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Gabriel Paulista joins Valencia for £10m 0

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista has joined Spanish La Liga side Valencia for £10m, after making 64 appearances for the Gunners in two years. The Brazilian centre-back was yet to feature this season as he’s recovering from a knee injury, but manager Arsene Wenger deemed him surplus to requirements given the vast options in his stead.

The 26-year-old joined Arsenal in 2015 from Villarreal for around £15m but never managed to nail down a starting place for a prolonged period of time. With the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Laurent Koscielny ahead of Gabriel in the pecking order, chances were always going to be limited. Per Mertesacker and Calum Chambers provide the cover at centre-back, while new-boy Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal can also play in the middle.

Marseille looking to sign Arsenal full-back 0

Posted on August 17, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s squad currently has a bit of dead wood lying around. These players never were and never will be good enough for where the Gunners want to be. One of these players is French full-back Mathieu Debuchy.

According to TalkSPORT and L’Equipe, Arsenal may well be about to offload the full-back to French club Marseille. The Ligue One club are reportedly interested in signing the 32-year-old on a free transfer, although the defender still has two years left on his contract.

Never good enough for Arsenal

The right time for Arsenal to move for Julian Draxler 0

Posted on August 16, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal have been consistently linked with a move for PSG and Germany attacking midfielder Julian Draxler. However, despite the constant links the attacking midfielder has eluded the Gunners grasp in recent seasons.

Maybe now is the ideal time for the club from north London to make a move for the undoubtedly talented playmaker.

Down the pecking order in Paris

Draxler joined PSG in January from Wolfsburg and enjoyed a decent first half a season in the French capital. He made 17 Ligue One appearances, scoring four times and producing one assist. The playmaker also played twice for PSG in the Champions League and scored against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

Why Arsenal may be forced to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 1

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenal might have to consider selling midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain if they can’t offload the deadwood this summer. Chelsea have been linked with the 24-year-old’s signature and are reportedly close to a completing a deal. The Ox’s dead expires in 12 months and has rejected a contract extension.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been keen to keep the England international but may need to cash in while he has value as the London club have been unable to sell their unwanted players from the squad. The likes of Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers, Mohamed Elneny, Lucas Perez are believed to be up for sale but aren’t shifting this summer.

Wilshere makes long awaited return against Derby 0

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere returned for the U23s in Monday night’s clash against Derby, having recovered from a leg fracture and now looking to build up his match fitness for the new season, reports the Daily Mail. The English international picked up the injury in April during a season-long at Bournemouth last season but is making positive steps to returning.

He played 75 minutes at St George’s Park in the Premier League 2 and impressed on the ball. The pace of the game is a lot slower, but Wilshere still stood out as one of the better performers on the pitch. It’s good news for Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger, as having the 25-year-old back will be like a new signing.

Thierry Henry criticises Arsenal for overplaying in possession 0

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was critical of his former club for overplaying in the final third, rather than being more direct to give the forwards better ammunition. Henry says the Gunners have been guilty of always trying to do ‘the Arsenal ball’, reports Sky Sports via the Express.

“Granit Xhaka has it in his locker to play that ball over the top. He has an amazing left foot. If he has time on the ball he does not need to play through the middle sometimes. Why do you want to play what I call ‘the Arsenal ball’ to the winger who comes in the pocket? Why don’t you play the other ball?” he said.

Manchester United linked with Arsenal-target Arda Turan 0

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to AS via talkSPORT, Manchester United are interested in Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, a player who has been linked with Arsenal throughout the summer. The 30-year-old is expected to exit the Nou Camp as a result of a lack of playing time and Jose Mourinho is reportedly offering Turan a chance to resurrect his career elsewhere in Europe.

Former club Galatasaray are also believed to be keen on the ex-Atletico Madrid attacking-midfielder, but Manchester United might be considering Turan as they’ve so far struggled to land Ivan Perisic. Turan, while not boasting excessive pace on the wing, is a creative midfielder who can play somewhat in between the lines. It’s why Arsenal were interested but so far no deal has materialised from any suitor.

Oliver Giroud is Arsenal’s super sub 0

Posted on August 12, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal enthralling 4-3 win over Leicester on Friday night in the opening game of the campaign was notable for many things, Arsenal’s lack of defensive solidity, Granit Xhaka producing two assists and Arsenal winning the opening game of the campaign for just the second time in the last eight seasons.

However, for me, the most notable aspect of the game was the fact that French striker Olivier Giroud came off the bench and scored the 85th-minute winner. It was not the first time he has pulled off the trick in recent seasons.

Arsenal finally break opening day duck 0

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s 4-3 victory over Leicester City in Friday’s Premier League opener was a rare victory for the Gunners when looking at their past record.

Arsenal’s opening day record since 2009

  • 15/8/10: Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal
  • 13/8/11: Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal
  • 18/8/12: Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland
  • 17/8/13: Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa
  • 16/8/14: Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace
  • 9/8/15: Arsenal 0-2 West Ham
  • 14/8/16: Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool
  • 11/8/17: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City

Arsene Wenger’s men have endured a terrible run in the first league fixture of a new season but have oddly often enjoyed a fantastic run of form in the handful of games that followed.

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City: Giroud scores late as Gunners come from behind in seven-goal thriller 0

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score the winning goal late on as Arsenal came from behind against Leicester City to finally win an opening day fixture.

Arsenal took the lead inside of two minutes through Lacazette. The French international brilliantly headed a powerful first-time cross from Mohamed Elneny past Kasper Schmeichel, but the Gunners’ celebrations were shot-lived.

Shinji Okazaki levelled for Leicester within minutes after Petr Cech failed to claim a cross and found himself in no man’s land, allowing Okazaki to head home the cutback with the goal gaping.



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