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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.

Should Arsenal try a two-striker system in the Premier League? 0

Posted on March 30, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal face Stoke City at the Emirates on Sunday, and between the two clubs and sets of fans there hasn’t been much friendship for years – in fact, ever since Ryan Shawcross broke Aaron Ramsey’s leg in 2010.

The game will mean very little to Arsenal in terms of points, but anything from it could mean the world of difference to the relegation-battling Stoke. However, for Arsenal, a good result would mean a lot in terms of confidence and momentum ahead of their game against CSKA in Moscow on Thursday as they fight to beat an alternative path to next season’s Champions League football.

Three players racing against time 0

Posted on March 28, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere are all in a battle against time in order to be fit for the clash with Stoke City on Sunday, according to The Sentinel.

Both Ramsey and Lacazette have returned to full training and are likely to make the cut, and the club are hopeful they will be joined by Wilshere.

Wenger claims Olivier Giroud wanted to stay at Arsenal 0

Posted on March 23, 2018 by David Nugent

According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, France international forward Olivier Giroud wanted to stay at Arsenal, but had to move to Chelsea in January in search of first team football.

Wenger told Arsenal Magazine: “Olivier is an Arsenal man as well.

“He left for similar reasons to Theo Walcott, by being sad to leave but also objective enough to analyse his situation. His professional career demanded that he moved, but his heart wanted him to stay.

“Both Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud are similar cases on that front.

Injury updates: Lacazette, Kolasinac, Chambers, Bellerin, Monreal 0

Posted on March 10, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are having an extremely busy period at the moment, being involved in the Carabao Cup final against MAnchester City and a two-leg Europa League fixture against AC Milan, and the injuries that are plaguing them are extremely unfortunate, if maybe not as much unexpected.

The Players

Arsene Wenger revealed that Alexandre Lacazette, who needed a quick surgery on his knee after the North-London Derby, has started training again, but he has ruled out the striker’s return before this month ends. His absence is definitely most felt in the Europa League where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is cup-tied this season.

Brighton v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on March 03, 2018 by David Nugent

On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal makes the trip to the south coast to face Brighton at the Amex Stadium in the Premier League.

Brighton are currently in decent form, on an unbeaten run of four games in the Premier League, having recorded two wins and two draws. Last time out the Seagulls recorded a potentially vital 4-1 home victory over Swansea City.

The win means that Chris Hughton’s side are currently four points clear of the relegation zone. A win in this game would give the Seagulls hopes of survival a massive boost.

Arsene Wenger says his team have to prove that they are stronger now after the January transfer window 0

Posted on February 15, 2018 by Ben Darvill

Arsene Wenger has insisted that Arsenal must prove that they are stronger following the January transfer window as they saw a number of players leave, while they were replaced by some superb talent as the Premier League side looks to strengthen for the future.

Arsenal fell to a hugely disappointing defeat at the hands of Tottenham on Saturday as their Premier League campaign took a major blow.

It was once again a case of Harry Kane winning the game for Tottenham as he rose highest to net the only goal of the game. By contrast, both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette struggled to have an impact with the latter missing two chances at the end of the game.

Ostersunds v Arsenal Europa League Preview 0

Posted on February 13, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal face a potential banana skin of a tie in the Europa League last-32, as the side from north London travels to Sweden to face Ostersunds. The Gunners will be looking to establish a good lead in this first leg tie, as the Swedish side have proven a dangerous opponent in the Europa League this season so far.

Ostersunds are currently in the midst of their pre-season prior to the start of their domestic league at the start of March. In fact, Graham Potter’s side have played just one competitive game in two months, which saw the home side record a 3-0 win over Trelleborg.

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