Showing posts with label Arsenal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arsenal. Show all posts

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Video:Mesut Ozil shines as Arsenal colors North London red

The matchday 12 ended with a big morale boosting victory for Arsenal at their own home, Emirates as Mesut Ozil stole the show and silenced his haters. Mauricio Pochettino's celebration for his 100th victory as Spurs boss was denied. This was his first loss in a Premier League north London derby as the shift of power has slowly swung away from Arsene Wenger's side. The goalscorers were Shkodran Mustafi, Alexis Sanchez.

The first goal started with a long ball, which was brought under control brilliantly by Alexis Sanchez. His namesake Sanchez dispossesed him with the help of a very good tackle, but referee Mike Dean ruled that foul by the young Tottenham defender in the favour of Arsenal. The ball from the resulting freekick was floated into the penalty area by Mesut Ozil, where the unmarked Mustafi leapt highest  at the far post and steered a fine header across the face of goal and inside the upright.

The bulid up for the second goal was started by Lacazette who got in behind down the right and played the low ball into the Tottenham penalty area, where Sanchez was waiting in acres of space. He made a mess of his first touch, but Lloris remained anchored to his line and allowed the Chilean to recover and rifle the ball between goalkeeper and near post from a ridiculously tight angle. The score was 2-0 in favour of Arsenal and they were in cruise control of the game which everyone expected them to lose.

Arsenal richly deserved that lead needed at the break and had been clearly superior. Spurs will moan about the award of the freekick that led to goal one, and will argue that both goals were very, very close to being offside. But ultimately, Arsenal's big players Sanchez and Ozil turned up, and Tottenham's Eriksen, Alli, a not fully fit Kane had been short of their best.

Tottenham's best chance came in the 56th minute which could have been the referee's  moment who had the option to point to the spot after Kane went down dramatically following Kolasinac's challenge inside the box, but decided to wave the appeal away. Ramsey misjudged a ball played into his path, slipped, and allowed Eriksen to regain possession on the edge of the area. Eventually feeding Kane, the Tottenham striker had sight of goal, but the shot was expertly blocked by Mustafi.

It could have been 3-0 but Lloris saved Tottenham as Ozil danced down the left , and crossed. Sanchez's first touch was poor, but he got it under control and hammered a shot at the near post. Lloris did better here, as he went off the line, narrowed the space and blocked the shot.

All in all it was a good game for Ozil who inspired Arsenal to a much needed win but he should work this hard in every match, not just big ones against Spurs. He had been very impressive today, looked great creatively, while putting in his fair share of the grunt work when it came to tracking back and put various Spurs players under pressure.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

10 things that have happened since Arsenal last won the league

The words that define Arsenal at this point of time are “mentally very jaded” and, if Arsène Wenger chose them with reference to his players , the truth is that phrase is applicable at Arsenal Football Club with a significantly broader brush. The dictionary definition of jaded feels piercingly critical: dulled or satiated by overindulgence; worn out or wearied; dissipated. The Gunners have not lifted a piece of silverware since their triumph in the competition back in 2005 and are desperate not to see their run extend to a decade.

Here are 10 things which have happened since Wenger and his players last won a trophy.

1.  The Global recession

The Lehmann brothers were famously jailed for the crime in what will probably go down as one of the biggest lies of the century. Back in 2009, Wenger being an expert in finance and economics did not hold back from having his say.

"It looks like football has not been hit by a recession but that is only due to exceptional circumstances, I still think that we will have to become more reasonable in the game, even if you have exceptional circumstances like Real Madrid and Man City.” Well, it really didn’t turn out that way and clubs are still breaking transfer records to this day. Arsenal are not one of those clubs!

2.  Breaking Bad aired and completed

There are very few people who wouldn’t recognize this brilliant work of art by Vince Gilligan. The series got rave reviews and was followed by several around the world. At one point, the show was rated as the highest ever in IMDB.

The actor who played Walter White,  Bryan Cranston won an Emmy award for his depiction of the protagonist. The show lasted for 5 seasons and ran from 2008 to 2013. This was the period Arsenal were supposedly in debt and were paying off their Stadium loans. Two things remained constant in these 6 years. Jesse kept saying B**** and Arsenal finished 4th.

3.  Juventus were relegated, regained promotion and won Serie A

Juventus have actually won Serie A 5 times since they regained promotion to the top tier of Italian football. The Calciopoli was a big scandal that took place in 2006.

Several big name Italian clubs were caught for match fixing and using biased referees during games.  Of the clubs that were involved Juventus were hit the hardest. Having won the title that year they were instantly condemned to Serie B and stripped of their title.But the club bounced back the very next season. It took them some time to recapture the league but once they achieved it they haven’t let go, and will probably continue to do so with the kind of team they are building.

4. Same-sex marriage made legal

The world made a huge step towards progress and humanity when the United States declared that same-sex marriages will be legal. It was a big step in human rights and it was celebrated with great fervor and panache.

