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Arsene Wenger explains his thinking behind the Chilean’s appearances this season - and whether Alexis is happy or distracted
Catch up with more quotes from Arsene Wenger’s pre-match press conference at London Colney
Arsene Wenger gets ready to welcome an Arsenal old boy back to Emirates Stadium on Monday evening
England international Jack played a full 90 minutes against Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday
Our Premier League campaign resumes on Monday night against West Bromwich Albion and here is the latest team news
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In a week where Reiss Nelson received further first-team playing time there was more good news for the Arsenal academy as Trae Coyle, who, it can be strongly argued is the club’s next best youth prospect, seemingly committed his future to the Gunners. A player who is similar to Nelson in some aspects, Coyle can […]
In the wake of the crowd trouble and delayed kick-off ahead of Arsenal’s 3-1 Europa League win over Cologne earlier this month, UEFA opened up disciplinary proceedings against both sides. The charges against the German side were: Crowd disturbances – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations Setting off fireworks – Art. 16 (2) […]
Arsene Wenger says Alex Iwobi will be a ‘top-class’ player if he can add more goals and assists to his game. The Nigeria international was trusted with the Mesut Ozil role for last weekend’s draw at Chelsea putting in a disciplined performance that involved his fair share of defending from the front. He got more minutes […]
The Puskas award is, according to FIFA’s own blurb, ‘bestowed upon the player adjudged to have scored the best goal of the year.’ This year Arsenal have a contender in the shape of Olivier Giroud, for his now legendary Scorpion Kick strike against Crystal Palace last season. Shortlist for the Puskas Award for best goal. […]
Arsene Wenger says that Kieran Gibb’s rise from Arsenal Academy graduate to England international is reason enough for him to be proud of their former left-back. After 13 years, and with 230 appearances to his name, the 27-year-old called time on his Gunners career last month sealing a switch to Monday’s opponents, West Bromwich Albion. […]
West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry reflects on his career as he prepares to set a new record for Premier League appearances. West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry has revealed Arsenal tried to sign him twice as he prepares to break the Premier League appearance record at the Emirates Stadium. The 36-year-old will play in his 633rd top-flight game and eclipse Ryan Giggs' record if he features against the Gunners on Monday. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted he wanted to take Barry to north London when he left Aston Villa to join Manchester City in 2009 but could not compete with City's financial muscle. Arsenal West Bromwich Albion 7:00 PM UTC Game Details Home: 1/3 Draw: 9/2 Away: 10/1 Odds from bet365 bet365 PickCenter GameCast Lineups and Stats The Gunners were...
As debate swirls around Arsene Wenger's team selections, Paul Mariner gives us his preferred Arsenal starting XI.
Arsene Wenger believes Alexandre Lacazette is adapting well to the English style of play.
Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere's long-term future at Arsenal is still yet to be determined.
Arsenal's Arsene Wenger insists leaving Alexis Sanchez on the bench is based on the players fitness rather than transfers speculation.
• Forward has not started in Premier League since Manchester City interest• Arsenal manager says he believes Sánchez is happy at club
Arsène Wenger has insisted he is not seeking to make any sort of point to Alexis Sánchez over his selections of the forward so far this season.
Sánchez tried and failed to force a move to Manchester City before the closure of the summer transfer window and Wenger has used him since as a starter in the Europa League and Carabao Cup but only as a substitute in the Premier League.Continue reading...
The circumstances might have been low-key compared to Wenger-Ferguson duels of old, but the second generation of a legendary footballing family did his upmost to ensure it was an edgy, vehemently competed affair as Arsenal squeaked past Doncaster Rovers. Darren Ferguson’s team gave Arsenal a fright as a contest that looked relatively comfortable in the first half turned into a nail-biter.
The Carabao Cup might not be a priority – the lowest recorded crowd since Arsenal moved to the Emirates of 44,064 attested to a certain lack of enthusiasm in north London – but Doncaster and their merry followers were able to admire a battling performance that belied their position in the lower reaches of League One.Continue reading...
