Arsenal boss slams sluggish defending following Stoke City defeat

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was critical about the club’s defence following a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday.


The Gunners could not make the most of their 77 percent possession with lazy defending combined with a couple of poor refereeing decisions costing them a potential victory.

Following the game, Wenger was not in a sympathising mood with his defenders with Nacho Monreal having misjudged the situation prior to Jese Rodriguez’s maiden goal in English football, he said: “It was frustrating getting caught cold for the goal. Defensively there is no excuse. We gave them a cheap goal. We knew it was important not to make a defensive mistake. But we came out straight after half-time, were too sluggish and paid for it. We gave them too much freedom in the middle. I was not convinced by our central defence today. We were unlucky. I think we scored a regular goal that was given offside and it wasn’t offside. It’s a very easy decision. It’s a difficult defeat to swallow. We had chances. We should have won the game comfortably.” Continue reading “Arsenal boss slams sluggish defending following Stoke City defeat”

Arsene Wenger Receives Misconduct Charge from FA for Pushing Fourth Official

Arsene Wenger has earned yet another FA misconduct charge after appearing to push the fourth official in the recent 2-1 win over Burnley.


Arsenal manager was involved in a war of words with the fourth official after being sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss. Wenger was reacting to the referee giving Burnley a penalty in injury time of the game. Burnley went on to score the penalty which put them level 1-1, but they were unable to hold on for much longer as Arsenal themselves were awarded the penalty with seconds remaining in the game. Alexis Sanchez converted from the spot in order to keep Arsenal in the hunt for the Premier League title.

Wenger felt aggrieved that a number of decisions went against Arsenal in the 90 minutes. Admittedly, there were a few decisions that could have resulted in an Arsenal penalty, but Moss turned them down. It is highly likely that the Frenchman will receive a four match ban for his altercation with the referee. Continue reading “Arsene Wenger Receives Misconduct Charge from FA for Pushing Fourth Official”

HENRY NOT RETIRING

Despite coming to the twilight of his career, the former Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry has said that he has no intention of retiring from the game as of yet. The former French international is currently playing for the MLS club New York Red Bulls, while he was recently linked with a return to Arsenal for the third spell. However, the Arsenal manager Wenger recently confirmed that he does not have plans to bring in Henry on a season long loan deal like last season. Henry is regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time, and he has won numerous trophies at club and international level.

The trophy cabinet is filled with the likes of the World Cup, European Championships, Premier league title, la Liga title, and the Champions league title amongst a whole host of others. The striker has managed to score 15 goals for his team last season, while also contributing 12 assists as well. He has said that he believes he can still play at the top level for two more years. The 35-year-old has said that it will be a very difficult decision to stop playing, but his body will certainly tell him when the time is right.

“I’m giving myself another two years. That’ll take me to 37 years old. It’ll make my career 20 years long. I recently talked about it with Robert Pires. It’s never easy to stop, but there comes a time when your body tells you to. The head wants to continue, but… it’s certainly not desire that I’ll be lacking. But, at a certain moment in time, you have to stop,” said Henry. The 35-year-old is also the record goal scorer at Arsenal after managing to break the previous record in his second spell at the club last season.

NO THIRD TIME

The former French international Thierry Henry had two spells at Arsenal during which time he has been hugely successful, while he has been regarded as a legend at the club. He is currently the record goalscorer and there have been suggestions that the club would be willing to bring him back on a loan deal for a third spell. Thierry Henry is currently with the MLS club New York Red Bulls, but spent first two months of the last year on loan at Arsenal during which time he broke the record of the most number of goals scored by any player for the club.

Hence, there were suggestions that the manager Wenger will be interested in the possibility of bringing him back to the club on another loan deal. He has been training with the club in the last few weeks in order to maintain his fitness during the MLS off-season. However, Wenger ruled out the possibility of Henry returning to club for a third spell by saying that he does not the transfer to take place. Instead, the club will be looking at other alternatives by looking to bring in players on a permanent basis. Arsenal have once again started scoring goals after a struggle during the months of October and November.

