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Arsenal need to tie down Francis Coquelin 1

Posted on January 29, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal seems to have found a potential solution to their defensive midfield problem in relative youngster Francis Coquelin.

However, the midfielder’s contract is up at the end of the campaign and although Arsene Wenger is confident he will sign a three year contract extension, he is still able to negotiate with foreign clubs until he signs a new deal.

Promising

As we all know the Gunners have lacked a tough-tackling defensive midfielder for a while now. Plenty of players have been tried and failed to prove the answer, including current squad members Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta.

Will Arteta now mentor Coquelin until the end of his deal? 0

Posted on January 29, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Following the news that Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has signed a one-year contract extension, it seems that manager Arsene Wenger will call upon the captain to mentor rising talent Francis Coquelin before eventually leaving the club in the summer of 2016.

Arteta has operated as a makeshift holding midfielder with the Gunners due to his limited mobility in a more advanced role. The former Spanish U21 international does share some similarities to Coquelin in regard to his ball retention and reading of the game.

What to expect from new-boy Gabriel Paulista 2

Posted on January 29, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal completed a deal to sign highly-rated Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista, with manager Arsene Wenger having bolstered his options in the backline due to an injury crisis.

The Brazilian centre-back is well-known in the Spanish La Liga, but many supporters are wondering what the 24-year-old will bring to the Premier League. So what can the Gunners expect?

Gabriel Paulista had been a regular in the Villarreal side this season, making 19 league appearances. Before his departure, he’d helped the La Liga outfit to eight clean sheets, while earning a victory against defending champions Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal linked with Dortmund star 0

Posted on January 28, 2015 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Express, Arsenal are interested in signing Dortmund jack of all trades Kevin Grosskreutz in a deal worth £3.7million. The 26-year-old’s future is in doubt with the German giants and it seems the Gunners are at the front of the queue for the player.

Versatile

To say that Grosskreutz is versatile would be an understatement.  During his time at Dortmund he has occupied both full-back berths, as well as playing as a right-side midfielder and right winger.

His versatility is a definitely a major asset and he seems to produce dependable performances wherever he plays.

Is all Arsenal need for Premier League success just a fully fit squad for the vast majority of the season? 1

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s last Premier League title came in 2004, with the infamous “Invincibles” going the entire league season unbeaten over 38 games. Since then, they haven’t managed to finish at the summit, but still boast a squad strong enough to do so if they could keep the players together.

“We have to consider every injury individually. Most of the injuries we’ve had are joint problems and accidental problems and there are post-World Cup traumatic injuries. When your bodies are not really prepared it’s demanding. Is that the only explanation? I don’t know but I cannot deny that we’ve had more injuries than planned,” said manager Arsene Wenger in December.

Are Arsenal going to have to sign a left-back for injury-prone Kieran Gibbs? 1

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s first-choice left-back is Kieran Gibbs when fit, but the England international spends far too much time on the treatment table. His ability hasn’t been in question, with the 25-year-old being among the best in the Premier League last season, but Arsenal will be left with no choice but to sign a new arrival if Gibbs cannot prove his fitness over the course of the season.

In 2013/14, the Gunners academy product averaged a tackle or interception every 17 minutes in the Premier League, and played his part in Arsenal boasting the joint-most amount of clean sheets that season too. But Gibbs missed 10 Premier League games through injury, making a total of just 24 league starts.

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina: “Nobody gives an inch in the physical Premier League” 0

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina believes he’s adapting in the Premier League following his move from Nice in the summer, and admitted how difficult it has been to get use to such a physical and unforgiving division.

The Colombian shot-stopper has been in decent form of late since replacing Wojciech Szczesny between the sticks, keeping two clean sheets in his last three games. He says he is getting used to the Premier League, while thanking centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny for their help to protect him.

Arsenal drawn against Middlesbrough in FA Cup 0

Posted on January 27, 2015 by David Nugent

FA Cup holders Arsenal have been drawn against Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The Gunners host the high-flying Championship outfit at the Emirates Stadium, after dispatching their second tier rivals Brighton 3-2 in the fourth round on Sunday.

Favourites

With the Gunners being in the fifth round and the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City suffering shock fourth round exits the Gunners are now favourites to win the trophy at odds of 9/4. With the Premier League’s top two now out of the competition Arsene Wenger’s men have to fancy their chances of winning the trophy.

Arsenal now favourites to retain FA Cup title 0

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal recorded a narrow win over Brighton & Hove Albion in East Sussex to reach the FA Cup fifth round, but even with another 19 sides left in the competition, the Gunners have every right to feel confident of their chances of defending the title.

After eliminating last year’s finalists Hull City, Arsene Wenger’s charges were in full control of the clash at The American Express Community Stadium, with Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil both marking their return in the starting line-up with a goal.

Tomas Rosicky still proving his worth despite advancing age 0

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s long -serving midfielder Tomas Rosicky has been given a run of games in the side by manager Arsene Wenger, and the Czech Republic international hasn’t let him down. Rosicky, 34, scored and grabbed an assist in Arsenal’s 3-2 FA Cup win against Championship strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion, and was singled out for praise by teammate Theo Walcott after assisting the England forward with a clever pass.

“Tomas does (no-look passes) all the time in training. It gets me all the time! He has that quality going forward, I love the way that he turns and breaks,” said the former Southampton man.



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