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Manchester City in dire straits ahead of weekend meeting 0

Posted on May 05, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal travel to face Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend in a fixture they would normally dread. However, the Sky Blues have suffered a disappointing season under manager Manuel Pellegrini, and are in even worse shape ahead of their clash with the Gunners due to injuries and poor form which could result in a win for Arsene Wenger’s men.

City will be without captain Vincent Kompany at the heart of the defence and David Silva rom the midfield, while having suffered consecutive defeats in all competitions. Manchester City have failed to win four of their last five games too, and have a woeful head-to-head record against Arsenal. All these factors are playing into the hands of the Gunners at a time where they’re desperate for a win to silence their critics.

Arsenal have a clean bill of health ahead of Man City clash 1

Posted on May 03, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal will travel to face Manchester City this weekend with a full squad, with manager Arsene Wenger able to welcome back the last of his injured players. Midfielder Jack Wilshere recently made his first appearance since his lengthy injury, Santi Cazorla was an unused substitute in the victory over Norwich City, and now Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to be in the squad for the Man City game.

Arsenal 2/7 to win against Norwich City in tonight’s Premier League clash 0

Posted on April 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal welcome Norwich City to the Emirates Stadium tonight, and are hoping to return to winning ways to cement their place in the top-four. Their opposition are fighting for Premier League survival so this evening’s clash is sure to be an enthralling affair.

Arsenal are four in the Premier League table with 64 points from 35 games this season, and have picked up three wins and three draws from their last six ahead of tonight’s clash. The Gunners need a result to ensure fifth-placed Manchester United don’t make up ground in the race for a Champions League spot.

Arsenal enjoying longest unbeaten run in the Premier League this season 0

Posted on April 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Despite Arsenal suffering poor form in the Premier League ahead of tonight’s clash with Norwich City, the Gunners have actually been enjoying their longest runoff games without defeat. Arsene Wenger’s men have gone seven games unbeaten in the league, and could well make it eight if they can get a result against the Canaries.

After back-to-back league defeats to Manchester United and Swansea City, Arsenal have since gone seven games unbeaten against the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Watford, West Ham United, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland. The problem for Arsenal has been the lack of wins during this run.

How have Arsenal fared against Norwich City in the Premier League? 0

Posted on April 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal welcome Norwich City to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, and are big favourites to pick up all three points. The Canaries are expected to put up a fight given their league status is at risk with time fast running out to haul themselves from the drop zone, but the Gunners boast a good home record against Norwich that could make this weekend’s clash a foregone conclusion.

Arsenal’s past meetings with Norwich City (2000 – present)

Will Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain feature before the end of the season? 0

Posted on April 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been stepping up his fitness after recovering from a knee injury, but may miss out of this weekend’s Norwich City clash due to a lack of match practice.

The English international has trained for a week with the first-team, but hasn’t had much in the way of competitive action to boost his condition for Premier League football. As a result, he could be forced to wait to make his long-awaited return.

Oxlade-Chamberlain last featured for Arsenal in February, but the meeting with the Canaries has come too soon according to manager Arsene Wenger. “It’s Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first week in full training now so I don’t think I will select him this weekend,” he said.

Santi Cazorla could return for this weekend’s Norwich clash 0

Posted on April 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla could well make the squad for Saturday’s meeting of Norwich City according to manager Arsene Wenger, with the Spanish international having trained well this month during his rehabilitation. He’s been out of action since November, but is now in line to make a long-awaited return to help Arsenal finish the season strongly.

His absence has coincided with a slump in form from the Gunners as Cazorla was playing a key role at the heart of the midfield. He was the side’s chief creator in the absence of Mesut Ozil, and was vital for Arsenal retaining possession. The Spaniard was also much more industrious than in recent seasons, and played a big part in pressing the opposition.

Mass protest expected during Saturdays clash against Norwich City 3

Posted on April 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of Arsenal’s meeting with Norwich City this weekend, supporters are planning a mass protest in response to the club’s failed title challenge, lack of lucrative spending and the continual excuses made by under-fire manager Arsene Wenger.

Two of Arsenal’s biggest fan groups are joining forces to make their voices heard at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night, and they have urged supporters to show banners saying: “Time for change. Arsenal is stale – fresh approach needed.”

Arsenal urged to “stick together” in their fight to stay in the top-four 0

Posted on April 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal’s top-four hopes in doubt should results go against them in this weekend’s round of Premier League games, manager Arsene Wenger has called on the supporters to “stick together and support the team”. Having dropped points against Sunderland in their last league outing, fans made their feelings clear, and Wenger faces more pressure from disgruntled supporters than he ever has.

“I can understand the frustration. No one is more frustrated than me, but our disappointment has not to go too far. When a club cannot enjoy anything anymore, it is in trouble, and we have to not forget that in football you go down very quickly and you come up very slowly. The club has very special values and one is to stick together and support the team – there is no success otherwise,” he said.

Arsene Wenger: “Inconsistent home form has cost Arsenal the title” 0

Posted on April 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger blamed the club’s failed title challenge on their inconsistent form on home soil this season, and believes their superior away form is proof of their potential. The Gunners are currently fourth in the Premier League ahead of this weekend’s clash with Norwich City, but they welcomed in the new year at the summit.

Dropped points at the Emirates Stadium against the likes of Southampton, Swansea City and Crystal Palace has cost Arsenal seven points alone, and they’re stumbling over the line in the race for the top-four. “We lost the championship at home against lower teams, but we played sometimes at home in a very difficult climate. Away we are championship winners,” he said.

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