Arsenal Shock Barcelona

If you tell a football team often enough that they are the best in the world, by which you really mean that their attacking players win matches by scoring goals more beautifully than anyone else around, there is a chance their defenders may believe it applies to them, too. Then they may fall into the sort of trap sprung by Arsenal last night at the pulsating, heart-in-mouth climax of a…

February 17, 2011
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Arsène Wenger Fails to Give Newcastle Credit They Deserve

For a supposed football visionary Arsène Wenger can sometimes fail to see the big picture. No one expected Arsenal’s manager to be ecstatic after watching his side make Premier League history by forfeiting a 4-0 lead but few imagined his infamous myopia and lack of generosity towards opponents would prove quite so pronounced. As Wenger implied it was all the referee Phil Dowd’s fault, someone attempted to introduce a touch…

February 7, 2011
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Wenger Backs Wilshere For England Role

Arsène Wenger has approved Fabio Capello’s plan to give Jack Wilshere the anchorman role in England’s midfield, starting with the friendly in Denmark on 9 February. Capello has been criticised for seemingly ignoring Wilshere’s encouraging form for Arsenal this season by restricting his senior international experience to seven minutes in a friendly against Hungary in August. However, the Italian indicated this week that he has finally been convinced of the…

January 29, 2011
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Arsène Wenger Set To Rest Johan Djourou For Arsenal’s Replay At Leeds

Arsène Wenger has admitted he has pushed Johan Djourou more than he would have wanted, as he considers whether to hand the 18-year-old central defender Ignasi Miquel his senior debut in Arsenal’s FA Cup third-round replay at Leeds United tonight. Djourou, 24 yesterday, missed virtually the whole of last season because of knee ligament damage and Wenger said recently that he dared not play him more than once a week,…

January 19, 2011
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Ferguson Hits Back At Wenger Comments

Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at Arsène Wenger’s suggestion that the Manchester United pitch was to blame for Arsenal’s performance in their 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Monday. Ferguson believes it was a diversion tactic to take the emphasis away from the way, in his words, “we were by far the better team”. The United manager is aggrieved by Wenger’s remarks, believing them to be an unfair slight…

December 15, 2010
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Arsenal v Stoke: Preview

Arsenal will aim to snatch back top spot on the Premier League table when they host Stoke City at the Emirates on Saturday. Arsene Wenger’s men had a torrid time of it in the last league round, watching their lead at the head of the table evaporate as Manchester City destroyed West Ham United, then relinquishing top spot altogether with a crushing 1-0 loss at Manchester United. That defeat saw…

December 15, 2010
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