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Is a slow spine the reason for Arsenal’s defensive frailties? 0

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal a suffered a poor start to the new Premier League campaign, with Arsene Wenger’s side having won just three games from nine so far.

Despite being so early into the season, the Gunners find themselves 25/1 to win the Premier League title. But is the lack of pace in the spine of the team the reason for their poor start?

With Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta protecting the defence, and Per Mertesacker at the heart of the backline, Arsenal don’t boast much natural pace in the defensive central areas, and it’s perhaps reason why they have conceded goals so readily.

Should Arsene Wenger have signed Alex Song this summer? 0

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With how well West Ham midfielder Alex Song has performed for the Londoners, Arsenal supporters are questioning why they didn’t look to re-sign their former player.

Song, 27, recently revealed he wants to remain in the Premier League following his loan spell from Barcelona, and his form has drawn him praise from West Ham manager Sam Allardyce.

“I think my future will be here. My family, everyone is happy here. I’m very happy to come back to England. I’ve always said if I move from Barcelona, I’ll come to England and my future is here anyway. I just want to enjoy playing at the moment and we’ll see what is happening at the end of the season,” said Song.

Which Arsenal player was close to making the Ballon d’Or shortlist 0

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

A number of Arsenal stars enjoyed standout campaigns for their club, but no Gunners player earned a Ballon d’Or nomination. There weren’t many Premier League representatives in general, despite many of them turning in outstanding performances, and Arsene Wenger’s men certainly boast a player deserving of acclaim.

Alexis Sanchez was arguably the only player Arsenal can boast who has been in his best form in 2014. The Chilean international not only impressed in this summer’s World Cup, scoring 1 and making 2 assists, he ended the 2013/14 campaign strongly with Barcelona (22 games, 11 goals), and has started 2014/15 well with the Gunners (15 games, 8 goals).

Have Arsenal missed Theo Walcott’s impressive consistent scoring record? 0

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have barely seen much of Theo Walcott in the first time following the end of his breakthrough 2012/13 season. The 25-year-old has suffered injury problems, that has cost the gunners due to them missing his pace and ruthlessness in front of goal.

Walcott, signed from Southampton in 2006, has been outstanding from 2012 onwards. The England international averaged a goal or assist every 95 minutes last season, but played in just 13 league games in total.

Arsenal linked with Barcelona forward Pedro 0

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenal are being tipped to make an approach for Barcelona forward Pedro with reports suggesting the Spanish international has handed in a transfer request due to a lack of playing time.

The Gunners signed his former teammate Alexis Sanchez this summer, who could well lure the 27-year-old into joining, as the London side have been struggling for goals from their forwards. Sanchez has delivered, but Danny Welbeck has made a lukewarm start to life in an Arsenal shirt.

Arsene Wenger’s side have started the season slowly, and are 1/6 to end the campaign trophyless.

Finally Arsenal keep another clean sheet 1

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While a very disappointing and unconvincing performance from Arsenal against Sunderland this weekend, the Gunners did finally keep a clean sheet for their troubles.

It was only the second time in the league this season that Arsene Wenger’s side have successfully shut a side out, and the Frenchman admitted his defensive woes were a worry.

Arsenal have conceded two or more goals in four of their nine Premier League outings this campaign already, while having conceded in every Champions League clash so far too.

Oxlade-Chamberlain full of praise for “world-class” Sanchez 0

Posted on October 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal’s summer signing Alexis Sanchez bagging a brace in the victory against Sunderland this weekend, while putting on yet another impressive display for the Gunners, teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been full of praise for the Chilean.

“He’s a world-class player – everyone saw that at the World Cup. He’s proved that and he’s played for Barcelona where we’ve all seen what he’s done,” he said.

“He’s an unbelievable player and part of his game is his character and his hard work – that’s where he’s got both his goals from today. He reminds me of Luis Suarez when he chases everything down and he makes nothing into something. He’s done that for us twice today and he’s scored goals at important times for us.”

Could Theo Walcott start against Burnley? 0

Posted on October 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott was an unused substitute in the Gunners’ 2-0 win against Sunderland this weekend, and there’s every chance the England international could make his first start when Burnley come to town the following weekend.

The former Southampton man has been out of action for nine months, but has been building up his match fitness by playing with the U21 squad. His return comes at a good time too, as Arsenal desperately need his creativity and goals.

This season, Arsene Wenger’s side have only scored 15 goals from 9 league games (1.6 per game on average), a figure down from last season (2.87 in 2013/14). The Gunners scored 19 goals this time last season too.

Can Arsenal finally end winless run in the Premier League today? 0

Posted on October 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After dropping points at home to Hull City last weekend, that saw Arsenal go 11 points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea, the Gunners cannot afford anything other than a victory today.

Arsene Wenger’s side face Sunderland, who they took six points off of last season in their home and away meetings, while the Black Cats are coming off the back of a humbling 8-0 defeat to Southampton.

Arsenal have been in poor form recently, however, with the Londoners failing to win in their last three games. They have only picked up one league win from seven too, and manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side have not been good enough defensively.

Lukas Podolski pushing for a start against Sunderland 0

Posted on October 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsene Wenger revealed he has a decision to make regarding Lukas Podolski ahead of the Gunners’ clash against Sunderland this afternoon.

The German international scored the winning goal for Arsenal against Anderlecht in their midweek Champions League game, and is hoping to get more game time with the side.

Despite impressive scoring eight goals in 14 league starts last season, Podolski still hasn’t managed to force his way into the first-team on a regular basis, and hinted he would seek out an exit if opportunities continued to elude him.

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