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Westham vs Arsenal *preview* london derby   1 comment

The Irons have
only won one out of their last five
Premier League games and have
struggled to score goals.
The Hammers were expected to claim
a victory against bottom of the table
Sunderland in their last Premier
League outing, but could only manage
a goalless draw against their fellow
strugglers.
The Gunners also drew their last
outing 0-0 with Chelsea at the
Emirates Stadium on Monday night.
The result took Arsenal to second in
the Premier League, behind league
leaders only on goal difference.
The draw made it four games without a
win for the Gunners in all
competitions, the side from north
London drawing two and losing one of
the top-flight games and losing at
Napoli in the Champions League.
However, with leaders Liverpool
facing a tough trip to Manchester City
in the late kick-off, the Gunners could
regain top spot with a victory against
the Hammers.
Arsene Wenger’s men will also be
encouraged by their record against
the Hammers at Boleyn Ground in
recent years, the Gunners having won
on five of their last six visits to the
East End. Arsenal have also won the
last five games against the Hammers
in all competitions.
West Ham have lost eight and won
none of their last 10 Premier
League games against Arsenal.
Theo Walcott has scored in his last
three Barclays Premier League
appearances against West Ham.
This is Arsenal’s 100th London
derby away from home in the
Premier League and the Gunners
have won 44 out of 99; more
victories on the road than any other
team in capital clashes.

Posted December 24, 2013 by arsenalwonder in arsenal, chelsea, wenger, westham

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dortmund vs Arsenal   Leave a comment

Arsenal silence a quarter of their critic last saturday as they beat second place Liverpool 2-0 at the emirate. Among the yet to be won over is the Match of the Day pundit and former Premier League winner
has rubbished claims that the
Gunners can win the league,
stating that they haven’t played
one of the ‘big 3’ yet.
Dortmund face Arsenal this week in
what will be the second of their two
Champions League group stage
encounters, having emerged
victorious at the Emirates Stadium a
fortnight ago.
Klopp’s side did not have it all their
own way in London, with Arsenal
enjoying plenty of the ball and
creating numerous chances. However,
Dortmund’s high-intensity and
strength in transitions won through,
earning a 2-1 victory.
Arsenal will go into the intimidating
Westfalen Stadion confident they can
regain control of their Champions
League group.
Arsene Wenger’s team looked to be
cruising towards qualification for the
knockout round going into the home
clash with Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund are in terrific form coming
in to this game on a back of a 6-1
drubbing of Stuttgart in the German
Bundesliga and Jurgen Klopp will look
to make the home advantage count
against a solid Arsenal side.
Arsenal have been a bit unpredictable
in their last couple games but will go
into this game with renewed
confidence after beating a strong
Liverpool side 2-0 in the League on
the back of defeats to Chelsea and
Dortmund at home in Cup competitions.
The lack of options in various areas
of the pitch for Arsene Wenger though
will be a huge concern for the
Gunners’ management going into this
midweek game.

arsenal vs liverpool – previous meetings   Leave a comment

Highest Aggregate :9
Liverpool 3 – 6 Arsenal

2006/2007
Highest Arsenal score: 8
Arsenal 8 – 1 Liverpool
1934/1935

Highest Liverpool score: 5
Liverpool 5 – 0 Arsenal 1963/1964

2012/2013
Wed 30 Jan
Arsenal 2 – 2 Liverpool
Premier League

Sun 02 Sep
Liverpool 0 – 2 Arsenal
Premier League

2011/2012
Sat 03 Mar
Liverpool 1 – 2 Arsenal
Premier League

Sat 20 Aug
Arsenal 0 – 2 Liverpool
Premier League

2010/2011
Sun 17 Apr
Arsenal 1 – 1 Liverpool
Premier League

Sun 15 Aug
Liverpool 1 – 1 Arsenal
Premier League

2009/2010
Wed 10 Feb
Arsenal 1 – 0 Liverpool Premier League

Sun 13 Dec
Liverpool 1 – 2 Arsenal
Premier League

Wed 28 Oct
Arsenal 2 – 1 Liverpool
League Cup

2008/2009
Tue 21 Apr
Liverpool 4 – 4 Arsenal
Premier League

Sun 21 Dec
Arsenal 1 – 1 Liverpool
Premier League

2007/2008
Tue 08 Apr
Liverpool 4 – 2 Arsenal
Champions League Liverpool won 5-3 on aggregate

Sat 05 Apr
Arsenal 1 – 1 Liverpool
Premier League

Wed 02 Apr
Arsenal 1 – 1 Liverpool
Champions League

Sun 28 Oct
Liverpool 1 – 1 Arsenal
Premier League

2006/2007
Sat 31 Mar
Liverpool 4 – 1 Arsenal
Premiership

Tue 09 Jan
Liverpool 3 – 6 Arsenal
League Cup

Sat 06 Jan
Liverpool 1 – 3 Arsenal
F.A. Cup

Sun 12 Nov
Arsenal 3 – 0 Liverpool
Premiership

2005/2006
Sun 12 Mar
Arsenal 2 – 1 Liverpool
Premiership

Tue 14 Feb
Liverpool 1 – 0 Arsenal
Premiership

2004/2005
Sun 08 May
Arsenal 3 – 1 Liverpool
Premiership

Sun 28 Nov
Liverpool 2 – 1 Arsenal
Premiership

2003/2004
Fri 09 Apr
Arsenal 4 – 2 Liverpool
Premiership

Sat 04 Oct
Liverpool 1 – 2 Arsenal
Premiership

2002/2003
Wed 29 Jan
Liverpool 2 – 2 Arsenal
Premiership

Sun 29 Dec
Arsenal 1 – 1 Liverpool
Premiership

Sun 11 Aug
Arsenal 1 – 0 Liverpool
Charity Shield played at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

