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How crucial is Aaron Ramsey to Arsenal’s future success? 0

Posted on April 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey recently made his first Premier League start for four months and led his side to a 3-0 win against Hull City – scoring once and making an assist.

The Welshman’s influence on the Arsenal side was clear to see. His industry both in attack and defensively remains key to Arsenal ending the game with a positive result. In the long period of Ramsey’s absence, it was perhaps no coincidence Arsenal’s form greatly dipped.

With Ramsey (without Ramsey in brackets)

PL apps: 21 (14)
Wins: 14 (5)
Draws: 3 (4)
Losses: 4 (3)
Goals for: 41 (20)
Goals against: 20 (19)
Point per game: 2.14 (1.35)

Wenger set to sign new deal and spend big this summer 1

Posted on April 24, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to end speculation over his future by signing a two-year contract extension and then spend big this summer strengthening his squad. The news that Wenger will sign a new contract may not come as a surprise, but Wenger spending big may surprise some Gunners fans.

Spending

Mr Wenger is notoriously careful with Arsenal’s money and almost treats the club chequebook like it his own. For most managers that would mean spending big and bringing in expensive new players, not Arsene though.

Could Arsene Wenger leave Arsenal this summer? 2

Posted on April 23, 2014 by David Nugent

According to Goal.com, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could leave the club if the Gunners do not achieve their season objectives of winning the FA Cup and finishing in the top-four of the Premier League.

Doubts

Arsenal’s recent slump from the top of the table to fourth has created doubts over the Frenchman’s future at the club. Embarrassing defeats against the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea have led to fans questioning the veteran’s future with the club.

According to Goal, it seems the 62-year-old could walk away from the club if the Gunners do not achieve their goals in the next month.

Top-four finish and an FA Cup final a successful season for Arsenal? 3

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal three points away from matching last season’s points tally in the Premier League with three more games still to play, while having an FA Cup final to play in the middle of May, would it be a successful season for the Gunners?

After having relinquished their top spot in the Premier League early spring-time, many were left frustrated with manager Arsene Wenger having once again failed to deliver in the division, but some feel it’s still been a better campaign.

Could Lukas Podolski play through the middle next season? 1

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski having scored four goals from his last two games, there’s reason to believe the Gunners could well have another striker option under their noses for the next campaign, rather than having to shell out millions on a replacement who is unproven in the Premier League.

The German international, 28, took his league tally to eight goals in 17 league games for the season, which now makes him Arsenal’s third top goalscorer for the campaign.

Some Arsenal fans need to be careful what they wish for 6

Posted on April 22, 2014 by David Nugent

As we all know Arsenal are favourites to claim fourth spot in the Premier League and win the FA Cup, with a final against Hull yet to come next month. It is starting to look like it may not be all doom and gloom at the Emirates Stadium.

Spare a though for all those poor Manchester United fans, who have just seen their boss David Moyes sacked after less than a year in charge, after the Scot replaced United legend Sir Alex Ferguson in the Red Devils dugout last summer.

Comparison

Arsenal have no problem beating the lower position sides, but falter in big games 0

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said his side are now looking more mentally fresh to finish the season strongly, is their recent good form just down to the calibre of opponent?

The Gunners have taken the most points from bottom-half opposition with 47 points this season. But against the top-half sides, Wenger’s men have only won six out of their 17 games.

It highlights Arsenal’s problem in the last few years, and would also suggest injuries aren’t a viable excuse about their failings in the league this campaign.

Arsenal a different side with Ramsey, Ozil, Podolski 1

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Having witnessed a stunning performance from Arsenal in the 3-0 triumph over Hull City, one cannot help but wonder what would have been if Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey hadn’t picked up their respective injuries and Lukas Podolski was given a prolonged run in the side.

It was the attack-minded trip that had a key role in overcoming resilient Tigers at their KC Stadium, ensuring the Gunners have the psychological advantage over Steve Bruce’s side ahead of the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Race for the Champions League could go down to the wire 0

Posted on April 21, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 3-0 win at Hull yesterday briefly put the Gunners four points clear in the race for fourth spot and a Champions League place. Rivals Everton replied with 2-0 win at Goodison over reigning champions Manchester United.

Battle

After Wednesday’s shock 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace, people could have been forgiven for thinking that Everton were going to finish the season with a whimper, rather than a flourish. However, it seems that the Palace game was just a blip for the Toffees.

Will Hull Dent Arsenal’s Champions League Hopes With Gunners’ Poor Recent Away Form? 0

Posted on April 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Hull City host Arsenal today hoping to seal their Premier League safety, which in turn will harm the Gunners chances of finishing in the Champions League this season.

Arsenal have been woeful away from home of late. The Londoners have won just once on their travels in the last three months. There’s also the worry of their defensive record too, with the side having gone six straight games in all competitions without a clean sheet.



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