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Arsenal claim victory over Dortmund in the Champions League 0

Posted on November 26, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal defeated Dortmund 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night and sealed qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The Gunners made a flying start and were ahead after just two minutes. The young French striker played a one-two with Santi Cazorla on the edge of the Dortmund box, before firing a low shot past Roman Weidenfeller from inside the penalty box. Sanogo saw an effort on goal blocked on nine minutes.

The next chance arrived for the Gunners on 14 minutes, as Santi Cazorla found Alexis Sanchez in the Dortmund area with a ball over the top of the Dortmund defence, but the Chilean completely miss-hit his effort on goal and the danger was cleared.

Arsenal v Dortmund – Get 7/2 on Arsenal to Win and Both Teams to Score 0

Posted on November 26, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal resume their Champions League campaign following yet another disappointing defeat in the Premiership that saw them slip to eighth in the Premier League standings, so no doubts Arsene Wenger will want to see an improvement from his charges.

The Gunners have received some good news this week seeing as how Laurent Koscielny was passed fit to face the Millionaires, but Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Wojciech Szczesny and Olivier Giroud are all unavailable.

Their opponents Borussia Dortmund may have won all four Champions League matches this season, but they largely struggle on domestic stage, having slipped to Bundesliga relegation zone following the 2-2 draw with Paderborn.

Olivier Giroud not registered for Arsenal’s two remaining Champions League games 0

Posted on November 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits the club weren’t expecting striker Olivier Giroud to return so quickly from injury, with the French international not registered as one of the 25 players in the Champions League squad.

Giroud, 28, came off the bench to score against Manchester United in the 2-1 home defeat, but his return from a broken leg was much quicker than the club had previously thought, with an initial prognosis ruling him out until the New Year.

Under-fire Aaron Ramsey says he’s back to full fitness 0

Posted on November 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey believes he will showcase his best form now he’s back to fitness for the Gunners. The Welsh international was criticised by his manager Arsene Wenger for his pursuit for goals, suggesting the 23-year-old had forgotten the basics of his midfield role, but Ramsey feels he can multitask when fully fit.

“I still believe in my qualities, and I’m confident that I can show them again this year. There will be plenty more opportunities. For the first time in a long time I feel sharp again and feel like I was physically there. I’m still going to make my runs into the box. I also can get back and defend.”

Koscielny returns for Dortmund clash 0

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has moved to confirm that French defender Laurent Koscielny is fit to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League after missing almost two months through injury.

The 29-year-old started six of club’s first seven Premier League fixtures this season, but he has failed to feature ever since the high-profile clash against Chelsea back at the start of October.

Koscielny has been nursing Achilles injuries on both legs, and he is finally set to return into action, handing Arsene Wenger a much needed boost during what is a very difficult period for the manager.

Will Laurent Koscielny’s return see Arsenal tighten up at the back? 1

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

A lot has been made of Arsenal’s poor start to the Premier League season, but the absence of centre-back Laurent Koscielny has certainly contributed. When the French international was fit and in the team, Arsenal lost just one game from six in the Premier League, conceding one or less goals in four of the matches.

Since his Achilles injury, Arsenal have lost two and drawn one of five league outings, while conceding two or more goals in three of the games. With Per Mertesacker struggling for form, Arsenal don’t have another leader at the back to call upon at the back. The likes of Calum Chambers and makeshift centre-back Nacho Monreal are being thrown into a situation they weren’t expecting this campaign.

Why Danny Welbeck has to play despite Olivier Giroud’s return 0

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal fans got a glimpse of what they’ve been missing without first-choice striker Olivier Giroud, with the French international half-volleying an effort from the edge of the box into the top corner against Manchester United recently. He had been in the pitch minutes before the goal, and his contribution will see Welbeck under pressure as the lone centre-forward.

But manager Arsene Wenger should find a way to incorporate the two players in the same side as Welbeck offers so much the team. The 23-year-old has contributed four goals in nine league games, while creating 17 chances. Welbeck averages a better pass completion than the likes of Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mathieu Debuchy, so he’s fitting seamlessly into the Arsenal mould.

Arsenal vs. Dortmund Champions League Preview 0

Posted on November 25, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal hosts German giants Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night in the Champions League. The Gunners only need a draw to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition for the 15th consecutive season.

A draw in north London will mean that the German side win the group and Arsenal finish as runners-up. The Gunners would need to defeat Dortmund and hope the visitors lose against Anderlecht in their last fixture to win group D.

Arsene Wenger side have not won in their last three games in all competitions, and have suffered 2-1 defeats against Swansea and Manchester United, while also drawing 3-3 with Anderlecht in this competition.

Is Wenger to blame for Arsenal’s current slump? 2

Posted on November 24, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-1 home defeat against Manchester United on Saturday was yet another game where the Gunners dominated for long periods of the game the game, but managed to emerge from the game without maximum points.


I heard former-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher calling Liverpool mentally weak on TV yesterday and that applies to Arsenal as well. A number of the Gunners players seem to think that they can just go onto a pitch and claim a victory without putting everything in.

I’m afraid to say the current Arsenal team does not have enough quality to just go out and expect to win, especially with the competitive nature of the Premier League.

Are Arsenal’s holding midfielders to blame for counter-attack susceptibility? 3

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

In Arsenal’s last three games in all competitions, they have thrown away the game by pressing too many bodies too high up the pitch, which has subsequently left them open to a counter-attack. What is all the more surprising is that they haven’t learned their lesson.

Against Anderlecht, they were 3-0 up, but were punished by not doing their defensive duties when enjoying the lion’s share of possession. The Gunners’ holding midfielders aren’t protecting the backline when Arsenal are attacking, instead leaving the defence threadbare with support. They eventually drew 3-3.

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