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Wenger hints at changes for Everton game 0

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that he is ready to make changes to his starting line-up for Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Everton following the disappointing performance against Monaco.

The Gunners suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat to the French side in midweek and are now on the verge of crashing out of the Champions League, with the Professor looking to see an instant response from his side.

With so many players failing to impress against Monaco, Wenger could be forgiven for making wholesale changes to the side, although he will probably resist temptation to do so.

Have Arsenal gone backwards this season? 0

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s 3-1 home defeat to AS Monaco in the Champions League second round has capped what has been a disappointing season for the Gunners. Supporters are once again at odds with their long-serving manager for a perceived lack of progression, but are they wrong?

After last season’s seven-month title challenge and FA Cup triumph, Arsene Wenger’s men and see their top-four hopes still being questioned, and they look to be crashing out of Europe. They are still on course to retain the FA Cup, but have they improved from last season?

Is Per Mertesacker’s time up with Arsenal? 1

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker put in a woeful display against AS Monaco in the first leg of the Champions League second round on Wednesday, and it caps what has been a poor season for the German international.

Mertesacker, 30, hasn’t been the same since his World Cup triumph with Germany last summer, and supporters should have seen the signs after he admitted struggling to motivate himself for the gunners earlier in the campaign. His performance against Monaco was particularly woeful, and it’s been one of many disappointing showings from the German.

Monaco claim surprise victory at Arsenal 1

Posted on February 25, 2015 by David Nugent

The Gunners had an early effort on goal, as Danny Welbeck fired wide of goal from inside the area, after French midfielder Francis Coquelin had found the forward with a clipped ball over the top.

Arsenal then dominated possession for a period, without creating any clear-cut chances until the 24rd minute, as Olivier Giroud’s header from a Santi Cazorla corner deflected wide of goal.

The next attempt on goal did not come until 33 minutes, as Alexis Sanchez fired over from inside the penalty area after Mesut Ozil found the Chilean. On 36 minutes the Gunners broke again. This time Hector Bellerin broke down the wing strode forward and found Giroud in the area, who fired over the bar.

AS Monaco to park the bus at the Emirates tonight 0

Posted on February 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s attacking squad will face a challenge when they lock horns with Monaco in the Champions League second round this evening. The French Ligue 1 club are known for playing a counter-attacking style to get results, which leads to them boasting a very impressive defensive record.

The principality have conceded just one goal in the Champions League this season, and have shipped only one goal in their last 10 Ligue 1 games. Monaco will make life incredibly difficult for Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger’s men have often come unstuck to a side so defensively disciplined.

Will Wenger start Wojciech Szczesny against Monaco? 0

Posted on February 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger often rotates certainly players in the Champions League, and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could well benefit. The Polish shot-stopper has been dropped down the pecking order after being caught smoking, and David Ospina has taken his opportunity with both hands.

But the long-serving Gunners boss has a lot of faith in Szczesny, and has utilised him in the FA Cup to give Ospina a rest. The Pole shared the Golden Glove last season, so there’s little doubting about his ability, but Wenger has a decision to make about who he will name between the sticks.

Theo Walcott will have to be patient for his chance 0

Posted on February 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is back to fitness, but has a task to force his way into the first-team at the business end to the season. The England international, has returned at a tricky time, where every game is all the more important, which means manager Arsene Wenger thinks slightly more pragmatic than he normally would earlier on in the campaign.

His squad selections will be far more balanced than the start of the season, with players providing industry rather than just technical quality. Walcott was previously one of the first names on the Arsenal teamsheet before he picked up injury problems, but now he has the likes of Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil ahead of him in the pecking order.

Will Arsenal struggle to hold onto Alexis Sanchez in the summer? 3

Posted on February 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal supporters were stunned when the London club announced the signing of talented Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez this season, and were quickly impressed by his qualities. The former Barcelona man, 26, is technically proficient, has great levels of industry, and contributes a large amount of goals and assists.

This season since his move to the Emirates, Sanchez has scored 12 goals and made seven assists in 22 Premier League starts. He’s created 62 chances, and has made an impressive 78 successful dribbles. But the quality of some of his goals have been a particular highlight too, with Sanchez able to beat multiple opponents and provide a composed finish at the end of it.

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey out for at least two weeks 0

Posted on February 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

According to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be out of action for around another two weeks through injury. The Welsh international is still suffering with a recurring hamstring problem, and the club have been looking at the reasons it keeps coming back, with it being the third breakdown in the last year or so.

“Aaron will be out, he has a little hamstring strain. Grade one. We haven’t found the underlying reason. There is an underlying reason that is certainly medical or bio-mechanical because he is a guy who is serious, works hard, has a controlled and disciplined life, so there’s no obvious reason why he should have muscular problems,” said Wenger.

Are Arsenal perennial underachievers? 0

Posted on February 22, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho recently made comments about Arsenal, suggesting the Gunners are a team that should be adding to their trophy haul on a more regular basis than they currently are, given the players they have at their disposal.

Arsenal are 66/1 to win this season’s Premier League title, but are 1/4 to finish in the top-four. Is that really enough for team this strong?

Supporters have long felt Arsenal are playing within themselves over the course of a Premier League campaign, especially considering Arsene Wenger’s men topped the points charts for 2013, but couldn’t replicate that over one season. So are Arsenal underachieving?

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