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Gunners produced un-Arsenal like display to draw at Chelsea 0

Posted on September 18, 2017 by David Nugent

I have to say going into yesterday’s London derby against champions Chelsea I did not fancy the Gunners to get the win. However, a draw was always achievable if Arsenal decided to abandon Arsene Wenger’s football philosophy.

I thought that was very unlikely, yet low and behold the Gunners produced a very solid, always perfect away performance to draw 0-0 with the champions. The only thing missing was a goal on the counter-attack, which Aaron Ramsey came so close to scoring, but hit the post.

Europa League win should lift Arsenal 0

Posted on September 15, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal are preparing to face London rivals and English champions at Stamford Bridge on Sunday lunchtime. No doubt, it is a very difficult game and one that could prove crucial to the Gunners season.

On paper, Arsenal look unlikely to win at Stamford Bridge and you would have to be a brave man to back the Gunners to emerge from south west London with a win. However, the performance of a weakened team in the second half of Thursday 3-1 win over Koln should give the visitors some encouragement.

Sanchez not sulking

Turkish club held talks to sign Jack Wilshere 0

Posted on September 12, 2017 by David Nugent

Trabzonspor chief Muharrem Usta has revealed that the Turkish club held talks to sign Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere in the summer transfer window.

The midfielder is surplus to requirements at the north London club and was expected to move on this summer. However, despite reported interest from a number of clubs in the midfielder, the injury-prone star remained at the club.

It seems Turkey was a possible destination, with Usta telling Turkish-Football: “I held direct talks with Jack Wilshere,”

“We wanted him on loan and were close to a deal but the move stalled at the last moment.”

Arsenal a decent bet to win the Europa League at odds of 8/1 0

Posted on September 11, 2017 by David Nugent

Everybody connected with Arsenal were understandably unhappy at missing out on the Champions League places last season and the Gunners playing Europa League football this season.

The Europa League is generally considered the Champions League poor relationship by Premier League clubs. Many English teams have fielded weakened teams and showed the competition a general apathy.

However, last season Manchester United may just have bucked a trend. In truth, United boss Jose Mourinho did not take the competition that seriously. That was until the Red Devils got to the latter stages and it became apparent United could win the competition. It has to be said the Portuguese boss did select pretty strong starting line-ups in the competition.

Welbeck and Lacazette could prove a handy double act for Arsenal 0

Posted on September 10, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a very comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon. I predicted the Cherries would be a good team for the Gunners to face. Eddie Howe’s side proved to be more than obliging opposition.

They like to play football but are woefully naïve at defence. However, that should not take anything away from Arsenal’s attacking endeavours from the likes of Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette.

The former pair particularly deserves credit for the win. Welbeck is much maligned by Arsenal fans, but on his day, he can be a real handful for opposition defences. The England international deserved his brace against Bournemouth. His assist was not bad either.

Failing to sign Mbappe is the story of Wenger in recent years 0

Posted on September 07, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has down the years scouted most of the best stars in European football. He has not signed many of them, but was highly aware of all them and came close to signing them.

The way Wenger talks sometimes it sounds like he has known the players since they were babies. For once, though, a star has claimed that Arsenal were a ‘real option for me’. That young star is France wonderkid Kylian Mbappe.

The 18-year-old joined big spending French giants PSG on deadline day on loan. He will be making a reported £165million move to the French capital next summer. However, it seems Mbappe did consider Arsenal as a viable option.

Arsenal will spend £60-70million to replace Sanchez says Wenger 4

Posted on September 06, 2017 by David Nugent

According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger the Gunners will need to pay £60-70million to replace want away forward Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean reportedly came close to a move to Manchester City, only for Arsenal’s lack of replacement to scupper the move.

The forward may leave in January or next summer, but it now seems to be a case of when not if the forward leaves in the next 11 months. Talking about Sanchez, Wenger told BeIN Sports: ‘You take Sanchez into the final year of your contract, you sacrifice £60m-£70m income and then at the end of the season you will have to buy somebody for that amount of money,’

Sead Kolasinac should play at left wing-back for Arsenal 0

Posted on September 05, 2017 by David Nugent

In a month where everything seemed to go wrong for Arsenal, summer signing Sead Kolasinac won the Gunners Player of the Month.

In truth, there were slim pickings among the Gunners players for the award. However, the former Schalke player managed to win the award, despite only playing in two of the team’s three league games this season.

The fans vote was maybe a vote of no confidence in the players that appeared in the 4-0 hammering at Liverpool, than a vote of confidence for the Bosnia and Herzegovina star.

Made a mixed start to his Arsenal career

Keeping star duo a statement of ambition according to Gazidis 0

Posted on September 04, 2017 by David Nugent

According to Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, keeping Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez this summer is a statement of ambition from the north London club. The pair both have less than 12 months left on their contracts in north London.

In truth, though, Arsenal would have sold Sanchez to Manchester City if they could have signed French winger Thomas Lemar on deadline day.

Gazidis is quoted by the Express as saying: “It was a clear statement of our ambitions and should help refute suggestions we are just about the money. That is simply nonsense.”

Should Arsenal have signed Danny Drinkwater? 0

Posted on September 03, 2017 by David Nugent

According to Arsenal hero Paul Merson, Arsenal should have made a move for now-Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater in the summer. The England international joined Premier League champions signed Drinkwater for £35million from Leicester on deadline day.

Merse in his column in the Daily Star wrote, “Arsenal should have bid for Danny Drinkwater rather than let him go to Chelsea. At least he will fight for you. This lot just give up.

“In my day, the dressing room after a performance like that would have been a war zone. You would have had to call the police because there would have been fights everywhere.”



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