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Aaron Ramsey shortlisted for PFA Young Player of the Year 0

Posted on April 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was a surprise name for this season’s PFA Player of the Year after being out for a third of the season, but there’s no doubt the Welsh international was on course to be a potential winner prior to his injury.

The 23-year-old scored eight goals and made seven assists from 20 Premier League games this season. He’s scored twice in the Champions League this campaign too.

Ramsey was on fire before his thigh injury in late December, but he’s returned to play a part in Arsenal’s end to the season – with the Londoners having four league games left to finish in a top-four position in the table, while also having an FA Cup final against Hull City in May.

Will Thomas Vermaelen keep his place at left-back? 0

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen could be in line to keep his place in an unfamiliar left-back role as Nacho Monreal continues to recover from injury. Manager Arsene Wenger revealed that the Spaniard is ‘possibility available’ but was uncertain if he would be fit enough to start against Hull on the weekend.

Vermaelen, 28, played left-back in the Gunners’ recent game against West Ham United, with Arsenal winning 3-1. He is naturally a centre-back by trade, but has been used in a number of different roles to cover for injured players this season.

Mathieu Flamini returns from suspension 0

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini will return from his ban to potentially feature in the Gunners’ next league game against Hull City. Manager Arsene Wenger hinted that the ball-winning midfielder could well be thrown straight back into the first-team.

Arsenal are being given odds of 3/4 to see past Steve Bruce’s men, with both sides also set to face each other in this season’s FA Cup final.

It’s the third time the Frenchman has been suspended this season, but his absence has been felt by the side as a number of injuries had left Arsenal thin on midfielders of late.

Mikel Arteta feeling the pressure 0

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has moved to reveal that he is not enjoying his football as much as he used due to constant pressure involved with being a professional player.

The Spaniard has become an important player for the Gunners shortly after arriving from Everton, although he was forced to turn his focus to more defensive responsibilities in order to remain a regular starter at the Emirates.

And with Arsenal not doing particularly well in recent years, Arteta admits the pressure has been getting to him and he now struggles to enjoy the life of a professional football player. Asked how he looks back on his football career, the midfielder replied:

Ozil could return for Hull clash on the weekend 0

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed playmaker Mesut Ozil could return for the Gunners’ weekend clash against Hull City. It’s a huge boost for the London outfit as they recently welcomed the return of midfielder Aaron Ramsey to the fray too.

A number of other absentees are set to return in the next week or two, which could see Wenger with almost their best squad available for the last couple of games of the season.

Ozil’s last game for the Londoners was against Bayern Munich in the Champions League knockouts in early March. This season, the German midfielder has made eight assists in the league – scoring four goals.

Podolski makes his point to Wenger 0

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After publicly expressing his dismay for constantly being subbed in the majority of games this season, Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski made his point to manager Arsene Wenger after bagging a double in the 3-1 win against West Ham United yesterday evening.

‘He’s a natural finisher, that’s always why he’s difficult to position on the pitch. You would want him in the box in front of goal as well as wide. (Against West Ham) I think he moved better and got into some very interesting positions.’ – Arsene Wenger.

Kim Kallstrom proving to be a good signing after all 1

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom was handed his first start in an Arsenal shirt last night as the Gunners played a very important game against local rivals West Ham, and the experienced footballer went on to produce a very good performance to prove all his doubters wrong.

Having arrived at the Emirates on loan from Spartak Moscow on transfer deadline day in January, the 31-year-old had to endure some tough times before even making his first appearance for the club, with the fact he was signed despite a back injury not doing any favours for under-pressure Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal move to fourth place with a win over West Ham 0

Posted on April 15, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal moved back into the top four of Premier League table with a 3-1 victory over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.

The visitors made a very bright start to the game and Per Mertesacker had to block Mohamed Diame’s effort in the Arsenal penalty area, after the midfielder attempted to find the far corner with a bending effort on four minutes.

On six minutes the Hammers threatened again, as Diame drilled a cross to midfielder Antonio Nocerino, who saw an effort on goal blocked. Diame was involved on nine minutes yet again, as the midfielder saw an effort cleared from inside the Arsenal penalty box.

Has Wenger actually planned his starting XI for tonight? 0

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was coy on the fitness levels of a number of players ahead of tonight’s meeting against West Ham United. The long-serving Frenchman hinted that he will do late tests on players, which suggests that his decision will be made up later on depending on who has responded better to training.

It’s very risky for the Gunners boss to not have his preferred side in mind for the West Ham game, rather than waiting to see who appears fit enough to play tonight.

Can Arsenal finally get a win in 90 minutes? 1

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Arsenal will be buoyed by their FA Cup semi-final win against Wigan Athletic, it still failed to come in 90 minutes. Both sides were level after extra time, with Arsenal winning the cup tie via penalties. Their wait for a win in normal time any competition has now stretched to six games.

For a club of Arsenal’s stature, that’s far too long. But it highlights the woeful run of form endured in 2014 that has seen them out of the title race and out of the top-four temporarily. However, a win tonight will put them back in the coveted Champions League place, and will end their wait for a league victory.

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