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Wenger keen to use Aaron Ramsey more offensively 0

Posted on November 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed returning midfielder Aaron Ramsey won’t be considered in the holding role any more due to his attributes going forward. The Welsh international looked to be deputising as a deep-lying midfielder following the growing injury crisis, but his manager instead believes his talents shouldn’t be suppressed by tactical discipline as a holding-midfielder.

“Ramsey is more an offensive player. I will use him sometimes (centrally) when the game demands, but he’s a very adventurous. I used Ramsey on the right because he gives us a balance with Ozil, Sanchez and Giroud. That’s where I will certainly continue to use him. He is not afraid to tackle but he likes to go in the box and he has a good timing of runs and he wants the ball and he wants to go forward,” said Wenger.

Chuba Akpom not giving up on a long-term future with Arsenal 0

Posted on November 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom revealed his determination to make a name for himself at the Emirates Stadium, and isn’t giving up on becoming a regular staple in attack in the future. The 20-year-old is currently on loan with Championship high-flyers Hull City, and has shown signs of promise at times that have led to praise from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Akpom could have stuck around with the first-team this season, but was requested by his boss to get game time at a good level to continue his development before challenging the applecart at the Emirates.

Arsenal injury update ahead of Norwich clash 0

Posted on November 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave an assessment of his injured stars ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash to come against Norwich City. The Gunners travel to Carrow Road to face the Canaries on Sunday afternoon, and are 8/13 to pick up all three points.

The Londoners have a number of players out of action, such as Mikel Arteta (calf), Francis Coquelin (knee), Theo Walcott (calf), Tomáš Rosický (knee), Jack Wilshere (fibula) and Danny Welbeck (knee), but could welcome back Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to the fold.

Can favourable run of games to come see Arsenal finish 2015 at the Premier League summit? 0

Posted on November 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have endured a mini-slump in the Premier League, but ended their winless run with a convincing victory in the Champions League that should now see them with some momentum going into their next league outing. A trip to Carrow Road to face a struggling Norwich City is next up for the Gunners, presenting Arsene Wenger’s side with a chance to turn their form around. Arsenal are 4/7 to see past the Canaries, and have a favourable run of games to come after their City clash that could see them going into the New Year top of the table.

Could injury woes in attack see Arsene Wenger bolster strikeforce? 0

Posted on November 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Various reports are suggesting Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has lost patience with injured forwards Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott, and is looking for a new centre-forward to compete directly with Olivier Giroud for a starting place in the second-half of the season. Arsenal have suffered an injury crisis this season, and it’s highlighted how little strength in depth they have in attack when key members are on the treatment table, which could turn Wenger’s hand to bolster their strikeforce.

Could Arsene Wenger replicate Eric Dier’s midfield transformation at Tottenham for Calum Chambers? 1

Posted on November 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been full of praise for out-of-favour defender Calum Chambers, and believes the England international has the quality to fill a void in the midfielder given the Gunners’ recent injury crisis. While having hardly featured for Arsenal in 2015, Chambers could well be given a new lease of life in a new role, similar to that of Eric Dier in the Tottenham side.

Gabriel believes Arsenal have learned from Zagreb defeat in Croatia 0

Posted on November 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash between Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb, Gunners centre-back Gabriel feels the side won’t make the same mistakes from the reverse fixture as they seek all three points to try and prolong their stay in the competition this season. They’ve suffered a poor European campaign so far

Anything less than a win will eliminate Arsenal from the group stage with one game spare, so they can’t afford another slip-up. Zagreb won 2-1 at home against the Londoners, but have lost their other three Champions League games in the group. As a result, Arsenal are firm favourites to win at the Emirates, and Gabriel is backing his team to deliver.

Aaron Ramsey to feature against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night 1

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has recovered from injury, and could be thrown straight into the side for Tuesday evening’s clash with Dinamo Zagreb. The Welsh international has been out of action for a number of weeks, but is likely to be immediately trusted upon given Arsenal’s growing list of casualties.

Ramsey has operated in a wider role this season, but could return to his favoured position at the heart of the midfield with Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta both out of action. Manager Arsene Wenger hasn’t had the luxury of naming his strongest side for a run of games and the weakening of their eleven has cost them on the pitch.

Arsenal enduring a mini-slump in form 0

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s weekend defeat to West Bromwich Albion continued their poor run of form in recent weeks, and such a slump couldn’t come at a worse time given the Gunners have Champions League duty on Tuesday night. Arsene Wenger’s men have a must-win clash against Dinamo Zagreb, but have picked up just one win in five in all competitions.

A 3-0 win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium was Arsenal’s last win since October, and Wenger even admitted the side are going through a hard time given the current injury crisis. There can be no excuses should they suffer an early elimination in Europe, however, as a strong Arsenal side have lost three of their four group games played in the Champions League so far.

Arsenal fail to take advantage of City’s slip-up at the top of the table 0

Posted on November 22, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s defeat to West Bromwich Albion was all the more irritating for manager Arsene Wenger and supporters alike as the Gunners could have finished the weekend top of the Premier League. Now two points adrift of first-placed Leicester City, Arsenal could have been one point clear of the chasing pack had they beaten the Baggies at the Hawthorns with previous leaders Manchester City having lost to Liverpool.

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