All around the world, the occasion was celebrated and since then other countries have followed suit. Of Course, India still haven’t made that stride forward as of yet but everything takes time and the country will eventually get there. But unfortunately, while the world have moved forward, Arsenal have remained stationary. They might have managed to finish in the Champions League places but that’s not enough for a club of their stature.

5. MS Dhoni made his debut in Tests and retired from Tests

MS Dhoni is an icon and considered a hero by many Indian cricket fans. The man has achieved a lot in his time as captain of India and is still one of the country’s best batsman at the age of 35. Dhoni made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2005.

He became captain of the Test team in 2008 against Australia taking over from Anil Kumble. Under his leadership, India achieved new heights and climbed to the top of the ICC test rankings, something that had not been done before. Dhoni's captaincy and leadership are things the Gunners have lacked ever since the captain that won them the Premier League in 2004 moved on. Indeed, Patrick Vieira was one of a kind and a great of the Premier League and Arsenal could really do with someone of his personality.

6. Barack Obama was elected President of USA twice.

Barack Obama created American history by becoming the first ever black president. He took over during a period when the country was in recession and several citizens were either homeless or without a job.

His first term was very successful and his good work earned him a second term of presidency. The most notable achievement of the President was ridding the world of Osama Bin Laden. Obama’s second term had not been too successful but any leader would know that sacrifice is a part of the job.
Now he is coming to the end of his term and a new president will be elected next year. Hopefully, Donald Trump won’t be the one that eventually takes over.

7. Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi finally went off the air

So in case you’re wondering when the show ended it has been 8 years since it went off the air. This was no doubt one of the most iconic shows in Indian television, and also one of the most frustrating at times.

The show aired 1833 episodes in it’s eight years. It garnered a massive fan following and earned the highest TRP in the country in it’s last year of airing. The show has spawned a new set of aspiring directors trying to recreate it’s success. The show has also lead to several jokes and memes about Indian drama series because of it's longevity and intensity of dramatized scenes.

8. Twitter came into existence

Facebook might have been the breakthrough that elevated the popularity of social media but twitter has no doubt done it’s part. It gives us the ability to follow celebrities and learn what they are doing each and every day.

It’s also a great way to express your thoughts in a condensed fashion and one-liners have become aplenty since the platform has a word limit on a tweet. It is a unique tool that several organizations have taken advantage off. Arsenal are one of the most followed football clubs on twitter but unfortunately their digital media success has not been replicated on the pitch.

9. Paul Scholes won the Premier League retired, came back and won it again

Paul Scholes is one of the finest midfielders to have ever graced the Premier League. His skill and passing ability was almost unmatched, and he received praise from every corner of the footballing world.

Even Xavi Hernandez who is considered one of the greatest midfielders of all time paid homage to the Manchester United man. Scholes won everything with the Red Devils and retired in 2011. But with Sir Alex short of midfield options he asked the legend to come back for one last hurrah. He obliged and helped the club win one more title before he finally decided to hang up his boots.

10. The iPhone was invented

Apple have done something, not many in the history of technology have done before. They have managed to create their own niche market and differentiate themselves from every other technology maker. The company is regarded as the most innovative of the current generation and have taken great strides in the field of computers and smartphones. Steve Jobs’ last great invention before his passing was the iPhone

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Monday, 23 October 2017

LaPercy Review: Everton vs Arsenal

The matchday 9 ended with a big morale boosting 5-2 victory for Arsenal at Everton's home, Goodison Park. Among the goalscorers were Wayne Rooney, Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alex Lacazzette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez. This was a big win for the Gunners as they escaped with a difficult 1-0 win thanks to an amazing strike by Olivier Giroud in their last game in Austria as part of their Europa League campaign which is about to get a lot tougher in the Round of 32 than it's previous editions because of inclusion of Dortmund,Atletico and many other heavyweights because of their lacklustre showing in the Champions League group stage.
                The scoring started as Wayne Rooney put Everton in front in the 12th minute. Arsenal until then were completely in charge, but it was Everton who took the lead. Gueye dispossessed Xhaka high up the pitch with an excellent tackle that sent the ball into Rooney's path. Rooney took a touch and then bent one perfectly into the top corner. Wayne Rooney did the same 15 years in 2002 with Everton and he did his job again. Arsenal started like a lit rocket but since the goal they fizzled out. The home side were well on top and looked the more likely to grab the second goal. Jordan Pickford was brilliant when called upon so far. A trio of excellent early saves had kept Everton in this but Pickford could not save Monreal who hadn't scored since 2013 before this season from making the score even before the half time in the 40th minute as Arsenal's constant application of pressure bore fruit on the Everton defence as Monreal hammered home on the rebound after Xhaka's strike was saved. The Toffees were unable to stem the tide of attacks from the visitors and space opened up for Xhaka to strike. Pickford sent his effort away, but Monreal was the first to react and he hammered a low strike into the bottom corner, beating the reactions of the Everton keeper. It was all square at the break at Goodison Park. Wayne Rooney's strike from distance had put Everton ahead, but Nacho Monreal's effort five minutes before half-time brought Arsenal level. The Gunners have been the better side, but their frailties at the back were exposed by Idrissa Gueye and Rooney to take the lead. Arsene Wenger will be hopeful that his side can reaffirm their control of the match in the second half and avoid the critical mistakes but the man who was declared the criminal was Granit Xhaka. He wasn’t a popular man after last weekend’s defeat to Watford and things haven’t exactly got any better for Granit Xhaka. The Swiss midfielder failed to track Tom Cleverley for the goal that won the Hornets that game at Vicarage Road and he was at it again against Everton at Goodison Park

