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Can Arsenal finally end winless run in the Premier League today? 0

Posted on October 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After dropping points at home to Hull City last weekend, that saw Arsenal go 11 points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea, the Gunners cannot afford anything other than a victory today.

Arsene Wenger’s side face Sunderland, who they took six points off of last season in their home and away meetings, while the Black Cats are coming off the back of a humbling 8-0 defeat to Southampton.

Arsenal have been in poor form recently, however, with the Londoners failing to win in their last three games. They have only picked up one league win from seven too, and manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side have not been good enough defensively.

Lukas Podolski pushing for a start against Sunderland 0

Posted on October 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsene Wenger revealed he has a decision to make regarding Lukas Podolski ahead of the Gunners’ clash against Sunderland this afternoon.

The German international scored the winning goal for Arsenal against Anderlecht in their midweek Champions League game, and is hoping to get more game time with the side.

Despite impressive scoring eight goals in 14 league starts last season, Podolski still hasn’t managed to force his way into the first-team on a regular basis, and hinted he would seek out an exit if opportunities continued to elude him.

Anderlecht win should not mask Gunners poor performance 0

Posted on October 23, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal somehow rescued a 2-1 win away at Anderlecht last night in the Champions League, despite producing a lacklustre display. It took an 89th minute equaliser from full-back Kieran Gibbs and a 91st minute winner from substitute Lukas Podolski to win the game.

Lacklustre

Lacklustre was the word I used in describing the Gunners display in my opening paragraph and that is exactly what the performance was. There seemed to be no drive, energy or imagination against the Belgian champions.

The lack of creativity was concerning because with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey you would expect the team to produce better.

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.

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.

Wenger needs to address side’s defensive frailties 0

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side need to tighten up at the back after conceding two goals against Hull City on the weekend. The Gunners drew 2-2 against Steve Bruce’s side, but now find themselves 11 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, while having conceded two or more goals in seven of their 14 games in all competitions.

“Where we are guilty is to give away two goals from nothing. Finding the balance is an issue. Last year we had 17 clean sheets with the same defenders but we have not started to do that yet. Our defensive efficiency is not there and we cannot survive at the top level by always conceding two goals.”

Is the current Arsenal squad good enough to challenge for the title? 2

Posted on October 20, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-2 home draw with Hull on Saturday proved the Gunners will probably not be title challengers this season. Excuses will be made about the number of injuries Wenger’s team faced, but the team that started the game should have been good enough to beat Hull.

Credit

First of all, credit to Hull for their performance. The Tigers rode their luck at times and both their keepers Steve Harper and Eldin Jakupovic had to make saves to deny the Gunners. Steve Bruce’s side nearly produced the perfect away performance, only for Danny Welbeck to equalise in stoppage-time.

Disrespect

Alexis Sanchez starting to show his true class 0

Posted on October 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s summer signing Alexis Sanchez impressed in the Gunners 2-2 home draw against Hull City this weekend, scoring an individual effort and making the assist for Danny Welbeck’s equaliser, and the Chilean has even more to offer.

In the Premier League, the 25-year-old has scored more goals (3), made more assists (2), created more chances (16) and has made more successful dribbles (19) than any other Arsenal player. Sanchez set Arsenal back around £35M this summer, and he’s starting to show his quality for the Gunners.

Mathieu Flamini consistently a liability 3

Posted on October 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini was once again guilty of losing the ball deep in his own half, with the resulting counter attack leading to a goal. He was protesting to the referee for what he perceived to be a foul on him by the eventual goalscorer Mohamed Diame, but once again the Frenchman has relinquished possession in a dangerous area.

Manager Arsene Wenger continue to put his faith in Flamini, and continues to get led down by the former AC Milan midfielder. The January transfer window will provide an option for Arsenal to replace him, but Wenger hasn’t hinted that he is looking to sign a player to take Flamini’s place. What’s worse is that Mikel Arteta is hardly a strong option either.



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