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Can an injury-hit Arsenal climb into the top-four this weekend? 0

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal having a lot of players on the treatment table ahead of their weekend meeting against Liverpool, manager Arsene Wenger has a difficult task to get a result.

A win could put the Londoners in the top-four of the Premier League, but with so many key players already ruled out of action, Arsenal will be considerably under-strength. They will have some confidence against Liverpool, however, given that the Reds have lost four of their last seven league games.

Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin says he’s playing with freedom and confidence 0

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Young Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has revealed he is now playing with real freedom on the pitch, after enduring a difficult start following his debut for the senior side earlier this season.

Enjoying somewhat of a breakthrough campaign, Bellerin shone in Arsenal’s recent 4-1 win against Newcastle, and he says his performances improve due to his improve confidence.

“When you play your first games you’re just trying not to make a mistake. Then as you get more confident you start playing the way you usually play. I feel more comfortable every time I get to play. It was thanks to all the people who have trust in me because that’s what lets you play freely,” he said.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says players should take the blame for inconsistent start 0

Posted on December 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes disgruntled supporters should blame the players and not manager Arsene Wenger for their inconsistent start to the season.

“I understand their frustration. But I wouldn’t put that on the manager. We have to stand up ourselves as players. We are adults and we need to stand up and take some of that blame ourselves,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsenal have lost three of their last six, and endured an even more difficult start to the campaign. It led to manager Arsene Wenger receiving a lot of abuse from the supporters, as they felt he made failings in the transfer market, but injuries haven’t helped hid cause.

Versatile Calum Chambers says he likes switching positions 0

Posted on December 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s Calum Chambers recently revealed how much he’s enjoyed switching positions for the Gunners this season.

The England defender signed for £16M from Southampton in the summer, and has been used at right-back and centre-back for Arsene Wenger’s side. Despite having swapped roles on a regular basis, Chambers says it’s been a good experience for him.

“I will have to settle in a place but I’ve always found myself switching positions from a young age so it’s nothing that I’m not used to. It’s been a good experience for me. I really enjoyed my time at centre half at the start of the season and I’ve enjoyed my time (at right-back) after Mathieu Debuchy was unfortunately injury,” said the 19-year-old.

Aaron Ramsey & Jack Wilshere to replace Mikel Arteta & Mathieu Flamini in the long-term 1

Posted on December 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere are regularly-playing first-teamers when fit, Arsenal will really start to take shape when the Londoners lose holding-midfielders Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini potentially in the summer at the end of their current deals.

The aforementioned experienced duo have been good servants for the club, but manager Arsene Wenger has already been thinking of the long-term, swapping Jack Wilshere into a deeper role for the club. Aaron Ramsey has spent the majority of his time playing alongside a deep-lying midfielder, and the natural evolution of the young pair will see Arsenal naming Ramsey/Wilshere in the spine of the team.

Can Arsenal rectify poor away form ahead of Liverpool clash on Saturday? 0

Posted on December 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have a difficult weekend clash against Liverpool that they can ill afford to lose. The Londoners are currently 6th in the Premier League table, and could go fourth with a win on Sunday. Arsene Wenger’s men, however, have to travel to Anfield, and they’ve greatly struggled on the road this season.

Defeats to Chelsea, Swansea City and Stoke City, while drawing against Everton And Leicester City has seen them somewhat lose ground on the sides above them, but a win against Liverpool this weekend would be a step in the right direction.

Danny Welbeck still in need of finishing coaching 1

Posted on December 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has enjoyed a decent start to the season since his arrival from Manchester United, but goals in the Premier League still aren’t coming easily for him.

The England international, 24, has three goals from 40 shots in 13 games for the Gunners, meaning he averages one goal from every 13 shots taken. Considering, Welbeck has been averaging three shots a goal, his goal-to-games record is slightly worse than 1 in 4.

Compare that with Arsenal’s first choice striker Olivier Giroud, who has bagged four goals from 18 shots in just seven games (325 minutes of Premier League football), meaning he’s averaging a goal every 81 minutes currently.

Santi Cazorla proving his worth after overcoming blip in form 0

Posted on December 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has been in inspired form of late for the Gunners, at a time where many felt his services were no long needed. The Spanish international, 30, struggled at times in the previous campaign, and he didn’t exactly take off well this season either. But his form has considerably improved in the last few weeks.

The former Malaga man has scored and created seven goals this season already from midfield, while having made 32 chances and 35 successful dribbles in the Premier League alone. Boasting a pass completion ratio of 88.5%, Cazorla is at the top of his game of late. He has scored three goals and made three assists in his last five games, but before that was barely influencing proceedings.

Hector Bellerin justifies manager’s faith in his abilities 0

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Young Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is enjoying a somewhat successful breakthrough season with the Gunners of late, so far making seven appearances in all competitions so far. In the 4-1 win against Newcastle, the 19-year-old played a full 90 minutes and was outstanding in the backline.

He created a goalscoring opportunity, while making three dribbles, three tackles and a couple of important interceptions. A lot of has been said about manager Arsene Wenger stubbornly sticking by his youth players in the side, but the performance of Bellerin will have certainly silenced his critics.

Olivier Giroud proving why he’s irreplaceable for Arsenal 2

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was in fine scoring form for the Gunners on the weekend in their 4-1 win against Newcastle. The French international has only recently returned from injury, and bagged a brace for his troubles to boost Arsenal’s chances of a top-four finish.

Giroud, 28, is already the Londoners’ second-highest scorer in the side (4 goals), and his influence will be key in the Arsenal attack for the second-half of the campaign. Scoring 16 goals in 36 league games last season, the former Montpellier striker is now regarded as one of the best strikers in the division, but manager Arsene Wenger was criticised for overlooking the likes of Wilfried Bony and Mario Balotelli.

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