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Will Thomas Vermaelen keep his place at left-back? 0

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen could be in line to keep his place in an unfamiliar left-back role as Nacho Monreal continues to recover from injury. Manager Arsene Wenger revealed that the Spaniard is ‘possibility available’ but was uncertain if he would be fit enough to start against Hull on the weekend.

Vermaelen, 28, played left-back in the Gunners’ recent game against West Ham United, with Arsenal winning 3-1. He is naturally a centre-back by trade, but has been used in a number of different roles to cover for injured players this season.

Mathieu Flamini returns from suspension 0

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini will return from his ban to potentially feature in the Gunners’ next league game against Hull City. Manager Arsene Wenger hinted that the ball-winning midfielder could well be thrown straight back into the first-team.

Arsenal are being given odds of 3/4 to see past Steve Bruce’s men, with both sides also set to face each other in this season’s FA Cup final.

It’s the third time the Frenchman has been suspended this season, but his absence has been felt by the side as a number of injuries had left Arsenal thin on midfielders of late.

Ozil could return for Hull clash on the weekend 0

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed playmaker Mesut Ozil could return for the Gunners’ weekend clash against Hull City. It’s a huge boost for the London outfit as they recently welcomed the return of midfielder Aaron Ramsey to the fray too.

A number of other absentees are set to return in the next week or two, which could see Wenger with almost their best squad available for the last couple of games of the season.

Ozil’s last game for the Londoners was against Bayern Munich in the Champions League knockouts in early March. This season, the German midfielder has made eight assists in the league – scoring four goals.

Has Wenger actually planned his starting XI for tonight? 0

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was coy on the fitness levels of a number of players ahead of tonight’s meeting against West Ham United. The long-serving Frenchman hinted that he will do late tests on players, which suggests that his decision will be made up later on depending on who has responded better to training.

It’s very risky for the Gunners boss to not have his preferred side in mind for the West Ham game, rather than waiting to see who appears fit enough to play tonight.

Arsenal vs. West Ham Premier League preview 0

Posted on April 14, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal host West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night looking to regain fourth place in the Premier League table. The Gunners defeated Wigan on penalties in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday after a 1-1 draw in normal and extra-time.

The performance against the Latics was not the best of the season, but the Gunners progression to the FA Cup final may give the whole club a boost, after speculation about Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s future.

Wigan vs. Arsenal FA Cup semi-final preview 0

Posted on April 11, 2014 by David Nugent

Wigan and Arsenal go head-to-head in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday evening. Neither side are in particularly great form, but the Gunners are heavy favourites to beat holders Wigan and go all the way to the final.

The FA Cup is Arsenal’s only hope of silverware this season, after going out of the Champions League and dropping away in the race for the Premier League title in recent months.

Everybody connected with the club will be desperate for a win, with the north London club currently in the midst of a well-documented trophy-draught of nearly nine years. The Gunners will not be heading into this game in high spirits though.

Can Arsenal end 370-minute wait for a clean sheet? 0

Posted on April 11, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal aren’t in the best form leading up to their crucial FA Cup semi-final clash against holders Wigan Athletic this weekend. Arsene Wenger’s side haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last four matches, while amassing just one clean sheet in their last 11 games in all competitions.

They have been on the receiving end of some humiliating thrashings of late too – losing 6-0 to Chelsea and 3-0 against Everton. But the FA Cup presents the club and manager Arsene Wenger with a chance to appease the fans by ending their nine-year wait for a trophy.

Injury update ahead of FA Cup semi-final 0

Posted on April 11, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury update leading up to their FA Cup semi-final clash against Wigan Athletic this weekend.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, and Tomas Rosicky are all said to be ‘50:50’, with Wenger set to make a late decision on the trio. The Frenchman did add that he remained very uncertain about the extent of their recovery.

Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny have been both ruled out for the cup game this Saturday. The pair are expected to be back the following weekend at the earliest.

Can Olivier Giroud keep up his FA Cup scoring run this weekend? 0

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal set to name a very depleted starting eleven against Wigan Athletic in their FA Cup semi-final clash this weekend, they will be relying on a striker who is currently having a goal drought.

Olivier Giroud hasn’t scored in his last five games (in the Premier League or Europe), but his run in this season’s FA Cup will give the side hope that he can find his scoring boots again. He came off the bench in the 4-1 FA Cup win against Everton – bagging a double.

Wenger in juggling act with midfielders with FA Cup & top-four commitments 0

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may well be forced to juggle his players around in the coming weeks as the side have a number of games just days apart and there’s the risk of fatigue in the important matches.

The Gunners face Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-finals on the 12th of April, but come up against London rivals West Ham United on the 15th, while Hull City are their next opponents just four days later. It’s unlikely they can remain unchanged for the run of matches, so Wenger will have to squad rotate in the right way to condition his players.



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