  But Arsenal did not choke this time as Ozil showed the world once again what he can do if he's 100% fit. Ozil put Arsenal ahead as he scored in the minute as Everton collapsed because of a quick counter down the left, which was finished by the German as he headed past Pickford from close range. Sanchez broke down the left and put in a pinpoint cross into the box for Ozil to attack. The midfielder drifted between Keane and Jagielka and simply guided the ball past Pickford, who had no chance of saving that shot. In the 74th minute, Arsenal scored their third because of a well deserved assist by Ozil as a clinical counter from the visitors on this occasion as Sanchez released Ozil down the right flank. He pulled the ball back to Lacazette unmarked in the box and the Frenchman finished in style striking the ball into the top corner. The game changed in favor of the Gunners in the 78th minute because of introduction of Jack Wilshere, who came on for Lacazette to make his first Arsenal appearance in the Premier League for 14 months. Ramsey who was equally important part in Arsenal's win alongside made it 4 in the 90th minute as he was awarded for ooking for a goal all game, and finally Ramsey was on the scoresheet. Wilshere did brilliantly to create the chance with a pin-point through ball, before Ramsey took a touch and passed the ball home at Pickford's near post. It was all over for Everton but Niasse saved some humiliation by scoring in the 93rd minute which was because of horrendous defending by Arsenal.  Monreal played his backpass short to Cech and Niasse closed down the keeper. The ball bounced favourably for the forward and he slotted it into an empty net. But Arsenal scored again in the 95th minute, courtesy of Alexis Sanchez's goal as Ramsey flicked the ball beautifully into Sanchez's pass, and the striker sidestepped his way past a few limp challenges before firing a brilliant low shot into the far corner.

Author's Comment: It was a great win for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger chose not to play his best eleven all season until his birthday. The man of the match was definitely Ozil as he entered Premier League's history books by becoming the 1st player to create 8 goal scoring chances in a single game which prompted Arsene Wenger to say that it was difficult for him to believe that Ozil talked about Arsenal's exit. It was a great day for the Gooners as Arsenal played how every football team's fan think they would play but Arsenal have to become more focussed as they need to keep this winning run going on for quite some time to have a chance at the title or a top 4 finish and Wenger has to find a solution for Xhaka as the time will come again when they have to pay dearly for Xhaka's error. 
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Sunday, 15 October 2017

LaPercy Review: Watford vs Arsenal

The matchday 8 between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage road ended in a shock 2-1 win for the home side as Tom Cleverley and Troy Deeney cancelled Per mertesacker's header as they once again shocked their opponents just like their previous  two matches which they saved in the dying moments. This was not the only shocking result and Chelsea were shocked by Crystal Palace, Juventus by Lazio and Borussia Dortmund by RB Leipzig all having the 2-1 result. 
            Arsenal were genuine title contenders before the season started and after a difficult start to the season they are back in the title race albeit barely as they trail Chelsea by 8 points with 16 games to go. Not the ideal situation for the gunners who also resume their Europa League campaign in couple of days time. As the games come thick and fast at this time of the year Arsenal need to dispose off teams like Watford if they were to retain their place in premier league top 4. Couple of good wins can get them back in the top half of the season and well clear of relegation zone which is the priority for the club. 
                The first goal for Arsenal came in the 40th minute. It all started via a great cross from Xhaka, bent in from the right with his left foot. Per met it with the meat of his forehead as he leapt like the proverbial oncorhynchus in the six yard box to meet it at the apex of his running jump and thunder it past Gomes. For the rest of the half Arsenal were not the passing team they used to be, a parody of a passing team at times. This season they have certainly moderated their style, varying it to include some longer passes and width from the wing-backs. It's a work in progress and in this XI they lacked a couple of genuinely outstanding players but it's been efficient, productive so far in the 1st half. Arsenal should have scored the second in the 70th minute as it was a superb break from Arsenal as Kolasinac plays it down the line to Iwobi, who charges infield and plays an angled pass to put Ozil clear on goal. He looked offside, wasn’t flagged and hit a low shot that was well saved down to his left by Gomes. It should have been 2-0. Wenger was livid and rightly so at the award of that penalty in the 72nd minute and was no different to the Welbeck/Holebas incident at the other end. Richarlison ran at Bellerin on the left side of the box and when the two bumped shoulders Richarlison went flying. That was a dive. Troy Deeney scored the leveller for Watford as he placed the penalty firmly to Cech's right having sent the keeper the wrong way who believes that the Spaniard’s long hair might have been the problem. Watford continued their amazing run of surprising teams right at the end as Cleverley who was at fault for Arsenal's opener as he rectified that mistake. The former Manchester United man lashed home in stoppage time after the visitors were unable to clear their lines to give the Hornets a first Premier League home win of the campaign and it started via a shoot from Holebas which was defected, Deeney went in with Cech and fell on top of him. The keeper sprung up to save the shot hit on the rebound. The ball fell near Cleverley who rammed his shot into the roof of the net. 
     It must be some consolation to the Gooners as Liverpool once again dropped points as they were held to a 0-0 draw which continued  their bad form since Alex Oxalade Chamberlain joined them in this transfer window. I think Alex is somewhat happy as he is now sitting in the middle of a 7 men bench and he's finally got that central role he was looking for after leaving the Gunners.

