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Alexis Sanchez to start up front against Leicester City 0

Posted on August 19, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez could retain a central role ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash against Leicester City.

The former Barcelona man has primarily been deployed out wide, given the freedom to cut inside, but Wenger has often used him as a makeshift centre-forward when the Londoners have been missing their first choice attackers, and recent comments made suggest Sanchez could stay as a striker in the near future.

Leicester v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on August 19, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal heads to champions Leicester City in the Premier League’s late kick-off on Saturday, as both teams look to recover from opening weekend defeats.

Leicester kicked off their Premier League title defence in disappointing style, as the Foxes suffered a 2-1 defeat at top-flight new boys Hull City. The Tigers took the lead through Norwegian international Adama Diomande in the first half, only for Riyad Mahrez to equalise early in the second half.

However, Scottish winger Robert Snodgrass struck a second-half winner to consign the Foxes to a poor start in their attempts to defend their title.

Arsenal v Liverpool Premier League Preview 0

Posted on August 13, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal kick-off their Premier League campaign on Sunday afternoon as they Gunners welcome Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal had enjoyed a productive pre-season results wise. However, the majority of Gunners supporters have been frustrated by the lack of transfer activity.

The only senior player to arrive at the club in the summer was Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka, much to the frustration of the Arsenal fans.

The side from north London also purchased Bolton youngster Rob Holding as ‘one for the future’, but the 20-year-old looks set for his competitive debut against Liverpool because of Arsenal’s defensive crisis.

Chuba Akpom staking a claim to spearhead the attack ahead of the new season 1

Posted on August 07, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom scored in the side’s 3-2 pre-season friendly win over Manchester City, and has now netted in four consecutive games for the Gunners this summer. The England U21 international spent last season on loan at Hull City, but has really staked a claim to lead the line for Arsenal given his form and the side’s recent attacking woes.

With Olivier Giroud being given a late summer holiday after Euro 2016 with France, while Danny Welbeck has been ruled out until 2017 through injury, Arsenal are short on natural strikers. Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez are capable of playing as makeshift centre-forwards, but Akpom has done all he can do to give manager Arsene Wenger a selection headache.

Arsenal close to signing Bolton defender 1

Posted on July 19, 2016 by David Nugent

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal has had a bid of around £2million accepted by Bolton for young defender Rob Holding. The story is believed to have originated from the Press Association.

The 20-year-old played 30 games for Wanderers and won Player of the Year last season, as the Trotters were relegated from the Championship into League One. The youngster is believed to have travelled to London earlier today to have a medical with the youngsters.

This this typical Wenger

10/3 for Alexis Sanchez to score and Chile to win Thursday’s Copa America semi-final clash 0

Posted on June 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez should line up for Chile in their Copa America Centenario semi-final clash with Colombia at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday morning, and will be hoping to lead the defending champions to the final against Argentina. It could well be a repeat of the 2015 final, which saw Chile beat the Sky Blues on penalties, but the favourites still have a job to do against Colombia this week.

Wilshere a bright spark in a lifeless England performance against Portugal 0

Posted on June 03, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere came off the bench for England in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Portugal, and delivered a bright showing at Wembley to push his case for starting in the Euro 2016 opener against Russia. The 24-year-old played a part in the winning goal, laying the ball for Raheem Sterling to cross for Chris Smalling, and was typically comfortable on the ball.

Wilshere has featured in all three of England’s international friendlies ahead of this summer’s European Championships, and has boosted his match fitness in the last few weeks to be in good condition for the Russia clash. The Gunners playmaker still doesn’t know what his role will be in the side, as there’s stiff competition for places, but he’s done no harm to his cause so far.

Should Santi Cazorla operate in an advanced role for Arsenal next season? 1

Posted on June 02, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal will have Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla back for the first day of pre-season this summer, and manager Arsene Wenger has a conundrum of where to play him in 2016/17. The 31-year-old was withdrawn from his advanced role last year due to his lack of athleticism and the need for his ball retention and creativity in the deep-lying positions.

However, with the Gunners bolstering their midfield with some physicality and substance, Cazorla might be moved higher up the pitch again alongside the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. Cazorla’s ability shouldn’t be underestimated for Arsenal. Only Ozil averaged more chances created per game than the Spaniard, and having another playmaker in the attack can only be a benefit.

Arsenal’s potential starting lineup for the 2016/17 season 1

Posted on June 01, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger finally addressing the side’s deficiencies in midfield in the last two transfer windows, the Gunners will be confident of a bright campaign in 2016/17. Arsenal will be much more robust in the middle of the park, and will returning playmaker Santi Cazorla back from a lengthy injury.

Wenger still has questions to answer about further transfer targets, however. Supporters are delighted to see the club spending £30M on a defensive-midfielder, but a long-term injury to Danny Welbeck and the inconsistent form of Olivier Giroud has raised hopes that the London club will sign a new striker this summer.

Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa: Giroud bags a hat-trick as the Gunners thrash Villa 0

Posted on May 15, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored three goals as the Gunners ran riot against relegated Aston Villa in their final Premier League outing to finish the season as runners-up. A second-half onslaught of goals sealed a comfortable victory, but up until the 78th minute the score was only 1-0 to the hosts.

Giroud opened the scoring minutes into the game, brilliantly heading home a Nacho Monreal cross past the hapless Aston Villa goalkeeper in the fifth minute of the game. His second of the game didn’t come for another 73 minutes and was courtesy of free-flowing football to cut open the Villa defence.

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