Arsenal Win 2015 Community Shield At Wembley

Arsenal-Wins-Community-ShieldArsenal on Sunday defeated Chelsea 1-0 to retain the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium.

At the end of the regulation time, Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, had a reason to celebrate against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, having failed to win in any of his previous 13 attempts.

In February 2014 the Chelsea boss called Wenger a “specialist in failure”, and then in October the Gunners boss shoved his rival during a heated touchline quarrel.

Alex Oxlade-chamberlain scored the winner with a powerful drive into the top corner with his weaker left foot.

The Gunners named goalkeeper Petr Cech in their starting line-up following his summer move across London while Theo Walcott, who has just signed a lucrative new deal, led the arsenal attack.

It is the first time that Arsenal is beating a Mourinho-led Chelsea side since 2011.

“Will Not Be A Friendly”

Before the match, Arsene Wenger said that the Community Shield against Chelsea “will not be a friendly”.

According to arsenal.com, Wenger admited that a victory in the match, which would be his first against Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho, is capable of shaping his team’s confidence for the 2015/16 season.

Having enjoyed a perfect pre-season performance, Wenger hopes his side would maintain their momentum against the champions, but warned against reading too much into the result.

“We have to accept that every game is decided and judged as definite,” he said. “But you know that in real life it is not like that. The tribunal is out there and will draw conclusions from Sunday.

“But no matter, positive or negative (result), we have to continue our way and focus on ourselves.

“It’s a game that is important but it is still preparation. We want to win it and overall it can just give us that little bit more confidence before we go into the season.

“You know, it will not be a friendly as it is like that and it is good like that.”

The Gunners go into the match on a run of four successive victories at Wembley, and having scored 14 goals during pre-season.

The morale of the team would have been boosted by the duo of Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott, who have both agreed contract extensions with the English giants.

The victory will be a boosted for the team, as they prepare for the commencement of a new Premiership season.

Emirates Cup: Arsenal Crush Lyon 6-0

ArsenalArsenal delivered a dazzling attacking performance against Lyon to claim a comfortable victory in their opening match of the Emirates Cup.

The Gunners took control just before the half-hour mark during a breathless nine-minute spell in which they scored four times.

It started with Olivier Giroud heading home Mesut Ozil’s free kick and moments later they doubled their lead as the rampaging Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain raced through to slot beyond Lyon goalkeeper, Anthony Lopes.

Less than 100 seconds later and they had a third as teenage forward Alex Iwobi capped off a lively first-half showing by firing into the top corner after good work from Aaron Ramsey.

The Welshman then added a fourth in the 38th minute when he raced on to Ozil’s pass to poke the ball in at the near post.

It would take some going to match their first-half display after the restart, but the Gunners were determined to put on a show and they claimed their fifth just after the hour when Ozil drilled in a powerful shot.

Santi Cazorla added a sixth late on from a free kick, with the Gunners’ imperious display offering genuine cause for optimism ahead of the coming campaign.

Arsene Wenger told the media after the game, “It was a good, dynamic, collective performance where we could see that many players scored goals. Overall it’s in the continuity of what we did at the end of last season, and we’ve taken that form into pre-season as well.

“There’s a good team dynamic and we’ve shown again that we can score goals, which is what everybody expects from us.

The manager, however, called for caution on making a statement for the Premier League title

“Let’s be cautious on that front. We finished third in the league and won the FA Cup last season. That’s a good basis, of course. Our target is to do better.

“We know that we will put all of our effort in and that it will be very difficult because it will be a big challenge. We just want to focus on our quality.

“Top-level sport requires you to get the best out of your potential, so to achieve that it’s important that we focus on our own performance and do not worry too much about the others. We just have to focus on being as good as we can be.”

Arsenal face Bundesliga runners-up, Wolfsburg on Sunday in their next match of the Emirates Cup.

FA Cup: Wenger Gives Updates On Arsenal’s Injured Players

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Arsenal Manager, Arsène Wenger, has disclosed some details about his team on Friday, ahead of the team’s FA Cup game against Middlesbrough.

Wenger, revealed that “Alexis is still not able to go out (and) he could be short again for Sunday,” stressing also that Aaron Ramsey would be out as he has a little hamstring strain.

On whether Ramsey has an underlying problem, Wenger said “We haven’t found the underlying reason.

“There is an underlying reason that is certainly medical or bio-mechanical because he is a guy who is serious, works hard, has a controlled and disciplined life, so there’s no obvious reason why he should have muscular problems.”

When Wenger was asked whether he would change his training regime, he said “No, we have individualised training for the players and prevention.

“I don’t think that is any special case that has been neglected, it’s just that we have to find a reason why that happens.

“It’s not a major injury, it’s a Grade One, a small injury, a small muscle problem,” the 2014 FA Cup Winner noted, confirming that the injury would keep Ramsey out for about two weeks.

On Jack Wilshere, Wenger said “He’s motivated and focused to come back as quickly as possible.

“He worked very hard but he has still been out for [more than two] months and what he needs now is to get back.

“Competition gives you that sharpness that training cannot give you because it’s about a combination of fitness and decision-making and speed of decision-making,” Wenger noted, adding that it would take Jack a while to get that back.

He further noted that Oxlade-Chamberlain is the closest to recovery among the trio of Arteta, Debuchy and Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsenal host Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

Wenger Reacts as Scintillating Sanchez Saves Arsenal’s Blushes

SanchezAlexis Sanchez secured a late winner for the the Gunners as they looked to be heading for a goalless draw in their match against surprise early fliers- Southampton who pushed Arsenal to the very end and where unfortunate to leave the Emirates empty.

The Gunners seemed to control the game but where caught on several occasions when Southampton broke with Long selfishly blazing the ball wide when he should have passed.

Welbeck, Giroud and Ramsey spawned chances in front of an impressive Foster who almost gave his side a point from the Emirates.

In-form Alexis Sanchez, however, had other ideas against the side who knocked them out of the League Cup early in the season when he popped up to slot home a Ramsey cross.

Arsene Wenger delighted with the outcome said, “I think we deserved it, yes, because we have very few chances away and we had more chances than Southampton. We kept a clean sheet as well.

Asked about his sides drive for the title Wenger replied, “I’m a bit cautious but we have the right attitude, we have a good solidarity in the team, a good focus, and that’s a good basis. Laurent Koscielny was absolutely outstanding today and he contributes to stabilize our defense. We missed him for nearly two months and it’s important.

On Southampton’s recent run, Wenger warned fans not write them off too quickly.

“They are a good side and they played very well. Up front they are quick to come out when they win it, they are always first on the ball and they play in a very intelligent way. You always feel they are a threat,” he said, adding that he still believed Southampton remained top four contenders.