In today’s news roundup, French striker Olivier Giroud will be looking to bounce back against Everton on Sunday after a disappointing outing against Monaco this past Wednesday. Giroud – who admitted that he put on a below-par performance – will be seeking redemption against the Toffees who visit the Emirates today.
Elsewhere Alexis Sanchez has revealed that Arsene Wenger won’t let him train. The Chilean international admitted that he sometimes wants to train more than is allowed and the boss won’t take any of that. These and more stories in today’s news roundup.
Striker looking to bounce back against Everton.
Olivier Giroud had a forgettable performance on Wednesday night against Monaco that saw him substituted in the 60th minute. The French international was unable to repeat the clinical performances he exhibited against Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace, missing an array of goal scoring chances.
The 28-year-old admitted that he was left embarrassed by his performance, knowing that he can do much better.
“I am not a better or worse player than three days ago, it is just about confidence and keeping [strong],” he told Arsenal Player.”
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“I am really hurting, more than disappointed, it has been embarrassing for me. But I have never given up in my career and sometimes I have had tough games like that before.”
“When you are a striker people expect more from you. I did well recently and scored a lot of goals, but when you miss chances it is like that – you have to question yourself. I will keep working hard and bounce back as soon as possible.”
Hopefully he does.
Wenger won’t let Alexis train.
Alexis Sanchez is without a doubt an incredible worker and team player. However, a report from Fox Sports reveals the Chilean international trains so hard that Arsene Wenger has to stop him.
The 26-year old has been sensational since moving from Catalunya in the summer after a successful £30 million bid by the Gunners.
“Sometimes I want to train more than necessary and [Wenger] won’t let me! But he knows better than me,” he said.
“He is an example to young players and he has years of experience in football.”
After sustaining an injury, it’s safe to say that Alexis has had somewhat of a goal drought going by his high standards. Nonetheless, I have no doubt that the forward will quickly find his form due to his incredible work rate.
Wenger: The season doesn’t stop after Monaco loss.
Manager Arsene Wenger was left disgruntled and disheartened after the 3-1 loss to Ligue One side AS Monaco on Wednesday night in the Champions League, ESPN reports. The gaffer has made the team recap on game changing moments in the match by watching replay videos of the game, with the hope of psychologically preparing them for the Premier League match against Everton.
“It is always hard [to watch the match again], it is hard to see that you make mistakes,” he said.
“We are all human beings. We were born without any guarantee that we would not make mistakes. What is difficult is switching my mindset from disappointment [of defeat] to Premier League.”
Despite admitting watching the replay video was difficult, Wenger revealed that it was an opportunity for them to set things right.
“It is a very good opportunity for us to put things right again. Having watched the game again, we started quite well and the goal against us was a big blow. We were shocked that we were 1-0 down after we rushed our game.”
The performance was disappointing in every sense of the word, but the lesson was learnt. Time to bounce back.
Legend blasts ‘disrespectful’ Jose Mourinho.
According to a piece in the Daily Mail, Arsenal legend Martin Keown has claimed that Chelsea boss has disrespected the Premier League through his propaganda. Mourinho has boldly expressed his dissatisfaction with Premier League referees, insisting that there is a conspiracy to victimize his side.
The former Arsenal defender has come out and slammed the Portuguese manager, insisting there is no such thing as a conspiracy against his side.
“There’s no conspiracy,” he said.
“It’s all propaganda from Jose Mourinho.”
“It was a big statement for him to go on Sky – a company he doesn’t have the best of relationships with – and say they, and referees, don’t give him a fair deal.”
“I think it’s disrespectful to the Premier League and everything it stands for. Fair competition is the basis of every good competition – if you win the Premier League, you deserve to.”
In my view, Mourinho should focus on getting his boys to play the way they did at the start of the season, rather than blaming the referees when they don’t.