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Can Olivier Giroud finally end his duck against Chelsea? 0

Posted on August 02, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal lock horns with Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday afternoon, and striker Olivier Giroud is likely to lead the line. The French international has been with the Gunners for three years, but has never been on the wining side against the Blues, nor has he managed to score a goal.

Giroud, 28, has netted a total of 58 goals in 134 games for Arsenal following his arrival from French Ligue 1 side Montpellier, but has often come up blank against the top sides in the Premier League. Manager Arsene Wenger has long backed Giroud as the striker the Londoners need to win the title, and the Community Shield clash against Chelsea would be a good test to prove his worth.

Hector Bellerin or Mathieu Debuchy? 0

Posted on August 02, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a difficult decision to make next season in the defence, with Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy fighting it out for a starting place at right-back. Carl Jenkinson was loaned out to West Ham United again as a result of the competition for places, but who will get the nod between the two fullbacks for the new season?

Last season, Bellerin shone for Arsenal while Debuchy was sidelined through injury. The 20-year-old Spaniard was a surprise choice given his lack of experience at the top level at the time, but vindicated his manager’s decision with a series of standout showings for the Gunners. Wenger did recently reveal Bellerin had work to do to ensure he continues his development, which may hint that Debuchy could get the nod in 2015/16.

Why Arsene Wenger believes so much in Theo Walcott 0

Posted on July 31, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal supporters have been stunned to hear how much money Theo Walcott is reportedly earning after signing a new deal this summer, but it’s clear manager Arsene Wenger believes his goals could be key to a title challenge in the coming season.

The Gunners’ campaign starts with a Community Shield final against Chelsea, and Arsenal are 19/10 to retain the trophy. Walcott is 12/5 to score anytime, and his past record for goals suggests he could be a key player.

Is Damián Martínez happy to be Arsenal’s No.3 goalkeeper? 0

Posted on July 30, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal loaned out Wojciech Szczesny to AS Roma this summer, with the Polish international being deemed behind the likes of Petr Cech and David Ospina in the goalkeeper pecking order. Damian Martinez has been retained by manager Arsene Wenger, and looks set to be the third-choice between the sticks this season, but is he happy being subsidiary?

The 22-year-old has proven himself as a decent option in goal for Arsenal in the past, but has never managed a long run of games in the side. Signed from Independiente in 2010, Martinez has been loaned out to the likes of Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, and Rotherham to get game time. He’s made a total eight appearances for the senior team, instead featuring more for the reserves (33 games played for Arsenal U21s).

Why Arsenal have a slim hope of signing Karim Benzema this summer 0

Posted on July 29, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been typically linked with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema all through the summer transfer window, and the rumours have been instantly dismissed as fabrication with no movement ever being made between the two parties. However, there are a few legitimate factors that could see the French international keen to make the move ahead of the new season, so the links between the Premier League side and Real striker have more foundation than in past seasons.

Wojciech Szczesny joins AS Roma on season-long loan 0

Posted on July 29, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has completed a deal to join Italian Serie A side AS Roma on a season-long loan this summer, with manager Arsene Wenger retaining David Ospina to compete with new-boy Petr Cech for a starting place between the sticks in the coming season.

Szczesny, 26, started the season as the Gunners’ No.1 in goal, but lost his place to the Colombian as a result of his poor form. The Polish international was guilty of errors leading to goals, and Wenger eventually brought in Ospina to see the season out, utilising Szczesny in the domestic cups instead.

Could Mikel Arteta partner Francis Coquelin next season to shore up the midfield? 0

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a real fondness for Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta, of whom signed a contract extension with the club this summer. He’s been a magnificent servant for the Gunners ever since his 2011 arrival from Everton, but could still have a role to play in the side next season.

The Londoners have arguably the most creative attacking trio in the Premier League at their disposal – Alexis Sanchez Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla – who could operate as an attacking-midfield trio for 2015/16. This would leave a void in the deeper lying central role, with Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini all fighting for a place alongside expected regular Francis Coquelin.

Is Mourinho jibe out of fear for Arsenal’s potential ahead of the new season? 0

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has continued his attack on Arsenal ahead of the new season, with the Portuguese coach claiming the Gunners no longer have an excuse for not challenging for the Premier League title as a result of their recent spending over the last few seasons.

Arsenal finished third in the division in 2014/15, and have strengthened the side with goalkeeper Petr Cech – who signed from Chelsea. Mourinho believes this now makes their London rivals contenders for the title, and even criticised them for “buying the title” with their large acquisitions Mesut Ozil (£42.5M from Real Madrid) and Alexis Sanchez (£32M from Barcelona) made in the last two summers.

Will Hector Bellerin get enough game time for Arsenal next season? 1

Posted on July 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Gunners, benefiting from an injury to debutant Mathieu Debuchy. However, with the French international back to full fitness, coupled with competition from Calum Chambers, will Bellerin be afforded enough game time by manager Arsene Wenger next season?

Signing a long-term deal with the Londoners this summer, Bellerin’s future is at the Emirates Stadium, but his immediate destination is somewhat in the air. Teammate Carl Jenkinson was loaned back out to West Ham ahead of the new season as a result of the competition for places, and Bellerin may have the same problem.

Szczesny’s season-long loan move to AS Roma “pretty much done” 0

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is close to completing a deal to sign for Italian Serie A side AS Roma this summer on a season-long loan. The Polish international lost his place between the sticks to new-boy David Ospina last season, and has fallen further down the pecking order following the arrival of Petr Cech.

“He could go on loan to Roma. We are pretty much done, it’s down to paperwork. As long as that’s not over the line, anything can happen. I believe Roma is a big club and they play in the Champions League, play in a very different championship as well and that is a big experience for him at 25 years of age,” said the Gunners boss.

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