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Arsenal without nine players for their weekend clash against Sunderland 1

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal will be without nine first-team players ahead of their Saturday afternoon fixture against Sunderland.

Goalkeeper David Ospina, central defender Laurent Koscielny, right-back Mathieu Debuchy, midfielders Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby, playmaker Mesut Ozil, and forward Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo are all missing from the first-team for their Black Cats clash.

Arsenal are 8/11 to win away to Sunderland this weekend, but the Gunners could well struggle at the Stadium of Light given their recent league form. Arsene Wenger’s side are winless from their last three games, while having won just once in their last seven.

Per Mertesacker questions Arsene Wenger’s tactics 1

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has been public in his criticism of manager Arsene Wenger, suggesting that his preferred style of play needs to be evolved to rescue Arsenal’s season.

“We lack a few things. The passing game is not as efficient as last year. We are not at our best, we have to admit that. We have to be honest to ourselves and train harder. I think we have to do better with our own possession, to play more in wide areas. I think it is better to expose them there, instead of playing one-twos through the middle,” he said.

Wenger pats himself on the back for “tactical gamble” paying off 0

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After a late flurry of goals secured all three points in the dying minutes of Arsenal’s Champions League clash against Anderlecht last night, manager Arsene Wenger was pleased his gamble paid off.

“It’s a gambling situation in these games and it worked. In the last five minutes in the Champions League the nerves play a part and we had to get into these five minutes without conceding a second goal,” he said.

Alexis Sanchez showing signs of discontent with Arsenal’s limp start to the season 10

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While the majority of Arsenal players were rejoicing after a late winner away to Champions League minnows Anderlecht, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was less than impressed.

The Chilean international was visibly seen shaking his head at the final whistle, captured on YouTube, in frustration that Arsenal made such difficult work of what should have been a straight-forward tie for a side of their calibre.

Sanchez has been the Londoners’ most impressive performer this season, and is starting to show his quality on a consistent basis, even when Arsenal are underperforming. But his debut season for the Gunners has seen them undergo a poor league campaign, early elimination in the Capital One Cup, and an unconvincing start in Europe.

Arsenal secure last-gasp victory over Anderlecht 1

Posted on October 22, 2014 by David Nugent

Two late goals saw Arsenal claim a 2-1 Champions League victory over Anderlecht in Brussels.

The first attempt of the game came on three minutes. Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez did well on the wing to whip a cross into the Anderlecht penalty area and Santi Cazorla fired wildly over the bar with a mis-hit effort.

On 13 minutes Anderlecht midfielder Dennis Praet saw a long-range effort go straight into the arms of Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez. On 16 minutes Gunners striker Danny Welbeck headed over the Anderlecht bar from a whipped delivery by Sanchez.

Arsenal’s Premier League form in 2014 1

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal were unrivalled in the year of 2013, with Arsene Wenger’s side having won 35 of their 54 games played (65% win ratio) in all competitions.

In the 38 Premier League games played at the tail end of 2012/13 and the first-half of 2013/14, the Gunners picked up 25 wins, 7 draws, and just six defeats (82 points), which saw them at the summit on league form last year.

But 2014 has seen them looking considerably human, so how have the Londoners dared so far this year?

Arsene Wenger: “David Ospina will be out for three months” 0

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League clash against Anderlecht tonight, manager Arsene Wenger revealed Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina will be out of action for up to three months.

“It is exactly the same injury (suffered in the World Cup). He had his first injury at Nice – it was a knee problem and he was a bit rushed back and did not use his leg, so his muscle became weaker. Then he got injured in the World Cup. After that, he came to us injured after the World Cup and it took him two months to play again.”

Emiliano Martinez to start against Anderlecht in tomorrow’s Champions League clash 0

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With first-choice Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny suspended and second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina injured, Emiliano Martinez is set to start in goal for the Gunners ahead of their Champions League outing against Belgian giants Anderlecht.

Arsenal cannot afford any slip-ups, as they , but the defence in front of Martinez is already weakened, forcing Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers into the side. The London side are 4/5 to get all three points against Anderlecht tomorrow night, but it won’t be easy given their recent form.

Could Arsene Wenger take tactical tips from Sam Allardyce this season? 1

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With how well West Ham United have started the campaign with a completely different system under manager Sam Allardyce, could Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger learn from the Englishman in regard to how tactically flexible he’s been to pick up results?

Arsenal recently drew 2-2 at home to Hull City, which was the Gunners’ third game in a row that they have dropped points, and meant they’ve amassed just one victory from their last seven games. Wenger has rotated from just two tactics all season – a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-1-4-1. He’s been reticent to play two attackers from any game, due to fear of losing the ball in the middle of the park, despite having central midfield players boasting high levels of ball retention.

Could Jurgen Klopp realistically replace Arsene Wenger in the coming years? 2

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been speaking about life after long-serving manager Arsene Wenger, and as a result a number of managers have been tipped to succeed the Frenchman. But there is one man who could genuinely replace Wenger when he calls time on his managerial career and that is Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp.

The German coach, 47, is held in the highest regard for leading BVB to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12, while also taking Dortmund to the Champions League final too. However, things have grown stale with him at Dortmund due to the Yellow and Blacks having sold key players to their title rivals, which has unsurprisingly led to a Bayern Munich dominance in the league.



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