Showing posts with label arsene wenger. Show all posts
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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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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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Friday, 10 April 2015

Jose Mourinho reveals his dream XI : Includes Arsenal Star Mesut Ozil

Wenger smiling with Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has won 21 major trophies during 15-year coaching career.
Attacking midfield - Mesut Ozil
'It's impossible to stop him over 90 minutes,' Mourinho said back in 2013, '… these kind of players will always have a moment or a couple of moments where they end up showing why they are so good.' He may now play for Arsenal, but the German playmaker was superb under the Chelsea boss at Real Madrid.

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Jose Mourinho's Dream XI:

Goalkeeper - Petr Cech

Right back - Javier Zanetti

Centre back - John Terry

Centre back - Ricardo Carvalho

Left back - William Gallas

Centre midfield - Claude Makelele

Centre midfield - Frank Lampard

Left wing - Eden Hazard

Attacking midfield - Mesut Ozil

Right wing - Cristiano Ronaldo

Striker - Didier Drogba

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Wenger & big-spending Arsenal finally competing with Manchester City's millions

Arsene Wenger
The Gunners, who have splashed out on deals for the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the last year, are reaping the rewards of their manager's shrewd spending COMMENT By Richard Jolly Frank Lampard was very much an integral part of the Chelsea team when Arsene Wenger coined one of his most famous phrases to describe events at Stamford Bridge. “Financial doping,” he called it. As far back as 2009, he argued Manchester City were guilty of the same sin, of distorting sport with bottomless pits of money. This week, without using the same phrase, he wondered publicly if City were attempting the same crime using underhand methods and Lampard. The Arsenal manager questioned the loan deal that took the 36-year-old to the Etihad Stadium, asking who is paying his wages – City say they are – and whether it is fair that they can use their global family of clubs to bolster their squad. “If you look at a map, the shortest way from Chelsea to Manchester City is not to fly to New York first,” he added, mischievously if accurately, on Thursday. SERIOUS BUSINESS COMMUNITY SHIELD PREVIEW ARSENAL V MAN CITY: THEN & NOW EUROPE OR BUST FOR MAN CITY? LAMPARD DEAL FINE - PELLEGRINI WENGER RUES SAGNA SNUB It is unlikely to endear Wenger to anyone at City. The chances are that he doesn’t mind. These are enemies who are interlinked. The Frenchman’s disciples often end up at the Etihad Stadium, the consequence of a complicated relationship where players venture north and money travels south. And money is the constant in any discussion involving the FA Cup winner Wenger and the Premier League champions. As a rivalry is renewed in the Community Shield, it is with an old ally on the other side. Bacary Sagna won one trophy in seven seasons as an Arsenal player. He could equal that total in one game in City colours. Sagna is the first player to swap the Emirates for the Etihad Stadium on a free transfer. He has done so with a hefty pay rise - Wenger has been left counting the cost. Having lost a right-back without receiving a fee, he has spent €35 million on two others, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers. Normally, however, Wenger is in the black. Among other things, he is the best businessman to manage in the Premier League. He banked €89m from City for the sale of four players. Despite his misgivings about the source of their wealth, it doesn’t make him a hypocrite. Instead, he is simply a savvy seller. Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri only had a year left on their Arsenal contracts when he accepted City’s offers. Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure, who cost a combined €50m, were overpriced and Arsenal had seen the best of them. The Togolese striker’s City career never recovered after he stamped on Robin van Persie in his first reunion with his former club. Such deals helped Wenger live within his means. It remains one of the great feats of Premier League management that he financed the building of a new stadium while finishing in the top four every season. It is tempting to wonder how much more silverware he would have secured but for the emergence of ambitious clubs with very different business models. Wenger’s reign divides into two halves, before and after billionaires funded title challenges elsewhere. Since his Invincibles were displaced as champions by Jose Mourinho’s first Chelsea team, Arsenal have not won the league. They went nine years without any honour until the drought was ended by a prime example of 'Wengernomics'. Aaron Ramsey was recruited as a teenager. He was worth many times his €6.25m fee even before his FA Cup final winner against Hull. He is not an example of buying success, but of bringing in and developing potential. But the difference between Wenger and City, saver and spenders, is not as clear-cut as it once was. No English club paid more last summer than City. No player cost more than Mesut Ozil, the €50m arrival who obliterated Arsenal’s transfer record. This year, City are restricted to a €61m net spend after failing Uefa’s Financial Fair Play test. They have a free transfer (Sagna) and a loan (Lampard) among their newcomers. In contrast, Arsenal have been more extravagant. Wenger’s outlay for the summer is a club record €82.5m and could get bigger. He has already signed a superstar, Alexis Sanchez. Go back a few years and the Etihad Stadium was a likelier destination for players of the Chilean’s calibre. Arsenal didn’t buy the finished article then. They can afford to now. Wenger isn’t spending his owners’ millions, but funds Arsenal have generated through gate receipts, prize money, television revenue, merchandising and commercial and sponsorship deals. But City are adamant that, after years of artificial injections of finances, that they will balance the books. Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak believes they will break even this year. As Arsenal are back in contention for major honours and City are becoming more fiscally responsible, they have growing similarities. But they have taken radically different routes and it isn’t just Wenger who believes his is the purer path.
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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Wenger questions Manchester City's Lampard move

