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Why Arsenal’s Theo Walcott could start against Newcastle 1

Posted on August 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has some difficult decisions to make ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game away to Newcastle. Theo Walcott, 26, is competing with Olivier Giroud for a starting place in attack, and could give the Londoners a different dimension in what could be a tricky afternoon at St James’ Park.

The Magpies have some momentum, with an impressive goalless draw against Manchester United preceding a 4-1 win against Northampton in the Capital One Cup, so they are sure to give the Gunners a game this weekend. As a result, the Londoners need to get it right with their starting lineup, and Walcott might be the one deserving of the nod from Wenger.

Should Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain start more games for Arsenal? 2

Posted on August 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was introduced off the bench in the Gunners recent 0-0 draw against Liverpool, but was given just nine minutes of action to make a difference. He’d shown signs of promise earlier in the campaign, which led to him being given extended game time on the pitch, but is now being made to settle for a lot less.

His brief cameo against Liverpool followed another substitute appearance in the Premier League against Crystal Palace, but Arsenal really need him at the moment. Results haven’t been convincing in recent weeks, and a more direct attacking threat could well be the remedy.

Can Olivier Giroud continue his fine run of form against Liverpool tonight? 0

Posted on August 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is expected to spearhead the Gunners’ attack for the visit of Liverpool tonight, and the French international has shown himself to be a good omen when coming up against the Merseysiders. He’s come out on top in 57% of their past meetings, while being on the losing team just once. And Giroud has managed to score in 43% of the fixtures too, so he could well be key this evening.

Alexis Sanchez fit to start against Liverpool 0

Posted on August 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed forward Alexis Sanchez will be fit to start against Liverpool on Monday night. The Chilean international has been behind the rest of the team due to a lack of fitness after getting muscle fatigue from this summer’s Copa America tournament with eventual winners Chile.

He was a second-half introduction in Arsenal’s opening day defeat to West Ham United, and was given a successful 75-minute run out in their following victory against Palace. Wenger is expected to start him in attack against Liverpool on Monday night, and is hoping he can lead the side to all three points, as he did in their last meeting.

Arsenal 3/4 to earn all three points against Liverpool on Monday night 0

Posted on August 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal host Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday night, with the Gunners favourites to come out on top given their dominance in this fixture down the years. Arsene Wenger’s men have won their last three Premier League meetings at home to the Reds, and are coming off the back of victory over Crystal Palace.

A win for the Londoners could see them above Liverpool and in the top-four, while defeat would keep Arsenal languishing in the bottom-half. The Gunners last home game ended in defeat to West Ham United, so the Emirates Stadium could be a nervy atmosphere for the hosts. And with Liverpool having won both their opening league games of the new season, they are sure to put up some resistance.

Arsenal vs. Liverpool Premier League preview 0

Posted on August 23, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal play host to Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday looking to claim back-to-back wins in the Premier League.

The Gunners have opened their Premier League campaign in inconsistent style, with one win and one defeat so far this season. Last time out an own goal from Damien Delaney was enough to earn Arsene Wenger’s men a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.

The win was a relief after the north London side kicked-off their Premier League campaign with a disappointing 2-0 home defeat against West Ham.

The Premier League head-to-head is very tight, with Arsenal claiming 16 wins to Liverpool’s 15 and 15 games finishing in draws.

Wenger calls upon his side to re-find their form at the Emirates Stadium 0

Posted on August 22, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Liverpool on Monday night, manager Arsene Wenger has rallied the troops to perform on home soil to ensure there’s no repeat of their shock opening day defeat at home to West Ham United earlier this month.

“If you want to have a successful season you want to be strong at home. Normally we are strong at home. This is an opportunity to show that. We should have enough confidence to go into the game positively against Liverpool. This is a very important game where the result will of course be vital,” he said.

Petr Cech enduring difficult start to life at Arsenal 1

Posted on August 17, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is still waiting for his first clean sheet in the Premier League since his move from Chelsea in the summer. The 33-year-old has already shipped three goals in his two games for the Gunners, and has been at fault for at least two of them. His debut campaign with the Londoners isn’t quite going to plan early on after so much expectation in pre-season.

Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal EPL preview 0

Posted on August 15, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal will attempt to bounce back from their opening day defeat against West Ham with a win at Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

Palace kicked-off their Premier League campaign with a 3-1 victory over league new boys Norwich on Saturday. Eagles new signing Yohan Cabaye had an instant impact with a goal on his debut and Alan Pardew’s side produced an impressive performance.

The Eagles have certainly found form under Pardew, having won their last three games in the Premier League. However, history is against Palace, as they have suffered defeats in their last five meetings with the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger expecting even more from the returning Alexis Sanchez this season 0

Posted on August 15, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been full of praise for Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, with the talented South American having endured a gruelling World Cup (summer of 2014), debut season in the Premier League (2014/15) and Copa America (summer of 2015), while being in shape to start for the Gunners in their next league game against Crystal Palace.

Despite a standout debut season that saw him score GOALS, his manager believes the best is yet to come, saying: “He works extremely hard in every single training session to show that he is ready. This season, he knows what is expected from him, and he will do better than last year.”

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