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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.

Arsenal v West Ham EFL Cup Preview 0

Posted on December 18, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal have the chance to book their place in the last-four of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night when the Gunners welcome West Ham to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal’s recent form has been inconsistent in the Premier League. However, the Gunners head into this clash on the back of a 1-0 home win over Newcastle last time out.

The north London side have had a relatively easy route to the quarter-finals, with wins over lower league opposition Doncaster Rovers and Norwich City, although they need extra time to beat the latter in round 5.

Is Wenger right to rotate his squad in the EFL Cup? 0

Posted on December 01, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat against Southampton in the EFL Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger decided to field a weakened team as now the custom in the League Cup for the Gunners.

In truth, Arsenal produced a lacklustre display without the star names of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in particular. The defeat was hardly a surprise considering the team that was fielded.

Struggled to impress

However, the performance was particularly poor. Hardly any of the outfield players impressed against a Southampton side that showed nine changes from their starting line-up from the win weekend win over Everton.

Southampton knock Arsenal out of the EFL Cup 0

Posted on November 30, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal exited the EFL Cup at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday night, as Southampton defeated the Gunners 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

The visitors opened the scoring with the first real attempt on goal on 13 minutes. Sofiane Boufal saw an effort blocked but the ball fell to Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie on the edge of the area and the former Feyenoord star struck the ball first time into the right side of the net.

Arsenal came back into the game slightly but failed to real threaten the Saints goal. The visitors were attempting to hit the Gunners on the counter-attack, although they too struggled to represent a real threat on goal.

Arsenal 10/11 to win against Southampton in tonight’s EFL Cup clash 0

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal welcome Southampton at the Emirates Stadium in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup tonight, and are favourites to come out on top to progress to the last four.

The Gunners are in decent form ahead of their meeting with Southampton and will fancy their chances with home advantage and bragging rights from their win earlier in the season.

Arsenal are coming off the back of six wins and four draws from their last 10 games in all competitions, having picked up points against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain recently. The Gunners have beaten Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Reading in the third round and last-16 respectively to make it this far in the competition, and will reach the semis if they can edge to victory.

Giroud out for Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash with Southampton 0

Posted on November 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been ruled out of Wednesday’s EFL Cup quarter-final meeting with Southampton with a hamstring injury. The French international noticed a twinge shortly after coming on in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth and subsequently exacerbated the injury by playing on it.

It’s a blow for the player himself as he would have featured against Southampton this week given the lack of starts afforded to him in the Premier League this season. But now Giroud is officially ruled out of the game at the Emirates Stadium, Lucas Perez looks set to lead the line after recovering from his own recent injury.

Arsenal v Southampton EFL CUP Preview 0

Posted on November 29, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal host Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.

Arsenal are on an unbeaten run of 19 games in all competitions after a 3-1 home win against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday, with Alexis Sanchez scoring a brace and Theo Walcott also getting on the scoresheet.

Sanchez is the Gunners top scorer with eight goals, but looks unlikely to feature in this clash as boss Arsene Wenger normally fields a weakened side in the League Cup.

Arsenal suffering from a winter injury crisis 0

Posted on November 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s injury list is rising game after game of late with Olivier Giroud the latest player on the sidelines. Arsenal forward Theo Walcott was also seen treating a minor problem on his leg in Sunday’s Premier League victory over Bournemouth but his issue hasn’t been deemed as anything too serious.

Mathieu Debuchy came off 15 minutes into his long-awaited return for the Gunners with a pull in his hamstring, and Arsenal are now without eight first-team players in November. Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring), Olivier Giroud (hamstring), Héctor Bellerín (ankle), Santi Cazorla (achilles), Chuba Akpom (back), Per Mertesacker (knee), Danny Welbeck (meniscus) are Lucas Pérez (ankle) on the treatment table, but Perez is close to making an appearance.

Lucas Perez set to feature in Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash 0

Posted on November 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Lucas Perez could return in time to play against Southampton in Wednesday’s EFL Cup meeting at the Emirates Stadium, with the summer-signing having quickly recovered from an ankle ligament injury. Perez has endured a debut season to forget and will be looking to make up for lost time when he’s back in an Arsenal shirt.

Olivier Giroud is a doubt for the Southampton fixture, having picked up a hamstring injury, so Perez is expected to be given the nod to lead the line when Arsenal entertain Saints this week. He’s scored two goals in as many games in the EFL Cup this season, having started both games in the competition for the Gunners, and has a point to prove after amassing just 367 minutes of playing time.

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