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Will Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere really be loaned out this season? 0

Posted on August 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Speculation surrounding Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has sent social media in a frenzy on Monday evening, with reports that the England international will be loaned out for the season due to the stiff competition in the Gunners side. Wilshere was recently omitted from the England squad with manager Sam Allardyce says the playmaker needs regular game time to force his way back in.

But with the likes of Granit Xhaka, Santi Cazorla, Mohamed Elneny, Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey currently ahead of him in the pecking order, Wilshere has little chance of getting minutes in an Arsenal shirt. The 24-year-old has played such little football for the Gunners in recent seasons, amassing a paltry 141 minutes in the Premier League in 2015/16.

Granit Xhaka settling in quickly at Arsenal 0

Posted on August 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal new-boy Granit Xhaka drew plaudits after an assured performance in Saturday’s 3-1 win away to Watford, and the former Borussia Monchengladbach man looks to have settled in the Premier League now he’s being afforded consecutive starts in the first-team.

The 23-year-old has made three Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season, averaging a tackle or interception every 14 minutes so far. Xhaka’s impressive range of passing has been praised too, with the Swiss international having made 22 attempted long-range balls for Arsenal so far.

Theo Walcott’s early season form earns him an England call-up 0

Posted on August 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has been recalled to the England national team by new manager Sam Allardyce ahead of the Three Lions’ World Cup qualifier against Slovakia next month. The former Southampton man has impressed early on this season for Arsenal and has been rewarded with a call-up that could see him make only his second England appearance since September 2015.

Walcott was omitted from the Euro 2016 squad this summer but has worked hard to hit form straight away in 2015/16. The 27-year-old has no distractions in pre-season as he wasn’t playing international football, and he will be hoping he can finally go a season without a major setback. Walcott has been blighted with injuries during his 10 years for club and country, but England manager Sam Allardyce feels he’s still worth the gamble.

Santi Cazorla impressing early on for Arsenal 0

Posted on August 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla scored in his side’s 3-1 win against Watford on the weekend, and has been starting the new Premier League season strongly with a series of convincing performances. The Spanish international has scored and created three goals in as many league games so far, and could be key for the Gunners if he stays free of serious injury.

Manager Arsene Wenger moved Cazorla back into a deep-lying midfield role alongside new-boy Granit Xhaka, while Mesut Ozil started in the central attacking-midfield position. The trio were highly effective dominating possession and creating numerous chances for the forwards, and Cazorla managed to get himself on the scoresheet for good measure.

Arsenal 7/10 to win against Watford this afternoon 0

Posted on August 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford in the Premier League this afternoon, and are favourites to pick up all three points to finally get themselves off the mark for the season. Last season’s runners-up are currently without a win in the division and can’t afford anything less than victory as they could be a considerably distance off the title race after just three games.

Currently 13th in the Premier League with just one point from their first two games this season, Arsenal haven’t started the new campaign brightly. They suffered defeat in their opening game to Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium, before playing out a goalless stalemate to defending champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Wenger admits Arsenal missed out on top transfer targets 0

Posted on August 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted the club missed out on their top transfer targets this summer, and instead have been forced to “restart” the scouting process and target more affordable names, according the Metro.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy turned down a move to Arsenal, his teammate Riyad Mahrez signed a new deal with Leicester, Argentinean centre-forward Gonzalo Higuain moved to Juventus and Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette opted to stay at the Stade des Lumières.

It left Arsenal behind in the transfer market, forcing the club to sign Deportivo’s Lucas Perez to solve their attacking woes, and Wenger revealed how much difficult the Gunners have had trying to bring players to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Olivier Giroud “a fraction short” of match fitness to start against Watford 0

Posted on August 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is unlikely to start in this afternoon’s Premier League clash against Watford, with manager Arsene Wenger describing the French international as “still a fraction behind physically,” in his pre-match press conference.

The Gunners centre-forward came off the bench in the second-half of last weekend’s goalless draw with Leicester and is likely to do a similar thing against Watford today. Giroud was given a late summer holiday after his Euro 2016 excursions but is slowly nearing full match fitness to spread the attack in the coming games.

Were Arsenal priced out for Omer Toprak this summer? 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Arsenal only opted to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi as they weren’t willing to meet the asking price for Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Omer Toprak. The highly-rated Bundesliga defender is reportedly available for £40M, but the Gunners instead have opted for a player £5M less in Mustafi after agreeing personal terms.

At one point this summer, it did look like Toprak would the defender coming in as the Mustafi deal stalled over a transfer fee, but now the German international has all but signed ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash. Toprak is three years Mustafi’s senior, but has developed into a top central defender with Leverkusen over the years.

Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez to undergo their Arsenal medicals today 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to BBC Sport, Arsenal’s proposed transfer targets Shkodran Mustafi of Valencia and Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna should be undergoing their medicals with the London club today, and Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has said the pair could be unveiled by Arsenal this afternoon – “Mustafi is travelling to London and will be presented as an Arsenal player alongside Lucas Perez around 3pm today.”

Arsenal draw Paris Saint-Germain in the group stages of the Champions League 0

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been drawn with perennial French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, Swiss Super League title-winners FC Basel and Bulgarian Parva Liga champions Ludogorets Razgrad in Group A of the Champions League for this season. Arsenal will be expected to take six points off Ludogorets, while beating Basel on home soil and taking at least one point off PSG at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have consistently made it through the group stages of the competition for 16 seasons, but will be desperate to finally surpass the last-16 for the first time since 2010. Arsenal have a point to prove in Europe as a result, and owe the fans something to cheer about after last season’s disastrous group stage campaign.

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