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Wenger looking to young Hector Bellerin to solve defensive injury crisis 0

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal having suffered injuries to right-back Mathieu Debuchy and left-back Nacho Monreal, the Gunners are threadbare with defensive options. But manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he will maintain his penchant for youth players and will look to young defender Hector Bellerin to provide cover at the back.

As Calum Chambers was the side’s only real cover in the defence, they have been in desperate need for more options. Wenger looks set to entrust such duties onto the 19-year-old right-back with Chambers reportedly suffering from tonsillitis.

“We are in a position where we don’t want more injuries, but we have Bellerin, who I think is now ready to play.”

Will Dortmund take advantage of Arsenal fatigue tomorrow? 0

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal coming off the back of a gruelling 2-2 draw against Manchester City on the weekend, it’s a bad time to be facing Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

The Gunners travel to Germany to face the 2013 Champions League runners-up, with a number of important players out of action. They will likely play their cautious 4-1-4-1 formation against to avoid defeat on their travels.

Arsenal are 11/4 to get all three points against Dortmund tomorrow, but they would settle for a draw if it was presented to them. Supporters are fearful of a defeat on Tuesday, as fatigue will play a part in the result.

Defensive midfield still a problem area for Arsenal 2

Posted on September 14, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal drew 2-2 with Manchester City yesterday at the Emirates Stadium. Sergio Aguero had opened the scoring for City, before goals from Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez put the Gunners into the lead, only for City to equalise through centre-back Martin Demichelis with just seven minutes remaining.

Missing

What struck me was that Arsenal have still not corrected the defensive midfield problem. Sorry to sound like a broken record! The Gunners started the game with French midfielder Mathieu Flamini in the position, but against better opposition he gets exposed and was poor against City.

Still more dropped points against elite opposition despite good performance 0

Posted on September 14, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised his side for a good performance against the Premier League holders this weekend, still the Gunners only came away with a point at home despite being the better side for large portions in the match.

In the dying stages of the game, it was Manchester City who should have stolen all three points, with Arsenal’s defence crumbling late on. But the game finished 2-2, and supporters may consider it a decent point, Arsenal still cannot get a win against top opposition in the Premier League.

How did debutant Danny Welbeck get on against Man City? 2

Posted on September 14, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck made his debut for the Gunners since his arrival from Manchester United, and his first game against his former side’s fierce rivals Manchester City.

While the 23-year-old didn’t score, he put in a very decent performance for the Londoners that will give the supporters confidence that he can be a success.

Welbeck hit the post early on in the game, chipping a shot over Joe Hart in the City goal. He had five shots in total in the game, more than any other player in the game, lasting 88 minus before manager Arsene Wenger withdrew him from action to try and shore up the midfield with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s introduction.

Wilshere proves he can still star for Arsenal 0

Posted on September 14, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal remained one of just three unbeaten sides in the new Premier League campaign as they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with holders Manchester City, and that was probably a fair result taking everything into account.

The Gunners showed a lot of character to overturn a one-goal deficit after conceding completely against the run of play, but some poor defending allowed City to level the score and come into a position to claim all three points.

There were plenty of positives for Arsenal in what was a truly memorable game, but under-fire Jack Wilshere’s impressive display definitely deserves to grab the headlines.

Arsenal can make a statement with victory over City 0

Posted on September 11, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal hosts Premier League title contenders Manchester City in the early kick-off on Saturday. The Gunners have enjoyed a mixed season so far in the top-flight, having won one and drew two games so far.

The draw at Everton may not be considered a terrible result, but the draw at Leicester was slightly more disappointing for the Gunners. Arsenal started the season as title outsiders and will have to improve their performances to be genuine title contenders this season.

Shock

Will Wenger regret not strengthening the midfield following Ramsey injury? 1

Posted on September 10, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey picked up an injury in the 2-1 win for Wales against Andorra recently, and now Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may be forced to replace him for their Premier League clash against Manchester City, despite the 23-year-old suggesting he could be okay to play.

“I’ll be alright – the pitch was very hard there’s no give in it so I rolled my ankle a bit. Hopefully it will be nothing and I’ll be available for Saturday. These are the games you want to play in and I’m looking forward to it,” said Ramsey.

Walcott’s return to boost Arsenal’s chances of winning a major trophy 1

Posted on September 10, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal forward Theo Walcott revealing he should be back in action for Arsenal before October, supporters will be fancying their chances of winning honours this season.

The England international, 25, suffered a ligament injury last season in a cup game against Tottenham, and has been out of action ever since. He missed this summer’s World Cup for England, and hasn’t played a competitive fixture for the Gunners since January.

Supporters will be happy to hear that his return is just weeks away now, with the former Southampton man nearing the end of his rehabilitation. It’s likely Walcott will play in some U21 games to get back his match fitness.

Theo Walcott rules out derby return 0

Posted on September 10, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is not setting a date for his return from a cruciate ligament injury picked-up in the Gunners FA Cup win over Tottenham in January. There were rumours that he could make his return against arch-rivals Spurs at the end of the month, but he has now ruled that out.

Confirmation

Walcott confirmed he will not be returning against Spurs by telling the Sun: “I haven’t put a specific date or looked at a game yet,”



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