Author's Comment: Arsenal always turn things around when they have their backs to the wall but they are at their most vulnerable when coming into a game in rich form. Watford match might prove a banana skin for Arsenal but most of the players were fresh after international break and playing away at Vicarage had too much quality in their ranks to lose this game to Watford for the first time since 1987. I hope they can improve their game against their Europa League opponent Red Star Belgrade
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Monday, 24 October 2016

Who is the favourite football player of Hector Bellerin

Hector Bellerin in an interview with Spencer revealed that his favourite all time player is Ronaldinho.

When asked which current Arsenal player he would choose to pair up with, he chose Santi Cazorla.

When asked which competition he would like to win of all, Bellerin chose the Premier League.

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Saturday, 20 February 2016

LaPercy Review : Arsenal vs Hull City (FA CUP Fifth Round Match)

The FA Cup Fifth Round match between Arsenal and Hull City at Emirates ended in a entertaining 0-0 stalemate as Hull City proceeded and took a big step towards the final at Wembley on 21st may and also towards another giant killing with the previous being Leicester City. LaPercy's Man Of The Match was Hull City's Eldin Jakupovic who produced some fine saves and thwarted Arsenal by an inspired performance to force a FA Cup Fifth Round Replay.

Arsenal went into this match with Iwobi, resting the starting 11 regulars Sanchez and Giroud but brought them in 2nd half,among some players that were being rested for the tough Round Of 16 1st leg match against Barcelona at the Emirates on 24th. But this was a problem for the Gunners as they could not win this match as the strikers could not score past Jakupovic on a fine Saturday afternoon. Arsenal's last match messiah Welbeck was in a fine form as he put on a good display. The game was filled with missed chances. In 28th minute, a good save from Jakupovic denied Walcott, who drilled a low shot from a similar position to Welbeck earlier in the half. This time Jakupovic reacted smartly to save with his right foot. In the 47th minute Walcott could have given Arsenal the lead thanks to a good move ended with a crisp cutback by Gibbs towards Walcott. Walcott then sidefooted low towards goal from 12 yards, and Jakupovic got down to his right to push it away. In the 63rd minute Jakupovic made his fifth excellent save, flying to his left to repel a deflected Welbeck shot. He had dived past the ball when it changed direction off Curtis Davies but was able to reach back with his right hand to get the ball to safety.There was a great missed chance on the 70th minute as Giroud moved cleverly away from Davies, 

not once but twice before drilling a low shot from 20 yards that was comfortably held by the sprawling Jakupovic. Another Arsenal forward Campbell was also in good form as in 54th minute Campbell hit the post which was the result of an excellent free kick which curled low towards the far corner from right of centre. Jakupovic, whose weight was going the wrong way, managed to change direction, plunge to his right and fingertip the ball onto the post. That was a magnificent save. Sanchez was also on a target but the freekick was too close to Jakupovic who made a dramatic save to his right but that was relatively straightforward. Arsenal fans should understand that Welbeck’s not a messiah, he comes good once or twice a season. I mean, who can forget the time he decided he was Leo Messi one on one v Neuer.
              A stubborn defending from the Tigers kept it goalless at the break but Arsenal were playing like Arsenal. Lots of possession, lots of chances and against a side that isn't good. Still 0-0. But Steve Bruce's Tigers not only ended a 14-game winning run in the FA Cup for the Gunners, they also prevented a repeat of their defeats by the Londoners in the 2014 final and last season's third round. At the end Jakupovic runs over to give his daughter a kiss. That was sweet. He’ll probably get a two-match ban for going into the crowd. He has made some ridiculous saves in the past but this is surely one of the most memorable games of his career.
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Petr Cech reveals he would prefer playing WITHOUT his helmet

The 33-year-old admits he struggled to adapt after he started wearing the protective head guard and claims he has still suffered concussions

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech admits he would prefer to play without his helmet but has revealed he would not be insured if he took it off during games.

