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Can Alexis Sanchez fill the Giroud void until the New Year? 0

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez has been playing a centre-forward for the Gunners this season, and did score an important goal in his last game against Besiktas to aid Arsenal in progressing in the Champions League group stages.

But the Chilean isn’t the same as Giroud in attack, who can hold up the ball and bring others into play. So can he really fill the void?

Sanchez had a poor game against Everton in the 2-2 draw, and his substitution saw Giroud come on in his place and score a late qualifier, while changing the game when he was introduced in the second-half.

Can Arsenal finally top their group and avoid an impossible second round tie? 0

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been drawn in Group D of the Champions League this season, with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, Turkish club Galatasaray, and Belgian outfit Anderlecht.

As per the rules of the Champions League, the group winners play another group’s runners-up, so you’re rewarded for success and punished for not doing good enough.

But the Gunners have only topped their group once in the last four seasons, which has meant their Champions League campaign ends prematurely with a difficult second round tie against a group winner such as Bayern Munich or Barcelona.

Champions League draw a decent one for Arsenal 0

Posted on August 29, 2014 by David Nugent

As we now know the Gunners will face Dortmund, Galatasaray and Anderlecht in the Champions League group stage. The draw is not an awful one for Arsene Wenger’s men and they will be quietly confident about making the knockout stages.

Biggest Threat

Arguably the biggest threat to Arsenal making it out of the group appears to be German giants Dortmund, who the Gunners defeated 1-0 last season in Germany, but then also lost to in the game at the Emirates Stadium.

Could Mattia Destro be a good addition to the Arsenal attack? 0

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal have lost their first-choice striker Olivier Giroud until 2015, the Londoners should be looking at bringing in a replacement. While manager Arsene Wenger is adamant his squad have more than enough attacking options, AS Roma forward Mattia Destro should be on his radar.

Last season, the 23-year-old scored 13 goals in 15 starts, his best goal-to-game ratio to date. But that wasn’t what is so impressive about this striker. He was one of the most deadly finishers in world football in 2013/14, scoring with 34% of all his shots taken.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud out for four months with broken ankle 0

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed supporters’ worst fears that striker Olivier Giroud will be out of action until the New Year with a broken ankle

“Giroud had surgery for a broken tibia and he will be out for three to four months on the competitive side. He’ll be capable to play again in the Premier League at the end of December.”

The French international picked up the injury in the 2-2 draw against Everton, but initially Wenger was unsure to the striker’s prognosis upon limping off in the dying minutes.

Does Arsenal now need to strengthen their attack? 1

Posted on August 28, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed last night that French striker Olivier Giroud is likely to be out till the end of December or early next year. Losing their first choice striker is a major blow for the Gunners and he will be hard to replace.


I have to say at times Giroud is unfairly criticised by both media and some Arsenal fans. However, he leads the Arsenal line really well as a lone forward. He gets criticised for his lack of mobility, but he does score goals and provide a focal point for the Gunners attack.

Ten man Arsenal progress to Champions League group stages 0

Posted on August 27, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal defeated Besiktas 1-0 in the second leg of their Champions League play-off to progress into the group stages of the competition, despite Mathieu Debuchy being dismissed.

The first attempt on goal of the game came on 8 minutes from the home side. Alexis Sanchez was fouled but the ball fell fortuitously for Jack Wilshere who ran towards goal and then dragged a shot wide of goal.

A minute later and midfielder Santi Cazorla fired an effort wide of goal from just outside the area, after a poor clearance from the Besiktas defence.

Arsenal could struggle past Besiktas tonight with so many absentees 1

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal having club-captain Mikel Arteta injured and fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey suspended, while striker Olivier Giroud and left-back Kieran Gibbs are both unavailable, the Gunners do have a considerably depleted lineup for tonight’s game.

Arsenal are 2/9 to qualify for the Champions League tonight at Besiktas’ expense, but they won’t have it all their own way. The Turkish outfit created a lot of chances in the first leg, but were wasteful in front of goal.

AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao could join Arsenal on loan 0

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to various sources, AS Monaco and Colombia striker Radamel Falcao has told Arsenal he would be willing to join them on a loan deal, if Real Madrid don’t look to sign him on a permanent deal this summer.

With Real winger Angel Di Maria having been sold to Manchester United for £60M, the La Liga side have the funds to procure Falcao’s signature, but it’s unknown if they will make a bid.

The 28-year-old is said to be up for loan this season, but the Ligue One side reportedly want £20M to cover wages and bonuses. With Arsenal having lost striker Olivier Giroud with what appears to be a suspected broken ankle, the Londoners are looking at stellar attacking replacements.

Who should Arsenal sign as replacement for the injured Giroud? 1

Posted on August 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal looking likely to be losing first-choice striker Olivier Giroud for a lengthy period with a suspected broken ankle, who should they look at bringing in to replace him?

Names such as Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony, Queens Park Rangers’ Loic Remy, and even Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke – before the latter was injured – are names the Londoners have been previously linked with, but replacing Arsenal’s top Premier League scorer of last season won’t be easy. The former Montpellier man was 19/1 to be the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season too.

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