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Gunners must now ensure Champions League qualification 0

Posted on April 27, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s goalless draw with Premier League leaders Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday means that the Blues are almost certain to clinch the title this season. Arsene Wenger’s side had a slim hope of catching Jose Mourinho’s team at the top of the table this season.

However, after the draw Arsenal’s hopes of claiming the title now look to be gone and the north London side need to concentrate on ensuring they seal a top three finish and an automatic Champions League for next season.

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Arsenal boasting the best Premier League defensive record in 2015 0

Posted on April 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Sunday was their seventh clean sheet in 14 games this year, and meant they stayed top of the table for having the best defence. The Gunners have conceded just nine goals in 2015, which is lower than any other side in the Premier League.

Considering how frequently they were leaking goals earlier in the season, manager Arsene Wenger will be delighted they have finally shored up the backline. He can now rely on the team to keep out the opposition as the side are looking much more balanced with the likes of Francis Coquelin providing the protection.

Ramsey happy to take a point against Chelsea on Sunday 0

Posted on April 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey says he’s content enough to take a point from the Gunners’ clash against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. Arsene Wenger’s side did have the odd opportunity where they could have won the game, but such moments were hardly clear-cut, and Chelsea had the best chance of the match that they didn’t take.

After the final whistle, both sides appeared happy enough to take a share of the spoils from an intriguing encounter, and Ramsey in particular was taking the positives from the game. He said: “We created a few chances, got into some dangerous areas but didn’t quite take the opportunities when we did get in there. They were very well organised and were happy with the point in the end. On another day we may have scored a couple and won the game.”

Olivier Giroud still without a Chelsea goal for Arsenal 1

Posted on April 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud failed to score against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, as the two London rivals played out a 0-0 at the Emirates stadium. It was the sixth time in his career that he’s been without something to show for his efforts when coming up against the Premier League holders.

The French international, 28, has enjoyed a fine season with the London side, netting 14 goals in 22 games so far, but he’s always come up short when it has mattered the most for Arsene Wenger’s men. Giroud struggled to physically compete with Chelsea’s centre-backs, and couldn’t get the ball to feet for long enough to conjure any magic.

Did Arsenal ride their luck against Chelsea on Sunday? 0

Posted on April 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal drew 0-0 at home to Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend, which extended their unbeaten run in the division to nine games, but also put an end to their eight-game win streak at the same time. Manager Arsene Wenger will have had bittersweet feelings following the final whistle, but were his side somewhat fortunate at times?

Early into the game the visitors should have had a penalty following a foul by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina on Chelsea midfielder Oscar, who lofted the ball over the Colombian shot-stopper, before being clattered for his troubles. The shot went wide, and referee Michael Oliver gave a goal kick.

Mertesacker “50-50” to face Chelsea this weekend 0

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says defender Per Mertesacker is only “50-50” to play against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, and will be subject to a late fitness test to decide whether or not he will make the squad at the very minimum.

Last week against Reading, Per Mertesacker got injured and he has not been out [training] since. He’s still in the treatment room and I don’t know if he will be available or not. [He is] 50/50 [to start against Chelsea] at the moment. Apart from Mertesacker, everybody else [from last weekend] should be available.

Emirates form will see Chelsea running scared on Sunday 0

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are the favourites to see past Chelsea in this weekend’s Premier League clash, and given how formidable the Gunners have been at the Emirates stadium in recent few weeks, the Blues should be very fearful of Arsenal’s threat on home soil.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho normally sets his side up to nullify the threat of the opposition when his team are playing against top opposition, and this weekend should be no different on their short trip to face London rivals Arsenal.

Is this Arsenal’s best chance of finally beating Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea? 1

Posted on April 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal face Chelsea at the Emirates this weekend, with sees old adversaries Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho’s locking horns. The latter has come on top in their past meetings, with Wenger having so far failed to beat them in any of the 12 games between the two successful bosses.

The Gunners have beaten Manchester City at the Etihad stadium, and Manchester United at Old Trafford, but a victory over Mourinho has alluded them since the Portuguese coach stepped onto the scene. This weekend will give Wenger one last chance this season to get one over the Chelsea boss, and based on recent form, the strength of their side, and home advantage, Arsenal should perhaps be coming away with a victory.

Could Alexis Sanchez still be in line to win the PFA Player of the Year award? 0

Posted on April 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

With the PFA Player of the Year award to be announced this weekend, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes forward Alexis Sanchez still has a chance of winning over favourite Eden Hazard (Chelsea), as the Chilean international has found his form at the tail-end of the season.

Signed from Barcelona last summer, Alexis Sanchez took little time to settle in the Premier League. This season, he’s scored 21 goals, and has made nine assists in 36 games for the Gunners, which means he’s scored and created more goals then Hazard.

Arsenal the best team in the Premier League in 2015 0

Posted on April 23, 2015 by David Nugent

According to the stats, Arsenal are the best team in the Premier League in 2015. The Gunners face runaway league leaders Chelsea on Sunday in a vital game.

The north London side could still mathematically catch the Blues, but in reality it looks unlikely to happen as Jose Mourinho’s side have a ten point lead at the top of the table with just six league games remaining this season.

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The Gunners have collected 33 points from 13 games in 2015, which is three more than their south west London counterparts. Arsene Wenger’s win are on a run of eight straight victories, after suffering a 2-1 defeat at arch-rivals Tottenham in February.



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