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Liverpool there for the taking for Arsenal 0

Posted on December 19, 2014 by David Nugent

On Sunday Arsenal visit Liverpool’s Anfield, which is not traditionally an easy ground to visit for opposition teams. The Gunners suffered a 5-1 drubbing at the famous old ground last season that seriously derailed their Premier League title hopes.

Different

However, this Liverpool side is a far less potent outfit than the one who blow away the Gunners in last season’s encounter. They no longer have their dynamic striking duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge up front for a start and look far less threatening this campaign.

Testing

Can an injury-hit Arsenal climb into the top-four this weekend? 0

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal having a lot of players on the treatment table ahead of their weekend meeting against Liverpool, manager Arsene Wenger has a difficult task to get a result.

A win could put the Londoners in the top-four of the Premier League, but with so many key players already ruled out of action, Arsenal will be considerably under-strength. They will have some confidence against Liverpool, however, given that the Reds have lost four of their last seven league games.

Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin says he’s playing with freedom and confidence 0

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Young Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has revealed he is now playing with real freedom on the pitch, after enduring a difficult start following his debut for the senior side earlier this season.

Enjoying somewhat of a breakthrough campaign, Bellerin shone in Arsenal’s recent 4-1 win against Newcastle, and he says his performances improve due to his improve confidence.

“When you play your first games you’re just trying not to make a mistake. Then as you get more confident you start playing the way you usually play. I feel more comfortable every time I get to play. It was thanks to all the people who have trust in me because that’s what lets you play freely,” he said.

Versatile Calum Chambers says he likes switching positions 0

Posted on December 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s Calum Chambers recently revealed how much he’s enjoyed switching positions for the Gunners this season.

The England defender signed for £16M from Southampton in the summer, and has been used at right-back and centre-back for Arsene Wenger’s side. Despite having swapped roles on a regular basis, Chambers says it’s been a good experience for him.

“I will have to settle in a place but I’ve always found myself switching positions from a young age so it’s nothing that I’m not used to. It’s been a good experience for me. I really enjoyed my time at centre half at the start of the season and I’ve enjoyed my time (at right-back) after Mathieu Debuchy was unfortunately injury,” said the 19-year-old.

Mesut Ozil closing on a return to action 2

Posted on December 18, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil is close to a return to first team action. The Germany international has been out of action with a knee injury since 5th October and it was believed that he would not play again until 2015.

However, it seems Ozil is ahead of schedule and could make a return to action in the near future, although he will not appear in Arsenal’s visit to Liverpool on Sunday, which the Gunners are odds of 6/4 to win.

Soon

Should Jenkinson be allowed to leave Arsenal permanently? 0

Posted on December 17, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal could allow on-loan West Ham full-back Carl Jenkinson to leave the club on a permanent deal for a fee of £8million next summer. However, it seems that the Hammers would not be prepared to pay that sort of fee for the 22-year-old.

Experience

With Arsenal bringing in right-backs Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy in the summer it was clear that Carl Jenkinson’s playing time would be limited with the Gunners if he stayed at the Emirates, so he decided to gain valuable first team experience with a loan move to West Ham.

Aaron Ramsey & Jack Wilshere to replace Mikel Arteta & Mathieu Flamini in the long-term 1

Posted on December 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere are regularly-playing first-teamers when fit, Arsenal will really start to take shape when the Londoners lose holding-midfielders Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini potentially in the summer at the end of their current deals.

The aforementioned experienced duo have been good servants for the club, but manager Arsene Wenger has already been thinking of the long-term, swapping Jack Wilshere into a deeper role for the club. Aaron Ramsey has spent the majority of his time playing alongside a deep-lying midfielder, and the natural evolution of the young pair will see Arsenal naming Ramsey/Wilshere in the spine of the team.

Can Arsenal rectify poor away form ahead of Liverpool clash on Saturday? 0

Posted on December 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have a difficult weekend clash against Liverpool that they can ill afford to lose. The Londoners are currently 6th in the Premier League table, and could go fourth with a win on Sunday. Arsene Wenger’s men, however, have to travel to Anfield, and they’ve greatly struggled on the road this season.

Defeats to Chelsea, Swansea City and Stoke City, while drawing against Everton And Leicester City has seen them somewhat lose ground on the sides above them, but a win against Liverpool this weekend would be a step in the right direction.

Danny Welbeck still in need of finishing coaching 1

Posted on December 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has enjoyed a decent start to the season since his arrival from Manchester United, but goals in the Premier League still aren’t coming easily for him.

The England international, 24, has three goals from 40 shots in 13 games for the Gunners, meaning he averages one goal from every 13 shots taken. Considering, Welbeck has been averaging three shots a goal, his goal-to-games record is slightly worse than 1 in 4.

Compare that with Arsenal’s first choice striker Olivier Giroud, who has bagged four goals from 18 shots in just seven games (325 minutes of Premier League football), meaning he’s averaging a goal every 81 minutes currently.

Thierry Henry retires to become a TV pundit 1

Posted on December 16, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has called time on his playing career and is set to embark on a new career with Sky Sports as TV pundit in 2015. Henry had been linked with a return to his former-club in some capacity, but has decided to opt for a new career in the media.

Retirement

Henry explained his decision by telling Sky Sports: “It’s hard to leave the game you love behind,”

“But I’m at peace with what I’ve done in the game; I’ve got no regrets.



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