2001/2002
Sun 27 Jan
Arsenal 1 – 0 Liverpool
F.A. Cup

Sun 13 Jan
Arsenal 1 – 1 Liverpool
Premiership

Sun 23 Dec
Liverpool 1 – 2 Arsenal
Premiership

2000/2001
Sat 12 May
Arsenal 1 – 2 Liverpool
F.A. Cup played at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Sat 23 Dec
Liverpool 4 – 0 Arsenal
Premiership

Mon 21 Aug
Arsenal 2 – 0 Liverpool
Premiership

1999/2000
Sun 13 Feb
Arsenal 0 – 1 Liverpool
Premiership

Sat 28 Aug
Liverpool 2 – 0 Arsenal
Premiership

1998/1999
Sat 09 Jan
Arsenal 0 – 0 Liverpool
Premiership

Sat 22 Aug
Liverpool 0 – 0 Arsenal
Premiership

1997/1998
Wed 06 May
Liverpool 4 – 0 Arsenal
Premiership

Sun 30 Nov
Arsenal 0 – 1 Liverpool
Premiership

1996/1997
Mon 24 Mar
Arsenal 1 – 2 Liverpool Premiership

Wed 27 Nov
Liverpool 4 – 2 Arsenal League Cup

Mon 19 Aug
Liverpool 2 – 0 Arsenal Premiership 1995/1996

Wed 01 May
Arsenal 0 – 0 Liverpool Premiership

Sat 23 Dec
Liverpool 3 – 1 Arsenal Premiership
1994/1995

Wed 12 Apr
Arsenal 0 – 1 Liverpool Premiership

Wed 11 Jan
Liverpool 1 – 0 Arsenal League Cup

Sun 28 Aug
Liverpool 3 – 0 Arsenal Premiership 1993/1994

arsenal vs norwich preview   Leave a comment

The international break is finally over as attention shifts to various domestic leagues as teams prepare to strengthen their positions on the league table.
In the Barclays premier league Arsenal who are on top of the league will be hosting Norwich city at the emirate.
Arsene wenger while addressing the audience at Arsenal AGM says our dream is to finally end the trophy drought which has endured for eight years.
Arsenal FC
Arsene Wenger could have Santi
Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Lukas
Podolski back in time to face norwich while Tomas
Rosicky withdrew from the Czech
Republic squad in midweek due to a
problem but will most likely be available. Mesut
Ozil was forced off in Germany’s game
against Sweden with a
knee injury and is a doubt but the injury is believed to be minor and not as to the extent of the level of fear.
Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bacary Sagna
and Abou Diaby look the likeliest to miss out
due to injuries.
The exciting young duo of Jack
Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey look set
to start in midfield with Frenchman
Mathieu Flamini doing the mopping up.
Tomas Rosicky could be handed a
start if Ozil does not recover in time
for the clash and it will be interesting
to see if Wenger decides to hand the
returning Cazorla, Walcott and
Podolski a start.
Olivier Giroud will be leading the line
with Carl Jenkinson continuing at
right-back in place of Bacary Sagna.

Norwich City FC
Anthony Pilkington was withdrawn
from the Republic of Ireland squad
due to knock but should be available
for Chris Hughton on Saturday. Elliott
Bennett is the only other injury
concern for the Canaries.
Chris Hughton fielded a five-man
midfield against Chelsea and a similar
tactic may be adopted against Chelsea
as well. The trio of Alexander Tettey,
Leroy Fer and Jonny Howson could
lineup in midfield with Robert
Snodgrass and Anthony Pilkington
providing the support from the wings
to the lone striker.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel has not found
the net in more than eight hours of
Premier League football and could be
dropped in favour of new signing Gary
Hooper in attack. Russell Martin,
Sebastian Bassong, Michael Turner
and Martin Olsson look set to start in
defence in front of John Ruddy.

