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Arsenal second favourites to win the Europa League at 4/1 0

Posted on February 23, 2018 by David Nugent

To be kind Arsenal failed to turn up on Thursday night against Swedish side Ostersunds in the Europa League last-32 second leg at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners lost 2-1 against the minnows but won the tie 4-2 on aggregate

Most people connected with Arsenal believed the team had done enough in the first leg by beating Graham Potter’s team 3-0. However, 24 minutes into the game, the visitors had scored twice and were threatening to produce a magnificent comeback.

On another night, the Swedish side could have pulled off the comeback. However, they ran out of steam in the second half.

Arsenal must choose a solid midfield for their game against Manchester City 0

Posted on February 21, 2018 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal face a massive test on Sunday as they travel to Wembley to play against Premier League behemoth Manchester City in the EFL Cup final. Both sides will feel they can win the contest, but Pep Guardiola’s men will be favourites, and rightly so.

The Gunners have been poor this season in comparison to their next opponents as they sit 27 points short of City with just 11 games of the season left. In Europe, City have been outstanding in the Champions League, while Arsenal have had to settle for the Europa League.

Arsenal can afford to rest players on Thursday night 0

Posted on February 20, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has never changed his attitude towards team selections for cup games. He usually uses fringe players and young players in the likes of the League Cup and the Europa League.

However, last Thursday, Wenger decided to field a relatively strong side in the Gunners 3-0 win at Ostersunds in the Europa League first leg last 32 tie. The fact that Mesut Ozil started for the first time in Europe showed that Wenger knew the game was a tricky encounter.

A very comfortable lead

Ancelotti not set to replace Wenger this summer 0

Posted on February 19, 2018 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, the Arsenal hierarchy favour a younger replacement than Italian boss Carlo Ancelotti, if veteran boss Arsene Wenger leaves the Emirates this summer.

Wenger will have one year of his two-year contract left to run in the summer. However, there has been speculation that Wenger may leave the club, as the Gunners are currently struggling to qualify for the Champions League and are now odds of 12/1 to claim a top-four spot.

The situation was exactly the same last summer after the team from north London finished fifth, so Wenger may not be going anywhere just yet.

Arsenal 4-1 to win the Europa League this season 0

Posted on February 16, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal couldn’t really win last night when they faced Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the last 32 of the Europa League. If they recorded an easy win it would be down to being superior to the minnows, if they would have lost, they would have been slated to high heaven.

Thankfully, the Gunners produced a highly professional performance to win the first leg 3-0 and almost render the second leg at the Emirates pointless.

Named a strong team

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has named weakened sides in the previous rounds of this competition. However, the veteran French boss took no chances with his team selection in the potential banana skin of a tie.

Arsenal face a make or break tie against Ostersunds 0

Posted on February 14, 2018 by Ben Darvill

What a season it has turned into for Arsenal. They have watched Manchester City dominate in the league, while City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are all enjoying successful campaigns in the Champions League too. The FA Cup returns this weekend and they will once again be watching on, with their season now down to one competition – the Europa League.

Arsenal are now eight points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League spot which means that they will likely miss out on a top-four berth. While they do have a chance to win the EFL Cup by beating Manchester City, it would likely not be enough to be seen as a successful season.

Are Arsenal now just flat track bullies? 2

Posted on February 12, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal has a reputation for failing to show up in big games. Saturday’s north London derby 1-0 defeat by Tottenham was a prime example. Yet, the previous week the Gunners smashed Everton 5-1 at home. The two results suggest that Arsene Wenger’s team are just track bullies.

Good enough to a point

For me, until the January transfer window, it felt like the quality of the Arsenal squad was deteriorating. The signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were good signings.

Arsenal now odds of 10/1 to claim a Champions League spot 0

Posted on February 11, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal returned to type on Saturday afternoon, suffering a 1-0 defeat at arch-rivals Tottenham in the north London derby.

The Gunners kept the home side relatively quiet at Wembley in the first half of Saturday’s game. However, in the second half, Mauricio Pochettino’s side could have added to their one-goal lead.

Arsene Wenger’s side did have some limited chances in the second period. However, it would be a stretch to say that Arsenal deserved anything out of the game.

Big attacking players failed to turn up

Arsenal odds of 11/2 to sign Riyad Mahrez this summer 0

Posted on February 08, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has fanned the flames of rumour that Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez may be a transfer target by claiming he knows what happened with the Algerian’s failed deadline day move to Manchester City.

Mahrez has gone on strike since a deadline day move to the Citizens collapsed and has not played since. He is expected to miss out once again this weekend, as the Foxes travel to the Etihad Stadium this weekend.

Talking about the Mahrez situation, Wenger told the press: “You want the clubs to behave well and the players to behave well. In the case of Mahrez which I know a bit the story, I wouldn’t want to come out on that”.

Should Sead Kolasinac be in the Arsenal starting line-up? 3

Posted on February 07, 2018 by David Nugent

One of my colleagues wrote this morning that Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to be handed a new deal with the north London club.

The 20-year-old has impressed playing out-of-position at left wing-back for Arsene Wenger’s team in the last few months. Maitland-Niles is naturally a midfielder and made a number of appearances for England under-20’s in his favoured position as the junior lions won the World Cup.

Ainsley-Niles selection at in an unfamiliar position has blocked the path to the starting eleven of versatile Bosnian international Sead Kolasinac, who arrived at the club from Schalke in the summer.

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