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Can Danny Welbeck prove European pedigree? 0

Posted on October 01, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal summer-signing Danny Welbeck had a difficult time spearheading the Gunners attack in their opening Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund. The England international spurned a host of good opportunities that others may have scored from. But he’ll get his chance once more to prove his worth in Europe when Arsenal face Galatasaray this evening.

Welbeck has scored one and made an assist in his three Premier League games, but his conversion rate hasn’t been too impressive, with the former Manchester United striker having netted just 1 goal from 13 shots in an Arsenal shirt so far. His overall performances have been decent since his move, however, so manager Arsene Wenger will be confident that he can find his feet soon.

Arsenal vs. Galatasaray Champions League preview 0

Posted on September 30, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal will be looking to kick-start their Champions League campaign on Wednesday night as the Gunners host Galatasaray on match day 2 of the competition.

Arsene Wenger’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat against Dortmund in their opening group game and produced a poor performance at the Signal Iduna Park. This home clash gives the Gunners the chance to get some points on the board in this season’s group stage.

The side from north London have not exactly experienced a lightning fast start to their domestic campaign, with two wins and four draws in the Premier League. Despite that fact the Gunners still sit fourth in the Premier League table.

Wenger says Ramsey has become too focused on scoring goals 0

Posted on September 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of their North London clash against Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was critical of midfielder Aaron Ramsey when asked about the Welshman’s form this season.

The Gunners are 3/4 to earn all three points against rivals Tottenham this evening, and Ramsey will be back into the first-team after being rested in midweek.

Ramsey has been finding the back of the net this campaign, but his overall performances haven’t been at the same level of last season, and the Gunners manager believes it’s because he’s chasing goals.

4 reasons Arsenal will win against Tottenham on Saturday 0

Posted on September 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have tricky tie this weekend, with North London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs their opponents in the league.

But the Gunners are big favourites to get all three points, and here are four reasons why.

Woeful current league form

Tottenham are winless in their last three league games, while lost 1-0 at home to West Brom last weekend. With their current form, Arsenal have little to worry about.

Tottenham’s leaky defence

In addition to poor form, Tottenham’s defensive record has left a lot to be desired. The Londoners have shipped six goals in their last three games, and are coming off the back of a campaign that saw them concede 51 goals in 38 games.

Arsenal’s potential lineup to face Tottenham this weekend 1

Posted on September 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dropped hints about who he will name in the starting lineup for the Gunner’s North London derby against Tottenham, so who is likely to make the eleven?

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was rested in favour of David Ospina for Arsenal’s Capital One Cup defeat, but the Pole should return between the sticks this weekend.

In the defence, Calum Chambers is expected to start at right-back, meaning young Hector Bellerin will be on the bench. Kieran Gibbs will be at left-back against Spurs, in place of Francis Coquelin. Centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are fit to partner each other at the heart of the Arsenal defence, meaning Isaac Hayden is out of the side.

Arsenal vs. Tottenham Premier League preview 0

Posted on September 26, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal host Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium in the north London derby on Saturday looking to build on last weekend’s 3-0 win at Aston Villa.

The Gunners are unbeaten in the Premier League this season, but three of those games have finished in draws. Arsene Wenger side are currently fourth in the table, four points off league leaders Chelsea.

As per usual Arsene Wenger fielded a weakened team in Tuesday’s third round Capital One Cup game against Southampton and the Gunners suffered a 2-1 home defeat. The veteran Frenchman fielded very few first team regulars in the defeat and rested his star performers ahead of the big derby clash.

Only three points will do in Saturday’s North London derby 0

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal crashing out of the Capital One Cup in the third round, supporters desperately need convincing that the club are still going forward. The biggest test of that will be this weekend when their fierce North London rivals Tottenham come to town.

The Gunners haven’t lost at home to Spurs since 2010, and in their last 10 league meetings, Arsenal have won five and drawn one. Last season, they did the double over Tottenham, and this campaign the two clubs are having contrasting fortunes in the league.

Ospina, Bellerin, Podolski, Rosicky and Campbell set to start Capital One Cup clash against Southampton 0

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger set to ring the changes to his first-team for their Capital One Cup meeting with Southampton this evening, the likes of Lukas Podolski, Tomas Rosicky and Joel Campbell could be named as his attacking trio, while No.2 goalkeeper David Ospina will be named between the sticks and defender Hector Bellerin should lineup at right-back.

Wenger often brings through the youngsters in his team for early round cup outings, but injury troubles in key areas means he can’t make too many drastic changes, as the likes of Serge Gnabry and Yaya Sanogo are sidelined with injury.

Arsenal vs. Southampton Capital One Cup preview 0

Posted on September 22, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal hosts Southampton at the Emirates Stadium in the third round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

The Gunners ended a run of four games without a win in all competitions last time out winning 3-0 at Aston Villa and producing a far more impressive display than in previous games. The Gunners had previously gained three consecutive Premier League draws, before suffering a 2-0 defeat at Dortmund in the Champions League.

The draw at Aston Villa was the Gunners first clean sheet in the Premier League this season. Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil played a key role in the win creating a goal and also getting on the scoresheet. New signing Danny Welbeck also opened his Gunners scoring account against the Villans.

Could Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain come in today? 0

Posted on September 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could well make some changes for his side’s difficult trip to Villa Park this afternoon, with playmaker Mesut Ozil likely to be dropped due to poor form.

The German international hasn’t coped well with being played out of position for Arsenal at times this season, and he put in a woeful display in the 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund recently.

Wenger has continued to defend him, but he may well bring in Santi Cazorla in his place this afternoon against a dogged Aston Villa side buoyed by their recent form.

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