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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.

Should Arsenal renew their interest in Alvaro Morata? 1

Posted on June 08, 2017 by David Nugent

As always we are set for a whole host of transfer talk and probably little activity at Arsenal if Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has his way anyway.

Arsenal needs to strengthen this summer in a number of departments. For me, a new striker is still needed. It looks likely that Alexis Sanchez may leave and Spaniard Lucas Perez also seems set for the exit door.

That leaves Arsenal with Olivier Giroud and the fragile Danny Welbeck as striking options for next season. One option that could be available is Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata. The Spaniard has been linked with a move to north London before and speculation is rife that he will leave the European champions this summer.

Arsenal just not good enough to win the title 0

Posted on February 05, 2017 by David Nugent

Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at league leaders Chelsea showed that Arsenal are simply not good enough to win the Premier League title. Despite at times dominating possession, the Gunners did not seem to have the strength, quality or big game know-how to beat the Blues.

It looked like men against boys at times. Chelsea were incisive and boss Antonio Conte knew exactly were the Gunners weak spots were and exploited them to perfection. In reality Chelsea probably did not really have to adapt their game much for the clash, as they recorded a relatively comfortable win.

 Not looking at the opposition

Is Alexis Sanchez a realistic contender for the Golden Boot? 0

Posted on January 24, 2017 by David Nugent

On Sunday in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley, Alexis Sanchez scored his 15th Premier League goal of the campaign. The strike means that he is joint top scorer in the top-flight with Chelsea’s fiery forward Diego Costa.

In true Sanchez style, he took his 15th goal of the season in style, netting a 98th-minute winner with a cheeky Panenka penalty kick. His coolness just epitomises Sanchez and why Arsenal are so keen to keep hold of the forward.

Has to be in the race for the Golden Boot

Arsenal break Premier League hoodoo against Chelsea 0

Posted on September 24, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal ended a nine-game run without a win against Chelsea in the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over the Blues on Saturday evening.

The first shot on goal came on four minutes. It was the home side who threatened goal first as Santi Cazorla’s effort from the edge of the area was palmed away from Thibaut Courtois. On nine minutes Alexis Sanchez saw an effort on goal deflect over the bar.

Wenger admits “quality” Diego Costa is worrying him ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Chelsea 1

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits Chelsea striker Diego Costa is a threat ahead of this weekend’s meeting in the Premier League. Arsenal welcome Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, having failed to win against the Blues in the league since 2011, while falling to the sword at the hands of Costa who has scored two goals and won three of three meetings against the Gunners.

Ten man Arsenal lose against Chelsea 0

Posted on January 24, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, with Diego Costa grabbing the only goal after Gunners centre-back Per Mertesacker had been dismissed just 18 minutes into the game.

Arsenal offered the first real threat on goal on two minutes, as Joel Campbell scuffed an effort on goal from a Theo Walcott cross. The Blues went up the other end, as Oscar saw a low effort saved by Petr Cech.

On 15 minutes Chelsea’s Willian saw an effort from inside the area blocked, before having a second effort saved by Cech. At the other end Olivier Giroud fired over the bar from long range. Arsenal were reduced to ten men on 18 minutes.

Chelsea still a big threat to Arsenal on Sunday 0

Posted on January 22, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal host reigning champions Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, as the Gunners look to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Chelsea may be enjoying a nightmare season, but they are certainly no pushovers. The Blues have some real big game players and no doubt they will be determined to prove a point at the Emirates in what would usually be a big game at the top of the table.

A very good opposition

Arsenal and Chelsea fined by the FA 2

Posted on October 09, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal and Chelsea have been handed £30,000 and £40,000 fines by the FA for failing to control their players in the Blues recent 2-0 victory over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

The game was a controversial one, which saw Arsenal defender Gabriel dismissed for kicking-out at Chelsea’s Diego Costa, who himself had been lucky not to have saw red card for putting his hands in Laurent Koscielny’s face. Referee Mike Dean missed the altercation completely.

Gabriel’s red card for the dismissal was later rescinded, but then he was handed a one-game ban and £10,000 fine for not leaving the pitch immediately. Costa was also handed a three-game ban for violent conduct. Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla was also send-off in the 79th minute of the game.

Arsenal fans launch Mike Dean petition 3

Posted on September 21, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal fans have decided to launch a petition against Mike Dean refereeing another Gunners game, after the official failed to punish Diego Costa for a flailing arm on Laurent Koscielny, then a confrontation with Brazilian centre-back Gabriel that saw the former-Villarreal defender dismissed.

The petition has caught fire very quickly, with close to 50,000 people already getting behind the move. The petition claims that Costa was involved in four incidents that could have earnt him a red card, yet he only received a yellow card.

Costa could yet face retrospective punishment by the FA, as they will decide later today if the Spanish international deserves sanctions for his behaviour against Arsenal.

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