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Aubameyang admits not being “100% sure” about Lacazette initially 0

Posted on April 18, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

The transfers of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Lyon and Borussia Dortmund, respectively, have both broken through the £50 million barrier.

It may have seemed at first like the arrival of Aubameyang in January would be a blow to Lacazette in terms of game-time, but a couple of facts immediately pointed the other way. Having represented Dortmund in this season’s Champions League, Aubameyang is ineligible to play for Arsenal in the Europa League, while Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud both left the club and left a notable void in the Gunners’ attacking section. All this naturally means that the two strikers have a very good chance of getting significant time on the pitch separately. And if they play together… Well, it was always a mouth-watering prospect on paper, but Arsene Wenger has now decided to put that scenario into practice.

Arsenal suffer fifth straight away league defeat at Newcastle 0

Posted on April 15, 2018 by David Nugent

On Sunday, Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle, to continue their terrible run of form away from home in the Premier League.

Arsenal had the first effort of the game as striker Alexandre Lacazette miss-hit a shot wide of goal. The home side responded on ten minutes, as Petr Cech produced a comfortable save from a Kenedy strike.

The Gunners took the lead on 14 minutes. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran at Jamaal Lascelles before putting the ball past the defender. The Gabon international then found Lacazette at the far post, who slides in to put the ball past Dubravka in the home goal.

Lacazette on Wenger and the Europa League final 0

Posted on April 13, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Much has been said and written about the importance of the Europa League for Arsenal lately. At the moment, the prospect of winning the Europe’s second-tier competition is the only feasible scenario that would see the club qualify for next season’s Champions League, but Alexandre Lacazette believes its significance goes beyond that aspect.

In a season that can hardly be described as a successful one on other fronts, winning such an important trophy may hold the key to manager Arsene Wenger staying at the club. The striker says it would be a good way to save the season as the team aren’t doing particularly well in the Premier League. He points out that Wenger has done much for the club during his reign which now stretches past the two-decade mark.

Team news ahead of Southampton game 0

Posted on April 06, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsene Wenger has provided updates regarding the availability of several players for the the game at the Emirates against Southampton on Sunday.

It seems Henrikh Mkhitaryan might be out for a long time. The Armenian was subbed off after an hour of the Europe League game against CSKA Moscow on Thursday, and the manager says there might be damage to his medial knee ligament. Therefore, it’s impossible to say at this point how long his absence will last, but more will be revealed soon. Let’s hope the fear is proven needless.

Wenger happy with Lacazette return 0

Posted on April 05, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsene Wenger has expressed his pleasure in having Alexandre Lacazette available for the Europa League clash with CSKA Moscow.

The striker came in off the bench in the last weekend’s game against Stoke, and his influence was crucial in breaking down the well-organized defence of the visitors and securing the three points with a convincing result.

The manager compared his compatriot to Danny Welbeck. Describing Welbeck as a type of striker that likes to run in behind defences, he stressed Lacazette’s contribution in link-up play is also very valuable and that the best option is to have them both available.

Arsenal v CSKA Moscow Europa League quarter-final first leg preview 0

Posted on April 04, 2018 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Arsenal host CSKA Moscow at the Emirates Stadium in the quarter-final first leg of the Europa League.

Arsenal have been enduring a difficult campaign. However, the Europa League has been the highlight of the season so far. Last time out in the competition, the Gunners saw-off Italian giants AC Milan 5-1 on aggregate after a 2-0 win at the San Siro and a 3-1 victory at the Emirates.

The wins against the Rossoneri mean that Arsene Wenger’s side has now won four of their last five games in the Europa League. A key to that good run in Europe’s secondary competition is the home sides attacking prowess, as they have scored at least two goals in four of their last five European outings.

Lacazette could be the key to Arsenal winning the Europa League 0

Posted on April 02, 2018 by David Nugent

Most Arsenal fans would not describe this season as a successful one. However, there is still a chance that the Gunners may win the Europa League this season, something they are odds of 3/1 to achieve.

Arsene Wenger’s side eventually saw off a stubborn Stoke resistance on Sunday to record a 3-0 win. I would argue that the return from injury of French striker Alexandre Lacazette from the bench played a crucial role.

Endured a mixed Arsenal career so far

Lacazette has endured mixed fortunes at Arsenal this season. The French international joined the north London outfit last summer from Lyon and much was expected of him. He was the top-class striker Arsenal had been lacking for years.

A pair of strikers 1

Posted on April 01, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Stoke City was a strange one. The convincing final score-line somewhat hides the fact that it was a lucky one too.

With the Europa League game on Thursday in mind, Arsene Wenger rested several players. But the first-half performance was poor by any Arsenal player’s standards – regardless of his status in the squad.

Stoke came into this match to do the best they can to win, that much was clear from the start. There was no bus-parking by Paul Lambert’s men. Being in the middle of a tough relegation battle, they came to the Emirates and brought the game to Arsenal. And for a large part of the contest, we can’t honestly say the Gunners were the better team at all. There was far too much careless play, especially in midfield.

Arsenal record late win over Stoke City 0

Posted on April 01, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 3-0 victory over Stoke at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon but did not break the deadlock until the last 15 minutes.

The visitors threatened first on four minutes, as Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri curled an effort just wide of goal from the edge of the area. Arsenal had their first effort on goal on 23 minutes.

Hector Bellerin’s cross found midfielder Aaron Ramsey in the area and the Welshman’s effort on goal looped over Jack Butland onto the bar. Six months later Jack Wilshere found Ramsey, whose shot on goal deflected wide. Centre-back Shkodran Mustafi headed the resulting corner kick right at Butland.

Arsenal v Stoke Premier League Preview 0

Posted on March 31, 2018 by David Nugent

On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal host struggling Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium, as Arsene Wenger’s side attempt to continue their recent positive momentum of late.

The Gunners may be sixth-place in the table, but Wenger’s side has now recorded three successive wins in all competitions, including winning their last Premier League game 3-0 against Watford.

Despite that recent win over the Hornets, Arsenal’s recent top-flight record is concerning, as the north London side had lost the previous three games prior to the visit of Javi Gracia’s side to the Emirates Stadium.



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