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Wenger hints at starting berth for Koscielny 0

Posted on November 28, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

French defender Laurent Koscielny has been passed fit for the Premier League clash against West Bromwich at the Hawthorns, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

The France international missed six weeks of action through Achilles injuries on both legs, with the Gunners largely struggling at the back in his absence. Koscielny finally returned into contention for midweek’s Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund, where he was an unused substitute.

And while there were fears over the defender’s fitness despite him being part of the group again, Arsene Wenger insists the experienced centre-back is fit to start, but has refused to disclose whether he will be recalled to the starting line-up this weekend.

West Brom vs. Arsenal Premier League preview 0

Posted on November 28, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal travels to the Hawthorns on Saturday to face West Brom in the Premier League.

The home side are currently 13th in the Premier League table, but are only three points clear of the relegation zone. The Baggies have suffered consecutive Premier League defeats against Newcastle and Chelsea last time out, as the Baggies were reduced to ten men with the dismissal of Claudio Yacob.

Alan Irvine’s side have won just once in their last six games in all competitions, which came at struggling Leicester. Baggies young striker Saido Berahino was arrested earlier this week for drink drinking, but the seven goal striker still looks set to feature in this clash.

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini wants to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal 0

Posted on November 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Reports from the Express have recently revealed Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini would want to manage Arsenal in the near future.

The Italian coach, formerly a Premier League winner with Manchester City, has admitted the English top flight would be an ideal destination for him, and that the Gunners could be a potential next job.

“Now, I would say the Premier League, but 10 years ago I would have answered Serie A. I always wanted to coach Arsenal, and who knows, there is still time. Then when I am 60, I can imagine myself as coach of the Azzurri (Italy),” said Mancini.

Jack Wilshere out for three months following ankle surgery 0

Posted on November 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be out of action for three months following successful ankle surgery. The England international, 22, picked up an ankle ligament injury in the 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United, following a challenge from Paddy McNair.

His loss will be a big blow to the Londoners as Wilshere has been in fine form for club and country. He’s shone in an England shirt playing at the base of a midfield diamond, and for Arsenal he’s showcased his wide range of passing, and box-to-box attributes.

Could Olivier Giroud start in attack for Arsenal against West Brom this weekend? 1

Posted on November 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are running out of option up front, with Yaya Sanogo having picked up an injury in last night’s 2-0 win against Borussia Dortmund, while Danny Welbeck was left out of the side completely due to an injury picked up.

It’s unknown whether either player will be fit enough to feature against West Bromwich Albion in the early Premier League kickoff on Saturday, which means Olivier Giroud could be in line to start against the Midlands outfit .

Giroud, 28, made his comeback against Manchester United last weekend, scoring after his introduction from the bench in the 2-1 home defeat, and while his fitness levels are likely to be low, Arsenal have no other viable option.

Can European success now lead to an upturn in form in the Premier League? 0

Posted on November 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After securing their place in the last-16 of the Champions League, Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has rallied the troops to replicate their European form in the Premier League ahead of their weekend clash against West Brom.

The Gunners won 2-0 at home to Borussia Dortmund last night, which booked their place in the next round of the Champions League, but also put them within distance of finishing top of the group if they can get a three point swing in the last game.

Positives to take from Arsenal victory over Dortmund 1

Posted on November 27, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night ensured the Gunners presence in the knockout stages of the competition for the 15th consecutive season. The win was a tonic for Arsenal fans after three games without a win and two successive defeats.

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In truth the visitors are in poor form. Their four Champions League victories are in contrast to their poor results in the Bundesliga. Dortmund are currently 16th in their domestic league, so the victory is not so impressive and should not cover over the cracks.

Mikel Arteta and Yaya Sanogo added to injury list 0

Posted on November 27, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal enjoyed a brilliant 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, but the win did come at a cost as both Mikel Arteta and Yaya Sanogo picked up injuries in the process, Arsene Wenger has revealed.

The Gunners recovered well from back to back defeats to Swansea and Manchester United, and produced a very good display to defeat the German giants and secure their place in the Champions League knockout stages.

It was Yaya Sanogo who opened the scoring after he had been surprisingly included in the starting line-up, before Alexis Sanchez scored another excellent goals to kill off the game and continue his scoring run.

Arsenal claim victory over Dortmund in the Champions League 0

Posted on November 26, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal defeated Dortmund 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night and sealed qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The Gunners made a flying start and were ahead after just two minutes. The young French striker played a one-two with Santi Cazorla on the edge of the Dortmund box, before firing a low shot past Roman Weidenfeller from inside the penalty box. Sanogo saw an effort on goal blocked on nine minutes.

The next chance arrived for the Gunners on 14 minutes, as Santi Cazorla found Alexis Sanchez in the Dortmund area with a ball over the top of the Dortmund defence, but the Chilean completely miss-hit his effort on goal and the danger was cleared.

Arsenal v Dortmund – Get 7/2 on Arsenal to Win and Both Teams to Score 0

Posted on November 26, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal resume their Champions League campaign following yet another disappointing defeat in the Premiership that saw them slip to eighth in the Premier League standings, so no doubts Arsene Wenger will want to see an improvement from his charges.

The Gunners have received some good news this week seeing as how Laurent Koscielny was passed fit to face the Millionaires, but Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Wojciech Szczesny and Olivier Giroud are all unavailable.

Their opponents Borussia Dortmund may have won all four Champions League matches this season, but they largely struggle on domestic stage, having slipped to Bundesliga relegation zone following the 2-2 draw with Paderborn.



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