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Welbeck and Iwobi doubtful ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash 1

Posted on March 09, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed the Gunners could be without the likes of striker Danny Welbeck and midfielder Alex Iwobi for Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final clash with Conference side Lincoln City. Arsenal have been suffering from a bug plaguing the squad and it could cost them two more players after already losing Mesut Ozil.

“I believe that we have two uncertainties: Welbeck, who had to come off after the warm-up against Bayern due to sickness, and Iwobi, who on the day of the game couldn’t turn up as well due to the same problem. Everyone else should be available,” he said. Olivier Giroud had to replace Welbeck in Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich as a result of the illness, and the Arsenal boss admitted there could be a sickness bug spreading.

Could Ox, Welbeck or Perez replace Iwobi for Liverpool clash? 1

Posted on February 27, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi has enjoyed a breakthrough season, leapfrogging the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott in the pecking order, but his recent form has wavered which could see him making way ahead of Saturday’s trip to face Liverpool. The 20-year-old greatly underperformed against Sutton United in last Monday’s FA Cup clash, and finds his place at risk due to a lack of output in 2017 – ten games, one goal and two assists.

Arsenal made a big mistake by selling youngster 0

Posted on February 25, 2017 by David Nugent

It seems that Arsenal may well have made a big mistake in the transfer market last summer. The Gunners decided to allow young German attacking midfielder Serge Gnabry to join Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.

While his club are near the bottom of the German top-flight table, Gnabry has been doing more than most to drag them up the league. In fact, on Friday night he scored a brace to help Werder record a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg.

Developing into a very good player in Germany

Could Iwobi lose his place in the Arsenal side? 0

Posted on February 12, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi was brought off after 80 minutes in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Watford, having under-performed once again and making little impact on the match. The 20-year-old faces stiff competition for a starting place with the likes of Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez waiting in the wings, and manager Arsene Wenger might consider a change given his ineffective showings in recent weeks.

Iwobi has scored just two goals in his last 10 Premier League games and hasn’t made an assist in the division since September. The Nigerian international was largely anonymous against Hull City this weekend, failing to register a shot on target or create a chance for his teammates, and he did little defensively too – making zero tackles or interceptions.

Arsenal stung by the Hornets at the Emirates Stadium 1

Posted on January 31, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a surprise 2-1 home defeat against Watford on Tuesday night, as the Gunners slipped up on home soil in the Premier League.

The Gunners had the first shot on goal on seven minutes, as Aaron Ramsey sliced an effort over the bar from the edge of the Watford penalty area.

The visitors took the lead on ten minutes. Former Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul hit a long-range effort that hit Ramsey and deflected past Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal. Three minutes later the Hornets doubled their lead.

Arsenal gives third trial to ‘the new Alexis Sanchez’ 0

Posted on January 28, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal have handed a third trial to ‘the new Alexis Sanchez’ Marcelo Allende. The 17-year-old starlet has already had two trials at Arsenal and is back for a third with the north London club.

Highly rated youngster

Allende is considered to be one of the most talented young players of his age in South America. He started his junior football career at Sanchez’s first professional club Cobreloa. In 2015 the attacking midfielder impressed for Chile at the under-17 World Cup, captaining his team and scoring twice in the competition.

Alex Iwobi a minor doubt with illness 0

Posted on January 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi revealed on social media that he’s struggling with cold & flu symptoms days before the Gunners welcome Burnley to the Emirates Stadium. He added how he’s taking a number of suppressants in the form of lozenges and flu medication, but his situation might give pause for thought for manager Arsene Wenger.

With Arsenal are 1/5 to win against Burnley on Sunday afternoon, Wenger may feel he can cope without Iwobi if the Nigerian isn’t 100% going into the game. Lucas Perez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are solid options on the right flank, assuming Alexis Sanchez operates on the left with Olivier Giroud leading the line, so the 20-year-old isn’t a cert to start this weekend.

Alex Iwobi shows more productivity in Swansea win 0

Posted on January 15, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 4-0 victory at struggling Swansea on Saturday helped move the Gunners back into the top-four of the Premier League, even if it is only temporarily.

The side from north London benefitted from own goals from Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton, but it was the player helped create the goals Alex Iwobi that deserves immense credit.

Lacking an end product

The winger is highly-rated. However, during his short Gunners career so far he has at times lacked an end product. The fact the 20-year-old had produced just two goals and three assists prior to the visit to south Wales illustrated the point.

Arsenal cruise to win at Swansea 0

Posted on January 14, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a comfortable 4-0 win at Swansea on Saturday, after a few early scares from the home side. A goal from Olivier Giroud was followed by own goals by Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton, with Alexis Sanchez finishing the scoring in the last 20 minutes with a fourth goal.

The home side had the first attempt on goal on 12 minutes. Nathan Dyer found full-back Kyle Naughton, whose low volley from 25 yards out was tipped around the post by Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal.

Arsenal leave it late to defeat Preston 0

Posted on January 07, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 2-1 win at Championship Preston on Saturday evening in the third round of the FA Cup, with Oliver Giroud scoring the winner on 89 minutes.

Preston enjoyed a dream start taking the lead on seven minutes. Aiden McGeady attempted to find Jordan Hugill, but Nacho Monreal intercepted the ball, only for the ball to fall kindly to on-loan striker Callum Robinson who slotted past David Ospina.

Arsenal had their shot on goal on 16 minutes. Olivier Giroud found Lucas Perez whose effort from just outside the area was easily dealt with my Maxwell in the Preston goal. North End threatened the Gunners goal again on 21 minutes.

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