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Arsenal on course to surpass last season’s Premier League points tally 0

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are currently second in the Premier League table with 47 points from 22 games this season, eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea but one point clear of third placed Tottenham Hotspur. The Gunners could hit 50 points from 23 outings with a win over Watford next Tuesday, and look on course to considerably beat their points total from 2015/16.

Arsene Wenger’s side finished second in the league with 71 points from 38 games in the previous campaign. They averaged a paltry 1.87 points-per-game average in 2015/16, considerably lower than this season’s 2.14, which means their tally come May should greatly surpass their return from 12 months ago. As things stand, Arsenal will finish the campaign with 81 points, 10 more than 2015/16.

Is Alexis Sanchez a realistic contender for the Golden Boot? 0

Posted on January 24, 2017 by David Nugent

On Sunday in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley, Alexis Sanchez scored his 15th Premier League goal of the campaign. The strike means that he is joint top scorer in the top-flight with Chelsea’s fiery forward Diego Costa.

In true Sanchez style, he took his 15th goal of the season in style, netting a 98th-minute winner with a cheeky Panenka penalty kick. His coolness just epitomises Sanchez and why Arsenal are so keen to keep hold of the forward.

Has to be in the race for the Golden Boot

Should Xhaka be dropped and punished internally for indiscipline? 0

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka picked up a straight red card in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Burnley, automatically ruling him out of February’s title-race six-pointer against Premier League leaders Chelsea. The 24-year-old, signed from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, has picked up more red cards than any other player in Europe (5) since the start of last season, and could incur an internal punishment for such indiscipline.

Elneny likely to be away on international duty until at least February 0

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny looks set to be away on international duty for another week as things stand with Egypt on course to reach the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations. The 24-year-old, who signed from FC Basel in January 2016, has made 11 Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season. He last featured against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day and won’t be returning for Arsenal for a couple of weeks.

Zelalem edges closer to loan move 0

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal starlet Gedion Zelalem is edging closer to a loan deal with the Dutch side VVV Venlo, according to reports from the Netherlands.

The talented midfielder is wanted by the Eerste Divisie side and a move to the Dutch second division has been contemplated both by Arsene Wenger and the player himself over the past few days.

VVV Venlo are sitting top of the second tier, seven points clear off Jong Ajax in second and Arsenal boss appears to be ready to sanction a deal believing it could prove to be highly beneficial for the talented Arsenal youngster.

Arsenal are the comeback kings in the Premier League this season 0

Posted on January 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal delivered yet another late comeback after scoring a last-minute winner against Burnley in Sunday’s Premier League clash. Alexis Sanchez converted a spot-kick at the death as the game looked to be headed for a dramatic stalemate, and the victory over the Clarets made it 10 points added to their tally from goals scored in the last four minutes of games this season.

Without the Gunners late showing in 2016/17, they would find themselves in seventh place in the table. But Arsenal have shown great character and resilience – two traits many felt Arsene Wenger’s men were once bereft of – and defender Shkodran Mustafi feels the added belief in the side is the reason for their penchant for comebacks.

Granit Xhaka shows ill-discipline once again 0

Posted on January 23, 2017 by David Nugent

I have to admit earlier in the season I was one of those who was wondering why Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was not giving Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka a starter role for the Gunners.

After the second sending of his career in the Gunners 2-1 win over Burnley I can now see why he does not start every game. The Swiss midfielder produced a very poor challenge on Burnley midfielder Steven Defour and was dismissed by referee Jon Moss.

Showed poor discipline (again)

Arsenal closing in on Lyon winger 0

Posted on January 23, 2017 by Milos Markovic

In what would be considered a major coup for Arsenal – and such a trademark Arsene Wenger signing – the London-based club are being heavily linked with Lyon winger Rachid Ghezzal.

Former Everton target and soon-to-be a free agent, as his deal with the French Ligue 1 outfit is expiring at the end of the season, could go on to fulfill his wish of moving to ‘a bigger club’, which was the main reason he rejected an agreed £12 million move to Goodison.

Arsenal 2-1 Burnley: Sanchez penalty secures last-gasp win for 10-man Gunners 0

Posted on January 22, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez scored a late penalty in a dramatic clash at the Emirates Stadium to earn his side all three points, sending the Gunners second in the Premier League table and narrowing the gap to leaders Chelsea to five points.

Clear-cut chances were few and far between for both sides during the game, but Arsenal have the better quality when it mattered. Defender Shkodran Mustafi gave Arsenal the lead before the hour mark after heading home from a set piece. But just minutes later, Arsenal lost Xhaka to the red card and Burnley tried their utmost to make the hosts pay.

Bellerin misses out, Giroud starts against Burnley 0

Posted on January 22, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin isn’t deemed fit enough for the starting lineup for this afternoon’s clash with Burnley, but striker Olivier Giroud returns from an ankle injury to keep his place in attack. Gabriel Paulista has impressed at right-back in Bellerin’s stead and starts in the makeshift role against Burnley with Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal for company in the defence.

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