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Olivier Giroud returns from injury in Reading victory 0

Posted on October 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was given a second-half cameo in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Reading, grabbing an assist for his troubles, and getting much-needed game time to boost his sharpness ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Sunderland.

The French international replaced Jeff Reine-Adelaide in the 66th minute and set up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for his second goal of the game just over 10 minutes after his introduction. Giroud has been out of action for a number of weeks with a toe injury, amassing just 102 minutes of playing time in all competitions this season, and needs to improve his match-fitness as a result.

Arsenal 2/9 to win against Reading 0

Posted on October 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

In-form Premier League giants Arsenal welcome an out-of-form Reading outfit to the Emirates Stadium tonight in the last-16 of the EFL Cup, and are expected to come out on top against their Championship opponents given the contrasting results between the two sides in recent weeks, coupled with Arsenal’s one-sided head-to-head record.

Arsenal have been in fantastic form ahead of this evening’s cup clash, boasting seven win from their last eight games in all competitions. The Gunners thrashed a Championship side in Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in the third round to make it this far in the competition, and should have no problems given their outstanding form against the Royals.

Kieran Gibbs to captain Arsenal in tonight’s EFL Cup last-16 tie 0

Posted on October 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs is set to lead the side out as captain when the Gunners welcome the visit of Reading in the last-16 of the EFL Cup. Manager Arsene Wenger revealed in a pre-match press conference that the English left-back will be given the armband like he was in the EFL Cup third round win over Nottingham Forest.

Wenger will ring the changes from Saturday’s goalless draw with Middlesbrough and Gibbs is set to replace Nacho Monreal at left-back, among a host of other replacements in the squad. “Gibbs – who captained the team at Forest – will do it again on Tuesday,” said the Arsenal manager this week. Gibbs has been on the periphery for some time at Arsenal but was given his first Champions League start in a year against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad a week ago.

Lucas Perez “will have an opportunity” against Reading tonight 0

Posted on October 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed striker Lucas Perez will get game time in tonight’s EFL Cup last-16 clash against Reading. The Spanish centre-forward has been on the periphery since his arrival from Deportivo La Coruna but could be in line to feature against the Royals to help fire Arsenal into the quarter-finals of the competitions.

Wenger likes to rotate his squad in the cups competitions to ensure his star players are well-rested, while giving valuable minutes to the fringe players who haven’t played as much. As a result, it’s highly unlikely Alexis Sanchez will lead the line this evening, meaning Lucas Perez has a chance of getting a rare start. Lucas Perez is 10/11 to score anytime against Reading in tonight’s EFL Cup last-16 clash and he’ll be desperate to prove his worth.

Past meetings between Arsenal and Reading 0

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal and Reading lock horns at the Emirates Stadium in the Capital One Cup last-16 on Tuesday night, and the one-sided head-to-head record suggests the Gunners should comfortably dispatch of the Royals this week. The two sides have met nine times post-millennium but there’s only been one winner on each occasion.

Arsenal and Reading’s last meeting was in the semi-final of the FA Cup on Saturday, April 18, which saw Arsenal win 2-1aet. The Gunners went on to win the FA Cup that season and last year’s meeting with Reading sealed their ninth win from their last nine head-to-heads. The last time the two sides locked horns in the Capital One Cup resulted in a 12-goal thriller in the last-16.

Arsenal v Reading EFL Cup Preview 0

Posted on October 24, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal host Reading at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night in the fourth round of the EFL Cup, with the home side looking to get back to winning ways following a draw last time out.

The Gunners seven-game winning run came to an end last time out, as the Gunners drew 0-0 with Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium. There were positives to take from the game, though, as the side from north London have now kept clean sheets in six of their last seven games in all competitions.

Who will start in the Capital One Cup against Reading? 1

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal lock horns with Championship club Reading in the last-16 of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, in a game that manager Arsene Wenger will use to play fringe players. With the Gunners’ starting lineup looking identical in the Premier League most weeks, there are a host of squad players in need of game time to stay sharp so who will make the cut this week?

Kieran Gibbs recently played in Arsenal’s Champions League win over PFC Ludogorets Razgrad and will be in contention to feature against the Royals. Having played just 44 minutes of Premier League football. Gibbs has been on the periphery for some time but could be given the nod by Wenger in place of first-choice left-back Nacho Monreal.

Wenger demands a response against Reading 0

Posted on October 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants his side to bounce back in a positive way after being held to a goalless draw against Middlesbrough in Saturday’s Premier League clash. The Gunners saw their six-game winning streak ended this weekend at the hand of the newly-promoted North-East side, but have little time to dwell as they face Reading in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Arsenal vs Middlesbrough: Cazorla out, Iwobi starts, Maitland-Niles on the bench 0

Posted on October 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Despite early reports to the contrary, Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla misses out of the matchday squad to face Middlesbrough in the Premier League this afternoon. Alex Iwobi is introduced to the starting eleven in the Spaniard’s absence, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles makes the bench.

Arsenal starting XI to face Middlesbrough
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech
Right-Back: Hector Bellerin
Centre-Back: Shkodran Mustafi
Centre-Back: Laurent Koscielny
Left-Back: Nacho Monreal
Centre-Midfield: Francis Coquelin
Centre-Midfield: Mohamed Elneny
Right-Wing: Theo Walcott
Attacking-Midfielder: Mesut Ozil
Left-Wing: Alex Iwobi
Striker: Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal 2/7 to win against Middlesbrough 0

Posted on October 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Newly-promoted Middlesbrough are the next opponents at the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal in the Premier League this afternoon, in a game that could well go the way of the in-form hosts given how much Boro have struggled in recent weeks.

Ahead of today’s meeting, Arsenal find themselves second in the Premier League table with 19 points from eight games, coming off the back of six consecutive wins. The Gunners have won three on the bounce on home soil in the league, and have beaten the likes of Southampton and Chelsea at the Emirates in recent weeks.

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