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Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina: “Nobody gives an inch in the physical Premier League” 0

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina believes he’s adapting in the Premier League following his move from Nice in the summer, and admitted how difficult it has been to get use to such a physical and unforgiving division.

The Colombian shot-stopper has been in decent form of late since replacing Wojciech Szczesny between the sticks, keeping two clean sheets in his last three games. He says he is getting used to the Premier League, while thanking centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny for their help to protect him.

Arsenal drawn against Middlesbrough in FA Cup 0

Posted on January 27, 2015 by David Nugent

FA Cup holders Arsenal have been drawn against Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The Gunners host the high-flying Championship outfit at the Emirates Stadium, after dispatching their second tier rivals Brighton 3-2 in the fourth round on Sunday.

Favourites

With the Gunners being in the fifth round and the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City suffering shock fourth round exits the Gunners are now favourites to win the trophy at odds of 9/4. With the Premier League’s top two now out of the competition Arsene Wenger’s men have to fancy their chances of winning the trophy.

Arsenal now favourites to retain FA Cup title 0

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal recorded a narrow win over Brighton & Hove Albion in East Sussex to reach the FA Cup fifth round, but even with another 19 sides left in the competition, the Gunners have every right to feel confident of their chances of defending the title.

After eliminating last year’s finalists Hull City, Arsene Wenger’s charges were in full control of the clash at The American Express Community Stadium, with Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil both marking their return in the starting line-up with a goal.

Arsenal sign Villarreal defender Paulista 0

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have completed the signing of Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista, with the 24-year-old having been awarded a work permit, for a deal said to be worth around £15M with Joel Campbell going in the opposite direction on loan.

Manager Arsene Wenger previously revealed the deal to sign Paulista could be completed today, saying: “Paulista is a central defender but he can also play on the flanks. He is tall and pacy. He has a good chance to adapt to English football. I see good potential in him. The deal could be done before the FA Cup draw (on Monday).”

Tomas Rosicky still proving his worth despite advancing age 0

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s long -serving midfielder Tomas Rosicky has been given a run of games in the side by manager Arsene Wenger, and the Czech Republic international hasn’t let him down. Rosicky, 34, scored and grabbed an assist in Arsenal’s 3-2 FA Cup win against Championship strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion, and was singled out for praise by teammate Theo Walcott after assisting the England forward with a clever pass.

“Tomas does (no-look passes) all the time in training. It gets me all the time! He has that quality going forward, I love the way that he turns and breaks,” said the former Southampton man.

Ozil and Walcott play big role in Brighton win 0

Posted on January 26, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 3-2 FA Cup win at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round was inspired by two players who have only relatively recently returned to first team action. England winger Theo Walcott opened the scoring, while German international Mesut Ozil scored the Gunners second goal.

Game Time

As we all know both these players have incredible ability to have an impact for the Gunners. Ozil was starting his first game since returning from injury and looked much fitter than before his injury.

Arsenal defeat Brighton in the FA Cup 0

Posted on January 25, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal made it through to the fifth round of the FA Cup by winning 3-2 at Championship Brighton on Sunday in an entertaining encounter.

Arsenal enjoyed the perfect start to the game taking the lead after only two minutes. Calum Chambers got down the wing and found winger Theo Walcott in the area. The England international controlled the ball before driving an effort superbly past David Stockdale.

On six minutes Aaron Ramsey saw an effort from the edge of the area deflect wide of goal by a Brighton defender. On 21 minutes Gunners midfielder Tomas Rosicky saw an effort go wide of goal from just outside the penalty box.

Arsenal’s FA Cup chances greater following shock exits this weekend 0

Posted on January 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal perhaps couldn’t believe their luck when they saw the amount of surprise FA Cup exits this weekend. The holders, who beat Hull City in last summer’s final at Wembley, were already looking to retain the competition, will have been paying attention to the results on Saturday afternoon that now gives them a real chance at going all the way once more.

Chelsea lost 4-2 at Stamford Bridge against League One outfit Bradford City, Manchester City lost 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium to Championship high-flyers Middlesbrough, Tottenham lost 2-1 at White Hart Lane against Premier League strugglers Leicester City, Southampton lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace at St Mary’s, and Swansea City lost away to Blackburn Rovers.

Mesut Ozil physically stronger following gym work in rehabilitation 0

Posted on January 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the returning Mesut Ozil will be physically stronger after spending time in the gym while rehabilitating from a lengthy injury.

The German international, 26, spent three months on the sidelines with a knee injury, and now he’s ready to return. His physicality is something that has continually been criticised ever since he made the move from Real Madrid, and the Gunners boss admitted that area is something Ozil has been working hard at to improve.

Brighton v Arsenal – Get 5/2 on Arsenal to Win & Both Teams to Score 0

Posted on January 25, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Having defeated last year’s finalists Hull City in the FA Cup third round, Arsenal have been handed a potentially difficult away clash in the fourth round, with the Gunners facing Championship side Brighton in East Sussex.

The Seagulls may have largely struggled this season, but they have seriously raised their form of late, winning four of last five matches in all competitions, with the run also including a 2-0 away win against Brentford in the FA Cup.

In spite of their promising run, it is Arsenal that have got to be considered the favourites to go through, with the Gunners flying high following the impressive away triumph over Premier League holders Manchester City.



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