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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tipping returning trio to lead Arsenal to success 0

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the return of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott will see the Gunners enjoy a much better second-half to the season.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been unfortunate with injuries, but still has the side on course in the three major competitions, with a top-four finish in the Premier League achievable, while the Gunners are also in the fifth round of the FA Cup & into the last-16 of the Champions League.

Arsenal’s FA Cup chances greater following shock exits this weekend 0

Posted on January 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal perhaps couldn’t believe their luck when they saw the amount of surprise FA Cup exits this weekend. The holders, who beat Hull City in last summer’s final at Wembley, were already looking to retain the competition, will have been paying attention to the results on Saturday afternoon that now gives them a real chance at going all the way once more.

Chelsea lost 4-2 at Stamford Bridge against League One outfit Bradford City, Manchester City lost 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium to Championship high-flyers Middlesbrough, Tottenham lost 2-1 at White Hart Lane against Premier League strugglers Leicester City, Southampton lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace at St Mary’s, and Swansea City lost away to Blackburn Rovers.

Mesut Ozil physically stronger following gym work in rehabilitation 0

Posted on January 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the returning Mesut Ozil will be physically stronger after spending time in the gym while rehabilitating from a lengthy injury.

The German international, 26, spent three months on the sidelines with a knee injury, and now he’s ready to return. His physicality is something that has continually been criticised ever since he made the move from Real Madrid, and the Gunners boss admitted that area is something Ozil has been working hard at to improve.

Brighton vs. Arsenal FA Cup Preview 0

Posted on January 24, 2015 by David Nugent

Championship Brighton hosts Premier League Arsenal at the Amex Stadium on Sunday in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Seagulls are currently 19th in the Championship table, just six points clear of the relegation zone.

However, they have hit a spot of form in recent weeks, having won four out of the last five games in all competitions, including a 2-0 win at Championship rivals Brentford in the third round.

Their only defeat in that run of five games was against the highly-flying Londoners and came at the Amex Stadium. The 1-0 defeat is Seagulls boss Chris Hughton only defeat in charge in his five games.

Arsenal should have little trouble against Brighton in the FA Cup this weekend? 0

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal travel to face Championship strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend in the FA Cup fourth round. And while the clash seems an away banker from the outside, cup clashes can always surprise you.

The Gunners are the current holders of the competition, after being Hull City in the final at Wembley last season, and regard the FA Cup as winnable once more. Arsene Wenger’s men are 8/15 to win against Brighton on Sunday afternoon, which could see them in the fifth round.

Fortress Emirates is back with Arsenal 2

Posted on January 21, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

After a slow start to the season, Arsenal have finally got their home form back on track in the Premier League. The Londoners have won their last four consecutive games at the Emirates stadium, with manager Arsene Wenger finally turning the side into a strong opposition in front of their own fans.

Arsenal have lost only two home games in the Premier League since January 2013, which often goes ignored by the supporters. There aren’t many sides who can boast such startling consistency as Arsenal can, and it’s a welcome return, as previously the Gunners’ initially struggled at home following the exit of Highbury.

Can Arsenal earn a run of clean sheets in the league now? 0

Posted on January 18, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s 2-0 away win against Manchester City saw the Londoners earn back-to-back clean sheets for only the third time this season. Arsene Wenger’s men haven’t achieved three consecutive shutouts all through the campaign, but have a real opportunity to continue their defensive record given the games to come for Arsenal.

The Gunners face Aston Villa (home), Leicester City (home) and Crystal Palace (away) as three of their next four league games to come, which could see them racking up the clean sheets. Arsenal are 8/11 to win and earn a clean sheet against Villa next weekend.

Manchester City vs. Arsenal Premier League preview 0

Posted on January 17, 2015 by David Nugent

Reigning champions Manchester City hosts Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday in one of the games of the weekend.

The home side are in pretty good form in recent weeks, winning four out of their last six games in all competitions and drawing two. The Citizens drew 1-1 at Everton last time out and are now two points behind league leaders Chelsea.

Manuel Pellegrini have a very good record on home soil, having won six out of their last seven Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium. The only game City did not win was a 2-2 draw with battling Burnley.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “It’s vital to get a win against a big rival” 0

Posted on January 17, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of their trip to face Manchester City, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told his side the importance to get results against title rivals. Arsenal travel to the Etihad stadium this weekend, with memories of last season’s 6-3 defeat still fresh in the mind of some, with the Sky Blues less than convincing at present.

Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal says the club won’t give up in the title race 0

Posted on January 17, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of Arsenal’s trip to the Etihad to face defending champions Manchester City, Gunners defender Nacho Monreal says Arsenal won’t give up in the title race. Arsene Wenger’s men are 7/2 to see past the Sky Blues, but will have nightmares of the 6-3 defeat they suffered at the Etihad last season.

They are currently second in the Premier League table, while enjoying a 12-game unbeaten run. City have lost only one game at home in the league all season, dropping just two points at the Etihad since September.



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