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Olivier Giroud scores yet another stunner 0

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Fans and critics alike have questioned the ability of the men that have led the line for Arsenal in recent years as they have been apparently crying out for a top quality striker.

Indeed, the fans have had to remain contented as Tottenham have seen the rise of Harry Kane, while Chelsea have recently switched between two world-class strikers in Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata.

Arsenal recently brought in French striker Alexandre Lacazette and the early indications are that he will become a very good player, but he needs time to properly adjust to the physical nature of the Premier League.

Jack Wilshere shows what Arsenal have been missing 0

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Ben Darvill

It only took one moment of magic for Arsenal to seal victory against Red Star Belgrade on Thursday evening as they maintained their 100% start to their Europa League campaign.

Indeed, one high-quality moment was all that the game got, with the two sides playing out a drab affair that rarely threatened to explode into life. Ultimately, it was the type of game that will have suited Arsene Wenger, with the manager probably happy that his side had scored a goal and kept a clean-sheet following their awful loss to Watford.

Jack Wilshere must start for Arsenal on Thursday 0

Posted on October 18, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal’s loss to Watford on Saturday revealed a number of weaknesses in the London side. Their defence was alarmingly fragile as they were punished for their lack of backbone in the final moments via a Tom Cleverley strike at the death.

Further forward, they were unable to take a number of chances as their profligacy ultimately cost them. In particular, Mesut Ozil spurned a glorious chance to give Arsenal breathing space as he wasted a one-on-one situation by shooting straight at the goalkeeper.

Arsenal should not play their kids in the Europa League 0

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal were blindsided by a very poor loss at the hands of Watford at the weekend as they went down 2-1. The Gunners had been building up ahead of steam in recent weeks with a number of good wins and solid performances seeing them back into a position in which they may have been able to challenge in the league but, in true Arsenal style, they wasted their momentum.

Now, they face a massive task to get their Premier League season back on track following that loss. They are immediately given the chance to get that defeat out of their system on Thursday with a Europa League clash against Red Star Belgrade.

Granit Xhaka embodies Arsenal’s woes 1

Posted on October 16, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal’s woes this season continued as they fell to a damaging defeat at the hands of Watford on Saturday evening. The loss wiped away all the momentum they had built up over recent weeks, with Watford the first side to inflict a loss on Arsenal since they lost to Liverpool on August 27th.

The game itself was marred by controversy as Richarlison won a penalty that allowed Troy Deeney to level the scores. Richarlison himself seemed to go down incredibly easily under the challenge of Hector Bellerin, and the decision left Arsene Wenger fuming.

Will the Europa League be Arsenal’s best way back into the Champions League? 0

Posted on October 15, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal’s loss to Watford revealed a number of things about the Gunners. First is that their defence, which has been solid in recent weeks, is actually anything but, with underlying deficiencies crippling them. Second is that they are still missing that one player that will pick the rest of the team up by the collars and drag them back into the game.

The final thing that can be gleaned from their loss is the fact that the Champions League is a long way off, or, better yet, they will have over-achieved massively to come fourth this campaign due to the massive competition in the league this year.

Is it time for Mesut Ozil to leave Arsenal? 0

Posted on October 15, 2017 by Ben Darvill

When a team is in a poor run of form and nothing seems to be going right, it will lead the fans to become incredibly agitated, and rightly so. With players of a high quality playing at such a low level, the one thing the supporters do not turn their noses up at is a player that is working incredibly hard despite the struggles of those around them.

One player that is always seen working very hard is Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean is by no means short of talent, but what makes him such a fan favourite is his willingness to work, to track back to get the ball and to make amends for his mistakes.

Arsenal and Petr Cech pay the penalty 0

Posted on October 14, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal had a real chance to press their credentials in the league this weekend following Chelsea’s defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, and Liverpool and Manchester United’s draw at Anfield. While Manchester City were in incredible scoring form as they beat Stoke 7-2 to press home their own advantage, the Gunners failed to replicate the Premier League leaders.

While fans and critics alike will be blaming different players, the entire team was at fault for not killing the game off. The penalty decision in which Richarlison went down under minimal contact was soft, but that passage of play should not have been allowed to happen. Mesut Ozil was put through on goal and he could only strike his effort straight at Heurelho Gomes, with Watford then going up to the other end of the pitch and winning the penalty.

Arsenal’s defence cracks under pressure 0

Posted on October 14, 2017 by Ben Darvill

An Achilles heel for Arsenal in recent years has been their defence, with leads so often spurned by poor marking or worse decision making. Ultimately, teams have known that even if they concede a goal against Arsenal, they will likely have a number of chances to equalise and then take the lead at some point in the game.

This defect was on show yet again in their game against Watford as the hosts made Arsenal pay. The Gunners had the better of the possession on the day and had more openings, registering six shots on target to Watford’s three, but it was the hosts that won the game because they took their chances.

Watford pose a real threat to Arsenal’s good run 0

Posted on October 14, 2017 by David Nugent

On Saturday evening, Arsenal, of course, face a trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford, in a game that could be a potential banana skin for Arsene Wenger’s side.

The Gunners are on a good recent run of form of late after winning six of their last seven. They could be forgiven for not winning the other game, as they achieved a very respectable goalless draw at champions Chelsea.

Watford are the sort of team that have made life difficult for Arsenal in recent seasons, especially away from home. Make no mistake they are unlikely to be easy opposition.

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