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Barcelona reportedly rival Arsenal for Thomas Lemar 0

Posted on August 07, 2017 by David Nugent

According to Sky Sports, Catalan giants Barcelona could rival Arsenal for the signature of Monaco winger Thomas Lemar. The Gunners have already reportedly had two bids rejected for the 21-year-old, but are still interested in the youngster.

Lemar seems to be Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s main transfer target this summer. The Gunners have been linked with Leicester star Riyad Mahrez, but the Frenchman seems to top the veteran Frenchman’s wish list.

Coquelin out for two weeks with ankle injury 0

Posted on August 06, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed midfielder Francis Coquelin will be out of action for Sunday;s Community Shield with Chelsea and may not return two weeks as he battles an ankle ligament injury.

At the time, Wenger said: “He has a scan tomorrow and I don’t think he will be available for the weekend. It is not too bad but he may not be available – it’s an ankle ligament problem,” reports the Metro.

But now, the Arsenal boss indeed confirmed Coquelin would be missing out, saying to Arsenal.com: “No, he is not available. He got injured in the Emirates Cup but we don’t think it will be too bad – two weeks.”

Wenger confirms Alexis will feature in Community Shield 0

Posted on August 06, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave an update on Alexis Sanchez ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Chelsea, revealing the Chilean international would be fit enough to feature this weekend. Alexis has returned to training and is now building up his match fitness ahead of the new season.

He may not start against Chelsea, but the 28-year-old will make the bench and could feature late in the game. “He is good, as you can see from training. He had a good rest, so he needs to work on his fitness but once he is in a game he is sharp. He doesn’t look like he has been away. He is over the flu, yes. I told you it was never a problem for us,” said Wenger to Arsenal.com.

Arsenal v Chelsea Community Shield Preview 0

Posted on August 05, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal face London rivals Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday in the traditional curtain raiser for the English Premier League campaign the Community Shield.

Arsenal head into this clash as the FA Cup holders, having beaten Premier League champions Chelsea 2-1 in May’s final. The Gunners have endured a relatively quiet summer in the transfer market with Chilean star Alexis Sanchez’s future dominating the headlines.

The former Barcelona looks set to stay and see out his contract in north London. The Gunners only two new arrivals are defender Sead Kolasinac and striker Alexandre Lacazette, two players who will expect to be regular starters for the Gunners this season.

Wenger expected to stick with 3-4-3 formation in the new season 1

Posted on July 12, 2017 by Milos Markovic

As the team plunged forward into a disappointing closure of the 2016/17 season, there was a single moment of positivity introduced and provoked by Arsene Wenger himself who decided to wake his team up and shake things up with a different tactical approach.

The experienced tactician switched to a three-man defence line and a 3-4-3 formation which brought plenty of success towards the end of a torrid campaign that left Arsenal without Champions League football for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s era.

Arsenal vs. West Ham Premier League preview 0

Posted on August 08, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal kick-off their Premier League campaign with a home game at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday against London rivals West Ham.

The Gunners have enjoyed a confident pre-season with wins against Everton, Lyon and Wolfsburg. However their most recent victory may the most significant one, as it was a 1-0 victory over champions Chelsea in the Community Shield.

The win will have raised belief at the north London club that the Gunners can really sustain a Premier League title challenge this season. The signing of ‘keeper Petr Cech from Chelsea could be a significant one, as he is an experienced campaigner, who has a history of winning silverware with the Blues.

The Hammers perfect opponents for Arsenal 0

Posted on August 07, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal kick-off their Premier League campaign with a home game against West Ham on Sunday. It appears like it could be the perfect opening game for the Gunners.

The Gunners London rivals have a terrible away record in the Premier League. On Thursday the Hammers went out of the Europa League at the qualifying stage after being defeated 2-1 against Romanian side Astra.

The Irons may have fielded a weakened side in Romania, but they have failed to win any of their last 12 games on their travels. Combined with Arsenal’s formidable home record in the Premier League it points to a home win on Sunday.

Jack Wilshere set for another injury lay-off 0

Posted on August 06, 2015 by David Nugent

Probably the least surprisingly news that Arsenal fans will hear today is that Gunners central midfielder Jack Wilshere has picked-up an injury in training.

The Guardian claims that the England international has suffered a suspected fracture to his left fibula. The midfielder will now have a scan on Friday to determine if he needs an operation or not.

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If he needs an operation on the injury then he could be out of action for three months, but could be back in six to eight weeks if he does not

Can Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shine this season? 1

Posted on August 03, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s Community Shield win against Chelsea will have been of great significance to young Gunners midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who scored the only goal of the game.

The youngster is highly-talented and has set himself a target of either scoring or creating every game he plays in this season. That goes without saying really, but the attacking midfielder has the attributes to do just that.

Like so many players at Arsenal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s recent development has been hampered by niggling injuries. The Ox made 37 appearances last season, but scored just three goals and produced just five assists. He is obviously looking to improve on those stats this season.

Is Arsenal now making Mourinho nervous? 0

Posted on August 03, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal won the Community Shield 1-0 at Wembley on Sunday and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho came across in typical ungracious manner in his post-match interview.

The Chelsea boss accused Arsenal of being defensive and that the best team lost. He also accused the Gunners of leaving their philosophy in the dressing room. Typical of the Portuguese boss that he could not accept defeat in a becoming way. He just came across as a bad loser.

Arsenal have been criticised for being too cavalier in big games against their rivals in recent years. However, last season that changed slightly with a very impressive 2-0 win at champions Manchester City, as the Gunners produced a solid defensive display and counter-attacked with great effectiveness.



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