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Could Mattia Destro be a good addition to the Arsenal attack? 0

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal have lost their first-choice striker Olivier Giroud until 2015, the Londoners should be looking at bringing in a replacement. While manager Arsene Wenger is adamant his squad have more than enough attacking options, AS Roma forward Mattia Destro should be on his radar.

Last season, the 23-year-old scored 13 goals in 15 starts, his best goal-to-game ratio to date. But that wasn’t what is so impressive about this striker. He was one of the most deadly finishers in world football in 2013/14, scoring with 34% of all his shots taken.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud out for four months with broken ankle 0

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed supporters’ worst fears that striker Olivier Giroud will be out of action until the New Year with a broken ankle

“Giroud had surgery for a broken tibia and he will be out for three to four months on the competitive side. He’ll be capable to play again in the Premier League at the end of December.”

The French international picked up the injury in the 2-2 draw against Everton, but initially Wenger was unsure to the striker’s prognosis upon limping off in the dying minutes.

Arsenal could struggle past Besiktas tonight with so many absentees 1

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal having club-captain Mikel Arteta injured and fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey suspended, while striker Olivier Giroud and left-back Kieran Gibbs are both unavailable, the Gunners do have a considerably depleted lineup for tonight’s game.

Arsenal are 2/9 to qualify for the Champions League tonight at Besiktas’ expense, but they won’t have it all their own way. The Turkish outfit created a lot of chances in the first leg, but were wasteful in front of goal.

AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao could join Arsenal on loan 0

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to various sources, AS Monaco and Colombia striker Radamel Falcao has told Arsenal he would be willing to join them on a loan deal, if Real Madrid don’t look to sign him on a permanent deal this summer.

With Real winger Angel Di Maria having been sold to Manchester United for £60M, the La Liga side have the funds to procure Falcao’s signature, but it’s unknown if they will make a bid.

The 28-year-old is said to be up for loan this season, but the Ligue One side reportedly want £20M to cover wages and bonuses. With Arsenal having lost striker Olivier Giroud with what appears to be a suspected broken ankle, the Londoners are looking at stellar attacking replacements.

Who should Arsenal sign as replacement for the injured Giroud? 1

Posted on August 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal looking likely to be losing first-choice striker Olivier Giroud for a lengthy period with a suspected broken ankle, who should they look at bringing in to replace him?

Names such as Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony, Queens Park Rangers’ Loic Remy, and even Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke – before the latter was injured – are names the Londoners have been previously linked with, but replacing Arsenal’s top Premier League scorer of last season won’t be easy. The former Montpellier man was 19/1 to be the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season too.

Will Lukas Podolski leave the club before the transfer window shuts? 0

Posted on August 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski recently left a cryptic message on his instagram account that is leading many to believe he could be leaving the club in the coming days.

“Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out. Opportunities don’t happen, you create them!”

The former Bayern Munich player has continued to be an omission from the Arsenal first-team in their four games in all competitions so far this season which has fuelled exit rumours further this summer. The likes of Wolfsburg and Galatasaray are two sides who have been named as potential destinations.

Ramsey & Giroud out for Besiktas clash on Wednesday 0

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal will be without two influential players in the side for their second leg Champions League qualifier against Besiktas this week.

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey and striker Olivier Giroud will both be missing for the tie, as the former was sent off in the first leg, and Giroud picked an injury in the dying moments of the recent 2-2 draw against Everton.

It means manager Arsene Wenger has decisions to make about who will make his team, especially as defender Calum Chambers had a torrid time against Everton on the weekend. The spine of the gunners side could be weaker against a Turkish outfit desperate to cause a shock.

Jack Wilshere’s substitution sees Arsenal come back from 2-0 down 1

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere hasn’t enjoyed the best start to the new season. The England international wanted to gain plaudits for his exploits on the pitch, instead of making the headlines for his bad behaviour off it.

Wilshere was brought off in the 74th minute with Arsenal 2-0 down against Everton, and nine minutes later the Gunners scored through midfielder Aaron Ramsey to halve the deficit. Seven minutes after Ramsey’s goal, Olivier Giroud headed home to earn a point they barely deserved.

Is Wenger being too reliant on Chambers? 2

Posted on August 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal summer signing Calum Chambers has been a regular in the defence since joining from Southampton, but he had a torrid time in the first-half against Everton in their last game, and manager Arsene Wenger’s decision to not sign another defender could prove costly.

Chambers had been playing as Per Mertesacker was being rested following this summer’s World Cup, and against Everton he played in Laurent Koscielny’s absence instead. The club don’t have an experienced cover option, and it showed through the 19-year-old’s performance.

Should Arsenal appreciate Olivier Giroud following game-changing introduction? 3

Posted on August 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was on the bench initially in the Gunners game against Everton. He came on with the side 2-0 down, and helped them to a 2-2 draw, scoring the equalising goal. Summer signing Alexis Sanchez struggled playing up front, and was given a schooling by his half-time replacement Olivier Giroud.

No player had more shots than the French international against Everton, and his goal in the dying moments was more than deserved for his dominant showing in the Gunners attack. His was bullying the defenders, and the ball was sticking up front when passes were played into him. He was far sharper in attack than Sanchez was.

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