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Problems at both end of the pitch for Arsenal 3

Posted on November 23, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester United on Saturday was disappointing to say the least. The Gunners dominated for long periods of the game, but the visitors hit them on the counter-attack with devastating effect.

Defence

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that he was annoyed by his teams lax defending. I am sure the majority of Gunners fans would agree with the veteran Frenchman.

However, Wenger can do something about it, the fans cannot. Arsenal looked vulnerable to the counter-attack against United and that is what led to the two goals.

Will Arsenal succumb to another defeat against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League? 1

Posted on November 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Coming off the back of consecutive Premier League defeats is not the preparation manager Arsene Wenger will have wanted for Arsenal ahead of their Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund in midweek. The Bundesliga side have picked up maximum points from their first four games, meaning only a win will do for Arsenal at the Emirates if they are to challenge for the top spot in Group D.

But given the form Arsenal are in currently, with Dortmund earn another comfortable victory against the out-of-form Londoners? Their European form hasn’t been too impressive either. In addition to suffering defeat to Dortmund earlier in the season, Wenger’s men recently spurned a 3-0 lead against Anderlecht to come away with only a point.

Winless run against top-half opposition continues 1

Posted on November 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal suffered a 2-1 home defeat to an injury-hit Manchester United this weekend, which was not only their second consecutive Premier League defeat, but saw their winless run against top-half opposition stretch to six games.

The Gunners drew 2-2 away to Everton, 2-2 at home to Manchester City, 1-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur, lost 2-0 away to Chelsea, lost 2-1 away to Swansea City, and lost 2-1 away to Manchester United. It’s an unenviable record this season, and means they have suffered the worst start in the league since 1982.

Arsenal interested in signing Chelsea keeper Petr Cech 0

Posted on November 20, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are ready to pay £7million for Chelsea keeper Petr Cech in January. The Czech star is now second choice keeper at Stamford Bridge, with Belgian star Thibaut Courtois now considered first choice for the Blues.

Unhappy

Cech is understandably believed to be unhappy at being demoted to second choice at Chelsea and considering his options in the January transfer window. The Czech Republic international has been first choice keeper with the Blues for a decade.

Who should be Arsenal’s main striker when Giroud returns to fitness? 0

Posted on November 19, 2014 by David Nugent

As my colleague Crippy Cooke reported on yesterday, Arsenal’s French striker Olivier Giroud is close to returning to fitness and could be fit to face West Brom on November 29th, a game the Gunners are odds of 4/5 to win.

Giroud has been told he must fight for his place in the Gunners starting line-up when he does recover from his ankle injury.

Competition

French international Giroud carried the burden of the Gunners attack for much of last season. His only real help or competition for his first choice starting berth was French youngster Yaya Sanogo, who has yet to register a single for the Gunners senior team, despite scoring for the France under-21’s.

Is Jack Wilshere creative enough to be a deep-lying playmaker? 0

Posted on November 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been operating at the base of a midfield diamond for England this season. For the Gunners, the 22-year-old has featured as a holding midfielder alongside a more combative player, but is Wilshere really a deep-lying playmaker?

He’s been operating deep, due to his impressive range of distribution, while possession combative traits that help him to nullify the threat of the opposition.

Gunners linked with £60million-rated Porto duo 0

Posted on November 18, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are monitoring the situation of Porto duo Juan Fernando Quintero and Jackson Martinez, who have a reported combine value of £60million. The Gunners are now being linked with a summer move for the duo.

Linked

The pair were linked with moves to the Emirates in the summer, but nothing materialised, despite rumours that Quintero was even on his way to London to discuss personal terms with the Gunners. The pair have also been linked with moves to the likes of Roma in Martinez’s case and Juventus in Quintero’s.

Attackers

Is criticism of Aaron Ramsey’s form this season unfair? 0

Posted on November 17, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey seems to have been on the end of a lot of criticism this season, after not making the best start to the Gunners campaign. Ramsey appeared for his country in a very creditable 0-0 draw against Belgium in their Euro 2016 qualifier last night.

Slow

Ramsey has enjoyed a slow start to his campaign and has scored just three times in his 17 appearances for club and country this season. That record is in stark contrast to last season when he scored 16 goals, despite missing most of the second half of the campaign.

Can Welbeck now find his scoring form in the Premier League? 0

Posted on November 16, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck scored a brace in England’s 3-1 Euro 2016 qualifier victory over Slovenia yesterday. It was the former-Manchester United striker’s fifth goal of the qualification campaign and his second brace after also finding the net twice in the victory over Switzerland.

In fact the striker is now leading scorer in Euro 2016 qualifying, an impressive feat considering the top class talent in the other teams in qualifying.

Confidence

Hopefully that brace can give the 23-year-old some confidence in front of goal for Arsenal. Like most strikers he is a confidence player. When he is scoring goals then the game seems to come easy, but goals have not come easy for Welbeck at Arsenal since his summer arrival from Manchester United.

Lukas Podolski will surely leave Arsenal in January? 0

Posted on November 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski looks destined to be leaving the club in January, after making his feelings know about the lack of action being afforded to him by manager Arsene Wenger.

The German international has been critical of the Gunners boss all through the current campaign, expressing his frustration at a lack of playing action afforded to him, while hinting that he will leave the club if it continues.

Amassing just 50 minutes of Premier League football this season has led to the former Bayern Munich man losing patience, and there won’t be a shortage of clubs in bid for his services when the January transfer window opens.



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