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Will Laurent Koscielny’s return see Arsenal tighten up at the back? 1

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

A lot has been made of Arsenal’s poor start to the Premier League season, but the absence of centre-back Laurent Koscielny has certainly contributed. When the French international was fit and in the team, Arsenal lost just one game from six in the Premier League, conceding one or less goals in four of the matches.

Since his Achilles injury, Arsenal have lost two and drawn one of five league outings, while conceding two or more goals in three of the games. With Per Mertesacker struggling for form, Arsenal don’t have another leader at the back to call upon at the back. The likes of Calum Chambers and makeshift centre-back Nacho Monreal are being thrown into a situation they weren’t expecting this campaign.

Why Danny Welbeck has to play despite Olivier Giroud’s return 0

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal fans got a glimpse of what they’ve been missing without first-choice striker Olivier Giroud, with the French international half-volleying an effort from the edge of the box into the top corner against Manchester United recently. He had been in the pitch minutes before the goal, and his contribution will see Welbeck under pressure as the lone centre-forward.

But manager Arsene Wenger should find a way to incorporate the two players in the same side as Welbeck offers so much the team. The 23-year-old has contributed four goals in nine league games, while creating 17 chances. Welbeck averages a better pass completion than the likes of Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mathieu Debuchy, so he’s fitting seamlessly into the Arsenal mould.

Are Arsenal’s holding midfielders to blame for counter-attack susceptibility? 3

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

In Arsenal’s last three games in all competitions, they have thrown away the game by pressing too many bodies too high up the pitch, which has subsequently left them open to a counter-attack. What is all the more surprising is that they haven’t learned their lesson.

Against Anderlecht, they were 3-0 up, but were punished by not doing their defensive duties when enjoying the lion’s share of possession. The Gunners’ holding midfielders aren’t protecting the backline when Arsenal are attacking, instead leaving the defence threadbare with support. They eventually drew 3-3.

Arsenal may have to act fast to secure Jurgen Klopp as Arsene Wenger’s successor 2

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal under-performing in the Premier League this season, thought on manager Arsene Wenger’s successor are all pointing towards Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp.

The talented German coach, 47, has won two Bundesliga titles, a domestic cup, and led BVB to the Champions League final in 2013. He’s being viewed as the perfect replacement for the long-serving Gunners manager, but Arsenal would have to move fast if they want him.

This season, Borussia Dortmund are greatly struggling, and quotes made by Klopp suggest he could be available very soon. BVB are currently in the relegation zone after 12 games, and have been considerably behind Bayern Munich in the title race that makes it impossible for them to compete now.

Will Arsenal succumb to another defeat against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League? 1

Posted on November 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Coming off the back of consecutive Premier League defeats is not the preparation manager Arsene Wenger will have wanted for Arsenal ahead of their Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund in midweek. The Bundesliga side have picked up maximum points from their first four games, meaning only a win will do for Arsenal at the Emirates if they are to challenge for the top spot in Group D.

But given the form Arsenal are in currently, with Dortmund earn another comfortable victory against the out-of-form Londoners? Their European form hasn’t been too impressive either. In addition to suffering defeat to Dortmund earlier in the season, Wenger’s men recently spurned a 3-0 lead against Anderlecht to come away with only a point.

Winless run against top-half opposition continues 1

Posted on November 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal suffered a 2-1 home defeat to an injury-hit Manchester United this weekend, which was not only their second consecutive Premier League defeat, but saw their winless run against top-half opposition stretch to six games.

The Gunners drew 2-2 away to Everton, 2-2 at home to Manchester City, 1-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur, lost 2-0 away to Chelsea, lost 2-1 away to Swansea City, and lost 2-1 away to Manchester United. It’s an unenviable record this season, and means they have suffered the worst start in the league since 1982.

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal believes he did the right thing selling Welbeck 0

Posted on November 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of Manchester United clash with Arsenal this weekend, manager Louis Van Gaal remains adamant that he did the right thing in selling Danny Welbeck to the Londoners this summer.

Welbeck is currently thriving for club and country playing as a centre-forward, with the 23-year-old having bagged a Champions League hat-trick last month, while scoring five goals in his last four Euro 2016 qualifiers with England.

“He takes all the benefit from playing every week. That was a question mark with Manchester United. He could have also played for Manchester United, but we have decided that he could go,” said Louis Van Gaal.

Jack Wilshere studying elite holding-midfielders in Europe to develop his game 0

Posted on November 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed he’s watching the likes of Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) and Xabio Alonso (Bayern Munich) to develop his game into that of a holding-midfielder.

“I’m watching the best the best players in the world in that position and trying to pick up things from them. You also have to analyse your own performance. I always get the clips sent after a game and I go through it and question myself so that I can try and demand a bit more from myself. The main thing is to be a bit more intelligent,” he said.

Olivier Giroud to return for Manchester United clash 0

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will make his long-awaited return when the Gunners host Manchester United in the Premier League this weekend, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed.

“Giroud is available. We have him back. It’s just a question of how ready he is. He is three or four weeks ahead of schedule. Originally we planned to have him back for competition at the beginning of next year. So he’s one month ahead. Slowly he will integrate into the team again and give us different options,” he said.

Arsene Wenger reveals Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy are recovering well 1

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury update of centre-back Laurent Koscielny and right-back Mathieu Debuchy, revealing that the two French defenders are recovering well from their respective injuries.

“Koscielny and Debuchy are doing well, they are out on the field again. We have to see now. Usually field work is three weeks away from full group training. Then there is fitness. It looks straightforward for Debuchy. It’s not inflammation, it’s just repairing surgery. For Koscielny, it depends how well he responds to training. At the moment he looks good,” he said.

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