Fourth round draw: Spurs face West Ham, Chelsea draw EvertonMatch report: Manchester United 4-1 Burton AlbionMatch report: Chelsea 5-1 Nottingham ForestMatch report: Arsenal 1-0 DoncasterMatch report: WBA 1-2 Manchester CityMatch report: Everton 3-0 Sunderland
The fourth-round draw in full:
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham UnitedBristol City v Crystal PalaceSwansea City v Manchester UnitedArsenal v Norwich CityChelsea v EvertonManchester City v Wolverhampton WanderersLeicester City v Leeds UnitedBournemouth v Middlesbrough
Bournemouth v Middlesbrough. And that completes the fourth-round draw, ties to be played the week commencing October 23.
Leicester City v Leeds United.
Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Chelsea v Everton.
Arsenal v Norwich City.
Swansea City v Manchester United.
Bristol City v Crystal Palace.
Here we go, then! Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson will make the draw for the fourth round. And the first tie is: Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United.
Stay awhile, please, will you? Because the draw for the fourth round is coming up soon! But while we wait, here’s the results from a night of action high on goals, low on drama, that late flurry at the Hawthorns apart:
And so Leroy Sane is City’s two-goal hero. The 1970, 1976, 2014 and 2016 winners are in the hat for the fourth round, at the expense of the 1966 champs!
What a chance for West Brom to equalise! McClean shoots from 25 yards out, down the inside-left channel. His effort is deflected, but drops to Robson-Kanu on the penalty spot! He’s just got to slot the ball past Bravo, but instead he crashes an effort off the outside of the left-hand post, and City survive! In the last minute of injury time!
No clean sheet, then, but the holders are comfortably through to the fourth round.
A consolation for Burton, and United finally concede this season at Old Trafford! Sub keeper Joel Pereira fumbles under a little pressure on his line, and Dyer smashes the loose ball home from a tight angle on the left!
A free kick for City just outside the Baggies box. A poor decision to faff about, though, and Robson-Kanu is given half a chance to attack on the break. The move breaks down for West Brom, but they’ll have five additional minutes in which to save themselves.
Just three minutes left on the clock at the Hawthorns, where the game is still in the balance. McClean threatens to break on goal but he’s disabused of that notion. Is there a surprise in this evening yet?
The Gunners are through, but that was something of a misfire. Still, in the hat is in the hat. Arsenal haven’t won this trophy since 1993. Could this be their year?
West Brom haven’t given this up by any means. Rondon flashes a header inches wide right of goal from six yards. Then Morrison threatens to break through, but can’t get anything meaningful away. A one-sided nonsense has suddenly exploded into life!
The 1977 and 1984 finalists see off the 1985 and 2014 runners-up.
Morrison is denied by a wonder save from Bravo. A second chance for West Brom to go ahead spurned. And then City fly up the other end, Sane sashaying down the right, gliding inside, dropping a shoulder, and floating a glorious effort into the top left!
And that’s Chelsea into the fourth round.
With the very last move of the match, Forest embark on some triangulation down the right wing. Finally the ball drops to Darikwa six yards out, and he sidefoots confidently into the bottom right for a consolation.
At the Emirates, Mandeville dribbles in from the left and nearly Ricky Villas a goal out of nothing! Doncaster so nearly level against Arsenal! Meanwhile at the Hawthorns, the ball is slipped to the feet of Robson-Kanu, six yards out! He must score, but shanks an effort wide left of the target. Suddenly it’s Manchester City on the ropes!
City are made to pay for their profligacy! A corner for the Baggies out on the right. The ball’s hooked into the mixer, where Jacob is on hand to sidefoot home from six yards! Where was the City defence? Not anywhere near Yacob. And we have drama! A match in the balance!
