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Bad time for Arsenal to face Aston Villa? 1

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal having endured a gruelling 2-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, many of their players currently out of action through injury, and their next opponents being one of the most in-form sides in the Premier League, is it a bad time for the Gunners to face Aston Villa this weekend?

Arsenal are 4/5 to get all three points against Paul Lambert’s side this weekend, but they haven’t managed an away win in any game this campaign. Arsene Wenger’s men have drawn three lost one of their four away fixtures.

Jack Wilshere picks up ankle injury in Dortmund defeat 0

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed midfielder Jack Wilshere has picked up an ankle injury, but doesn’t know the condition of the England international just yet.

“Wilshere has turned his ankle – it’s difficult to say how bad it is. I’m a bit cautious because of his history. Normally it’s not too bad.”

The 22-year-old has a long history of picking up ankle injuries, and it capped a poor performance for Arsenal as a whole. The Gunners were below-par against Borussia Dortmund, with the 2-0 scoreline not giving a fair representation of the German side’s dominance throughout.

Wenger looking to young Hector Bellerin to solve defensive injury crisis 0

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal having suffered injuries to right-back Mathieu Debuchy and left-back Nacho Monreal, the Gunners are threadbare with defensive options. But manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he will maintain his penchant for youth players and will look to young defender Hector Bellerin to provide cover at the back.

As Calum Chambers was the side’s only real cover in the defence, they have been in desperate need for more options. Wenger looks set to entrust such duties onto the 19-year-old right-back with Chambers reportedly suffering from tonsillitis.

“We are in a position where we don’t want more injuries, but we have Bellerin, who I think is now ready to play.”

Arsenal’s predicted lineup to face Borussia Dortmund tonight 0

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expected to play a 4-1-4-1 formation away to Borussia Dortmund in their opening Champions League group game tonight.

The Gunners are 16/5 to get all three points tonight, but who will make the starting lineup?

In goal, it will be Polish international Wojciech Szczesny between the sticks tonight.

In front of him will be a “50-50″ Calum Chambers, currently with tonsilitis, deputising for the injured and suspended Mathieu Debuchy at right-back. The summer signing will be playing alongside typical centre-back Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. Manager Arsene Wenger revealed Nacho Monreal hasn’t travelled with the side so Kieran Gibbs will start at left-back in his place now the England international is back to fitness.

Will Dortmund take advantage of Arsenal fatigue tomorrow? 0

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal coming off the back of a gruelling 2-2 draw against Manchester City on the weekend, it’s a bad time to be facing Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

The Gunners travel to Germany to face the 2013 Champions League runners-up, with a number of important players out of action. They will likely play their cautious 4-1-4-1 formation against to avoid defeat on their travels.

Arsenal are 11/4 to get all three points against Dortmund tomorrow, but they would settle for a draw if it was presented to them. Supporters are fearful of a defeat on Tuesday, as fatigue will play a part in the result.

Arsenal now without defensive cover following Debuchy injury 0

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With the news that Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy will be out of action until the New Year, the Gunners are threadbare in defence. Calum Chambers will deputise in the Frenchman’s absence, but manager Arsene Wenger has no other options if Chambers and centre-backs Per Mertesacker & Laurent Koscielny were to succumb to injury.

Arsenal have plenty of time to sign defenders to provide cover, but Wenger failed to replace the players he sold. Thomas Vermaelen left to join Barcelona this summer, Bacary Sagna signed for Manchester City on a free transfer, while Carl Jenkinson was loan out to West Ham United.

Still more dropped points against elite opposition despite good performance 0

Posted on September 14, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised his side for a good performance against the Premier League holders this weekend, still the Gunners only came away with a point at home despite being the better side for large portions in the match.

In the dying stages of the game, it was Manchester City who should have stolen all three points, with Arsenal’s defence crumbling late on. But the game finished 2-2, and supporters may consider it a decent point, Arsenal still cannot get a win against top opposition in the Premier League.

How did debutant Danny Welbeck get on against Man City? 2

Posted on September 14, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck made his debut for the Gunners since his arrival from Manchester United, and his first game against his former side’s fierce rivals Manchester City.

While the 23-year-old didn’t score, he put in a very decent performance for the Londoners that will give the supporters confidence that he can be a success.

Welbeck hit the post early on in the game, chipping a shot over Joe Hart in the City goal. He had five shots in total in the game, more than any other player in the game, lasting 88 minus before manager Arsene Wenger withdrew him from action to try and shore up the midfield with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s introduction.

Wenger gives update on Aaron Ramsey injury 0

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he will make a last check on midfielder Aaron Ramsey ahead of their clash against Manchester City on Saturday, before making a final decision.

The Welsh international limped off in Wales’ 2-1 win against Andorra after injuring his ankle on the artificial pitch in their Euro 2016 qualifying game in midweek.

“The first news is not bad. He will be assessed today, he has a little chance to be available for Saturday,” Wenger said. “He had an ankle sprain, it is a minor one, that is for sure.”

Gibbs to return for Manchester City clash 0

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs will be fit to face Manchester City this weekend, after recovering from an early season injury.

The England international has only played in one Premier League game this season, with the 24-year-old having been sidelined with injury. Nacho Monreal has deputised in his place, but now Gibbs is back in the squad he should be deployed in his usual left-back position.

He’s a key component of the side now, and was outstanding last season for the Gunners, making a tackle or interception every 21 minutes. Gibbs played an important role in the Londoners having the second-best defence in the top flight, and Wenger will be relieved that he has him back.

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