“I think Thierry goes away somewhere. He is not ready. He has just come back from holiday so at the moment we are not on that case. It’s nothing to do with fatigue. I think maybe before, we scored seven against Newcastle and we scored five at Reading … we [thought we would] score again today. We didn’t create enough chances. I felt that we lacked sharpness and desire,” said Wenger after the 1-1 draw with Southampton. As a result, Arsenal are outside the top four positions at the moment.

HENRY MAY RETURN

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not ruled out the possibility of the Arsenal legend Thierry Henry joining the club for the third spell in the January transfer window. The Frenchman is regarded as one of the greatest players for the club in the history. He left the club for the first time back in 2006 for Barcelona in the £ 16 million deal. Since then, he has joined in the MLS team New York Red Bulls. However, he joined the club on a two-month loan deal for the first time since leaving the club last season. He was highly successful and influential in helping the team finish in the top three positions last time around.

Arsenal are once again struggling to compete against the likes of Tottenham and the other teams chasing for the top four positions this season. Even though they have signed two strikers of great quality in the form of Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud, it is thought that Wenger would like to sign the former player in the January transfer window in the hopes of reviving the club’s poor league form. Arsenal are currently in the 10th position having won just one game in the last five matches. The 35-year-old Henry is currently training with the team in order to maintain his fitness during the off-season in MLS.

“Will I sign him again in January? I don’t rule it out. I don’t know if he is interested. He is sharp. We will lose Gervinho again as they are playing in the African Cup of Nations two years in a row, so we will be confronted with a shortage particularly if [striker] Marouane Chamakh should go. I cannot stand in his way, then we will be short. You know what Thierry gives you; he gives you hope, especially when he comes on, that is the most important thing,” said Wenger.

HENRY WISHES CAHILL HAS BEEN A GUNNER

The former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has said that he feels that the former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill is a huge competitor. The Australian international recently completed his switch to the MLS after he has signed for the New York red Bulls, who also have Thierry Henry on the books.

The former Arsenal striker is regarded as one of the best in the world when it comes to playing up front. The Frenchman told Man City Football News that he is extremely delighted with what he has seen of the Australian international in the first few matches after his transfer from Everton for around £ 1 million.

The 32-year-old still has a lot to offer for New York Red Bulls according to the former Arsenal and Barcelona striker. Even though he has started out his career as a midfielder, Tim Cahill has the capability of playing as a striker, as he has done on many occasions for Everton in the past. Even though he is unlikely to be able to replace Thierry Henry at the club, the Frenchman believes that the competitiveness within the 32-year-old will be a major factor in helping New York red Bulls win the MLS title this season.

“You can see he’s physical but fair. I think the referees are getting him wrong sometimes because they are not used to the physicality of the Premiership, the way he jumps and everything. But he’s a fair player, he can bring a lot of stuff to us. It’s more about [being] a competitor. He’s a competitor and he can help everybody going forward, and I think that’s the most important thing, and he’s bringing another dimension to this team. We can play long, he can hold the ball and stuff like that, so I think that can be great for us,” Henry said recently.

HENRY KEEN ON ARSENAL RETURN

Thierry Henry has said that he would love to play for Arsenal again after the completion of his contract with New York Red Bulls. Henry’s contract with the Bulls will get completed after 18 months and the French striker might return to England again in 2014. Henry had played for Arsenal for 8 years between 1999 and 2007. Arsenal had bought him from Juventus after paying a contract fee of 11 million pounds in August 1999. Henry’s 5 year tenure at Arsenal was wonderful.  Before joining Arsenal, he was not renowned all over the world.  But, he showed his abilities while playing for the Arsenal team. He emerged as a superstar for Arsenal and scored a number of goals for the club.

Henry wasn’t able to make a good start to his Arsenal career. He didn’t score even a single goal in his first eight games for Arsenal. But, Arsenal’s coach, Arsene Wenger had full confidence in Henry’s abilities and he gave him regular opportunities to play. Henry didn’t let his coach down and started delivering for the club. In his debut season, he scored 26 goals for Arsenal. Henry made continuous improvements in his game and emerged as one of the greatest players in the Arsenal history.  He featured for Arsenal in 369 games and scored 226 goals for the club. On being asked about his current club, Henry said that it took him some time to settle in the Bulls team, but, now, he has gelled with the guys nicely and he is enjoying his stay here in USA.

