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Aston Villa vs. Arsenal Premier League preview 0

Posted on September 19, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal faces a tricky trip to Aston Villa’s Villa Park on Saturday afternoon. The Villans have started their campaign in surprisingly good fashion, having collected ten points from a possible 12 in the Premier League. In fact it has been the Villans best start to a season in 16 years.

Villa has also kept three clean sheets in their three top-flight wins and one draw so far this season. The side from the Midlands had to shop in the bargain basement for signings this summer, but they have made a solid start to the campaign.

Lassana Diarra linked with Emirates return 1

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

The latest media reports are suggesting that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering a swoop for former Gunner Lassana Diarra, who was on the verge of joining Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day.

While the Frenchman is also thinking of ways to reinforce his back line in the aftermath of Mathieu Debuchy’s ankle injury, he remains in the hunt for a combative holding midfielder as well.

Seeing as how neither Mikel Arteta not Mathieu Flamini have impressed in the opening exchanges, the Gunners are being linked with a move for French footballer Lassana Diarra.

Why does Joel Campbell continue to be overlooked? 4

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has played just 21 minutes of football in the senior team this season, despite manager Arsene Wenger previously revealing that the 22-year-old would play a key role in the side.

Campbell impressed during his loan spell with Olympiacos last season, and was outstanding for Costa Rica in this summer’s World Cup. His form for club and country led to him being recalled to the Arsenal first-team as an attacking option in case of injury to Olivier Giroud. But Campbell is low down in the pecking order, and can’t seem to get a game this season.

Is Wenger to blame for Mesut Ozil’s poor showings? 5

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has come under a lot of criticism for a series of woeful performances playing on the left wing for the Gunners this season. But is it manager Arsene Wenger who is at fault for continuing to play him out of position?

Ozil doesn’t possess as much natural pace over long distances as a number of his teammates, so playing on the wing will already be a setback for him. He also plays his best football in the centre of the pitch too, when given somewhat of a free role to find space in the final third, so why does Wenger persist playing him on the wing?

Gunners looking at free agents to strengthen defence 1

Posted on September 18, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is attempting to strengthen his defensive options by bringing in a free agent, with former-West Brom centre-back Diego Lugano and ex-Everton centre-back Joseph Yobo believed to be transfer targets.

Lacking

The Gunners are now short on defensive cover, which was quite evident prior to the transfer window closing. Arsene Wenger sold Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, but failed to replace him.

French full-back Mathieu Debuchy picked-up an ankle injury against Manchester City. That means that youngster Calum Chambers is likely going to come in at full-back, but that leaves the Gunners short on central defensive options.

Why didn’t Santi and Ox start in Dortmund? 1

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal’s poor season has just gone from bad to worse with a completely uninspiring performance in the Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund, and it shouldn’t be too difficult to find the reasons for such a disappointing defeat.

The Gunners were clearly outclassed, overrun and outsmarted by the Millionaires, and there are clearly some things Arsene Wenger could have done differently in the build up to the match.

While there was little he could do about the defensive headache, starting Hector Bellerin at right-back, the Professor should have definitely made some changes in the centre of the park.

Gunners not good enough to challenge for the Champions League 0

Posted on September 17, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-0 loss at Dortmund on Tuesday night in their opening Champions League game illustrated why the Gunners look unlikely to be realistic contenders to win the competition. Arsene Wenger’s side were second best all over the field as the German team managed 24 attempts on goal.

Injuries

Arsenal did have a number of defensive absentees for the clash, with Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal all effectively ruled out through injury. Out of those three arguably only Debuchy would be considered a first choice defender in the Gunners backline though.

Bad time for Arsenal to face Aston Villa? 1

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal having endured a gruelling 2-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, many of their players currently out of action through injury, and their next opponents being one of the most in-form sides in the Premier League, is it a bad time for the Gunners to face Aston Villa this weekend?

Arsenal are 4/5 to get all three points against Paul Lambert’s side this weekend, but they haven’t managed an away win in any game this campaign. Arsene Wenger’s men have drawn three lost one of their four away fixtures.

Jack Wilshere picks up ankle injury in Dortmund defeat 0

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed midfielder Jack Wilshere has picked up an ankle injury, but doesn’t know the condition of the England international just yet.

“Wilshere has turned his ankle – it’s difficult to say how bad it is. I’m a bit cautious because of his history. Normally it’s not too bad.”

The 22-year-old has a long history of picking up ankle injuries, and it capped a poor performance for Arsenal as a whole. The Gunners were below-par against Borussia Dortmund, with the 2-0 scoreline not giving a fair representation of the German side’s dominance throughout.

Arsenal suffer defeat in Dortmund in Champions League opener 1

Posted on September 16, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat at Dortmund in their opening game of the Champions League group stage on Tuesday night.

The game started in a lively fashion and Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan was booked for diving in the Arsenal box, after a challenge from Laurent Koscielny. The home side had the first attempt on goal on 16 minutes, as Dortmund’s Italian striker Ciro Immobile dragged an effort wide of goal.

The home side also had the second opportunity of the game on 27 minutes, as Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny produced a good low save from striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Two minutes later and Dortmund missed a golden opportunity to take the lead.



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