TV set for Michy Batshuayi, please! Kenedy hammers a shot onto the Forest cross bar from a tight position on the left. His spectacular effort drops to Batshuayi, who taps home for his hat-trick!
West Brom have been on the ropes all evening, but there’s only one goal in it at the Hawthorns. And suddenly Robson-Kanu flicks a ball down the inside-left channel to release Morrison into the City box! He threads a shot across Bravo and inches wide of the right-hand post. Then Sane romps up the other end, down the right. He’s clear, and should shoot, but squares it and the chance is gone.
A delicate diagonal Davies pass looped forward to Niasse on the left-hand edge of the Sunderland box. Niasse chests down and extends a leg, lashing a fine finish into the top right.
A one-two with Rashford sends Martial away, down the inside-right channel. Martial slots confidently, and powerfully, into the bottom right. Manchester United’s last two games have finished 3-0 and 4-0; there’s half an hour left for a pretty pattern to develop.
Lookman very nearly makes it three for Everton against Sunderland. A couple of quick-fire snapshots towards the right-hand corner from close range. But he’s denied both times. “Ah, Nigel Jemson,” writes Andy Coupe. “A scorer of a hat-trick in this competition. The sponsors gave him a TV.” As mentioned earlier: Rumbelows, a class act.
There’s not a lot going on. A lull. Despite the goals, this evening’s been one long lull. Drama, please!
Doncaster are threatening to give Arsenal a game at the Emirates. May very nearly tore clear of the Arsenal back line, but Maitland-Niles zipped back to deal with the danger. Meanwhile Luke Shaw is on for Manchester United, for the first time this season, and he’s quickly into the action against Burton, seeing a goal chalked off for offside.
The matches at Old Trafford and the Hawthorns have restarted, so we’re back up and running everywhere again. And Burton very nearly claw a goal back against Manchester United, a deep Palmer free kick from the right finding the head of Akpan, six yards out. He must work Romero at the very least, but the effort flies off target.
Hazard’s first touch to set up that goal was lovely, though not quite in the Roberto Baggio class. But then what is? In case you missed it today ...
Hazard brings a long ball down, dead, on the edge of the area. He drifts a little to the right, drawing half the Forest team with him. So he rolls it back towards the penalty spot, where Batshuayi hammers low. The League Cup glory days of Nigel Jemson seem a long time ago right now. Well, they are a long time ago, but you get the general point.
... and at the Emirates, it should be a brace for Walcott. But set free down the middle, he topples backwards and lifts a dreadful effort miles over the bar with only the keeper to beat. Doncaster aren’t out of this quite yet.
Sandro turns on the pace down the left and slides a ball forward for Calvert-Lewin, who sends a fine rising smash into the roof of the net! Two for Calvert-Lewin ...
A fast start to the second half by Chelsea, who don’t really need it, three up as they are against Forest. Hazard cuts in from the left and batters a powerful effort onto the right-hand post.
And it’s half-time in the 8pm kick offs. Good news for both Manchester clubs, as they head to the changing rooms in control. United are 3-0 up at home against Burton; City a goal to the good at West Brom.
Burton, to their immense credit, keep on keepin’ on. Palmer, out on the left, loops a fine cross to the far post, where Lund brings the ball down but leans back and sends his effort from the right-hand corner of the six-yard box, way off target. A real chance. Up the other end, Lingard races into the box from the right and is lightly clipped by Turner. It should be a penalty kick, but the referee shows Burton some sympathy. You’d probably hear more about that were it goalless, or were United playing City. But this is where we are.
A testimonial feel at Old Trafford. And then suddenly it’s party time again, as Martial dribbles with extreme prejudice down the left, throws in a couple of pretty tricks, then finds Lingard on the edge of the box. He aims for the bottom right, but the ball takes a huge deflection off Turner and into the bottom left. Ripley in goal had no chance.
The half-times in the 7.45pm kick-offs: Arsenal 1-0 Doncaster; Chelsea 3-0 Forest; Everton 1-0 Sunderland. A good chance for Doncaster towards the end of the first 45, incidentally, May lashing a shot into the side netting from a tight angle on the right.
