November 25th, 2013
The manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, is pleased with the way his team recovered from the defeat against Manchester United and put up a solid show against Southampton yesterday.
Arsenal defeated Southampton by 2-0. The result suggests that it was a dominating performance by the Gunners, but, that wasn’t the case. They were given good, tough fight by the Southampton side, but, a couple of individual brilliances from Olivier Giroud, one in each half, helped them to secure 3 points from the game.
It was the 9th victory for the Gunners in the Premier League this season. With this victory, they maintained their first position in the points table. They have got 28 points in the bag at the moment which is 4 more than the no. 2 side Liverpool.
Arsenal had gone into the international break with a bit of a setback as they had been beaten by Manchester United by 0-1 in an away game. But, the way they have come back after the break, it seems they are ready for another good run.
Talking to the reporters in the press conference after the match against Southampton, Wenger said, “Southampton is a fine side and if they had secured 3 points today, they would have equalized with us in terms of points. So, it was important for us to play well and we did that. We made sure that we pounced on the mistakes committed by them. These are vital 3 points for us.”
Meanwhile, with his two goals against Southampton, Olivier Giroud got into top 5 in the list of leading goal scorers in the league this season. He has found the net 7 times for the Gunners so far. The top position in that list is acquired by the Liverpool duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
September 30th, 2013
Arsenal suffered an opening day 3-1 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa, which threatened to destroy the whole campaign even before it had started properly. However, the club managed to recover from it quite well and are currently top of the table. They have also managed to bring in German playmaker Mesut Ozil in a £ 42 million deal, which is now a new transfer record for the club. They would have spent even more money had it not been for the failed attempts to bring in the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Luiz Gustavo.
After managing to get the team to the top of the table, Wenger has said that it was extremely crucial that the squad had stability in order to achieve this kind of comeback. Much of the Arsenal team has been constant throughout this run of matches. This has partly been down to the injuries and largely because of the squad strength. Arsenal simply do not have the strength to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester city when it comes to the squad. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been a revelation this season, as he has been finally able to demonstrate his quality that was doubted in recent seasons.
“It [stability within the squad] creates a big difference on the confidence level because you know we have done well before with that group, so at least you have a basis. The confidence that basis gives you is of course important. If all starts well then maybe not but where the stability was important I think is with our first shock against Aston Villa. The fact that we could say ‘look guys, we have been together for a while, we know that we have bounced back before, let’s do that again,” said Wenger after the recent win over Sunderland.
July 29th, 2013
After years of signing only young players and trying to avoid star names, Arsenal are finally looking to break their policy by showing tremendous interest in the likes of Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain. The club were extremely close to signing Higuain before the Argentine ace was signed by Italian club Napoli for around £ 35 million. Arsenal were left extremely disappointed as a result of this missed opportunity to bring in a star name. They made an offer of around £ 25 million for Higuain, which left the opportunity for Napoli to enter into the race.
Arsenal have also been showing interest in Wayne Rooney as well. The Manchester United ace has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, but his astronomical wages could prove to be a problem for Arsenal who have a strict wage structure. Yet again, Wenger has surprised everyone by saying that the club will certainly not have any problems in matching Rooney’s astronomical wages of £ 200,000 per week. Only recently, they made an offer of £ 40 million for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. Such interest in the top names is a clear sign that Arsenal want to progress according to striker Oliver Giroud.
He scored 17 goals for Arsenal last season and has said that he has no worries about competition for his position.
“We need to show ambition and the offer for Suarez has done that. The club has to show the fans that we mean business. Me and my team-mates, need it as well. It will be a really positive thing if we have a new striker. The whole team is stronger now than it was a year ago. Last season’s new players are all more established. And we’ve lost nobody this summer, which is the first time for Arsenal in maybe four years,” said Giroud.