Arsenal Performance Disappoints Wenger

Arsenal-C-PalaceArsenal’s manager, Arsène Wenger, expressed disappointment on Sunday after his side could not hold on to  their lead against Crystal Palace at the Emirate Stadium.

His side had taken the lead at the last minute of the first half, after Alexis Sanchez, loop-header from a flip from Welbeck beat Crystal Palace’s goal keeper.

The Gunners had maintained their lead until the 82 minute when Adebayor did some fine work down the left, laid it back to Bolasie who cuts inside and shoots low towards the near bottom corner.

Cech dived to his right and got half a hand on it, but it nestled in the net, putting Palace at per.

In a post-match press conference, Wenger said: “I’m very disappointed. It is one of those days where you don’t like to do a press conference after because it is not pleasant.

“I felt that we had possession 70 per cent of the time and we lacked a bit of accuracy with our final ball, a change of pace or have enough men forward. In the end, we got caught by a unique shot on goal by Crystal Palace. They played deep and defended well. They got us on the break and that is the story of the game. It is very frustrating”.

On the title race the Arsenal manager said he was not in the kind of mood to dream about the Premier League title.

“I’m more in a mood to repair the mental damage and prepare for the next game. It is much more about that and looking behind us because we need to play well and win games.

“For us, we need to fight until the end to get the place in the top four. If we can do more, we will do more but let’s not dream and focus on the next game,” Wenger told reporters.

He expressed frustration with the result, claiming responsibility for the result.

“I think I’m the first person who is frustrated. I can say that at the moment, we will make complete balance at the end of the season and see where we stand. At the moment it is about being together and giving our best until the end of the season,” he stated.

Arsenal is now at the forth position on the Premiership table with 60 points and 13 points behind the leading team, Leicester City which drew its match on Sunday against West Ham.  Leicester City has played 34 games while Arsenal has played only 33 matches.

Manchester City, which has played same number of matches with Arsenal, is also having 60 points and at the third position.

Saha warns Arsenal on title run

Tottenham Hotspurs’ famous man Louis Saha blew loud horns over table positioning in the English Premier league stating in clear terms that Arsenal should be careful as Tottenham can still knock off the Gunners to third place on the EPL table.

This came after Tottenham Hotspurs slided into the FA cup semi-final, setting up Chelsea as their opponent as they walloped Bolton 3-1 on Tuesday at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham has not been impressive for a while as it just got a second win in their last eight games,whle Arsenal has clinched unto their third place position with a seven-match winning run which Saha said he is very sure Spurs can make a change and overtake their neighbours.

Saha scored the final goal which sealed the victory for Tottenham Hotspurs against Bolton saying in football, things can happen quickly as he believes that Hotspurs can equal what Arsenal has in a bit.

Although,Saha admitted that the club has been at optimal performance which is responsible for their sharp drop during the past weeks but the club is making progress in terms of performance believing that interms of experince they have got good players like Vander Vaart,Adebayor and Gallas.

Togo coach expects to be without Adebayor

Togo coach Didier Six expects to be without striker Emmanuel Adebayor for their African Nations Cup qualifier against Kenya on Wednesday.

Six told Kenyan reporters late on Tuesday he was still hoping Adebayor might arrive in the hours before kick-off but he said the Tottenham Hotspur player’s club commitments complicated the situation.

“It’s always a question mark with Manu. It looks like we’ll have to do without him,” Six said in a French radio interview ahead of the first round, first leg match in Nairobi.

“It is not a crisis without him.

“This period is a bit tricky. He had a big game with Tottenham against Arsenal on Sunday. There is another very quickly, against Manchester United,” added the former France international.

Adebayor had not played for Togo for almost two years after an armed attack on their team bus ahead of the 2010 African Nations Cup finals in Angola that killed two squad members.

But the tall striker made a return last November for the second leg of a World Cup preliminary tie in which Togo beat Guinea Bissau to book a spot in the group phase of the 2014 Brazil qualifiers, which starts in June.

Reuters