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Alex Iwobi insists Arsenal have two possible routes back into the Champions League 0

Posted on February 16, 2018 by Ben Darvill

Alex Iwobi has insisted that Arsenal still have two potential routes back into the Champions League as the Premier League club battle to take back a place in Europe’s top competition.

It was a superb outing for Arsenal on Thursday night as they put one foot into the next round of the Europa League. The London side were far too good for Ostersunds as the Sweedish side barely put up a fight.

Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil scored for the English side while Sotirios Papagiannopoulos scored an own goal as Arsenal ensured they returned to the Emirates with a healthy three-goal lead.

Arsenal 4-1 to win the Europa League this season 0

Posted on February 16, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal couldn’t really win last night when they faced Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the last 32 of the Europa League. If they recorded an easy win it would be down to being superior to the minnows, if they would have lost, they would have been slated to high heaven.

Thankfully, the Gunners produced a highly professional performance to win the first leg 3-0 and almost render the second leg at the Emirates pointless.

Named a strong team

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has named weakened sides in the previous rounds of this competition. However, the veteran French boss took no chances with his team selection in the potential banana skin of a tie.

Are Arsenal now just flat track bullies? 2

Posted on February 12, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal has a reputation for failing to show up in big games. Saturday’s north London derby 1-0 defeat by Tottenham was a prime example. Yet, the previous week the Gunners smashed Everton 5-1 at home. The two results suggest that Arsene Wenger’s team are just track bullies.

Good enough to a point

For me, until the January transfer window, it felt like the quality of the Arsenal squad was deteriorating. The signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were good signings.

Tottenham v Arsenal Premier League preview 0

Posted on February 09, 2018 by David Nugent

On Saturday lunchtime, Tottenham host Arsenal at Wembley in a crucial north London derby.

The home side are fifth in the table. However, they are just a point behind fourth-place Chelsea in the race for a Champions League spot. Mauricio Pochettino’s side drew 2-2 at Liverpool last time out. However, they needed a stoppage-time penalty kick from striker Harry Kane to rescue anything from the game.

The draw means that the home side are now undefeated in their last seven Premier League outings, although three of their last five league games have finished in draws.

Home record the key for Arsenal against Everton 0

Posted on February 03, 2018 by David Nugent

On Saturday evening, Arsenal host Everton in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium. The omens are good for a home victory, as the Toffees have been easy prey for the Gunners in recent seasons.

In fact, the side from north London have won 16 of their last 20 home games in all competitions, which is a fantastic record for the Gunners against any team.

The Merseysiders have caused Arsene Wenger’s problems at Goodison Park in the reverse fixture in recent campaigns. However, on home soil, Arsenal have enjoyed close to total domination.

Everton have a terrible recent away record

Arsenal’s Champions League hopes heading off into the distance 0

Posted on January 31, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at Swansea on Tuesday night has become rather familiar now to anybody who has watched the Gunners on a regular basis in the last few years.

They simply never turned up and were simply beaten by a team who were far more committed and wanted the win more. Arsenal headed to south Wales expecting to win the game, but the improving Swans had other ideas.

It took a costly error by Petr Cech to give the home side initiative in the second half. However, it would be hard to say that Arsenal bossed the game at any point of the clash really.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan would be a good signing for Arsenal 0

Posted on January 15, 2018 by David Nugent

The likes of Sky Sports are reporting that Manchester United are close to signing Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in a deal worth £35million. However, there is also the possibility of the Red Devils using Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of the deal.

The Armenian international playmaker would be a good addition to the Gunners squad, especially as the club from north London could have lost Sanchez on a free in the summer.

Mkhitaryan out of favour at United

Mkhitaryan has fallen out of favour at Manchester United. The playmaker struggled to make an impression last season in his debut campaign with the Red Devils after his big money move in the summer of 2016.

Arsenal need defensive reinforcements 0

Posted on January 04, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s defensive vulnerabilities are no secret and they were there for all to see in Wednesday night’s 2-2 home draw with London rivals Chelsea.

Fortunately, Blues Spanish striker Alvaro Morata was out-of-form and missed a number of good opportunities for the visitors.

The Gunners backline of Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers is obviously not the first choice back three. However, even when Arsenal do have their first choice back three, they look vulnerable at the back.

Arsenal need to add senior centre-backs

Arsenal face a battle to save their season 0

Posted on January 03, 2018 by Ben Darvill

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side might be facing the most important game of their season so far as they host Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. The match sees sixth in the table hosting third, with seven points between the two sides.

In the reverse of this fixture, Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, with Arsenal very good on the day. Since then, they have struggled to push on from the point they earned, and they have been hamstrung by defeats when they seemed to be putting together a decent run of form.

Arsenal v Chelsea Premier League Preview 0

Posted on January 02, 2018 by David Nugent

On Wednesday night, Arsenal host London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, as the home side attempt to make up ground on the top-four.

A disappointing display and result at West Brom in a 1-1 draw saw the Gunners fall six points behind fourth-place Liverpool in the race for the Champions League spots.

A run of just two wins in their last seven Premier League outings has hampered Arsene Wenger’s side’s top-four challenge. Four draws in their last six top-flight outings has also stopped the Gunners making up ground on the top-four.

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