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Is Santi Cazorla the best playmaker in the Premier League? 1

Posted on March 31, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has been in fantastic form this season, and has become one of the most effective playmakers in the division as a result of his performances, but where does the Spanish international rank among his competition?

Making 29 Premier League appearances, scoring seven goals and making eight assists from 63 chances, Cazorla has been Arsenal’s most creative force, and has successfully adapted to playing as a deep-lying midfielder. The 30-year-old looked like he would spend the campaign on the periphery following a slow start to the season, but he’s been too good to leave out after finding his feet again.

Mesut Ozil enjoying playing with Santi Cazorla & Alexis Sanchez 0

Posted on March 31, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil recently revealed how much he has been enjoying linking up with talented attacking-midfielder Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez this season, and feels they are similar to himself on the pitch, which is why such a relationship is starting to grow between the creative trio.

The three players have created 165 chances between them this season, while scoring and making 43 goals in the Premier League. Ozil has been enjoying a run of form after extended game time, and he feels his performances levels have risen as a result of the talented players he’s playing with. He feels Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez are similar to himself, which is why they’re playing so well together.

Would Wenger cut his losses with Ozil if clubs approached him in the summer? 1

Posted on March 29, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has question marks over his future with the Londoners in the summer, with manager Arsene Wenger likely to consider his options. The German international cost Arsenal £42.5M in the summer of 2013 from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid, but hasn’t proven he was worth such outlay yet.

He was regarded as one of the best playmakers previously, due to the assists and chances he’d make in Spain, but Ozil has since slipped down the pecking after making the move to London. The 26-year-old has scored three goals and made five assists in 14 league games, taking his entire tally with Arsenal to 11 goals, 21 assists in 62 games for Wenger’s side.

Could Marco Reus be an Arsenal player next season? 2

Posted on March 29, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal continued to be linked with Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus, and manager Arsene Wenger is certainly keen on him, but could the German international really be a Gunner next season?

Reus has endured a difficult season in the Bundesliga, as Jurgen Klopp’s side found themselves rock bottom of the division earlier on in the campaign. As a result, reports suggested the likes of Mats Hummels and Marco Reus would be the first two players to leave the Westfalenstadion, but the duo have since remained.

Where is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Best Position? 2

Posted on March 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has enjoyed a bittersweet season for the London outfit. He’s shown signs of progression, and has enjoyed some moments of individual brilliance for club and country, but there are still question marks about his best position, and he‘s still yet to become a regular starter for the Gunners and England.

The former Southampton youngster, 21, has played the majority of his games as a wide midfielder due to his excessive pace, dribbling skills and industrious nature. He not only provides protection to his fullback, he can also press his opposite number high up the pitch. But in addition to his impressive work rate, Oxlade-Chamberlain is engrained in the Arsenal mould. He can play at a high intensity, creates chances for the forwards, and is very versatile.

Danny Welbeck impresses during England’s win against Lithuania 0

Posted on March 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal had only one representative in the England starting eleven against Lithuania on Friday night, but forward Danny Welbeck put on a great display that ultimately saw him being named man-of-the-match. He’s been considerably better playing for the Three Lions than he ever has been domestically, boasting a 1 in 3 goal-to-game scoring run, compared to a 1 in 5 record he has at club level.

The former Manchester United starlet is the top scorer in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, and showed qualities that Arsenal supporters haven’t seen enough of in the Premier League this season, making seven dribbles, and creating chances for his teammates.

Arsene Wenger won’t give up pursuit for Manchester United’s Chris Smalling 1

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Various reports are suggesting Arsenal are renewing their interest in Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, with a view to make a £12M bid to sign him. The England international came somewhat close to making the move to the Emirates when United were in the market for Thomas Vermaelen. Arsenal wanted a part exchange for Smalling, which Unite rejected, so the deal broke down.

But manager Arsene Wenger isn’t giving up in his pursuit to sign the 25-year-old. He’s building a young defence, with Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Paulista and Kieran Gibbs the future backline of the side, while Carl Jenkinson has shone on loan at West Ham too. United don’t appear keen to sell, however, as they have little currently in the way of better options.

Will we see much of Wellington Silva next season? 0

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Wellington Silva will be available to play for the Gunners as of next season, with the Brazilian U21 international having spent the last four years being loan out to a host of clubs before being finally awarded a work permit.

(2011) Levante (loan) 2 games
(2011/12) Alcoyano (loan) 16 games, 3 goals
(2012/13) Ponferradina (loan) 20 games, 3 goals
(2013/14) Murcia (loan) 38 games, 3 goals, 5 assists
(2014/15) Almería (loan) 16 game, 0 goals, 5 assists

Out-of-contract French midfield duo expected to leave this summer 0

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielders Mathieu Flamini and Abou Diaby are both expected to be leaving the club on a free transfer at the end of the season, with the London outfit not looking to renew their respective deals. This season, Flamini has been used when Mikel Arteta has been out-of-action, and now finds himself behind Francis Coquelin in the pecking order.

The former AC Milan star, 31, has amassed 53 minutes of Premier League football in 2015, while the injury-prone Abou Diaby has played just one Capital One Cup game all season. Manager Arsene Wenger has a strong squad now, and the midfield is more difficult than ever to break through.

Could Arsenal struggle to hold onto PSG-target Olivier Giroud? 0

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been in fine form for the Gunners this season, and has been attracting interest from a host of European giants as a result. The 28-year-old has scored 13 goals in 14 Premier League starts, and was being linked with a potential move to two-time French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the campaign, but could the Champions League hopefuls renew their interest this summer?

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