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Should Arsenal make last-ditch bid for Remy? 2

Posted on August 31, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Chelsea are reportedly close to signing Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy after triggering his £8M release clause, should Arsenal make a last-minute bid to sign him?

Liverpool were on the cusp of procuring his signature earlier this summer, but pulled out of the deal, with reports from the Liverpool camp suggesting he failed a medical.

Gunners striker Olivier Giroud is out of action until the New Year, and his stand-in, Alexis Sanchez, is new to the Premier League and will take time to find his feet. However, manager Arsene Wenger appears keen to entrust him with the scoring duties and to rely on his squad for attacking options.

Leicester vs. Arsenal Premier League preview 0

Posted on August 30, 2014 by David Nugent

Leicester continues their tough start to life back in the Premier League by hosting Arsenal at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

The Foxes have already played two other top five finishers from last season. The side from the Midlands gained a very creditable 2-2 draw with Everton on the opening day of the season. Last weekend Nigel Pearson’s side lost 2-0 at title challengers Chelsea.

Both performances will give the Foxes heart though, as they have produced two decent displays. The omens are not good for a home win though, as the Foxes have not recorded a win over the Gunners in 20 years.

Striker crisis: Joel Campbell could be on his way to Benfica 0

Posted on August 30, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Various reports are suggesting Arsenal forward Joel Campbell could be joining Portuguese Liga side Benfica this summer, with the player’s agent reportedly in talks with the club over a deal.

It’s a surprise as the Costa Rica attacker shone while on loan with Olympiakos last season, in this summer’s World Cup with the South American outfit, and as Arsenal having two strikers still currently sidelined with injury.

So Wenger will surely be procuring another striker before the transfer window shuts? He’s been typically coy on any movement for a Giroud replacement so far, but the Londoners will be short up front if Campbell is allowed to leave.

What can Arsene Wenger do with Mesut Ozil? 2

Posted on August 30, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended criticism against playmaker Mesut Ozil, describing the German international as “intelligent” and “perfect”. The midfielder has been playing as a makeshift winger this season, but has struggled to shine.

“People are very harsh on Ozil because he’s a player who is easy with his play. Everything he does is intelligent and the timing of absolutely everything he does is absolutely perfect. You never catch him giving the ball too late. There aren’t many players like that.”

Can Alexis Sanchez fill the Giroud void until the New Year? 0

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez has been playing a centre-forward for the Gunners this season, and did score an important goal in his last game against Besiktas to aid Arsenal in progressing in the Champions League group stages.

But the Chilean isn’t the same as Giroud in attack, who can hold up the ball and bring others into play. So can he really fill the void?

Sanchez had a poor game against Everton in the 2-2 draw, and his substitution saw Giroud come on in his place and score a late qualifier, while changing the game when he was introduced in the second-half.

Can Arsenal finally top their group and avoid an impossible second round tie? 0

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been drawn in Group D of the Champions League this season, with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, Turkish club Galatasaray, and Belgian outfit Anderlecht.

As per the rules of the Champions League, the group winners play another group’s runners-up, so you’re rewarded for success and punished for not doing good enough.

But the Gunners have only topped their group once in the last four seasons, which has meant their Champions League campaign ends prematurely with a difficult second round tie against a group winner such as Bayern Munich or Barcelona.

Wenger hints at deadline day signing 1

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has all but denied he will be signing a new striker in the light of Olivier Giroud’s injury, albeit admitting he will be on alert during the transfer deadline day on Monday.

The Gunners have been linked with several well-known strikers in the past few days after Olivier Giroud was ruled out until December, but the Frenchman insists he is happy with his current options in the final third.

“If I give you the number of strikers I have at the moment it’s absolutely unbelievable. We have Yaya Sanogo, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Giroud who will come back during the season and I forget maybe one or two.

Champions League draw a decent one for Arsenal 0

Posted on August 29, 2014 by David Nugent

As we now know the Gunners will face Dortmund, Galatasaray and Anderlecht in the Champions League group stage. The draw is not an awful one for Arsene Wenger’s men and they will be quietly confident about making the knockout stages.

Biggest Threat

Arguably the biggest threat to Arsenal making it out of the group appears to be German giants Dortmund, who the Gunners defeated 1-0 last season in Germany, but then also lost to in the game at the Emirates Stadium.

CL draw pits Arsenal alongside Dortmund, Galatasaray and Anderlecht 1

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

The Champions League group stage draw has just been made, and Arsenal have been placed in Group D, with Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray and Anderlecht the remaining three sides in the group.

The Gunners recorded a hard-fought 1-0 aggregate triumph over Besiktas in the Champions League play-offs, courtesy of Alexis Sanchez goal, his first ever for the Emirates outfit, and were in turn placed in pot one ahead of the draw.

Things did not start well for Arsenal in Monaco as German giants Borussia Dortmund were the second side to be placed in Group D, before learning they would face another Turkish side in this year’s competition, none other than Cesare Prandelli’s Galatasaray. Belgian Pro League holders Anderlecht complete the list.

Could Mattia Destro be a good addition to the Arsenal attack? 0

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal have lost their first-choice striker Olivier Giroud until 2015, the Londoners should be looking at bringing in a replacement. While manager Arsene Wenger is adamant his squad have more than enough attacking options, AS Roma forward Mattia Destro should be on his radar.

Last season, the 23-year-old scored 13 goals in 15 starts, his best goal-to-game ratio to date. But that wasn’t what is so impressive about this striker. He was one of the most deadly finishers in world football in 2013/14, scoring with 34% of all his shots taken.

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