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Could Olivier Giroud start in attack for Arsenal against West Brom this weekend? 0

Posted on November 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are running out of option up front, with Yaya Sanogo having picked up an injury in last night’s 2-0 win against Borussia Dortmund, while Danny Welbeck was left out of the side completely due to an injury picked up.

It’s unknown whether either player will be fit enough to feature against West Bromwich Albion in the early Premier League kickoff on Saturday, which means Olivier Giroud could be in line to start against the Midlands outfit .

Giroud, 28, made his comeback against Manchester United last weekend, scoring after his introduction from the bench in the 2-1 home defeat, and while his fitness levels are likely to be low, Arsenal have no other viable option.

Can European success now lead to an upturn in form in the Premier League? 0

Posted on November 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After securing their place in the last-16 of the Champions League, Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has rallied the troops to replicate their European form in the Premier League ahead of their weekend clash against West Brom.

The Gunners won 2-0 at home to Borussia Dortmund last night, which booked their place in the next round of the Champions League, but also put them within distance of finishing top of the group if they can get a three point swing in the last game.

Positives to take from Arsenal victory over Dortmund 1

Posted on November 27, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night ensured the Gunners presence in the knockout stages of the competition for the 15th consecutive season. The win was a tonic for Arsenal fans after three games without a win and two successive defeats.


In truth the visitors are in poor form. Their four Champions League victories are in contrast to their poor results in the Bundesliga. Dortmund are currently 16th in their domestic league, so the victory is not so impressive and should not cover over the cracks.

Arsenal claim victory over Dortmund in the Champions League 0

Posted on November 26, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal defeated Dortmund 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night and sealed qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The Gunners made a flying start and were ahead after just two minutes. The young French striker played a one-two with Santi Cazorla on the edge of the Dortmund box, before firing a low shot past Roman Weidenfeller from inside the penalty box. Sanogo saw an effort on goal blocked on nine minutes.

The next chance arrived for the Gunners on 14 minutes, as Santi Cazorla found Alexis Sanchez in the Dortmund area with a ball over the top of the Dortmund defence, but the Chilean completely miss-hit his effort on goal and the danger was cleared.

Arsenal v Dortmund – Get 7/2 on Arsenal to Win and Both Teams to Score 0

Posted on November 26, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal resume their Champions League campaign following yet another disappointing defeat in the Premiership that saw them slip to eighth in the Premier League standings, so no doubts Arsene Wenger will want to see an improvement from his charges.

The Gunners have received some good news this week seeing as how Laurent Koscielny was passed fit to face the Millionaires, but Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Wojciech Szczesny and Olivier Giroud are all unavailable.

Their opponents Borussia Dortmund may have won all four Champions League matches this season, but they largely struggle on domestic stage, having slipped to Bundesliga relegation zone following the 2-2 draw with Paderborn.

Olivier Giroud not registered for Arsenal’s two remaining Champions League games 0

Posted on November 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits the club weren’t expecting striker Olivier Giroud to return so quickly from injury, with the French international not registered as one of the 25 players in the Champions League squad.

Giroud, 28, came off the bench to score against Manchester United in the 2-1 home defeat, but his return from a broken leg was much quicker than the club had previously thought, with an initial prognosis ruling him out until the New Year.

Under-fire Aaron Ramsey says he’s back to full fitness 0

Posted on November 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey believes he will showcase his best form now he’s back to fitness for the Gunners. The Welsh international was criticised by his manager Arsene Wenger for his pursuit for goals, suggesting the 23-year-old had forgotten the basics of his midfield role, but Ramsey feels he can multitask when fully fit.

“I still believe in my qualities, and I’m confident that I can show them again this year. There will be plenty more opportunities. For the first time in a long time I feel sharp again and feel like I was physically there. I’m still going to make my runs into the box. I also can get back and defend.”

Will Laurent Koscielny’s return see Arsenal tighten up at the back? 1

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

A lot has been made of Arsenal’s poor start to the Premier League season, but the absence of centre-back Laurent Koscielny has certainly contributed. When the French international was fit and in the team, Arsenal lost just one game from six in the Premier League, conceding one or less goals in four of the matches.

Since his Achilles injury, Arsenal have lost two and drawn one of five league outings, while conceding two or more goals in three of the games. With Per Mertesacker struggling for form, Arsenal don’t have another leader at the back to call upon at the back. The likes of Calum Chambers and makeshift centre-back Nacho Monreal are being thrown into a situation they weren’t expecting this campaign.

Why Danny Welbeck has to play despite Olivier Giroud’s return 0

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal fans got a glimpse of what they’ve been missing without first-choice striker Olivier Giroud, with the French international half-volleying an effort from the edge of the box into the top corner against Manchester United recently. He had been in the pitch minutes before the goal, and his contribution will see Welbeck under pressure as the lone centre-forward.

But manager Arsene Wenger should find a way to incorporate the two players in the same side as Welbeck offers so much the team. The 23-year-old has contributed four goals in nine league games, while creating 17 chances. Welbeck averages a better pass completion than the likes of Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mathieu Debuchy, so he’s fitting seamlessly into the Arsenal mould.

Arsenal vs. Dortmund Champions League Preview 0

Posted on November 25, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal hosts German giants Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night in the Champions League. The Gunners only need a draw to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition for the 15th consecutive season.

A draw in north London will mean that the German side win the group and Arsenal finish as runners-up. The Gunners would need to defeat Dortmund and hope the visitors lose against Anderlecht in their last fixture to win group D.

Arsene Wenger side have not won in their last three games in all competitions, and have suffered 2-1 defeats against Swansea and Manchester United, while also drawing 3-3 with Anderlecht in this competition.

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