The former Chelsea man will return to England on loan until New York City FC's season begins and the Frenchman feels the Premier league champions are setting up feeder clubs
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has questioned whether Manchester City's move to sign Frank Lampard on loan was influenced by a desire to work around Financial Fair Play (FFP) restrictions.

City were only able to name a 21-man squad for the Champions League and were also fined and restricted in their transfer spending as European football's governing body deemed them to have breached FFP earlier in 2014.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed on Saturday that former the Chelsea midfielder will join the Premier League champions on loan until January from City's Major League Soccer franchise, New York City FC.

New York have also loaned out new signing David Villa to Melbourne City - who are owned by the English club as well - and Wenger has raised concerns after learning of Lampard's switch back to England.

The Arsenal boss told the press: "It is a surprise.

"After the statements we hear, it is a surprise but it looks like all of these 'City' clubs will feed the main club, Man City. I heard they want to buy five clubs all over the world.

"I don't know the rules well enough but they brought a franchise for $100 million [€74.4m] to play in the States next season.

"At the moment the players they sign cannot play until next year so they will register them in the clubs where they put them and they can get out on loan.

"Is it a way to get around the fair play? I don't know. We are happy to dedicate the money to just run our club. There is not a lot of surplus to run other clubs."
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Monday, 19 May 2014

Arteta: Wenger half-time speech inspired Arsenal

The Gunners fought back from 2-0 down to beat Hull City at Wembley on Saturday and the Spaniard hailed the manager's "brilliant" words at the interval
Mikel Arteta hailed Arsene Wenger's "brilliant" half-time speech after Arsenal came from two goals down to beat Hull City and win the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday.

Goals from James Chester and Curtis Davies gave Steve Bruce's side a shock lead in the showpiece, before Santi Cazorla pulled a goal back to send the Gunners into half-time trailing by a single goal.

And, having been given a boost by Wenger's talk, the north Londoners equalised through Laurent Koscielny before Aaron Ramsey sealed the win with a stunning extra-time strike.

Arteta later heaped praise on Wenger, whilst also crediting the fans for their role in the win.

"The manager's speech at half-time was brilliant," the Spaniard told Arsenal's official website. "[He told us] to keep believing in how we should do it and keep performing.

"He told us to stay calm. We had done the most difficult thing, which was to score the first one [after going two down] so now the game was open, we had plenty of time to do it, we could not rush it. It was brilliant, I think the lads continued to play and we showed a lot of experience and composure. I'm really happy, it's a happy day.

"I'm glad overall for the players because they deserve it, for the manager and for the club in general and the fans."

