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Arsenal could blow open the title race 0

Posted on February 08, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday was vital. Prior to kick-off the Gunners were eight points behind league leaders Leicester in the table, after the Foxes recorded a sensational 3-1 win at title rivals Manchester City.

Kept their nerve

Recent results had consigned Arsenal to fourth spot in the table, but Arsene Wenger’s side kept their cool to record a win on the south coast through goals from Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It was much-needed following a four game run without a win in the top-flight.

Welbeck plays in U21 victory against Brighton 0

Posted on February 07, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck made his return from injury in a 4-1 win against Brighton & Hove Albion U21s on Friday afternoon, and came through with no problems. The England international had been out of action since April last year, and has recently been back training with the squad with a view to featuring in the coming months of the Premier League campaign.

Manager Arsene Wenger previous revealed the former Manchester United forward would not be rushed back into the team due to the nature of his knee injury, so Welbeck is expected to make a number of appearances for the U21s and non-competitive friendlies before he’s brought back into the first-team squad for Premier League action.

Alexis Sanchez still some way short on match fitness 0

Posted on February 07, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez played 80 minutes in the Gunners’ 2-0 win against Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon, but showed he’s still building up his match fitness. The Chilean international was far from his best at Dean Court, spurning one notable opportunity, and will clearly need more time to capture his best form.

After latching on to an aerial pass, Sanchez fired over from close range, a chance who would normally bury, and was guilty of being wasteful in possession at times. Given offside more times than any of his teammates, while struggling to beat his opposite marker when on the ball, supporters will have to be patient see the best of their prolific attacker.

Returning Danny Welbeck could feature against Manchester United at the end of February 0

Posted on February 06, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck is back for the Gunners but is considerably short on match fitness given his lengthy layout, and manager Arsene Wenger revealed he could be back with the first-team in time for their Premier League clash to come against Manchester United on Sunday, February 28th.

“He is playing today with the under-21s, for one half at least. I believe that he needs to play two or three games before thinking about coming back into the first team. We can organise games internally without being official games and I think in the next three weeks he should be available,” said the Gunners boss.

Arsene Wenger suggests Cazorla loss is finally starting to cost them 1

Posted on February 06, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hinted that their scoring woes of late have come from a lack of decisive creativity from enough players, perhaps down to the long-term injury suffered by Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla at a time where the midfielder was a pivotal player for the London outfit in a key area of the pitch.

The Gunners face Bournemouth in the Premier League this weekend, and are 1/1 to pick up all three points at Dean Court, but they’re coming off the back of four league games without a win, three of which has seen them fail to score. While placing blame on the chances not being taken, Wenger also believes the quality of opportunities served up make a difference too.

Arsenal agree first option on Real Madrid star 0

Posted on February 05, 2016 by David Nugent

The Metro are reporting that Arsenal have agreed a deal to have first option on Real Madrid playmaker Isco for a fee of around £34.6million. This information is according to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli.

Another attacking midfielder

I am not sure how reliable the Italian journalist’s sources are, but it is an interesting story. If it is true then Isco could be heading to north London, if of course another club does not put in a bigger offer for the playmaker.

Arsenal icon claims the Gunners needed a striker in January 0

Posted on February 04, 2016 by David Nugent

Former-Arsenal icon and current Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has voiced a common complaint connected with the north London club by claiming that his former team needed to sign a striker in the winter transfer window.

Striker needed in January

Merson told Sky Sports News HQ“I was very disappointed Arsenal didn’t do more business on Deadline Day,”

“They needed a centre forward, they need to score goals. All the clubs down the bottom signed strikers to help them avoid relegation, and it’s the same if you’re going for titles, you need to score goals.

Arsenal desperately need to rediscover scoring touch 0

Posted on February 04, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

The four-match winless run in the Premier League have seriously damaged Arsenal’s hopes of ending the long wait for the league trophy, and it is perfectly clear that poor attacking performances have been the main reason behind the latest downtrend.

The Gunners have now failed to score a single goal in last three league fixtures, which is a record even most relegation strugglers would be embarrassed about, let alone the team vying for the coveted trophy.

In all fairness, there have been some mitigating circumstances, with the Gunners having Per Mertesacker sent off early on vs Chelsea, yet still creating some decent opportunities, while it was the impressive Fraser Forster that denied them the win vs Southampton.

In-form Aaron Ramsey spells out his goalscoring instincts as a midfielder 2

Posted on February 04, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s box-to-box midfielder Aaron Ramsey revealed how he manages to get himself in on the scoring act, citing his decision-making as a key factor of gambling when the Gunners are in possession. The Welsh international has scored and created six goals in the Premier League this season. He frequently gets into the opposition area to be a threat in the final third and revealed the gamble when having to vacate his position.

Wilshere nearing a return for Arsenal 0

Posted on February 04, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere revealed his return for the Gunners wouldn’t be too far away but he was looking to build up his match fitness so he can hit the ground running in the second-half of the season. The English international has been out of action all campaign, but could be key in the coming months if he can capture his best form. In recent weeks, Arsene Wenger’s men have been struggling for goals, but Wilshere’s creativity could be key to bolstering the attack.

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