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Have Arsenal missed Theo Walcott’s impressive consistent scoring record? 0

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have barely seen much of Theo Walcott in the first time following the end of his breakthrough 2012/13 season. The 25-year-old has suffered injury problems, that has cost the gunners due to them missing his pace and ruthlessness in front of goal.

Walcott, signed from Southampton in 2006, has been outstanding from 2012 onwards. The England international averaged a goal or assist every 95 minutes last season, but played in just 13 league games in total.

Could Theo Walcott start against Burnley? 0

Posted on October 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott was an unused substitute in the Gunners’ 2-0 win against Sunderland this weekend, and there’s every chance the England international could make his first start when Burnley come to town the following weekend.

The former Southampton man has been out of action for nine months, but has been building up his match fitness by playing with the U21 squad. His return comes at a good time too, as Arsenal desperately need his creativity and goals.

This season, Arsene Wenger’s side have only scored 15 goals from 9 league games (1.6 per game on average), a figure down from last season (2.87 in 2013/14). The Gunners scored 19 goals this time last season too.

Can Arsenal finally end winless run in the Premier League today? 0

Posted on October 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After dropping points at home to Hull City last weekend, that saw Arsenal go 11 points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea, the Gunners cannot afford anything other than a victory today.

Arsene Wenger’s side face Sunderland, who they took six points off of last season in their home and away meetings, while the Black Cats are coming off the back of a humbling 8-0 defeat to Southampton.

Arsenal have been in poor form recently, however, with the Londoners failing to win in their last three games. They have only picked up one league win from seven too, and manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side have not been good enough defensively.

Lukas Podolski pushing for a start against Sunderland 0

Posted on October 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsene Wenger revealed he has a decision to make regarding Lukas Podolski ahead of the Gunners’ clash against Sunderland this afternoon.

The German international scored the winning goal for Arsenal against Anderlecht in their midweek Champions League game, and is hoping to get more game time with the side.

Despite impressive scoring eight goals in 14 league starts last season, Podolski still hasn’t managed to force his way into the first-team on a regular basis, and hinted he would seek out an exit if opportunities continued to elude him.

Sunderland vs. Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on October 24, 2014 by David Nugent

Sunderland host Arsenal on Saturday at the Stadium of Light looking to recover from one of their worst ever top-flight defeats.

The Black Cats suffered an 8-0 hammering at the hands of Southampton last time out. The performance was so bad that the fans were refunded the cost of their tickets and travel, after former-Gunners keeper Vito Mannone revealed in an interview following the game that he felt the fans deserved a refund.

Sunderland had previously suffered just one defeat this season. The Black Cats have become one of the Premier League’s draw specialists this season, claiming five draws in the top-flight and winning just once.

Arsenal without nine players for their weekend clash against Sunderland 1

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal will be without nine first-team players ahead of their Saturday afternoon fixture against Sunderland.

Goalkeeper David Ospina, central defender Laurent Koscielny, right-back Mathieu Debuchy, midfielders Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby, playmaker Mesut Ozil, and forward Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo are all missing from the first-team for their Black Cats clash.

Arsenal are 8/11 to win away to Sunderland this weekend, but the Gunners could well struggle at the Stadium of Light given their recent league form. Arsene Wenger’s side are winless from their last three games, while having won just once in their last seven.

Alexis Sanchez showing signs of discontent with Arsenal’s limp start to the season 10

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.

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