Arsenal couldn’t repeat their Community Shield performance as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Manchester City in an exciting Barclays Premier League game. Two superb second half goals from Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez helped the Gunners maintain their unbeaten status so far this season but only 1 win in their opening 4 games doesn’t look like a team who is ready to win the title yet.
Arsenal started the game in bright fashion. With all eyes on their new signing Danny Welbeck, the Gunners showed that they are a much better outfit with a player like Welbeck leading the line for them. Danny came close to open his Arsenal goals account with a beautiful chip over Joe Hart but unlucky for him, the ball came off the post and the chance was gone. Slowly but surely, City came into the game and it took only one counter attack to open up the Arsenal defense as Aguero scored to give City the lead going into the half time. City were stronger in the opening 15 minutes of the second period but Arsenal’s strong determination led them to equalize through a sweet chipped goal from Jack Wilshere. It was a welcome goal for Jack as he was struggling to find his top form but his performance in this game showed that he is back to his very best. 10 minutes later, it was Alexis Sanchez’s world class effort which game the Gunners a shocking lead against the Champions. We all thought that Arsenal are on the verge of getting a much needed win against a top 4 side but it was not to be as Mathieu Debuchy’s ankle sprain injury took the momentum away from Arsenal and City quickly pounced on the opportunity from set-piece scored by Demichelis. The match ended 2-2.
It was Arsenal’s third consecutive draw this season which means that they have only been able to collect 6 points from their opening 4 league games which will be a cause for concern for the manager and the fans.
After the deadline day madness and two weeks of international break, Premier League action is back and it’s back with a bang as Arsenal prepare themselves for the first big test of the season as they face the reigning and defending league champions, Manchester City this weekend at the Emirates Stadium.
TEAM NEWS: Mikel Arteta, Kieren Gibbs and Mesut Ozil are fit and will be available in the squad while Aaron Ramsey face late fitness test. Deadline day signing, Danny Welbeck is set for his Arsenal debut.
Ahead of this big match, all eyes are on Arsenal’s deadline day forward singing, Danny Welbeck who is fresh off from having a successful international duty as he scored two goals against Switzerland to give England a winning start to their EURO 2016 qualifying campaign. With the long term injury of Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo’s lack of improvement in front of goal, it was quite obvious that Arsenal needed an experienced center forward and thankfully Arsene Wenger acknowledged the need and went on to sign young Danny Welbeck from Manchester United who has been forced to be a third choice player at the club after their loan signing of Radamel Falcao from AS Monaco on the same day. That’s why, Welbeck was quite ready to take a new challenge and chose to join the Gunners late on the transfer deadline day. In his pre-match press conference, Arsene Wenger said, “Danny is young and I feel he can improve his career here. He is confident.” So, we hope to see him start against Manchester City this weekend.
Like Arsenal, Manchester City too have had an up and down start to the season with their latest Premier League game resulted in a shocking loss at home to Stoke City. Arsenal can take some confidence from the fact that they had already beaten City quite comfortably in the FA Community Shield. But, this is the real season and the Gunners have to prove that they can do that against the bigger teams in the league as well especially after last seasons horrific results against the top 4 sides, Arsenal must improve their performance in these sort of games which at the end of the season decides who would lift the Premier League trophy.
FA Community Shield Review: Manchester City 0-3 Arsenal (The Cup champions have downed the League winners)
Last seasons FA Cup Champions Arsenal have downed the Premier League winners Manchester City at Wembley to win the FA Community Shield for the 13th time in their illustrious history. The Gunners completely dominated the game. Manchester City had a lot of players missing but Arsenal too were without their World Cup winning German trio along with Theo Walcott so it can be said that the men in red & white wanted this win more than City. It was a great confidence booster ahead of the new season which kicks off this weekend against Crystal Palace.
Few of our new boys were on show and the performances of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and especially Calum Chambers impressed a lot of football experts and fans alike. This is the Gunners’ 2nd silverware in 4 months. The footballing world are now witnessing Arsenal tasting the fruits of their 9 years of hard work and determination. Arsenal now not only have a world class stadium but also have house-hold stars at their disposal.
After the win, Aaron Ramsey, who scored the 2nd goal in the match said, “The atmosphere at the training ground is the best since I’ve been at the club. This club is on the up now.”
Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud were the goalscorers.
Next stop for the Gunners is a trip to Wembley to face the reigning Premier League Champions Manchester City in the FA Community Shield. Many people says that it’s another glorified pre-season friendly match but I’d like to think of it as a competitive game where there’s a legit silverware at stake. Both teams fought very hard to play this game as only the league and FA Cup Champions have the right to contest for this trophy and with Manchester City and Arsenal winning the league and the FA Cup respectively last season, they both will be hungry to make a serious statement by winning this year’s FA Community Shield.
TEAM NEWS: The German trio and World Cup winners Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil will miss this game as they are still on post-World Cup holidays and will return to London on 11th August. Abou Diaby is out due to a hip injury.
