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Arsenal’s predicted lineup to face Borussia Dortmund tonight 0

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expected to play a 4-1-4-1 formation away to Borussia Dortmund in their opening Champions League group game tonight.

The Gunners are 16/5 to get all three points tonight, but who will make the starting lineup?

In goal, it will be Polish international Wojciech Szczesny between the sticks tonight.

In front of him will be a “50-50″ Calum Chambers, currently with tonsilitis, deputising for the injured and suspended Mathieu Debuchy at right-back. The summer signing will be playing alongside typical centre-back Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. Manager Arsene Wenger revealed Nacho Monreal hasn’t travelled with the side so Kieran Gibbs will start at left-back in his place now the England international is back to fitness.

Will Dortmund take advantage of Arsenal fatigue tomorrow? 0

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal coming off the back of a gruelling 2-2 draw against Manchester City on the weekend, it’s a bad time to be facing Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

The Gunners travel to Germany to face the 2013 Champions League runners-up, with a number of important players out of action. They will likely play their cautious 4-1-4-1 formation against to avoid defeat on their travels.

Arsenal are 11/4 to get all three points against Dortmund tomorrow, but they would settle for a draw if it was presented to them. Supporters are fearful of a defeat on Tuesday, as fatigue will play a part in the result.

Dortmund vs. Arsenal Champions League preview 0

Posted on September 15, 2014 by David Nugent

Dortmund host Arsenal at the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday night in match day 1 of the Champions League. The meeting will be the third time in four Champions League campaigns that the Gunners have faced the German side.

Dortmund have made a mixed start to their Bundesliga campaign, winning two games and losing one. They are appearing in the group stages for the tenth time and will be hoping to top their group just as they did last season.

Pellegrini provides injury update ahead of Arsenal clash 0

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that he will be without two first team players when his side square off against Arsenal at the Emirates in a lunch time kick off on Saturday.

The Citizens go into the high-profile clash low on confidence having suffered a home defeat to Stoke City ahead of the international break, and there have been some new problems for the Etihad outfit.

Namely, Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that Stevan Jovetic and Fernando are certain to miss the trip to North London, while Pablo Zabaleta is set to make the match squad even if he remains doubtful.

Arsenal vs. Manchester City Premier League preview 0

Posted on September 12, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal will put their title credentials to the test in Saturday’s early kick-off as the Gunners host Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners were dealt an injury blow with Aaron Ramsey picking up an injury playing for Wales in their 2-1 midweek victory over Andorra in Euro 2016 qualifying. The influential midfielder is doubtful for the clash, but could still make the game.

The Gunners have enjoyed a mixed start to their campaign, making it to the Champions League group stages, but kicking off their Premier League campaign with one win and two draws. Their last outing saw them pick-up a 1-1 draw at newly-promoted Leicester.

Leicester vs. Arsenal Premier League preview 0

Posted on August 30, 2014 by David Nugent

Leicester continues their tough start to life back in the Premier League by hosting Arsenal at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

The Foxes have already played two other top five finishers from last season. The side from the Midlands gained a very creditable 2-2 draw with Everton on the opening day of the season. Last weekend Nigel Pearson’s side lost 2-0 at title challengers Chelsea.

Both performances will give the Foxes heart though, as they have produced two decent displays. The omens are not good for a home win though, as the Foxes have not recorded a win over the Gunners in 20 years.

Can Arsenal finally top their group and avoid an impossible second round tie? 0

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been drawn in Group D of the Champions League this season, with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, Turkish club Galatasaray, and Belgian outfit Anderlecht.

As per the rules of the Champions League, the group winners play another group’s runners-up, so you’re rewarded for success and punished for not doing good enough.

But the Gunners have only topped their group once in the last four seasons, which has meant their Champions League campaign ends prematurely with a difficult second round tie against a group winner such as Bayern Munich or Barcelona.

Arsenal could struggle past Besiktas tonight with so many absentees 1

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal having club-captain Mikel Arteta injured and fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey suspended, while striker Olivier Giroud and left-back Kieran Gibbs are both unavailable, the Gunners do have a considerably depleted lineup for tonight’s game.

Arsenal are 2/9 to qualify for the Champions League tonight at Besiktas’ expense, but they won’t have it all their own way. The Turkish outfit created a lot of chances in the first leg, but were wasteful in front of goal.

Arsenal vs. Besiktas Champions League preview 0

Posted on August 26, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal hosts Turkish side Besiktas on Wednesday in the second leg of the Champions League play-off. The first leg in Turkey finished 0-0 as the Gunners finished the game with ten men after Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey was sent-off with ten minutes left on the clock.

The home side arguably had the better of the chances, as Wojciech Szczesny denied Demba Ba on a few occasions, as well the former-Chelsea striker firing wide of goal when well-placed.

Everton vs. Arsenal Premier League preview 0

Posted on August 22, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal faces a tough trip to Merseyside to face Everton in Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off. The home side are expected to be in the mix for the top four and battled it out with Arsenal for fourth place last season after a terrific run of form towards the end of the campaign.

That good end of season run saw the Toffees defeat the Gunners 3-0 at Goodison Park. The Gunners did however defeat the Merseysider’s 4-1 in the FA Cup quarter-final at the Emirates Stadium.

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