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Alexis Sanchez’s pre-season delayed by visa problems 0

Posted on August 04, 2015 by David Nugent

Alexis Sanchez’s pre-season has been delayed by the fact that he had to wait for a new visa, according to the Daily Telegraph. The Chilean international was stuck in Paris on Monday, (not a bad place to be stuck really) waiting for his new visa to be processed.

The Chilean has been allowed an extended break after he helped his national side win the Copa America on home soil. The 26-year-old scored the winning penalty in the final of the competition against Argentina.

Can Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shine this season? 1

Posted on August 03, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s Community Shield win against Chelsea will have been of great significance to young Gunners midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who scored the only goal of the game.

The youngster is highly-talented and has set himself a target of either scoring or creating every game he plays in this season. That goes without saying really, but the attacking midfielder has the attributes to do just that.

Like so many players at Arsenal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s recent development has been hampered by niggling injuries. The Ox made 37 appearances last season, but scored just three goals and produced just five assists. He is obviously looking to improve on those stats this season.

Arsenal beat Chelsea in Community Shield 0

Posted on August 02, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal claimed the first piece of silverware of the new English season by defeating London rivals Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley on Sunday.

The clash started in a very slow manner, as the two teams tried to feel each other out. The first real threat on goal came on 15 minutes, as Cesc Fabregas put Loic Remy through on goal, only for the Frenchman to be flagged offside.

The first attempt on goal came on 23 minutes. Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil found Theo Walcott with a cross and the England forward saw his header on goal saved by Thibaut Courtois.

Can Olivier Giroud finally end his duck against Chelsea? 0

Posted on August 02, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal lock horns with Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday afternoon, and striker Olivier Giroud is likely to lead the line. The French international has been with the Gunners for three years, but has never been on the wining side against the Blues, nor has he managed to score a goal.

Giroud, 28, has netted a total of 58 goals in 134 games for Arsenal following his arrival from French Ligue 1 side Montpellier, but has often come up blank against the top sides in the Premier League. Manager Arsene Wenger has long backed Giroud as the striker the Londoners need to win the title, and the Community Shield clash against Chelsea would be a good test to prove his worth.

Hector Bellerin or Mathieu Debuchy? 0

Posted on August 02, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a difficult decision to make next season in the defence, with Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy fighting it out for a starting place at right-back. Carl Jenkinson was loaned out to West Ham United again as a result of the competition for places, but who will get the nod between the two fullbacks for the new season?

Last season, Bellerin shone for Arsenal while Debuchy was sidelined through injury. The 20-year-old Spaniard was a surprise choice given his lack of experience at the top level at the time, but vindicated his manager’s decision with a series of standout showings for the Gunners. Wenger did recently reveal Bellerin had work to do to ensure he continues his development, which may hint that Debuchy could get the nod in 2015/16.

Why Arsene Wenger believes so much in Theo Walcott 0

Posted on July 31, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal supporters have been stunned to hear how much money Theo Walcott is reportedly earning after signing a new deal this summer, but it’s clear manager Arsene Wenger believes his goals could be key to a title challenge in the coming season.

The Gunners’ campaign starts with a Community Shield final against Chelsea, and Arsenal are 19/10 to retain the trophy. Walcott is 12/5 to score anytime, and his past record for goals suggests he could be a key player.

Cazorla and Walcott sign new deals with Arsenal 0

Posted on July 31, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal pair Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott have both signed new deals with the Gunners ahead of the new season.

Walcott has signed a new four-year contract with the Gunners, as he had less than 12 months to run on his former deal. The new deal comes as no surprise, as negotiations have reportedly been going on since January.

Walcott will be hoping to stay injury free after missing much of last season through injury, although he did score in the Gunners 4-0 FA Cup final victory over Aston Villa. The 26-year-old faces stiff competition for a place in the starting line-up this season.

Is Damián Martínez happy to be Arsenal’s No.3 goalkeeper? 0

Posted on July 30, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal loaned out Wojciech Szczesny to AS Roma this summer, with the Polish international being deemed behind the likes of Petr Cech and David Ospina in the goalkeeper pecking order. Damian Martinez has been retained by manager Arsene Wenger, and looks set to be the third-choice between the sticks this season, but is he happy being subsidiary?

The 22-year-old has proven himself as a decent option in goal for Arsenal in the past, but has never managed a long run of games in the side. Signed from Independiente in 2010, Martinez has been loaned out to the likes of Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, and Rotherham to get game time. He’s made a total eight appearances for the senior team, instead featuring more for the reserves (33 games played for Arsenal U21s).

Wenger hoping Wilshere can stay injury-free to prove his worth next season 0

Posted on July 30, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping midfielder Jack Wilshere can put his injury troubles behind him to finally showcase his talents for the Londoners next season. The England international has been in fine form for Arsenal during their pre-season fixtures, but has struggled staying fit for an entire league campaign. Wenger is desperate for the academy graduate to shine, and says a season free of major injury will see Wilshere regard as a top-player again.

Why Arsenal have a slim hope of signing Karim Benzema this summer 0

Posted on July 29, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been typically linked with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema all through the summer transfer window, and the rumours have been instantly dismissed as fabrication with no movement ever being made between the two parties. However, there are a few legitimate factors that could see the French international keen to make the move ahead of the new season, so the links between the Premier League side and Real striker have more foundation than in past seasons.

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