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Alexis Sanchez showing signs of discontent with Arsenal’s limp start to the season 2

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While the majority of Arsenal players were rejoicing after a late winner away to Champions League minnows Anderlecht, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was less than impressed.

The Chilean international was visibly seen shaking his head at the final whistle, captured on YouTube, in frustration that Arsenal made such difficult work of what should have been a straight-forward tie for a side of their calibre.

Sanchez has been the Londoners’ most impressive performer this season, and is starting to show his quality on a consistent basis, even when Arsenal are underperforming. But his debut season for the Gunners has seen them undergo a poor league campaign, early elimination in the Capital One Cup, and an unconvincing start in Europe.

Wenger not worried over Martinez start 1

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested he is not too concerned by the fact that inexperienced goalkeeper Damian Emiliano Martinez will be in the starting line-up for the Champions League clash against Anderlecht.

Starting goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is suspended after seeing red against Galatasaray, while his back-up David Ospina is missing through a thigh problem and is expected to miss next three months of action.

That means that Arsene Wenger has no choice but to start 22-year-old Damian Martinez, who has made just two competitive appearances for the Gunners so far, featuring in Capital One Cup matches against Coventry and Reading during the 2012/2013 season.

Arsenal’s Premier League form in 2014 1

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal were unrivalled in the year of 2013, with Arsene Wenger’s side having won 35 of their 54 games played (65% win ratio) in all competitions.

In the 38 Premier League games played at the tail end of 2012/13 and the first-half of 2013/14, the Gunners picked up 25 wins, 7 draws, and just six defeats (82 points), which saw them at the summit on league form last year.

But 2014 has seen them looking considerably human, so how have the Londoners dared so far this year?

Emiliano Martinez to start against Anderlecht in tomorrow’s Champions League clash 0

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With first-choice Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny suspended and second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina injured, Emiliano Martinez is set to start in goal for the Gunners ahead of their Champions League outing against Belgian giants Anderlecht.

Arsenal cannot afford any slip-ups, as they , but the defence in front of Martinez is already weakened, forcing Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers into the side. The London side are 4/5 to get all three points against Anderlecht tomorrow night, but it won’t be easy given their recent form.

Anderlecht vs. Arsenal Champions League preview 0

Posted on October 21, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal visit Brussels on match day three of the Champions League as the Gunners face Anderlecht at the Constant Vanden Stock.

The Gunners have made a mixed start to their European campaign so far with a 2-0 defeat at Dortmund in the opening game and a convincing 4-1 victory over Galatasaray in their last outing.

Arsene Wenger’s side head to Belgium on the back of a disappointing 2-2 Premier League home draw with Hull on Saturday. England striker Danny Welbeck scored in stoppage-time to spare the Gunners blushes and rescue a point.

Arsenal vs. Hull City Premier League preview 0

Posted on October 17, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal hosts Hull City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday in the Premier League.

The Gunners kick-off the game in eighth position in the Premier League after a mixed start to their Premier League campaign. The home side are just one point ahead of the visitors in the league table, but Arsenal has won 11 out of the 14 meetings between the two teams.

The team from north London have won five out of the last six Premier League games against the Tigers, including the last five in the top-flight. The only success that the Tigers have had over the Gunners was in the first ever league meeting between the two teams.

Arsenal to get back to winning ways against Hull City this weekend 0

Posted on October 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After a forgettable few weeks of poor form in the Premier League for Arsenal, they have a chance to get back to winning ways when they host Hull City on Saturday.

The Gunners lost their last league outing 2-0 to Chelsea, after rescuing a point against Tottenham. Supporters’ expectations of building on what ended up as a decent last season have been dashed following a bad start in 2014/15.

Arsenal are already nine points adrift of first-placed Chelsea, with Arsene Wenger’s side sitting in eighth place in the league. They have dropped points all too readily in four of their seven games, but a home clash against Hull should be where they turn things around.

Calum Chambers’ problems with indiscipline 1

Posted on October 09, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While summer-signing Calum Chambers has enjoyed a bright start to life as an Arsenal player, manager Arsene Wenger has been critical of his indiscipline, citing how the youngster “lacks the experience in a challenge.”

The 19-year-old has impressed, however, averaging a tackle or interception every 17 minutes in the Premier League this season, but he has at times stepped over the mark. Chambers has committed a foul every 52 minutes, while picking up a yellow card every 105 minutes.

Will Cesc Fabregas come back to haunt Arsenal? 0

Posted on October 05, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas back in the Premier League and facing his former side Arsenal this afternoon, will the Spaniard be pivotal to the Blues chances of winning?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed ahead of the London derby that he turned down the chance to sign the ex-Barcelona playmaker, while hinting that the 27-year-old only had eyes for Chelsea this summer anyway.

“I wish him well – he’s a great player, and a person and player I love. We were not in the need to buy offensive players (this summer). I think everybody has the freedom to go where they want. We have to respect their decisions,” said Wenger.

Flamini: “We must not make the same mistakes as the 6-0 thrashing” 0

Posted on October 05, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Gunners midfielder Mathieu Flamini has condemned his side’s last result against Chelsea, and has vowed to put it right when the two clubs meet today.

Arsenal face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this afternoon, with the last two side’s meeting resulting in a 6-0 win for the Blues. The Gunners crumbled in the first-half to their London rivals and finished the game with 10-men for their troubles too.

Arsene Wenger’s side are 19/4 to get all three points against Chelsea today, but Arsenal haven’t recorded a win against Jose Mourinho’s men in the Premier League, and aren’t expected to end their winless run.

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