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Which Arsenal player was close to making the Ballon d’Or shortlist 0

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

A number of Arsenal stars enjoyed standout campaigns for their club, but no Gunners player earned a Ballon d’Or nomination. There weren’t many Premier League representatives in general, despite many of them turning in outstanding performances, and Arsene Wenger’s men certainly boast a player deserving of acclaim.

Alexis Sanchez was arguably the only player Arsenal can boast who has been in his best form in 2014. The Chilean international not only impressed in this summer’s World Cup, scoring 1 and making 2 assists, he ended the 2013/14 campaign strongly with Barcelona (22 games, 11 goals), and has started 2014/15 well with the Gunners (15 games, 8 goals).

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.

Arsenal linked with Barcelona forward Pedro 0

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenal are being tipped to make an approach for Barcelona forward Pedro with reports suggesting the Spanish international has handed in a transfer request due to a lack of playing time.

The Gunners signed his former teammate Alexis Sanchez this summer, who could well lure the 27-year-old into joining, as the London side have been struggling for goals from their forwards. Sanchez has delivered, but Danny Welbeck has made a lukewarm start to life in an Arsenal shirt.

Arsene Wenger’s side have started the season slowly, and are 1/6 to end the campaign trophyless.

Finally Arsenal keep another clean sheet 1

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While a very disappointing and unconvincing performance from Arsenal against Sunderland this weekend, the Gunners did finally keep a clean sheet for their troubles.

It was only the second time in the league this season that Arsene Wenger’s side have successfully shut a side out, and the Frenchman admitted his defensive woes were a worry.

Arsenal have conceded two or more goals in four of their nine Premier League outings this campaign already, while having conceded in every Champions League clash so far too.

Theo Walcott’s return a major boost for Arsenal 0

Posted on October 27, 2014 by David Nugent

England international winger Theo Walcott returned to the Arsenal’s squad for their 2-0 win at Sunderland. The former-Southampton ace may not have come off the bench, but it seems he will return to the Gunners first team very soon.


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is happy to have winger back in his squad. The veteran French boss had this to say after the win at Sunderland: “I’m very happy to have Theo back. Theo’s runs off the ball are always fantastic and he gives you hope that we will score goals. The pace we have in the side when he comes back will be very interesting.

Arsenal eyeing cut-price deal for Winston Reid 0

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal are considering a January bid for West Ham defender Winston Reid, according to the Daily Mirror as the New Zealand captain nears closer to the end of his contract at Boleyn Ground.

The winter transfer window cannot come soon enough for Arsene Wenger as he is desperate to sort out his defensive crisis and it is almost certain that the Professor will be signing a new centre-back in January.

A number of high-profile defenders have been linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks, with West Ham star Winston Reid reportedly also on club’s wish list.

Could Sunderland victory spark winning run for Arsenal? 0

Posted on October 26, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal claimed a 2-0 win at Sunderland yesterday courtesy of a brace from Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez. Both goals came after poor mistakes from Sunderland players, which Sanchez capitalised on superbly.


The performance was arguably a slight improvement on the Gunners 2-1 win at Anderlecht. The Black Cats did cause the Gunners problems, especially winger Will Buckley who caused England international Calum Chambers problems for much of the match.

Against better opposition the Gunners may have been punished, but luckily enough the Black Cats lacked the required quality in front of goal.


Oxlade-Chamberlain full of praise for “world-class” Sanchez 0

Posted on October 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal’s summer signing Alexis Sanchez bagging a brace in the victory against Sunderland this weekend, while putting on yet another impressive display for the Gunners, teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been full of praise for the Chilean.

“He’s a world-class player – everyone saw that at the World Cup. He’s proved that and he’s played for Barcelona where we’ve all seen what he’s done,” he said.

“He’s an unbelievable player and part of his game is his character and his hard work – that’s where he’s got both his goals from today. He reminds me of Luis Suarez when he chases everything down and he makes nothing into something. He’s done that for us twice today and he’s scored goals at important times for us.”

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.

Arsenal record comfortable victory at Sunderland 0

Posted on October 25, 2014 by David Nugent

An Alexis Sanchez brace was enough for Arsenal to claim a comfortable 2-0 win at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

The home side had the first threatening attack on two minutes. Black Cats winger Will Buckley took on Calum Chambers and fired in a cross to striker Steven Fletcher, who could not direct his effort on goal.

The visitors had their first attempt on goal on seven minutes. Santi Cazorla’s set-piece was cleared as far as full-back Kieran Gibbs who put a volley wide of goal from long-range. Two minutes later Alexis Sanchez fired well wide with an effort from 30 yards out.

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