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Arsenal draw Paris Saint-Germain in the group stages of the Champions League 0

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been drawn with perennial French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, Swiss Super League title-winners FC Basel and Bulgarian Parva Liga champions Ludogorets Razgrad in Group A of the Champions League for this season. Arsenal will be expected to take six points off Ludogorets, while beating Basel on home soil and taking at least one point off PSG at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have consistently made it through the group stages of the competition for 16 seasons, but will be desperate to finally surpass the last-16 for the first time since 2010. Arsenal have a point to prove in Europe as a result, and owe the fans something to cheer about after last season’s disastrous group stage campaign.

Arsenal set to sign Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi 1

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to BBC Sport, Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi. The German international looked set to stay at the Mestalla Stadium this summer with Arsenal previously failing to meet Valencia’s asking price, but a fee of £35M has been agreed and personal terms were finalised days earlier.

Mustafi was the number one target on the Gunners’ shortlist after losing Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista to long-term injuries, and manager Arsene Wenger will be looking to develop him in the coming years to reach the level of Laurent Koscielny. The 24-year-old has the potential, representing his country in the 2016 European Championships, and has been keen to push the deal through.

Who is Arsenal’s new signing Lucas Perez? 1

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are set to sign Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez this summer after meeting his £17M release clause. The Spanish centre-forward, coming off his most prolific campaign, will provide competition for first-choice Olivier Giroud in attack, while also being capable to operate on either flank. The 27-year-old might not be directly fighting with Giroud for a place in the side due to the amount of games he’s operated in as a wide forward, but who is Lucas?

Arsenal’s Champions League draw could go either way 0

Posted on August 25, 2016 by David Nugent

The draw for the group stages of the Champions League will take place at 5PM today. The Gunners will be expected to make it out of their group whatever happens, as they have done for the last 16 years.

In truth, the Gunners draw could be difficult or it could be comfortable. How the side from north London do in the competition will be determined by their draw.

A comfortable draw last season

Talking about comfortable draws, last season looked to be a comfortable draw for the Gunners, as they were drawn alongside the likes of Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb, with Bayern Munich inevitable group winners of course.

Will Wenger regret Koscielny omission in Arsenal’s Premier League opener to Liverpool? 0

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

After being hit with injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made the controversial decision to go into the new Premier League season with Calum Chambers and Rob Holding at the heart of the defence against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium, and such inexperience was eventually telling as the visitors ran out 4-3 winners.

Laurent Koscielny, who was afforded a late summer holiday, watched on as his teammates struggled to deal with a fast-paced attack from the Liverpool players, but the Frenchman did return for the trip to the King Power Stadium to face defending champions Leicester City – helping Arsenal to keep a clean sheet against a dangerous City frontline.

Debuchy keen to leave Arsenal but wants to stay in London 0

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy is expecting to leave the club before the summer transfer window closes, but the destination is unknown due to his preference of staying in London. The French international has been keen to depart the Emirates Stadium after losing his place in the side to Hector Bellerin, but would rather remain in the capital which limits his options.

Debuchy has been linked with Italian Serie A side AS Roma and Turkish outfit Galatasaray this summer, but it’s clear the former Newcastle United man would prefer to not uproot his family. He’s been in England for three years, joining United in 2013 and being sold in 2014, but doesn’t have a future at Arsenal as a result of dwindling form and struggles with injuries.

Arsenal in bid for Manchester United’s Phil Jones this summer 0

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Telegraph, Arsenal are considering an approach for Manchester United defender Phil Jones this summer, with the England international having reportedly been told by manager Jose Mourinho that he’s free to leave Old Trafford.

Arsenal are looking to bolster their defensive reinforcements, and are considering a ball-playing defender like Jones to fit into manager Arsene Wenger’s philosophy as a result of his recent availability. The 24-year-old has long struggled with injuries which has cut his playing time at United, and could be open to the Arsenal switch to turn his fortunes around.

Rob Holding impressing early into his Arsenal career 0

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised summer signing Rob Holding amid criticism over a lack of spending on defensive reinforcements, and the former Bolton Wanderers man has shown promising signs that he could forge a long stay at the Emirates Stadium.

Holding has played just two Premier League games for Arsenal in 2016/17, but boats a 75% success rate from his tackles, has made just two fouls, has made the second most clearances (9), and has blocked the most shots in the Arsenal side (4). He kept his place in the defence when Laurent Koscielny returned to the starting lineup, and helped keep a clean sheet on the weekend against Leicester City.

Hector Bellerin picking up from where he left off last season 0

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

At a time where Arsenal’s centre-back is somewhat threadbare and in need of reinforcements due to injury, manager Arsene Wenger will be pleased that there are no problems at right-back. Hector Bellerin has made the position his own in the last 12 months, and is starting the new season strongly just months after being named in the PFA Team of the Year for 2015/16.

The 21-year-old made 36 Premier League appearances for Arsenal last season, and was the best in the division in his position as a result of his impressive consistency at a young age. This campaign, Bellerin has started the campaign brightly, boasting a tackle or interception every 23 minutes on average, while making a dribble or creating a chance every 30 minutes.

Mesut Ozil return bodes ill for Jack Wilshere’s chances of a starting place 0

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been used sparingly from the substitutes’ bench early into the new season, but could be made to wait for regular game time given the stiff competition ahead of him in the pecking order. Mesut Ozil is the first-choice playmaker and operates in the central attacking-midfield position – similar to Jack Wilshere.

With the Gunners having started the new season slowly, manager Arsene Wenger isn’t going to take any more chances with his squad now he has three of his senior players back in the squad. Arsenal face Watford in the Premier League next weekend, and are 8/11 to win against the Hornets. Ozil is expected to start, meaning Wilshere could be limited for game time early on, and this could be a common trend.

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