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Is Mesut Ozil on his way out of Arsenal? 0

Posted on October 18, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Watford at the weekend as their momentum was wiped away. Troy Deeney’s penalty cancelled out Per Mertesacker’s opener before Tom Cleverley smashed home the winner in injury time. The loss saw the London side fall further behind Manchester City at the top as the pressure was piled on Arsene Wenger and his side.

A cause for concern was the lack of backbone Arsenal displayed, with the team yet again unable to win a game that they scored first in. Worryingly, their defensive shape was non-existent for Watford’s winner, with players all too eager to push further up the pitch, allowing space for the hosts to exploit.

Arsenal should not play their kids in the Europa League 0

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal were blindsided by a very poor loss at the hands of Watford at the weekend as they went down 2-1. The Gunners had been building up ahead of steam in recent weeks with a number of good wins and solid performances seeing them back into a position in which they may have been able to challenge in the league but, in true Arsenal style, they wasted their momentum.

Now, they face a massive task to get their Premier League season back on track following that loss. They are immediately given the chance to get that defeat out of their system on Thursday with a Europa League clash against Red Star Belgrade.

Marc Overmars set for Arsenal return 0

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars is set for a return to London next summer when he is expected to take up a director of football role at the Emirates.

The 44-year-old Dutch legend made 141 appearances and scored 40 goals for the Gunners in three years he spent in London between 1997 and 2012. Having served as Ajax’s director of football since the summer of 2012, Marc Overmars is now heading back to London to take over a number of Dick Law’s duties.

Granit Xhaka embodies Arsenal’s woes 1

Posted on October 16, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal’s woes this season continued as they fell to a damaging defeat at the hands of Watford on Saturday evening. The loss wiped away all the momentum they had built up over recent weeks, with Watford the first side to inflict a loss on Arsenal since they lost to Liverpool on August 27th.

The game itself was marred by controversy as Richarlison won a penalty that allowed Troy Deeney to level the scores. Richarlison himself seemed to go down incredibly easily under the challenge of Hector Bellerin, and the decision left Arsene Wenger fuming.

Joey Barton says that Arsene Wenger will be sacked 0

Posted on October 16, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal fell to a damaging 2-1 defeat at the hand of Watford on Saturday as their Premier League challenge took another blow.

The game itself will be remembered for a contentious penalty decision, with Richarlison going down easily and winning a spot-kick, which Troy Deeney used to equalise. Tom Cleverley then smashed home the winner in injury time as Arsenal were undone yet again.

Following a good run of form in which Arsenal had not been beaten since their 4-0 loss to Liverpool on August 27th, this defeat has been alarmingly damaging to the Gunners. Fans and critics alike have lambasted Arsenal who missed the chance to close the gap on Manchester United in second following their draw with Liverpool.

Arsene Wenger in hot water with the FA 0

Posted on October 16, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger entered the referee’s room after the Gunners’ defeat at Watford where an angry exchange between the Frenchman and Neil Swarbrick occurred.

Arsenal manager could now face charges from the FA after making his feelings over his team’s 2-1 last-gasp defeat.

The Gunners took the lead through Per Mertesacker after 39 minutes but the home side managed to overturn the deficit through a 70th-minute penalty and Tom Cleverley’s stoppage-time pounce.

Arsene Wenger was mad over the decision to award a penalty to Watford after Richarlison went down under pressure from Hector Bellerin. The Watford summer signing is also under investigation from the FA for a possible dive and could face a two-game ban.

Will the Europa League be Arsenal’s best way back into the Champions League? 0

Posted on October 15, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal’s loss to Watford revealed a number of things about the Gunners. First is that their defence, which has been solid in recent weeks, is actually anything but, with underlying deficiencies crippling them. Second is that they are still missing that one player that will pick the rest of the team up by the collars and drag them back into the game.

The final thing that can be gleaned from their loss is the fact that the Champions League is a long way off, or, better yet, they will have over-achieved massively to come fourth this campaign due to the massive competition in the league this year.

Is it time for Mesut Ozil to leave Arsenal? 0

Posted on October 15, 2017 by Ben Darvill

When a team is in a poor run of form and nothing seems to be going right, it will lead the fans to become incredibly agitated, and rightly so. With players of a high quality playing at such a low level, the one thing the supporters do not turn their noses up at is a player that is working incredibly hard despite the struggles of those around them.

One player that is always seen working very hard is Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean is by no means short of talent, but what makes him such a fan favourite is his willingness to work, to track back to get the ball and to make amends for his mistakes.

Arsenal and Petr Cech pay the penalty 0

Posted on October 14, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal had a real chance to press their credentials in the league this weekend following Chelsea’s defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, and Liverpool and Manchester United’s draw at Anfield. While Manchester City were in incredible scoring form as they beat Stoke 7-2 to press home their own advantage, the Gunners failed to replicate the Premier League leaders.

While fans and critics alike will be blaming different players, the entire team was at fault for not killing the game off. The penalty decision in which Richarlison went down under minimal contact was soft, but that passage of play should not have been allowed to happen. Mesut Ozil was put through on goal and he could only strike his effort straight at Heurelho Gomes, with Watford then going up to the other end of the pitch and winning the penalty.

Arsenal’s defence cracks under pressure 0

Posted on October 14, 2017 by Ben Darvill

An Achilles heel for Arsenal in recent years has been their defence, with leads so often spurned by poor marking or worse decision making. Ultimately, teams have known that even if they concede a goal against Arsenal, they will likely have a number of chances to equalise and then take the lead at some point in the game.

This defect was on show yet again in their game against Watford as the hosts made Arsenal pay. The Gunners had the better of the possession on the day and had more openings, registering six shots on target to Watford’s three, but it was the hosts that won the game because they took their chances.

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