Sport Mikel Arteta celebrates Arsenal's 2-0 win over Napoli

Arsenal sit top of both the Premier League and their Champions League group although Arteta admits that they still have someway to go to replicate Arsene Wenger's unbeaten side of 2003-04

Arsenal players were wary of Arsene Wenger admits Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott has admitted he did not dare look Arsene Wenger in the eye after the Gunners threw away a four-goal lead at Newcastle on Saturday.

Gibbs backs skipper Fabregas

Kieran Gibbs has backed Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas' leadership qualities, insisting the 23-year-old has a wise head on young shoulders.



Arsenal need leaders at back, admits Wenger

Arsene Wenger has admitted that his players need to improve their communication if they are to stay in contention for trophies. Arsenal conceded a late goal on Wednesday night, costing them a win at Wigan Athletic, and Wenger suggested in the aftermath that his defenders are negligent in organising themselves and reluctant to communicate with each other.

United don't scare us any more, says Nasri

Frenchman insists Evra's gibes merely give Arsenal added motivation

'Big five' enter crucial spell but who will be top come new year?

Chelsea are stumbling, City have easier fixtures and Arsenal have hit form. The festive period could be decisive.

Ramsey gets through first reserve outing since injury

Aaron Ramsey does not intend to "jump back in" as he looks to make up for lost time by returning to the Arsenal first team after nine months on the sidelines.

Arsene Wenger concerned by Abou Diaby injury

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger today revealed his concern over Abou Diaby's ankle injury, admitting he is not sure when the midfielder will be able to play again.

Arsenal lose Gibbs again but Van Persie close to return

The Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs has been ruled out for "a few weeks" with the knee injury he sustained against Newcastle United on Wednesday. The loss of Gibbs was tempered, however, by news that Robin van Persie and Aaron Ramsey are set to resume training by the end of next week.

Players must take responsibility says Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes it is too easy for players to hide behind their manager when they commit X-rated challenges - and maintains everyone is responsible for their own actions.

Gibbs injury only short term

Arsenal have confirmed England defender Kieran Gibbs suffered only a minor foot injury during the 4-1 Carling Cup victory at Tottenham last night, and is set to be out of action for only the "short term".

Redknapp compares Ranieri to Socrates

Harry Redknapp is set to unveil a Brazilian who reminds him of the legendary Socrates against Arsenal in the Carling Cup tonight.

Fabregas backs Almunia to keep Arsenal secure

The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas maintains goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has the complete trust of the team as they start their European campaign this week against Braga.

'Fabregas will be the Arsenal captain this season,' insists Wenger

The inevitable question, Arsène Wenger said yesterday, had an inevitable answer. "I always said that Cesc Fabregas will be our captain next year and that we want to keep him.

Wenger issues title challenge to Fabregas

Arsene Wenger has challenged wantaway captain Cesc Fabregas to help drive the Gunners towards Barclays Premier League title next season.

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