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Wenger explains Sanchez omission from Aston Villa game 3

Posted on September 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed he rested Alexis Sanchez from the Gunners clash against Aston Villa as the Chilean forward was in need of a break.

“I gave Sanchez a rest because he’s played many games and we have many experienced players who are top quality. Of course he was completely available.”

Arsenal coasted to a 3-0 win against Aston Villa, with Mesut Ozil gaining the plaudits for a good performance, and it seems his best form arises with Sanchez on the pitch.

Can Mesut Ozil now regain his best form for Arsenal? 1

Posted on September 21, 2014 by David Nugent

Much has been said about Arsenal’s record-signing Mesut Ozil in the last 12 months. The £42million signing from Real Madrid has struggled at times to find his best form since his switch from La Liga. However, as the saying goes though form is temporarily and class is permanent.


Ozil was the European assist king at Real Madrid, producing more assists than any other player in European football in his time at the Bernabeu. Ozil created nine goals in the Premier League last season and picked-up his first assist of the season in yesterday’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa, as well as opening his scoring account for the season.

Welbeck finally gets off the mark for Arsenal 0

Posted on September 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck scored his first goal for the Gunners against Aston Villa this weekend, and put in a decent performance spearheading the attack.

The England international, 23, has scored one and made an assist in his first two league outings since his move from Manchester United. He fits the system well, and now he has his first goal for the club, supporters and pundits are predicting him to enjoy a good debut campaign.

Manager Arsene Wenger spent £16M on him on deadline day to the bemusement of many, but his performances are already giving evidence to believe it may have been a wise acquisition.

Arsenal win at Villa to recover from European defeat 0

Posted on September 20, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal bounced back from their midweek Champions League defeat at Dortmund by hammering high-flying Aston Villa 3-0 at Villa Park on Saturday.

The home side made the brighter start to the game and the first chance of the game arrived on three minutes. Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny got down low to superbly save a Fabian Delph shot.

On six minutes it was Arsenal’s turn to have an effort on goal, as Danny Welbeck curled an effort well over the bar. The home side had the next attempt on goal on 17 minutes, as full-back Alan Hutton headed off target from an Andreas Weimann’s corner kick.

Could Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain come in today? 0

Posted on September 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could well make some changes for his side’s difficult trip to Villa Park this afternoon, with playmaker Mesut Ozil likely to be dropped due to poor form.

The German international hasn’t coped well with being played out of position for Arsenal at times this season, and he put in a woeful display in the 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund recently.

Wenger has continued to defend him, but he may well bring in Santi Cazorla in his place this afternoon against a dogged Aston Villa side buoyed by their recent form.

Is this to be Mikel Arteta’s last season? 0

Posted on September 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

It’s already been a testing season for Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, with the Spaniard being moved in and out of the side, while suffering from poor form too.

The 32-year-old was named as the official club captain this season after Thomas Vermaelen was sold to Barcelona, but he’s showing his age on the pitch, and his influence in the midfield has been weaning.

Arteta was one of the worst players on the pitch in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in midweek, and there are still no reports on him extending his deal past this summer.

Injury update ahead of the Aston Villa game 0

Posted on September 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury update for their Aston Villa clash on Saturday. The Gunners are 17/20 to get all three points at Villa Park on Saturday, but who will be in and out?

Spanish defender Nacho Monreal will be out of action. Kieran Gibbs came in for the left-back against Borussia Dortmund in their midweek Champions League game, and it appears Monreal may be sidelined for a little while.

“He will miss the game on Saturday,” said Wenger. “It’s his back and it’s always difficult to predict, we don’t really know. I don’t think it will be long-term.”

Will Arsenal regret overlooking Morgan Schneiderlin’s following his bright start with Southampton? 1

Posted on September 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been in desperate need of a combative midfielder to help nullify the threat of the opposition in big games. Mikel Arteta recently put in an awful performance as a holding midfielder in their Champions League defeat against Borussia Dortmund, which has led supporters to question why a ball-winner wasn’t brought in.

Mathieu Flamini was praised upon his re-arrival last summer, but his performance levels dropped considerably during the campaign, meaning Arsenal have no trusty holding midfielder to protect the backline.

This summer, both Arsenal and Tottenham were looking to sign Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, but the Gunners pulled out of the deal long before Tottenham were issued with a hands-off warning.

Aston Villa vs. Arsenal Premier League preview 0

Posted on September 19, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal faces a tricky trip to Aston Villa’s Villa Park on Saturday afternoon. The Villans have started their campaign in surprisingly good fashion, having collected ten points from a possible 12 in the Premier League. In fact it has been the Villans best start to a season in 16 years.

Villa has also kept three clean sheets in their three top-flight wins and one draw so far this season. The side from the Midlands had to shop in the bargain basement for signings this summer, but they have made a solid start to the campaign.

Why does Joel Campbell continue to be overlooked? 5

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has played just 21 minutes of football in the senior team this season, despite manager Arsene Wenger previously revealing that the 22-year-old would play a key role in the side.

Campbell impressed during his loan spell with Olympiacos last season, and was outstanding for Costa Rica in this summer’s World Cup. His form for club and country led to him being recalled to the Arsenal first-team as an attacking option in case of injury to Olivier Giroud. But Campbell is low down in the pecking order, and can’t seem to get a game this season.

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