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Mertesacker could return for Arsenal in January 0

Posted on December 06, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is targeting a January return after having come back into training. The German centre-back has been out of action since the summer with a knee injury but could play a part for the Gunners in the second-half of the campaign when he’s expecting to be back to full fitness.

“I’m hopeful that I can join the team properly and be available to the team next year. That’s my resolution. I want to be back on the pitch and with the ball. I’m able to run now, painless, and it’s what it’s all about. When you are able to run again after such a long time it makes you feel happy,” said Mertesacker.

Granit Xhaka defends slow start to Arsenal career 0

Posted on December 06, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka claims that he is not concerned by the somewhat slow start to his career at the Emirates, having so far failed to justify the £30 million price tag.

Arsene Wenger splashed out on the former Borussia M’gladbach captain following the departures of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky, but the Swiss footballer hasn’t quite managed to prove his worth.

The 24-year-old started 7 Premier League fixtures, while making another 4 substitute appearances, and while he did score one goal in the process, the midfielder didn’t exactly impress when going forward.

Basel v Arsenal Champions League Preview 0

Posted on December 05, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal travel to Switzerland to take on Basel on Tuesday night in the Champions League, with the Gunners hoping to somehow top Group A.

The home side have a poor record in the Champions League, having not won any of their last seven games in Europe’s elite competition. They currently sit fourth in the group and must better Ludogorets result against French giants PSG.

Their European form has been in contrast to their domestic form, as with the winter break coming up Basel look to be runaway leaders in the Swiss top-flight. However, they did suffer a 3-1 defeat at Young Boys last time out in their domestic campaign.

Wenger confirms Sanchez will continue to be used as a striker 0

Posted on December 05, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has moved to confirm that he has plans to continue using Chilean star Alexis Sanchez in a central role after the 27-year-old bagged a hat-trick in the 5-1 hammering of West Ham.

With Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott failing to impress in a centre forward role, the Professor decided to move Sanchez from left wing to centre forward at the start of the new season, and that was one of the main reasons behind team’s impressive start to the season.

Arsenal need more creativity from Granit Xhaka 0

Posted on December 04, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal may have thrashed West Ham United 5-1 in Saturday’s Premier League clash at the Olympic Stadium, but manager Arsene Wenger will mindful how reliant the Gunners were on playmaker Mesut Ozil, winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and centre-forward Alexis Sanchez for creativity.

Deep-lying midfielder Granit Xhaka provided little going forward, highlighted by centre-back Shkodran Mustafi creating more chances than him at the Olympic Stadium, and the summer-signing needs to produce more in Santi Cazorla’s absence to ensure Arsenal can break down better opposition this season.

Gabriel proving to be an able right-back in Bellerin & Debuchy’s absence 0

Posted on December 04, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Gabriel once again had a solid performance at right-back in Saturday’s 5-1 win away to West Ham United, and looks a safe bet to deputise while the Gunners are without Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy.

The athletic Brazilian has featured in the Gunners’ last two Premier League games in the makeshift position, originally coming on against Bournemouth in late November for the injured Debuchy, and is now likely to be a regular until either player returns.

Arsenal show ruthless side at West ham 0

Posted on December 04, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal may have scored goals late in their 5-1 win at West Ham, but the manner in which the goals were scored should not take away from the Gunners impressive display. West Ham were poor, but Arsene Wenger’s side punished the Hammers for that poorness.

The Gunners scored four goals in 14 breathless minutes started by Alexis Sanchez doubling the visitors lead on 72 minutes. The Chilean proceeded to score two more, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also grabbing a goal and West Ham striker Andy Carroll scoring what could not even be considered a consolation prize.

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Sanchez hat-trick helps Arsenal to win big at Hammers 0

Posted on December 03, 2016 by David Nugent

Alexis Sanchez produced a fantastic hat trick on Saturday evening as Arsenal won 5-1 at West Ham, as the Gunners recorded an impressive win.

Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal caused West Ham major problems in the early stages of the game. On 12 minutes the Spaniard crossed the ball from the left towards the waiting Alexis Sanchez, but Hammers defender Winston Reid managed to clear to prevent Sanchez from tapping home.

Arsenal went close to taking the lead on 17 minutes. Shkodran Mustafi nodded on a corner kick towards goal and Laurent Koscielny was inches away from connected before the ball went wide of goal.

West Ham v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on December 02, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal make the short trip across the capital to face West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday evening, as the Gunners look to stay in touch with the Premier League leading pack.

West Ham are enduring a nightmare campaign at the moment, currently sitting 16th in the Premier League table. Slaven Bilic’s team are just one point clear of the relegation zone and on Wednesday night suffered a 4-1 defeat at Manchester United in the EFL Cup.

The home side did record a creditable 1-1 draw at West Ham in the top-flight last weekend. Sakho gave the Hammers the lead, but the Red Devils hit back through Zlatan Ibrahimovic to earn a point.

Ozil refuses to rule our Real Madrid return 0

Posted on December 02, 2016 by Milos Markovic

The Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has been engaged in contract negotiations with the North London club for quite some time, but the talks appear to have hit the wall.

One of Arsenal’s best players this season is enjoying quite a spell and has reportedly alarmed his former club Real Madrid, who appear to be willing to capitalize on the contract stalemate and bring the World Cup winner back to Santiago Bernabeu.

Mesut Ozil left La Liga giants back in 2013 to join Gunners in a record £42.5 million deal, but the German international has left the door open for a possible return to Santiago Bernabeu according to reports from an interview with the Spanish news outlet Marca.

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