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Oxlade-Chamberlain admits Arsenal have been “slipping” recently 0

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was honest in his interview after the Gunners earned a narrow victory over relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Monday night, admitting the players had let standards slip during their woeful run of form.

The Gunners had lost five of their last eight Premier League games ahead of the trip to the Riverside Stadium, recently suffering a 3-0 defeat away to Crystal Palace which has all but ended their chances of a top-four finish.

And after stopping the rot to Middlesbrough, Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed players haven’t been giving their all of late.

Arsenal will not sell Sanchez to Premier League rivals 0

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal star player Alexis Sanchez has little over 12 months in his contract with the North London club and rumours about his future with Gunners are coming in thick and fast on daily basis.

The Chilean superstar is believed to have an offer from Arsenal on the table, but his reluctance to commit after reportedly failing to accept the proposed financial terms has left the door open to a possible departure at the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger only add fuel to fire by taking a firm stance by saying that he would not be disrupting the club’s financial balance by offering any player – Sanchez included – more than possible.

Sead Kolasinac’s father sheds light on Arsenal links 0

Posted on April 17, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal fans were excited to learn that Arsenal have moved to the front row in the race for Sead Kolasinac this weekend.

Still, it turns out that Gunners are not the only club interested in the Bosnia and Herzegovina international as it emerged that Everton, among other clubs, are also interested.

Contrasting reports over the past couple of days appeared linking the player with both Premier League clubs and presenting his case as a done deal, but the new light has been shed on the entire situation by none other than Kolasinac’s father himself.

Is Arsenal’s situation a full-blown crisis? 0

Posted on April 16, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

One win in their last five Premier League games, four consecutive away defeats in the division, nine points adrift of a top-four spot in the table, uncertainty over the manager’s future, summer acquisitions heavily under-performing, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil rejecting a contract extension and the squad being at its weakest in years, Arsenal are enduring a real crisis.

Manager Arsene Wenger played down talk of his failure to announce his future plans as a reason for the side’s poor form, saying: “I honestly don’t know but I hope not. When I speak about mental test it is to perform, no matter what the circumstances are around you. Is that an influence? I’d say I hope not.” The manager has long spoken about the need for stability, but is he creating an unstable environment, in addition to Arsenal’s other problems?

Arsenal start summer rebuilding with Kolasinac signing 1

Posted on April 15, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Independent, Arsenal have agreed a deal to bring Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac to the club in July when his contract expires with Bundesliga club.

The Gunners are reported to have beaten off competition from Everton and AC Milan for the highly-rated Bosnia and Herzegovina international.
Could be a shrewd signing for Arsenal

Despite the fact that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has not officially stated he is staying, this signing suggests that he is, although such a highly-rated player is a no-brain signing whoever the Gunners boss may be next season.

Oxlade-Chamberlain could return to Arsenal’s midfield 0

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been left out of the starting lineup of late but could return to the XI in Monday’s trip to face Middlesbrough given the disjointed performances from the Gunners of late. Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny underperformed in the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace, and given Arsenal’s desperation to stop the rot may see Oxlade-Chamberlain called upon to inject some urgency to their build-up play.

Last-chance saloon for Arsenal’s top-four hopes 0

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted the quest for a Champions League place hung in the balance this season but believes the side have to overcome recent mental barriers to finish in a top-four spot in the Premier League table. He feels the Gunners have been under pressure and restricted in their place recently and wants the confidence and creative freedom to return.

“It’s not been very enjoyable as you certainly know, but bad moments are part of our job as well. You focus to prepare and make sure you respond in a strong way. To play with restriction and a little bit of a handbrake on doesn’t help the performance. We are under pressure to deliver and the best way to do it is to play with freedom and accept the risk,” he said.

Will Middlesbrough’s Traore target Monreal in Monday’s clash? 0

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal badly underperformed in the Gunners’ defeat to Crystal Palace, and Monday’s Premier League meeting with Middlesbrough could result in similar treatment from winger Adama Traore unless he’s adequately protected at the back. It’s an area Arsenal need to replace in the summer, but they have no better alternative until the end of the season which could well be capitalised upon by their opponents.

Could Olivier Giroud start against Middlesbrough? 0

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been on the periphery of the squad all season, making the majority of his appearances from the substitutes’ bench. The French international is behind the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck in the pecking order, but has a chance of returning to the starting XI in Monday’s clash with Middlesbrough given his physical superiority.

Giroud has scored and created 12 goals in 826 minutes in the Premier League this season, capitalising on his greater strength in the penalty area and his cool head to finish in tight confines. He doesn’t have the same athleticism as Sanchez or Welbeck, but Middlesbrough’s deep, defensive style will mean such pace won’t threaten the North-East outfit.

Alexis Sanchez in the PFA Player of the Year shortlist 0

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has been named in the PFA Player of the Year shortlist for his form for the Gunners in 2016/17. The Chilean international has been Arsenal’s most influential player in all competitions, top scoring on all four fronts, but is an outsider to win the award given the outstanding performers at title-chasing Chelsea and Tottenham earning deserved recognition.

2016/17 PFA Player of the Year nominees
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

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