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Arsenal’s Benik Afobe impressing during loan spell with MK Dons 1

Posted on September 01, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be paying attention to the scoring antics of striker Benik Afobe this season.

The 21-year-old, who currently plays for MK Dons on loan, has been in fine form at the start of the campaign – scoring four goals from six games in all competitions.

He was particularly impressive against Manchester United during his side’s 4-0 win against the 2012/13 Premier League champions in the Capital One Cup second round recently.

Afobe, an Arsenal academy product, has been loaned out to a host of clubs in the past in order to find some form and impress his manager. The England U21 international played for Huddersfield Town, Reading, Bolton, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday.

Vlaar & Nastasic linked with Arsenal on deadline day 1

Posted on September 01, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been looking a signing another defender as the Londoners have little in the way of squad depth at the back. Calum Chambers was brought in this summer, but he is the club’s only cover option at right-back and centre-back as things stand.

Aston Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar is one player that Arsenal are said to have made a “polite enquiry” for, and Manchester City’s Matija Nastasic is another defender option. Vlaar is 3/1 to join Arsenal before the window closes.

Will Podolski finally get game time against Leicester City this afternoon? 0

Posted on August 31, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski being an unused substitute in the Gunners Champions League playoff win against Besiktas, questions are still being asked about where his future lies.

Arsene Wenger’s side next face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium this afternoon, and while Podolski will likely make the bench, it’s unknown if the German international will finally get some minutes under his belt this season.

Following Germany’s World Cup triumph in the summer, Arsenal trio of German players (Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski & Per Mertesacker) were given an extended leave to rest. However, Podolski is the only player from the three not to have played any minutes of football this season, and rumours are suggesting he will be leaving.

Should Arsenal make last-ditch bid for Remy? 2

Posted on August 31, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Chelsea are reportedly close to signing Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy after triggering his £8M release clause, should Arsenal make a last-minute bid to sign him?

Liverpool were on the cusp of procuring his signature earlier this summer, but pulled out of the deal, with reports from the Liverpool camp suggesting he failed a medical.

Gunners striker Olivier Giroud is out of action until the New Year, and his stand-in, Alexis Sanchez, is new to the Premier League and will take time to find his feet. However, manager Arsene Wenger appears keen to entrust him with the scoring duties and to rely on his squad for attacking options.

Striker crisis: Joel Campbell could be on his way to Benfica 0

Posted on August 30, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Various reports are suggesting Arsenal forward Joel Campbell could be joining Portuguese Liga side Benfica this summer, with the player’s agent reportedly in talks with the club over a deal.

It’s a surprise as the Costa Rica attacker shone while on loan with Olympiakos last season, in this summer’s World Cup with the South American outfit, and as Arsenal having two strikers still currently sidelined with injury.

So Wenger will surely be procuring another striker before the transfer window shuts? He’s been typically coy on any movement for a Giroud replacement so far, but the Londoners will be short up front if Campbell is allowed to leave.

What can Arsene Wenger do with Mesut Ozil? 2

Posted on August 30, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended criticism against playmaker Mesut Ozil, describing the German international as “intelligent” and “perfect”. The midfielder has been playing as a makeshift winger this season, but has struggled to shine.

“People are very harsh on Ozil because he’s a player who is easy with his play. Everything he does is intelligent and the timing of absolutely everything he does is absolutely perfect. You never catch him giving the ball too late. There aren’t many players like that.”

Can Alexis Sanchez fill the Giroud void until the New Year? 0

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez has been playing a centre-forward for the Gunners this season, and did score an important goal in his last game against Besiktas to aid Arsenal in progressing in the Champions League group stages.

But the Chilean isn’t the same as Giroud in attack, who can hold up the ball and bring others into play. So can he really fill the void?

Sanchez had a poor game against Everton in the 2-2 draw, and his substitution saw Giroud come on in his place and score a late qualifier, while changing the game when he was introduced in the second-half.

Can Arsenal finally top their group and avoid an impossible second round tie? 0

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been drawn in Group D of the Champions League this season, with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, Turkish club Galatasaray, and Belgian outfit Anderlecht.

As per the rules of the Champions League, the group winners play another group’s runners-up, so you’re rewarded for success and punished for not doing good enough.

But the Gunners have only topped their group once in the last four seasons, which has meant their Champions League campaign ends prematurely with a difficult second round tie against a group winner such as Bayern Munich or Barcelona.

Could Mattia Destro be a good addition to the Arsenal attack? 0

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal have lost their first-choice striker Olivier Giroud until 2015, the Londoners should be looking at bringing in a replacement. While manager Arsene Wenger is adamant his squad have more than enough attacking options, AS Roma forward Mattia Destro should be on his radar.

Last season, the 23-year-old scored 13 goals in 15 starts, his best goal-to-game ratio to date. But that wasn’t what is so impressive about this striker. He was one of the most deadly finishers in world football in 2013/14, scoring with 34% of all his shots taken.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud out for four months with broken ankle 0

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed supporters’ worst fears that striker Olivier Giroud will be out of action until the New Year with a broken ankle

“Giroud had surgery for a broken tibia and he will be out for three to four months on the competitive side. He’ll be capable to play again in the Premier League at the end of December.”

The French international picked up the injury in the 2-2 draw against Everton, but initially Wenger was unsure to the striker’s prognosis upon limping off in the dying minutes.



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