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Why Arsenal may be forced to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 0

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenal might have to consider selling midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain if they can’t offload the deadwood this summer. Chelsea have been linked with the 24-year-old’s signature and are reportedly close to a completing a deal. The Ox’s dead expires in 12 months and has rejected a contract extension.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been keen to keep the England international but may need to cash in while he has value as the London club have been unable to sell their unwanted players from the squad. The likes of Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers, Mohamed Elneny, Lucas Perez are believed to be up for sale but aren’t shifting this summer.

Wilshere makes long awaited return against Derby 0

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere returned for the U23s in Monday night’s clash against Derby, having recovered from a leg fracture and now looking to build up his match fitness for the new season, reports the Daily Mail. The English international picked up the injury in April during a season-long at Bournemouth last season but is making positive steps to returning.

He played 75 minutes at St George’s Park in the Premier League 2 and impressed on the ball. The pace of the game is a lot slower, but Wilshere still stood out as one of the better performers on the pitch. It’s good news for Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger, as having the 25-year-old back will be like a new signing.

Thierry Henry criticises Arsenal for overplaying in possession 0

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was critical of his former club for overplaying in the final third, rather than being more direct to give the forwards better ammunition. Henry says the Gunners have been guilty of always trying to do ‘the Arsenal ball’, reports Sky Sports via the Express.

“Granit Xhaka has it in his locker to play that ball over the top. He has an amazing left foot. If he has time on the ball he does not need to play through the middle sometimes. Why do you want to play what I call ‘the Arsenal ball’ to the winger who comes in the pocket? Why don’t you play the other ball?” he said.

Manchester United linked with Arsenal-target Arda Turan 0

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to AS via talkSPORT, Manchester United are interested in Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, a player who has been linked with Arsenal throughout the summer. The 30-year-old is expected to exit the Nou Camp as a result of a lack of playing time and Jose Mourinho is reportedly offering Turan a chance to resurrect his career elsewhere in Europe.

Former club Galatasaray are also believed to be keen on the ex-Atletico Madrid attacking-midfielder, but Manchester United might be considering Turan as they’ve so far struggled to land Ivan Perisic. Turan, while not boasting excessive pace on the wing, is a creative midfielder who can play somewhat in between the lines. It’s why Arsenal were interested but so far no deal has materialised from any suitor.

Arsenal finally break opening day duck 0

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s 4-3 victory over Leicester City in Friday’s Premier League opener was a rare victory for the Gunners when looking at their past record.

Arsenal’s opening day record since 2009

  • 15/8/10: Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal
  • 13/8/11: Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal
  • 18/8/12: Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland
  • 17/8/13: Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa
  • 16/8/14: Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace
  • 9/8/15: Arsenal 0-2 West Ham
  • 14/8/16: Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool
  • 11/8/17: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City

Arsene Wenger’s men have endured a terrible run in the first league fixture of a new season but have oddly often enjoyed a fantastic run of form in the handful of games that followed.

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City: Giroud scores late as Gunners come from behind in seven-goal thriller 0

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score the winning goal late on as Arsenal came from behind against Leicester City to finally win an opening day fixture.

Arsenal took the lead inside of two minutes through Lacazette. The French international brilliantly headed a powerful first-time cross from Mohamed Elneny past Kasper Schmeichel, but the Gunners’ celebrations were shot-lived.

Shinji Okazaki levelled for Leicester within minutes after Petr Cech failed to claim a cross and found himself in no man’s land, allowing Okazaki to head home the cutback with the goal gaping.

Arsenal 1/2 to win against Leicester City 0

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal welcome Leicester to the Emirates in their Premier League opener on Friday night, and are big favourites to pick up all three points given how strong the Gunners are on home soil, compared to how poor the Foxes have been on the road in the last 12 months.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side finished fifth in the Premier League last season, boasting 14 wins and three draws from their 19 home games, and have been in good form in pre-season too. The Gunners are coming off the back of three wins from their last five games this summer and will fancy their chances against a Leicester outfit struggling for consistency.

Arsenal Team News: Lacazette and Ozil start, Giroud and Ramsey on the bench 0

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s club record signing Alexandre Lacazette starts in tonight’s Premier League opener against Leicester City, with Olivier Giroud on the bench.

Midfielder Mesut Ozil returns from injury, pushing Alex Iwobi to the bench. Aaron Ramsey was in contention of starting, but Mohamed Elneny starts ahead of the Welshman alongside Granit Xhaka.

Arsenal’s starting XI against Leicester City: Petr Cech, Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck, Alexandre Lacazette.

Arsenal reportedly offer Alexis Sanchez contract worth £15.6m-a-year 0

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According talkSPORT, Arsenal have offered forward Alexis Sanchez a contract worth around £300k-a-year to stay past next summer. Manager Arsene Wenger has repeatedly said the Chilean international would not be sold before his contract with the club expires and it appears Arsenal are still holding out hope that he could yet commit his future and put pen to paper on an extension.

In an interview with SFR Sport 1, Wenger’s believed to have said: “He’s an Arsenal player in the short term. Now, will we manage to extend his contract? We didn’t manage to do that last season so I’m not super optimistic in that regard, but we have the firm intention of not selling him.”

Arsenal the ‘last club standing’ in race to sign Jean-Michael Seri 0

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal have no clubs standing in their way for Jean-Michael Seri’s signature. The Gunners have been keen on the 26-year-old for most of the summer, but have seen the likes of Barcelona and AS Roma edge themselves ahead, with the latter making an official bid for the Nice midfielder. Latest reports say the duo are no longer in the running.

Seri made 34 Ligue 1 appearances last season, contributing 16 goals. He’s said to have a £36m release clause, a price Arsenal don’t appear keen to match, but the Londoners do have a need for a creative midfielder given Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere are currently out injured.



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