Arsenal restored some pride after 2 disappointing results as they managed to earn a 1-1 draw against the Premier League’s most dangerous club at the moment along with Liverpool, Manchester City.
Wenger called for a solid defensive performance and although they started the game better defensively, one lost ball in the midfield led to a City opener. However, Arsenal unlike at Stamford Bridge fought hard to keep their shape and kept pushing for an equalizer before half-time. They got their equalizer earlier in the second half through a well crafted goal from Mathieu Flamini. The Gunners had the golden chance to take the lead but Manchester City’s keeper Joe Hart pulled off a brilliant safe and denied Lukas Podolski.
With this result, Arsenal have restored some pride and can now concentrate on finishing the season on a positive note and focus on winning the FA Cup.
It’s time for Arsenal Football Club to save some pride on the back of two very disappointing results which resulted in an end of their title challenge. But, they can’t keep themselves down because there are still 8 games left to play plus the FA Cup semi-final next month so they must take last weeks disappointments in the chin and try to keep moving forward. Having said that, they will have another tough test, this time against a high flying City side who are fresh from beating their neighbors at Old Trafford and completing the league double against the red side of Manchester.
Arsenal have 5 key players out and that has played a big part in their bad form as well but they have to live with that and try to dig out results with the limited resources that they possesses. Wenger has called for a top defensive performance from his players against Manchester City and I hope they turn up this time around.
Once again, Arsenal looked lightweight and scared and hence suffered another embarrassing defeat at the home of one of their title rivals i.e Manchester City. Just like the last 6 years, when it comes to playing big games, Arsenal are just not good enough even if they have improved this season. It’s a shame that although the Gunners are still top of the table, they are yet to beat a regular top side in this seasons Barclays Premier League.
Manchester City dominated the opening 30 minutes. It was City’s attack vs. Arsenal’s defense and it was the Gunners who had to gave up to City’s ruthlessness as they got their lead at the 12th minute through a Sergio Aguero goal from a well taken corner kick. After the 30 minute mark, the Gunners started to put together a series of passes which helped them to get back on level terms when Yaya Toure lost the ball to Ramsey in the middle of the park who gave it to Arsenal’s assist king Mesut Ozil and Ozil found Theo Walcott who netted it in. But, Arsenal could not hold onto the 1-1 score till half-time as after about 8 minutes Negredo tapped in a brilliant pass from Zabaleta to give City the lead at the interval. Arsenal’s in-form defender Laurent Koscielny had to be taken off after sustaining a cut on his knees while making a tackle on Negredo which led to their 2nd goal. Same as the first period, the Gunners yet again started on back foot as Flamini’s sloppy pass gifted City their 3rd goal at the 50th minute. The goal was scored by their new signing Fernandinho. After that, Arsenal showed a bit of hunger and character but Giroud’s missed pass to Theo who was in a tap in position and his missed header restricted the Gunners to capitalize on Manchester City’s passive approach. Arsenal did get back to 3-2 through a beautiful goal from Theo Walcott but again conceded almost instantly on another City counter attacking goal scored by David Silva. Arsenal tried to make a comeback but the match referee denied the little chances they had as he turned down a couple of offside goals which weren’t really offsides and a penalty. Fernandinho got his 2nd goal of the day in the final 10 minutes of the game. Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker gave the league leaders a consolation goal in the injury time. Again, the Gunners conceded straight after scoring the 3rd goal as Szczesny brought down City’s player to give them a penalty kick which Yaya Toure scored to give the Blue half of Manchester all 3 points against the current league leaders Arsenal.
As a result of this defeat Arsenal’s lead at the top is cut back to just 2 points. The Gunners are now without a win in their last 3 games in all competitions and will now get a much needed break of 9 days before facing Chelsea in another top of the table clash in the English Premier League.
It’s the moment of truth for both Manchester City and Arsenal as they face-off in the opening match of this weekends Barclays Premier League action. It’s a true top of the table clash where both the teams have something to prove.
Team news: Sagna will have a test prior to the match and Podolski is available but is still short on match fitness according to Arsene Wenger.
Going into the match, it’s Manchester City who would be fully confident of beating the current league leaders as they are fresh off from beating Bayern Munich, one of the best teams in Europe in the final group match of the UEFA Champions League earlier in the week. On the other hand, since that impressive away victory over Cardiff City, Arsenal have looked a bit jaded and it has shown in their last couple of matches as they dropped points in the league against Everton and missed out on a top of the group finish in the Champions League after losing to Napoli 2-0. So, the pressure is definitely on Arsenal. Manchester City had an extra day of rest while the Gunners would have to play their 2nd away match in a matter of just 48 hours. But, the Arsenal manager have said that they won’t use the hectic schedule as an excuse and have also termed this match as an opportunity to make a statement by getting a result at the most daunting stadium in the whole of the English Premier League.