March 7th, 2014
Manchester United has reached a new low after losing 2-0 against Olympiakos as they
played their 1st leg of the Champions League at the Georgios Karaiskaki Stadium and goals from Alejandro Dominguez and Joel Campbell has allowed the Greek team on placing 1 foot into the next stages of the European competition.
Joel Campbell scored the 2nd goal for Olympiakos but the moment that surprised just about everyone was the wonder goal that the Costa Rican player managed to score as he got past a Manchester United defender before unleashing a thunderous shot that curled its way into the back of David de Gea’s net.
Campbell is a 21 years old player capable of playing as a lone striker or down the wings and that goal displayed just a glimpse of what he has been doing in this season. He is playing on a 1 year loan deal with Olympiakos as Arsenal is his parent club but due to work permit issues, the Costa Rican forward has not been able to play in the Premier League.
He has finally worked it out and now has a valid work permit which allows him playing for Arsenal in the Premier League but his impressive season and recent wonder goal has arised speculation that Olympiakos is interested in agreeing a permanent move for Campbell.
However it will be hard for the Greek side on signing Campbell on permanent basis as the player himself has admitted his intentions on playing for Arsenal as he is a fan of the club and he believes, he is ready on playing with the big boys
Campbell told Sky Sports: “As soon as Arsenal came, I wanted to join them and I believe I am ready to play for Arsenal next season.
“I know I have the capacity to play there. I am only waiting for the opportunity. With hard work I know I can get there. United showed an interest in me when I was moving to Europe but I have been an Arsenal fan since I was a child and that’s why I chose them.”
January 17th, 2014
Mesut Ozil has hailed Tomas Rosicky for his contributions for Arsenal over the years and has rated him as one of the best league players at the moment.
Rosicky had found the back of the net for the Gunners in their FA Cup game against Tottenham Hotspur about 10 days back. Arsenal had won that game by 2-0 and had moved ahead to the fourth round of the tournament.
Rosicky can now be considered as an Arsenal veteran. He has been at the club since a long time and has already played close to 150 league matches.
As far as his form in the 2013-14 Season is concerned, it has been as good as anyone in the Arsenal squad. He has featured in 13 league games so far and has put up solid performances.
Arsenal had bought Rosicky from the German club Borussia Dortmund 7 and half years back in 2006.
Ozil who himself has become a superstar at the Emirates Stadium in a very short period of time was full of praise for his 33 years old team member in one of his interviews yesterday.
When asked about Rosicky, the German player said, “I don’t think there are too many players in the league who can play better than Tomas in the midfield. He is a player who always makes useful contributions.”
When asked how his life has been at Arsenal so far, Ozil said, “Arsenal is similar to what I had expected it to be. I had the idea that they put emphasis on technique and those sorts of things.”
“The coaching structure at this club is amazing and that’s why, some quality players have come out of the club academy.”
Ozil has so far scored 4 league goals for Arsenal this season.
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.