The 33-year-old fractured his skull during Chelsea’s clash with Reading in October 2006 and has worn his rugby-style head guard since his return from injury three months later.

"I would be more confident if I had it off," Cech told Tyden. 

"Whether you like it or not, the helmet affects your surroundings. 

"You have your ears covered and it makes hearing worse. But the doctor has forbidden me to take it off. I wouldn't get insurance!" 
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Saturday, 29 August 2015

LaPercy Match Review : Newcastle vs Arsenal

The closely fought match on Matchday 4 between Arsenal and Newcastle ended in a 1-0 victory for the visitors at the St. James Park, the home of Newcastle because of a own goal by defender Fabricio Coloccini in a game which was full of yellow cards and 1 red card to Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic. Arsenal were obviously the more powerful team and dominated the game with a possession of 75% compared to Newcastle's 25% where Newcastle also failed to register a single shot on target whereas Arsenal registered 9 shots on target.

Arsene Wenger's side has recoverd from the shaken start to league campaign with victory at St James' Park in the early kick-off. This is just what Arsenal fans can feel after this victory but we have to keep in mind the fact that Arsenal 
should have won this easily as Newcastle played mostly played the game with 10 men and also without one of their main striker after the early red card to Mitrovic in the 16th minute. But Newcastle held their nerve and with the help of Tim Krul,they avoided themselves an agonising defeat. The match also featured 8 yellow cards from  refree Andre Marriner who was booed at the end of the match as he gave 7 to Newcastle and 1 to Arsenal. The goal happened as Newcastle's resistance was finally broken as 
Krul saved a shot from Ramsey, the rebound went out to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who drove a right-footed shot across goal that deflectd off Coloccini and went in off the far post. This goal could have gone as deflection but was finally agreed as an own goal by the Newcastle defender. The Magpies' latest signing, French winger Florian Thauvin, shone on his debut as he grabbed the headlines with a goal and three-assists in his first start as a Newcastle United player but could not do much in this defeat. The search for the first league win of season continues although Newcastle were never likely to come here once Mitrovic sent off. Newcastle battled hard after that but have work harder if they want to finish this season on a high. Wenger said Newcastle United made the game "physical" from the start. "We had to keep our nerve", he said. Newcastle signed Mitrovic from Anderlecht for £13m in the summer and the Serbia international arrived with a reputation as a volatile player. McClaren had already said that the 20-year-old must show more "emotional control" after yellow cards in his first two Premier League games. After Mitrovic's senseless high tackle on Coquelin, the former England manager's words will need to be much tougher that. McClaren cannot afford to be playing matches with 10 men and at the moment Mitrovic looks like a red card waiting to happen. Newcastle put in a good shift after Mitrovic's early red card and restricted Arsenal to few clear opportunities, but they have now failed to score for three league games in a row.

For Arsenal, a second Premier League win of the season but they will be perhaps disappointed they didn't win more comfortably against 10 men. Arsenal have got injury problems and Newcastle had a right go at them. It was another must-win for the Gunners. Arsenal went for a 1-0 win.What I believe is that if Ozil had been playing, he would have controlled the game with his pinpoint passes but Arsenal dominated mainly because of Nacho, Coquelin and Koscielnyand Sanchez was hardworking as usual.  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described his side's start to the season as "very average" before this game and although the Gunners secured three points at St James Park their strikers continue to misfire. After Mitrovic's 16th-minute dismissal, Arsenal dominated possession in the final third of the pitch but were unable to turn that superiority into goals. Theo Walcott's best effort was to lift a chance he should have scored over the crossbar while substitute Olivier Giroud made little impact when he came on. With the transfer window set to close on Tuesday, Arsenal's supporters will be hoping Wenger has a goalscorer lined up from somewhere.

There are still big question marks over Arsenal, who managed another 21 shots today but had to rely on yet another own goal to take the points. Still, the points they did take and that was the key thing for the Gunners today, who ensure they don’t fall any further off the pace with just a few days of the transfer window left. So goodbye and until next time folks.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

LaPercy Match Review : Arsenal vs Liverpool

The most eagerly awaited match of Matchday 3 featuring Arsenal & Liverpool ended with a hard fought 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium, home of the mighty Gunners as Liverpool maintained their unbeaten start. The match as expected was mostly in the control of Arsenal as the possession was dominated by Arsenal with Arsenal having 60% of the possession compared to Liverpool's 40% but it was the goalkeepers Petr Cech and Simon Mignolet who came to the rescue for Arsenal and Liverpool in a pulsating encounter at the Emirates.

