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Arsenal have done nothing to disprove those who question their character

After Troy Deeney’s comments about Arsenal, Craig Burley says clubs know they can easily push the Gunners around. Jack Wilshere’s rebuttal of Troy Deeney’s withering character assassination of Arsenal was typically spiky, but it was clear from the tone of the response that the Watford player had landed a stinging blow with his gleefully and publicly expressed belief that Arsenal are missing a set of “cojones.” Speaking to the press ahead of Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Red Star Belgrade, Wilshere earnestly insisted that, “you can’t question our character.” Yet Deeney, enthusiastically, did, and he is far from the first to do so. The question of whether Arsenal lack the necessary inner strength to thrive at the very top level ha...

Jack Wilshere: Troy Deeney’s Arsenal comments weren’t justified

After Troy Deeney’s comments about Arsenal, Craig Burley says clubs know they can easily push the Gunners around. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says it was “horrible” to hear Troy Deeney’s scathing comments about his teammates this weekend, but insists the Watford striker’s criticism was unjustified. Deeney accused the Arsenal players of lacking “cojones” after Watford’s 2-1 comeback win over the Gunners on Saturday, and said the team’s defenders weren’t up for a fight in the second half. Wilshere admitted it was painful to hear such comments, but also launched a staunch defence of his teammates. “As a player if your attitude is questioned, it’s horrible. I look around this team and you can’t question our char...

Mathieu Debuchy to make first Arsenal start in 11 months in Red Star game

After Troy Deeney’s comments about Arsenal, Craig Burley says clubs know they can easily push the Gunners around. Arsene Wenger has said Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy is set make his first start in nearly year on Thursday against Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League. Debuchy’s only appearance last season came against Bournemouth in November, but the French right-back lasted just 15 minutes before suffering another injury. A number of setbacks have kept him sidelined since then, but Wenger confirmed that Debuchy will return to the line-up in Belgrade as he deals with a defensive crisis. “He will certainly start tomorrow,” Wenger said. “He has not played for a long time because every time he was close to coming back he was injured again.” Wenger’...

Marc Overmars: No talks with Arsenal about a return as director of football

After Troy Deeney’s comments about Arsenal, Craig Burley says clubs know they can easily push the Gunners around. Marc Overmars has denied being in talks with Arsenal about a return to the club next summer. Overmars played for Arsenal between 1997-2000 and is currently the director of football at Ajax, with speculation having mounted that the North London club are interested in bringing him back in a similar role. However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger denied last week that his former player is in line for a return and Overmars himself has also rubbished those reports. “I feel good at Ajax. And there’s no contact with other clubs,” Overmars told NOS. Marc Overmars is currently director of football at Ajax. Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis was reportedly looking into hiring ...

Arsenal keeper Petr Cech’s unique table tennis training workout

After more than 400 appearances in the Premier League and another 124 with Czech Republic, one would think that Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech’s hand-eye coordination is second to none. Yet the 35-year-old remains as dedicated to his craft as ever, judging by a recent workout with teammate Matt Macey that he filmed and posted on Instagram. With two machines spitting coloured table tennis balls from a metre away, Cech’s task seemed simple — catch each ball, sometimes two at once, and drop it in the bin in front of him. But Macey added a wrinkle of his own, barking out colours corresponding to four cones set up shoulder-high that Cech would have to touch in between catches. Cech missed only six balls and went to the wrong cone three times in 50 seconds, which seems to be far ...

Robert Pires: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil ‘a warrior’ but frustrated over signings

After Troy Deeney’s comments about Arsenal, Craig Burley says clubs know they can easily push the Gunners around. Arsene Wenger admits he may have to cut his losses and agree to sell both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window. Robert Pires has described Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil as “a warrior who wants to win something” but believes he is frustrated by the club’s lack of summer signings. Ozil has been criticised after some below-par performances this season, but Arsenal great Pires defended him in an interview with Sport Bild. “Ozil is a warrior who wants to win something, and currently he makes the impression that he’s annoyed Arsenal have not assembled a squad which can win something,” he said. “They only spent mo...

Granit Xhaka should lose starting spot given woeful recent form for Arsenal

After Troy Deeney’s comments about Arsenal, Craig Burley says clubs know they can easily push the Gunners around. Last season, Granit Xhaka was the subject of some unfair criticism. A hefty price tag brought inflated expectations, while pundits and referees alike seemed to have the knives out for Arsenal’s signing of the Switzerland international. This season, any such criticism would be justified. After improving across the course of 2016-17, Xhaka has hit a run of disastrous form; as such, Arsene Wenger should look to reshuffle his midfield options and give the midfielder a necessary reality check. When he first arrived in England, Xhaka looked some way off the pace. That’s only to be expected as the Premier League is notoriously difficult for new arrivals. Xhaka also h...

Mertesacker: Listening to Deeney ‘not worth it’ but Arsenal must be ‘tougher’

After Troy Deeney’s comments about Arsenal, Craig Burley says clubs know they can easily push the Gunners around. Arsene Wenger admits it’ll be difficult for Arsenal to catch Manchester City after the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat at Watford. Arsene Wenger is adamant that Hector Bellerin’s foul on Richarlison inside the box should not have been called. Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker says they must be “mentally tougher” but insists he isn’t listening to Troy Deeney or other critics who accused them of lacking fight in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Watford. Deeney’s comments about Arsenal lacking “cojones” and not being “up for it” dominated the headlines after Saturday’s game, in which Watford came from behind to win with t...

Arsenal lack ruthlessness more than ‘cojones’ as Watford defeat exposes flaws

Arsene Wenger admits it’ll be difficult for Arsenal to catch Manchester City after the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat at Watford. Arsenal’s 2-1 loss at Watford could be considered a surprising stumble, but recent history has made it clear that it was more than that. Arsenal still lack an away win in the league this season — in fact they have just one point from four games on the road — and everyone except Arsene Wenger seems to agree the team lacks something vital. Watford striker Troy Deeney helpfully summed it up by referring to the missing part as “cojones.” Martin Keown, also in the BT Sport studios, called it “ruthlessness.” Every pundit, critic and fan for the last several years have at some point identified it as “leadership.” A...

Transfer Talk: Arsenal, Tottenham to vie for Leicester’s Riyah Mahrez in January

Chelsea and Barcelona were thought to be interested in Riyad Mahrez last summer but nothing materialised. The Mirror reports that Tottenham and Arsenal will compete for Riyad Mahrez’s signature in January. For more on Mahrez, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Arsene Wenger admits catching leaders Man City ‘will be difficult’

Tom Cleverley’s 92nd minute winner gave his Watford side a big 2-1 win over Arsenal, at Vicarage Road. Tom Cleverley’s 92nd minute winner gave his Watford side a surprising 2-1 win over Arsenal, at Vicarage Road. LONDON — Arsene Wenger admitted “it will be difficult” to get back in the Premier League title race after Arsenal’s 2-1 loss at Watford left them nine points behind leaders Manchester City. The Gunners gave up a 1-0 lead as Troy Deeney netted from the penalty spot in the second half and Tom Cleverley scored an injury-time winner from a rebound at Vicarage Road, with Wenger’s team wasting a chance to climb back in the top four. It was Arsenal’s third loss in four league away games this season, leaving them in sixth place with 13 point...

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