Burton have spurned a superb chance to get back into the match at Old Trafford. Mason was found free in the centre, on the penalty spot with the ball at his feet. He tried to lift it over the out-rushing Romero, but didn’t get any purchase on the ball and the keeper was able to smother with ease.
Gabriel Jesus has just scooped a shot over the bar at the Hawthorns from eight yards. What a miss by the brilliant Brazilian! West Brom could easily be three down already. No shame in that against this ludicrously entertaining Manchester City side. This Pep-v-Jose thing is shaping up to be quite a story, isn’t it. Here’s hoping both teams can keep it up all season.
It’s not going to come at Stamford Bridge. The young Belgian Charly Musonda romps into a bit of space down the inside-right and lashes an unstoppable shot into the net.
Everton have been on top at Goodison from the get-go. Now Calvert-Lewin takes advantage of a game of penalty-area pinball, the ball finally falling at his feet. He scoops it into the net from the spot. We’ve now got a full house of matches going the way everyone expected. Anyone fancy drumming up a little drama?
Manchester City continue to dominate at West Brom. Mangala has just had a header clawed off the line. “Penny for Oxlade-Chamberlain’s thoughts?” parrots Colin Mackay. “How about 40 mil for Klopp’s thoughts?”
Blind glides in from the left and feeds Rashford, who turns and larrups a stunning shot from the left of the D onto the left-hand post and in. What a shot! “No chance of one or both of them scoring, I suppose, but Burton Albion has both Flanagan and Allen in their starting line-up,” notes Steven Hughes. The Milk Cup, the 1960 US election, now memories of the music hall. The internet kids love this sort of thing. They can’t get enough of it. No need to thank us.
Sanchez, deep on the left, sprays a delicious diagonal ball into the box for Walcott, who kills it stone dead with an exquisite touch and flicks it into the net. Some pass, some finish. Arsenal are beginning to find a little form, just as Liverpool have misplaced theirs. Penny for poor Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s thoughts right now.
So having said that, Dowell nearly gives Forest a foothold in the game, whipping a glorious free kick towards the top right. But it’s an inch too high, and clatters into the post. Chelsea clear.
At Chelsea, Forest are hanging on. Kenedy races down the left and very nearly finds Batshuayi with a dribbler of a cross, but the striker’s a toenail shy of poking home. Then Fabregas releases Zappacosta, who finds the net but he’s offside.
Anything City can do, their rivals can match. Carrick quarterbacks from a deep position down the inside left. Mata, just inside the area, cushions the pass into the path of Rashford, coming in from the right. No mistake! Drama may well be at a premium tonight, the way things are going across the board.
Lovely twinkling toes on the edge of the D by Hazard. He slips the ball through the middle, Batshuayi sashaying into the area and clipping home.
Although goal-crazy Manchester City don’t need too much of a chance. Gundogan sees a snapshot from close range parried well by Foster; Sane is on hand to latch onto the rebound and smack home.
The matches at Old Trafford and the Hawthorns have kicked off, so all five matches are now underway. Just the one goal so far. Give them a chance.
Rudiger hoicks one in from the right wing. Ghosting in at the far post is Kenedy, who sidefoots with great purpose into the bottom left. The 1965, 1998, 2005, 2007 and 2015 winners take the lead against the champions of 1978, 1979, 1989 and 1990!
No goals yet in the three 7.45pm kick offs at Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton. Arsenal have gone closest, Olivier Giroud trying to out-spectacular his effort against Crystal Palace last season with a scissor kick against Doncaster. He’s clattered his effort onto the bar. “Great photo of the wholesome, nutritious beverage sponsor of yesteryear,” begins Peter Oh, child of the 80s. “In America in the 90s there was a popular advertisement campaign called Got Milk?, which featured images of celebrities sporting milk moustaches. Try that with a fizzy energy drink. It’s just not the same.”