It is three games and no goals conceded now for Liverpool. So, can we now accept that Liverpool has a decent defence line and consider Brendan Rodgers's statement that defence was easy for Liverpool?? Well that's up to you as the wise decision would be not to come to any decision this early in the Premier League and give Liverpool some time to settle in. Except this was no rearguard action. Three points here would not have flattered Liverpool, even though Arsenal had them under the
 cosh in the second half and had a perfectly good goal by Aaron Ramsey disallowed in the  first. Liverpool had dominated the opening 45 minutes and, if they failed to maintain that momentum, it was only because Arsenal came out with renewed  vigour having no doubt seen Arsene Wenger’s less professorial side in the home dressing-room at  half-time. As far as 0-0 draws go, this was a bobby-dazzler.

The game began with a blizzard of short passing. Benteke had the first glimpse of goal, 13 yards out, but his left-foot swinger flew harmlessly wide. He then found Coutinho, who hit the bar with a first-time shot! Cech barely saw it. But time would reveal in the future that it was Cech's only mistake of the day. Next it was Arsenal with a goal that was ruled offside from Aaron Ramsey. Cazorla, Ozil and Sanchez combined well to force an opening but Martin Skrtel bundled in like an impatient nightclub bouncer and made sure the ball is safely back to Mignolet. Aaron Ramsey's through on goal but the flag was up. Plenty of chatter was about Ramsey's disallowed goal , especially involving the vague concept of "benefit of the doubt". The problem with "benefit of the doubt", of course, was that it assumed the assistant referee was in any doubt. No one will ever know that, so let's give him the benefit of that doubt, eh? Half time came just at the wrong time for the visitors, because Arsenal clicked into gear in the second period and tried every key on their chain for the Liverpool lock. Crosses came in from every angle - and Olivier Giroud did his best to get on the end of them - but Skrtel and Lovren stood firm. When Arsenal bought Cech for £10m from Chelsea in June, the instant wisdom was that his presence alone could be worth an extra 10 points to the Gunners. Time will tell, but this was the night when the 33-year-old showed just how important a signing he could be as the Gunners try finally to mount a serious Premier League title challenge. Cech was castigated to an exaggerated degree after a poor debut in the home defeat by West Ham, but he was magnificent here when Liverpool laid siege to his goal in the first half. He spread himself brilliantly to turn away
Benteke's close-range effort when it seemed certain the Belgium striker would score, then showed he still retains the old athleticism to stretch and tip Coutinho's curling shot against an upright. If any Arsenal fans harboured doubts about his purchase, this was a display to dispel them. There are so many signs of promise in the understanding already established between Coutinho and £32.5m summer signing Benteke. Coutinho's darting runs and fast footwork are dangerous on their own 
while also looking for an outlet in Benteke, whose  easy movement shows he is so much more than a big target man. They have shown Liverpool can offer a different type of threat this season and manager Brendan Rodgers will face an intriguing conundrum when Sturridge finally declares himself fit. 

Karim Benzema has announced he wants to stay at Real Madrid, despite speculation linking the striker with a £45m move to Arsenal. Arsene Wenger recently revealed he expects to make another signing before the transfer window closes on September 1 with Arsenal making a goalscorer their priority. Benzema was an option for the club but the 27-year-old took to Twitter on Monday to pledge his future to the La Liga giants.

It was a good point for Liverpool, who will be happy with their night's work. Benteke, however, could have won it were it not for the heroics of Arsenal goalkeeper Cech. As for Arsenal, they are yet to win at home this season after their opening day defeat against West Ham.Thanks for joining us for this exciting tie at the Emirates. Until next time folks. 

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Friday, 21 August 2015

Player of the year? Time for Ozil to prove his worth to Arsenal & Wenger

Two years after Mesut Ozil's sensational deadline day move to Arsenal, Arsene Wenger laid down a challenge to the club’s record signing this season.

Not only has Ozil been told to score more goals - his target is at least 10 - but Wenger believes the £42.5 million playmaker is capable of becoming the player of the year in the Premier League.

“I’m confident that he can be one of the great players of 2015-16,” Wenger said ahead of the start of the campaign. “He can become player of the year.”

Ozil’s performance in the Gunners’ 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday suggested that Wenger’s claim may be right.

The 26-year-old produced a virtuoso display in the number 10 role, controlling the game with his cushioned control, silky touches, gentle flicks and defence-splitting passes.

He ended the game having provided a lovely assist for Olivier Giroud’s opener, created five chances for team-mates and with a sensational 54 completed passes from 55 attempts.

It was exactly the kind of performance that Arsenal fans expected from Ozil when he first arrived. At his best, he can control a game for 90 minutes and destroy opponents with one pass.

Wenger and Jose Mourinho are sworn enemies, but Ozil is a rare subject on which they can agree. The Chelsea manager, of course, used to work with the German at Real Madrid.

"It's impossible to stop him over 90 minutes," Mourinho says. “These kind of players will always have a moment or a couple of moments where they end up showing why they are so good.”

Wenger’s hope is that this will be Ozil’s season to shine having enjoyed a full pre-season in north London for the first time. He arrived on the final day of the transfer window in 2013 and last year came back from the World Cup exhausted before missing four months of the season through injury.

