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Arsenal v Reading EFL Cup Preview 0

Posted on October 24, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal host Reading at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night in the fourth round of the EFL Cup, with the home side looking to get back to winning ways following a draw last time out.

The Gunners seven-game winning run came to an end last time out, as the Gunners drew 0-0 with Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium. There were positives to take from the game, though, as the side from north London have now kept clean sheets in six of their last seven games in all competitions.

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.

Danny Welbeck needs to make up for lost time at Arsenal 0

Posted on October 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently revealed striker Danny Welbeck is “ahead of schedule” in his rehabilitation from knee surgery and should return in January to play a role in the remainder of the season. The former Manchester United attacker suffered significant cartilage damage at the tail end of last season and has made just 10 starts in all competitions since April 2015.

Wenger said back in August that a Christmas return was not off the cards and he’s recently reiterated how well Welbeck has done in his recovery. The 25-year-old didn’t have a history prior to his Arsenal move in 2014, but has now suffered two long-term knee injuries with the Gunners so Wenger and the medical staff are taking extra measures to ensure there’s no setbacks.

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 0-0 Middlesbrough: Cech the hero as the Gunners are frustrated by Boro 0

Posted on October 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal had goalkeeper Petr Cech to thank after a goalless stalemate against newly-promoted Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon, with the experienced shot-stopper called into action on a number of occasions as Arsenal were under the cosh.

Cech was called into action by Adama Traore and Gaston Ramirez but held firm to earn a clean sheet. Laurent Koscielny was forced into a match-saving tackle late in the game too as Middlesbrough caused Arsenal problems. The Gunners had a goal disallowed late in the game for offside, but manager Arsene Wenger won’t be happy with a wasted opportunity to go top of the Premier League.

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 2/7 to win against Middlesbrough 0

Posted on October 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Newly-promoted Middlesbrough are the next opponents at the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal in the Premier League this afternoon, in a game that could well go the way of the in-form hosts given how much Boro have struggled in recent weeks.

Ahead of today’s meeting, Arsenal find themselves second in the Premier League table with 19 points from eight games, coming off the back of six consecutive wins. The Gunners have won three on the bounce on home soil in the league, and have beaten the likes of Southampton and Chelsea at the Emirates in recent weeks.

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