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Can Arsenal overcome their Old Trafford hoodoo? 0

Posted on March 06, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal travel to face Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final this weekend, but the Gunners don’t have the best record against the Red Devils in the Premier League, FA Cup or Capital One Cup.

Manager Arsene Wenger has masterminded victory away to Manchester City this season, so there’s no doubt the Londoners can rise to the levels expected to beat the sides around them in the Premier League, but Arsenal do often let themselves in the important ties.

Should Arsenal part with Debuchy in the summer to focus on Jenkinson & Bellerin? 0

Posted on March 06, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal paid £12M to sign former Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy to replace Bacary Sagna, who left on a free transfer to sign for Manchester City, but the French international has hardly played a part in the gunners’ campaign as he’s suffered injury problems.

In the summer, manager Arsene Wenger will welcome back Carl Jenkinson, who has impressed while out on a loan spell with West Ham, which will mean Arsenal have the 23-year-old and Hector Bellerin as options at right-back next season. The pair could well provide a decade of service to the club, while Debuchy turns 30 this summer.

Could Arsenal’s run-in see them finisher higher than 3rd? 0

Posted on March 05, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are quietly enjoying a great run of form in the Premier League, and will certainly be aware of how close they are to 2nd-placed Manchester City with 10 games to go. Arsene Wenger’s men have a seemingly favourable run of games left in the league too, so do they stand a chance of finishing higher than 3rd?

(14/3/15) West Ham United (home)
(21/3/15) Newcastle United (away)
(04/4/15) Liverpool (home)
(11/4/15) Burnley (away)
(18/4/15) Sunderland (home)
(26/4/15) Chelsea (home)
(02/5/15) Hull City (away)
(09/5/15) Swansea City (home)
(16/5/15) Manchester United (away)
(24/5/15) West Bromwich Albion (home)

Sanchez finally ends his goal drought against QPR 0

Posted on March 05, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez finally ended his run of games without scoring, with the Chilean international meeting in last night’s 2-1 win against relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers. The Gunners were made to work for their victory, but picked up a valuable three points in the hunt for a top-four place.

The win was made all the more sweeter with Alexis Sanchez getting in on the act, as the former Barcelona player found himself receiving some criticism for going somewhat off the boil in the last few weeks. Prior to his goal against Queens Park Rangers, Sanchez’s last came in the 3-0 win over Stoke City in January, with the Chilean scoring two and assisting the other. Sanchez is 24/1 to finish as the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season.

Wenger praised Per Mertesacker for mentality shown despite being dropped 0

Posted on March 03, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised defender and vice-captain Per Mertesackerfor his attitude shown despite being recently dropped for Gabriel Paulista in the defence. Mertesacker has been short of form of late, and put in a miserable showing in the Gunners’ Champions League defeat to AS Monaco.

As a result, Wenger was bold to give the German international a rest, to allow new arrival Gabriel to come in and prove his worth. The Brazilian has so far don’t exactly that, and while impressed with the youngsters start to life at Arsenal, Wenger also praised Mertesacker’s attitude.

Could Arsene Wenger be prepping Danny Welbeck to eventually replace Olivier Giroud? 0

Posted on March 03, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is man always planning for the future, and it’s clear he has big plans with Danny Welbeck, despite the former Manchester United man enduring a bittersweet debut season. The 24-year-old has always maintained he can play as a centre-forward, and upon his arrival the French coach said that’s the position he will be utilised.

However after first-choice striker Olivier Giroud returned from injury, Welbeck was forced more into the wider areas on the pitch, with his industry and work rate utilised more than his qualities on the ball. As the England international has just four goals from 19 league games, Wenger has perhaps been justified to stick with Giroud in attack (9 goals in 16 games).

Poor start to the season cost Arsenal a genuine title challenge 0

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

A lot has been made about Arsenal in the Premier League this season, with the Gunners being ruled out of a title challenge early into the campaign. 2013/14 saw the Londoners top of the pack for the majority of the season, until Liverpool and eventual winners Manchester City hot up in the top-two.

Arsenal haven’t been higher in the table than third all season, and they’ve only spent around three weeks in the position. Arsene Wenger’s men are 1/2 to finish in the top-three of the Premier League, but they have competition from the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Southampton.

Arsene Wenger said Podolski was loaned out to get game time elsewhere 0

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski making his debut for Inter Milan since his loan move from the Emirates, manager Arsene Wenger revealed why he let the German international leave the club. There’s no option for Inter to buy the 2014 World Cup winner, as Wenger still feels he can contribute for Arsenal next season, but he admitted Podolski had too much competition for a starting place.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin picks up injury in Everton victory 0

Posted on March 01, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin picked up a broken nose in the Gunners’ 2-0 victory against Everton, and manager Arsene Wenger admitted he was unsure how long the French midfielder would be out of action for.

The 23-year-old collided with teammate Olivier Giroud when going for a header, and subsequently needed treatment to stop the bleeding. The incident also saw him breaking his nose. He initially carried on, but was hit in the nose by the ball which caused bleeding again. He was substituted as a result, and replaced by Calum Chambers.

Has Gabriel Paulista done enough to prove his worth? 0

Posted on March 01, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista started at centre-back in place of Per Mertesacker against Everton on Sunday afternoon, and the Brazilian put in a decent showing. Signed from Villarreal in January, the 24-year-old has quickly been thrown into the mix for the Gunners and vindicated his manager’s decision to back him over the German international.

Gabriel made six interceptions in the 2-0 win against Everton. He also made 10 clearances, and a vital last-man tackle to keep the Toffees at bay. His performance improved as the game went on, and Mertesacker should certainly be worried about his place. The German centre-back under-preformed against AS Monaco in the 3-1 defeat at the Emirates, so it was very bold for manager Arsene Wenger to make the necessary changes.

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