This time, there are no excuses. Ozil has to step up, become the main man for Arsenal and take charge of games on a weekly basis, especially with Alexis Sanchez fatigued after returning from the Copa America.

The justified criticism of Ozil since he moved to the club has been about his inconsistency. Far too often, he has followed up a world class performance by looking virtually anonymous in the next game. He was almost invisible in Arsenal’s opening day defeat against West Ham.

When the north Londoners take on Liverpool on Monday, Ozil has the chance to build some momentum while at the same time addressing another complaint that he goes missing in the big matches.

And in those moments, his languid style and dislike of defensive work can be perceived as a lack of effort. While Arsenal can point to running stats that show Ozil covers plenty of ground, to the observer’s eye he can look lazy and disinterested.

Wenger, though, believes the intense scrutiny of Ozil has now eased. Supporters and pundits appreciate the wizardry with which he can turn a game with one pass, while Arsenal play with more pace for their playmaker to find team-mates with defence-splitting balls.

Ozil has scored only 12 goals in 75 appearances for now and the task given to him by Wenger is to be more decisive when he finds himself with chances.

“I want more goals from him because he plays in that position and he is a good finisher,” Wenger says.

“But he doesn’t take enough chances. He is conscious of it and wants to do it now, so I am confident in that. Although his main aspect will always be in the intelligence of his passing and his creativity, he can finish better and we want from him 10 goals this season.”

If he can add the consistency and goals to the incredible natural talent he showed against Palace, there is no reason why Ozil cannot challenge for the end of season awards as one of the best players in the country.

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Why does Petr Cech wear a head gear or helmet?

Petr Cech (while at Chelsea) sustained a head injury in the match against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on 14 October 2006, when he collided with midfielder Stephen Hunt inside Chelsea's penalty area within the first minute of a league match. Hunt's right knee hit Čech's head, leaving the keeper requiring treatment.

Below are the MRI scans which were taken before Cech underwent emergency brain surgery following the sickening collision with the Reading midfielder.

Making the headlines: this startling scan shows the extent of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech's horrific injuries


 Čech underwent surgery for a depressed skull fracture. Initially unaware of the seriousness of the injury, the doctors later reported that it nearly cost Čech his life, and as a result of the collision, he suffered intense headaches.Chelsea manager José Mourinho blamed Hunt for Čech's injury, saying that his challenge was "a disgrace"

The Arsenal keeper, interviewed by Des Kelly on the BBC's Inside Sport programme, revealed:

The pictures are pretty impressive because you can see the skull in detail as if you are holding it in your hand. You can see the metal plates hold the big part of the fracture in place.

Two holes were made in the skull by the surgeon to lift the major piece of bone back into place as it was depressed inside from the impact.

The little pieces around it were just broken so they put them back together and this will all fuse back together over the years. On the scan you can see where the bone ends. And either side of that there are just tissue fibres. They are strong enough to hold off some impact, but you never know. And that is why I wear the helmet to make sure it's not going to split again.

When you hear that someone has a depressed skull you imagine a lot of things. But when you see it, it looks very different to how you might expect. It's still healing so I can feel how the muscles around the fracture are protecting the area and the whole area is stiff.
When you touch it you can feel the metal plates. I still have things to do and they try to release the pressure on the side of the skull a little but it's fine

Čech made his comeback in a Premier League match against Liverpool on 20 January 2007, which Chelsea eventually lost 2–0, wearing a rugby style headguard made by Canterbury of New Zealand and carrying the manufacturer's logo. This caused friction with Czech national team sponsor Puma and Chelsea's apparel manufacturer Adidas. The matter was resolved after the latter sponsor developed their own headgear for Čech to wear in club matches, while the player went on to wear an unbranded cap for national team games.
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Watch: Cazorla Trolls Arsenal Team-Mate Monreal

Santi Cazorla gives his take on the Arsenal squad in the latest episode of 'best and worst'. Get the midfielder's take on food, dancing, cars and more.

According to Santi ,
Best Dancer - Danny Welbeck
Best Car is owned by Aaron Ramsey
Best Fashion Olivier Giroud

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Why did Petr Cech join Arsenal from Chelsea?

Petr Cech believes he will win trophies at Arsenal because the club has the right mixture of experience and youth.
The goalkeeper enjoyed a successful 11-year stint at Chelsea, lifting both domestic and European honours during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Petr Cech in finally red

Cech is confident that Arsenal’s squad depth and impressive form in 2015 will help them to emulate that success.
"Winning the FA Cup is great for the club and great for the confidence of the players’ mentality,” the Czech international said. “I believe there is a nice platform for Arsenal to build on and I hope in the new season we will make another step forward.
“I believe I will win trophies at Arsenal. It is as simple as that.
“In the Arsenal squad we have World Cup winners, a guy who has won the Champions League, so many internationals with vast experience and many talented players who will want to prove a point and win the league and the Champions League.
"There is a great balance between the experienced and the young so there is no reason why I wouldn't think that I am going to win trophies."
The 33-year-old revealed he had offers  from other teams but chose Arsenal for “football reasons”.
"Yes, there were other clubs in for me but I had said previously that I would put all the offers down next to one another and choose the best one for football reasons,” he said. “Arsenal came to me with the best football reasons.
"They have shown me real commitment. It was never about financial offers, it was only ever about football and I am really glad that I can continue in the Premier League.”


