Sunderland produced a gutsy rearguard action to preserve their Premier League status with a tense 0-0 draw against Arsenal on Wednesday. Dick Advocaat was reduced to tears at the final whistle as his side delivered another great escape despite Arsenal laying siege at their goal during the second-half Arsenal created a host of chances but were held to a goalless draw by Sunderland on a frustrating evening at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners dominated almost from the first whistle, testing Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon through Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla in quick succession. With the visitors showing little attacking ambition, Arsène Wenger’s side were free to dictate play as they pressed and probed in search of an opening. Arsenal’s task ahead of the match was straightforward: win and automatic entry to next season’s Champions League was their prize. In fact, a draw would pretty much do it too, considering their superior goal difference to fourth-placed Manchester United. To that end, […]

Mesut Ozil says he’s missing playing football as he nears the end of his lengthy injury spell. Arsenal record signing Mesut Ozil is eager to return to training “as soon as possible” after missing the last 10 weeks of the campaign due to a knee injury. After an inconsistent debut campaign at the Emirates Stadium following his £42m move from Real Madrid, the German international was expected to become the leader of the team during the current season. But a partial ligament tear suffered earlier in the season following the defeat at Chelsea in October, has seen him missing the last nine Premier League games, and as well four Champions League matches. Recent reports claimed that the 26-year-old is expected to return to action early next year. Ozil has now claimed he is working hard to shorten the process. He has not featured since suffering a partial rupture of the outer band of the left knee joint against Chelsea on […]

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta claims that they have ‘thrown everything away’ after succumbing to a 3-3 draw against Anderlecht despite being 3-0 up. Arteta slammed his team-mates for the lack-luster performance and remarked that such performances are not good enough for the club. “I don’t know [how it got away from us]. We can’t afford to make those mistakes, it’s just not good enough. We had a 3-0 lead at home and we know what we’re playing for. We’ll analyse the mistakes and see what happened in the second half. It’s not up to the level of this club.” “The main aim when you start the competition is to win the group but we have thrown everything away tonight. You can’t do that in this competition.” Borussia Dortmund look set to top the group and Arsenal will now have to contend themselves with the second spot. Meanwhile former Arsenal player Paul Merson criticized Arsene Wenger for not closing the game […]

Arsene Wenger revealed that Jack Wilshere will miss tonight’s clash with Burnley after picking up a ‘minor’ knee injury. Wilshere has been in impressive form of late having enjoyed a steady run in the starting line-up but Wenger believes this knock will keep him out for a few days. “There is a slight problem with Jack Wilshere,” said Wenger at his pre-match press conference. “He [Wilshere] got a kick on his knee, it is very, very short-term.” Wenger remains hopeful that left-back Kieran Gibbs will be fit for the game tonight and went on to confirm that Wilshere could recover in time for the Champions League tie against Anderlecht. However, he mentioned that Wilshere wont be rushed back into action. “Kieran Gibbs has a test and only after that we can confirm but I am hopeful.” “I don’t know if Tuesday will be too early but certainly Wilshere will be fit for Swansea,” Wenger added. The 65-year-old Frenchman also confirmed […]

The Arsenal defender has been struggling with an Achilles problem since the beginning of the season and has been released from the French squad ahead of their game against Portugal this Saturday. Laurent Koscielny is the latest injury concern for Arsene Wenger after he left the national camp of France to return to Arsenal for treatment on Achilles problem which has been bothering him since the start of the campaign. Although it is a precautionary step and reports suggest the knock is minor, still this news comes as another headache for Arsenal in a period when injuries are piling up at an alarming rate. Mesut Ozil was released from Germany’s national squad after scans revealed knee ligament damage which is expected to keep him out for the remainder of 2014. Arsenal expect the injury to be a minor knock and are hoping that the defender will be back for their next game against Hull City in the Barclays Premier League. […]

QPR midfielder Joey Barton feels Arsenal’s current crop have ‘no spine or character’. Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has criticized Arsene Wenger ahead of tomorrow’s London derby with Chelsea raising doubts about their strength in characters. Arsenal, who last lifted the league title back in 2004, have just a solitary win and 16 losses in their last 20 away games against the top five in the past five campaigns. Last season they were humbled 6-0 by Jose Mourinho’s side in Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge. Sunday’s clash marks the 18th year in charge as Arsenal boss for Arsene Wenger but Barton feels that rival managers have “had Wenger on toast”. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Barton said, “In big games they get under his skin and work them out tactically. The poor away record against rival clubs is probably the reason they haven’t won a title for years. Nobody can criticize Wenger on the job he has […]

Arsenal suffered a humiliating 6-0 loss at Stamford Bridge last season in this fixture and the Frenchman has admitted that he is looking to avenge that defeat this weekend. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has described last season’s crushing 6-0 defeat as ‘a very bad memory’ that will remain in his memory for the rest of his life. It was his 1000th match in charge of Arsenal but it ended miserably for the Gunners. Arsenal come into this game on the back of an impressive 4-1 win against Galatasaray in the Champions League but with the knowledge that Wenger has never got the better off Jose Mourinho, the North London side know they face an uphill task to reduce the six points gap between the two sides already. “We will never forget last year at Chelsea and we have an opportunity to put it right,” Wenger said in the pre-match press conference. “It was my fault. We got a good hiding. […]