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Arsenal lack a killer instinct 0

Posted on December 17, 2017 by David Nugent

The Arsenal players like to make life interesting for their supporters. Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium was a good example of that theory.

Arsenal looked in complete control in the first half and Newcastle barely threatened the Gunners goal. However, Arsenal failed to score a killer second goal.

As it is near the season of giving, the Arsenal defence decided to give the visitors some great opportunities to something from this game. Fortunately, for the Gunners, Newcastle could not find the net with a SAT NAV at the minute.

Lacking a killer instinct

Arsenal cannot afford to fail against Newcastle 0

Posted on December 16, 2017 by Ben Darvill

As games go, this is the best and worst match that Arsenal could have hoped for. The visitors to the Emirates Stadium are Newcastle United, who are in desperate need of a win this weekend as their battle with relegation worsens with every single game.

Arsenal are winless in their last three following a defeat at the hands of Manchester United and draws with Southampton and West Ham. This has seen the side fall down to seventh in the league, a point behind Tottenham in fourth. Of course, a single win could see them rise back into fourth, but along with Spurs, Liverpool and Burnley are also jostling for position, meaning competition is high.

Does Jack Wilshere have a long-term Arsenal future? 0

Posted on December 14, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal struggled to make an impact on the West Ham goal in Wednesday night’s goalless draw. One of the few positives of the Gunners display was a decent display from central midfielder Jack Wilshere.

The England international was making his first Premier League start of the campaign after making all his starts this season in the League Cup and Europa League. It was, in fact, Wilshere’s first league appearance for Arsenal since May 2016 due to a loan spell at Bournemouth last season.

Graham Potter can enhance his reputation against Arsenal 0

Posted on December 11, 2017 by David Nugent

When you say the name Graham Potter, people would be forgiven for thinking that he runs a north west nightclub with bouncers by the name of Max and Paddy on the door. Oh sorry, that is the fictional Peter Kay character, Brian Potter.

However, in fact, Graham Potter is a former West Brom and Stoke defender who is making a big name for himself in managerial circles at Swedish club Ostersunds.

The Ostersunds boss will get to pit his wits against Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in the last-32 of the Europa League following Monday’s draw.

Highly successful in Sweden

There is no room for error in Arsenal’s Europa League last-32 game 0

Posted on December 11, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal’s fans would have been forgiven for tuning into the Champions League knockout round draw on Monday morning, such was their team’s long and uninterrupted affiliation with the contest. However, their fate was sealed from a draw after Europe’s premier competition had been decided. Arsenal were given Swedish side Ostersunds.

The Swedish team are not a household name, and the likelihood is that the team was met by a chorus of ‘who?’, which, in part, makes Arsenal’s game that much more difficult.

Arsenal cannot afford to lost to West Ham on Wednesday 0

Posted on December 10, 2017 by Ben Darvill

It was not the result Arsenal were looking for on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton in their Premier League game. The dropping of two points in conjunction with the fact that Manchester City can go 17 points clear of the Gunners means the weekend has been a hugely disappointing one.

Charlie Austin struck early for the hosts as he put Southampton ahead. Arsenal enjoyed a huge share of the possession, but they were awful when it came to any kind of incisive ball. In fact, they seemed more concerned with passing it sideways rather than going forward.

Arsenal still lack an incisive presence in the middle 0

Posted on December 10, 2017 by Ben Darvill

It was the same old story for Arsenal against Southampton on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by their hosts. The stalemate means that the Gunners are 14 points short of leaders Manchester City having played a game more, which has pretty much brought an end to their slim title hopes.

The game itself was a direct antithesis to their loss against Manchester United last weekend. Arsenal created a huge amount of chances only to be stopped on the line by the marvellous David de Gea. On Sunday, Arsenal were not able to be toothless with their finishing as they rarely threatened to open their opponents up.

Should Arsenal field first-team stars in the Europa League? 1

Posted on December 08, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal coasted into the knockout stages of the Europa League On Thursday night. In reality, the Gunners were a cut above the teams in their group. Arsene Wenger could afford to field weakened teams full of fringe and young players,

The fringe players were good enough to negotiate games against the likes of Koln, Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov. The likes of Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere have impressed in the group stages.

Tougher challenges ahead

Arsenal interested in signing Sevilla star 0

Posted on December 05, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Metro, Arsenal are interested in signing Sevilla’s defensive midfielder Steven N’Zonzi. The 28-year-old has reportedly travelled to London with speculation rife that he could be returning to the English top-flight in January.

N’Zonzi first appeared in English football under Everton boss Sam Allardyce at Blackburn. Reports suggest that the Toffees may well be interested in signing the midfield enforcer.

Impressed in Sevilla

N’Zonzi impressed during his time in the heart of the Blackburn midfield and moved on to Stoke City. However, the defensive midfielder enjoyed an underwhelming three years in the Potteries.

Giroud warned he must play more games for Arsenal 0

Posted on December 04, 2017 by David Nugent

The French national team assistant boss Guy Stephan has warned striker Olivier Giroud that he must play more games for the Gunners ahead of next year’s World Cup.

Giroud is considered an important member of the French squad. However, a lack of game time between now and June could affect his spot in the French team.

Needs to play games

Talking in the French media Stephan said: “Didier has had the opportunity to talk to him about it and now Olivier has to find a solution in the weeks to come.

“A loan deal in January? That’s up to him.

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