The win ended Arsenal's nine-year trophy drought and Arteta is sure the Gunners fans will not have to wait much longer for more success.

"This club has got every resource to do better than what we've done in the last nine years so hopefully we can build from here," he added.

"We've got some young talent with a lot of experience at their age. So to get through these moments is going to be very important for their careers."
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Wenger must bring balance to Arsenal team, warns Tony Adams

The former Gunners captain believes the Frenchman needs to make defensive reinforcements if the north Londoners are to build on the success of Saturday's FA Cup triumph
Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams believes that the club need to find the right "balance" to build on Saturday's FA Cup triumph.

Aaron Ramsey scored an extra-time winner at Wembley to defeat Hull City 3-2 and seal the Gunners' first trophy in nine years.

But the ex-defender feels that there is still work to be done and feels that the forthcoming transfer window could be pivotal for manager Arsene Wenger.

"I believe football clubs are about balance and I don't think [Wenger]'s got the balance right," Adams told Sky Sports News Radio.

"He's got too many offensive players. Ozil was a fantastic signing and he's a super player but let's have some more at Arsenal and some more trophies.

"I do think that we've got a lot of those players - [Santi] Cazorla, [Jack] Wilshere, Ramsey and [Tomas] Rosicky has had a super season.

"I'd like to see two strong full-backs and maybe one more strong midfield player - Manu Petit or Patrick Vieira back in the day - someone to just sit in there and be a bit different." 
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Transfer Talk- Wenger wants Cech


Cech, Gundogan & Benzema top Wenger wishlist

 Arsene Wenger is ready to significantly strengthen his Arsenal squad this summer and has Chelsea keeper Petr Cech, Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Madrid striker Karim Benzema at the top of a star-studded shopping list.

Wenger set for new deal & £100m summer kitty

 Arsene Wenger will sign a new three-year contract with Arsenal this week worth £8m-a-year and will be handed a £100 million summer budget as the club step up their plans to build on their FA Cup glory.

Liverpool & Arsenal lead race for Milner

James Milner is seeking a move away from Manchester City this summer and Liverpool and Arsenal will battle each other for the England international's signature, with the Gunners ready to lodge a £10 million bid this week.


                                                                                  - Daily Mail


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Monday, 5 May 2014

Wenger: I'm staying and so should Sagna

Wenger: I'm staying and so should Sagna
The Gunners boss has again underlined his commitment to signing a new contract, and now hopes to see the right-back, and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, follow suit soon
Arsene Wenger has reiterated his intention to extend his contract at Arsenal and spoke of his hope to see Bacary Sagna follow suit.

The Gunners faithful were vociferous in their desire for the right-back to sign a new contract during Sunday's 1-0 win over West Brom, with the 31-year-old's current contract deal to expire at the end of the season.

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Arsenal have €120 million to spend over the summer, with the club identifying transfer targets to boost the squad and pre-empt possible departures such as Sagna, but Wenger is keen to see him stay.

"I want him to stay," he said at the post-match press conference. "There are two players at the end of their contracts, Sagna and [Lukasz] Fabianski. If it's down to me, they both stay."

Asked if it might have been his final home game in charge of the club, Wenger replied adamantly: "No, no. Don't be impatient; my last game will come. Don't worry.

"Yes, [I will be here next season]. I have told you many times, my word is my word," he added, also noting that his delay in signing a new contract had nothing to do with waiting until after the FA Cup final.

With Arsenal's top-four place guaranteed before the game, Wenger reflected on the failure of their challenge for the Premier League title.

"I am happy with the attitude, behaviour and consistency of my players and frustrated, as well, because we had 120 days at the top of the league. When you look at it today, it's very tight - and then it comes into your mind, the points you dropped," he said.

"We had injuries - three or four players who missed too many games - and, in some games, at the start away from home, we were caught by surprise. We were perhaps too cautious and not confident enough. We paid a heavy price for it."
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