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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says players should take the blame for inconsistent start 0

Posted on December 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes disgruntled supporters should blame the players and not manager Arsene Wenger for their inconsistent start to the season.

“I understand their frustration. But I wouldn’t put that on the manager. We have to stand up ourselves as players. We are adults and we need to stand up and take some of that blame ourselves,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsenal have lost three of their last six, and endured an even more difficult start to the campaign. It led to manager Arsene Wenger receiving a lot of abuse from the supporters, as they felt he made failings in the transfer market, but injuries haven’t helped hid cause.

Can Arsenal rectify poor away form ahead of Liverpool clash on Saturday? 0

Posted on December 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have a difficult weekend clash against Liverpool that they can ill afford to lose. The Londoners are currently 6th in the Premier League table, and could go fourth with a win on Sunday. Arsene Wenger’s men, however, have to travel to Anfield, and they’ve greatly struggled on the road this season.

Defeats to Chelsea, Swansea City and Stoke City, while drawing against Everton And Leicester City has seen them somewhat lose ground on the sides above them, but a win against Liverpool this weekend would be a step in the right direction.

Arsene Wenger standing by disgruntled Lukas Podolski 0

Posted on December 13, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said Lukas Podolski “will get his opportunities” this season. The Poland-born German international, 29, has been public in his frustration at a lack of playing time, and made his point recently by scoring twice in the Gunners’ last Champions League group game.

“You always have to be ready when you can help the team and the club. I cannot play all of the forwards so I have to make decisions,” said Wenger

Podolski has said he would never consider leaving the London club unless he had no other choice, but Wenger has revealed that the former Bayern Munich hitman will get his chance for Arsenal, as injuries will require squad rotation.

Arsenal vs. Newcastle Premier League preview 0

Posted on December 12, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal hosts Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium in the late kick-off on Saturday night.

The Gunners head into this clash on the back of a 4-1 Champions League victory over Galatasaray on Wednesday night. Arsene Wenger’s side were three goals up at half-time through a brace from Aaron Ramsey and a Lukas Podolski strike.

Despite the win the Gunners still finished second in their group, which means they could face a tough task in the last 16.

The performance in Istanbul was in contrast to the Gunners 3-2 defeat at Stoke in the Premier League last weekend, when they were three goals down at half-time.

Could Arsenal’s sloppy home form in the Premier League see them coming unstuck to Newcastle this weekend? 0

Posted on December 12, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal supporters will be hopeful of a win against Newcastle at the Emirates stadium this weekend, but a look to the formbook suggests in won’t be as straight-forward. The Gunners have really struggled on home soil this season, drawing three and losing one of their last seven games in front of their own fans, and are facing a side who have relished giant killings this season.

Injury update ahead of Newcastle clash on Saturday 0

Posted on December 12, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given an update on Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Calum Chambers, Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere ahead of the Gunners’ weekend clash against Newcastle United.

Laurent Koscielny has been out of action for the majority of the season through injury, and according to the Arsenal boss he will miss the Newcastle fixture after making a short-lived return.

The Londoners are still struggling with injuries with a host of key players doubtful, and Wenger said: “Our main problems are still defensively because Laurent Koscielny looks like he will not be quite ready. Nacho Monreal is not back and Calum Chambers is suspended.”

Lukas Podolski proving his worth to manager Arsene Wenger 0

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski was afforded a rare start in the Champions League, with manager Arsene Wenger having him line up as one of the attacking wide midfielders against Galatasaray in the final group game of the competition.

The Gunners had already booked their place in the last-16, so Wenger used the opportunity to rest a host of key players and instead give his fringe players the chance to prove their qualities to the Frenchman. Podolski certainly did that on Tuesday night. He’s publicly admitted his frustration at the lack of playing time being afforded to him this season, and made his point against Galatasaray.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger names his squad for Galatasaray clash 1

Posted on December 09, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League meeting against Galatasaray, manager Arsene Wenger has named his side to face the Turks.

“To make it as simple as possible, I have 11 experienced players and six young players on the bench. That means I have nothing to hide. Cazorla, Sanchez, Gibbs – Giroud is not qualified – and Welbeck stayed behind,” said the Gunners boss.

Arsenal’s predicted starting eleven: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Chambers, Bellerin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Sanogo, Podolski.

Chuba Akpom, Alex Iwobi, Glen Kamara, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Stefan O’Connor and Gedion Zelalem are also in the squad, and are therefore likely to make the bench, but they could get some game time late in the game.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: “Youngsters have a chance to shine tonight against Galatasaray” 0

Posted on December 09, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger set to ring the changes ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash against Galatasaray, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has rallied the young players expected to feature this evening, adding how desperate they will be to take their chance with both hands.

Chuba Akpom, Alex Iwobi, Glen Kamara, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Stefan O’Connor and Gedion Zelalem are all in the squad for the European clash, according to Arsenal’s official website.

Arsenal are 6/4 to get all three points against the Turkish club. The Londoners are already into the last-16, but also have a slim hope of topping their group to earn an easier draw in the next round. They have to win against Galatasaray tonight, while first-placed Borussia Dortmund must lose to Anderlecht.

Sanchez & Koscielny to miss Champions League clash 0

Posted on December 08, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny will miss the Gunners Champions League clash against Galatasaray this week.

Despite two key players set to miss the European bout, Arsenal are 13/10 to get all three points against the Turkish outfit.

“Alexis will not travel and I don’t think I can play, for example, Koscielny. He didn’t play on Saturday and I don’t see why I should risk him for a game where’s there’s not a lot at stake and we have given a lot in the last two weeks. We have to recover a little bit,” said the Frenchman.



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