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Arsenal secure last-gasp victory over Anderlecht 1

Posted on October 22, 2014 by David Nugent

Two late goals saw Arsenal claim a 2-1 Champions League victory over Anderlecht in Brussels.

The first attempt of the game came on three minutes. Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez did well on the wing to whip a cross into the Anderlecht penalty area and Santi Cazorla fired wildly over the bar with a mis-hit effort.

On 13 minutes Anderlecht midfielder Dennis Praet saw a long-range effort go straight into the arms of Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez. On 16 minutes Gunners striker Danny Welbeck headed over the Anderlecht bar from a whipped delivery by Sanchez.

Arsenal’s Premier League form in 2014 1

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal were unrivalled in the year of 2013, with Arsene Wenger’s side having won 35 of their 54 games played (65% win ratio) in all competitions.

In the 38 Premier League games played at the tail end of 2012/13 and the first-half of 2013/14, the Gunners picked up 25 wins, 7 draws, and just six defeats (82 points), which saw them at the summit on league form last year.

But 2014 has seen them looking considerably human, so how have the Londoners dared so far this year?

Arsene Wenger: “David Ospina will be out for three months” 0

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League clash against Anderlecht tonight, manager Arsene Wenger revealed Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina will be out of action for up to three months.

“It is exactly the same injury (suffered in the World Cup). He had his first injury at Nice – it was a knee problem and he was a bit rushed back and did not use his leg, so his muscle became weaker. Then he got injured in the World Cup. After that, he came to us injured after the World Cup and it took him two months to play again.”

Emiliano Martinez to start against Anderlecht in tomorrow’s Champions League clash 0

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With first-choice Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny suspended and second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina injured, Emiliano Martinez is set to start in goal for the Gunners ahead of their Champions League outing against Belgian giants Anderlecht.

Arsenal cannot afford any slip-ups, as they , but the defence in front of Martinez is already weakened, forcing Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers into the side. The London side are 4/5 to get all three points against Anderlecht tomorrow night, but it won’t be easy given their recent form.

Could Arsene Wenger take tactical tips from Sam Allardyce this season? 1

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With how well West Ham United have started the campaign with a completely different system under manager Sam Allardyce, could Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger learn from the Englishman in regard to how tactically flexible he’s been to pick up results?

Arsenal recently drew 2-2 at home to Hull City, which was the Gunners’ third game in a row that they have dropped points, and meant they’ve amassed just one victory from their last seven games. Wenger has rotated from just two tactics all season – a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-1-4-1. He’s been reticent to play two attackers from any game, due to fear of losing the ball in the middle of the park, despite having central midfield players boasting high levels of ball retention.

Anderlecht vs. Arsenal Champions League preview 0

Posted on October 21, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal visit Brussels on match day three of the Champions League as the Gunners face Anderlecht at the Constant Vanden Stock.

The Gunners have made a mixed start to their European campaign so far with a 2-0 defeat at Dortmund in the opening game and a convincing 4-1 victory over Galatasaray in their last outing.

Arsene Wenger’s side head to Belgium on the back of a disappointing 2-2 Premier League home draw with Hull on Saturday. England striker Danny Welbeck scored in stoppage-time to spare the Gunners blushes and rescue a point.

Could Jurgen Klopp realistically replace Arsene Wenger in the coming years? 2

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been speaking about life after long-serving manager Arsene Wenger, and as a result a number of managers have been tipped to succeed the Frenchman. But there is one man who could genuinely replace Wenger when he calls time on his managerial career and that is Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp.

The German coach, 47, is held in the highest regard for leading BVB to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12, while also taking Dortmund to the Champions League final too. However, things have grown stale with him at Dortmund due to the Yellow and Blacks having sold key players to their title rivals, which has unsurprisingly led to a Bayern Munich dominance in the league.

Wenger needs to address side’s defensive frailties 0

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side need to tighten up at the back after conceding two goals against Hull City on the weekend. The Gunners drew 2-2 against Steve Bruce’s side, but now find themselves 11 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, while having conceded two or more goals in seven of their 14 games in all competitions.

“Where we are guilty is to give away two goals from nothing. Finding the balance is an issue. Last year we had 17 clean sheets with the same defenders but we have not started to do that yet. Our defensive efficiency is not there and we cannot survive at the top level by always conceding two goals.”

Is the current Arsenal squad good enough to challenge for the title? 2

Posted on October 20, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-2 home draw with Hull on Saturday proved the Gunners will probably not be title challengers this season. Excuses will be made about the number of injuries Wenger’s team faced, but the team that started the game should have been good enough to beat Hull.

Credit

First of all, credit to Hull for their performance. The Tigers rode their luck at times and both their keepers Steve Harper and Eldin Jakupovic had to make saves to deny the Gunners. Steve Bruce’s side nearly produced the perfect away performance, only for Danny Welbeck to equalise in stoppage-time.

Disrespect

Alexis Sanchez starting to show his true class 0

Posted on October 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s summer signing Alexis Sanchez impressed in the Gunners 2-2 home draw against Hull City this weekend, scoring an individual effort and making the assist for Danny Welbeck’s equaliser, and the Chilean has even more to offer.

In the Premier League, the 25-year-old has scored more goals (3), made more assists (2), created more chances (16) and has made more successful dribbles (19) than any other Arsenal player. Sanchez set Arsenal back around £35M this summer, and he’s starting to show his quality for the Gunners.



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