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Arsenal v CSKA Moscow Europa League quarter-final first leg preview 0

Posted on April 04, 2018 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Arsenal host CSKA Moscow at the Emirates Stadium in the quarter-final first leg of the Europa League.

Arsenal have been enduring a difficult campaign. However, the Europa League has been the highlight of the season so far. Last time out in the competition, the Gunners saw-off Italian giants AC Milan 5-1 on aggregate after a 2-0 win at the San Siro and a 3-1 victory at the Emirates.

The wins against the Rossoneri mean that Arsene Wenger’s side has now won four of their last five games in the Europa League. A key to that good run in Europe’s secondary competition is the home sides attacking prowess, as they have scored at least two goals in four of their last five European outings.

Lacazette could be the key to Arsenal winning the Europa League 0

Posted on April 02, 2018 by David Nugent

Most Arsenal fans would not describe this season as a successful one. However, there is still a chance that the Gunners may win the Europa League this season, something they are odds of 3/1 to achieve.

Arsene Wenger’s side eventually saw off a stubborn Stoke resistance on Sunday to record a 3-0 win. I would argue that the return from injury of French striker Alexandre Lacazette from the bench played a crucial role.

Endured a mixed Arsenal career so far

Lacazette has endured mixed fortunes at Arsenal this season. The French international joined the north London outfit last summer from Lyon and much was expected of him. He was the top-class striker Arsenal had been lacking for years.

Danny Welbeck avoids punishment for Europa League dive 0

Posted on March 19, 2018 by Harry Kettle

As reported by talkSPORT, Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck will not receive any kind of punishment in the wake of his dive against AC Milan in the UEFA Europa League last week.

The 27-year-old has faced a great deal of criticism in recent days courtesy of the dive, which wound up winning the Gunners a penalty that sent them on their way to a comfortable aggregate victory over the Italian side.

Much needed luck

There were memes, comparisons to Dele Alli, and in addition to that, fans noted that they lost some respect for the Englishman because of the incident. Despite that, however, the decision not to reprimand Welbeck is one that will cause many fans to issue a sigh of relief.

Display against AC Milan encouraging for Arsenal 0

Posted on March 16, 2018 by David Nugent

I am usually very sceptical about Arsenal in general. Too many times the Gunners have flattered to deceive in recent seasons. However, I have to say Arsene Wenger’s team produced an encouraging display against AC Milan on Thursday night.

The 3-1 win on the night meant that the team from north London went through to the last eight of the competition with a 5-1 aggregate win, which in all fairness did flatter the Gunners.

Looking very lively

Arsenal cruise into the Europa League last eight 0

Posted on March 15, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 3-1 win over AC Milan on Thursday night in the Europa League last 16 second leg, to win the tie 5-1 on aggregate.

The visitors came close to enjoying a dream start within the first minute, but Andre Silva’s effort from Fabio Borini’s cross was off-target. On five minutes, the Gunners had their first sight of goal, as defender Laurent Koscielny headed over from Henrik Mkhitaryan’s corner kick.

The Gunners experienced an injury blow on 11 minutes, as Koscielny sustained an injury and Calum Chambers replaced the French international. Milan ‘keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was called into action on 26 minutes, as the youngster did well to keep out a near-post effort from Danny Welbeck.

Arsenal cruise past Ostersunds in the Europa League 0

Posted on February 15, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over Swedish side Ostersunds on Thursday evening in the Europa League first knockout stage first leg.

The first chance of the game fell to Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck on eight minutes, as the England international headed wide from close-range at the far post. Two minutes later, Henrikh Mkhitaryan from the edge of the box blocked by an Ostersunds defender, while Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny also saw an effort on goal blocked.

The Gunners took the lead on 13 minutes. Ostersunds goalkeeper Keita fumbled an Alex Iwobi shot, only for Nacho Monreal to follow in and score from six yards out. Three minutes later, Keita parried an 18-yard powerful effort from Mkhitaryan.

Arsenal knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest 0

Posted on January 07, 2018 by David Nugent

FA Cup holders Arsenal suffered a surprise 4-2 defeat at Championship outfit Nottingham Forest on Sunday to exit the competition at the third round stage.

The home side had the first attempt of the game. Ben Brereton got between two Arsenal defenders but failed to trouble David Ospina. The Gunners hit back at the other end soon afterwards, as Theo Walcott looked through on goal. However, the forward scuffed his effort and the danger was gone for the home side.

Arsenal 7/2 to win the EFL Cup 0

Posted on December 20, 2017 by David Nugent

On Tuesday night, Arsenal progressed to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup with a comfortable 1-0 win over West Ham, courtesy of a Danny Welbeck goal. The game was a slight non-event, as there was very little to talk about from an injury to Olivier Giroud and a chance of officials.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also stuck to his rotation policy, which to be fair to the Frenchman has served him well this season. Weakened sides have helped the Gunners to qualify from their Europa League group, while also taking the north London side to the last four of the EFL Cup.

Arsenal through to the EFL Cup semi-finals 0

Posted on December 19, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 1-0 win over West Ham in the EFL Cup quarter-final on Tuesday night, with a Danny Welbeck goal enough to send the Gunners into the last four of the competition.

The opening period of the game was very lacklustre, as Arsenal passed the ball around, but to no avail. By the quarter of the hour mark, the Gunners had enjoyed 65 percent possession.

The first real threat on either goal did not come until 38 minutes. Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac cut in from the left and aimed for the far corner of the net, but the wing-back’s effort is well off target.

Santi Cazorla’s injury “worst I’ve ever seen” 0

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Milos Markovic

With these words coming directly from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger it’s hard not to feel sorry for the Spanish midfielder.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger met the members of the press this Thursday to discuss the Saturday’s highly-anticipated North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur and one of the subjects he touched during his presser was also Santi Cazorla’s injury.

The 32-year-old Spanish midfielder has not featured since October 2016 after injuring his right Achilles tendon during a Champions League match against Ludogorets.



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