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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.

Arteta out, but German trio to return for Everton clash 2

Posted on August 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he will check on the fitness of German trio Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, and Per Mertesacker ahead of their weekend clash against Everton. Wenger also added that midfielder Mikel Arteta would miss the Toffees meeting through injury.

“We just have Mikel Arteta who is out for sure from the Everton game. Everybody else we have to check this morning, but we have no major problems apart from him.”

“I will check of course today and tomorrow to see if they will be available for selection. That is a target I fixed to them to prepare to be ready for selection against Everton. Will I use the three? They might be included for Saturday,” he added.

Calum Chambers enjoys Champions League debut 1

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Summer signing Calum Chambers revealed his delight at making his Champions League debut with Arsenal in the 0-0 draw away to Besiktas last night.

With the stalemate being played at Besiktas’ intimidating Atatürk Olympic Stadium, the Gunners have a second leg to play at the Emirates in order to book their place in the Champions League this season, and Chambers has been enjoying the European journey so far.

“I’ve been working my way into Arsenal really well,” he said. “It’s a fantastic experience for me at a stadium like that and a crowd like that. It’s another good experience for me playing against players of such quality.”

Gibbs & Sanogo out for tonight’s Besiktas clash 0

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed left-back Kieran Gibbs and striker Yaya Sanogo will both be missing from tonight’s Champions League qualifier against Besiktas due to minor injuries. Midfielder Mathieu Flamini will be fit to feature, however.

“We left Kieran Gibbs at home. He had to come off during the game with a hamstring problem,” said Wenger. “He will be out for two or three weeks.”

“Flamini, who was sick, is here. Sanogo stayed at home because he has a little hamstring problem and he was not comfortable this morning.”

Besiktas vs. Arsenal Champions League preview 0

Posted on August 18, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal will once again look to make into the group stages of the Champions League, as the Gunners play the first leg of their qualifying round against Besiktas in Turkey on Tuesday night.

The Gunners made it past Turkish opposition at the same stage last season, as Arsene Wenger’s men defeated Besiktas’ rivals Fenerbahce to make it to the Champions League group stages.

The Gunners have played in Europe’s elite competition’s proper round in the last 16 seasons and will be looking to make it 17 years with a two-legged victory over their Turkish opponents.

Besiktas vs. Arsenal: Champions League Preview 0

Posted on August 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Today, Arsenal travel to Istanbul, Turkey to face Besiktas in the Champions League qualifiers on Tuesday to book their place in the competition for a 16th successive season.

The Gunners are coming off the back of a 2-1 opening day win against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, while their Turkish opponents recently thrashed a strong Feyenoord side 5-2 on aggregate in the previous qualifying round.

Arsenal will likely feature a similar eleven to that which beat Palace in their previous game, with their German trio Mesut Ozil, Per Merteacker and Lukas Podolski to be rested until next weekend. That means Calum Chambers will line up alongside Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy will keep his place at right-back.

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