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Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil could be answer to Man United’s No. 10 woes

Arsene Wenger has no fears that rumours linking Mesut Ozil to Man United will have any impact on the German’s performances. That Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho likes Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is not in dispute. He has said as much: calling his former playmaker at Real Madrid “the best No. 10 in the world” in 2013. But Mourinho’s admiration is likely to be growing with each passing day he stands on the sidelines at Manchester United’s Carrington training base. He already has two natural No. 10s in his squad, yet Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s form has been so dismal that he has not even made the bench in seven of United’s last eight games and Juan Mata is, more often than not, used on the right. Mkhitaryan was the designated No. 10 all the way th...

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City or Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ of 2003-04?

The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. ESPN FC’s Mark Ogden and Man City correspondent Jonathan Smith assess City’s chances of finishing the Premier League season unbeaten. Manchester City have broken Arsenal’s 14-game record for consecutive Premier League victories (held since 2002) with a rousing 4-0 win over a severely outclassed Swansea team and can now set their sights on equalling the Gunners’ achievement of going a whole season unbeaten. It was Man City’s fifth win of the season by four or more goals and means Pep Guardiola now holds the record for longest managerial win streaks in the Premier League (15), La Liga (16) and Bundesliga (19), with h...

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must keep confidence high in rough patch

Arsenal have not secured a win in the Premier League so far in December as they drop two points to David Moyes’ West Ham. With Arsenal trailing Manchester City by 18 points, the FC crew examine the reasons behind their inconsistency this season. LONDON — Arsene Wenger has urged his Arsenal players to “keep confidence in our game” despite another disappointing draw on Wednesday, saying their lack of scoring is only temporary. Arsenal were held 0-0 at West Ham for their third straight Premier League game without a win, following a 3-1 loss to Manchester United and a 1-1 stalemate at Southampton. The Gunners have dominated possession in all three of those games, but with precious little to show for it, and Wenger insisted they’re only going through a rough patch ...

West Ham were spoilers again under Moyes, frustrating Arsenal in draw

LONDON — Three quick thoughts from the London Stadium after West Ham held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw in the Premier League on Wednesday. 1. West Ham spoilers again as Gunners frustrated Arsenal were held to another frustrating away draw that dented their top-four aspirations even further, as David Moyes’ West Ham claimed another impressive result against a top team. Arsene Wenger’s decision to ring the changes both in terms of personnel and formation backfired as the Gunners struggled to create quality chances against a West Ham side playing with five at the back. It left Arsenal without a win in their last three Premier League games and languishing in seventh place, closer to the bottom of the table (18 points) than the top (19 points). In the end they were even lucky to esca...

Alexandre Lacazette: Top-four finish was Arsenal’s aim, not winning title

Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger believes West Ham will be confident after their performances against Chelsea and Manchester City. Alexandre Lacazette says Arsenal need a “miracle” if they are to win the Premier League this season, but added a return to the Champions League was always the club’s main aim this term. Arsenal have taken just one point from their last two league games and make the short journey to West Ham on Wednesday night sitting 17 points adrift of leaders Manchester City. Arsene Wenger’s side also have Manchester United, Chelsea, Burnley and Liverpool ahead of them in the table as they look set to miss out on another title they have not lifted since 2004. “It would be really complicated to win it at this point,” he said. “We would re...

Wenger: Sumo wrestling can teach football

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Arsene Wenger must sort Arsenal travel sickness to kickstart campaign

Arsene Wenger looks ahead to Arsenal’s trip to West Ham. Arsenal have problems on the road in the Premier League, so after dropping two points to Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday, Arsene Wenger will be keen for his team to make up for that when they face West Ham away on Wednesday night. This season the Gunners have won just twice on their travels, drawn a couple, and lost four times with a goal difference of minus four. It’s a problem that doesn’t just apply to this campaign. In the calendar year of 2017 they’ve lost half of their games away from the Emirates, and only three teams — West Ham, Stoke and Watford — have conceded more goals. It’s an issue that must be troubling the Arsenal manager, and after the performance at Southampton R...

Arsene Wenger: Football can learn from sumo wrestling after derby fracas

Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger believes West Ham will be confident after their performances against Chelsea and Manchester City. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says footballers can learn from sumo wrestlers when it comes to respecting opponents after big matches, in light of the fracas that broke out after the Manchester derby.  Wenger says he had no first-hand information about what happened in the tunnel and dressing room at Old Trafford after Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday, when around 15 players and coaches were reportedly involved in a melee. But the Arsenal boss said such incidents are “part of the intensity” of big matches and that he could understand if United were upset with City’s celebrations, before pointing to a cultural lesson...

Wenger wary of a ‘confident’ West Ham

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Aaron Ramsey injury allows Arsene Wenger to reconfigure Arsenal

Following Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Southampton, the ESPN FC guys question how much the squad trust in Arsene Wenger. With Arsenal learning their fate for the UEL round of 32, Craig Burley and Ross Dyer predict how they’ll approach Ostersunds. Ross Dyer and Craig Burley battle it out in predictor ahead of a midweek slate of Premier League fixtures on matchday 17. An injury to a fist-team player is never good news. Arsenal were disappointed to drop two points at Southampton on Sunday, and the loss of Aaron Ramsey to a hamstring problem merely compounded their misery. However, while the Wales international will undoubtedly be missed, manager Arsene Wenger must seize upon the opportunity to reshuffle his first team. Arsenal face another away trip midweek, and the current set-up simply...

Iwobi’s Arsenal face Ostersunds in Europa League

Arsenal will face Swedish side Ostersunds in the Europa League round of 32, while Celtic face Russian side Zenit St Petersburg. Iwobi The Gunners, seeded for the draw, avoided the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Napoli – who were both in the unseeded pot. Ostersunds are managed by Englishman Graham Potter, who previously played for Birmingham City and West Brom. Potter has taken the club from the fourth division to the Allsvenskan, the Swedish top tier, in six years. The 42-year-old has earned comparisons with Roy Hodgson – who managed in Scandinavia – and this will be his first clash against English opposition. Arsenal will play the first leg away in Ostersund in mid-February, before returning to the Emirates. Celtic, also unseeded, will play the first leg of their tie...

Olivier Giroud on bench shows Arsenal have strength in depth – Jack Wilshere

Following Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Southampton, the ESPN FC guys question how much the squad trust in Arsene Wenger. After Arsenal’s slow start against Southampton, Janusz Michallik re-opens the discussion regarding their poor concentration levels. Olivier Giroud’s 88th-minute equalizer cancelled out Charlie Austin’s opener to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw at Southampton. Olivier Giroud’s 88th-minute equalizer canceled out Charlie Austin’s opener to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw at Southampton. Jack Wilshere has said Arsenal demonstrated their strength in depth against Southampton as substitute Olivier Giroud’s late leveller earned a 1-1 draw. France international Giroud headed home with two minutes remaining to cancel out Charlie Austin’s opener on Sunday....