Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski returns to the club this summer after a loan spell with Italian Serie A side Inter Milan, but is unlikely to force his way back into the team for next season. The German international was on the periphery in the first-half of the campaign for the Gunners, which saw manager Arsene Wenger loan him out to Italy to get game time.
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Arsenal offered a new deal to experienced deep-lying midfielder Mikel Arteta earlier this season, which would have been a surprise to many given the lack of game time he’s had during the campaign, but is manager Arsene Wenger looking to give the Spaniard a key role in the side for 2015/16?
Arteta, 33, played just 450 minutes of Premier League football, struggling with injuries and competition in the midfield, but he could be utilised in his deeper-role for next season alongside combative Francis Coquelin to make the side more defensively sound. Santi Cazorla has operated in a central role in the second-half of the season, but Wenger clearly has plans for Arteta too.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere scored his first Premier League goal of 2015, as his side thrashed West Bromwich Albion 4-1 at the Emirates stadium this afternoon.
The England international has hardly played in the division due to injury and the competition keeping him out of the starting lineup, but he signed off on a positive note with a fantastic effort on the final day.
Wilshere capitalised on West Brom’s inability to clear their lines from a set piece, belting in a strike from 20 yards just 17 minutes into the match. He celebrated with the club physio Declan Lynch, who is leaving the side this summer to work for Rugby Union side Bath.
Arsenal earned a convincing 4-1 win against West Bromwich Albion in their last Premier League game of the season, and defender Gabriel stood out for his performances. The Gunners centre-back was the standout player in the back four of Arsene Wenger’s side, making four interceptions, 10 clearances, and bagging himself an assist for his troubles.
Supporters haven’t seen too much of the Brazilian since his winter arrival, as the Londoners have had their strongest backline available to them in the second-half of the season, but Gabriel has performed well in the games he’s featured in. The 24-year-old was signed from Spanish La Liga side Villarreal in the winter transfer window, and has shown great promise in the early months of his career at the Emirates.
Arsenal rounded their Premier League campaign off in style as they defeated West Brom 4-1 at the Emirates on Sunday. Theo Walcott was the star of the show as he scored a first half hat-trick.
The game started in a quick manner, as Arsenal winger Theo Walcott saw an effort blocked in the West Brom area and the Gunners were ahead on four minutes. A good team move saw Walcott find the top corner of the net with a powerful effort.
Arsenal continued to come forward and on six minutes Alexis Sanchez whipped a free-kick towards goal, but the effort was too high and went over the bar.
Arsenal supporters are once again looking to next season to the Londoners to push for domestic honours in the form of the Premier League, citing fitness and world-class individuals key to their hopes of toping the table next May.
Most sides have something that sets them apart from the rest that would give reason to believe they can do it over 38-games, but Arsenal don’t. Have they done anything better than the rest of the Premier League sides this season?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently revealed midfielder Tomas Rosicky will remain at the club this summer, and should play a part next season too. The French coach is expecting his long-serving playmaker to sign a new deal that keeps him at the Emirates past the end of the season, and refuted rumours suggesting Rosicky would be used to lure Petr Cech to the club when the summer transfer window opens.
Arsenal’s season is once again down to interpretation, with supporters torn on how the Gunners’ performances have been over the course of the campaign. Their form in 2015 was formidable until a few weeks ago, where they dropped points in four of their last five Premier League outings, and now they are on course for a bittersweet finish.
Arsene Wenger’s men are on course to finish third in the Premier League, but with a points per game average worse than two. They have lost seven games from 37 played in the division, which is keeping them at least arm’s length from the sides above them in the table. By comparison, Chelsea had only lost two games before sealing the title, and last season three teams ahead of the Gunners lost less games than Arsenal.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott impressed in the 0-0 draw against Sunderland on Wednesday night, with the England international come close to scoring the winning goal at the death. The former Southampton man brilliantly accelerated from a challenge on the right flank, and worked his way into the box for a scoring opportunity, but found his shot saved.
After the game, Walcott’s performance was put to manager Arsene Wenger, who tried to play down any questions of why the 26-year-old still remains on the bench, despite looking fit enough to start. The forward himself did saw in his post-match interview that he needs more minutes on the pitch to hit some form, but his manager doesn’t seem keen to allow it just yet.
Arsenal were held to a goalless draw at home to Sunderland on Wednesday night, which was the third game on the bounce in their own backyard that they’ve failed to score in. The Gunners certainly haven’t been without their chances in all three games, but have been guilty of profligacy which has ultimately cost them nine points in recent weeks home and away.
After the Sunderland stalemate, manager Arsene Wenger admitted he’s never pleased to have not won a game, but there were many aspects of the game that he did enjoy, mainly the performances of his attacking players. There were positives to take from the game, but ultimately Arsenal are ending the season poorly after so much promise of finishing at least second a matter of weeks ago.