Henry had played for his old club Arsenal on loan at the start of this year. On being asked about his 2 month loan period at Arsenal, Henry said that he was practicing with the Arsenal squad at that time. Two important players of Arsenal were not in the team due to their national duties. So, Wenger requested him to play and he decided to spend the MLS off season playing for his old club.

HENRY WILL NOT MANAGE

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has confirmed that he would not like to become a manager in the future once he retires from playing, despite stating previously that he would one day like to manage a club.

The former French international has also said that he would like to remain in football as long as possible, but has ruled out the possibility of a management job as the only means to do so. One of the reasons for Henry ruling out management is that he does not believe that would be able to pass on knowledge he has secured from the likes of Arsene Wenger, according to the Arsenal news website.

Thierry Henry has also said that former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba should not be criticised for his decision to choose Chinese football over the United States football. It is very much thought that the United States football is on the ascendancy in recent seasons after the arrival of players like Thierry Henry and David Beckham. However, Didier Drogba is thought to be closer to a move to the Chinese regions, which does not have a significant presence of high profile players other than Nicolas Anelka. Henry has also said that he would not move to China if he was offered the same kind of wages as Nicolas Anelka.

“The more I think about it, it’s pretty difficult. You don’t think about it but you need to be a teacher [as a coach/manager]. Teaching isn’t easy. Sometimes you see things yourself but how do you pass it on?  When you know something and you’re talking to someone who just doesn’t get it … that must be hard. Some of the guys that you are talking about, they’ve been there and done that. I don’t know if you can put it down to a ‘no’ to MLS, I think it was just more of a choice. Nicolas, I’m sure, felt like he was more into being in China,” said Henry.

HENRY SUFFERS HAMSTRING INJURY

Thierry Henry made his MLS leading 9th goal in the 7th minute and then went down with a right hamstring hurt jus after fifteen minutes in the New York Red Bulls’ 1-0 win over the New England Revolution on Saturday.

Red Bulls coach Hans Backe said Henry’s injury is devastating for the team. This means Henry will be out of action for about a month. His guidance in every single practice session is priceless. It is a big loss for the team both on the field as well as and off the field. It will be tough going without at this moment.  The Red Bulls switched to 4-3-1 as a whole and 3-0-1 at home.

Rookie goalie Ryan Meara stopped 5 shots in registering his 1st MLS shutout which comprises of a diving stop on a blast by Lee Nguyen’s in time to defend the score line.

Meara said that each one of them struggled really hard for the match. It was entirely a team effort and they certainly deserved the win. It does not matter who is on the field to play, everyone feels positive and believes that they can end up on the winning side.

New England was defeated for the 4th time and has scored just 5 goals in the entire season.

Henry, who refused to face the media after the match, made an excellent progress to score. He utilized throw in from Connor Lade and tactically played it past Revolution left back player Stephen McCarthy to get through the ball. Henry then snapped a right footed shot over the goalie of New England Matt Reis, who came out of the goal to try and stop Thierry Henry.

ONE LAST SHOT AT GLORY

Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has said that he is looking forward to one shot at glory before returning to MLS side New York Red Bulls. Thierry Henry will be returning to the North American club at the end of the Champions League encounter with AC Milan at the San Siro. The last 16 tie is something that Arsenal will be looking forward to given that it remains their only option of winning a trophy this season aside from the FA Cup. Arsenal signed former legend Thierry Henry from MLS club New York Red Bulls in the January transfer window on a short-term loan deal.

He has proven to be a major hit in his second spell at the club. He made his debut in the match against Leeds United and scored in the very same match. Earlier, it was suggested that the return to Arsenal in his second spell would be damaging for Thierry Henry’s reputation. However, the goal against Leeds United immediately made him even more popular within the Arsenal fans. Now, he is coming to the end of his loan spell with the club. He will be moving to the North American club after the end of the AC Milan match.

“I will look back on it afterwards and see what happened. It has all been kind of unreal. It’s been a fantastic period for [Henry] coming back to the club that he supports and has done so much for. It’s a great story for him so far. If we can go [to Milan] and get a few goals and then come back to the Emirates then that’s going to be a fantastic result for us,” he said. Arsenal will be hoping for a score draw at the San Siro, as it will give them with great opportunity to progress into the next round.