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Wenger hints at changes for Everton game 0

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that he is ready to make changes to his starting line-up for Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Everton following the disappointing performance against Monaco.

The Gunners suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat to the French side in midweek and are now on the verge of crashing out of the Champions League, with the Professor looking to see an instant response from his side.

With so many players failing to impress against Monaco, Wenger could be forgiven for making wholesale changes to the side, although he will probably resist temptation to do so.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has minor ankle surgery 0

Posted on February 27, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere has had minor surgery on his ankle. Wilshere has become increasing injury-prone in recent seasons, but Wenger believes he will be back in action in days not weeks.

Surgery

Wenger confirmed the fact that Wilshere had surgery by telling Sky Sports: “Jack has had surgery to take two screws off his ankle because they were irritating him but it’s a very minor procedure – he’ll be out for a few days.

Have Arsenal gone backwards this season? 0

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s 3-1 home defeat to AS Monaco in the Champions League second round has capped what has been a disappointing season for the Gunners. Supporters are once again at odds with their long-serving manager for a perceived lack of progression, but are they wrong?

After last season’s seven-month title challenge and FA Cup triumph, Arsene Wenger’s men and see their top-four hopes still being questioned, and they look to be crashing out of Europe. They are still on course to retain the FA Cup, but have they improved from last season?

Is Per Mertesacker’s time up with Arsenal? 1

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker put in a woeful display against AS Monaco in the first leg of the Champions League second round on Wednesday, and it caps what has been a poor season for the German international.

Mertesacker, 30, hasn’t been the same since his World Cup triumph with Germany last summer, and supporters should have seen the signs after he admitted struggling to motivate himself for the gunners earlier in the campaign. His performance against Monaco was particularly woeful, and it’s been one of many disappointing showings from the German.

Monaco defeat not the end of the world 1

Posted on February 26, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

There is no denying that Arsenal missed a glorious chance to edge closer to the Champions League quarter-final by suffering a disappointing 3-1 loss to Monaco at the Emirates, but there is still time to save this season.

The Gunners had every right to feel optimistic about their chances after they were pitted against arguably the weakest side in Pot 1, and things looked even better for Arsene Wenger’s charges as the Principality club arrived in North London without several important players.

Dream Champions League tie turns into a nightmare for Arsenal 1

Posted on February 26, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s so called ‘dream draw’ in the last-16 of the Champions League turned into a nightmare, as French side Monaco came to the Emirates Stadium and grabbed a 3-1 win on Wednesday night in the first leg of the tie. It was a terrible night for Arsene Wenger’s side against one of the Frenchman’s former-clubs.

Surprise

I doubt many fans saw this coming, even Monaco fans. The Ligue One outfit are a team who regularly keep clean sheets, but do not score many goals. In all six of their Champions League group games they scored just four goals, yet they raised their game to fire home three goals in north London.

Monaco claim surprise victory at Arsenal 1

Posted on February 25, 2015 by David Nugent

The Gunners had an early effort on goal, as Danny Welbeck fired wide of goal from inside the area, after French midfielder Francis Coquelin had found the forward with a clipped ball over the top.

Arsenal then dominated possession for a period, without creating any clear-cut chances until the 24rd minute, as Olivier Giroud’s header from a Santi Cazorla corner deflected wide of goal.

The next attempt on goal did not come until 33 minutes, as Alexis Sanchez fired over from inside the penalty area after Mesut Ozil found the Chilean. On 36 minutes the Gunners broke again. This time Hector Bellerin broke down the wing strode forward and found Giroud in the area, who fired over the bar.

AS Monaco to park the bus at the Emirates tonight 0

Posted on February 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s attacking squad will face a challenge when they lock horns with Monaco in the Champions League second round this evening. The French Ligue 1 club are known for playing a counter-attacking style to get results, which leads to them boasting a very impressive defensive record.

The principality have conceded just one goal in the Champions League this season, and have shipped only one goal in their last 10 Ligue 1 games. Monaco will make life incredibly difficult for Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger’s men have often come unstuck to a side so defensively disciplined.

Arsenal v Monaco – Giroud to Score and Arsenal to Win is 9/4 0

Posted on February 25, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Having secured a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals and also seriously improved their top 4 chances in the Premiership with a string of impressive results, Arsenal resume their Champions League campaign by hosting Monaco at the Emirates.

The Gunners have plenty of reason for optimism after winning eight of last nine matches in all competitions, with Arsene Wenger also having most key men available for selection unlike his Monaco counterpart.

The Principality club coach Leonardo Jardim will be without Jeremy Toulalan though suspension, while Ricardo Carvalho, Andrea Raggi, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Lacina Traore are out injured and Layvin Kurzawa and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco are doubtful.

Jack Wilshere set to miss Monaco game 1

Posted on February 24, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

England hotshot Jack Wilshere could miss tomorrow’s Champions League match against French giants Monaco, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested.

The highly rated midfielder recently resumed training following a three-month spell on the sidelines, and he was included in the match squad for weekend’s Premier League fixture with Crystal Palace.

Wilshere watched on from the bench as Arsenal enjoyed a hard-fought triumph at Selhurst Park and it appears he will play no part in the Champions League encounter with Monaco either.

The Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has moved to suggest that the 23-year-old was allowed to skip training on Tuesday, but the good news is there has been no setback for the England starlet.



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