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Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa: Giroud bags a hat-trick as the Gunners thrash Villa 0

Posted on May 15, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored three goals as the Gunners ran riot against relegated Aston Villa in their final Premier League outing to finish the season as runners-up. A second-half onslaught of goals sealed a comfortable victory, but up until the 78th minute the score was only 1-0 to the hosts.

Giroud opened the scoring minutes into the game, brilliantly heading home a Nacho Monreal cross past the hapless Aston Villa goalkeeper in the fifth minute of the game. His second of the game didn’t come for another 73 minutes and was courtesy of free-flowing football to cut open the Villa defence.

Could Arsene Wenger introduce some fringe players for this weekend’s Aston Villa clash? 0

Posted on May 14, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal lock horns with already-relegated Aston Villa in their final Premier League clash this weekend, and while the Gunners could still have a top-two finish to fight for, manager Arsene Wenger might use the opportunity to name fringe players in the side who haven’t heavily featured on Sunday.

The likes of David Ospina, Calum Chambers, Mikel Arteta and Joel Campbell might be given minutes after being completely unused in the second-half of the season, and a select few of the fringe players may be given a farewell ahead of a summer exit.

Arsenal v Aston Villa Premier League Preview 0

Posted on May 12, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal hosts rock-bottom Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, as the Gunners look to record a win in their efforts to finish the campaign as Premier League runners-up.

Arsene Wenger’s side will kick-off this game two points behind arch-rivals Tottenham, who currently occupy second. Spurs’ last game of the campaign is away at relegated Newcastle. Due to a better goal difference a point in the north east would ensure Mauricio Pochettino’s side finish second.

The Gunners head into this clash on the back of a 2-2 draw at Manchester City last time out. City took the lead through Sergio Aguero, but the lead lasted just two minutes as Olivier Giroud headed home an equaliser.

Manchester City v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on May 07, 2016 by David Nugent

Manchester City and Arsenal go head-to-head at the Etihad Stadium on as both sides look to cement their places in the Champions League for next season.

Manchester City head into the clash on the back of Champions League heartbreak, as the Citizens suffered a 1-0 aggregate defeat against Real Madrid in the semi-finals on Wednesday night.

The defeat was a major blow to City who were appearing in their first Champions League semi-final. However, the Citizens now need to get back on track in the league, as suddenly the Citizens are looking over their shoulders nervously at neighbours Manchester United, who are four points behind Manuel Pellegrini’s men with an extra game to play.

Wenger desperate for 3rd-place finish to avoid a Champions League playoff 0

Posted on May 06, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger has urged his side to deliver against Manchester City this weekend to ensure of a top-three finish. The Gunners are desperate to avoid a Champions League playoff as it would mean more games not long after some players will have returned from this summer’s European Championships.

A fourth-placed finish in the Premier League would result in having to play a two-legged Champions League playoff which would disrupt their pre-season due to the travelling and preparation. Arsenal will have a lot of players in this summer’s European Championships which could see them unavailable for the Gunners until mid-July, and they’ll still be entitled to a summer holiday.

Manchester City in dire straits ahead of weekend meeting 0

Posted on May 05, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal travel to face Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend in a fixture they would normally dread. However, the Sky Blues have suffered a disappointing season under manager Manuel Pellegrini, and are in even worse shape ahead of their clash with the Gunners due to injuries and poor form which could result in a win for Arsene Wenger’s men.

City will be without captain Vincent Kompany at the heart of the defence and David Silva rom the midfield, while having suffered consecutive defeats in all competitions. Manchester City have failed to win four of their last five games too, and have a woeful head-to-head record against Arsenal. All these factors are playing into the hands of the Gunners at a time where they’re desperate for a win to silence their critics.

Arsenal have a clean bill of health ahead of Man City clash 1

Posted on May 03, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal will travel to face Manchester City this weekend with a full squad, with manager Arsene Wenger able to welcome back the last of his injured players. Midfielder Jack Wilshere recently made his first appearance since his lengthy injury, Santi Cazorla was an unused substitute in the victory over Norwich City, and now Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to be in the squad for the Man City game.

Arsenal 2/7 to win against Norwich City in tonight’s Premier League clash 0

Posted on April 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal welcome Norwich City to the Emirates Stadium tonight, and are hoping to return to winning ways to cement their place in the top-four. Their opposition are fighting for Premier League survival so this evening’s clash is sure to be an enthralling affair.

Arsenal are four in the Premier League table with 64 points from 35 games this season, and have picked up three wins and three draws from their last six ahead of tonight’s clash. The Gunners need a result to ensure fifth-placed Manchester United don’t make up ground in the race for a Champions League spot.

Arsenal enjoying longest unbeaten run in the Premier League this season 0

Posted on April 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Despite Arsenal suffering poor form in the Premier League ahead of tonight’s clash with Norwich City, the Gunners have actually been enjoying their longest runoff games without defeat. Arsene Wenger’s men have gone seven games unbeaten in the league, and could well make it eight if they can get a result against the Canaries.

After back-to-back league defeats to Manchester United and Swansea City, Arsenal have since gone seven games unbeaten against the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Watford, West Ham United, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland. The problem for Arsenal has been the lack of wins during this run.

How have Arsenal fared against Norwich City in the Premier League? 0

Posted on April 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal welcome Norwich City to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, and are big favourites to pick up all three points. The Canaries are expected to put up a fight given their league status is at risk with time fast running out to haul themselves from the drop zone, but the Gunners boast a good home record against Norwich that could make this weekend’s clash a foregone conclusion.

Arsenal’s past meetings with Norwich City (2000 – present)



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