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Can Olivier Giroud finally end his duck against Chelsea? 0

Posted on August 02, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal lock horns with Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday afternoon, and striker Olivier Giroud is likely to lead the line. The French international has been with the Gunners for three years, but has never been on the wining side against the Blues, nor has he managed to score a goal.

Giroud, 28, has netted a total of 58 goals in 134 games for Arsenal following his arrival from French Ligue 1 side Montpellier, but has often come up blank against the top sides in the Premier League. Manager Arsene Wenger has long backed Giroud as the striker the Londoners need to win the title, and the Community Shield clash against Chelsea would be a good test to prove his worth.

Arsenal vs. Chelsea Community Shield preview 0

Posted on August 01, 2015 by David Nugent

Premier League champions Chelsea and FA Cup holders Arsenal go head-to-head on Sunday in English football’s traditional season curtain raiser the Community Shield. Both sides will hope a win can inspire more silverware later on in the season.

Arsenal have enjoyed a relatively impressive pre-season campaign and have looked sharp heading into this encounter with Jose Mourinho’s men. However, history is not on Arsenal’s side as Arsene Wenger has never beaten his opposition number in 14 attempts.

Mourinho has again been at it with the mind games this week, as he attempts to win the physiological war ahead of the game.

Wenger to field strong line-up vs Lyon 0

Posted on July 25, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal continue their pre-season by facing French giants Lyon at the start of the Emirates Cup and the latest reports suggest that Arsene Wenger aims to field his strongest available line-up against les Gones.

Sunday’s game against Wolfsburg will be a good opportunity for back-ups and fringe players to try and impress, but the team that starts against Lyon tonight could be the one that will face Chelsea in the Community Shield match next Sunday.

There are no doubts that summer signing Petr Cech will start in goal given that David Ospina is still unavailable and Wojciech Szczesny is about to complete a loan move to AS Roma.

Welbeck and Sanchez OUT of this weekend’s Emirates Cup 0

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal will be without attackers Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez for their Emirates Cup tournament this weekend, with manager Arsene Wenger revealing the England international won’t return for the Gunners for another three weeks, meaning he’ll likely miss the start of the new Premier League season too.

“Welbeck has not completely recovered, he is not in full training and Alexis comes back on August 3rd. Welbeck is supposed to start to go outside and run again this weekend, and if that is positive in the next three weeks he will be available. He will be short for the start of the season in two weeks, but three weeks should be all right,” said Wenger.

Arsenal goalkeeper linked with Marseille 0

Posted on June 28, 2015 by David Nugent

According to the Metro, French Ligue One side Marseille are set to make a move for Arsenal ‘keeper David Ospina. The Colombian international is currently at the Copa America with his national side, but is expected to hold talks with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger when he returns to England.

Ospina’s exit now looks inevitable, with Chelsea’s Petr Cech expected to arrive at the Emirates in the next couple of days. Cech will be the Arsenal’s number one, so Ospina would be very more than a back-up for the Czech Republic international.

Arsenal’s 2015/16 fixture list released 0

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s fixture list for the 2015/16 Premier League season has been released, and sees them hosting London rivals West Ham United on the opening day. They travel to face Southampton at St Marys on Boxing Day, and wrap up the season at home to Aston Villa.

The Gunners are 9/2 to win the Premier League next season, and given their favourable opponents in August, they will have confidence of starting the new campaign strongly.

Here’s the fixture list in full….

AUGUST
8 Sat H West Ham United
15 Sat A Crystal Palace
22 Sat H Liverpool
29 Sat A Newcastle United

Should Arsenal break the bank for Schneiderlin? 0

Posted on June 07, 2015 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal has decided to pull out of the race to sign Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin because they are not prepared to pay the Saints asking price of £25million.

Long-term

The French central midfielder is believed to be a long-term transfer target for the Gunners. Every transfer window he is linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium. However, it seems with the midfielder now available Arsene Wenger’s club are not prepared to pay his asking price.

Arsenal vs. Aston Villa FA Cup final preview 0

Posted on May 29, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal will be looking to win the FA Cup for a second consecutive season, as they face underdogs Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Arsenal finished the season with a convincing 4-1 victory over West Brom at the Emirates, with Theo Walcott grabbing a hat-trick in a rare start up front.

That victory followed three games without a win for the Gunners. The team from north London have a good recent record against the Villans, as they have lost just three times in the last 33 meetings with the side from the Midlands, with all three defeats coming at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal could be stifled by Aston Villa’s emphasis on flooding central areas 0

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are known for their narrow possession-based football under manager Arsene Wenger, with their wide players coming inside to link up attacks with the advanced central midfielders, but it‘s something that could play into the hands of Aston Villa ahead of this weekend‘s FA Cup final.

The Gunners’ style of play that has been synonymous with the club in the last few years in particular, but does often see them coming unstuck against a team defending deep and compact. Arsenal like to thread balls through the middle to create chances, as they don’t possess much of an aerial threat to make crosses from wide effective.

Is Theo Walcott close to starting in Saturday’s FA Cup final? 0

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott made an emphatic return to the starting eleven recently, bagging himself a hat-trick in the Gunners’ 4-1 victory against West Bromwich Albion, and is hoping his performance will earn him an unlikely start in this weekend’s FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

The 26-year-old has been reduced to bench duty all year for the Londoners, despite declaring himself fit enough to start games, and his future is still being speculated about this summer as a result. Walcott is expected to consider his future with the club if first-team football is no longer guaranteed, but he’s certainly made his case to be afforded a start with impressive performances in recent weeks.



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