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Welbeck plays in U21 victory against Brighton 0

Posted on February 07, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck made his return from injury in a 4-1 win against Brighton & Hove Albion U21s on Friday afternoon, and came through with no problems. The England international had been out of action since April last year, and has recently been back training with the squad with a view to featuring in the coming months of the Premier League campaign.

Manager Arsene Wenger previous revealed the former Manchester United forward would not be rushed back into the team due to the nature of his knee injury, so Welbeck is expected to make a number of appearances for the U21s and non-competitive friendlies before he’s brought back into the first-team squad for Premier League action.

Alexis Sanchez still some way short on match fitness 0

Posted on February 07, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez played 80 minutes in the Gunners’ 2-0 win against Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon, but showed he’s still building up his match fitness. The Chilean international was far from his best at Dean Court, spurning one notable opportunity, and will clearly need more time to capture his best form.

After latching on to an aerial pass, Sanchez fired over from close range, a chance who would normally bury, and was guilty of being wasteful in possession at times. Given offside more times than any of his teammates, while struggling to beat his opposite marker when on the ball, supporters will have to be patient see the best of their prolific attacker.

Returning Danny Welbeck could feature against Manchester United at the end of February 0

Posted on February 06, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck is back for the Gunners but is considerably short on match fitness given his lengthy layout, and manager Arsene Wenger revealed he could be back with the first-team in time for their Premier League clash to come against Manchester United on Sunday, February 28th.

“He is playing today with the under-21s, for one half at least. I believe that he needs to play two or three games before thinking about coming back into the first team. We can organise games internally without being official games and I think in the next three weeks he should be available,” said the Gunners boss.

Arsene Wenger suggests Cazorla loss is finally starting to cost them 1

Posted on February 06, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hinted that their scoring woes of late have come from a lack of decisive creativity from enough players, perhaps down to the long-term injury suffered by Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla at a time where the midfielder was a pivotal player for the London outfit in a key area of the pitch.

The Gunners face Bournemouth in the Premier League this weekend, and are 1/1 to pick up all three points at Dean Court, but they’re coming off the back of four league games without a win, three of which has seen them fail to score. While placing blame on the chances not being taken, Wenger also believes the quality of opportunities served up make a difference too.

In-form Aaron Ramsey spells out his goalscoring instincts as a midfielder 2

Posted on February 04, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s box-to-box midfielder Aaron Ramsey revealed how he manages to get himself in on the scoring act, citing his decision-making as a key factor of gambling when the Gunners are in possession. The Welsh international has scored and created six goals in the Premier League this season. He frequently gets into the opposition area to be a threat in the final third and revealed the gamble when having to vacate his position.

Wilshere nearing a return for Arsenal 0

Posted on February 04, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere revealed his return for the Gunners wouldn’t be too far away but he was looking to build up his match fitness so he can hit the ground running in the second-half of the season. The English international has been out of action all campaign, but could be key in the coming months if he can capture his best form. In recent weeks, Arsene Wenger’s men have been struggling for goals, but Wilshere’s creativity could be key to bolstering the attack.

Arsenal won’t surpass the 80-point barrier come May 0

Posted on February 03, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Tuesday night’s goalless draw with Southampton saw Arsenal finish the evening with 45 points from 24 games. A perfect record from now until the end of the season would see them with 87, a tally good enough to win the title, but given Arsenal are average less than two points-per-game, can they even surpass 80?

Previously in the season, both Arsene Wenger and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri suggested 80 points may well be enough to win the league crown, but Arsenal are going to fall short as things stand. Their average points-per-game tally (1.88) will see them finish on 71 points, a standing lower than each of their last three seasons.

Ramsey “gutted” after Arsenal drop valuable points against Southampton 1

Posted on February 03, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey admitted he and the squad were “gutted” to have failed to beat Southampton given their dominance over the 90 minutes, and has called on the side to bounce back fast in their quest to win this season’s Premier League title.

The Gunners played out a goalless draw with Southampton, who were grateful for the goalkeeping heroics of Fraser Forster, but Ramsey feels they have let themselves down at a crucial period given their poor form that had preceded Tuesday night’s meeting.

The goals have dried up for Arsenal of late 0

Posted on February 03, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s goalless draw with Southampton on Tuesday night was not only the four consecutive game they have failed to win in the Premier League, but the third consecutive game in the division they have failed to score in. The Gunners are having a woeful start to 2016, and the goals appear to have completely dried up of late despite having nearly their strongest squad available.

In mid-January, Stoke City shut Arsenal out at the Britannia Stadium in a game manager Arsene Wenger seemed content to take a point. They followed that up with a 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea, making it six league meetings with the Blues without scoring, and Southampton were the next side to pick up a clean sheet against Arsenal. Wenger wasn’t content with a point this time out, however.

Arsenal 4/5 to see past Southampton in tonight’s Premier League clash 0

Posted on February 02, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium tonight, and are hoping they can get revenge against Ronald Koeman’s side after having been well-beaten by the Saints on Boxing Day. Victory for the Gunners could see them finish the day joint-top on points so there’s plenty to place for.

However, Southampton are no pushovers, and are in good form to threaten an upset. The visitors are 8th in the Premier League table after 23 games, and are coming off the back of three consecutive wins. They won 4-0 against Arsenal in the reverse fixture, and were victorious in their most recent away game.

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