And here’s Burton boss Nigel Clough, doing his bit to defend his Dad’s record. “Our mood is buoyant, we’ve been in a good run. These lads have played at Oldham and Cardiff, and have got us here, so I thought I’d stick with them. We need Man U to have an off night, they’re capable of tearing Premier League defences apart. We’ll try to hang on in there, and see if we can get a goal. We’ll try to enjoy it, we never know if we’ll ever come back here again. So we’re going to enjoy it, and have a go!”
Some hot Jose Mourinho pre-match chat. “We have to win tonight, and my experience in the English cups suggests that every match is a tricky one. Every opponent has a dream and every match can be very difficult. Let’s go step by step, and try to make the draw. Players are not happy when they don’t play, so I have to rotate. We have a good team, a team that respects the opponent, and a bench that gives me options should I need to meet changes.” Should Mourinho’s team retain their trophy this year, the manager becomes the most successful boss in League Cup history. He’s currently tied at the top with Brian Clough and Sir Alex Ferguson, having lifted the three-handled trophy on four occasions. He’s not worried about individual baubles, though, right?
It’s all change for Arsenal! Nobody who started the goalless draw at Chelsea is in their starting XI tonight. Jack Wilshere is back, as is Alexis Sanchez. League One Doncaster lost at home to Scunthorpe on Sunday; they make two swaps, with on-loan Chelsea midfielder Jordan Houghton and striker Alfie May coming in.
Chelsea make nine changes from that aforementioned goalless draw on Sunday. Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas are the only constants, while Willy Caballero makes his debut in goal, and Eden Hazard starts a match for the first time this season. Nottingham Forest make eight changes, with former Chelsea prospect Michael Mancienne the centrepiece of their defence.
Arsenal: Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Wilshere, Nelson, Walcott, Sanchez, Giroud.Subs: Iwobi, Monreal, Akpom, Macey, Joseph Willock, Da Silva, Nketiah.Doncaster Rovers: Lawlor, Blair, Butler, Whiteman, Wright, Kongolo, Mason, Coppinger, Rowe, Houghton, May.Subs: Toffolo, Alcock, Marquis, Williams, Marosi, Mandeville, Garrett.
Chelsea: Caballero, Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Kenedy, Musonda, Batshuayi, Hazard.Subs: Morata, Moses, Willian, Clarke-Salter, Eduardo, Ampadu, Sterling.Nottingham Forest: Henderson, Worrall, Hobbs, Mancienne, Lichaj, Bouchalakis, Osborn, Dowell, Fox, Cummings, Walker.Subs: McKay, Clough, Brereton, Carayol, Darikwa, Vellios, Smith.
It’s the third round of the League Cup! (No, I can’t bring myself to call it that. Rumbelows never seemed a classier brand.) And here are the remaining fixtures, to be played this fine evening ...Continue reading...
Speaking before his team's match against Doncaster at the Emirates on Wednesday, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger say he is using the tournament to trial some of his newest players. He adds that his current set of young players are some of the best he has ever hadContinue reading...
Doncaster’s manager will recreate a famous touchline pairing when he takes on Arsenal in the Carabao Cup. He discusses Wenger, Sir Alex’s advice and his Premier League ambitions
In his office overlooking Doncaster Rovers’ lush training pitches Darren Ferguson is telling a story that neatly illustrates how close his father, Sir Alex, and Arsène Wenger are these days. Ferguson Jr’s side play Arsenal on Wednesday night in a Carabao Cup tie that pits two famous managerial names against each other again.
Ferguson Sr and Wenger were sworn enemies during the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Manchester United and Arsenal duelled as English football’s pre‑eminent forces. The enmity, though, has faded and Wenger’s friendship with the retired Scot is borne out by the fact the Frenchman is helping Ferguson Sr to be at the Emirates to see his son’s side take on the Gunners.Continue reading...