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Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez named PFA Fans’ Player of the Season 0

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal and Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez has been named PFA Fans’ Player of the Season following a public poll. The 26-year-old has been outstanding in the Premier League since last summer’s move from Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona, scoring 16 league goals and making eight assists in an Arsenal shirt, which saw him voted ahead of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been full of praise for Sanchez all through the campaign, and has been delighted with how quickly he settled in at the club. He will be hoping the Chilean can cap off a dream debut season at the Emirates by leading the side to FA Cup glory this weekend. Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is 13/8 to score anytime in this weekend’s FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

Arsenal could be stifled by Aston Villa’s emphasis on flooding central areas 0

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are known for their narrow possession-based football under manager Arsene Wenger, with their wide players coming inside to link up attacks with the advanced central midfielders, but it‘s something that could play into the hands of Aston Villa ahead of this weekend‘s FA Cup final.

The Gunners’ style of play that has been synonymous with the club in the last few years in particular, but does often see them coming unstuck against a team defending deep and compact. Arsenal like to thread balls through the middle to create chances, as they don’t possess much of an aerial threat to make crosses from wide effective.

Is Theo Walcott close to starting in Saturday’s FA Cup final? 0

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott made an emphatic return to the starting eleven recently, bagging himself a hat-trick in the Gunners’ 4-1 victory against West Bromwich Albion, and is hoping his performance will earn him an unlikely start in this weekend’s FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

The 26-year-old has been reduced to bench duty all year for the Londoners, despite declaring himself fit enough to start games, and his future is still being speculated about this summer as a result. Walcott is expected to consider his future with the club if first-team football is no longer guaranteed, but he’s certainly made his case to be afforded a start with impressive performances in recent weeks.

Should Arsenal fear Christian Benteke this weekend? 0

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood claimed the Arsenal squad will have had “sleepless nights” thinking about how they will try and stop striker Christian Benteke in this weekend’s FA Cup final at Wembley, saying: “Christian is a real handful for anyone. He’s back to his best now, bullying defenders. They won’t want to play against him. I’m sure they’ll be having sleepless nights about him. He’s back to full fitness now.”

Has Lukas Podolski run his course at Arsenal? 0

Posted on May 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski returns to the club this summer after a loan spell with Italian Serie A side Inter Milan, but is unlikely to force his way back into the team for next season. The German international was on the periphery in the first-half of the campaign for the Gunners, which saw manager Arsene Wenger loan him out to Italy to get game time.

Will Mikel Arteta play much of a starting role for Arsenal next season? 0

Posted on May 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal offered a new deal to experienced deep-lying midfielder Mikel Arteta earlier this season, which would have been a surprise to many given the lack of game time he’s had during the campaign, but is manager Arsene Wenger looking to give the Spaniard a key role in the side for 2015/16?

Arteta, 33, played just 450 minutes of Premier League football, struggling with injuries and competition in the midfield, but he could be utilised in his deeper-role for next season alongside combative Francis Coquelin to make the side more defensively sound. Santi Cazorla has operated in a central role in the second-half of the season, but Wenger clearly has plans for Arteta too.

Wilshere scores first Premier League goal of the year for the Gunners 0

Posted on May 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere scored his first Premier League goal of 2015, as his side thrashed West Bromwich Albion 4-1 at the Emirates stadium this afternoon.

The England international has hardly played in the division due to injury and the competition keeping him out of the starting lineup, but he signed off on a positive note with a fantastic effort on the final day.

Wilshere capitalised on West Brom’s inability to clear their lines from a set piece, belting in a strike from 20 yards just 17 minutes into the match. He celebrated with the club physio Declan Lynch, who is leaving the side this summer to work for Rugby Union side Bath.

Gabriel Paulista continues to show promise for Arsenal 1

Posted on May 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal earned a convincing 4-1 win against West Bromwich Albion in their last Premier League game of the season, and defender Gabriel stood out for his performances. The Gunners centre-back was the standout player in the back four of Arsene Wenger’s side, making four interceptions, 10 clearances, and bagging himself an assist for his troubles.

Supporters haven’t seen too much of the Brazilian since his winter arrival, as the Londoners have had their strongest backline available to them in the second-half of the season, but Gabriel has performed well in the games he’s featured in. The 24-year-old was signed from Spanish La Liga side Villarreal in the winter transfer window, and has shown great promise in the early months of his career at the Emirates.

What are Arsenal the best at this season? 0

Posted on May 22, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal supporters are once again looking to next season to the Londoners to push for domestic honours in the form of the Premier League, citing fitness and world-class individuals key to their hopes of toping the table next May.

Most sides have something that sets them apart from the rest that would give reason to believe they can do it over 38-games, but Arsenal don’t. Have they done anything better than the rest of the Premier League sides this season?

Tomas Rosicky to stay at Arsenal next season 0

Posted on May 22, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently revealed midfielder Tomas Rosicky will remain at the club this summer, and should play a part next season too. The French coach is expecting his long-serving playmaker to sign a new deal that keeps him at the Emirates past the end of the season, and refuted rumours suggesting Rosicky would be used to lure Petr Cech to the club when the summer transfer window opens.

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