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Palace 8/15 to go down, as Arsenal identify Zaha as Sanchez replacement 1

Posted on November 12, 2017 by David Nugent

According to reports from the Metro (among others), Arsenal are lining up a £35million bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha as a replacement for wantaway Chilean international Alexis Sanchez.

The Metro reports that Manchester City could renew their interest in Sanchez in the winter transfer window. However, if the Chilean fails to secure a move in the January transfer window, he will likely leave the Gunners next summer as a free agent.

That obviously means Arsenal need to find a replacement for the 28-year-old, as well as Mesut Ozil who also looks set to leave.

Gunners reject bid from Palace for Calum Chambers 0

Posted on July 21, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal have rejected a bid of around £16million from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace for young defender Calum Chambers. However, the reports also suggest that the Gunners are willing to sell the highly rated young defender, but are looking for a fee of closer to £20million.

Chambers has Potential

I have to say I do rate Chambers and it is hard to doubt his talent. However, he maybe needs to play more first-team football before he is ready to play first-team football at Arsenal.

Jenkinson being left to rot in the Arsenal reserves 0

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson has been reduced to making appearances for the reserve side in the Premier League 2 this season, featuring more times for the U23s (6 appearance) than he has for the first-team (5 appearances in all competitions).

Manager Arsene Wenger froze out the former Charlton Athletic man after Jenkinson failed to agree personal terms with Crystal Palace when the Eagles tried to sign him this season, and he’s expected to be up for sale this summer or released at the end of his deal in 2018 otherwise.

Can Burnley and Crystal Palace boost Arsenal’s hopes of a top-four finish? 0

Posted on April 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal may be 90 minutes away from reaching their third FA Cup final in four seasons with a semi-final clash to come against Manchester City, but the Gunners are still keeping an eye on the Premier League top-four and will be hoping Burnley and Crystal Palace can do them a favour in their respective games against Manchester United (5th) and Liverpool (3rd), to give them hope of gaining ground.

Allardyce hands Wenger the ultimate insult in post-match interview 0

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

It was bad enough for Arsenal to suffer a damaging and heavy defeat to a side currently fighting for survival in the Premier League, but it must have been worrying for supporters that Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce spelled out their deficiencies and successfully targeted them to mastermind the Eagles’ win on Monday night.

“Tactically, the players were aware of how to beat Arsenal. The first thing was to defend and frustrate them, keep them playing sideways, then use the space behind the full-backs. Arsenal have been weak defensively, they leave the centre-backs exposed. We won a lot of possession off them and created lots of chances. (Our opening goal) was down to us pressing them,” said Allardyce.

Why has Alexis Sanchez been pushed out wide? 1

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez made way for Danny Welbeck to lead the line in Monday’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, instead operating as a left-winger with license to cut inside on his favoured right foot. While a position the Chilean international has vast experience in, Sanchez has been full of goals since his move to a centre-forward, which raises the question why he’s no longer operating through the middle.

Arsenal players not fit to wear the shirt 0

Posted on April 11, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s abject performance in Monday night’s 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace confirmed something to Gunners fans. It confirmed the fact that a lot of the current squad are not fit to wear the shirt, as the chant goes.

Palace simply wanted it more and played on Arsenal’s weaknesses. However, their approach was obvious from the start. They were going to hit Christian Benteke at every possible opportunity.

This is not the beautiful game at its best, but it’s highly effective, especially against a team that looked scared of the Belgian striker. Palace were deserved winners against an Arsenal side that simply did not look good enough.

Arsenal hammered at Crystal Palace 0

Posted on April 10, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s hopes of securing Champions League football for next season took a heavy blow as they went down to a 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday night.

The home side had the first attempt on goal after just three minutes. A good team move eventually saw the ball fall for Yohan Cabaye, who got his shot horribly wrong and the Frenchman’s effort went wide of Emiliano Martinez’s goal.

It was Palace who offered the next threat on goal too, as midfielder Luka Milivojevic fired just wide of Martinez near post. The Gunners hit back on nine minutes. The ball fell to Mohamed Elneny who curled an effort towards the far corner of the net, only for Wayne Hennessey to produce a fantastic save.

Arsenal injury update ahead of Crystal Palace clash 0

Posted on April 10, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have five players out of action for Monday’s Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace. Goalkeepers David Ospina (knock) and Petr Čech (calf), centre-back Laurent Koscielny (achilles), midfielder Santi Cazorla (achilles) and forward Lucas Pérez (thigh) are expected to miss out.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is expected to keep his place between the sticks with Matt Macey to remain on the bench as cover with Ospina and Cech both out of action. Gabriel should keep his place at the heart of the defence alongside Shkodran Mustafi with Koscielny injured. But manager Arsene Wenger could make changes to his attack.

Arsenal 4/5 to win against Crystal Palace tonight 0

Posted on April 09, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal travel to Selhurst Park to face fellow Londoners Crystal Palace in the Premier League this evening, and are favourites to pick up all three points to go fifth in the table and four points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City with a game in hand. The Gunners’ Champions League hopes aren’t dead but they need a run of wins to stay within touching distance of Europe.

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