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Walcott and Giroud off the pace for Arsenal against Newcastle 2

Posted on August 29, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal won 1-0 away to Newcastle in the early kickoff on Saturday afternoon, but manager Arsene Wenger will be left with a selection conundrum in attack following disappointing showings from Theo Walcott and substitute Olivier Giroud.

The former started ahead of Giroud against the Magpies, but missed two good goalscoring opportunities as the visitors struggled to a narrow win at St James’ Park. He was eventually replaced by Giroud in the second-half, but the Frenchman couldn’t make the most of his big opportunity either, with Newcastle’s impressive goalkeeper Tim Krul thwarting him from close range.

When will Kieran Gibbs get some game time for Arsenal? 0

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs has struggled for game time this season, with the defender having racked up just 17 minutes of football in all competitions. He’s made a substitute appearance in the Community Shield and Premier League, but hasn’t been able to dethrone first-choice Nacho Monreal from the backline.

The Gunners lock horns against Newcastle United this weekend, but Gibbs is unlikely to feature in the starting line-up given the form of his Spanish counterpart. Arsenal have having somewhat of a defensive crisis, with both first-choice centre-backs out of action, but they have cover in the form of Calum Chambers and Gabriel.

No new signings on the horizon for Arsenal 0

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted the side aren’t close to bringing in any new faces this summer, but did hint that it could take until the end of the transfer window for them to add to the squad, saying: “I am always confident that a last-minute situation or solution is available, because the transfer market is especially moving in the last four or five days.”

Why Arsenal’s Theo Walcott could start against Newcastle 1

Posted on August 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has some difficult decisions to make ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game away to Newcastle. Theo Walcott, 26, is competing with Olivier Giroud for a starting place in attack, and could give the Londoners a different dimension in what could be a tricky afternoon at St James’ Park.

The Magpies have some momentum, with an impressive goalless draw against Manchester United preceding a 4-1 win against Northampton in the Capital One Cup, so they are sure to give the Gunners a game this weekend. As a result, the Londoners need to get it right with their starting lineup, and Walcott might be the one deserving of the nod from Wenger.

Should Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain start more games for Arsenal? 2

Posted on August 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was introduced off the bench in the Gunners recent 0-0 draw against Liverpool, but was given just nine minutes of action to make a difference. He’d shown signs of promise earlier in the campaign, which led to him being given extended game time on the pitch, but is now being made to settle for a lot less.

His brief cameo against Liverpool followed another substitute appearance in the Premier League against Crystal Palace, but Arsenal really need him at the moment. Results haven’t been convincing in recent weeks, and a more direct attacking threat could well be the remedy.

Is Gary Neville right to criticise Mesut Ozil’s lack of goals? 0

Posted on August 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal were held to a draw at home to Liverpool on Monday night, with the visitors thwarting wave after wave of attacks from the Gunners in the second-half. In tight games, individual brilliance often be the difference between a draw and all three points, but Arsenal just didn’t have the cutting edge.

Mesut Ozil in particular was singled out by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville for shirking the responsibility to score late in the match. “(Ozil’s) a fantastic player, but does he take responsibility for his team-mates? No. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Mesut Ozil take responsibility for the rest of his team. I’ve seen him have good games, where he passes the ball well, gets involved and gets assists but doesn’t get enough goals,” he said.

Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool: Enthralling draw at the Emirates 0

Posted on August 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal and Liverpool played out a highly entertaining draw at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, with Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech in inspired form between the sticks. It was a game of two halves, with Liverpool dominating the first-half, while Arsenal dominated after the break.

The visitors started the game very strongly and should have gone ahead through Christian Benteke and Philippe Coutinho. The Belgian international latched onto a low cross, but saw his point blank effort thwarted by the former Chelsea goalkeeper, who was outstanding all evening.

Can Olivier Giroud continue his fine run of form against Liverpool tonight? 0

Posted on August 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is expected to spearhead the Gunners’ attack for the visit of Liverpool tonight, and the French international has shown himself to be a good omen when coming up against the Merseysiders. He’s come out on top in 57% of their past meetings, while being on the losing team just once. And Giroud has managed to score in 43% of the fixtures too, so he could well be key this evening.

Alexis Sanchez fit to start against Liverpool 0

Posted on August 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed forward Alexis Sanchez will be fit to start against Liverpool on Monday night. The Chilean international has been behind the rest of the team due to a lack of fitness after getting muscle fatigue from this summer’s Copa America tournament with eventual winners Chile.

He was a second-half introduction in Arsenal’s opening day defeat to West Ham United, and was given a successful 75-minute run out in their following victory against Palace. Wenger is expected to start him in attack against Liverpool on Monday night, and is hoping he can lead the side to all three points, as he did in their last meeting.

Arsenal 3/4 to earn all three points against Liverpool on Monday night 0

Posted on August 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal host Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday night, with the Gunners favourites to come out on top given their dominance in this fixture down the years. Arsene Wenger’s men have won their last three Premier League meetings at home to the Reds, and are coming off the back of victory over Crystal Palace.

A win for the Londoners could see them above Liverpool and in the top-four, while defeat would keep Arsenal languishing in the bottom-half. The Gunners last home game ended in defeat to West Ham United, so the Emirates Stadium could be a nervy atmosphere for the hosts. And with Liverpool having won both their opening league games of the new season, they are sure to put up some resistance.



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