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Arsenal could struggle past Besiktas tonight with so many absentees 1

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal having club-captain Mikel Arteta injured and fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey suspended, while striker Olivier Giroud and left-back Kieran Gibbs are both unavailable, the Gunners do have a considerably depleted lineup for tonight’s game.

Arsenal are 2/9 to qualify for the Champions League tonight at Besiktas’ expense, but they won’t have it all their own way. The Turkish outfit created a lot of chances in the first leg, but were wasteful in front of goal.

Who should Arsenal sign as replacement for the injured Giroud? 1

Posted on August 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal looking likely to be losing first-choice striker Olivier Giroud for a lengthy period with a suspected broken ankle, who should they look at bringing in to replace him?

Names such as Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony, Queens Park Rangers’ Loic Remy, and even Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke – before the latter was injured – are names the Londoners have been previously linked with, but replacing Arsenal’s top Premier League scorer of last season won’t be easy. The former Montpellier man was 19/1 to be the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season too.

Will Lukas Podolski leave the club before the transfer window shuts? 0

Posted on August 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski recently left a cryptic message on his instagram account that is leading many to believe he could be leaving the club in the coming days.

“Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out. Opportunities don’t happen, you create them!”

The former Bayern Munich player has continued to be an omission from the Arsenal first-team in their four games in all competitions so far this season which has fuelled exit rumours further this summer. The likes of Wolfsburg and Galatasaray are two sides who have been named as potential destinations.

Jack Wilshere’s substitution sees Arsenal come back from 2-0 down 1

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere hasn’t enjoyed the best start to the new season. The England international wanted to gain plaudits for his exploits on the pitch, instead of making the headlines for his bad behaviour off it.

Wilshere was brought off in the 74th minute with Arsenal 2-0 down against Everton, and nine minutes later the Gunners scored through midfielder Aaron Ramsey to halve the deficit. Seven minutes after Ramsey’s goal, Olivier Giroud headed home to earn a point they barely deserved.

Arsenal checking on Brazilian defensive midfielder 0

Posted on August 25, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, Wolfsburg defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo is the latest in a long line of defensive midfielders that Arsenal are believed to be interest in. The Mirror claims that Arsene Wenger sent scouts to watch the former-Bayern Munich player in action for the Wolves in their 2-1 defeat at his former-club.

Exposed

The Gunners again looked vulnerable at Everton in the 2-2 draw, especially to the counter-attack which also proved so effective for the Toffees last season against the Gunners. I have no doubt that a solid defensive midfielder would make Arsenal a stronger unit in games like Saturday’s.

Is Wenger being too reliant on Chambers? 2

Posted on August 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal summer signing Calum Chambers has been a regular in the defence since joining from Southampton, but he had a torrid time in the first-half against Everton in their last game, and manager Arsene Wenger’s decision to not sign another defender could prove costly.

Chambers had been playing as Per Mertesacker was being rested following this summer’s World Cup, and against Everton he played in Laurent Koscielny’s absence instead. The club don’t have an experienced cover option, and it showed through the 19-year-old’s performance.

Should Arsenal appreciate Olivier Giroud following game-changing introduction? 3

Posted on August 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was on the bench initially in the Gunners game against Everton. He came on with the side 2-0 down, and helped them to a 2-2 draw, scoring the equalising goal. Summer signing Alexis Sanchez struggled playing up front, and was given a schooling by his half-time replacement Olivier Giroud.

No player had more shots than the French international against Everton, and his goal in the dying moments was more than deserved for his dominant showing in the Gunners attack. His was bullying the defenders, and the ball was sticking up front when passes were played into him. He was far sharper in attack than Sanchez was.

Draw at Everton a positive result 0

Posted on August 24, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s rescuing of a point from a seemingly unassailable position at Everton yesterday could prove to be a very good point at the end of the season. Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud goals gave the Gunners a 2-2 draw and a point, when it looked like the Toffees was set to claim maximum points.

Late

The result shows that the Gunners will keep going for the 90 minutes, just like they did last week with the stoppage-time winner against Crystal Palace. For a second week on the trot Everton dropped late points, which is maybe why the Toffees may miss out on the top four, while the Gunners perennially qualify for the Champions League.

Southampton star interesting Arsenal 4

Posted on August 23, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Metro, Arsenal could make a move for Southampton’s defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama. The Kenyan star made a name for himself in the SPL with Celtic, before making a £12.5million move to the south coast.

Mixed Fortunes

Wanyama has enjoyed mixed fortunes at St Marys in his year at the club. He made 24 Premier League appearances last season, as injury disrupted his debut season in the top-flight slightly. However, the midfielder still looks a powerhouse midfielder.

Defensive Midfielder

What’s happening to Serge Gnabry this season? 0

Posted on August 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry was rumoured to be loaned out to a fellow Premier League side this summer, with the likes of Aston Villa, Newcastle and Everton linked with his signature. But the young German has picked up a knee injury that manager Arsene Wenger revealed could see him staying at the Emirates for now.

“He is not ready as well. I am not sure about the timeframe at the moment,” he said.

Gnabry impressed for the Gunners last season, and it’s thought the club are keen to keep him for the long-term. However, with Wenger not knowing when he could return to action, it’s likely the 19-year-old may be forced to recover with the Gunners and spend some time in the reserve side.



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