difficult match.” he said. “Our opponent played well, but I think our defence courageously coped with their attacks and pressure at our gate. .......Read the full article here