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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.’

FA Cup dress rehearsal against Hull tomorrow gives Arsenal a chance to get it right tactically 0

Posted on April 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal face Hull City this weekend in the Premier League desperately needing to win to ensure Everton stay more than an arms length away in the table – with both sides chasing the final Champions League place.

They are set to face the Tigers again in a month’s time as the two sides will meet in the FA Cup final this season in May, which will mean they have a chance to boost their preparations facing each other today.

Arsenal are being given odds of 17/20 to get a win on Sunday, but manager Arsene Wenger should greatly use the experience as a learning curve for the cup final to come.

Has Wenger been guilty of overplaying Olivier Giroud this season? 0

Posted on April 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given a hint that he was maybe guilty of playing striker Olivier Giroud too much during the course of this season.

‘He has gone through a more difficult period. It was a bit physical and mental as well with what happened to him. For a while he played maybe too many games. It’s difficult because every challenge he goes into is physical.’

Giroud has looked tired in recent weeks for the Gunners, but did end his goal drought recently against West Ham. The French international has made 32 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring 14 goals.

Arsenal interested in Frankfurt defender Sebastian Jung 1

Posted on April 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Arsenal are looking into the possibility of signing Frankfurt defender Sebastian Jung. His agent confirmed the news of the Gunners’ interest, but also revealed a number of other sides have looked at him too.

“In England, we know Arsenal are very strongly on his trail for the summer,’ said Mino Grillo. “They have had scouts watching him in the Bundesliga. There is was interest in the past from Inter, Roma and Milan.”

Jung, 23, plays as a right-back for the German outfit. He’s made 27 league appearances this season – making an impressive six assists. A product of the Frankfurt academy, the defender made more than 160 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals.

Aaron Ramsey shortlisted for PFA Young Player of the Year 0

Posted on April 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was a surprise name for this season’s PFA Player of the Year after being out for a third of the season, but there’s no doubt the Welsh international was on course to be a potential winner prior to his injury.

The 23-year-old scored eight goals and made seven assists from 20 Premier League games this season. He’s scored twice in the Champions League this campaign too.

Ramsey was on fire before his thigh injury in late December, but he’s returned to play a part in Arsenal’s end to the season – with the Londoners having four league games left to finish in a top-four position in the table, while also having an FA Cup final against Hull City in May.

Will Thomas Vermaelen keep his place at left-back? 0

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen could be in line to keep his place in an unfamiliar left-back role as Nacho Monreal continues to recover from injury. Manager Arsene Wenger revealed that the Spaniard is ‘possibility available’ but was uncertain if he would be fit enough to start against Hull on the weekend.

Vermaelen, 28, played left-back in the Gunners’ recent game against West Ham United, with Arsenal winning 3-1. He is naturally a centre-back by trade, but has been used in a number of different roles to cover for injured players this season.

Mathieu Flamini returns from suspension 0

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini will return from his ban to potentially feature in the Gunners’ next league game against Hull City. Manager Arsene Wenger hinted that the ball-winning midfielder could well be thrown straight back into the first-team.

Arsenal are being given odds of 3/4 to see past Steve Bruce’s men, with both sides also set to face each other in this season’s FA Cup final.

It’s the third time the Frenchman has been suspended this season, but his absence has been felt by the side as a number of injuries had left Arsenal thin on midfielders of late.

Ozil could return for Hull clash on the weekend 0

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed playmaker Mesut Ozil could return for the Gunners’ weekend clash against Hull City. It’s a huge boost for the London outfit as they recently welcomed the return of midfielder Aaron Ramsey to the fray too.

A number of other absentees are set to return in the next week or two, which could see Wenger with almost their best squad available for the last couple of games of the season.

Ozil’s last game for the Londoners was against Bayern Munich in the Champions League knockouts in early March. This season, the German midfielder has made eight assists in the league – scoring four goals.

Podolski makes his point to Wenger 0

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After publicly expressing his dismay for constantly being subbed in the majority of games this season, Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski made his point to manager Arsene Wenger after bagging a double in the 3-1 win against West Ham United yesterday evening.

‘He’s a natural finisher, that’s always why he’s difficult to position on the pitch. You would want him in the box in front of goal as well as wide. (Against West Ham) I think he moved better and got into some very interesting positions.’ – Arsene Wenger.

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