Looking forward to a sweet home win

arsenal vs napoli   Leave a comment

Arsène Wenger
points with pride to the fact that his
team have reached the knockout
rounds of the Champions League in
every season since Uefa abolished
the second group stage 10 years
ago although even the Invincibles did not
have it this tough. The class of
2003-04 were the last Arsenal side
to really struggle in the group
stages but, after gaining just one
point from their first three matches,
they rallied to win their last three,
finishing above Internazionale,
Dynamo Kyiv and Lokomotiv Moscow.
Since then the group draws have
pitted Arsenal against at least one
duff side and their passage to the
do-or-die rounds has been relatively
secure. This season there are no
such things as a gimme: Marseille,
Borussia Dortmund and Napoli are all
capable of finishing above the
Londoners.
Arsenal made a good start by
returning from their opening game in
Marseille with three points but
Tuesday’s opponents, Napoli, made
an even more impressive one,
beating last year’s runners-up,
Dortmund.
“For Napoli to beat Dortmund is
certainly something very special and
it will lift their confidence,”
acknowledged Wenger, who was
given an early warning of the threat
posed by the Italians during a pre-
season game at the Emirates, when
Napoli hurtled into a 2-0 lead before
two late goals salvaged a draw for
the hosts.
Both teams have strengthened since
then, Arsenal signing Mesut Özil and
Napoli completing a summer revamp
under Rafael Benítez in which they
reinvested the £55m they received
from Paris Saint-Germain for
Edinson Cavani to bring in eight new
players.
One of their recruits, Gonzalo
Higuaín, had been on the verge of
joining Arsenal before Real Madrid
moved the goalposts and sold the
striker to Napoli instead. Wenger
knows that containing the
Argentinian is one of the major
challenges facing the Arsenal’s
defence but notes that, with Özil
around, Napoli will also have to keep
a close eye on a former Real player.
“In the end Real Madrid sold two
great players, one of them went to
Napoli, one went to Arsenal so it’s
1-1 on that front!”
Napoli bought two other players
from Real – Raúl Abiol and José
Callejón – as well as the exciting
Belgian winger Drei Mertens, but
Wenger is especially wary of an
Italian youngster who was already
on their books. Lorenzo Insigne
tormented England Under-21s in the
summer’s European Championship
and has begun this season in similar
style.
“Insigne is mobile, he is not tall but
quick and very good in the transition
from defence to attack and he is a
good dribbler as well and is an
intelligent mover,” says Wenger.
“That makes him an interesting
prospect for Napoli, and of course a
dangerous player for us on Tuesday
night.”
The natural instinct of Wenger’s
team is to attack but the managers
know they must show equal zeal in
defence on Tuesday if they are to
qualify From Such A Group.

swansea vs arsenal   Leave a comment

Arsenal were rewarded with an home tie with fellow londoners chelsea in the capital one cup as they sweat it out against west brom with the match decided by sport kick. Nicklas played his first game in an arsenal laying the assist for eisfield before hitting the post himself.
Wenger was more impressed with the performance of his youngsters and was happy and excited by the performance of his fit again captain
Arsenal have been in excellent form
on the road, but Swansea enter the
fixture on the back of three games
unbeaten in the Premier League.
Swans boss Michael Laudrup fielded a
weakened lineup against Birmingham
City during midweek, but the Dane is
likely to recall the majority of his
squad that were rested for the
Capital One Cup encounter.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is
expected to use the majority of the
team that recorded a 3-1 victory over
Stoke City last weekend.
However, the Frenchman is unlikely to
risk youngster Serge Gnabry for the
third time in the space of a week, with
Nacho Monreal potentially being
included in midfield.
Recent form
Swansea City: WDWWL
Arsenal: WWWWD
The swans have been a big challenge to the gunners in recent season with the games usually highly explosive producing quite a good performance.
I hope the pendulum of victory swing the gunners way.

Posted September 27, 2013 by arsenalwonder in arsenal, epl, Preview, wenger

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wenger speaks after everton win   Leave a comment

Wenger: ‘I suppose that 1-0 is quite an historical scoreline’

Dear Arsenal supporter,

Our Club celebrated its 125th birthday before the Everton game and I felt it was important that we played to the level of history at Arsenal.

In the end, we won it with an artistic goal from an artist and I suppose that 1-0 is quite an historical scoreline when you think about it.

The victory put us in the ‘virtual’ top four because we know if Chelsea get a draw on Monday they will be in front of us.

However we started from so deep this season that nobody could have predicted that we would be where we are now at the beginning of December. We have to keep going though because, in my opinion, we are still far away.

Maybe the turning point was when Andrey Arshavin scored against Swansea because that was a game we absolutely had to win.

After that there was the victory against Chelsea – that helped confidence – and we did well in the Champions League too. In the qualifier, we played Udinese who have been top of the Italian League this season and then we finished top of our Group F. We never got credit because when people decide you are a bad team, you are a bad team. We just have to work slowly and let people talk.

For me, we are a bit more mature these days but we still want to improve and be faithful to our style. On Saturday, Everton looked very good in the middle of the park and stopped us from playing. They have very intelligent players so Robin van Persie’s winning goal was vital.

When you are 22 and you do not have the best of games, you rush your moments a little bit. When you are 28, like him, you keep focus and, if you get a chance, get it away.

It is difficult to take a ball over your shoulder like he did. The timing has to be right, you have to lean forward very quickly and your body shape has to be correct. Everybody who has played football understands that is the most technically difficult movement for a striker.

People will say we are ‘Van Persie dependent’. But on Saturday, he got us a goal which came at a moment of the game where we were struggling to create chances. He delivered something special and three important points.

Thanks for your support.

Arsène Wenger

Posted December 12, 2011 by arsenalwonder in everton, premiership, rvp, wenger