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Are Arsenal’s holding midfielders to blame for counter-attack susceptibility? 1

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

In Arsenal’s last three games in all competitions, they have thrown away the game by pressing too many bodies too high up the pitch, which has subsequently left them open to a counter-attack. What is all the more surprising is that they haven’t learned their lesson.

Against Anderlecht, they were 3-0 up, but were punished by not doing their defensive duties when enjoying the lion’s share of possession. The Gunners’ holding midfielders aren’t protecting the backline when Arsenal are attacking, instead leaving the defence threadbare with support. They eventually drew 3-3.

Arsenal may have to act fast to secure Jurgen Klopp as Arsene Wenger’s successor 0

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal under-performing in the Premier League this season, thought on manager Arsene Wenger’s successor are all pointing towards Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp.

The talented German coach, 47, has won two Bundesliga titles, a domestic cup, and led BVB to the Champions League final in 2013. He’s being viewed as the perfect replacement for the long-serving Gunners manager, but Arsenal would have to move fast if they want him.

This season, Borussia Dortmund are greatly struggling, and quotes made by Klopp suggest he could be available very soon. BVB are currently in the relegation zone after 12 games, and have been considerably behind Bayern Munich in the title race that makes it impossible for them to compete now.

Problems at both end of the pitch for Arsenal 3

Posted on November 23, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester United on Saturday was disappointing to say the least. The Gunners dominated for long periods of the game, but the visitors hit them on the counter-attack with devastating effect.

Defence

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that he was annoyed by his teams lax defending. I am sure the majority of Gunners fans would agree with the veteran Frenchman.

However, Wenger can do something about it, the fans cannot. Arsenal looked vulnerable to the counter-attack against United and that is what led to the two goals.

Will Arsenal succumb to another defeat against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League? 1

Posted on November 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Coming off the back of consecutive Premier League defeats is not the preparation manager Arsene Wenger will have wanted for Arsenal ahead of their Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund in midweek. The Bundesliga side have picked up maximum points from their first four games, meaning only a win will do for Arsenal at the Emirates if they are to challenge for the top spot in Group D.

But given the form Arsenal are in currently, with Dortmund earn another comfortable victory against the out-of-form Londoners? Their European form hasn’t been too impressive either. In addition to suffering defeat to Dortmund earlier in the season, Wenger’s men recently spurned a 3-0 lead against Anderlecht to come away with only a point.

Winless run against top-half opposition continues 1

Posted on November 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal suffered a 2-1 home defeat to an injury-hit Manchester United this weekend, which was not only their second consecutive Premier League defeat, but saw their winless run against top-half opposition stretch to six games.

The Gunners drew 2-2 away to Everton, 2-2 at home to Manchester City, 1-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur, lost 2-0 away to Chelsea, lost 2-1 away to Swansea City, and lost 2-1 away to Manchester United. It’s an unenviable record this season, and means they have suffered the worst start in the league since 1982.

Manchester United defeat Arsenal at the Emirates 2

Posted on November 22, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, with an own goal from Kieran Gibbs and a Wayne Rooney goal enough to clinch maximum points for the Red Devils. Substitute Olivier Giroud scored a goal in stoppage-time, but the strike meant very little in the end.

The first attempt on goal came on five minutes, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played in Danny Welbeck, but the former-United striker saw his effort deflected wide by centre-back Paddy McNair. Per Mertesacker then headed well wide of goal from the resulting corner kick.

Arsenal vs. Manchester United Premier League preview 0

Posted on November 21, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal hosts Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in the late kick-off on Saturday with both teams looking to move back into the top four of the Premier League table.

The Gunners will kick-off this clash in sixth position of the Premier League, a point off West Ham and fourth spot in the table. Their last two performances have been disappointing. The Gunners threw away a three goal lead to draw 3-3 with Anderlecht in the Champions League.

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal believes he did the right thing selling Welbeck 0

Posted on November 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of Manchester United clash with Arsenal this weekend, manager Louis Van Gaal remains adamant that he did the right thing in selling Danny Welbeck to the Londoners this summer.

Welbeck is currently thriving for club and country playing as a centre-forward, with the 23-year-old having bagged a Champions League hat-trick last month, while scoring five goals in his last four Euro 2016 qualifiers with England.

“He takes all the benefit from playing every week. That was a question mark with Manchester United. He could have also played for Manchester United, but we have decided that he could go,” said Louis Van Gaal.

Jack Wilshere studying elite holding-midfielders in Europe to develop his game 0

Posted on November 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed he’s watching the likes of Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) and Xabio Alonso (Bayern Munich) to develop his game into that of a holding-midfielder.

“I’m watching the best the best players in the world in that position and trying to pick up things from them. You also have to analyse your own performance. I always get the clips sent after a game and I go through it and question myself so that I can try and demand a bit more from myself. The main thing is to be a bit more intelligent,” he said.

Olivier Giroud to return for Manchester United clash 0

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will make his long-awaited return when the Gunners host Manchester United in the Premier League this weekend, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed.

“Giroud is available. We have him back. It’s just a question of how ready he is. He is three or four weeks ahead of schedule. Originally we planned to have him back for competition at the beginning of next year. So he’s one month ahead. Slowly he will integrate into the team again and give us different options,” he said.



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