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Arsenal on alert over Abdoulaye Doucoure 0

Posted on February 13, 2018 by Milos Markovic

According to a number of reports in England, Arsenal have expressed interest in signing the in-form Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.

The 25-year-old Frenchman has enjoyed quite a run at the Hornets which saw him top the club’s scoring charts with seven goals in the Premier League. He also recorded two assists for Javi Garcia’s charges.

Doucoure’s flying form has put plenty of top sides on alert with Arsenal and Tottenham believed to be sitting in a front row for his signature. Mauricio Pochettino has kept a close eye on the midfielder over past couple of weeks and the Argentine tactician was reportedly at Watford’s 4-1 win over Chelsea last week to watch Doucoure in action.

Arsenal progress to EFL Cup final 0

Posted on January 24, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 2-1 win over Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night to make it to the final of the EFL Cup.

Chelsea dominated the early proceedings with Tiemoue Bakayoko seeing a shot deflect wide of David Ospina’s goal. Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses also flashed a long-range effort well wide of goal.

The Blues thought they had the lead on five minutes, as Spanish winger Pedro scored with a powerful header. However, the referee’s assistant flagged for offside and replays proved that the decision was the correct one.

Granit Xhaka has praised Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan 0

Posted on January 20, 2018 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has heaped praise on Henrikh Mkhitaryan as the Manchester United player edges closer to a move to the London side in an exchange that would see Alexis Sanchez join up with Jose Mourinho’s team.

Alexis Sanchez’s protracted transfer has been one that has filled the back pages for some time. It was widely expected that the star would switch London for Manchester, but most assumed it would be Manchester City and not Manchester United.

However, Jose Mourinho’s team have since emerged as the favourites to sign him in this window. A move to United for Sanchez is widely expected to happen soon, and it will reportedly see Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to play at Arsenal.

Francis Coquelin makes move to Valencia 0

Posted on January 11, 2018 by David Nugent

French midfielder Francis Coquelin has left Arsenal to join La Liga outfit Valencia for £12million. The midfielder has signed a four-and-half-year deal with the Spanish side, with a £71.2million release clause in his contract.

According to Sky Sports, Coquelin decided to move to the Spanish club after rejecting moves to the likes of West Ham and Crystal Palace.

Out-of-favour in north London

The 26-year-old had recently fallen out-of-favour at the north London club, despite signing a new deal just a year ago. Coquelin has started just seven games in all competitions, one of which was in the Premier League.

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal FA Cup preview 0

Posted on January 06, 2018 by David Nugent

On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal travel to Championship Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup.

The Championship outfit are managerless after recently sacking Mark Warburton. The sacking came about with the Tricky Trees in poor form. Forest have won just one of their last eight games in all competitions while failing to win any of their last five outings.

The home side’s poor recent form has seen the side from the Midlands drop to 14th in the second tier. Forest have also been poor on home soil in recent weeks, losing three of their last four games at the City Ground, failing to score in all three defeats.

Patrick Viera gives his views on Granit Xhaka and Jack Wilshere’s midfield partnership 0

Posted on December 24, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Former-Arsenal legend Patrick Viera has given his verdict on Granit Xhaka and Jack Wilshere’s partnership in the midfield, as it has been a problem are for Arsene Wenger and his team as their options in defensive-midfield have not proved to be good enough in the Premier League this season.

Arsenal battled to a 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Friday as they failed to win yet again. Of course, they did embark upon a stirring comeback from 2-0 down to lead 3-2. However, they once again let their momentum falter as they conceded, and that is as far as the scoring went, with the game ending in a draw.

Arsenal and Liverpool play out six-goal thriller 0

Posted on December 22, 2017 by David Nugent

On Friday night, Arsenal and Liverpool drew 3-3 at the Emirates Stadium in a highly entertaining affair.

Arsenal had the first effort on goal after five minutes. Alexis Sanchez’s effort looped into the air before midfielder Granit Xhaka fired wide of goal. The visitors produced their first real threat on the home goal on 12 minutes, as Sadio Mane’s effort deflects off Roberto Firmino and goes straight into Petr Cech’s arms.

Liverpool experienced an injury blow on 13 minutes when midfielder Jordan Henderson sustained a knock and had to be replaced by James Milner. Mohamed Salah fired an effort off target soon afterwards.

Arsenal cannot beat Liverpool unless they make the right midfield choices 1

Posted on December 21, 2017 by Ben Darvill

In the last Premier League meeting between Arsenal and Liverpool, there was a gulf in class of epic proportions between the old rivals. Liverpool’s 4-0 win displayed just how good the Reds can be going forward, while it once again revealed that Arsenal’s defence was simply not good enough.

Arsenal’s back-three were exposed as they put in one of the worst defensive performances the fans will have likely seen from their team. Time and time again, the three centre-halves were beaten in the air, the wing-backs were caught dreaming of going forward, while the team’s possession play was about as un-Arsenal as many have ever seen it.

West Ham holds Arsenal to a goalless draw 1

Posted on December 13, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal were held to a goalless draw by struggling West Ham at the London Stadium in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

The Gunners controlled the opening exchanges. However, the first attempt on goal did not arrive until the tenth minute. West Ham ‘keeper Adrian got down to comfortably save Alexis Sanchez’s effort.

On 15 minutes, West Ham winger Marko Arnautovic saw a headed effort ruled out for offside. Arsenal came forward again on 23 minutes. A good team move involving Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud resulted in the ball being played to Sanchez, whose deflected effort flew wide of the post.

Arsenal still lack an incisive presence in the middle 0

Posted on December 10, 2017 by Ben Darvill

It was the same old story for Arsenal against Southampton on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by their hosts. The stalemate means that the Gunners are 14 points short of leaders Manchester City having played a game more, which has pretty much brought an end to their slim title hopes.

The game itself was a direct antithesis to their loss against Manchester United last weekend. Arsenal created a huge amount of chances only to be stopped on the line by the marvellous David de Gea. On Sunday, Arsenal were not able to be toothless with their finishing as they rarely threatened to open their opponents up.



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