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Can Yaya Sanogo realise his potential at Arsenal? 0

Posted on April 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Yayo Sanogo has been made to endure a bittersweet season with the Gunners after signing from Auxerre in the summer. He made the move to London off the back of 11 goals in 24 appearances for his former side.

The 21-year-old has had a few injury problems already in his young career, with his most recent one keeping him out of action for the London outfit until February. He made one sub appearance early on into the campaign before a back injury saw him miss 22 Premier League games.

How crucial is Aaron Ramsey to Arsenal’s future success? 0

Posted on April 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey recently made his first Premier League start for four months and led his side to a 3-0 win against Hull City – scoring once and making an assist.

The Welshman’s influence on the Arsenal side was clear to see. His industry both in attack and defensively remains key to Arsenal ending the game with a positive result. In the long period of Ramsey’s absence, it was perhaps no coincidence Arsenal’s form greatly dipped.

With Ramsey (without Ramsey in brackets)

PL apps: 21 (14)
Wins: 14 (5)
Draws: 3 (4)
Losses: 4 (3)
Goals for: 41 (20)
Goals against: 20 (19)
Point per game: 2.14 (1.35)

PSG determined to hold on to unsettled Adrien Rabiot 0

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Paris Saint-Germain are determined to fight off any potential suitors for their midfielder Adrien Rabiot, with manager Laurent Blanc hoping that the young prospect will stay with the league holders.

Arsenal have been linked with the unsettled midfielder, who recently turned down a new deal with PSG due to the lack of playing time afforded to him in the second-half of the current campaign.

Rabiot, 19, has expressed his frustration in being behind in the pecking order to Thiago Motta, Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti.

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby makes comeback in a reserve game 0

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After recovering from a long-term knee injury that has kept him out of action all season, midfielder Abou Diaby made his comeback in an Arsenal reserve game against Chelsea’s U21 at the Emirates. They lost 2-1, but Diaby was delighted to have played 45 minutes of the game with no problems flaring up during the game.

According to Arsenal’s official club website, it’s been more than 400 days since the Frenchman last played. His cruciate ligament injury was sustained against Swansea City in March 2013.

Top-four finish and an FA Cup final a successful season for Arsenal? 3

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal three points away from matching last season’s points tally in the Premier League with three more games still to play, while having an FA Cup final to play in the middle of May, would it be a successful season for the Gunners?

After having relinquished their top spot in the Premier League early spring-time, many were left frustrated with manager Arsene Wenger having once again failed to deliver in the division, but some feel it’s still been a better campaign.

Could Lukas Podolski play through the middle next season? 1

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski having scored four goals from his last two games, there’s reason to believe the Gunners could well have another striker option under their noses for the next campaign, rather than having to shell out millions on a replacement who is unproven in the Premier League.

The German international, 28, took his league tally to eight goals in 17 league games for the season, which now makes him Arsenal’s third top goalscorer for the campaign.

Arsenal defender Vermaelen a subject of interest from Serie A side and more 0

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Alex Kroes, agent of Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, has confirmed Serie A side Napoli are one of many clubs looking into the possibility of signing the Belgian international.

‘Yes Napoli have been on the player and have stepped forward, but other clubs have also shown their interest and not just Italian clubs. We will postpone any discussions until after (the World Cup) then we will then consider any kind of offer regarding his future.’

Vermaelen, 28, has been on the periphery at Arsenal this season. The centre back has made just seven Premier League starts for the Gunners, but did make three league starts in a row – as cover for injured left-backs Kieran Gibbs & Nacho Monreal.

Arsenal have no problem beating the lower position sides, but falter in big games 0

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said his side are now looking more mentally fresh to finish the season strongly, is their recent good form just down to the calibre of opponent?

The Gunners have taken the most points from bottom-half opposition with 47 points this season. But against the top-half sides, Wenger’s men have only won six out of their 17 games.

It highlights Arsenal’s problem in the last few years, and would also suggest injuries aren’t a viable excuse about their failings in the league this campaign.

Will Hull Dent Arsenal’s Champions League Hopes With Gunners’ Poor Recent Away Form? 0

Posted on April 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Hull City host Arsenal today hoping to seal their Premier League safety, which in turn will harm the Gunners chances of finishing in the Champions League this season.

Arsenal have been woeful away from home of late. The Londoners have won just once on their travels in the last three months. There’s also the worry of their defensive record too, with the side having gone six straight games in all competitions without a clean sheet.

Jack Wilshere could return to play in the FA Cup final 0

Posted on April 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed injured midfielder Jack Wilshere could be back in time for the Gunners’ FA Cup final against Hull City May 17th.

‘He is starting to jog this week. I would think two to three weeks. I spoke to (England manager) Roy Hodgson and I told him that Wilshere will be available for (the World Cup). He will be just polished for England. Jack can be the positive surprise. Jack has been in and out this year, but I think they have sorted out the problem now. I hope from now on he will always be available.’

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