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Was Hector Bellerin deserving of his PFA Team of the Year selection? 1

Posted on April 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin was selected in the PFA Team of the Year or his performances this season, but his selection has caused debate among supporters who feel there were other more deserving candidates. In the first-half of the season, Bellerin was certainly enjoying his best form, but in 2016 he’s looked more human, so did he deserve his Team of the Year nod?

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a spectacular breakthrough campaign as Arsenal’s undisputed first-choice right-back. He’s made 33 appearances in the Premier League, and has scored & assisted five goals in the process. Bellerin boasts excessive pace to amend for any defensive error and he’s reading the game brilliantly to keep out the opposition.

Can Arsenal end four-month wait for consecutive home wins in the Premier League? 3

Posted on April 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal lock horns with Norwich City in the Premier League this weekend, and are desperate to end the season on a high after their failure to secure a major honour. Arsene Wenger’s men have been short of form in 2016, and one disappointment has been their struggles on home soil.

The Gunners have failed to win back-to-back Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium since early January, and after beating West Brom in their own backyard earlier this month, they have an opportunity to end a 119-day wait for consecutive home victories against relegation-threatened Norwich City on Saturday.

Wojciech Szczesny could make permanent switch to AS Roma this summer 0

Posted on April 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is being linked with a permanent move to AS Roma this summer, with various reports suggesting he’s keen on making the switch if he’s deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium. Szczesny has been ever-present in the Roma side this season, and will have Petr Cech and David Ospina to compete with to be Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper which may see him calling time on his career with the Londoners.

Arsenal can still catch Tottenham in the Premier League 2

Posted on April 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Tottenham Hotspur were dealt a massive blow in the Premier League title-race after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion, and now fierce rivals Arsenal will be looking to pile the misery onto their fellow North Londoners by pipping them in the race for a top-two finish.

Arsenal are fourth in the Premier League table with 64 points from 35 games, five adrift of Tottenham with only nine to play for, but they still stand a chance of catching their rivals should Spurs crumble by the wayside. A lofty finish will be important to avoid the Champions League playoffs so Arsenal still have a lot to play for.

Iwobi rise to prominence sees Joel Campbell considering his future 2

Posted on April 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal winger Joel Campbell was an unused substitute in their 0-0 draw with Sunderland on the weekend, and has made just one start in the Premier League since early February. The Costa Rican international was enjoying a rich vein of form earlier in the season, but has now found himself behind the likes of youngster Alex Iwobi which is likely to spell his fate.

Campbell has amassed just 80 minutes of Premier League football since February, at a time where Arsenal have been struggling for form and goals in games. The 23-year-old showed promising signs when drafted into the team, but was left out when the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck returned the fray.

Wenger hints that Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain might miss the rest of the season 0

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed returning duo Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may not feature for the Gunners this season as they still aren’t fit enough for competitive appearances. “They are not ready yet and I haven’t decided yet, but there are not many games left. We still have games in the under-21s, I can put them in the play-off games (if they are available),” said Wenger.

Arsenal have to start playing to Giroud’s strengths 2

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is enduring the worst goal drought of his career at the Gunners, and it’s calling into question where his future may lie this summer. The French international started the season promisingly, but has gone off the boil considerably at a time where Arsenal’s title challenge also fell by the wayside.

Giroud is a player who doesn’t share many similarities with the rest of the side. He’s a physical threat and strong in the air, but isn’t blessed with excessive pace or a dribbling ability to beat his marker. He relies on getting to balls into the box first and steering them in at the near post, or he will power his shots into the back of the net in the area.

Can Arsenal get over the line in the race for a top-four spot? 0

Posted on April 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal were held to a draw for the third time in their last four games in the Premier League at the hands of Sunderland, and have now allowed Manchester United a chance to peg them back in the race for a top-four finish. The Red Devils have a game in hand which could see them being two points adrift of both Manchester City (3rd) and Arsenal (4th) with three games to go, and manager Arsene Wenger admitted he was fearful of his side falling short.

Arsene Wenger rues Arsenal’s profligacy against Sunderland 2

Posted on April 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left frustrated after his side played out a goalless draw to Sunderland in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, blowing the top-four race wide open in the process. The Gunners were shut out by a resilient and impressive Black Cats outfit, who may feel they could have picked up all three points at the Stadium of Light.

As has been the problem for Arsenal in 2016, the Londoners were guilty of wasting a lot of chances against Sunderland. They had 20 shots on Sunday afternoon, but only hit the target with seven of them, and failed to score entirely. Arsenal have failed to win six of their last nine in the Premier League, and their four attackers have gone cold at the worst time.

Olivier Giroud’s Premier League drought goes on 0

Posted on April 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud once again fired a blank in front of goal as the Gunners played out a goalless draw with Sunderland on Sunday afternoon. The French international was given a surprise start against the Black Cats over Danny Welbeck, and failed to register a shot on target in the 70 minutes he was on the pitch, taking his goal drought in the Premier League to 14 games.

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