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Sunday, 31 May 2015

History Created: Arsenal defeat Aston Villa to win FA Cup a record 12th time

Arsenal have won THE FA CUP for a record 12th time.Aston Villa were dominated by Arsenal to secure a 4-0 win at Wembly.Theo Walcott fired the first goal at 40 minutes followed by a wonderful 20 yard strike by Alexis Sanchez, a header by Mertesacker and a flick by Giroud in the injury time of seecond half.

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Friday, 29 May 2015

Interview with Mesut Ozil: Getting Better With Speed + Physicality and Fighting With Injuries

After a knee injury kept Mesut Ozil out of the side for over three months, Arsenal supporters were thrilled to welcome him back early in 2015 - and as he developed his match fitness, the Gunners’ faithful noticed an extra physical edge to Mesut’s game, honed by the intensive fitness sessions during his recovery.

"I feel like I’m more robust now," says the World Cup winner. " I’m not going to the gym to get bigger muscles or to become stronger. It’s the opposite - I want to become quicker and more explosive. I can see on the pitch that it helps me and that’s the reason why I’ll carry on with it. I’m continuing to have extra training sessions because I have the feeling that it helps me."
With his newly acquired explosive qualities, Mesut’s confident he can ward over future injuries - and prevent general fatigue kicking in during tiring end of season games.

"I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that my old injury doesn’t come back. I feel fresher on the pitch now. Maybe before, I would sometimes feel slightly more tired or have cramps but now I feel that changing my diet, doing extra sessions and having plenty of massages has really limited that."

Many respected observers have suggested Mesut’s form since his return from injury has been his best since joining the Gunners in the summer of 2013, a fact Mesut puts down to the support behind the scenes.

"That’s thanks to the training staff and the team," states the 26 year-old. "They really help me. I think it shows now that I have fun on the pitch. What’s most important for me is that I keep myself fit. I feel at my happiest when I’m on the pitch with a ball at my feet and I’m really enjoying that now."

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Why Karim Benzema would be the best signing option for Arsenal this summer?

Arsenal finished the season 2014-15 at third position with happiness and high hopes for the next season as they have finished better than the last few years  which really is an important and a big thing for Arsenal as they will be looking for the Premier League Title next year and a better Champions League finish.The Gunners look in top form with likes of Alexis Sanchez , Mesut Ozil, Cazorla,  Ramsey in top form and after a critical performance  by  Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott (against West Ham) who will be probably stay for the next season.

This year's  summer signing will be key for Arsenal if they want to win the title , a top quality striker is one signing which Arsenal are set to make and the Real Madrid Star Karim Benzema would be the perfect choice if they can bring him to the Emirates.

Goal has learned the Gunners believe Benzema would be interested in a move to north London if the club are able to agree a deal, hoped to be around €50 million, with Madrid.

The sticking point, however, is likely to be Perez with the Madrid president known to be a huge fan of the former Lyon man. Benzema is also extremely popular with his Bernabeu team-mates who appreciate his work-rate and willingness to grant the limelight to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Monday's coaching change at the Spanish giants will give Arsenal encouragement though. Former boss Carlo Ancelotti viewed Benzema as a key cog in his first-choice starting XI but it remains to be seen whether his successor - likely to be Rafael Benitez - shares the same faith in a player who scored 22 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions in 2014-15.

Arsenal announced that they had cash reserves of €196m in their last financial accounts and can easily afford to sign Benzema as their marquee summer arrival having brought Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to the Emirates Stadium in the last two years.

Arsene Wenger wants to sign a top class striker as he prepares Arsenal for a title challenge next season following their third-placed finish this year.

He tried to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool in 2013 and believes Benzema, 27, is capable of firing Arsenal to their first Premier League triumph since 2004. Wenger is a huge admirer of the France international and tried to sign him before he joined Real Madrid from Lyon in 2009.

Arsenal are understood to be ready to listen to offers for Olivier Giroud to make room for Benzema, with French champions Paris Saint-Germain closely monitoring the 28-year-old’s situation.

Wenger is targeting three signings to mount a title challenge next season and also wants a goalkeeper and defensive midfielder.

Karim Benzema with French teammate Laurent Koscienly
Petr Cech is considered the perfect choice as the club's new goalkeeper but Chelsea have so far insisted they do not want to sell the 32-year-old to a Premier League rival.

Arsenal will have to pay over the odds to sign Cech while Southampton have quoted €35m for midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

Wenger values the France international at around €28m and may look to cheaper alternatives, particularly given Francis Coquelin's excellent from in the second half of the season.

References Goal
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