Saturday, November 29, 2008


Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini believes Cesc Fabregas deserved to be named the Gunners' new captain after William Gallas was relieved of the duty following his comments about his team-mates.
Flamini spent four years at Arsenal before signing for Italian giants AC Milan in the summer on a free transfer, but was back in England on Thursday for Milan's 2-2 Uefa Cup draw at Portsmouth.


Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has complete faith in William Gallas' honesty after his former team-mate sparked a row with his public criticism of Arsenal.
Gallas stripped of the Arsenal captaincy and dropped for last week's defeat at Manchester City for the outspoken attack when he also questioned his team-mates' fighting spirit.
Cech played with Gallas for two years at Stamford Bridge before joining Gunners in 2006 and Ashley Cole went in the opposite direction. The Czech Republic international has no doubt Gallas was only speaking his mind when he made his feelings public.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Cristiano Ronaldo was the centre of attention as Manchester United
confirmed their place in the next stage of the Champions League. For
the second successive match, the Portugal winger had to endure some
stiff challenges.

United looked the more assured of the two sides throughout the game
but it took them until the 41st minute before they made a real impact.
Villarreal were then reduced to 10 men four minutes later when
Capdevila was sent off for a high challenge on Ronaldo has he tried to
race down field. Despite being a man up, United had little time to
make their advantage pay. However a draw confirmed both teams place in
the next stage.


Arsene Wenger has ended Gallas' tenure as skipper. However he will be
reinstated to his defensive role for the Champions League clash
against Dynamo Kiev but 21-year-old. Cesc Fabregas is the new
permanent skipper, one of the youngest in the club's history.

Fabregas also realise that it is a big responsibility, but he is sure
that his team have the spirit and commitment to get back to winning
ways and fulfil their potential.

Wenger insists he has no regrets about making the outspoken Frenchman
his Arsenal captain after the departure of Thierry Henry. However, the
Gunners boss accepted the pressures of the role may have taken their
toll in the end.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stripped William Gallas of the captaincy
at Eastlands, then saw his team stripped bear after a 3-0 defeat at
Manchester City. A wonderful goal from Robinho after Stephen Ireland
had made the breakthrough gave Manchester City the victory they
deserved on the balance of play.

Substitute Daniel Sturridge completed a miserable day for Arsenal by
scoring from the penalty spot in stoppage time. Gallas did not travel
with the rest of the squad after making critical comments about the
team in midweek and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia wore the armband

Friday, November 21, 2008


Robin van Persie scored twice as Holland cruised to a friendly victory
over Sweden in Amsterdam. The Arsenal striker put the London club's
troubles behind him to strike either side of half-time as Holland
picked up where they left off in World Cup qualifying.

Dirk Kuyt gave the scoreline a more accurate look with the third goal
in stoppage time. Holland have won three out of three in Group Nine
and even Kim Kallstrom's goal seconds after coming on as a second-half
substitute to halve the deficit could not hide their dominance.


England travelled to the German capital ravaged by injuries and
surrounded by debate regarding the importance of Wednesday's friendly,
but Capello's side produced a thoroughly convincing display to secure
a fifth successive win.

A late John Terry header ensured England continued their resurgence
under Fabio Capello with a 2-1 victory over Germany in Berlin to end
2008 on a high. The Three Lions, who recorded a famous 5-1 success on
their last visit to Germany, took a scrappy lead in the 23rd minute as
centre-back Matthew Upson poked home after Rene Adler had flapped at a
Stewart Downing corner.

After the break, England continued to enjoy the better of proceedings
but substitute goalkeeper Scott Carson endure a horrible mix-up with
Terry to allow Germany striker Patrick Helmes to equalise on 63
minutes. Terry headed a late winner at the Olympic Stadium after
Matthew Upson's first-half opener was cancelled out by Patrick Helmes,
and the Chelsea defender was pleased to secure the win.

Injuries forced Fabio Capello to name an experimental line-up in
Wednesday's friendly in Berlin, with Aston Villa striker Gabriel
Agbonlahor making his debut. But an England side which also included
fringe players such as Shaun Wright-Phillips, Michael Carrick and
Stewart Downing put on a highly impressive performance.


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed Theo Walcott will be out of
action for three months with a shoulder problem. The 19-year-old
Arsenal player dislocated his right shoulder while on international
duty on Tuesday which ruled him out of England's friendly with

He was immediately taken to hospital, where he had the shoulder put
back into place, but he is now set for a long spell on the sidelines.
This injury is a new setback for the player, as it is his right

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has expressed his desire to become a more regular fixture in Arsene Wenger's starting eleven. The 20-year-old Dane has made 15 appearances for the Gunners this term, recently leading the line in the absence of the injured Emmanuel Adebayor and suspended Robin van Persie. But Bendtner is keen to press for a more consistent role, amid a testing time for Arsenal following their fourth Premier League loss of the season.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Aston Villa gave Arsenal another shock after a 2-0 win over the
Gunners at their own ground, the Emirates Stadium. It is a huge hits
for Arsenal's title hopes after impressive wins over Manchester United
and Wigan last week.

