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Arsenal identify Jack Butland as Petr Cech successor 0

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsene Wenger is believed to be keen on landing the Stoke City star Jack Butland as a long-term replacement for first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech.

The former Chelsea man remains Wenger’s first pick in goal but the Arsenal boss wants to start building for the future and has identified the talented Stoke goalkeeper as a perfect replacement.

Jordan Pickford was another one of Arsenal’s targets to replace the Czech international, but with him having joined Everton in a £30 million deal from Sunderland, the Gunners have now set their sights on the England international.

Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea: Ramsey winner seals a third FA Cup in four seasons for the Gunners 0

Posted on May 27, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Aaron Ramsey scored a second-half winner against Chelsea at Wembley to seal a third FA Cup trophy for Arsenal in the last four seasons. Arsene Wenger’s men were big underdogs going into this weekend’s encounter given the injuries to the defence, but against all odds Arsenal delivered and have capped a disappointing season with a trophy.

The Gunners controversially took the lead against the Premier League champions through Alexis Sanchez just four minutes into the game. The Chilean forward scored after his own deflected shot bounced towards the offside Aaron Ramsey, who left the ball for Sanchez to fire home. Chelsea players argued the Welsh midfielder may have been interfering despite not touching the ball but the goal stood nevertheless.

Arsenal 15/4 to win against Chelsea 0

Posted on May 27, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal square off with fierce London rivals Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup final this afternoon, in a game that could be manager Arsene Wenger’s last depending on the outcome. The Gunners are underdogs against the Premier League champions as they’re suffering from an injury crisis, but Arsenal have beaten Chelsea this season and won a cup final against the Blues two years ago. Their season is somewhat riding on this weekend’s clash.

Ospina to start over Cech in Saturday’s FA Cup final 0

Posted on May 27, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly dropped Petr Cech for Saturday’s FA Cup final with Chelsea and will name David Ospina in the starting lineup at Wembley, acacording to the Guardian. Cech is said to have picked up a knock in training but may still be fit enough to make the bench. He was believed to be in the running to start against his former club but will now be forced to watch his understudy at Wembley.

Danny Welbeck to get the nod over Olivier Giroud this weekend? 0

Posted on May 26, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal suffering an injury crisis to the defence ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final with Chelsea, manager Arsene Wenger could well adopted a pragmatic approach against the Premier League champions, relying on fast turnover of possession and quick breaks to catch the Chelsea defence cold at Wembley. This could mean the pacey and industrious Danny Welbeck could start over the limited but ruthless finisher Olivier Giroud – 12 goals in 11 Premier League starts.

Will Hector Bellerin start at right-back for Arsenal? 0

Posted on May 26, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in training and available for selection ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea. However, the English international has missed the Gunners’ last handful of games and has seen Hector Bellerin successfully deputise in his absence. So who will get the nod this weekend?

“Hector’s more naturally suited to the right-back role, but since the wing-back situation has come into play, that’s played into my hands and my favour. Both of us are capable of playing the position and, as you said, it was a bad time for me to pick up the injury coming into the end of the season and obviously the FA Cup final,” admitted the Ox.

Arsenal’s defensive problems mounting with Kieran Gibbs the latest injury doubt for Saturday 0

Posted on May 25, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Telegraph, Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs could be the latest player ruled out of Saturday’s FA Cup final with Chelsea, with the long-serving left-back suffering with a thigh injury. Manager Arsene Wenger is already tasked with finding a solution in the defence due to a lack of available centre-backs and now he’s likely to have to name a makeshift backline given the players out of action.

Could Mertesacker start in the FA Cup final? 0

Posted on May 25, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker recently made his long awaited comeback from a serious knee injury on the final day of the Premier League season, coming off the bench in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Everton, and could well be making his first start in 11 months this weekend in the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

The 32-year-old club captain could be drafted into the side as Arsenal are suffering from an injury crisis to their defence. Laurent Koscielny is suspended, Shkodran Mustafi is suffering from concussion and Gabriel Paulista has a knee injury ruling him out for two months. Mertesacker has played just 37 minutes of football this season but could be forced to feature for lack of better options.

Gabriel out for eight weeks with a knee injury 0

Posted on May 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista will be sidelined with a knee injury until next season, manager Arsene Wenger confirmed. “Gabriel is out for six-to-eight weeks. We had a scare about his cruciate, but it is only medial knee ligaments so positive is that he avoids surgery. But of course, he is out now until the beginning of August,” said the Gunners boss to Sky Sports.

It’s a big blow given Arsenal have selections issues in the defence ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, with Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny both likely to miss out of Saturday’s game at Wembley. Gabriel lost his place in Arsenal’s starting lineup in the final few weeks of the season but was recalled for the Gunners’ last league outing.

Wenger could become most successful manager in the FA Cup 0

Posted on May 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger could become the most successful manager in the FA Cup if his side triumph over Chelsea this weekend. The Gunners are locked on 12 FA Cup wins with Manchester United, but will surpass them if they can see past the Premier League champions on Saturday. Wenger would also become the most successful manager with seven FA Cup wins on his CV if Arsenal deliver at Wembley.

After going more than a decade without a major trophy, Arsenal enjoyed back-to-back successes in the competition with FA Cup final wins over Hull City (2014) and Aston Villa (2015) and are now chasing a third piece of silverware in four season and their manager could etch his and the club’s name in the history books.

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