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Mikel Arteta signs new one-year deal 0

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has signed a new one-year contract with the Gunners, according to his official representative Inaki Ibanez, with the official announcement yet to be made.

The 32-year-old’s previous contract was due to expire at the end of the season, with the Spaniard having signed a four-year deal when he arrived from Everton in the summer of 2011.

And with the midfielder suffering a serious ankle injury, many believed that he would almost certainly be leaving the club at the end of the current campaign.

Is all Arsenal need for Premier League success just a fully fit squad for the vast majority of the season? 1

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s last Premier League title came in 2004, with the infamous “Invincibles” going the entire league season unbeaten over 38 games. Since then, they haven’t managed to finish at the summit, but still boast a squad strong enough to do so if they could keep the players together.

“We have to consider every injury individually. Most of the injuries we’ve had are joint problems and accidental problems and there are post-World Cup traumatic injuries. When your bodies are not really prepared it’s demanding. Is that the only explanation? I don’t know but I cannot deny that we’ve had more injuries than planned,” said manager Arsene Wenger in December.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tipping returning trio to lead Arsenal to success 0

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the return of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott will see the Gunners enjoy a much better second-half to the season.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been unfortunate with injuries, but still has the side on course in the three major competitions, with a top-four finish in the Premier League achievable, while the Gunners are also in the fifth round of the FA Cup & into the last-16 of the Champions League.

Are Arsenal going to have to sign a left-back for injury-prone Kieran Gibbs? 1

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s first-choice left-back is Kieran Gibbs when fit, but the England international spends far too much time on the treatment table. His ability hasn’t been in question, with the 25-year-old being among the best in the Premier League last season, but Arsenal will be left with no choice but to sign a new arrival if Gibbs cannot prove his fitness over the course of the season.

In 2013/14, the Gunners academy product averaged a tackle or interception every 17 minutes in the Premier League, and played his part in Arsenal boasting the joint-most amount of clean sheets that season too. But Gibbs missed 10 Premier League games through injury, making a total of just 24 league starts.

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina: “Nobody gives an inch in the physical Premier League” 0

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina believes he’s adapting in the Premier League following his move from Nice in the summer, and admitted how difficult it has been to get use to such a physical and unforgiving division.

The Colombian shot-stopper has been in decent form of late since replacing Wojciech Szczesny between the sticks, keeping two clean sheets in his last three games. He says he is getting used to the Premier League, while thanking centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny for their help to protect him.

Arsenal drawn against Middlesbrough in FA Cup 0

Posted on January 27, 2015 by David Nugent

FA Cup holders Arsenal have been drawn against Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The Gunners host the high-flying Championship outfit at the Emirates Stadium, after dispatching their second tier rivals Brighton 3-2 in the fourth round on Sunday.


With the Gunners being in the fifth round and the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City suffering shock fourth round exits the Gunners are now favourites to win the trophy at odds of 9/4. With the Premier League’s top two now out of the competition Arsene Wenger’s men have to fancy their chances of winning the trophy.

Arsenal sign Villarreal defender Paulista 0

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have completed the signing of Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista, with the 24-year-old having been awarded a work permit, for a deal said to be worth around £15M with Joel Campbell going in the opposite direction on loan.

Manager Arsene Wenger previously revealed the deal to sign Paulista could be completed today, saying: “Paulista is a central defender but he can also play on the flanks. He is tall and pacy. He has a good chance to adapt to English football. I see good potential in him. The deal could be done before the FA Cup draw (on Monday).”

Tomas Rosicky still proving his worth despite advancing age 0

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s long -serving midfielder Tomas Rosicky has been given a run of games in the side by manager Arsene Wenger, and the Czech Republic international hasn’t let him down. Rosicky, 34, scored and grabbed an assist in Arsenal’s 3-2 FA Cup win against Championship strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion, and was singled out for praise by teammate Theo Walcott after assisting the England forward with a clever pass.

“Tomas does (no-look passes) all the time in training. It gets me all the time! He has that quality going forward, I love the way that he turns and breaks,” said the former Southampton man.

Arsenal defeat Brighton in the FA Cup 0

Posted on January 25, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal made it through to the fifth round of the FA Cup by winning 3-2 at Championship Brighton on Sunday in an entertaining encounter.

Arsenal enjoyed the perfect start to the game taking the lead after only two minutes. Calum Chambers got down the wing and found winger Theo Walcott in the area. The England international controlled the ball before driving an effort superbly past David Stockdale.

On six minutes Aaron Ramsey saw an effort from the edge of the area deflect wide of goal by a Brighton defender. On 21 minutes Gunners midfielder Tomas Rosicky saw an effort go wide of goal from just outside the penalty box.

Arsenal’s FA Cup chances greater following shock exits this weekend 0

Posted on January 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal perhaps couldn’t believe their luck when they saw the amount of surprise FA Cup exits this weekend. The holders, who beat Hull City in last summer’s final at Wembley, were already looking to retain the competition, will have been paying attention to the results on Saturday afternoon that now gives them a real chance at going all the way once more.

Chelsea lost 4-2 at Stamford Bridge against League One outfit Bradford City, Manchester City lost 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium to Championship high-flyers Middlesbrough, Tottenham lost 2-1 at White Hart Lane against Premier League strugglers Leicester City, Southampton lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace at St Mary’s, and Swansea City lost away to Blackburn Rovers.

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