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Arsenal keen on La Liga star 0

Posted on October 25, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Premier League giants Arsenal are reportedly showing interest in former Stoke City midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, who has impressed playing for Sevilla in Spanish La Liga.

The Frenchman has quickly become a key member of the squad at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and he was in excellent form as los Rojiblancos defeated Atletico Madrid to climb to the top of the league before Real Madrid leapfrogged them in the standings.

N’Zonzi had 16 ball recoveries in the high-profile clash and still had enough in him to score the winning goal that saw Sevilla become regarded as genuine title contenders.

Giroud to pip Perez for a starting place up front against Reading? 0

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud could start against Reading in the EFL Cup on Tuesday. It flies in the face of some claims that summer-signing Lucas Perez would finally lead the line for the Londoners but manager Arsene Wenger is perhaps readying the French international with a view to introduce him from the bench in the Premier League in the coming weeks.

Saturday’s goalless draw against Middlesbrough showed how the Gunners needed a Plan B in their approach, but Perez won’t be happy with the omission. The former Deportivo La Coruna attacker has been patiently waiting for an opportunity, and Perez himself has recently admitted he expected more of a starring role with Arsenal.

Arsenal targeting another Brazilian defender? 0

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to journalist Marcos Eduardo on Twitter, Arsenal are targeting Palmeiras defender Vitor Hugo, in a deal worth around £7M.

The Gunners are alleged to be bolstering their backline with the likes of Per Mertesacker potentially leaving in the summer, while Laurent Koscielny isn’t getting any younger at age 31.

Who will start in the Capital One Cup against Reading? 1

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal lock horns with Championship club Reading in the last-16 of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, in a game that manager Arsene Wenger will use to play fringe players. With the Gunners’ starting lineup looking identical in the Premier League most weeks, there are a host of squad players in need of game time to stay sharp so who will make the cut this week?

Kieran Gibbs recently played in Arsenal’s Champions League win over PFC Ludogorets Razgrad and will be in contention to feature against the Royals. Having played just 44 minutes of Premier League football. Gibbs has been on the periphery for some time but could be given the nod by Wenger in place of first-choice left-back Nacho Monreal.

Does Jack Wilshere still have a future at Arsenal? 0

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

England midfielder Jack Wilshere completed a full 90 minutes in the Premier League for the first time in two years during his season-long loan spell with Bournemouth. The Arsenal academy graduate made the switch to Dean Court to get regular playing time and build up his fitness, and is currently flourishing with the Cherries due to the opportunities given to him by manager Eddie Howe.

Would Arsenal have beaten Middlesbrough with Olivier Giroud? 1

Posted on October 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Following Arsenal’s 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough, many believed the Gunners’ were lacking a physical presence in the box to steer home one of the many crosses whipped in. Striker Olivier Giroud is a player who thrives on such support but he’s been out of action for a number of weeks with a foot injury, and his absence may have proven costly given how the game turned out.

The Frenchman is expert at scoring one-touch finishes at the near post, and is an aerial threat too. Arsenal struggled to create chances and couldn’t find anyone on the end of their many crosses against Middlesbrough. Giroud has shown in the past how deadly he can be with balls coming into the box, and manager Arsene Wenger admitted Giroud’s influence would have been a boost.

Santi Cazorla could miss Capital One Cup clash 0

Posted on October 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla could miss Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash against Reading after manager Arsene Wenger admitted he was uncertain when the Spaniard will return. Cazorla was absent for Saturday’s goalless draw with Middlesbrough but Wenger revealed the talented playmaker might not be fit to feature against the Royals.

Arsenal couldn’t break down Middlesbrough without the Spanish international at the heart of the midfield on the weekend, and when asked if the Gunners missed Cazorla in the side, Wenger replied: “Yeah, of course. You miss always, of course, Cazorla. At home he is from deep midfield into the final third, his pass is always quick and accurate. Cazorla – I don’t really know (when he will return) because we have to see how he recovers on Monday.”

Wenger demands a response against Reading 0

Posted on October 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants his side to bounce back in a positive way after being held to a goalless draw against Middlesbrough in Saturday’s Premier League clash. The Gunners saw their six-game winning streak ended this weekend at the hand of the newly-promoted North-East side, but have little time to dwell as they face Reading in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Arsenal vs Middlesbrough: Cazorla out, Iwobi starts, Maitland-Niles on the bench 0

Posted on October 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Despite early reports to the contrary, Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla misses out of the matchday squad to face Middlesbrough in the Premier League this afternoon. Alex Iwobi is introduced to the starting eleven in the Spaniard’s absence, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles makes the bench.

Arsenal starting XI to face Middlesbrough
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech
Right-Back: Hector Bellerin
Centre-Back: Shkodran Mustafi
Centre-Back: Laurent Koscielny
Left-Back: Nacho Monreal
Centre-Midfield: Francis Coquelin
Centre-Midfield: Mohamed Elneny
Right-Wing: Theo Walcott
Attacking-Midfielder: Mesut Ozil
Left-Wing: Alex Iwobi
Striker: Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal injury update ahead of Middlesbrough clash 0

Posted on October 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are without eight players for their Premier League meeting with newly-promoted Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon, with Granit Xhaka (suspended), Chuba Akpom (back), Olivier Giroud (foot), Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Per Mertesacker (knee), Carl Jenkinson (ACL), Danny Welbeck (meniscus) and Santi Cazorla (achilles) all out of action.

Santi Cazorla should be the first player back as his achilles injury wasn’t deemed too serious. The Spaniard was even reported to have completed a training session on the eve of the game which would suggest his omission this afternoon is merely a precaution. Fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey is expected back in just over a week, having shown positive recovery signs from his hamstring injury.

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