Bolton however deserved the win with Kevin Nolan returning to the line
up. An own goal from Gael Clichy was followed by a Gabriel Agbonlahor
strike were enough to give Bolton an evening to remember. Furthermore,
Bolton could have won 3-0 if Ashley Young didn't miss a penalty.

Friday, November 14, 2008


Aston Villa's Ashley Young believes Arsenal have the right blend of youth and experience to challenge for the Premier League title this season. The Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger had come under fire from supporters and critics before Saturday's deserved home success over Manchester United, calmed the situation.
Young will be visiting the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with his Aston Villa squad confident  Arsenal will sustain a title bid. He is not surprised with Arsenal's current position in the table challenging for the league crown, as he feels that the Gunners have world class players all over the pitch.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


The Young Guns sent Premier League rivals Wigan crashing out of the Carling Cup with another a magnificient 3-0 wins at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is now determined to stick with his young guns after watching them pass their hardest test against Wigan Athletic.

The Gunners youngsters destroyed Steve Bruce's side with two goals
from Jay Simpson and a third from Mexican teenager Carlos Vela. The north London club despatched Sheffield United in the previous round 6-0 and they reached the last eight with another superb performance.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Samir Nasri believes Arsenal's French connection could steer them to the Premier League title. Arsene Wenger fielded six of his compatriots in the side that revived Arsenal's title hopes with a 2-1 win over
defending champions Manchester United.

The Gunners have been beaten by newly-promoted Hull and Stoke this season but Nasri, who scored both goals against United, insists those setbacks did not dent the belief amongst Wenger's young squad. He also believes that the team will get even better when their injury hit players return to action soon.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Arsenal bounced back from turmoil to defeat Manchester United 2-1 thanks to a brace from Samir Nasri. Gunners manager Arsene Wenger admitted that the at Emirates Stadium breathes life into their campaign and lifts them above United in the Barclays Premier League.

The Gunners had Adebayor injured and van Persie suspended but Samir Nasri provided the attacking threat, taking advantage of slack marking in each half to grab his fourth and fifth goals of the season. Rafael da Silva, on as a substitute, volleyed home a late strike to give Sir Alex Ferguson's men hope, but Arsenal held on after six minutes of stoppage-time for the win they needed..

It was Arsenal's first test this season against their traditional top-four rivals and Wenger's men passed the examination. This clash between two heavyweights had everything, chances, yellow cards,counter-attacking and also four penalty shouts.

Friday, November 7, 2008


Cristiano Ronaldo is anticipating a tough encounter against Arsenal on Saturday but feels confident that Manchester United can pick up three points. The Gunners have struggled for form in recent weeks and also have a number of injury problems ahead of the match at Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger's men are already six points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea and Liverpool and have yet to play any of their major rivals. There have been suggestions that Arsenal's title challenge could be over if they slip to defeat against United but Ronaldo is still wary of the threat they will present.

United lost their visits to both Liverpool and Arsenal and also dropped points against Newcastle and Everton this term, and Ronaldo feels Sir Alex Ferguson's side have plenty to prove as they go for a title hat-trick. United had an excellent record at Highbury in its latter years, they have so far managed a single point from two visits to the Emirates, conceding late goals on both occasions.


Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has challenged his team-mates to turn around their recent slump and beat Manchester United at the weekend. The Gunners were held to a goalless draw against Fenerbahce in the Champions League on Wednesday, making it three games without a victory.

Boss Arsene Wenger repeated his recent criticism of Stoke's strongarm tactics by again accussing referees and opponents of victimising his side following the stalemate with Fenerbahce. Mikael Silvestre is a fresh injury concern and Almunia missed the Group G clash with an upset stomach, while Bacary Sagna, Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Adebayor were also sidelined.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Arsenal remain top of Champions League Group G despite being held to a goalless draw by Fenerbahce at the Emirates. The Gunners started brightly enough but failed to capitalise on a quick start with Robin Van Persie failing to convert a hat-trick of close-range efforts.
Fenerbahce picked Roberto Carlos at left-back and the Brazilian endured a nervy start that almost set up the opener for Van Persie. Arsenal showed far greater invention in attack but still had nothing to show for their obvious superiority.

Monday, November 3, 2008


Arsene Wenger says Arsenal duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott suffered 'very bad injuries' in the 2-1 defeat at Stoke City. Adebayor was replaced by Carlos Vela after 73 minutes of the loss at the Britannia Stadium after picking up a couple of knocks.
Walcott had only been introduced as a second-half substitute, but was stretchered off with a suspected shoulder injury in the dying embers of the game. The Gunners boss hinted that Adebayor and Walcott could be out for several weeks.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Arsenal's season took another turn towards crisis with a 2-1 defeat at Stoke. It was a case of bad to worse for Arsenal after the dramatic 4-4 draw with Tottenham in midweek and a red card for Robin van Persie, coupled with injuries to Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott, made it a grim day indeed for Arsene Wenger.
Rory Delap, whose deadly delivery from the touchline has already proved crucial to the Potters' hopes of survival, found Ricardo Fuller after 11 minutes, then helped set up Seyi Olofinjana for the hosts' second before a defected Gael Clichy effort reduced arrears.