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Could Jurgen Klopp realistically replace Arsene Wenger in the coming years? 2

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been speaking about life after long-serving manager Arsene Wenger, and as a result a number of managers have been tipped to succeed the Frenchman. But there is one man who could genuinely replace Wenger when he calls time on his managerial career and that is Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp.

The German coach, 47, is held in the highest regard for leading BVB to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12, while also taking Dortmund to the Champions League final too. However, things have grown stale with him at Dortmund due to the Yellow and Blacks having sold key players to their title rivals, which has unsurprisingly led to a Bayern Munich dominance in the league.

Wenger needs to address side’s defensive frailties 0

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side need to tighten up at the back after conceding two goals against Hull City on the weekend. The Gunners drew 2-2 against Steve Bruce’s side, but now find themselves 11 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, while having conceded two or more goals in seven of their 14 games in all competitions.

“Where we are guilty is to give away two goals from nothing. Finding the balance is an issue. Last year we had 17 clean sheets with the same defenders but we have not started to do that yet. Our defensive efficiency is not there and we cannot survive at the top level by always conceding two goals.”

Alexis Sanchez starting to show his true class 0

Posted on October 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s summer signing Alexis Sanchez impressed in the Gunners 2-2 home draw against Hull City this weekend, scoring an individual effort and making the assist for Danny Welbeck’s equaliser, and the Chilean has even more to offer.

In the Premier League, the 25-year-old has scored more goals (3), made more assists (2), created more chances (16) and has made more successful dribbles (19) than any other Arsenal player. Sanchez set Arsenal back around £35M this summer, and he’s starting to show his quality for the Gunners.

Mathieu Flamini consistently a liability 1

Posted on October 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini was once again guilty of losing the ball deep in his own half, with the resulting counter attack leading to a goal. He was protesting to the referee for what he perceived to be a foul on him by the eventual goalscorer Mohamed Diame, but once again the Frenchman has relinquished possession in a dangerous area.

Manager Arsene Wenger continue to put his faith in Flamini, and continues to get led down by the former AC Milan midfielder. The January transfer window will provide an option for Arsenal to replace him, but Wenger hasn’t hinted that he is looking to sign a player to take Flamini’s place. What’s worse is that Mikel Arteta is hardly a strong option either.

Does Arsene Wenger have to take the blame for lack of defensive reinforcements? 0

Posted on October 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal forced to name a makeshift backline ahead of their weekend against Hull City, does manager Arsene Wenger have to take the blame for not signing sufficient cover?

This summer, Wenger allowed experienced defender Thomas Vermaelen to sign for Barcelona, and prosing youngster Carl Jenkinson to join West Ham on loan, but in return only signed a 19-year-old defender in Calum Chambers.

Arsenal’s first-choice backline of Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs only had left-back Nacho Monreal and Calum Chambers as cover. Having such threadbare cover was an accident waiting to happen, and the gamble has backfired.

Mikel Arteta to return for this weekend’s clash against Hull City 0

Posted on October 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta will return to the match day squad ahead of the Gunners meeting against Hull City on Saturday, manager Arsene Wenger has said. The Spanish midfielder has been out of action with a calf injury, but is expected to be named on the bench.

With so many injuries in the squad, Arteta’s return is a big boost. However, his form has left a lot to be desired, and Mathieu Flamini hasn’t performed well when deputising for the former Everton man.

Mesut Ozil could return before the New Year 1

Posted on October 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been dealt some good news about the expected return of midfielder Mesut Ozil. The German international suffered an injury against Chelsea that didn’t initially seem to be anything serious until the international break came.

Ozil’s injury seemed to flare up when he travelled with the German national team, with early reports suggesting he would be out of action for up to three months.

But when asked about the injury to Mesut Ozil, manager Arsene Wenger revealed he could return sooner than first anticipated. “He is out for a while now, I think at least six weeks,” he said.

Arsenal to get back to winning ways against Hull City this weekend 0

Posted on October 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After a forgettable few weeks of poor form in the Premier League for Arsenal, they have a chance to get back to winning ways when they host Hull City on Saturday.

The Gunners lost their last league outing 2-0 to Chelsea, after rescuing a point against Tottenham. Supporters’ expectations of building on what ended up as a decent last season have been dashed following a bad start in 2014/15.

Arsenal are already nine points adrift of first-placed Chelsea, with Arsene Wenger’s side sitting in eighth place in the league. They have dropped points all too readily in four of their seven games, but a home clash against Hull should be where they turn things around.

Why is Arsene Wenger so reticent to sign a holding midfielder? 0

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal fans were once again feeling mixed about their moves in the transfer market this summer, with manager Arsene Wenger signing more attacking talent to make up for their deficiencies elsewhere.

Central midfield was an area supporters wanted to see a world-class player brought in, more so when the London side were being linked with Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) and former Gunner Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea). But Wenger has signed just one experienced central midfielder on a permanent deal in the last three years – ex- Gunners Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer.

Arsenal once again having the most expensive ticket prices in English football 0

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to BBC Sport, Arsenal are top of the list for most expensive ticket prices in England. Supporters have long vented their fury for how much they are continually charged to watch their side, when Arsenal are only regarded as the fourth-best side in the country.

The most expensive match day ticket is reportedly £97 this season. Season ticket prices start from £1014, with the most expensive almost double the price at £2013. Considering Barcelona’s cheapest away ticket (£103) is around 10% of Arsenal’s cheapest price, do the gunners hierarchy need to do more to give the supporters value for money?

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