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Mikel Arteta feeling the pressure 0

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has moved to reveal that he is not enjoying his football as much as he used due to constant pressure involved with being a professional player.

The Spaniard has become an important player for the Gunners shortly after arriving from Everton, although he was forced to turn his focus to more defensive responsibilities in order to remain a regular starter at the Emirates.

And with Arsenal not doing particularly well in recent years, Arteta admits the pressure has been getting to him and he now struggles to enjoy the life of a professional football player. Asked how he looks back on his football career, the midfielder replied:

Advantage Arsenal in the race for the Champions League 0

Posted on April 17, 2014 by David Nugent

The race for fourth place took a rather strange turn on Wednesday night as Everton’s winning run came to a shuddering halt with a 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace. Despite being big underdogs prior to the game, the Eagles produced a superb display to secure three points and their Premier League status for next season.

Advantage

The defeat for the Toffees means that the destiny of fourth spot and Champions League football is now firmly in the hands of Arsenal. The Gunners only have a one point advantage, but in terms of fixtures have a much easier run-in.

Ozil could return for Hull clash on the weekend 0

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed playmaker Mesut Ozil could return for the Gunners’ weekend clash against Hull City. It’s a huge boost for the London outfit as they recently welcomed the return of midfielder Aaron Ramsey to the fray too.

A number of other absentees are set to return in the next week or two, which could see Wenger with almost their best squad available for the last couple of games of the season.

Ozil’s last game for the Londoners was against Bayern Munich in the Champions League knockouts in early March. This season, the German midfielder has made eight assists in the league – scoring four goals.

Podolski makes his point to Wenger 0

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After publicly expressing his dismay for constantly being subbed in the majority of games this season, Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski made his point to manager Arsene Wenger after bagging a double in the 3-1 win against West Ham United yesterday evening.

‘He’s a natural finisher, that’s always why he’s difficult to position on the pitch. You would want him in the box in front of goal as well as wide. (Against West Ham) I think he moved better and got into some very interesting positions.’ – Arsene Wenger.

Kim Kallstrom proving to be a good signing after all 1

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom was handed his first start in an Arsenal shirt last night as the Gunners played a very important game against local rivals West Ham, and the experienced footballer went on to produce a very good performance to prove all his doubters wrong.

Having arrived at the Emirates on loan from Spartak Moscow on transfer deadline day in January, the 31-year-old had to endure some tough times before even making his first appearance for the club, with the fact he was signed despite a back injury not doing any favours for under-pressure Arsene Wenger.

Could Arsenal be returning to form at the right time? 0

Posted on April 16, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal defeated West Ham 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium last night to return to fourth spot in the Premier League table. The Gunners produced a nervous first half display and West Ham looked dangerous.

Improvement

Once the equaliser arrived through Lukas Podolski the Gunners looked far more confident. The second half performance was far more like the Arsenal of the first half of the campaign, rather than the nervy, under-performing Arsenal of the last few months.

Lukas Podolski’s finishing was impressive, as the Germany international scored a brace. Podolski has not really been considered a striker for a while, but maybe Arsene Wenger should consider him in a striking position in the remaining games.

Arsenal move to fourth place with a win over West Ham 0

Posted on April 15, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal moved back into the top four of Premier League table with a 3-1 victory over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.

The visitors made a very bright start to the game and Per Mertesacker had to block Mohamed Diame’s effort in the Arsenal penalty area, after the midfielder attempted to find the far corner with a bending effort on four minutes.

On six minutes the Hammers threatened again, as Diame drilled a cross to midfielder Antonio Nocerino, who saw an effort on goal blocked. Diame was involved on nine minutes yet again, as the midfielder saw an effort cleared from inside the Arsenal penalty box.

Has Wenger actually planned his starting XI for tonight? 0

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was coy on the fitness levels of a number of players ahead of tonight’s meeting against West Ham United. The long-serving Frenchman hinted that he will do late tests on players, which suggests that his decision will be made up later on depending on who has responded better to training.

It’s very risky for the Gunners boss to not have his preferred side in mind for the West Ham game, rather than waiting to see who appears fit enough to play tonight.

Can Arsenal finally get a win in 90 minutes? 1

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Arsenal will be buoyed by their FA Cup semi-final win against Wigan Athletic, it still failed to come in 90 minutes. Both sides were level after extra time, with Arsenal winning the cup tie via penalties. Their wait for a win in normal time any competition has now stretched to six games.

For a club of Arsenal’s stature, that’s far too long. But it highlights the woeful run of form endured in 2014 that has seen them out of the title race and out of the top-four temporarily. However, a win tonight will put them back in the coveted Champions League place, and will end their wait for a league victory.

Giroud confident he can turn things around 0

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is adamant he can rediscover his form to help Arsenal win the FA Cup trophy and achieve a top 4 finish in the Premier League.

The Frenchman had impressed in the early exchanges, but has suffered a huge dip in form in the second part of the season. Having scored just one goal in last seven appearances in all competitions, it is hardly surprising he has been one of the players that have come under heavy criticism of late.

Giroud seems well aware that his recent performances have not been to the highest level, but he believes the poor run of form is set to end.



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