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Could Mattia Destro be a good addition to the Arsenal attack? 0

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal have lost their first-choice striker Olivier Giroud until 2015, the Londoners should be looking at bringing in a replacement. While manager Arsene Wenger is adamant his squad have more than enough attacking options, AS Roma forward Mattia Destro should be on his radar.

Last season, the 23-year-old scored 13 goals in 15 starts, his best goal-to-game ratio to date. But that wasn’t what is so impressive about this striker. He was one of the most deadly finishers in world football in 2013/14, scoring with 34% of all his shots taken.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud out for four months with broken ankle 0

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed supporters’ worst fears that striker Olivier Giroud will be out of action until the New Year with a broken ankle

“Giroud had surgery for a broken tibia and he will be out for three to four months on the competitive side. He’ll be capable to play again in the Premier League at the end of December.”

The French international picked up the injury in the 2-2 draw against Everton, but initially Wenger was unsure to the striker’s prognosis upon limping off in the dying minutes.

Does Arsenal now need to strengthen their attack? 1

Posted on August 28, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed last night that French striker Olivier Giroud is likely to be out till the end of December or early next year. Losing their first choice striker is a major blow for the Gunners and he will be hard to replace.

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I have to say at times Giroud is unfairly criticised by both media and some Arsenal fans. However, he leads the Arsenal line really well as a lone forward. He gets criticised for his lack of mobility, but he does score goals and provide a focal point for the Gunners attack.

Ten man Arsenal progress to Champions League group stages 0

Posted on August 27, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal defeated Besiktas 1-0 in the second leg of their Champions League play-off to progress into the group stages of the competition, despite Mathieu Debuchy being dismissed.

The first attempt on goal of the game came on 8 minutes from the home side. Alexis Sanchez was fouled but the ball fell fortuitously for Jack Wilshere who ran towards goal and then dragged a shot wide of goal.

A minute later and midfielder Santi Cazorla fired an effort wide of goal from just outside the area, after a poor clearance from the Besiktas defence.

Paddy Power refunding losing bets if Arsenal fail to qualify 0

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

The Champions League play-off tie between Arsenal and Besiktas is very much open after the goalless draw in the first leg in Istanbul, and while the Gunners remain the favourites to go through, they could face a difficult task in the light of new circumstances.

Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Olivier Giroud and Kieran Gibbs will be missing for the Gunners tonight and while Arsenal have yet to miss out on Champions League group stages under Arsene Wenger, they will have to work hard for the win at the Emirates.

Arsenal could struggle past Besiktas tonight with so many absentees 1

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal having club-captain Mikel Arteta injured and fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey suspended, while striker Olivier Giroud and left-back Kieran Gibbs are both unavailable, the Gunners do have a considerably depleted lineup for tonight’s game.

Arsenal are 2/9 to qualify for the Champions League tonight at Besiktas’ expense, but they won’t have it all their own way. The Turkish outfit created a lot of chances in the first leg, but were wasteful in front of goal.

AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao could join Arsenal on loan 0

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to various sources, AS Monaco and Colombia striker Radamel Falcao has told Arsenal he would be willing to join them on a loan deal, if Real Madrid don’t look to sign him on a permanent deal this summer.

With Real winger Angel Di Maria having been sold to Manchester United for £60M, the La Liga side have the funds to procure Falcao’s signature, but it’s unknown if they will make a bid.

The 28-year-old is said to be up for loan this season, but the Ligue One side reportedly want £20M to cover wages and bonuses. With Arsenal having lost striker Olivier Giroud with what appears to be a suspected broken ankle, the Londoners are looking at stellar attacking replacements.

Wenger plans to use Chamberlain on the wing 0

Posted on August 26, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger appears to have reserved a wing position for starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, even if the England international has suggested that he prefers playing in the middle of the park.

The Gunners are short of options in central midfield ahead of the crunch tie with Besiktas seeing as how Mikel Arteta misses out through injury and Aaron Ramsey is banned after seeing red in Istanbul.

As a result, many expect to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to start in the centre of the park against the Turkish side, including the player himself.

Who should Arsenal sign as replacement for the injured Giroud? 1

Posted on August 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal looking likely to be losing first-choice striker Olivier Giroud for a lengthy period with a suspected broken ankle, who should they look at bringing in to replace him?

Names such as Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony, Queens Park Rangers’ Loic Remy, and even Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke – before the latter was injured – are names the Londoners have been previously linked with, but replacing Arsenal’s top Premier League scorer of last season won’t be easy. The former Montpellier man was 19/1 to be the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season too.

Will Lukas Podolski leave the club before the transfer window shuts? 0

Posted on August 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski recently left a cryptic message on his instagram account that is leading many to believe he could be leaving the club in the coming days.

“Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out. Opportunities don’t happen, you create them!”

The former Bayern Munich player has continued to be an omission from the Arsenal first-team in their four games in all competitions so far this season which has fuelled exit rumours further this summer. The likes of Wolfsburg and Galatasaray are two sides who have been named as potential destinations.



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