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Jack Wilshere ‘could be available for Saturday’ 0

Posted on April 18, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could well feature for the Gunners in their FA Cup semi-final clash against Reading on Saturday evening, with the England international having return from his latest injury.

“We have a big squad available for selection and we just have Arteta (match fitness) and Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) unavailable. Everybody else should be alright. (Jack Wilshere) has improved physically and I think he is available for selection on Saturday,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Ramsey: FA Cup anxiety gone following last season’s triumph 0

Posted on April 18, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey says the Gunners’ anxiety ahead of this evening’s FA Cup semi-final has completely gone following last season’s triumph in the competition.

“That sort of pressure has gone because we won something last season, so there is no more of this nine years (without a trophy talk) That’s gone, but we are big favourites and we have to go into the game switched on and ready for (Reading), because anything can happen in these stages of the FA Cup,” he said.

Arsenal Wenger “proud” to hit 10 FA Cup semi-finals with Arsenal 0

Posted on April 17, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he’s “proud” to have reached 10 FA Cup finals with the Gunners, ahead of this weekend’s clash at Wembley against Reading. The London outfit have won the competition five times under the Frenchman, with their most recent triumph coming last season.

They are favourites to retain the FA Cup this campaign, and Wenger is delighted that Arsenal are in a position to defend the trophy, and to have made 10 semi-finals during his time in charge. He said: “You do not play 10 semi-finals if you do not prepare properly for these games. I’m proud of that consistency. It’s still the same excitement in a game like that as it was in the first one.”

Reading vs. Arsenal FA Cup semi-final preview 0

Posted on April 17, 2015 by David Nugent

Reading and Arsenal go head-to-head on Saturday at Wembley in the first of the FA Cup semi-finals.

Reading are struggling in the Championship and are currently 18th place, eight points clear of the relegation zone. Steve Clarke’s team lost 1-0 at home to Bournemouth last time out on Tuesday night.

The Royals have won just once in their last six games in all competitions, but that victory came in a 3-0 victory over Bradford in the last round.

However the Royals are unbeaten in their last five FA Cup games. There have been over 2.5 goals in seven out of their last eight games against the Gunners.

Mertesacker confident Arsenal can avoid a giant-killing by Reading on Saturday 0

Posted on April 16, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender and vice-captain Per Mertesacker believes the Gunners are in much better shape to get the job done in the FA Cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley without any upsets, after last season’s penalty shootout against Wigan Athletic in the same round.

The German international feels the Londoners are full of confidence, and have too much quality in the side for their opposition. Arsenal are coming off the back of eight consecutive Premier League wins, and have beaten the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United in all competitions.

Arsenal confident of FA Cup triumph with Reading distracted by cup run 1

Posted on April 15, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal face Championship side Reading in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley this weekend, and are 1/4 to win the tie in 90 minutes. The Gunners are big favourites due to being 35 places above the Royals in the English pyramid. The form of Reading has spiralled while they’ve been enjoying a deep run in the FA Cup, which could well be a factor when the two sides lock horns on Saturday evening.

Koscielny could miss Burnley clash through injury 1

Posted on April 11, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny could miss this afternoon’s clash against Burnley through injury. The French international has hip and thigh problems that could see manager Arsene Wenger plump for Gabriel Paulista to start at the heart of the backline alongside Per Mertesacker.

Koscielny, 29, has missed a number of games this season, making just 20 Premier League starts from a possible 31, but the Londoners do have adequate cover in his absence. He does remain a key player in the side, however, due to his pace to cover for Mertesacker, and his impressive reading of the game.

Nacho Monreal: ‘Positive dynamic contributing to good run of form’ 0

Posted on April 10, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal believes the positive atmosphere around the camp is contributing to their fine run of form at the tail-end of the season. The Gunners have won seven on the bounce in the Premier League, and have Burnley this weekend, of which Arsene Wenger’s side are 4/7 to get all three points at Turf Moor.

Currently second in the Premier League table after 31 games, while in the FA Cup semi-final, Arsenal are enjoying a fantastic season. They suffered a premature Champions League exit, that certainly came to a shock to the supporters, but have more than made up for such European failure with their much-improved domestic form.

Burnley vs. Arsenal Premier League Preview 1

Posted on April 10, 2015 by David Nugent

Relegation-threatened Burnley welcomes in-form Arsenal to Turf Moor in the late Premier League kick-off on Saturday.

The Clarets are currently in the bottom three of the Premier League and two points off safety. Sean Dyche’s team have won just once in their last ten Premier League games and that poor run of form has saw them slip to second from bottom in the table.

Despite their poor recent form, the Clarets have beaten reigning champions Manchester City 1-0 and drew 0-0 with Tottenham in their last two home games. Those two clean sheets were the only the Clarets have kept in their last six league games.

Gabriel says individual quality is contributing with strong finish to the season 0

Posted on April 09, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista believes the individual qualities to the Gunners’ squad is the reason for their fantastic finish to the Premier League season. Arsene Wenger’s side have won seven league games on the bounce, and are currently on course to finish second in the table, which would be their highest finish in the division for a decade.

“Every player knows his quality, we have top-quality training facilities and an excellent team. If you look at our individual qualities we make a great team. That’s why we are playing well especially now in the last weeks of the season. The Premier League is a tough competition. We are aware of the difficulties, but we are on the right path,” he said.

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