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Wenger not worried over Martinez start 0

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested he is not too concerned by the fact that inexperienced goalkeeper Damian Emiliano Martinez will be in the starting line-up for the Champions League clash against Anderlecht.

Starting goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is suspended after seeing red against Galatasaray, while his back-up David Ospina is missing through a thigh problem and is expected to miss next three months of action.

That means that Arsene Wenger has no choice but to start 22-year-old Damian Martinez, who has made just two competitive appearances for the Gunners so far, featuring in Capital One Cup matches against Coventry and Reading during the 2012/2013 season.

Arsenal’s Premier League form in 2014 1

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal were unrivalled in the year of 2013, with Arsene Wenger’s side having won 35 of their 54 games played (65% win ratio) in all competitions.

In the 38 Premier League games played at the tail end of 2012/13 and the first-half of 2013/14, the Gunners picked up 25 wins, 7 draws, and just six defeats (82 points), which saw them at the summit on league form last year.

But 2014 has seen them looking considerably human, so how have the Londoners dared so far this year?

Arsene Wenger: “David Ospina will be out for three months” 0

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League clash against Anderlecht tonight, manager Arsene Wenger revealed Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina will be out of action for up to three months.

“It is exactly the same injury (suffered in the World Cup). He had his first injury at Nice – it was a knee problem and he was a bit rushed back and did not use his leg, so his muscle became weaker. Then he got injured in the World Cup. After that, he came to us injured after the World Cup and it took him two months to play again.”

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Posted on October 21, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal resume Champions League action on Wednesday with an away fixture against Anderlecht, with the Gunners desperate to make amends for weekend’s setback against Hull City as well as eager to make another step towards the knockout stages.

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Emiliano Martinez to start against Anderlecht in tomorrow’s Champions League clash 0

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With first-choice Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny suspended and second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina injured, Emiliano Martinez is set to start in goal for the Gunners ahead of their Champions League outing against Belgian giants Anderlecht.

Arsenal cannot afford any slip-ups, as they , but the defence in front of Martinez is already weakened, forcing Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers into the side. The London side are 4/5 to get all three points against Anderlecht tomorrow night, but it won’t be easy given their recent form.

Could Arsene Wenger take tactical tips from Sam Allardyce this season? 1

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With how well West Ham United have started the campaign with a completely different system under manager Sam Allardyce, could Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger learn from the Englishman in regard to how tactically flexible he’s been to pick up results?

Arsenal recently drew 2-2 at home to Hull City, which was the Gunners’ third game in a row that they have dropped points, and meant they’ve amassed just one victory from their last seven games. Wenger has rotated from just two tactics all season – a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-1-4-1. He’s been reticent to play two attackers from any game, due to fear of losing the ball in the middle of the park, despite having central midfield players boasting high levels of ball retention.

Anderlecht vs. Arsenal Champions League preview 0

Posted on October 21, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal visit Brussels on match day three of the Champions League as the Gunners face Anderlecht at the Constant Vanden Stock.

The Gunners have made a mixed start to their European campaign so far with a 2-0 defeat at Dortmund in the opening game and a convincing 4-1 victory over Galatasaray in their last outing.

Arsene Wenger’s side head to Belgium on the back of a disappointing 2-2 Premier League home draw with Hull on Saturday. England striker Danny Welbeck scored in stoppage-time to spare the Gunners blushes and rescue a point.

Greek starlet reveals failed Arsenal move 0

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas has revealed that Arsenal and Juventus both attempted to secure his services after the 2014 World Cup, but he ultimately decided to move to Stadio Olimpico.

The 23-year-old become one of Europe’s most sought-after players in the summer following some impressive performances for Olympiakos and Greece, having largely impressed at the World Cup finals.

Manolas was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates as Arsene Wenger reportedly made him the primary target to replace Thomas Vermaelen, but it appears the Professor once again missed out on a quality player.

Could Jurgen Klopp realistically replace Arsene Wenger in the coming years? 2

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been speaking about life after long-serving manager Arsene Wenger, and as a result a number of managers have been tipped to succeed the Frenchman. But there is one man who could genuinely replace Wenger when he calls time on his managerial career and that is Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp.

The German coach, 47, is held in the highest regard for leading BVB to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12, while also taking Dortmund to the Champions League final too. However, things have grown stale with him at Dortmund due to the Yellow and Blacks having sold key players to their title rivals, which has unsurprisingly led to a Bayern Munich dominance in the league.

Wenger needs to address side’s defensive frailties 0

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side need to tighten up at the back after conceding two goals against Hull City on the weekend. The Gunners drew 2-2 against Steve Bruce’s side, but now find themselves 11 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, while having conceded two or more goals in seven of their 14 games in all competitions.

“Where we are guilty is to give away two goals from nothing. Finding the balance is an issue. Last year we had 17 clean sheets with the same defenders but we have not started to do that yet. Our defensive efficiency is not there and we cannot survive at the top level by always conceding two goals.”

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