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Giroud continues his run of goalscoring against QPR 0

Posted on March 05, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal claimed a 2-1 win at QPR on Wednesday night, with French striker Olivier Giroud scoring the crucial opening goal of the game. Giroud came in for heavy criticism for his display against Monaco in the Champions League, but he has been in good scoring form of late in the Premier League.

Goals

The striker has now scored five goals in his last seven Premier League appearances and has ten Premier League goals this season. Giroud has developed a habit of scoring first goals, just like he did against Everton in the weekend 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

Could Arsenal’s run-in see them finisher higher than 3rd? 0

Posted on March 05, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are quietly enjoying a great run of form in the Premier League, and will certainly be aware of how close they are to 2nd-placed Manchester City with 10 games to go. Arsene Wenger’s men have a seemingly favourable run of games left in the league too, so do they stand a chance of finishing higher than 3rd?

(14/3/15) West Ham United (home)
(21/3/15) Newcastle United (away)
(04/4/15) Liverpool (home)
(11/4/15) Burnley (away)
(18/4/15) Sunderland (home)
(26/4/15) Chelsea (home)
(02/5/15) Hull City (away)
(09/5/15) Swansea City (home)
(16/5/15) Manchester United (away)
(24/5/15) West Bromwich Albion (home)

Sanchez finally ends his goal drought against QPR 0

Posted on March 05, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez finally ended his run of games without scoring, with the Chilean international meeting in last night’s 2-1 win against relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers. The Gunners were made to work for their victory, but picked up a valuable three points in the hunt for a top-four place.

The win was made all the more sweeter with Alexis Sanchez getting in on the act, as the former Barcelona player found himself receiving some criticism for going somewhat off the boil in the last few weeks. Prior to his goal against Queens Park Rangers, Sanchez’s last came in the 3-0 win over Stoke City in January, with the Chilean scoring two and assisting the other. Sanchez is 24/1 to finish as the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season.

Could Arsene Wenger be prepping Danny Welbeck to eventually replace Olivier Giroud? 0

Posted on March 03, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is man always planning for the future, and it’s clear he has big plans with Danny Welbeck, despite the former Manchester United man enduring a bittersweet debut season. The 24-year-old has always maintained he can play as a centre-forward, and upon his arrival the French coach said that’s the position he will be utilised.

However after first-choice striker Olivier Giroud returned from injury, Welbeck was forced more into the wider areas on the pitch, with his industry and work rate utilised more than his qualities on the ball. As the England international has just four goals from 19 league games, Wenger has perhaps been justified to stick with Giroud in attack (9 goals in 16 games).

Poor start to the season cost Arsenal a genuine title challenge 0

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

A lot has been made about Arsenal in the Premier League this season, with the Gunners being ruled out of a title challenge early into the campaign. 2013/14 saw the Londoners top of the pack for the majority of the season, until Liverpool and eventual winners Manchester City hot up in the top-two.

Arsenal haven’t been higher in the table than third all season, and they’ve only spent around three weeks in the position. Arsene Wenger’s men are 1/2 to finish in the top-three of the Premier League, but they have competition from the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Southampton.

Could Arsenal finish in the Premier League top two? 0

Posted on March 02, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s doom and gloom after the awful 3-1 Champions League defeat against Monaco was slightly lifted by Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. It was not vintage Arsenal, but it was a win all the same.

Closing

Yesterday’s win over the Toffees put the Gunners just four points behind second place Manchester City in the Premier League table. The win was Arsenal’s sixth Premier League victory in their last seven league games and results wise the Gunners have been in form.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin picks up injury in Everton victory 0

Posted on March 01, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin picked up a broken nose in the Gunners’ 2-0 victory against Everton, and manager Arsene Wenger admitted he was unsure how long the French midfielder would be out of action for.

The 23-year-old collided with teammate Olivier Giroud when going for a header, and subsequently needed treatment to stop the bleeding. The incident also saw him breaking his nose. He initially carried on, but was hit in the nose by the ball which caused bleeding again. He was substituted as a result, and replaced by Calum Chambers.

Has Gabriel Paulista done enough to prove his worth? 0

Posted on March 01, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista started at centre-back in place of Per Mertesacker against Everton on Sunday afternoon, and the Brazilian put in a decent showing. Signed from Villarreal in January, the 24-year-old has quickly been thrown into the mix for the Gunners and vindicated his manager’s decision to back him over the German international.

Gabriel made six interceptions in the 2-0 win against Everton. He also made 10 clearances, and a vital last-man tackle to keep the Toffees at bay. His performance improved as the game went on, and Mertesacker should certainly be worried about his place. The German centre-back under-preformed against AS Monaco in the 3-1 defeat at the Emirates, so it was very bold for manager Arsene Wenger to make the necessary changes.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has minor ankle surgery 0

Posted on February 27, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere has had minor surgery on his ankle. Wilshere has become increasing injury-prone in recent seasons, but Wenger believes he will be back in action in days not weeks.

Surgery

Wenger confirmed the fact that Wilshere had surgery by telling Sky Sports: “Jack has had surgery to take two screws off his ankle because they were irritating him but it’s a very minor procedure – he’ll be out for a few days.

Have Arsenal gone backwards this season? 0

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s 3-1 home defeat to AS Monaco in the Champions League second round has capped what has been a disappointing season for the Gunners. Supporters are once again at odds with their long-serving manager for a perceived lack of progression, but are they wrong?

After last season’s seven-month title challenge and FA Cup triumph, Arsene Wenger’s men and see their top-four hopes still being questioned, and they look to be crashing out of Europe. They are still on course to retain the FA Cup, but have they improved from last season?



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