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Kieran Gibbs makes first Champions League start in over a year 0

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs played a full 90 minutes in Wednesday’s Champions League victory over PFC Ludogorets Razgrad, and had a successful evening at left-back 12 months after his last start in the competition. Gibbs last started in the Champions League for Arsenal in September 2015, in a 3-2 home defeat by Olympiacos, but this week was much more positive.

Injuries and a lack of opportunities in the side have seen Gibbs’ stock greatly diminished, but he showed Wenger he’s still a more than useful squad player to call upon. Despite the gulf in class between the two sides, Gibbs was more prominent defensively, averaging a tackle or interception every 11 minutes, while completing 91% of his passes.

When will Lucas Perez get a run in the Arsenal side? 0

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Lucas Perez made two assists after coming off the bench in Wednesday’s 6-0 win against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad, and is hoping for more opportunities in the future from manager Arsene Wenger. The 28-year-old, who was signed from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer, has made just one Premier League start for his new club with Alexis Sanchez’s outstanding form keeping him on the bench.

Koscielny/Mustafi partnership bearing fruit for Arsenal this season 0

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s midweek Champions League victory saw them pick up a fifth clean sheet in six games, and while the Gunners rode their luck at times at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, Arsenal’s defensive has been considerably improved thanks to the blossoming partnership of Laurent Koscielny and new-boy Shkodran Mustafi.

The latter, an English-speaking German international, has already been described as a leader at Arsenal, and cost the Premier League giants more than £35M for his services. Alongside an outstanding central defender is Laurent Koscienly, Mustafi has forced his way into the first-team on a regular basis and looks solid as a rock from the off.

Seven consecutive wins for in-form Arsenal 0

Posted on October 19, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s win over PFC Ludogorets Razgrad on Wednesday night sealed a seventh consecutive win in all competitions, and sees the Gunners building up real momentum ahead of their Premier League title push. Currently second in the table with 19 points from nine games, only goal difference is keeping Manchester City above Arsenal in the table, and their Champions League campaign is going nearly flawlessly too.

Arsenal’s seven-game winning streak
(17/9/16) Premier League: Hull City 1-4 Arsenal
(20/9/16) Capital One Cup: Nottingham Forest 0-4 Arsenal
(24/9/16) Premier League: Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea
(28/9/16) Champions League: Arsenal 2-0 FC Basel
(2/10/16) Premier League: Burnley 0-1 Arsenal
(15/10/16) Premier League: Arsenal 3-2 Swansea City
(19/10/16) Champions League: Arsenal 6-0 Ludogorets Razgrad

Arsenal 6-0 Ludogorets: Ozil nets a hat-trick as the Gunners bury The Eagles 0

Posted on October 19, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil scored a hat-trick as the Londoners ran riot against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad at the Emirates, picking up all three points in a 6-0 win to stay atop of Group A at the mid-point of the Champions League campaign.

Arsenal took the lead in the 12th minute through Alexis Sanchez. A breakaway move from the left saw the Chilean bearing down on goal, before cutting inside on his right foot and chipping the goalkeeper just a few yards into the box.

Theo Walcott 25/1 to be top-scorer in the Premier League this season 0

Posted on October 17, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott scored twice in a 3-2 win against Swansea City on the weekend to take his tally to five goals in the Premier League early on. The England international has now scored and created seven goals in eight games in the division, and finds himself among the top scorers as a result of such a bright start to the campaign.

With his career on the wane following a forgettable 2015/16 season, Walcott revealed summer talks with manager Arsene Wenger put things into perspective about his time with Arsenal, which has since motivated him to improve in 2016/17. And with five goals in eight games already, Walcott is certainly proving his worth.

Mesut Ozil in a rich vein of scoring form 0

Posted on October 17, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil scored his third Premier League goal of the season in a 3-2 win against Swansea City, and drew praise from manager Arsene Wenger for his improved fortunes in the final third. Dubbed ‘the king of the assist’ for opting to create chances rather than shoot, Ozil has greatly improved his finishing and confidence in front of goal this season to Arsenal’s benefit.

Wenger accuses Arsenal of complacency against Swansea 0

Posted on October 16, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side suffered from complacency in Saturdays 3-2 win against Swansea City, which led to the Welsh club twice halving the deficit at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal went 2-0 and 3-1 up against the Swans this weekend, but were pegged back as a result of slack defending and poor concentration.

And while the win takes Arsenal joint-top of the Premier League table, Wenger wants a more convincing performance from his side compared to their second-half showing against City. “I think that we (need to) keep our rigorous attitude to do what the game demands. I believe that today maybe we were a bit too easy at 2-0, thinking ‘OK, we’ll win the game today’,” Wenger said.

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea: Walcott brace sees 10-man Gunners edge to victory 0

Posted on October 15, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s in-form attacker Theo Walcott scored twice as the Londoners enjoyed a hard-fought victory over Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon. However, the Gunners were made to work for the win after finishing the game under the cosh and with 10 men, but now they find themselves level on points with Manchester City atop of the Premier League.

Walcott opened the scoring in the 27th minute, capitalising on a mistake from Swansea defender Jordi Amat to score from close range, before doubling Arsenal’s advantage minutes later. His second goal of the afternoon also came from slack Swansea defending, with a corner reaching the feet of Walcott in the penalty area, who turned and finished past Lukasz Fabianski in the City goal.

Arsenal 2/7 to win against Swansea City this afternoon 0

Posted on October 15, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal and Swansea City meet at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League this afternoon, in a game that has seen the visitors surprisingly boasting recent bragging rights. Swansea have come out on top against Arsenal in a number of recent league meetings, but the contrasting form between the two sides this season is likely to yield an Arsenal victory.

The Gunners find themselves third in the Premier League table with 16 points from seven games, having won five on the bounce in the division ahead of this afternoon’s clash. Arsenal have won two of their last three home games in the league too, and are in fine form to dispatch of a struggling Swansea City outfit currently embroiled in a relegation battle.

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