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Arsenal win at Villa to recover from European defeat 0

Posted on September 20, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal bounced back from their midweek Champions League defeat at Dortmund by hammering high-flying Aston Villa 3-0 at Villa Park on Saturday.

The home side made the brighter start to the game and the first chance of the game arrived on three minutes. Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny got down low to superbly save a Fabian Delph shot.

On six minutes it was Arsenal’s turn to have an effort on goal, as Danny Welbeck curled an effort well over the bar. The home side had the next attempt on goal on 17 minutes, as full-back Alan Hutton headed off target from an Andreas Weimann’s corner kick.

Could Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain come in today? 0

Posted on September 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could well make some changes for his side’s difficult trip to Villa Park this afternoon, with playmaker Mesut Ozil likely to be dropped due to poor form.

The German international hasn’t coped well with being played out of position for Arsenal at times this season, and he put in a woeful display in the 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund recently.

Wenger has continued to defend him, but he may well bring in Santi Cazorla in his place this afternoon against a dogged Aston Villa side buoyed by their recent form.

Is this to be Mikel Arteta’s last season? 0

Posted on September 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

It’s already been a testing season for Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, with the Spaniard being moved in and out of the side, while suffering from poor form too.

The 32-year-old was named as the official club captain this season after Thomas Vermaelen was sold to Barcelona, but he’s showing his age on the pitch, and his influence in the midfield has been weaning.

Arteta was one of the worst players on the pitch in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in midweek, and there are still no reports on him extending his deal past this summer.

Arsenal keep tabs on Edinson Cavani 2

Posted on September 19, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Daily Express has suggested that Arsenal are considering a winter swoop for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who is reportedly becoming unsettled at Parc des Princes.

Reputable French newspaper L’Equipe revealed few days ago that the Uruguayan had become increasingly frustrated with Laurent Blanc for playing him on the wing and he is ready to quit the Saints at the earliest opportunity.

Namely, Cavani had been promised a central role when he joined from Napoli and he has instead been used on right and left wing as superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the preferred centre forward in a 4-3-3 formation.

Injury update ahead of the Aston Villa game 0

Posted on September 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury update for their Aston Villa clash on Saturday. The Gunners are 17/20 to get all three points at Villa Park on Saturday, but who will be in and out?

Spanish defender Nacho Monreal will be out of action. Kieran Gibbs came in for the left-back against Borussia Dortmund in their midweek Champions League game, and it appears Monreal may be sidelined for a little while.

“He will miss the game on Saturday,” said Wenger. “It’s his back and it’s always difficult to predict, we don’t really know. I don’t think it will be long-term.”

Will Arsenal regret overlooking Morgan Schneiderlin’s following his bright start with Southampton? 1

Posted on September 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been in desperate need of a combative midfielder to help nullify the threat of the opposition in big games. Mikel Arteta recently put in an awful performance as a holding midfielder in their Champions League defeat against Borussia Dortmund, which has led supporters to question why a ball-winner wasn’t brought in.

Mathieu Flamini was praised upon his re-arrival last summer, but his performance levels dropped considerably during the campaign, meaning Arsenal have no trusty holding midfielder to protect the backline.

This summer, both Arsenal and Tottenham were looking to sign Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, but the Gunners pulled out of the deal long before Tottenham were issued with a hands-off warning.

Aston Villa vs. Arsenal Premier League preview 0

Posted on September 19, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal faces a tricky trip to Aston Villa’s Villa Park on Saturday afternoon. The Villans have started their campaign in surprisingly good fashion, having collected ten points from a possible 12 in the Premier League. In fact it has been the Villans best start to a season in 16 years.

Villa has also kept three clean sheets in their three top-flight wins and one draw so far this season. The side from the Midlands had to shop in the bargain basement for signings this summer, but they have made a solid start to the campaign.

Lassana Diarra linked with Emirates return 1

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

The latest media reports are suggesting that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering a swoop for former Gunner Lassana Diarra, who was on the verge of joining Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day.

While the Frenchman is also thinking of ways to reinforce his back line in the aftermath of Mathieu Debuchy’s ankle injury, he remains in the hunt for a combative holding midfielder as well.

Seeing as how neither Mikel Arteta not Mathieu Flamini have impressed in the opening exchanges, the Gunners are being linked with a move for French footballer Lassana Diarra.

Why does Joel Campbell continue to be overlooked? 4

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has played just 21 minutes of football in the senior team this season, despite manager Arsene Wenger previously revealing that the 22-year-old would play a key role in the side.

Campbell impressed during his loan spell with Olympiacos last season, and was outstanding for Costa Rica in this summer’s World Cup. His form for club and country led to him being recalled to the Arsenal first-team as an attacking option in case of injury to Olivier Giroud. But Campbell is low down in the pecking order, and can’t seem to get a game this season.

Is Wenger to blame for Mesut Ozil’s poor showings? 5

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has come under a lot of criticism for a series of woeful performances playing on the left wing for the Gunners this season. But is it manager Arsene Wenger who is at fault for continuing to play him out of position?

Ozil doesn’t possess as much natural pace over long distances as a number of his teammates, so playing on the wing will already be a setback for him. He also plays his best football in the centre of the pitch too, when given somewhat of a free role to find space in the final third, so why does Wenger persist playing him on the wing?

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