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Mertesacker “50-50” to face Chelsea this weekend 0

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says defender Per Mertesacker is only “50-50” to play against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, and will be subject to a late fitness test to decide whether or not he will make the squad at the very minimum.

Last week against Reading, Per Mertesacker got injured and he has not been out [training] since. He’s still in the treatment room and I don’t know if he will be available or not. [He is] 50/50 [to start against Chelsea] at the moment. Apart from Mertesacker, everybody else [from last weekend] should be available.

Emirates form will see Chelsea running scared on Sunday 0

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are the favourites to see past Chelsea in this weekend’s Premier League clash, and given how formidable the Gunners have been at the Emirates stadium in recent few weeks, the Blues should be very fearful of Arsenal’s threat on home soil.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho normally sets his side up to nullify the threat of the opposition when his team are playing against top opposition, and this weekend should be no different on their short trip to face London rivals Arsenal.

Is this Arsenal’s best chance of finally beating Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea? 1

Posted on April 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal face Chelsea at the Emirates this weekend, with sees old adversaries Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho’s locking horns. The latter has come on top in their past meetings, with Wenger having so far failed to beat them in any of the 12 games between the two successful bosses.

The Gunners have beaten Manchester City at the Etihad stadium, and Manchester United at Old Trafford, but a victory over Mourinho has alluded them since the Portuguese coach stepped onto the scene. This weekend will give Wenger one last chance this season to get one over the Chelsea boss, and based on recent form, the strength of their side, and home advantage, Arsenal should perhaps be coming away with a victory.

Could Alexis Sanchez still be in line to win the PFA Player of the Year award? 0

Posted on April 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

With the PFA Player of the Year award to be announced this weekend, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes forward Alexis Sanchez still has a chance of winning over favourite Eden Hazard (Chelsea), as the Chilean international has found his form at the tail-end of the season.

Signed from Barcelona last summer, Alexis Sanchez took little time to settle in the Premier League. This season, he’s scored 21 goals, and has made nine assists in 36 games for the Gunners, which means he’s scored and created more goals then Hazard.

Joel Campbell struggling to impress on loan with Villarreal 0

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell appears to be struggling to find his feet on loan with Villarreal this season, which doesn’t bode well for his future at the Emirates. The Londoners are going to be pushing for more honours next season, and are 6/1 to win the Premier League in 2015/16, so they’ll need a higher calibre of player to achieve their goals, and Campbell just isn’t cutting it of late.

Have Arsenal forgotten how good Theo Walcott is when fit? 0

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal supporters have been taking the Theo Walcott exit rumours on the chin this season, due to the England international’s injuries woes that have kept him on the periphery this campaign.

The former Southampton forward has been at Arsenal for nine years, and only has 12 months to run on his current deal, but fans aren’t too desperate to see him sign a new contract. Why is that?

Walcott has fallen well and truly out of favour with manager Arsene Wenger, who has given the 26-year-old just 580 minutes of football this season. The England man has been an unused substitute in six of the side’s last seven Premier League games, and has racked up 37 minutes of FA Cup football in the latter stages.

Can Aaron Ramsey shine playing alongside Francis Coquelin next season? 2

Posted on April 21, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been playing Santi Cazorla in a deep-lying role alongside Francis Coquelin to protect the middle of the park, while allowing Aaron Ramsey to operate higher up the pitch. The Gunners have been in fine form of late with the system, but it’s a not a long-term solution for the midfield.

The 24-year-old’s best position is in a deeper role, where he can pull the strings and dictate the play. Cazorla is certainly doing more than a good job of it of late, but his Welsh counterpart was a Player of the Year nominee in 2013/14 for his performances in the role. Wenger knows this, and should be considering a swap of positions for the two players for next season, which could see Arsenal’s midfield as one of the best in the league.

Mesut Ozil finally showcasing his Real Madrid form 1

Posted on April 21, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has been in great form since his return from injury, but was truly outstanding creatively against Reading in the Gunners’ FA Cup semi-final win. The German international was pulling all the strings in the midfield, but was ultimately let down by poor finishing from his teammates.

Ozil was heavily criticised following a poor debut season at the Emirates, but has been key to their successful Premier League campaign this time round, and continues to impress in the side now. Against Reading, the 26-year-old made both assists as Arsenal won 2-1 at Wembley, but also created nine chances, made 114 passes, and had 137 touches over the entire game.

Danny Welbeck fails to take rare opportunity as a centre-forward in FA Cup semi-final 0

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck was given a rare start spearheading the attack in the Gunners’ FA Cup semi-final clash against Reading on the weekend, but the England international couldn’t prove his worth, as a dogged royals defence kept him at bay for the majority. He played 70 minutes before being replaced by Olivier Giroud, who put in a much better showing in the 50 minutes he was afforded.

Welbeck had just one shot against Reading, making 26 touches, and made 17 passes. Compared with Giroud’s 4 shots, 41 touches and 28 passes, and the French international showed who is the better pick at centre-forward currently. He also has scored more goals in the last five weeks than Danny Welbeck has netted in the Premier League all season.

Wenger admits “risk” in starting Mathieu Debuchy for FA Cup semi-final 0

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted starting returning defender Mathieu Debuchy in the FA Cup semi-final “was a bit risky”, but the gamble ultimately paid off with the Gunners reaching the final against Aston Villa at Wembley.

“It was a bit risky. Bellerin has played recently with some ankle problems and Debuchy was back so I thought it was a good moment to do it. Debuchy had cramps just before the end of the game but I couldn’t change him. He is a French international and must be capable of playing in a semi-final against Reading,” he said.

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